Archive for December, 2010
Opinion By R. Al Bain
Our elected representatives here in Michigan just don’t get it. After a report recently released on states gaining seats in Washington versus those that have lost seats comparing those states that have gained because of less taxation, less regulations, and no income tax, our elected representatives here in Michigan continue to spend money we just don’t have and pile more debt onto it’s citizenry. They will have no choice but to raise our taxes to pay for this boondoggle they call representation. Senate Fiscal Agency director Gary Olson projects a $1.7 billion budget deficit for 2011-12
Legislation signed into Law saddles Taxpayers with yet more debt
In a state that is facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall, a state where the Governor-elect has promised an additional $1.5 billion tax cut, a state with a 13 percent unemployment rate, and falling property values. In short, a state that is broke. All but two House Republicans voted against this measure to saddle the taxpayers of Michigan with yet more debt. http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=513722 One of Governor Granholm’s final bills was signed into law this past December 3, 2010, House Bill 5858, which would authorize more than $1 billion in new debt and spending for a number of state university and college building projects, and appropriate $102 million from the Michigan natural resources trust fund for various conservation and recreation projects. The Senate version Senate Bill 1150 passed in the Senate where only two Republican Senators voted against this insanity http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=512818. The State would be responsible for repaying $326 million of the new debt, and the individual institutions the rest. The bill also appropriates $9 million for a new hangar at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith airport. A list of the college and university projects is here. Maybe this is why our incoming Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville said “nothing is off the table when asked about a tax increase”, by the way he voted in favor of this legislation! Is this a preview of what we can expect from him? Read Senator George’s statement, in which Senator Cassis concurred below scroll down.
Monroe County needs a Proposition 26
Proposition 26 Protects Taxpayers From Local Politicians and their zeal for more tax revenue out of an already over burdened taxpayer. Repeatedly raising taxes without a public vote by our local elected officials through their interpretation of law or backdoor measures has to stop. The citizens need a change that would stop the growing practice of local politicians raising taxes simply by interpretation or by calling them fees, thereby skirting a public vote to approve them. Proposition 26 will stop this frequently used tactic from occurring in the future.
Property Taxes Keep Rising as Home Values Keep Falling
Common sense suggests that as home prices decline, the property taxes based on their valuations ought to as well. But even as house prices continue to slip, property taxes nationally are clicking higher. Why is this occurring? There are several factors at work. The first is that many local governments are responding to sharp declines in real estate values by raising property tax rates. In one state county this year, the rate jumped from $10.06 to $11.60 per $1,000 of assessed value — a more than 15% increase. Another example such as in Monroe County several forms of new taxes have been either passed or proposed that are not a necessary function of government operations. The recent museum tax was not put before voters by it’s elected officials but through the “backdoor” using an obscure 1913 law open to their interpretation!
States Taxing Themselves to Death
High taxes kill states. There can be no better evidence than the 2010 Census. The states that lost House seats because they’re shrinking, relative to the nation, had taxes 27 percent higher than the ones that gained seats. Of the seven states that don’t have a personal income tax, four (Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington) account for 8 of the 12 seats apportioned to the fastest-growing states. New York and Ohio lost two more seats. Other losers down one each are Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Iowa. What do they all have in common? High taxes. In 2011 Michigan will have a new Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville and governor Rick Snyder who have said they haven’t ruled out a tax increase! Oh the insanity of our so called elected representatives to continue down the failed road of higher taxes instead of reducing the size and scope of big government!
Distorting the Tax Policy Debate
A subsidy, properly understood, occurs when government takes tax dollars and gives them to favored individuals, companies, or industries. A tax cut, by contrast, simply means government takes less from an individual, company, or industry. When government takes less from you, it has not given you anything; it merely has harmed you less. This is the critical distinction that has been lost in the endless, tired debate about tax policy.
Starting 1-1-2011 Tax increases associated with Obamacare
The link below reveals 32 tax increases starting on January, 1, 2011 and continuing through 2021.
The *true* John Conyers scandal
Background: back over Thanksgiving weekend John Conyers III (the son of Rep. John Conyers) reported a theft of computers and concert tickets from the car that he was using. The problem? John Conyers III was using the car unlawfully: it was leased to his father’s Congressional office as an official vehicle, and Conyers was not using it in an official capacity. And it wasn’t anything like a one-time event, either: John Conyers III also got a speeding ticket on the car back in September. The behavior was so egregious that Rep. Conyers isn’t even trying to fight it: he’s just swiftly reimbursing the government as comprehensively as possible before the 112th Congress gets sworn in. My question is why do the taxpayers have to pay for a Cadillac Escalade with an estimated 14 MPG highway? Why not a Colbalt with an estimated 37 MPG highway or some other subcompact car?
Risky bets cost Detroit pension funds $480 million
Detroit’s two public pensions have reported losses of more than $480 million in risky investments, from hedge funds and vacant land in Texas and Hawaii, to a Detroit office tower and a Pittsburgh casino. Could this happen in your community? You betcha! Community’s such as Monroe County robbing the pension fund to balance the budget is another form of risky bets.
Down Argentine Way
There are many ominous parallels between Argentina and the U.S. and the question often asked is can America avoid the economic consequences that Argentina suffered from a fascist government combined with government debt and currency collapse? I believe the answer is likely NO! Do you really think voting Democrat or Republican is going to give you less government or more liberty?
Sen. Coburn: Middle Class Will Be Destroyed
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn warned Americans this Sunday of an apocalyptic economic future, with Great Depression levels of unemployment and a destruction of the country’s middle class. The Oklahoma Republican told Fox News that unless Washington cuts spending and reduces the national debt, unemployment in the United States could rise dramatically from less than 10 percent today to 18 percent or more. At the same time, Coburn says the nation’s economic output could drop calamitously by 9 percent. Once that happens, he predicts the middle class could be destroyed.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the Government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
“I would like to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”
Opinion: By R Al Bain
While the broom did sweep out most of the progressive left leaning liberals whether they were Democrats or Republicans in 2010 here in Michigan, it still missed a few! We “True Conservatives” and “Tea Party” activist must stay diligent and hold those elected or re-elected accountable and if needed finish the brooming process in 2012 and 2014! Michigan absolutely needs representation of it’s citizens, by it’s citizens and for those representatives to carry out the wishes of it’s citizenry!
