Archive for May, 2011

The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, May, 30, 2011

The “Bain Report” is a weekly publication for those citizens of Michigan who are concerned with the representation they are receiving from their elected officials. The purpose of this report is to educate and inform the citizens with pertinent articles and legislation that affect the family’s of Michigan. If you or anyone you know wishes to receive the “Bain Report” reply to rabman13@aol.com with add me to the weekly “Bain Report” in the subject line with your name and e-mail address in the body. Your email will be added to the list of those Patriots, Activist, and Concerned Citizens here in Michigan who receive the “Bain Report” published every Monday. For those currently receiving the “Bain Report” and wish to be removed from these mailings please reply to above e-mail address with remove me from your list in the subject line.

Opinion: By R. Al Bain
Political Corruption in Detroit, Lansing, and Beyond

With the recent story of Walter Ralph Mabry former head of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Union who plead guilty in federal court to accepting kickbacks from a casino consultant and a Chicago businessman who donated $10,000 to ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s nonprofit foundation, this is just the tip of the iceberg in all these scandals!

While I am not a prosecutor or an attorney, the evidence and or ties with the information I have obtained sure doesn’t look good for certain political figures not only in Detroit but Lansing as well! There is more to this corruption that will be reveled. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade who is investigating Kwame Kilpatrick’s inner circle in the Detroit corruption may be all over this already? A certain long time politician in Lansing who accepted campaign contributions from the Carpenters Union was said to have arranged these meetings with lawmakers at the request of the Carpenters Union in which Mr. Mabry headed, the top political figure in Lansing invited lawmakers with positions of influence on key committees to meet with Mr.Mabry in casual settings in Detroit.

Those politicians invited were treated to dinner at Fishbones, then to a Red Wings game, and then to a suite at a prominent Detroit Hotel coincidently next to Kwame Kilpatrick’s suite in which Kwame came over to their suite and conversed with the key political figure who arranged this meeting and other lawmakers. If I can find this stuff out wouldn’t you think that U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade who is the lead investigator would find this out as well? I knew Kwame and many other politicians were dirty and couldn’t figure out why it appeared they were getting away with the illegal activities they were doing. I said to a close friend why isn’t the FBI looking into these politicians and she responded how do you know they aren’t, turns out they were! It will be interesting to see how this all play’s out and for all involved to get their due!

Along with corrupted politicians I’m sure there are prominent businessmen in Detroit and around Michigan that are also involved as to garner political favors in Lansing. When the Kilpatrick story broke some of those names was mentioned only to disappear as the story concentrated on Mr. Kilpatrick.

Does Richardville have Ties to Former Union Boss Guilty of taking Kickbacks?
You make the call! I received several phones calls from past and present elected state legislators in regard to the breaking story on former Carpenter’s Union Boss Walter Ralph Mabry who wish to remain anonymous.

Interesting Information: It was stated that current Senate Majority leader Senator Randy Richardville arranged for lawmakers and the leadership of the Carpenters Union which then included union head Walter Ralph Mabry former head of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters who just plead guilty Monday in federal court to accepting kickbacks from a casino consultant and a Chicago businessman who donated $10,000 to ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s nonprofit foundation. It is alleged that Richardville arranged meetings with lawmakers to meet with Mr. Mabry as to gain Union Support at an undisclosed location in Detroit.

Although it’s not uncommon for lawmakers to help with causes they believe in, it is suspicious for a so-called Republican to help with special interest groups such as the carpenters union in order for them to have a greater voice in government over the very people who elected him and who he is supposed to represent. But of concern to the taxpayers and voters is that fact that these revelations have come to the forefront in regard to Mr. Mabry who recently pled guilty to accepting kickbacks in federal court. It is also alleged that at the request of the carpenters union in which Mr. Mabry headed, that Mr. Richardville invited lawmakers with positions of influence on key committees to meet with Mr.Mabry in casual settings in Detroit.

More than 80 percent of Richardvile’s donors were Political Action Committees representing a variety of business interests, including Homebuilders, Banks and Credit Unions. He also received donations from the “Carpenters Union”, the Utility Workers Union and the Michigan Education Association. Richardville is a Union Supporter, the Unions placed “thousands of dollars” into his campaign coffers according to the Michigan Secretary of State campaign finance web site! An example of one is RANDY RICHARDVILLE FOR SENATE DIRECT CONTRIBUTION FROM THE MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS 12/08/05 $5,000.00. For verification as to validate this contribution click this link Michigan Campaign Statement Contributions!

