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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, October, 3, 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 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
The political arena is ripe with, and often filled with, dissension, deceit, and deception which is a disservice to the citizens who vote for and elect their representatives. All to often we as an electorate see this type of behavior which is not beneficial to the voting citizenry and only benefits those who seek to represent them. As voters we must sift through all the twisted half truths and rhetoric to make an informed and educated decision on whom would provide the best representation on our behalf. The problem is that a majority of those we elect once in office, fall into the trap of representing their party and or themselves and not those who elected them.

Campaign contributions play a major role in the above scenario! It is often said that money is the root of all evil and in the political arena this holds as an absolute truth. Those who can afford these donations will have considerably more representation than those citizens who can’t. The voice of representation speaks loudest for those who contribute the most money to a given politician versus the very citizens who voted for them. Although this is wrong on so many levels this seems to be the norm in politics today. Being elected as a representative of all the people are supposed to be as a civil servant who represents one’s neighbors, friends, family, and community not big donors or personal agendas such as re-election to further one’s career. Serving the people was not meant to be a career! All citizens should do their civic duty on behalf of others for a reasonable time when and if allowable.

Lobbyist and Special Interest play yet another significant role. We as citizens do not have the time, money, and resources to advocate the type of representation we thought we were getting by electing the representative of our choice nor should we have to! This may be the reason for low voter turnout and apathy among the citizens. How many people have you heard say why should I vote it won’t make any difference? Are they right with the above scenario and the deck stacked against them? In my heart I do not think this is what our founding fathers envisioned.

Trampling Local Control
If conservatives stand for anything, it is opposition to big, intrusive government. Republicans in particular have expressed indignation whenever Washington has meddled in what they see as responsibilities properly reserved for state and local governments. Similarly, whenever Democrats have controlled the governor’s office or legislature in Michigan, the GOP has howled at perceived state intrusions into what they considered local affairs. So a measure recently enacted by the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature takes hypocrisy to a new dimension.

Come on! Snyder calls for smoke-free beaches, What’s next?
Now this is ingenuity in job creation. Michigan can now begin hiring for the new “Beach Patrol” yet another new government entity that will likely be created to enforce this proposed new law! While we are at it let’s make another mandate on insurance companies to cover the medical cost of autistic children so we can have our rates increased! While I feel for those that have autistic children does anybody not think this cost will be passed on to all insurance consumers? This will just open a can of worms for all those that will use this mandate as a money grab! They will be coming out of the woodwork in droves with programs, cures, and ideas as to help that the insurance companies will have to cover. Maybe we should have a prescreen for those who wish to have children.

I say we need to have a fart tax, fat tax, and any other intrusion on our personal freedoms and liberty too! The smoking ban has already been a job’s killer for this state as a health concern unless your in a casino where it doesn’t effect health! Seems to me our legislative geniuses have more to worry about than smoke-free beaches and the like! How about our roads and infrastructure, no we need a taxpayer funded bridge to Canada, or what about creating an environment so employers can start hiring?

Government cannot and should not create jobs that should be left to the private sector, but they can help by ending over regulation and other barriers such as an overreaching government! Does anyone not see that smoke-free beaches will hurt tourism here in Michigan? But that’s OK too because we the taxpayers will continue to fund private industry with the “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign which that industry doesn’t fund themselves because the return on investment just isn’t in their best interest! But I guess it’s in the taxpayers best interest though?–coverage-for-autism-treatments

Richardville Escalates The War on Teachers
State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says teachers disagree with Republicans so what Republicans will do is punish them by using the government to target only teachers for right-to-work legislation. And what about making Michigan a right-to-work state? I’m not interested in going after other workers, just teachers, he says. For an elected official, let alone a leader, to use the threat of government action to retaliate against a group of citizens over a political disagreement is repugnant and should be rejected by everyone who cares about democracy and ethics in government.

It’s an outrageous abuse of power and a terrible civics lesson for the students of the teachers Richardville is threatening. The lesson: if you use your right of free speech and assembly to oppose Republicans or Mr. Richardville, he will use the levers of government to destroy you. Richardville’s threat makes it clear that it’s totally about power and politics. This is the kind of behavior that you would expect of powerful leaders in banana republic dictatorships. But in America? In Michigan?

Here in Monroe conservatives of his own party have seen first hand how his tactics really work. In 2010 trumped up charges were filed with the Monroe Post of the Michigan State Police against a former conservative executive committee member of his own local party for being critical of his legislative representation. Those charges were dropped and declared unfounded. These charges were filed by two members of the Monroe County Republican Party including his mother Glenda Kennon who happens to be first vice chair of this local party and has been since his was first elected as a state representative more than ten years ago! At the 2008 county convention a Democratic Union tactic was used to “purge” all conservatives from leadership within the party.

Mr. Richardville stood to be counted as to take away the right to a secret ballot by those in attendance. The bottom line is that is you disagree or cross Mr. Richardville he will use his political power as to make life miserable for those who oppose his liberal views!

Hoekstra LOVES Forced Unionization
Running for governor in 2010, Hoekstra was endorsed by Teamsters union officials and said on public TV that if Right to Work appeared on the ballot, “I’d probably not vote for it.” Lansing’s Dome magazine reported that Hoekstra “declared he wouldn’t vote for a ballot initiative on Right to Work.” The Center for Michigan reported that Hoekstra was the only Republican candidate who – in response to the question, “Should Michigan become a Right-to-Work state?”  Hoekstra joined Democrats Virg Bernero and Andy Dillon in answering “no.”