Senator Randy Richardville Favored by Liberals
The self proclaimed conservative (In his mind only) seems to be favored by liberals on the Michigan Liberal website. Below you can read some of the comments posted by several liberals after the November, 2, 2010 election!
Randy Richardville is a pretty good guy whose election to Senate Majority Leader is about the best news Dems had in an otherwise horrible week. As Mitch pointed out, he’s a tree-hugger as Republican goes. He’s pretty good on labor issues and he supports the DRIC. He’s about 1,000,000 times better than Bishop. No such luck on Bolger, but it’s worth pointing out he’s not from the lunatic fringe, either.
by: Michigan Awesome @ Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 08:10:15 AM CST
by: Michigan Awesome @ Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 08:10:15 AM CST
When I heard that they’d nominated Richardville as Senate Majority Leader, my reaction was, “Isn’t that that moderate-leaning fellow from Monroe?” I’m not terribly concerned about his support for nuclear energy … I’m not terribly against nuclear energy, it’s a far better alternative to coal, and it’s a fun issue to whip on an inconsistent approach to “government picking winners and losers.”
I agree, isn’t as big a problem for Dems as some might think.
Granholm Gives Tarnished Answers About Day Care Unionization
MIRS News (Subscription required) asked Granholm a series of questions about the creation of the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council (MHBCCC) and its home health care counterpart, the Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3). These agencies were created to be the so-called “employers,” so that tens of thousands of day care providers and home care workers could be unionized. Granholm insisted in the MIRS interview that, “I don’t know honestly the exact makeup or the rules behind them.” Last spring, The Mackinac Center obtained e-mails from a union lawyer that suggest the opposite. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/12671 All but three House Republicans voted against this forced unionization but newly elected Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville was co-sponsor of similar legislation Senate Bill 731 to authorize unionization of home personal assistance providers in 2009.
11 Monroe County deputies get pink slips
The latest round of budget cuts in Monroe County include the layoff of 11 sheriff’s deputies.
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin gets raise, two-year contract extension
A two-year contract extension for Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin comes with a salary increase of nearly $25,000 and performance bonuses of up to $17,500. In a previous Bain Report I wrote about U of M President Mary Sue Coleman getting the same type of contract extension and raise to the tune of $800,000.00. The taxpaying citizens of Michigan should be outraged! Our tax dollars subsidize these Colleges and Universities who cry wolf for more funding from the State, raise tuition on students, all while citizens are suffering through these dire economic times with job losses, pay cuts, benefit reductions, and home foreclosures. I say enough, it’s time to stop the public funding if they can afford to pay these exorbitant salaries!
Monroe Bank & Trust in Michigan rating “problematic”
MBT’s provisions for loan and lease losses the allotments banks set aside to cover loans that default have ballooned. But unless Monroe’s economy improves, the company is likely to continue to have problems. Monroe Bank & Trust in Michigan, received a two-star, or “problematic,” rating for the third straight quarter. Why haven’t we read about this in the local Monroe Evening Newspaper? I’ll tell you, the Monroe Evening News has a bad habit of protecting certain businesses and politicians in this county and that is a disservice to it’s readers!
In Michigan the price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance
I got an alarming excerpt from MIRS sent to my email today (subscription required) “I don’t think anything is off the table completely,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R?-Monroe) told MIRS. While the GOP will have control in the next session, it doesn’t mean we are safe from tax increases and anti-freedom measures. We need to still be vigilant. If tax increases are on the table, so are primary challenges and recalls. My tolerance for tax increases and Joe Schwarz and Bill Milliken style of Republicans are nill. They destroy the state as well as the party.
Bankruptcies facing Michigan Cities?
The harsh reality is 70 cities and well over two dozen school districts are in bad shape financially. There are a lot of cities that are on the bubble! Read an excellent article here on Municipal Bond Market Crash 2011 The Michigan Municipal League, the lobby group for local governments, there’s an air of apprehension: Things could get worse before they get better if they ever do get better. With $400 million in state revenue sharing still sitting out there, it becomes an easy target for the new governor and the Legislature to raid to reduce the state’s own $1.6 billion sea of red ink. Governor elect Rick Snyder and Senate Majority elect Randy Richardville haven’t ruled out tax increases!
Michigan to loose at least one seat in Congress maybe more
All signs point toward Michigan losing at least one seat, which would reduce its delegation from 15 members to 14. In 1970 Michigan held 19 seats in the House of Representatives. With the population loss along with over-regulation, high business taxes, mandates, surcharges, fees, subsidies, and a host of other failed political blunders this trend will no doubt continue.
Make lawmakers Part-Time
Deadlines are extremely focusing. Faced with a do-or-die timetable, people stop dithering and get down to work. We’re seeing that now in the state Legislature, where a very short window for dealing with unfinished business has the lame ducks furiously flapping their wings. Lawmakers who’ve been excruciatingly lethargic over the past two years are moving down their check list in a sprint. Even very contentious issues, such as teacher tenure and the proposed Detroit River bridge, are on the table. Much of this burst of energy has to do with the fact that a majority of the lawmakers are term-limited and won’t be back in January. If they’re going to leave a mark, they have to do it now. And for this brief moment, they’re freed of their obligations to the special interests that fund campaigns.
Budget center’s report questions state film subsidies
A report released Wednesday from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calls into question the value of state film tax incentives offered by 43 states, including Michigan. The report’s author, Robert Tannenwald, a senior fellow at the center and a former vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said the cost of the tax credits exceeds their benefits. At a time when many states have massive budget shortfalls, Tannenwald said they would be better off investing in schools, public safety and infrastructure rather than supporting an industry that requires a high level of subsidies and is highly mobile.
Expanding charter schools should be on agenda
With the election over, Michigan’s new governor and Legislature have to look toward an agenda. One important item should be an expansion of charter schools in Michigan to give parents more options for educating their children.
