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Opinion: By R. Al Bain
In last weeks “Bain Report” an article published on the appointment of John Eleniewski to the Legislative Advisory Counsel (LAC) of Representative Chris Nybo (R) Illinois, it’s interesting to note that the former Monroe resident who was active in the Monroe County Republican Party was discouraged by certain members of it’s executive committee to run for political office in 2008. At a candidate approval meeting by this local party it was suggested to Mr. Eleniewski by the party’s first vice chair Glenda Kennon that he may want to rethink his political views if he wanted the party’s approval as to run for office here in Monroe County.
As a founding member and former Director of the Conservative Caucus of Monroe County it would appear that his conservative values and ideals did not fit well with the Republican Party of Monroe County. Ultimately Mr.Eleniewski left the MCRP and ran for State Representative under the U.S. Taxpayers Party against former Democrat State Representative Kate Ebli. In a debate held at the Monroe County Community College with all the candidates prior to the election Mr.Eleniewski dominated all the candidates hands down and seemed to be the only one fluent in both the Michigan Constitution and the US Constitution.
This begs the question, why is Mr. Elenieswki’s conservative political views and ideals good enough for Republican Representative Chris Nybo in Illinois but not good enough for the executive committee members of the Monroe County Republican Party? Experience tells me that the MCRP does not adhere to the principles and values that the Republican Party was founded upon! At the 2008 county convention over 50 Conservative Republican Precinct Delegates were purged and denied their right to a secret ballot and will not return as long as the same liberal executive committee is in control.
The highest ranking member of the MCRP Senator Randy Richardville stood to be counted in favor of taking away that right to a secret ballot (A Democratic Union Tactic) witnessed by over half of those in attendance. Sitting on that same executive committee was the former president of the Monroe County Sheriffs Democratic Union! Note: first vice chair Glenda Kennon is the mother of State Senator Randy Richardville.
Governor Chris Christie speaks about Police Salaries, Pensions and Layoffs
Don’t let lawmakers play us for chumps, Christie tells Middletown crowd! The public needs to pressure state legislators to enact health care and pension reform this year, before the state digs itself further into a financial hole, Gov. Chris Christie told more than 200 people who braved Wednesday’s snowstorm to hear him speak. Monroe County and the State of Michigan should follow this example! Excellent article and video.
Political Propaganda: Poll finds support for proposed river crossing (DRIC)
It’s always amazing that polls conducted by those with an interest and agenda in favor of what they are polling come out on top. I wonder how it was worded? What false numbers and statistics were used? What promises were made of the benefits it would bring? The headline is: A new statewide poll conducted for the Detroit Regional Chamber found that nearly nine in 10 Michigan residents favor building the proposed Detroit River International Crossing bridge between Detroit and Windsor. The poll was conducted about a week after Gov. Rick Snyder came out strongly for the DRIC in his State of the State address. The government has no business in the bridge business especially when a private businessman is willing to spend his own money. So this poll states that 9 in 10 Michigan Taxpayers are all for this? I think not.
Michigan income tax rollback: Done deal or bad idea?
Will they renege on their promise? When Michigan lawmakers reluctantly agreed to raise the state income tax in 2007 (The Largest Tax Increase in the States History), they put in a requirement that the tax would start dropping again in 2011 and continue to drop until 2015. House Republicans already have said they support decreasing the tax from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent, which will lower revenue by around $150 million in the next fiscal year. If the tax continues to decrease as scheduled, it will drop revenue by $329 million in fiscal 2013, $523 million in fiscal 2014 and more than $700 million in fiscal 2015, when the rate would be down to 3.9 percent, where it was in mid-2007. But as new Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville stated in regard to raising taxes nothing is off the table! If this promise is broken by saying technically it’s not a tax increase it will be a bold face lie to the taxpayer’s!