Michigan Senate Candidate to Primary Foe Hoekstra: “Explain Hoffa Connections”
Recently-announced Michigan Republican Senate candidate Gary Glenn is questioning ties between former GOP Congressman Pete Hoekstra, and Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. Glenn points to Hoekstra’s outspoken opposition to a statewide Right to Work law while the former Republican Congressman was running for governor of Michigan in 2010. “When Michigan voters, who strongly support Right to Work, cast their ballots in the Republican primary, I think this is going to be a disqualifier for any Republican who’s in bed with big union bosses like Jimmy Hoffa, and who has a record of opposing Right to Work,”

At a recent Labor Day speech in Detroit Jimmy Hoffa said, “Let’s take these son of bitches out” Referring to the Tea Party! The Tea Party is made up of citizens of all political denominations feed-up with big government with bought and paid for politicians such as republicans in name only like Pete Hoekstra!

Obama Care Coming to Michigan! Welcomed by Gov. Synder
Being as Lansing already spent the federal money sent to the state for other purposes where as other states returned that money to Washington I guess they have no choice! In a letter entitled: A Special Message from Governor Rick Snyder: Health and Wellness Governor Snyder outlines his plan to push for the implementation of Obama Care by Thanksgiving in addition to beginning a statewide body weight tracking of citizens under 18.

Is Mike Cox Endorsement to Hokestra Kiss of Death?
Former Attorney General Mike Cox has endorsed former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra for the U.S. Senate job. Mr. Hokestra already has a job as a Washington D.C. lobbyist. I do not believe that the citizens of Michigan would be well served by a lobbyist! Haven’t they been part of the problem not part of the solution? Wasn’t Mike Cox involved as attorney general with the investigation in the Kwame Kilpatrick Manoogian Mansion party that was allegedly connected with the Tamara Green murder?

Just recently a report that one of Kwame’s boy’s will testify in court against him and maybe this corruption and all the player’s will come to the forefront once and for all? Pete Hokestra is not the person to represent the citizens of Michigan with his ties to many questionable political and union individuals not to mention he has been part of the problem for “18 years” that got us to where we are today!

Sierra Club’s War on Coal Blamed for 53k Lost Jobs in Michigan
The state of Michigan has lost 53,587 jobs — 8th highest in the country — due to the Sierra Club’s campaign to shut down coal factories, according to a report released by the National Mining Association.

Government Golf Gobbles Up Lansing City Budget
How many other municipalities are in the same boat? Government does not belong in, or competing in, private sector businesses! At a time when the city of Lansing is laying off police officers and contemplating raising taxes, it is losing about $400,000 a year on city-owned golf facilities. Lansing lost $431,073 in fiscal 2007-08 and another $398,452 in fiscal 2008-09 on its golf facilities, according to Angela Bennett, the city’s deputy finance director. The city also had to cover another $431,073 from golf facility deficits from prior years.

Solar Power Company Solyndra Investigated by FBI
Is this another example of Green Energy gone bad at taxpayer expense? The raid and visits come amid increasing evidence the Justice Department and Inspector General are exploring whether Solyndra mislead the government in securing its $535 million loan in 2009 and landing a vital refinancing of that loan earlier this year.

Members of Congress leading a House investigation of the Energy Department loan have focused specifically on visits Harrison made to Washington in July, when he said the company was on sound footing and expanding. Less than two months after that visit, Solyndra fired 1,100 workers and filed for bankruptcy – a stinging collapse for the Obama administration, which has made the loan a showpiece as its first investment in job-creating green energy technology. The same thing is happening right here in Michigan with the taxpayer subsidy give away’s to these company’s!

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
George Washington


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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You & Your Family for Monday, September, 26, 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 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
I see that many Michigan Republican legislators are endorsing Mitt Romney as the presidential candidate for 2012. This is just another in a series of endorsements of Republican candidates by so-called Republicans that proves just how broke the Republican Party is! What is the difference between Romneycare and Obamacare? Obamacare was modeled after Romneycare! I knew in 2008 after Romney suddenly dropped out of the presidential running after the West Virginia primary that he was told by the power brokers of the party that he would be their guy in 2012 – for 2008 was John McCain’s turn. Oh the web’s they weave!

It’s all in the family or should I say country club click. You see Mitt Romney’s father George Romney, who was a three-term Governor of Michigan and lead proponent of the adoption for Michigan’s state income tax with Public Act 281 in 1967. George Romney also ran for president in 1967. While Romney was born in Mexico, he was still considered to be a viable and legal candidate to run for president. His Mormon grandfather and his three wives fled to Mexico in 1886, but none of them ever relinquished their citizenship. While the Constitution does provide that a president must be a natural born citizen, the first Congress of the United States in 1790 passed legislation stating: “The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States.” Romney and his family fled Mexico in 1912 prior to the Mexican revolution. However, the Naturalization Act of 1795 repealed the Act of 1790 and removed the language explicitly stating that the children of US citizens are natural-born citizens. As such, it is inconclusive whether Romney was eligible for the office of President.

As a true conservative Republican adhering to the founding principles, traditions, and values that the party was founded upon I find these endorsements of such candidates as Mitt Romney, Pete Hoekstra, and others with questionable character traits very troubling to say the least! This Republican can not and will not vote for so-called Republicans just for the sake of voting on the Republican ticket! Principles matter!