High Cigarette Tax Leads to Smuggling in Michigan
A little more than one in every four cigarettes is smuggled into Michigan as the state’s cumbersome tax causes people to find cheaper alternatives, according to a study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan’s $2 per pack tax ranks it tied for 11th highest in the nation with Alaska, Maine, Maryland and Arizona. New York has the highest tax at $4.35 per pack. Missouri has the lowest tax rate at 17 cents per pack. The study found 26 percent of cigarettes were smuggled into Michigan. Overall, the study looked at 48 states as Alaska and Hawaii were not included.
What did Congress Do at Midnight to the Estate Tax?
While you were likely sleeping, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the temporary tax compromise bill. Let me fill you in on the details. At exactly 12:00 AM this morning, the House passed H.R. 4853, the “Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010,” which temporarily extends all of the expiring tax relief except for the estate tax, which is hiked from 0 to 35% for the next two years.
Muslim Heritage, Barack Obama, during his Cairo speech June 4th
“I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” An American citizens response click link below.
Annual Muslim Ceremony In Vienna, Austria
A Warning To The Rest Of Us About Sharia And Islam
They aren’t “the Barbarians at the gates”; they’re already inside the gates! They’re here and sharia is ensconsed in Minneapolis, Dearborn and in other cities and Muslim enclaves.
Watch this video to see what they’re tolerating in Austria click the link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy_xBo7nBvA&feature=player_embedded Read the full article below.
When Harry Met Tea Party
Just like Santa and his naughty and nice list “We The People” will be watching our elected politicians closely now that the election season is over! The brave souls and millions of other activists around the country and state will be making their own naughty and nice lists this year. Those in Washington and in Lansing should consider themselves on notice they are guilty until proven innocent. Now that the Republicans control Michigan government any of the so called “self proclaimed” conservatives should heed the warning of reaching across the isle and tax increases for recalls are waiting in the wings!
Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’
A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week. Jurors, well, potential jurors, staged a revolt. They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.
FCC Net Neutrality Ruling: What Does It Mean for You?
Are some versions of the Internet more equal than others? The Federal Communications Commission passed its first-ever regulation of the Internet today, in a net neutrality compromise that saw its 3-2 vote split sharply along party lines. The full text of the new regulations will not be published until later this week, but the broad strokes of the deal are now known. There will be two sets of regulations governing the way an Internet service provider is allowed to control your access, depending on whether you are accessing the Net wirelessly or via a landline.
What Trait does 26% of 2010 Jobs Have in Common
In 2010, 26.2 percent of all the jobs created by the private sector have been temporary positions. Following the recession of the early 1990s, only 10.9 percent of new jobs were temporary.
The Obama Tax Deal: 5 Things You Need to Know
The $858 billion package of tax cuts and unemployment benefits, which President Obama signed into law, has a number of provisions affecting business owners.
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.
Opinion: By R. Al Bain
In regard to the Wikileaks controversy, if the government really wants to avoid worldwide embarrassment and keep confidential documents secret, they should keep them in the same place as Obama’s college transcripts and birth certificate!
Follow Up on last weeks Article: Richardville, Whitmer On Same Page
In last weeks article “Republican Richardville & Democrat Whitmer On Same Page”
http://craigwwright.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/the-bain-report-articles-that-affect-you-your-family-for-monday-dec-6-2010/ I noted that Senator Randy Richardville was teasing Senator Gretchen Whitmer on the Senate floor after she was named number 8 on the worlds most “Hottest Politicians” list. I commented that you or I could be or would be fired for this type of comment at our place of employment let alone our elected officials wasting taxpayer time and money with this type of behavior! Turns out I was right according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual Harassment is unacceptable conduct in the workplace and will not be tolerated. Mandated, as part of Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 under the Sexual Harassment section http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm, each and every working person has the legal right to work in an environment free from harassment on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment is a violation of section 703 of Title VII. Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment! So it appears we have an elected lawmaker breaking the law! Is this what the citizens of Monroe County and the State of Michigan deserve? I think not. Whether or not it’s welcomed or unwelcomed that’s not what we send our elected representatives to Lansing for!
Last Ditch Union Power Grab
In the waning lame-duck hours of liberal power, there is a huge push to bring back and pass SB 1072. In its current form, SB 1072, supposedly a reform of binding arbitration that has been strangling local governments for 40 years, will actually expand union boss power! Sadly, the bill’s sponsor is Republican (?) Senator Randy Richardville, (the self proclaimed conservative) who has put nothing regarding a local governments ability to pay for outrageous arbitration awards in the bill. In fact, he voted against an amendment offered by Senator Bruce Patterson to require the arbitrator to consider the financial ability of the community to pay and other general financial considerations when making their determinations. Is it any wonder unions support this so-called labor “reform”? Just another example of the UNIONS FAVORITE LEGISLATOR from across the isle!
Sinking Film Subsidies in other State’s
They should be eliminated here in Michigan as well! Film Producers Subsidies are and has been a complete and total failure to the taxpaying citizens of Michigan. Once seen as a way to bring Hollywood glitter to your state, some states are now having second thoughts about film tax incentives. Iowa is canceling its program as the state owes movie makers more than $200 million, a spokesman for the incoming governor said. And a Missouri State commission recommended ending their program in 2011. One report stated: “This tax credit serves too narrow of an industry and fails to provide a positive return on investment to the state.”
Monroe area candidates for state office kept wallets shut, OH REALLY?
By historic standards, the six Monroe County area candidates for three state offices in the November general election were tightwads, together spending less than $300,000 in their pursuits of victory. Perhaps surprisingly, the single greatest amount of spending by any local candidate for state office “leading up to” the November general election occurred in the race for the 17th District Senate seat. State Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, spent far less than usual in the quest for ballots. This is a misleading article in that according to state campaign finance filings, Sen. Richardville spent $81,027 between the primary and general election and not what he spent leading up to the Primary against his Republican opponant! According to state campaign finance filings he spent more than that total if you count what he spent leading up to the primary! Also left out of this article is the cost of lobbying fellow Republicans for the Senate Majority Leadership position which was documented by MIRS a Lansing based political publication.