Democrats after McCotter’s Congressional Seat and so are the Tea Partiers
Congressman McCotter Supports “Bailout” of Union Pensions
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said last week that it has begun running radio ads and making robo-calls criticizing U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, a Livonia Republican and so are the Tea Partiers! Word throughout the Tea Party groups and it’s members suggest it’s time for McCotter to join the Huckabee Band and hit the road! Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter, R-Livonia, is one of just nine Republicans nationwide to co-sponsor legislation that seeks to bail out union pension funds and put taxpayers “on the hook for $165 billion in unfunded union pension liabilities,” according to Americans for Limited Government. McCotter is also the only Michigan U.S. House member from either party to co-sponsor the bill, H.R. 3936, which was introduced by North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy and has 43 total co-sponsors. McCotter also voted in favor of “Homeland Security” and the “Patriot Act” that infringes on Americans Freedom’s and Liberty’s with a cost to taxpayers to the tune of Billions of dollars! Although some liberal Republicans were missed or received a pass in the 2010 elections and continue to hold office, we as Conservative Republican voters cannot afford to re-elect these type’s in the future because our future depends on it!
What’s the Real Unemployment Number?
Fuzzy math strikes again! Last week’s surprisingly sharp decline in the unemployment rate from 9.4% to 9% and equally surprising anemic job growth — 36,000 new jobs — left a lot of investors scratching their heads. How could the unemployment rate plummet so significantly while a such a trivial number of new jobs were created? If we simply extrapolate those numbers, we get some nonsensical results. If adding 36,000 jobs to the 139 million jobs in the U.S. economy lowers the unemployment rate by 0.4 percentage points, then adding just 720,000 jobs should lower the unemployment rate by 8 points — from 9% to only 1%. Yet the Bureau of Labor Statisticsdata shows that 812,000 jobs were added in the year from January 2010 to January 2011 (138,511,000 vs. 139,323,000). Based on the unemployment rate announced last week, we could expect that those 812,000 additional jobs would have lowered the unemployment rate to near-zero. But of course, we know they didn’t.
State of Michigan Unemployment Tax to Double
States, led by California, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have borrowed $42 billion from the federal government as of Feb. 4 because their unemployment trust funds have run out of money, according to the Labor Department. Under existing law, some states would be required to raise taxes next year because of federal rules covering shortfalls in unemployment-insurance funds.
Congress is once again considering major Energy Legislation
It’s focused largely on promotion of energy sources that produce few or no greenhouse gases. While proponents argue that wind is free, harnessing it into useful electricity certainly is not. Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) does not come without a significant cost to consumers. There are federal studies of the costs of a RES that conclude that it would add no more than a few percent to electric rates,  but these studies do not take the full cost of wind and other renewables into account. This Center for Data Analysis (CDA) Report provides such a comprehensive economic analysis. CDA analysis projects that an RES as outlined below would: Raise electricity prices by 36 percent for households and 60 percent for industry; Cut national income (GDP) by $5.2 trillion between 2012 and 2035; Cut national income by $2,400 per year for a family of four; Reduce employment by more than 1,000,000 jobs; and Add more than $10,000 to a family of four’s share of the national debt by 2035.
Wasting Money on Windmills
A recent article in Slate by Robert Bryce describes how Texas has more wind generator capacity than any other state — around 9,700 megawatts. But last August, when state electricity demand set a one-day record of 63,494 megawatts, all those windmills contributed just 500 megawatts, or about 5 percent of their rated capacity.
Borders: A ‘MEGA’ Bankruptcy for Michigan
One of the first beneficiaries of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credit program was Waldenbooks, a subsidiary of Borders Group. Boarders received a reported $7.7 million tax credit. Michael LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, pointed out that before the MEGA credit was even approved, the Ann Arbor News reported that the company’s president was buying a home in Michigan. LaFaive’s question: Was it really necessary to hand over the $7.7 million special credit if the company was already showing such strong signs of coming to Michigan anyway? Now, more than a decade later, news that Borders is considering bankruptcybolsters LaFaive’s belief that market forces will win out over government’s targeting of favored businesses for tax relief. . ABC News reported the following: “Borders has cut jobs, shuttered stores, downsized its smaller Waldenbooks chain and made other moves to try to improve net income, but it still faces losses.”
Southgate to move School Offices into City Hall to save Taxpayer Dollars
City and schools officials said they are excited about the move because it shows the separate government entities working together and would save taxpayer money. “Moving to City Hall would be a $100,000 a year savings,” said Dave Peden, the district’s superintendent. City officials estimate the move would save the city about $120,000 a year. The city has a $30-million budget and projects a $750,000 shortfall during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.