There is, it appears, validation to this allegation with Richardville’s introduction of the (Mandate Carpenter Licensure Bill) in 2007 Senate Bill 839 & Senate Bill 839-40 (As Introduced) and sponsored by Senators Randy Richardville (R) and Ray Basham (D) and his support for forced unionization of home health care provider’s and home day care provider’s! Fitting the pieces together it now becomes perfectly clear why Richardville and his political cronies worked so hard to eliminate the people he called radicals within the Monroe County Republican Party! Crystal clear!
http://detnews.com/article/20110517/METRO01/105170367/Former-carpenters–union-boss-pleads-guilty-to-taking-kickbacks#ixzz1Mht3l3qu

The Real Price Tag of Carpenters Union Corruption
The details of all the goings-on between union boss, “investment consultants,” politicians and dubious
charities is all a little overwhelming, so I won’t try to go into all the
complexities here, but there’s one little corner of the spaghetti tangle that
deserves highlighting, because it illustrates how damaging union corruption can
actually be.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/15067

Lawmakers seek Tenure Reforms, say Firing Bad Teachers too Costly
Removing an ineffective teacher is such a long, expensive process that many districts won’t bother trying.”We could spend as much as $200,000 only to have the (state) Tenure Commission put the teacher back in the classroom,” said Bruce Brown, superintendent of the Stockbridge Community Schools. I’ve personally heard this from other superintendent’s from other district’s that this is a huge problem and a disservice to our children’s education. But when you get a union supporting legislator introducing legislation such as an “Amendment” to Senate Bill 638 in 2009 offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on December 3, 2009, to establish that the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would create the definition of “consistently ineffective” in teaching, and the state Board of Education would have to approve this it just validates Mr. Brown’s point! The amendment passed by a voice vote in the Senate on December 3, 2009. Like the right to work legislation with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville this will be very hard to get passed! http://www.freep.com/article/20110520/NEWS05/105200398/Lawmakers-seek-tenure-reforms-say-firing-bad-teachers-too-costly

Monroe County Likely to Maintain 9 Commissioners
Democratic Prosecutor William Nichols who cast the lone vote against keeping nine made an impassioned speech for reducing the number to seven. For those who have attended the commissioners meetings it’s easy to see why Mr. Nichols would like to see a reduction, it’s all about money that he feels could be better used for his office. He consistently asked for more and more funds for his office at these meetings with little or no accountability of past, present, or incomplete proposals for these funding expenditures which have resulted in cost overruns at the taxpayer’s expense.
http://www.monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110517/NEWS01/705179977/-1/NEWS

Michigan GOP Gets Pass on No-Tax Pledge Broken Promises
When it comes to election or re-election these politicians speak with fork tongue! There are those that sign no new tax pledges and those who dare call themselves a conservative but once in office it’s a different story. The Michigan legislature approves a half-billion-dollar tax hike. That’s the kind of story you would expect from a Democratic governor and legislature.
http://domemagazine.com/skubick/sku052011?utm_source=Dome+e-bulletins&utm_campaign=06f56fc389-Dome_E_Bulletin_05_20+11_5_2011&utm_medium=email

Jackson, Allen Park Consider Emergency Managers
The mayor of Jackson has asked the Michigan Treasury Department to review the city’s troubled finances under the new emergency manager law, and a citizen has asked the state to do the same in Allen Park. The requests for financial reviews are the first steps needed toward the possible appointment of emergency managers since the law affecting local governments and school districts took effect in March.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20110517/POLITICS02/105170370/Jackson–Allen-Park-consider-emergency-managers

Court Strips Citizens of the Right to Resist Unlawful Police Entry
A little-noticed Indiana Supreme Court decision late last week overturned long-standing precedent and stripped citizens of the right to resist unlawful police entry to their homes, in a move dissenting justices called “breathtaking” and “unnecessarily broad.” This strikes to the heart of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/16/indiana-court-strips-citizens-of-right-to-resist-unlawful-police-entry/

Our Tax Dollars At Work? Welfare, Bridge Cards, and Abuse of Taxpayer Money!
The receipt below tells the whole story. Study it carefully, the “items” and the cost of the Mountain Dew plus how it was paid for. While we as a compassionate citizenry due the right thing in helping those in need though programs such as welfare, food stamps, etc. this would be better left to the non-profit organizations and churches where fraud and abuse are less likely to occur. Other recent stories of College Students and Bridge Cards, Bridge Card withdrawals from Casino ATM’s, and Bridge Card withdrawals at Exotic Vacation destinations show this may be the wrong approach to helping the less fortunate! How can it be justified for those asking for the taxpayers help and support to purchase and consume “Lobster” and “Steak” at the taxpayers expense? It can’t! These same taxpayers struggle to make ends meet, and some survive on baloney sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or spam.