At Monroe County Community College, it’s often back to class again & again
State of Michigan auditors have raised concerns after finding nearly 700 students had repeated many classes at Monroe County Community College. Auditors last week said they found 186 students took an English class at least three times and some enrolled eight times. Two-hundred fifty students repeated political science or algebra or basic math at least three times. Auditors looked at records of students who were enrolled from fall 2007 through spring 2009. Auditors say allowing students to repeatedly enroll in the same class is not a wise use of tax dollars.
Is Michigan’s Department of Human Services Hiding the Evidence on Forced Unionization?
Michigan’s Department of Human Services considers home-based daycare workers to be state employees, and this means that the state can take union dues out of the subsidy checks used by parents to pay the daycare providers. But, an online daycare worker application mandated that applicants agree to the following condition: “I understand I am considered to be self employed and not an employee of DHS.” And now, an application and another similar one have been removed from the DHS web site as the state is engaged with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in a lawsuit over the matter. Patrick Wright, the director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, wonders if the state isn’t trying to cover its tracks.
MEA still broke, but its leaders certainly aren’t
So much for our children! Hypocrisy remains a key word in the ongoing financial tale of the Michigan Education Association. Last year we broke the news that the MEA had lost millions of dollars, yet its leadership continued to live large. Despite the obvious budget problems, the MEA administrative team in East Lansing continues to rake in big bucks. The union’s “Million Dollar Quartet” – Executive Director Luigi Battaglieri, President Iris Salters, Vice President Steven Cook and Secretary/Treasurer Margaret McLellan – made a combined $938,872 in 2008, an increase of $36,057 over last year. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot more six-figure salaries in that group, but we only have so much space.
How to eliminate Michigan’s personal income tax in its entirety
Michigan governments would save $5.7 billion if the employment benefits of Michigan’s state and local government workers were set at private sector averages. Click the link below to see how Michigan could accomplish this. Now we have to find a way to eliminate the property tax as well!
RFID Chips allows thieves to Electronically Pickpocket your Credit Card Number
Thieves can now get your credit card number using an electronic device! This is as good of a reason to not have these chips on your (enhanced) drivers license, passports, or credit cards.
Granholm Offers Nation Advice on Job Creation
This is from a governor that has overseen the loss of 609,000 jobs during her eight years in office and her state leading the country with the highest unemployment rate for 49 months. “In 2006, Gov. Granholm told the state of Michigan that it would be ‘blown away by the strength and diversity of Michigan’s transformed economy.” Unemployment in Michigan has since jumped from 6.8 percent to almost 13 percent. It’s bizarre that she would now write an op-ed entitled ‘How to Win the Race for Jobs.’ Granholm says that the solution for the country’s economic problems is more government subsidies aka TAX DOLLARS and BIGGER GOVERNMENT with industrial planning. This is a recipe for failure a word that also sums up her tenure as governor.”
Camp, Upton to chair U.S. House committees
Two Michiganders will chair House committees when the new Congress comes in next month. In their caucus meeting on Wednesday, current and incoming Republican House members confirmed the Steering Committee’s selection of Dave Camp of Midland to be chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Fred Upton of St. Joseph to be chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Republican success in the November election gave the party a majority in the U.S. House. http://www.freep.com/article/20101209/NEWS07/12090472/1001/news/Camp-Upton-to-chair-U.S.-House-committees I hope they do a better job at bringing in federal dollars to Michigan than their predecessors. Michigan ranked last in the nation per capita in federal jobs and payroll and 39th overall at bringing in federal dollars. With our economy near or at the bottom in the nation and having some of the most senior members in Congress, that seems counter-intuitive, but it’s true. Michigan’s congressional delegation has not been taking care of our own state. Here’s a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency with the numbers. http://www.senate.michigan.gov/sfa/Publications/Notes/2010Notes/NotesFal10swgo.pdf
Fed Data Reveals Trillions of Taxpayer Dollars in Bailouts to Big Foreign Banks
Secret Federal Reserve System data released December 1 reveals that the banking cartel (the Fed and its member banks) bailed itself out to the tune of more than $10 trillion in “emergency” funds, with trillions more going to line the pockets of big European and foreign banks. “The $700 billion Wall Street bailout turned out to be pocket change compared to trillions and trillions of dollars in near zero interest loans and other financial arrangements that the Federal Reserve doled out to every major financial institution,” said self-described socialist Senator Sanders after learning about the Fed data.
SILVER, GOLD AND THE IRS
Why You Should Care: By Derry Brownfield
I began a recent presentation before a large group of cattle producers (R-CALFUSA) by showing a paper dollar bill and a silver coin. The words “one dollar” is inscribed on both the coin and the paper, yet the paper dollar will only pay for about one quart of gasoline at today’s prices, while the silver dollar will pay for well over five gallons. I explained to my audience that consumer prices are not high – the paper dollar has lost most of its value. It makes no difference how high the price of gasoline goes, a silver dollar will continue to buy gas for 20 cents a gallon, exactly the price gas was during the Great Depression. Based on 1940 prices, a paper dollar is worth about two pennies.
Is the DREAM Act a Nightmare for Americans?
Last week, the Department of Labor reported that unemployment in America rose to 9.8 percent. Joblessness has now topped 9.5 percent for 16 straight months, the longest stretch since the Great Depression. Yet in the 11th hour of the 111th Congress, Democrats are attempting to pass legislation that would grant amnesty to an estimated two million illegal immigrants. The DREAM Act subsidizes education for illegal immigrants, grants them mass amnesty, encourages more illegal immigration and inevitably takes jobs from American workers. Simply put, the DREAM Act is a nightmare for the American people.
Outline of a Platform for Constitutional Government
If this is where we are, then it is easy to see “what to do, and how to do it.” We must return to the principles and institutions of the founding of our country. We must revive constitutional rule. To do so, we propose the following four pillars of constitutional government. Click the link below.
