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Opinion By R. Al Bain
With all the recent filings of re-calls against Republicans here in Michigan in 2011 people are starting to finally question their representation! Just because a legislator runs under a certain party affiliation whether it be one of the two major parties Democrat or Republican doesn’t necessarily mean they will legislate according to the wishes of the electorate they are supposed to represent.
While I can’t speak for those being re-called outside of my District I can about my Representative. Here in Monroe County I have studied the voting record of Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville extensively and found that he doesn’t represent True Conservative Republican Principles, Traditions, and Values that the Republican Party was founded upon!
As a voting Republican for over 35 years I am appalled at what my party has become in relation to it’s founding Principles, Traditions, and Values and the representation I am receiving from my representative! If a Republican legislator chooses to legislate outside of the founding principles of the Party they are supposed to represent then maybe they should be re-called!
Rather than eliminate, Richardville wants to expand Film Subsidy
A newspaper column cited Richardville, R-Monroe, on the film subsidies: “(Richardville) said the $25 million allocated to the state’s film incentive program for new movie projects isn’t enough for the state to remain competitive. He said he’d spend the summer redrafting the program.” It’s a failed program and many others states are eliminating it entirely as to save money and balance their budgets. These subsidies have been complete failures at the taxpayers expense but when a politician like Richardville gets lobbied heavy by the film industry they will spin it which ever way they can to not only keep it going but to expand the subsidy!
Is New International Bridge Crossing an Obama Project?
Read the Windsor Star article (Big Business Pushes U.S. for New Bridge) and make the decision yourself. Can you say to big to fail and bailouts? We the Taxpayer’s bailed out the Auto Companies, Wall Street Banksters and Big Insurance Companies so when the new Bridge Fails to meet it’s obligations through toll revenues or has cost over runs it will also be to big to fail! One paragraph that caught my attention was, “With 750,000 vehicles built in the U.S. exported to Canada and Canadian companies exporting 1.7 million vehicles to the U.S.) John Manley, president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives said, the export council wants to meet its goal of doubling its exports in the next five years which is way more than we export to Canada! So who’s the winner here? Not the good ole’ USA! Can you say unfair trade advantage?
Richardville only Republican in the Senate on record as supporting the New Bridge
Canada wants the bridge, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are strongly in favor of the bridge, as are most chambers of commerce and business interests in the Detroit area.The U.S. government and the Obama administration clearly wants the new bridge as well! According to some accounts, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) is the only member of his party in the Senate on record as supporting the New Bridge.
Michigan Senate Passes Changes to State’s Binding-Arbitration Law: “Public Act 312”
Richardville filp fops yet again! Richardville voted against a Bruce Patterson amendment on Senate Bill 1072 in 2010 that would have an arbitrator consider the finances of the community to pay now he votes yes on Senate Roll Call 372 in 2011! Which ever way the wind blows is how Mr, Richardville will vote not what’s in the best interest of the citizens he is supposed to represent! This law PA 312 should have been repealed! For 40 years, PA 312 has been damaging to Michigan’s local units of government. See the facts on Public Act 312.
Fronius USA to move from Michigan to Indiana & Jobs with it
A solar technology company is moving its North American headquarters from Brighton to northwest Indiana. I wonder how much we the taxpayers have given to this company in subsidy’s? This smells like the same thing that happened to Allen Park with that film company where they got a better deal from another city so they pulled up stakes and left Allen Park holding the bag for the property they over paid for to house this company. Indiana has offered much more in hand out’s to Fronius USA to get them to move there but I bet we the taxpayers of Michigan are the losers with whatever tax breaks or dollars were used to lure them to begin with?
Michigan gets C- on Disclosure of Subsidies
Michigan’s latest gambits include one of the nation’s most generous corporate income tax credits for film production and an aggressive play to dominate the emerging automotive battery business for electric cars. In 2009 and 2010, Michigan committed some $800 million in tax credits for battery producers, including $100 million each to six companies or joint ventures, including both established players and start-ups.
Michigan Senate OK’s easing mandatory motorcycle helmet law, Not So Fast!
I’m sure you can read between the lines on this one! Although our glorious Senator Richardville, the self proclaimed conservative was not named in opposing this measure, he did what he always’ does as to protect his voting base. He counts on A B.A.T.E. for support so as not to alienate this organization he see’s that voting against or for doesn’t matter either way at this point. His one vote wouldn’t matter as to the outcome! His Uncle, Senator Roger Kahn of Saginaw, who voted against the overall bill because of safety concerns is heading the opposition!
If you compare Richardville and Kahn voting records you will see they are in lock step on most legislation, it’s all in the family! Has Richardville ever sponsored a helmet-less piece of legislation? I do not believe he has. There may be other reason’s for not following his Uncle’s lead on opposing this legislation and that reason maybe the current re-call he is facing? If he was to publicly oppose this at this time he know’s there are a lot of voting rider’s who would sign the re-call petition when approved!
Those opposing are, Uncle Roger Kahn, Steve Bieda, D-Warren; Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield; Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Morris Hood III, D-Detroit; Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion; John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; John Pappageorge, R-Troy; John Proos, R-St. Joseph; Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor; and Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing. Don’t forget the fact that it appears Gretchen and Randy have a little thing going on in Lansing from the reports I have read! Character matters!
Fed Cuts its Economic Forecast
How can this be? American’s have been told that the recession was over in 2009, but those of us in the real world know different! Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the drags on the U.S. economy may be worse than previously thought! No surprise here with this statement by clueless Ben who is a puppet to the Big International Banksters. For the Politicians and other elected or appointed officials who are insulated from the real impact of this failed economy this is just a bump in the road unlike the common citizen’s who have and will continue to suffer with lost jobs, lost homes, and lost wealth.
Are We Headed for a Double-Dip Recession?
From Wall Street to Main Street to the presidential campaign trail, fears about the economy show no signs of abating and may actually be growing stronger.
America for Sale: Is Goldman Sachs Buying Your City?
In Chicago, it’s the sale of parking meters to the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi. In Indiana, it’s the sale of the northern toll road to a Spanish and Australian joint venture. In Wisconsin it’s public health and food programs, in California it’s libraries. It’s water treatment plants, schools, toll roads, airports, and power plants. It’s Amtrak. There are revolving doors of corrupt politicians, big banks, and rating agencies. There are conflicts of interest. It’s bipartisan.
“A government big enough to give you everything you want – is strong enough to take everything you have”.