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, May, 23, 2011

The “Bain Report” is a weekly publication for those citizens of Michigan who are concerned with the representation they are receiving from their elected officials. The purpose of this report is to educate and inform the citizens with pertinent articles and legislation that affect the family’s of Michigan. If you or anyone you know wishes to receive the “Bain Report” reply to rabman13@aol.com with add me to the weekly “Bain Report” in the subject line with your name and e-mail address in the body. Your email will be added to the list of those Patriots, Activist, and Concerned Citizens here in Michigan who receive the “Bain Report” published every Monday. For those currently receiving the “Bain Report” and wish to be removed from these mailings please reply to above e-mail address with remove me from your list in the subject line.

Opinion By R. Al Bain
As an active Conservative Republican for over 35 year’s I am appalled at what my Party has become. We have far to many liberal Republican’s who call themselves Conservatives that wouldn’t know the meaning of conservatism with the dictionary looking them right in the face! A majority of Republican incumbents and those seeking seats as a representative of the true conservative principles, traditions, and values that the Republican Party was founded upon have violated this platform.
As a voting public and those of us who hold this platform sacred it is up to us to hold those Republicans accountable and vote them out of office when they do not adhere to those principles, traditions, and values in which the Party was founded. With the elections in 2010 we had Republicans who campaigned on promises of conservatism and some even signed a no tax pledge and these promises have been broken! It’s high time we the precinct delegates and not the status quo power brokers of the Republican Party in Lansing to guide and set the direction of the Michigan GOP!

Political Careerists Threaten Freedom, Prosperity
The vast majority of elected officials in Michigan are political careerists.” In its purest form, this is defined as someone with the ambition of using politics to escape the hard accountability of a “real job” in the private sector for the rest of his or her working life. Instead, they seek to live comfortably, feel important and enjoy social advantages by progressing from one elected or appointed government position to another, ideally retiring early with a nice taxpayer-funded pension.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/15019

Michigan’s Most Expensive Mass Transit Agencies
Even at a price now above $4, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline will move the typical personal car and its passengers at least 20 miles — and often much further. But according to the most recent data available from the federal government’s National Transit Database, two of Michigan’s public transit agencies report that $4 isn’t enough spending for them to move just a single rider even a single mile. In both cases, NTD data shows that the agencies charge riders less than 10 percent of the operating cost spent to move them around, with state and local taxpayers picking up at least two-thirds of the rest.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14989

The Five Best and Worst States for Business “Michigan” Near Bottom
For the seventh year in a row, Texas has snagged the No. 1 ranking in the survey, which this year asked 550 CEOs to evaluate the states on a broad range of issues, including regulations, tax policies, workforce quality, education resources, quality of living and infrastructure. The states that ranked lowest in the survey for having the least friendly business environment are California number 50, New York at number 49, with Illinois, New Jersey and Michigan rounded out the bottom five.
http://smallbusiness.aol.com/2011/05/11/the-five-best-and-worst-states-for-business/

Should Education Money Only be for K-12?
For years politicians in Lansing have robbed our children’s education to balance the budget instead of making the necessary cut’s in government spending. This type of “fund raid,” and using the money to also fund colleges and universities should be stopped especially with the overpaid and high priced presidents of these colleges and universities!
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14985

Home Prices Plunge Again in Worst Quarterly Decline Since 2008
If you’re looking to score a great deal on that cute little home, it turns out you may want to wait a little longer to buy — like until next year: U.S. home values dropped 3% in the first quarter, their sharpest quarter-over-quarter decline since the dark days of late 2008, according to the Zillow Home Value Index report released Monday.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/05/09/home-prices-plunge-zillow/

Top 10 States That Rely The Most On Food Stamps: USDA
Michigan sits on number five of this top ten list with the Percentage of it’s Population on Food Stamps: 19.7 percent the Annual Change in Food Stamps from 2010: 11.4 percent with the 2010 Total State of Michigan Population coming in at: 9,883,640.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/13/10-states-with-the-greatest-food-stamps_n_860233.html?icid=main%7Chtmlws-sb-w%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%7C213246#s276960&title=5_Michigan

