The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, December, 27, 2010

 “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!
Richardville
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
I agree…
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.”
Richardville
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.
 
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.
http://www.aolnews.com/2010/12/21/fcc-net-neutrality-ruling-what-does-it-mean-for-you/
 
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.
James Monroe
 
 
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  1. #1 by CALSteve on December 24, 2010 - 10:06 pm

    When rich folks show initiative and stand up for themselves, it’s called “free enterprise.”
    When working people do it, it’s called “forced unionization.” Can’t be having these people earn more than minimum wage and actually getting health benefits, now can we?

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