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Opinion By R. Al Bain
As I have wrote in past opinion’s that we as Republican Delegate’s, Activist, and Conservative Voters have little say in the direction that the Republican Party takes which has ultimately been left up to the power brokers of the party. This is not how it’s supposed to be! The power brokers of the party will throw the afore mentioned a bone and tell them what they want to hear as a pacifier to garner their vote as to retain power and control. Once that power is firmly in place what meat that might have been on that bone is long gone!
As a people we are supposed to be governed from the bottom up, but clearly we are being dictated to from the top down! They seem to pit the people against themselves to accomplish their goals and agendas that are not in the best interest of the citizens as a whole no matter what party affiliation. The king makers of both major party’s have the voting citizens right where they want them while they do what’s best for themselves versus the very citizens they are supposed to represent.
It’s all about cronyism within the political elitist club and partiality to long standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy. This would clearly explain why the Republican Party of Michigan endorsed Pete Hoekstra for the U. S. Senate seat even though his voting record of over 18 years has proven to be part of the problem not the solution! How much longer will we as voting citizens continue to vote for the same one’s over and over again expecting a different result that just isn’t going to happen?
On Tuesday a top GOP official bundler, elitist, and fundraising queen Georgette Mosbacher told reporters, “We know who will be our nominee.” Mitt Romney. She continued, Quite frankly, the enthusiasm wasn’t there at the outset. He’s less conservative than a lot of us would like. I guess we our wasting our time and efforts and elections are no longer required because the power brokers and elitist have already made up our minds for us?
Let’s take another look at the Career Republican in Name Only Elitist we elect and how they rationalize what’s in their best interest versus the one’s they are supposed to represent. Limit Lawmaker Benefits with Exceptions versus New Pension Tax: Tell me what is the difference between taxing the pensions of those who have retired or are ready to retire and the following statement issued by Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville (R) Monroe. “We’re not going to go retroactively and take things away from people that they’ve earned and was part of the package that they signed up for,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55. Where’s the shared sacrifice here? Don’t forget these politicians do part-time work for full-time pay! This gives a whole new meaning to Civic Duty or should I say thievery!
Bridge Legislation Built on Shaky Claims of Federal Billions and Cronyism
On and above the fact that the Michigan government has absolutely no business in the bridge business the taxpaying citizens want no part of this! Polls from the proponent side claim they do and we know how these polls can be manipulated. The question should be who stands to gain. The players are certain politicians and business entities and a tangled weave involving many aspects. Let’s take a look at a few of these players and entities shall we and how they weave together.
Let’s start with Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville of Monroe. He has introduced two Senate Bills in regard to this new bridge. On June 7, 2011 Senate Bill 411, to revise the state road tax allocation law to accommodate the authority proposed by Senate Bill 410 to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor (the “Detroit River International Crossing” or “New International Trade Crossing,” a.k.a. “DRIC” or “NITC”). Then on July 13, 2011 Senator Randy Richardville introduced Senate Bill 569 to revise the state film incentive program, converting it into a straightforward subsidy program rather than an indirect one, with awards of up to 30 percent of the expenses a film producer incurs in Michigan. Reportedly the bill’s sponsor wants to increase the subsidies from $25 million already appropriated in 2012 to $100 million annually.
Many will say what does Michigan’s film producer subsidy have to do with the new bridge? This is where it get’s interesting! Remember the “Gang of Four” of the Michigan Film Credit Secrets? One of the four is John Rakolta CEO of the huge construction company Walbridge formerly Walbridge Aldinger who’s wife’s sister Ronna Romney was married to Mitt Romney’s brother, Scott. Enter new Metro Airport Czar Turkia Mullin of the $200,000 shady severance fiasco and allegedly having a cozy relationship with John Rakolta. According to a source within Wayne County government Rakolta then forced Wayne Co. exec Bob Ficano to fire Wayne Co. Economic Development Director Mulu Birru and replace him with his cozy friend Turkia. Once Turkia becomes czarina, Walbridge wins the $220 million for the new Wayne County Jail.
Not only does John Rakolta stand to gain from his role in the movie producer subsidy, but maybe in the construction of the new bridge as well? Will be interesting to see if this bridge goes through who all the contractors and subcontractors are going to be on that new bridge project, kind of reminds me of the Kilpatrick, Betty, and the Bobby Furgeson arrangement. Least we forget about the alleged relationship Richardville had with former convicted union boss Walter Ralph Mabry, the former leader of the 20,000-member Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters union, who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks in connection with Mabry’s position as head of the union and chairman of the board of trustees of the Carpenters’ Pension Trust Fund.