How the $8,000 Tax Credit Cost Home Buyers $15,000
The government’s recent $8,000 cash incentive for first-time home buyers has proved even more costly for recipients than for taxpayers, according to data released Monday. Typical buyers have lost twice as much to price declines as they received from the program. Price declines have more than eclipsed the savings, new numbers show. The median home value fell to about $170,000 in March from $185,000 a year earlier.
http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/real-estate/how-the-8000-tax-credit-cost-home-buyers-15000-1304981110838/?link=SM_hp_mostread

Thaddeus McCotter Against Wasteful Spending Except When He’s For It
Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) has spent at least $30,000 in taxpayer-provided Republican Policy Committee funds to hire a consulting firm run by his chief of staff’s brother, Saul Anuzis, even as McCotter planned to kill the policy committee because it’s a “superfluous” waste of federal money. The payments of $5,000 per month to Anuzis’s Michigan-based Coast to Coast Strategies, discovered by POLITICO in a review of RPC spending records, could roll a high stakes Republican leadership power struggle over the controversial proposal by McCotter, chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, to eliminate the 61-year-old policy shop – a fight that carries larger implications for the House GOP’s balance of power.
http://bloggingformichigan.com/tag/Republican%20Policy%20Committee

Ohio House Votes to Repeal the Estate Tax! Is Our Once Great State of Michigan Next?
The Ohio House of Representatives voted last night in favor of a state budget that permanently repeals the Ohio estate tax.
http://www.nodeathtax.org/ohio-estate-tax-repeal-moves-towards-a-vote

Arizona Sheriff told to Stop Arresting Illegal Aliens
Arizona Sheriff Larry Dever say’s Obama administration tells him to stop arresting illegal aliens crossing the border.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/az-sheriff-claims-feds-demanding-border-agents-reduce-illegal-alien-arrests/

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
Robert Heinlein

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, May, 16, 2011

The “Bain Report” is a weekly publication for those citizens of  Michigan who are concerned with the representation they are receiving from their elected officials. The purpose of this report is to educate and inform the citizens with pertinent articles and legislation that affect the family’s of Michigan. If you or anyone you know wishes to receive the “Bain Report” reply to rabman13@aol.com with add me to the weekly “Bain Report” in the subject line with your name and e-mail address in the body. Your email will be added to the list of those Patriots, Activist, and Concerned Citizens here in Michigan who receive the “Bain Report” published every Monday. For those currently receiving the “Bain Report” and wish to be removed from these mailings please reply to above e-mail address with remove me from your list in the subject line.

Opinion By R. Al Bain
                                      “Senator Richardville looks to Eliminate Townships”

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said the big regulatory differences between townships “struck a nerve” with him. MIRS asked Richardville if the Senate would entertain getting rid of a layer of government, like townships. “We’ll be entertained by that, all right,” Richardville quipped.

Michigan local governments, particularly townships, already perform very efficiently compared to local governments in Michigan’s bigger cities. Most structural reforms will not result in lowering local government expenditures, and instead, are more likely to drive local government expenditures up.

The initial ham-fisted attempts in 2007 to begin eliminating townships by transferring their statutory duties to counties ran afoul of constitutional, political and logistical barriers. A Michigan State University study also demonstrated that moving assessing to counties would actually increase costs by 10 percent.

Consolidating local governments will not save money. Making smaller governments into bigger governments will most certainly drive the cost of government up, not down. After living in Wayne County and having to deal with Detroit’s bureaucracy and the frustrations that often came when dealing with bigger government this idea would be ill advised for the citizens of townships!

There are other factors that should be considered such as the higher cost of insurance premiums for home and auto with the elimination of townships and combining with a bigger city. Eliminating townships would result in the Township ceasing to exist as a separate entity and a loss of Township identity. Residents have less direct involvement in the governing of the community. There would be no annual meetings. The city council, not the town residents, would set policy and the annual levy.

Because of expanded services (such as sanitary sewer, municipal water, police, parks, etc.) city property taxes are generally higher than those of the Townships. Although taxes would usually be higher there is no guarantee that additional services such as sanitary sewer and municipal water would be supplied to all township residents. While I agree that over regulation is a problem at both the state and township levels, eliminating townships therefore creating bigger government is not the answer.