A Tale of Two Bridges
Why build a new bridge when there’s already a perfectly fine one? Because the new one would be paid for by taxpayers. What do you do if you lose 25 percent of your population in a decade, bringing your city to a 100-year low, and you have a perfectly good private bridge? Well, why not have the taxpayers build a new $5.3 billion bridge using public money! It may sound strange but that is exactly what a combination of unions, government officials, and businesses are trying to do in Michigan. The project is called the Detroit River Intentional Crossing (DRIC), currently being promoted as the New International Trade Crossing, and would connect Southeast Michigan to Canada. The problem is there is already a privately owned bridge — therefore no cost to taxpayers — two miles away called the Ambassador Bridge. But if not built what would become of all the cronyism such as kickbacks, campaign contributions, and such for our legislators? One look at the expansion of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron with it’s cost overruns and the lack of traffic that studies at the time claimed should about sum it up!

Lutz knows that when the product line-up is stale, you’ve got to start fresh, be bold, and give people something they can be passionate about. That’s as true in politics as it is in cars. Clark Durant initiated Hillsdale College’s very influential letter of opinion, “Imprimis”, in order to take the ideas of freedom, self government, business, politics, and culture. In October of 1983, President Ronald Reagan nominated Clark to serve on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a highly controversial agency designed to provide legal services to the poor. Twenty years ago Clark founded the immensely successful Cornerstone Schools in Detroit which has a 95% graduation rate versus a 32% graduation rate for Detroit Public Schools!

Who is Pete Hoekstra today? Pork Barrel Pete or Tea Party Pete?
For a guy who brags about being a founding member of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress, it was fascinating to see Pete Hoekstra thumping his chest over adding $2.3 million to the federal debt. But there he is, in an Video from February. In the video, Hoekstra is caught preening before the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, in full peacock mode over putting pork in a federal highway spending bill ladled with $26.4 million in the kind of earmarks that have since been banned by Congress. What roads, streets or freeways did those highway funds build or repair? Well, says Hoekstra, that’s the funny part. “We tore down a mall with highway funding,” he snickered, adding: “I don’t know how it’s working for the highway system.”

Hoekstra Anounced Senate Run from Bernie Madoff’s Law Firm
Pete Hoekstra, who supported giving billions in bailouts to Wall Street, not only went to work for the law firm that defended convicted felon Bernie Madoff but announced his campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow from the firm’s law offices. The press is calling this bad “optics” on the part of Hoekstra, but his record of support for Wall Street CEOs, Big Banks and Big Oil suggests something else, blindness to the plight of Michigan’s middle class families. Just for starters, Hoekstra voted to give Big Oil companies $2.6 billion in taxpayer subsidies and voted to help big banks while taking $32,725 in campaign donations from them. But when it came to middle-class families, Hoekstra refused to support an exemption from the Alternative Minimum Tax for 21 million Americans. Any question about whose side Pete’s on? Hoekstra defends his decision to sign on to work for the DC-based Dickstein Shapiro law firm, saying he started working there after the firm defended Madoff, who was convicted of 15 counts in a massive billion Wall Street Ponzi scheme.

So, Pete, with all the firms that an important guy like you with gold-plated access could work for you chose the firm that sided with Bernie Madoff? Playing on both sides of the political fence at the same time isn’t new for Hoekstra. You will recall that during his losing GOP primary campaign for governor in 2010, our hero turned up alongside President Obama with shovel in hand to break ground on a new advanced battery plant near Holland a plant built, in part, with federal funding that Hoekstra bitterly opposed. Until it was time to mug for the cameras. Hoekstra was bragging last winter to the Muskegon chamber about his spending spree. When Hoekstra was bragging last winter to the Muskegon chamber about his spending spree, he was cemented in place as a Washington, DC lobbyist. At the time, hypocrisy probably seemed like pretty safe territory for lobbyist Hoekstra. But what about now when Hoekstra is kissing Tea Party butt again? Will he be Pork Barrel Pete or Tea Party Pete? With his past 18 years of being part of the problem in Washington I’d put my money on Pork Barrel Pete not Tea Party Pete!

Senate leader Richardville does not want “right-to-work” in Michigan
No surprise here! The Republican leader of the state Senate says he has no interest in making Michigan a right-to-work state. Make no mistake Richardville will try to appease the majority of those who support RTW with half measures such as RTW for teachers only. But with his alledged ties to former convicted Michigan Carpenters Union Boss Walter Ralph Mabry making the whole state of Michigan a RTW state will be a tall task if Richardville has anything to say about it!

Senate Leader Supports Right to Work For Teachers But not the State of Michigan
This is akin to picking winners and losers! Richardville has Voted for Forced Unionization in the Past! He has supported union legislation. As a recent example, he co-sponsored Senate Bill 731 in 2009 in 2009, 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. What’s the difference between day-care providers and home health-care providers and Teachers? I’ll tell you, the MEA union is backing the re-call against him! He is abusing his political power to punish those who would oppose him! I have witnessed this right here in Monroe County with the filing of a false police report against a conservative republican who opposed his liberal views. Richardville also said he didn’t support right-to-work for the entire state, saying he didn’t think it would “transition the economy.” The reason for that statement is that he knows he will not get campaign contributions from this union but will continue receiving from the others if left alone! We had Slick Willie now we have Slick Richie!