Contract with America, Part 2 on Steroids
President Obama’s fiscal commission supposedly offers an “aggressive prescription” to reduce the federal deficit. It’s not just the debt and deficit, stupid. It’s the size, scope and bloat of the federal government. Click link below for the plan.
Swindle of the Year to the American Taxpayers
The Republican leadership should have insisted on a permanent extension of the tax cuts and required cuts in other federal spending to fund additional benefits for the jobless. Conservatives say Republicans in Congress should have not negotiated with a president reeling from his party’s electoral defeats last month. But with what that’s going to cost and if it happens with Republican participation, then you have to ask yourself, what was the point of the election? This will be the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than the $814 billion 2009 stimulus package.
The No. 1 Issue for Republicans in 2011
Forget tax cuts, gays in the military and even immigration. In 2011, the hot-button issue for newly ascendant Republicans will be the health care law.
What to Make of the Obama-GOP Tax Deal
The Obama administration and Republican Senators have come to an agreement to extend current tax rates for all Americans. This compromise is not a good idea. The Bush-era tax cuts are only to be extended for two years, which will not provide the same economic boost as a permanent extension, which would give Americans strong, clear incentives to save and invest knowing that tax rates will remain stable. Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis recently noted that a temporary extension could cost the economy jobs as compared with making current rates permanent. Under the new deal the death-tax will be reinstated, a step that Heritage has shown is a disincentive to savings and a setback to job growth. Additionally, unemployment benefits will once again be extended without a plan to fund the additional 13 months agreed upon. These benefits will lead to further long-term unemployment, rather than solve the nation’s unemployment crisis. These flaws in the compromise can and should be fixed now or in the new year.
If we want our sovereignty to prosper, we can no longer sit idle while the very fabric that made our Country great is torn apart. The place to begin is the profound words of our Founders, and in the Declaration of Independence itself.
Opinion: By R. Al Bain
In light of the severity with the economic climate and the dire straights here in Michigan, Michigan Legislator’s should focus on funding basic services first, then the extras! This goes for all elected officials whether in townships, cities, village’s and counties throughout Michigan. We can longer afford anything but “basic services” without raising taxes on the citizenry! Reduce the size and scope of government to where it was originally intended and cut out all the failed programs, entity’s, subsidy’s, and entitlement’s that are not a necessary function of government!
Republican Richardville & Democrat Whitmer On Same Page
Why bother in having two Party’s? Both party’s have become just the opposite side of the same coin in that the values are the same it’s their agenda not the peoples! The two new incoming Senate leaders are on the same page when it comes to considering a possible revenue increase next year to eradicate a $1.6 billion budget deficit. “I don’t think anything is off the table completely,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville told MIRS. The new GOP leader has immediately established himself as not following in the footsteps of the current Majority Leader Mike Bishop, who was loathed to even use the words revenue increase during his tenure. Richardville began his first day on the job doing just that. Incoming Democrat Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer is elated saying, “Randy will be more open” than Bishop and she said she looked forward to working with him. I bet she is ever since she’s been getting a lot more attention on the Senate floor after being named number 8 on its World’s Hottest Politicians list. http://domemagazine.com/departments/radar/radar_sept08.html It seems her colleagues, especially a certain Sen. Randy Richardville, can’t resist teasing her. Isn’t that behavior considered sexual harassment in the work place, wouldn’t we be fired for those same actions at our place of employment? I guess our elected officials are exempt from this type of behavior! Set’s a great example doesn’t it?
Michigan Legislators should follow suit on feel-good resolutions
The GOP next Wednesday is set to adopt a new set of Republican Conference rules that will place tight restrictions on who and what the House can honor, a bid to cut time they consider wasted on the floor. Michigan Legislators should follow suit on feel-good resolutions such as wasting taxpayer time honoring fellow legislators, sports figures, and so on! How much time and taxpayer money was wasted for Senate Republican Randy Richardville from Monroe honoring Democrat Congressman John Dingell in 2009? http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-SR-10 Or day’s of debate on whether Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game in baseball! This is all just a waste of time, money, and a disservice to the taxpayers of Michigan and nothing what so ever to do with the issues facing the State of Michigan or it’s citizens.
State Senator Ray Basham seeks expanding smoking ban to Detroit casinos
Two months into Michigan’s workplace smoking ban, State Senator Ray Basham hasn’t understood the impact that this unconstitutional ban has had on private businesses. Reports are coming in from across the State that this legislation has caused as much as a 50% loss of some businesses since it’s implementation! This means a loss in jobs, tax revenue for the State and so on. How will the State replace this lost tax revenue? I’ll tell you, they will be forced to raise your taxes to replace it! The tobacco companies are a legal entity employing thousands and to take the right away or choice from private business is a travesty to the American way of life and free enterprise. The law should absolutely be repealed!
Pure Michigan Tourism Campaign gets $10-million
Late last Thursday in the lame duck session with lobbyist in full force, the Senate voted to rob the taxpayers to the tune of $10 million from the failed “21st Century Jobs Fund,” to fund a winter and spring ad campaign for the private tourism industry. This private industry did it’s own analyst for funding this advertising campaign and found it was not in their best interest financially for their return on investment. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to bring back the water winter wonderland license plate logo for advertising on Michigan’s moving billboards such as cars, trucks, and trailers? Just my thought!
Yet another “Good Reason” for a Part-time Legislature
“Lame duck session” Michigan Legislature quacks toward end on last day
The Michigan House and Senate traded a flurry of bills long bottled up in committee during an election year that saw the chambers in session just 96 days through Thursday. Let me see, aren’t there 260 working day’s in a year (excluding weekends)? That means our elected officials work less than half the time! However, they receive full time pay and benefits from those taxpayers they are supposed to represent. Is it just me or does anybody else out there see a problem with this? Wake up Michigan citizens!
Michigan Legislature is an embarrassment to the State
The Michigan Senate has been busy this week working on very important legislation, but on Wednesday the 29 outgoing members, plus the nine with a newly renewed four-year tenure, found time for 29 other items of business, listed below. These all passed on voice-votes.