Richardville Makes Case to Raise Taxes
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) devoted several hours trying to win support for the “Tax Overhaul Bill” in one-on-one meetings with caucus members, making the case that it’s a fiscally conservative plan. Senators know they’re not up for re-election for another three years. The problem for most of the “no’s” is that they don’t want to vote to raise taxes. I guess Mr. Richardville’s idea of being a conservative is to raise taxes!
http://www.mirsnews.com/capsule.php  (subscription required)

Senator Patrick Colbeck looks for Alternative to Pension Tax
A small band of Conservative Republican Senators who don’t support Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to end the income tax exemption on pensions are looking into different areas of the budget to fill the $300 million hole the deletion of the so-called “pension tax” would create. We have so much room to go off and look at, Colbeck said. “There’s a lot of room on the other side of the ledger.” That may be the case, but Senate Majority Leader Richardville will not sign off on the exploration. That is not my plan to move in that direction at this point at all to explore anything other than a pension tax, Sen. Randy Richardville said.
http://www.mirsnews.com/capsule.php   (subscription required)

Ten Consumer Product Prices About To Rise Dramatically
With the rising cost of energy, material, transportation, and with inflationary pressure the consumers are faced with higher budget expenses for goods and services. Click the link below to see just some of them and why. If the great magician Harry Houdini were alive today, the one thing he could never escape from would be inflation.
http://247wallst.com/2011/05/04/ten-consumer-products-about-to-raise-prices-dramatically/

Millions in Taxpayer Road Funds Misspent say’s former Official
For four years, James Jackson ran Wayne County’s Department of Public Services, the agency that oversees roads. He said he complained about employees being paid out of the road’s fund that did not work for the department, and recalled his conversation with Action News.
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/millions-in-taxpayer-road-funds-misspent,-former-wayne-county-official,-others-allege

Kilpatrick cousin charged with embezzling from Manoogian Mansion Society
When will all the player’s get their due in the continuing saga of this corruption? In my view there are plenty more that should come including some prominent Michigan business men and legislators as well! The rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper.
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/detroit/kilpatrick’s-counsin-charged-with-embezzlement

Business 1, Poor & Pensioners 0
Astonishingly, in the end, Republicans did the one thing they have always complained of the Democrats: they picked winners and losers. Now, one can make the argument that in the end we’ll all be winners because the economy will be reborn and jobs will ripen in the new economic sun like sweet pears in the orchard. But, that is a victory still far off. Until then, some people are definitely winners and others losers.
http://domemagazine.com/weekly/wu042911?utm_source=Dome+e-bulletins&utm_campaign=ea9cfd66ea-Dome_E_Bulletin_04_29+11_4_2011&utm_medium=email

Government to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes as Tobacco
Your corrupt government’s need to tax anything they can get their hands on is like a crack junkie looking for a fix. Electronic cigarettes are just water vapor!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110425/hl_nm/us_fda_tobacco

Gas Price Hypocrisy
The Democrats used the high price of gas to gain control in 2008 in both the House and Senate. Gas was a little over $2.00 per gallon then. Bush and Cheney were accused of being bought and paid for by big oil companies! O.K. so what does this say about Obama and Biden? Oh the hypocrisy now that gas has reached $4.22 here in Michigan in 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=qKdScVerrBU&vg=medium

Town Rescinds ‘Unconstitutional’ Tea Party Sign Ban
The Coldwater City Council admitted it was unconstitutional to stop a tea party group from displaying its signs in a city park and rescinded its ordinance banning signs on Monday.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14969

You’ve Got Jesse Ventura
Five documents our government doesn’t want you to see! Including an “Internet Kill” switch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEs7fvcKmfQ

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, May, 9, 2011

The “Bain Report” is a weekly publication for those citizens of  Michigan who are concerned with the representation they are receiving from their elected officials. The purpose of this report is to educate and inform the citizens with pertinent articles and legislation that affect the family’s of Michigan. If you or anyone you know wishes to receive the “Bain Report” reply to rabman13@aol.com with add me to the weekly “Bain Report” in the subject line with your name and e-mail address in the body. Your email will be added to the list of those Patriots, Activist, and Concerned Citizens here in Michigan who receive the “Bain Report” published every Monday. For those currently receiving the “Bain Report” and wish to be removed from these mailings please reply to above e-mail address with remove me from your list in the subject line.

Opinion By R. Al Bain
                                                             Mass Transit Tax Hike

The proposed milage (TAX HIKE) for the Grand Rapids Transit or any public transportation system in Michigan should go down to defeat!  The dire straights citizens are facing with the economic climate of over taxation, rising cost of fuel and food, job losses, home foreclosures, education cut’s, we can ill afford more tax dollars to support public transportation that is not an efficient use of our tax dollars.