Michigan’s Political Power, Central Planning, and Subsidy’s
At the state level, every Michigan governor since the 1940s has embraced another form of the central planning approach called “industrial policy,” hoping to “diversify” and “expand” the state’s economy. Today’s version is incorrectly labeled “economic development” by politicians, and correctly called “corporate welfare” by most regular people. The practice reached a bipartisan crescendo here under recent legislatures and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who together morphed discriminatory, selective business tax break programs into outright cash handouts, giving away hundreds of millions of dollars to corporations and developers selected by politicians and political appointees. Current Gov. Rick Snyder is scaling it back, but by no means has he abandoned the concept.

Green Energy Mandates and Cap on Competition Blamed for Michigan’s High Energy Cost
Michigan’s electric rates are the highest among its neighboring states. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), for May, Michigan’s rates were 14.5 percent above the regional average, and 5.8 percent above the national average. Hillsdale College economics professor Gary Wolfram, a spokesperson for the competitive energy providers, asserted that House Bill 5524 and Senate Roll Call 557  is “primarily designed to provide a monopoly of energy production for Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy.” Contrary to the false letters to the editor here in Monroe by Senator Richardville supporters claiming he has been a tax cutter for his constituents, he in fact voted in favor of this monopoly and tax increase! Gee, you think it had anything to do with campaign contributions?

The Green Jobs Myth
Imagine if the Legislature imposed a windmill and solar energy mandate on electric utilities that required many more workers to produce the same amount of power and also increased your annual electric bills by around $100. (Actually, it already did — 2007 Senate Bill 213; House vote here, and Senate vote here.)

Scamming You, The Taxpayer, with Stipends, Subsidies, and Assistance
This speaks to where just some of our tax dollars are going and the abuses that go with it! This is why we need to pay more taxes! CBS removed this video from YouTube, but I’ve found another copy watch it quick before it’s gone, and send to all. Must watch this! You have to watch this video of Judge Judy before it’s removed- it’s actually a guy from St Paul , MN . It will tick you off especially after our government has been shut down. Unbelievable. This is why our taxes should be raised? Multiply this by the many millions who receive this kind of taxpayer subsidty’s and you get the picture.

“The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.”
John Adams

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You & Your Family for Mon, Sept, 19, 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 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
We have had several special elections in several states whereby the party in power was the one that primarily lost the seat. I think the trend is becoming obvious. 2012 and beyond is going to be an anti-incumbency­ election whereby any incumbent (Democrat or GOP) will be tossed out because of his or her lack of seriousness and commitment to solving the state’s economic problems.

The GOP understands this and that­ is why they are desperately­ trying to rig the elections via redistricting and voter suppression­ tactics. They are also courting the Tea Party groups with false claims of conservatism and say they will address their concerns once elected. But once they get elected those concerns are put on the back burner, right off the stove! But it won’t work, the citizens are angry and they will keep voting out politicians until the politicians decide to represent the average Michigan working family rather than special interest groups and lobbyist.

The message is clear the Public has declared a “Pox on the House and Senate of both parties” I hope the politicians are listening? I have my doubts! Are the voters? These special elections were more of an “anti incumbent” win than anything else. I hope other elections follow the same suit. Profession­al politicians have no place in politics (as ridiculous as it sounds). I say clean house, across the board, for every representative and senator, until there are no more “career” politicians in Lansing­. And insist that TERM LIMITS remain in place or become more stringent. 

GOP leader Richardville thinks he’s Don Corleone on Bridge Issue
To be sure, the Senate GOP leader is not a Don Corleone, but he is about to make an offer to his colleagues that he hopes they can’t refuse. Slick Richie wants to add 167 identified roads and bridges throughout Michigan that desperately need repair with the New International Bridge Crossing Bill. This could possibly pit constituents against their representatives if they vote no on the Bill? It’s a shrewd tactic but may lure votes for fear of retaliation come election time. That would not affect Richardville because he is term limited after this his final stint in the senate! You see, it is Sen. Randy Richardville’s job to push Gov. Rick Snyder’s agenda through the Senate. Now comes that bridge thing and there’s an unseemly pushback by members of Mr. Snyder’s own party, of all things. Even though the guv told them way back when that building the span between Detroit and Windsor was the right thing to do, the guv and Mr. Richardville have failed to produce 20 votes to do it. In fact, in one early count there was reportedly one vote…Sen. Richardville’s. Ouch.

Macomb County GOP Chairman Quits, Cites Intraparty ‘War’
Boy does this sound familiar! A similar situation happened in the Monroe County Republican Party at the 2008 County Convention. The only difference is that then Chairman Jeff Andring didn’t quit he was “purged” along with all the true conservative members of the executive committee by the long time “RINOS” of the Party including it’s highest ranking member current Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville. They used Democratic Union tactics as to retain power and control. At that convention there were over 50 precinct delegates that left the Party (Aka Club) and will not be back!

Michigan Unemployment Fund Loans Due
Later this month, states will have to make the first interest payment on the money they borrowed from the federal government to keep sending unemployment checks to workers who’ve lost their jobs. The federal stimulus package had provided interest-free loans to states, but that grace period has expired. Michigan has the second highest outstanding balance among the states checking in at $110,727,000 and will have to start paying interest on this figure September 30, 2011. Go Lansing you’re doing a hell of a job for Michigan taxpayers!