Comment By jimkress | Dec. 6, 2010:
Michigan is in a Depression, primarily due to these yahoos in the State Government who couldn’t make money selling girls on an Army base. However, they still find time to praise their own vast incompetence. The Michigan Legislature is an embarrassment to the state and an affront to the people of Michigan. There could be no better example than this to show we need them ALL to be replaced and that the Legislature should only be a part time job.
The hypocrisy and self-interest of Michigan’s largest school employees union. Their mission has little if anything to do with education quality and more to do with promoting its health care plan, protecting the worst teachers, and suppressing meaningful reform. We are dedicated to exposing the financials and personnel of the MEA union in order to show how and why they block educational reform in our state.
Current Teacher Tenure Law
Under current law, it is nearly impossible to fire a tenured teacher, no matter how ineffective. Michigan is hardly immune to the problem. School districts here have kept tenured teachers on the payroll despite felony convictions, and on the rare occasion a school does manage to unload a deficient instructor, doing so can require years of legal action costing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Our children’s education and future suffers while Unions protect these bad teachers because of the “Teacher Tenure Law” passed by our legislators!
Citizen arrested for attending two open school board meetings
Coldwater Police later apologized, saying they didn’t understand the Open Meetings Act. Open meetings are open meetings. That means citizens who do not create a disturbance have an absolute right to attend, whether school personnel like them or not.
Monroe County’s 2011 Budget Problem
The board two weeks ago informed the sheriff he needed to cut $3 million from his budget, and the reductions reported Thursday equaled $748,488. But the sheriffs wasn’t the only department that didn’t make requested cuts. The board asked the clerks department for $150,000 in cuts and got $1,000. The board asked the Friend of the Court for a $161,000 reduction and, instead, the department increased its projected costs $179,433 that’s the difference between what the department head claims next years expenses will be and the finance departments earlier 2011 numbers.
County Board of Commissioners comes with a few extra perks
Current commissioners are eligible for lifetime benefits and a pension if they serve 10 years with the county and are at least 55 years old when they retire. Somehow (years ago), they just slipped in the lifetime benefits. Political leaders are very good at rewarding themselves with lifetime benefits. It sends a message that people are confusing public service with self service. “It’s not a full-time job” There are not many jobs where part-time you get any benefits at all. Many commissioners have regular full time jobs that pay benefits and pensions so they are collecting extra perks at taxpayers expense.
Michigan Health Care Freedom Amendment “Obamacare”
Will new Legislature get it done?
In March 2010, the GOP legislative attempts to thwart the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were considered a fantastic hope, they were squashed by the Democrats. Republican’s will now have a super majority in the Senate and a strong majority in the House in 2011 let’s see if they can get it done? State Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, said he’ll introduce legislation to thwart the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if others balked. “I’m totally against Obamacare,” Agema said. Wendy Day of Common Sense in Government led an unsuccessful effort to get 381,000 signatures on a petition to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot as a citizen-initiated proposal. Day says she thought people were “very nervous” about the new GOP-led legislature that takes over in January. “People are not that confident that they will do the things that need to be done to save our state, including fighting back against the federal government,” Day said. “The voters will be looking for early indicators that this Republican-controlled government is going to honor the trust that they have been given.”
Michigan’s economic growth ‘sluggish and uneven,’ index shows
The state’s economy slipped in October, according to the Michigan Economic Activity Index compiled by Comerica Bank.
Tea Party wants Sarah Palin to Run for RNC Chair
Many Republicans are urging Sarah Palin to run for president. But the Tea Party Nation wants her to vie for chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. A letter was sent to the former Alaska governor asking her to run.
Why I Love WikiLeaks
This only validates the American citizens distrust in our most important institutions. The recent WikiLeaks release shows the low regard U.S. secretaries of state hold for international treaties that bar spying at the United Nations. Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, systematically and serially violated those treaties to gain an incremental upper hand. And they did it in writing! That Clinton now decries Julian Assange’s truth-telling as an “attack” on America but excuses her cavalier approach to treaty violation tells you all you need to know about U.S. diplomacy.
WikiLeaks to release U.S. bank’s documents of flagrant violations, unethical practices
It has declined to identify the bank, describing it only as a major U.S. bank that is still in existence. This is compared to the release to emails that were unveiled as a result of the collapse of disgraced energy company Enron Corp. It is rumored that the bank is Bank of America which is one of the banks that received the taxpayer bailouts!
Raising Taxes or New START? It Should Not Be an Either/Or Decision
Well, it looks like Washington is back at it. Reports of new backroom deal-making the same practices that America so vocally denounced earlier this November. So what’s being gambled this time? Only our national security. The White House is trying to strike a deal with Senate Republicans: the Democrats will agree to extend the Bush tax cuts if Republicans agree to ratify the New START treaty.
Heritage Takes a Look at Today’s Fiscal Commission Report
The President’s Fiscal Commission issued its preliminary report today. By and large, the report’s recommendations are positive first steps, Heritage Foundation experts report. But that’s all they are: first steps. But that’s all they are: first steps. Specifically, that any realistic plan should fully fund defense, reform runaway entitlement spending, eliminate Obamacare and permanently lower personal and corporate tax rates. Heritage research also shows the danger and futility of raising tax rates, especially during a recession.
Michigan Republican State Convention: MI GOP State Convention to be held Friday and Saturday, January 28-29, 2011 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Michigan Republicans will elect it’s new statewide and congressional district leadership at this convention.
A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt”
Opinion By R. Al Bain
With the recent election of the new Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Union Institutions favorite legislator, as an example the Police-Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill http://michiganvotes.org/2010-SB-1072 plus in an interview with Frank Beckman in which Frank ask if tax increases were a consideration with Richardville responding that nothing is off the table coupled with recent statements made by Governor elect Rick Snyder, I can see four or heaven forbid maybe eight more years of the failed Granholm administration policies here in Michigan. The reason I come to this conclusion is that the Senate Majority leader decides which legislation goes into committee and which comes out for consideration in becoming law. One of a few troubling statements made by Mr. Snyder to the press was that we must look at Internet purchases for we our loosing tax revenue there! Think about that statement for a moment? How about making the necessary cuts in Government to reduce it’s size and scope here in Michigan as a way to cut cost, balance the budget and not way’s to gain more tax revenue! It doesn’t matter which party Republicans or Democrats they all want to keep the status quo and continue to grow bigger Government not cut it! A great start would be a PART-TIME legislature they are already part time but with full time pay and benefits!