Two different studies were done on public transportation in the past one by a former Michigan State Representative that found it would be cheaper for the taxpayer’s to call a cab for the few who ride these buses. Another study done by a Florida Representative went a step further and found it would be cheaper to hire a limo service for these same riders. When taking into consideration the cost associated with maintaining this system, driver’s-mechanics salaries, benefit’s, plus the garage’s and maintenance of the buses themselves are mind-boggling!

A better idea would be to borrow a phrase from the TV show “Cash Cab” and have the few that ride these buses who have Cable TV, Cell Phones, and other amenities, to do a shout out and call a friend!

Indiana Governor To Sign Bill That Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding
Mitch Daniels To Sign Bill “Defunding” Planned Parenthood Into Law. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to sign a bill that will restrict abortions and make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/29/mitch-daniels-planned-parenthood_n_855731.html

New Public Detroit River Bridge would be Unconstitutional
If the State of Michigan were to attempt to construct and operate another bridge over the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor to compete with the Ambassador Bridge, either on its own or pursuant to an arrangement with Canada, there would be a direct conflict between the action of the State of Michigan and the 1921 Special Act of Congress. Whenever there is a direct conflict between the action of a state and a law of Congress, under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, the action of the state is unconstitutional as pre-empted by federal law.
http://www.freep.com/article/20110428/OPINION05/104280409/Guest-commentary-New-public-Detroit-River-bridge-would-unconstitutional

5 Outrageous Examples of Waste, Fraud and Abuse
One can only imagine that if this is happening on the Federal level it’s probably just as bad at the State level here in Michigan! Some of these examples have already been reported here in Michigan but what about the one’s we don’t hear about?
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/moneymatters/tp/examples-of-waste-fraud-and-abuse.htm

A Double Dip Recession May Be Inevitable
It has only taken a few weeks, but the chances of a double dip recession have increased. The term is mentioned more often in the media and in speeches by economists. Several large companies have said that their margins and sales may be hurt by inflation.
http://247wallst.com/2011/04/27/a-double-dip-recession-may-be-inevitable/

The Nanny State: Coming to A State Near You
A Westside Chicago school, Little Village Academy, has banned schoolchildren from bringing their own lunches from home. The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations.
http://www.rlc.org/2011/04/21/nanny-state-spread/

Washington considers annual flat Fee for Electric Cars
After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee what would be the nation’s first electric car fee.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/22/ap/business/main20056684.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CBSNewsGamecore+(GameCore%3A+CBSnews.com)

Reasserting Federalism in Defense of Liberty
Our founders well understood that our liberty could not be preserved without frequently referring back to first principles. But while they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to defend those principles, we have often taken them for granted, as we have become complacent in thinking that government will take care of every problem.
http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2011&month=04

Puppy train your elected officials
A little while ago you heard from my colleague Ken Braun who gave you a primer on “politician puppy training”. It is one of the best analogies I’ve ever heard about holding your elected officials accountable for their actions.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14957

Bank of America Earnings Fall 39%
Creates New Credit Card Penalty Interest Rate Is Nearly 30%
Bank of America Corp.’s first-quarter income fell 39 percent on higher costs related to its mortgage business and higher litigation expenses. Maybe this explains the new credit card penalty? Bank of America credit card holders, beware. If you’re late on a monthly payment, that little “oops” might become a big “ouch”: Your future balances could be subject to a penalty rate of nearly 30%!
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/04/27/bank-of-americas-new-credit-card-penalty-interest-rate-is-nearl/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-sb-w%7Cdl7%7Csec3_lnk3%7C211197

A frightening satellite tour of America’s Foreclosure
This gives an idea of all deep cutting the recession has been on a national basis. RealtyTrac is out with the total foreclosure numbers for 2010. On the whole things are getting worse. 72 percent of major metro areas saw an increase in foreclosure volume Although some of the worst hit areas in Nevada, California and Florida improved from 2009, the foreclosure rate in these areas remains shockingly high. If not for some foreclosure suspensions due to the robosigning scandal, these numbers would have been higher. For a frightening way to visualize the foreclosure crisis see the map in the link below.
http://www.businessinsider.com/satellite-tour-foreclosure-cities-2011-1?slop=1#slideshow-start%23ixzz1CGqa6WEw

“No free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved but by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
Mason, Madison, Jefferson, and Henry

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