The Mortgage Fix That Can Save the Economy
The loan modification programs have been a joke. You have a house that has tanked in value and the best the banks can come up with is a plan where they sort of delay what you owe long enough for you to get back on your financial feet — if that — based on the flawed logic that the housing market is certain to improve in just a matter of months. If lenders would reduce all underwater mortgages to their current market value, the nation’s banks could pump $71 billion per year into the economy, create more than 1 million jobs annually and save families up to $6,500 per year on mortgage payments, according to The New Bottom Line, a collaborative of 1,000 faith-based and community organizations who want Wall Street held accountable for the mess it created. According to the report, “The Win/Win Solution: How Fixing the Housing Crisis Will Create One Million Jobs,” homeowners are struggling to pay their “boom-era mortgages with their recession-era salaries” and the economy is suffering for it. The report adds: “Writing down the principals and interest rates on all underwater mortgages to market value would serve as the second stimulus that America so desperately needs, only without added costs to taxpayers.” Amen to that part.

Mission Statement of Michigan Board of Education
We, the (1995) Michigan State Board of Education, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, do earnestly desire to secure these blessings for our children. We, the Michigan State Board of Education, believe that to teach a child created by God is a noble calling. We, the Michigan State Board of Education both united in vision and philosophy and empowered by our Constitution to respond with leadership, humbly serve to enable, promote, and inspire a new spirit and birth of freedom, self- government, excellence and accountability in our local communities for all who are involved in the lifelong education of students. Important to note that the Michigan State Board of Education President in 1995 was “Clark Durant” current candidate for U.S. Senator. Clark Durant has taken tough jobs and achieved success. He has challenged the establishment and forced it to reform. He has succeeded in both the public and the private sectors. And, most importantly, he has shown himself to be a true “man for others”.

 Here are just a few examples of what Clark Durant has achieved:

• He’s served as a Vice President of Hillsdale College and helped found its indispensable publication Imprimis.

• He has been a successful businessman. At the request of Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole, he transformed a floundering, near bankrupt public railroad and privatized it, turning it into a successful, profitable private venture, paying taxes not spending taxes.

• President Reagan named him, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him, to serve on the board of the Legal Services Corporation. As Chairman, he didn’t ask Congress for more money, he sought to break up a monopoly which was denying poor people access to justice and sought efficient ways to deliver more services with fewer tax dollars;

• He represented Michigan on the 1984 Republican National Committee Platform Committee where he helped draft the party platform on which President Reagan ran for and won his landslide re-election.

• At Governor Engler’s request, he ran for both the Michigan Supreme Court and later the State Board of Education. As a President of the State Board of Education he worked with Governor Engler to shake up the state education establishment, create charter schools, and bring more accountability and higher standards to the state’s public school system.

Bigger Government in Michigan Continues to Grow
One thing it seems Republicans and Democrats can always agree on is corporate welfare. The 21st Century Jobs Fund should be abolished. Our legislators in Lansing represent themselves as favoring less government but have shown with legislation this is just not the case. Evidently, the era of picking Winners and Losers in the business community is alive and well. The 21st Century Jobs Fund continues to be a private piggy bank for our elected officials to rob taxpayer dollars from. 2011 Senate Bill 144 – Public Act 22 of 2011 expands the 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies in the form of cash grants and loans for “certain” information technology and agricultural processing firms selected by state “economic development” officials. All Michigan Senators and all but five House Republicans voted in favor of this Bill.

Mortgage Rates Fall to New Lows But Consumers Hands Tied
Fixed mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest levels in six decades. But few Americans can take advantage of the rates to refinance or buy a home. Nearly a third of homeowners have nearly zero equity or are underwater in their mortgage, according to the real estate research firm CoreLogic. That leaves then unable to refinance because of lender and government-imposed limits and the cost of extra fees. Increased refinancing activity isn’t providing much economic benefit. Without much equity, few are drawing money out for home-improvement projects or other big expenditures as to create growth in the economy.

Signs We’re Heading for a Deeper Recession
Government and the liberal media just don’t get it! Contrary to what the public has been told, that the recession ended in 2009, it is the farthest thing from the truth! Zero. Zilch. Nada. That’s the number of jobs created in August 2011. By itself, it’s just a single data point. And while the U.S.’s gloomy employment situation is distressing, that figure alone is no reason to hit the panic button. Does that mean our economy is on the mend or at least that we’ve hit the bottom and there’s nowhere to go but up? Hardly. In fact, we’ve got a four-alarm economic fire burning: Take the employment situation, add the state of consumer confidence, and top it off with Wall Street skittishness, and all signs point to trouble ahead.

Gary Foster, Ex-Citigroup VP, Admits Embezzling Over $22 Million
A former vice president for Citigroup Inc pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $22 million from the company and funneling the money to his personal bank account. This little embezzlement crime to the tune of 22 million doesn’t even compare to the “TARP heist on the American Taxpayers”, and the bankster goons are still feeding at the public trough at Fannnie Mae, Freedie Mac, VA and HUD and Washington DC (both parties) do nothing.

Citigroup awards CEO bonus plan worth nearly $23.4M
Citigroup Inc.’s CEO, who took a $1 salary after the company needed a bailout to weather the financial crisis, has been awarded a multi-year bonus package that could be worth nearly $23.4 million if a series of performance goals are met.

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor.  A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”
Thomas Jefferson

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, September, 12, 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 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

While some economists predict that there is a 60 percent probability that the United States will fall into a second recession, most Americans especially here in Michigan don’t believe we ever came out of the last one! Some economists and our glorious elected leaders feel we need to do massive stimulus, otherwise there’s going to be another Great Depression. Didn’t they try that approach in 2008 with the same scare tactics that didn’t work? So we’re going to double dip earlier. The climax of it could be 2013, or it could be already earlier.