Red Flag in Senate District 17
The future majority leader of the Michigan Senate wants his critics to know that he is no liberal. He may want us to know that, and he may not be a liberal. What he is not is a conservative. He’s a “Republican” who favors unionization forced by government. As a recent example, he co-sponsored Senate Bill 731, legislation that would transfer $6.6 million in taxpayer money to the SEIU government employee union. It did it by creating a government “employer” for about 42,000 individuals who are hired by elderly or disabled Medicaid recipients. The Mackinac Center has filed a lawsuit over a similar set-up involving home day care providers. He wants us to focus on the “big picture” and not on his “voting record from 6 years ago.” His SEIU subsidy was introduced in 2009 that’s one year ago and this is from someone with a financial background? Click the link below to see more favorable legislation benefiting Union institutional interest to the detriment of Michigan Taxpayers.
November Speaks, But Is Lansing Listening?
Richardville: Questionable Quotes
A recent Associated Press article pointed out that “there are nearly 20 lobbyists for every lawmaker” in Michigan; a total of 2,783. In 2009, Michigan fulltime lobbyists (many paid for with your tax dollars) spent almost $12 million more than in 2001, a 60% increase. That’s why taxpayer lobbyists like AFP-MI and our 50,000 members must not rest. We too must increase our activity because, though many Democrats have been replaced by Republicans, whether or not they were replaced by fiscal conservatives remains to be seen. Consider the case of new State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe). Referring to Right to Work, Richardville recently said, “The idea of going in and changing one of the fundamental privileges for years seems to me to be more disruptive with little positive results.” Even more potentially ominous, Richardville’s stated position on hiking taxes to balance the state budget is “I don’t think anything is off the table completely.” Richardville has had eight days to correct or clarify this quote in the MIRS newsletter, but has been in no rush to do so. The article, continued “Asked if he might have to look at ‘some new revenue piece’ he said, “I think that’s fair. Yeah. We have to look at everything.’” So much for moving to the right because that’s what the people want was a quote from Mr. Richardville in regard to his self proclaimed conservatism!
Reading Between the Billboard Lines
According to MIRS Capitol Capsule (subscription required), the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) is “hoping to send a clear message to lame duck legislative leaders — don’t you leave town without funding Pure Michigan.” The private trade group wants public funds (TAX DOLLARS) to advance their industry, and to this end they’ve launched a billboard campaign. While traveling through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for two weeks carrying the message of Freedom & Liberty talking with local business owners including Bars, Taverns, and Restaurants on the effects of the smoking ban on their business, I couldn’t help but notice new digital billboards with the message of “Don’t Text and Drive” flashing on them, wonder how much that cost Michigan Taxpayers? That’s as much of a waste of taxpayer dollars as the “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” signs! Then I noticed another billboard telling motorist to check www.michigan.gov/drive for the latest road closures and conditions. OK, don’t text and drive but it’s OK to logon to a website while driving? We really do have some morons as elected officials!
Right-to-Work: Resistance Is Feudal
Unions and Their ‘Fundamental Privilege’
During a radio interview last week, incoming Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville was asked about the prospects for a right-to-work bill. Richardville replied that right-to-work, which guarantees individual workers will have the choice to pay union dues or withhold support based on their own values and their own opinion of the union’s work, would not be a top priority: “Twenty percent of the workers in Michigan are unionized,” MIRS quotes Richardville as saying, “and the idea of going in and changing one of the fundamental privileges for years seems to me to be more disruptive with little positive results.” Disruptive to Mr. Richardville’s campaign coffers if Michigan was to become a right to work state! All one has to do is check the Michigan SOS campaign finance disclosure website to see why this would be disruptive in his mind!
Autism Insurance Coverage Mandate
The lobbyists and activists working to impose a state insurance mandate for autism coverage in Michigan are extremely active. Less than two hours after I blogged on this topic yesterday, I was contacted by two of them. One of the observations I made in that post was that proponents for a particular mandate always claim that their mandate will actually save money in the long run, which raises the question: “So if it’s cost effective why don’t insurance companies just add the desired coverage in all policies without a mandate?” This is a bad idea that will only raise the premiums of all insurance policy holders here in Michigan! While I feel for parents with autistic children, I do not think it’s right for the taxpayers to pay for them! It is not the responsibility of all to pay for the few. Choosing to have a child was a decision as a couple and no one else should have to live with the problems that may arise they do. The taxpaying citizens of Michigan should have no direct responsibility for that couples decision and the consequences that may come with it! I hope our elected legislators see clear on this issue and vote against this mandate.
Monroe County Board of Commissioners gets two seats on 911 panel
After months of wrangling and a public rebuke of its activities two weeks ago the Monroe County Board of Commissioners has created two positions for board members on the county’s 911 board. The 911 panel has been charged with the task of hiring and reviewing the performance of the county’s 911 system director, but the county board Tuesday also relieved the nine-member panel of that job.
Whistle-blower lawsuit accuses Ficano of bullying
A former high-ranking Wayne County official says in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed this week that he was bullied by County Executive Robert Ficano and his appointees and eventually was fired for talking with the FBI about allegations of corruption. Don’t think for one minute this doesn’t happen right here in Monroe County with it’s elected officials! Trumped up charges were recently leveled against two Directors of the Monroe County Conservative Caucus for their outspoken criticisms of State Senator Randy Richardville and the local Republican Party.