It is alleged that Richardville, who accepted campaign contributions from the Carpenters Union was said to have arranged 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.
O.K., let’s review or connect the dots. Richardville is lobbied hard by the “Gang of Four” for the movie producer subsidy legislation with a trip to the Emmy’s in Hollywood, Richardville has alleged connections to a convicted former union boss by arranging meetings of lawmakers with positions of influence on key committees to meet with Mr.Mabry, and don’t forget the trip to the big race at the Daytona 500 for the duel Michigan International Speedway subsidy. United States Attorney Barbara McQuade will need the biggest shovel as to unearth this corruption!
Wayne County, Turkia Mullin Severance Fiasco, by the Numbers
Michigan’s largest county, Wayne, is embroiled in a major severance package problem. In a county riddled with high unemployment andwelfare woes, Turkia Mullin, former development exec transferred to a job as CEO of Detroit Metro Airport with a huge bonus. Here’s a look at that severance fiasco, by the numbers.
No ‘Iron Man 3’ movie for Michigan, Richardville comments making Republican’s look Bad
The taxpayers of Michigan are the winners by not getting this movie! Senator Richardville’s name appears 7 times in this article along with the names of the movies producers who have been lobbying him! They took him to the Emmy’s this year with an all expenses paid trip. Richardville is making the Republicans look bad with his comments. With his statements in this article looks to me like pandering to the Democrats and the Unions if you read the comments! Why has he become the spokesperson for the Michigan Film Office? Is it because of the lobbying by these movie producers, campaign donations by them, or even some sort of kickback or promise of help in the future as to further his political career? You make the call!
Re-Hired By City Government For One Day, Receives $158K Pension
This is similar to Monroe Sheriff Tilman Crutchfied getting his retired buddy the former Monroe Police Chief hired back after retirement. He gets retirement from county then receives a new salary plus another pension when he retires again! Can you say double dipping the taxpayer’s, cronyism?
Democratic Governor Says ‘No’ to Obamacare Exchange; Snyder Administration Says ‘Yes’
Arkansas Democratic Governor Mike Beebe “is unlikely to seek a $3.8 million grant to research how to establish a health insurance exchange for Arkansas because several top Republican lawmakers have told him they oppose the plan.” The Snyder administration plans to apply for what appears to be the same kind of federal grant by the end of this week. Health care policy expert Ed Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation told Michigan Capital Confidential last week that these grants come with strings attached that increasingly commit the state to creating an Obamacare exchange.
Durant Says GOP Establishment Didn’t Want Him to Challenge Hoekstra
No surprise there! The good ole’ boy’s club in Lansing doesn’t want independent thinkers outside of their status quo! When I ran for state senate in 2010 they wouldn’t list me on the state republican party web site because they were backing their incumbent! That should tell a story in and of itself!
Bachmann: Anti-right-to-work Senate candidate a ‘real conservative’?
GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann endorsed former Rep. Pete Hoekstra in the Michigan GOP Senate primary, despite Hoekstra’s close ties with the Teamsters union and his ardent opposition of state-level and national Right to Work laws.
Costly Union Worker Special Favor Barely Survives With Help of Two Michigan Republicans
Even though the vast majority of American construction workers do not belong to a labor union, federal government policy discriminates against these workers when awarding government construction projects. An attempt to put a stop to this took place on Feb. 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the attempt failed on a tie vote of 210-210. Two Michigan Republicans were amongst the 26 GOP “no” voters who could have broken the tie and won the vote for the“yes” side. All of the 210 “yes” votes were Republicans. The amendment had no Democrat support. The two Republicans from Michigan that voted “no” were Candice Miller, R-Harrison Twp., and Thad McCotter, R-Livonia.
Oak Park Officials Consider Ban On Eating While Driving
We just knew this stuff was going to happen when the Text Messaging Ban while driving was implemented. When you allow government legislators to hack away at your freedoms and liberty’s one by one it will never stop! The smoking ban has advanced to beaches, reporting your children’s weight, next will be cell phone usage. Wonder when they will legislate what day’s you can have sex on? This is all way to much government and not it’s intent! Oak Park officials say they will consider adding an explicit ban on eating while driving when they revisit a local distracted driver ordinance related to texting behind the wheel.
Solar Panels Don’t Work And No One Knows
Solar panels do not work that well. Often far below expectations. And few know it. Not the owners who depend on power. Not the bankers who finance it. Not the brokers who insure it. And not the government agencies who subsidize it. But if we who love solar and alternative energy do not put our house in order, those who believe solar is some kind of government-funded shell-game will do it for us. This would be a disaster for our country.
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