Bailing out the Banks, Wall Street, and Insurance companies did not and will not help the average American citizens only the politicians who receive campaign donations and other perks from these entities who received these bailouts! If lenders would reduce all underwater mortgages to their current market value, the nation’s banks could pump $71 billion per year into the economy, create more than 1 million jobs annually and save families up to $6,500 per year on mortgage payments.

Fixing the Housing Crisis Will Create One Million Jobs,” homeowners are struggling to pay their “boom-era mortgages with their recession-era salaries” and the economy is suffering for it. “Writing down the principals and interest rates on all underwater mortgages to market value would serve as the second stimulus that America so desperately needs, only without added costs to taxpayers.” This type of plan says that the money that homeowners would save on their mortgage payments each month would be spent instead on groceries, clothing, and household necessities. As consumer demand increased, businesses would start hiring again.

Another option would be to send meaningful stimulus checks directly to the taxpayers. While this would be complicated it is doable. An example as to help the middle class and stimulate the economy including job growth, increased consumer spending (the economic engine that drives our economy) would be to send these checks for tax filers who received less than say a $15,000.00 return on their previous year tax return. This eliminates those 47% who either do not pay taxes or get most back through generous deductions or hidden assets and write downs.

This would supply the middle-class with much needed revenue as to pay down mortgages, credit card debt, and open up a revenue stream for those individuals who may then be in a position to purchase such consumer products as Washers and Dryers, Stoves and Refrigerators, Big Screen Televisions, New Automobiles, and a host of other big ticket items that would drive the economy and create jobs!

36 percent of all so-called taxpayers actually pay zero in income taxes after taking their credits and deductions. But these figures don’t include some 15 million people who work but don’t earn enough to file a tax return. When these people are added to the non-payers, estimates the Tax Policy Center, the percentage of households who don’t pay income taxes rises to 47 percent. So sending a stimulus check directly to those taxpayers who qualify under the above scenario would be substantial as to drive our economy.  

Michigan Government Continues to Grow with New Education Authority
Governor Rick Snyder announced recently a broad new plan to create a state-run educational authority. While the education of our children should be a top priority with improvement to the educational system, this approach may not be the answer in many way’s. A recent report suggests that states will continue to have budget shortfalls for years to come with less federal government funding coming in and the loss of tax revenue due to job loses and high unemployment. To create more government such as this program will only add to the problem. The country is broke, the state is broke, the taxpayers are taxed to the hilt already and they are the one’s who will ultimately pay for this new government entity.

This “New Education Authority” will have an 11 member board plus a new chancellor that was just hired to oversee Michigan’s troubled schools. The first chancellor of the new statewide special district for Michigan’s lowest-performing schools could receive more than $1.5 million in salary and bonuses over his four-year contract, if he meets all performance targets. For his first year, he will be paid $225,000 and collect a $175,000 signing bonus. The base salary increases to $325,000 the second year. For the last two years, he can make an incentive-compensation payment of $50,000 to $100,000 per year. He’s also eligible for a raise in years three and four. The contract also includes a retirement plan with immediate vesting, a $15,000-per-year supplemental insurance allowance for life and disability coverage and an $800-per-month car allowance.

Former Chairman of the Michigan Education Committee – Legislator to resign from the House
Michigan citizens loose with Rep. Tim Melton former Education Committee Chair resigning from the House. As Education Committee chair, he and his then-Senate counterpart, Education Committee Chairman Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, drove the bipartisan agreement on “Race to the Top.” The package included measures to identify the state’s lowest-achieving schools and turn them around, raise the legal dropout age to 18, expand charter schools, certify nontraditional teachers, provide for merit pay and use student progress as a yardstick in evaluating teachers. As a Democrat he shows more conservatism in the above statement than current Republican Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville on many of the education issues. See examples below 

2009 Senate Bill 926: Limit charter school expansion
Richardville voted in favor of limiting charter school expansion which is now Public Act 203. By limiting charter school expansion this Bill limits the choice parents have in a better education for their children. Most current charter schools have extensive waiting list. Continuing to reward failing public schools takes away funding for those schools which are achieving such as charter schools. An example between failed public schools and charter schools in Detroit the graduation rate in it’s public schools is 32% compared to Michigan Senate candidate Clark Durant’s Cornerstone charter school which has a 95% graduation rate. The Senate Fiscal Agency’s analysis of this Bill will impose a cost to the state up to $66 million. Compare this to the subsidized grants or rebates to Hollywood producers currently at least $100 million which is one of the reasons why dollars for classrooms are being cut.

2010 Senate Bill 1076: Lower compulsory school attendance age to 16

2009 Senate Bill 757: Reduce high school graduation standards (Senate Roll Call 229)

2009 Senate Bill 638: Revise teacher tenure provisions (Senate Roll Call 643)
Richardville was one of only 4 Republicans who voted against the Bill to revise the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness.

2009 Senate Bill 747: Allow College Kids to Carry a Weapon on Campus
Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on August 19, 2009, to remove college and university campuses from the “gun-free zone” provision of the concealed pistol permit law. Under current law, a person can get a permit to carry after meeting background check and training requirements, but is still prohibited from carrying a pistol in schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums or arenas, bars, bar/restaurants, places of worship, college dorms and classrooms, hospitals, casinos, entertainment facilities that hold more than 2,500, and courts.