U-M President Mary Sue Coleman contract extended with raise
Michigan taxpayer money goes towards these higher education universities and colleges then you read stories about exuberant salaries like this! This is not isolated to just U of M. If these institutions can afford to pay these type of salaries then we as taxpayers should not be subsidizing them! Does anybody but me think this is just plain outrageous? The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents has given President Mary Sue Coleman a two-year contract extension, the university said Thursday, meaning she’ll remain U-M’s president through July 2014. Coleman’s contract had been set to expire in June 2012. Coleman’s base salary, $570,105, remains the same and reflects a 3% increase she received in October. Her total compensation is $800,455. However, on Thursday, the board increased Coleman’s deferred compensation payment — money she doesn’t receive until the end of her contract — by $100,000.
Is it Time for Taxpayers to Bail Out the DSO?The Senate surprised many when it moved fast on
SB 1578 and SB 1579, after previously declining to act on anything close to a tax increase, but the bills are being fast-tracked through the Legislature in general because of the shortened lame-duck session. The House skipped its usual referral of the bills to committee and just put them on second reading. When are the taxpaying citizens of Michigan getting their Bailout? Don’t hold your breath! Click this link http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=512819 to see how your elected representatives voted! This creates yet a more bigger government authority with the power to impose a property tax of up to .2 mils for up to 20 years! How they voted just shows you how you were lied to during the elections in order to retain power, control, and a cushy government job and not what is in your best interest! Wake up Michigan voters before it’s to late if it isn’t already! http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=gze7tjcab&v=001fTAmhMmZbVL8L7SeA1AnLXshJsdpNemrucApGNihFUEiw4UWxiUg2gQuRuNf1VVoLxZ4bHXL8ooYiBIpR1kRpgCSvqsfF_g6UUfCX5dvelg%3D
Tea Party Shows Its Impact
In a historic move, the Republican National Committee has invited FreedomWorks and Tea Party activists to interview and vet candidates who hope to become the next RNC Chairman. This is the next step in what we have termed the Tea Party movement’s “takeover” of the GOP.
Ron Paul to Be Appointed Committee Chair Overseeing Federal Reserve
In one of the best moves the Republicans have made in a long time, they are poised to give committee chairmanship to Congressmen Ron Paul in order to oversee the operations of the Federal Reserve.
Critics Challenge Choosing Upton as Energy Chair
This would be a tone-deaf disaster if the Republican leadership lets Fred Upton ascend to the chairmanship of the House energy committee,” said conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on his radio show. “No Republican complicit in nannyism, statism, can be rewarded this way.” Fred Upton’s record is full of votes for more regulation, more spending, and more taxes click
here http://blogs.freedomworks.org/DownWithUpton/wp-content/themes/minimahl/votes.htm And you don’t have to take our word for it. The Club for Growth gives him an average ranking of 175th in Congress over the past 5 years on pro-growth economic policy. To put that in perspective, there were 179 Republicans in the House going into this year’s election. Red State has made similar comments here, the American Spectator here, and Politico has posted this extensive summary of Upton’s record here.
We can’t put the genie back in the bong
This was as predictable as the sunrise Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana, and two years later, no one can seem to decide who’s a patient and who’s a pothead. More than 60,000 residents have applied for medical marijuana certificates, the ticket to being able to use pot legally, and even grow small amounts at home; roughly half have received them. Wow, that’s a lot of suffering in our state. Perhaps when voters passed the proposal in 2008 they envisioned cancer and glaucoma patients toking in the restricted confines of hospitals and clinics, and getting sanitized pot in carefully measured doses from licensed pharmacies. That’s not exactly how it’s worked out. Therapeutic pot is being marketed about the same way as the everyday let’s-get-high-for-the-hell-of-it pot. It’s being grown in basements under hot lights and pushed to patients through head shops and person-to-person deals that have the law enforcement community struggling to figure out what’s legal and what isn’t. The answer seems to depend on where you live. Oakland County, for example, is busy putting the pot stores out of business and cracking down on the home growers; Ann Arbor has 23 medical marijuana stores that go unmolested by authorities.
Michigan Government Pay Outpaces Private Sector
Local government and state workers’ average weekly pay surpassed that of private sector workers in Michigan in 2009, according to an analysis done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Deficit Panel: No Social Security Benefits Till Age 68
The co-chairmen of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission are sticking with politically explosive proposals to raise the Social Security retirement age and curb benefit increases in a revised plan to wrestle the deficit under control. Baby Boomers waited all their working life and paid into Social Security only to have the rules changed as they approached retirement. That’s the price we pay for BIG GOVERNMENT!
Did the Auto Bailout Really Save One Million Jobs?
The very concept of a “taxpayer-forced bailout saving 1.14 million jobs” is ludicrous and does great violence to the genuine workings of a market-system. It appears to be political advocacy at its crudest level, rather than a legitimate economic analysis. The study is ridiculously biased and sentimental, rather than economically-rooted in basic principles or financially objective.
Foreclosure Sales and Prices Plunged This Summer
The worst summer for home sales in decades also put a chill on foreclosure sales, even as the average discounts on the distressed properties got bigger compared with other types of homes. Foreclosure sales plunged 25% in the July-September quarter versus the April-June period and tumbled 31% from the third quarter last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac said Thursday.
House clears Indian, black farmer settlements
American Indian landowners and black farmers who for years have waited for Washington to address their claims of government mistreatment won a hard-fought victory Tuesday as Congress cleared legislation to pay the groups $4.6 billion to settle a pair of historic class-action lawsuits. Does this mean reparations for African Americans for the enslavement of their ancestors are not far behind? Congressman John Conyers (D-Detroit) has introduced such legislation with regularity since 1989!
7 Towns Where Land is Free
As small towns suffer from a continuing flight from rural toward-more urban living, some economic development groups and governments in these troubled areas have chosen to stay and fight. The Homestead Act of 1862 is no longer in effect, but free land is still available out there in the great wide open (often literally in the great wide open). In fact, the town of Beatrice, Nebraska has even enacted a Homestead Act of 2010.
There’s an annual contest at the University of Arkansas calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year’s term was: “Political Correctness.” The winning student wrote:
“Political correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rapidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.”
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.