GOP Power Broker Puts Out Poll Numbers Favoring Hoekstra
Pete Hoekstra’s web site for Senate issue’s press release that say’s he is heavily favored in recent polling. PUBLIC POLICY POLLING list contact information for none other than Michigan Republican Party power broker John Yob of the Yob family long time kingpins of the Michigan Republican Party. These numbers and this poll is an attempt to move voters to the Hoekstra candidacy and nothing more! If you read any of the comments on any of the articles in any publication you will clearly see Hoekstra is not the choice of Michigan citizens. It’s time for Pete to give it up he’s done enough damage for Michigan and our Country after 18 years of diservice.

Gov. Snyder endorses Hoekstra in Senate race against Stabenow
This just shows exactly how broke the Michigan Republican Party is! Snyder said Hoekstra is needed in the Senate to fix a “broken” Washington. Wasn’t he there for 18 years and was part of the problem? I would say so! Hoekstra said “it’s not about being a Washington insider and Washington outsider,” but about who can be the most effective lawmaker. It sure ain’t him! “Clearly I understand how Washington works,” he said. “I can be a catalyst for bringing change.” Where were these changes while he was there? Getting the support of Michigan voters will require more than the governor’s endorsement of a “congressman-turned-lobbyist.” The Special Interest and Lobbyist has been part of the problem! Another red flag is that Pete Hoekstra called current Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville a principled conservative in the 2010 election campaign cycle which according to his voting record, like Pete’s, is the farthest from the truth!

Michigan Train Station with 78 Daily Riders Gets $1 Million in Stimulus Renovations
The Jackson Amtrak station will get $1 million in renovations thanks to the American Relief and Recovery Act (the federal stimulus program), according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. But Wendell Cox, a transit consultant in St. Louis, Mo., questions why an Amtrak station with 78 customers a day would warrant such an expense. Sounds like a waste of taxpayer money to me like the Woodward Corridor Train being proposed!

Are “Green Jobs” the Answer? Not a Chance!
A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.

Coach Fired Because of Conservative Song
We are seeing Tea Partiers and True Conservatives which are under attack from the center left liberals and even some so-called Republicans who are using them as scapegoats on issues such as the recent deficit reduction talks in which the tea partiers are being blamed. Then along comes football coach 26 year old Bryan Glover who is not shy about his political opinions. He is a proud tea party Republican and felt compelled to voice his disappointment in the current administration through his music. But he never thought sharing his new song would leave him unemployed. His Anti-Obama Song has left him in the unemployment lines along with the other (13.9 million) Americans. What ever happened to free speech in this country?

Top Ten States Where No One Wants To Buy A Home – Michigan # 4
The 24/7 Wall St. analysis is another look through the prism that is the collapsing residential real estate market. Most data the public sees is based on home prices, number of homes sold or foreclosures. Housing permits are a way to look ahead at what is likely to happen in the markets in the next year. Once a permit is issued, the builder has no obligation to begin or complete the construction. This additional risk has a compounding effect.

Ron Paul Leaps Past Bachmann in Latest Poll
Ignored by the media and dismissed by the Republican Party in general, liberty-minded Congressman Ron Paul leaped into third place today in the Gallup Presidential Nomination preference poll. Given his three percent jump in the polls (despite the entrance of former Democrat and popular Texas governor Rick Perry into the race) shows that Ron Paul’s numbers are steady and rising. Apparently the American people are starting to take notice, too. According to the most recent Rasmussen survey of likely voters, Ron Paul is a mere one point behind President Obama in a head-to-head matchup — a better result than any of the other GOP contenders received. This is despite the media blackout around Ron Paul’s campaign, and despite the media’s insistence that Ron Paul can’t beat Obama. This poll suggests he can.

ObamaCare Taxes Home Sales – Clobbers Middle-Class American
Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income of “high-income” taxpayers which could apply to proceeds from the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income, depending on your individual circumstances and any capital gains tax exclusions. Importantly, the “high income” thresholds are not indexed for inflation so will reach increasing numbers of middle-class taxpayers over time. This new ObamaCare tax is the first time the government will apply a 3.8 percent tax on unearned income. This new tax on home sales and unearned income and other Medicare taxes raise taxes more than $210 billion to pay for ObamaCare. The National Association of Realtors called this new Medicare tax on unearned income “destructive” and “ill-advised” and warned it would hurt job creation.

“If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves.  It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.”
Thomas Jefferson

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, September, 5, 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 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

Where are we headed here in Michigan? The citizens are strapped with over taxation, lousy job market, property devaluation, over regulation, high energy cost, rising food cost, and a host of poor representation out of our elected officials. Legislation to give tax breaks and subsides to big business by our legislators all on the backs of the taxpaying citizens of Michigan under the guise of job creation. Where are these jobs?

Oh they say it will take time but it sure doesn’t take time for the tax increase to show up even before one job is created. Also at a time the citizens can least afford it utility companies are getting approval for rate increases out of Lansing. These increases they say are needed for the energy optimization program. As so the common citizen can understand what this program is I have a sneaky suspicion that it has something to do with subsidizing with taxpayer dollars green energy programs such as solar and wind.

Reports are coming out that these companies subsidized with millions of tax dollars for failed programs such as solar and wind are dropping like fly’s because they can’t compete and be competitive around the globe. So who are the losers? That’s right the taxpayers who’s tax dollars subsidize them! Let’s see, we as a country and state are broke, in debt, people are losing their home’s, job’s, and are struggling to maintain a meger lifestyle for themselves and their family. But big business gets a tax break we get a pension tax! Liberal newspapers and local officials advocate a tax for Museums, Road Taxes, and a host of other taxes to the already overburdened taxpayers.

The bottom line is Michigan government “should and must” cut the size and scope of an oversized and over bloated government and the failed programs and entity’s they have created over the years which they do not have the political will to do. How can you cut the indigent poor who truly need help but continue to subsidize businesses such as Michigan International Speedway to the tune of millions of dollars? How can we the taxpayers afford to subsidize the Hotel and Tourism industry with the Pure Michigan advertising campaign when the industry itself doesn’t see the benefit for them to fund it?

Although the economic climate has a lot to do with our problems the citizens and voters of Michigan share a large portion of the blame in how and who they send to Lansing! If we consistently keep sending the same one’s who have helped in creating these problems back to represent us expecting a different result, we will be doomed to failure!

New Bridge – DRIC Jobs, Jobs….Oooops, No Jobs
What a disgrace! However, it is hardly unexpected. You know all of the hype. We were told about the 12,000 direct and indirect jobs that the DRIC project would create. Oh happy days are here again. I am not sure that this number represents jobs on both sides of the border or on each side but it really doesn’t matter. Gajillions of jobs that will make everybody happy. That is what the DRIC-ites promise. Even workers with little or no experience can expect income packages totaling about $40 an hour! Except here’s the reality. All they want is experienced heavy equipment operators. What it says to me is that we are being fed a pile of BS and so are the Michigan Legislators.

New Detroit-Windsor Crossing May Get Packaged with Other Bridges
Governor Snyder is not tossing in the towel, even though he does not have the votes in the Senate to build the bridge. Here’s the new strategy. Senator Randy Richardville wants to include 167 other bridge projects around the state hoping that those local lawmakers will vote for their bridge while voting for the Detroit-Windsor bridge at the same time. So Senator Richardville wants to hold the taxpayers hostage if their representatives don’t vote yes, the existing bridges in their communities won’t get repaired! I’ve seen this same type of strategy by the politicians in Lincoln Park with the roads there, if you don’t pass the millage we will let them fall apart till you do. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has been quoted as saying “We’re going to get this project done. This bridge will get built,” in regard to the new crossing! That’s representation of the citizens who don’t want this that these politicians can take to the bank in political contributions and kickbacks one way or the other! Government does not belong in the bridge business it’s better left to private enterprises.

Allen Park to Levy Taxes because of Film Subsidy
Tuesday night the City Council approved to add two millages to the Nov. 8 ballot. A public safety millage passed with a 5-2 vote, with Tina Gaworecki and Kevin Rourke dissenting. The second millage approved for the ballot is a debt retirement millage to help pay for the 104-acre lot next to City Hall that formerly housed the Allen Park Studio Center. It passed in a 6-1 vote, with Gaworecki dissenting. Unity Studios moved out of Allen Park the studio moved to Detroit to a designated enterprise tax exempt zone. The city grossly overpaid for the property to the tune of 27 million dollars to house this studio now the taxpayers are asked to pick up the tab! Film Producers subsidy’s and the Pure Michigan Advertising campaign both huge failure’s for the taxpaying citizens of Michigan. By the way how did all you taxpayers enjoy the Pure Michigan 400 race at MIS? I hope you did because your tax dollars funded it!

Anti-Hoekstra Ads from the last campaign – Raising Questions
Hoekstra’s Debt & DC
“Hoekstra Raising Taxes –Crazy”
“Bailout & Debt”
“Pure Washington”
“Raising Taxes”
“Fighter for Life”
“Tough Enough”

Michigan Taxpayers Fork Over $912K for Video Game
Michigan taxpayers will give one company about $912,000 for it to make two video games under the state’s 42 percent film tax incentive program. The Michigan Film Office has approved tax incentives to BH Golfing Games Productions so it can make the Ben Hogan games, according to the film office’s 2010 annual report.

Granholm the Tax Cutter? NOT!
Fresh off being the governor of the state that led the nation with the highest unemployment for 49 consecutive months, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wrote an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post about how she thought the United States could create jobs. And now, Granholm is portraying herself as an expert on tax cuts and declaring that Milton Friedman, Adam Smith and Ronald Reagan were wrong about economics. But James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said Granholm’s record on tax cuts is hardly how she portrays it. He took a look at the major taxes that accounted for $20 billion of the $26 billion in state resources and found no evidence of tax cuts by Granholm.

Vote Out All Incumbents
By not voting for incumbents, taxpayers save a fair amount of money in long-term legislative benefits, and (most important) will severely minimize campaign fund-raising and corporate/special-interest influences. Political’s as usual will be substantially reduced.

Girl Scout’s affiliation with “Planned Parenthood” raising concerns
Mommie don’t let you baby girls grow up to be Girl Scouts! The Progressives have manged to pervert the Girl Scouts…..Many Christian parents are reporting that the Girl Scout’s affiliation with “Planned Parenthood” is not something that they want their children involved with, and have now begun removing their daughters from the organization.

UBS to Cut 3,500 Jobs; Which Banks Could Be Next?
Banking giant UBS announced Tuesday that it would trim 3,500 people from its workforce. The announcement is just the latest in a string of other layoffs made by large banks. Credit Suisse announced job cuts in June. Bank of America recently said it would cut 3,500 people. HSBC could cut as many as 30,000 people. A logical question is which financial firms will add to the long lists of layoffs?

Social Security Pushed To Brink Of Insolvency
New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts. Social Security’s much larger retirement fund is projected to run dry as well. With as many people collecting fraudulently I wouldn’t be at all surprised if not sooner!

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.
Thomas Jefferson 

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