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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, Feb, 27, 2012

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 families 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 Republican Party is at a Crossroads.  There’s a battle going on between the establishment minority, and the conservative majority. Between the GOP establishment that cares only about its own power. And the conservative majority that wants power returned to the people. The establishment minority wants us to hold our noses and vote for the Massachusetts moderate. They tell us he is the best man to beat President Obama. They tell us he is the best we can do. 

We’ve been down this road before! In 1976, they gave us Gerald Ford. We got Jimmy Carter. In 1996, they gave us Bob Dole. We got Bill Clinton. In 2008, they gave us John McCain. We got Barak Obama. Now they’re trying to sell us Mitt Romney. Don’t let them. Not this time. 

The establishment does not believe what we believe. They do not see the threats to our freedom, our Constitution and the America we hold dear. They only see a threat to their power. They think they control the Republican Party. But they have a problem. There are more of us then there are of them. We the conservative majority can take our party  and our country back. We can return the GOP back to it’s core principles. And it’s proud heritage.

Local Conservative Group Left out of Romney’s Monroe Stop! “Tea Party” Divided

This is exactly what the Republican establishment had in mind when the “Tea Party” movement came into play prior to the sweep in the 2010 elections. Their strategy from the onset has been “divide and conquer”. Dennis Moore of the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus in Washtenaw County stated that Romney’s his man!

Romney’s rhetoric as a Conservative and “Tea Party” sympathizer doesn’t match his moderate voting record yet some within the movement have drank out of the Romney “kool-aid” pitcher. While I could fine no quote from Terry Bowman or Mary Beth Schmidt in this regard I can only hope they haven’t drank from this same pitcher as well!

Romney’s rhetoric on favoring right-to-work doesn’t match his legislative actions as governor according to the data obtained from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department. I have personally found there are many Republican Party members who are faithful to the Republican Party over the very principles that the “Tea Party” was founded upon that have infiltrated this movement.

Considering Senator Richardville’s involvement as co-chairman of Team Romney’s Michigan Campaign and the site recommendation he made at the Monroe National Galvanizing plant, shouldn’t the voters be just a little suspect? With his past relationship with Monroe County Community College president David Nixon (who attended the event) wouldn’t the Lazy-Boy Center at the college been a more transparent and accessible location for the public at large to participate?

This was nothing more than a “dog and pony” show carefully crafted by the co-chairman of Romney’s Michigan campaign as to garner a certain important segment of the voting electorate. The Union members and the “Tea Party” members were the target of this stop. Invited were Terry Bowman a UAW member who favors freedom to work (right-to-work) and two representatives from “Tea Party” organizations outside of Monroe County.

Mary Beth Schmidt of the Rattle With Us Tea Party in Wayne County and Dennis Moore from the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus in Washtenaw County. Interestingly missing from this group was Monroe’s own Conservative Caucus of Monroe County who have been in existence long before either of the “Tea Party” groups that were invited! This was by design for the Conservative Caucus of Monroe County was formed in part because of the non-conservative left leaning polices pursued and promoted by Senator Richardville. Read the comments in the link below that sums up Romney’s flip-flops on the issues. As voters are we going to let them pull the wool over our eye’s and take this or will we vote for true representation?

Romney Cruises into Monroe in the Dead of the Night with Lights Out

Mr. Romney’s visit to Monroe was facilitated, in part, by liberal union loving Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, who had recommended various options for the campaign event in the Monroe area. Why not at a public forum like the Lay-Z-Boy Center at the Monroe College where he would have to face the tough hard questions from the citizens? This event was nothing more than a dog and pony show to garner votes by pandering to the right-to-work issue.

Terry Bowman spokesperson for “Freedom to Work” and a couple of “Tea Party” representatives were invited to participate along with several other local dignitaries. The Building Tradesman Newspaper, a union publication, stated that “It’s not a stretch to say that having Senate Majority Leader Richardville in that position is the one, unlikely saving grace that could prevent some or all of the anti-union bills from reaching the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder”. 

Mitt Romney was quoted as saying good “unions” train members; bad unions hurt their company. (Oct 2007). How could he possibly be for right-to-work with a statement like that? This is just another in a long list of flip-flops as to pander to voters on a hot button issue for votes. Don’t be fooled! This is a well thought out campaign strategy especially now that he’s behind in the polls.

Romney Not So Pure Michigan

The presidential candidate proclaims his love for “not any cars, but American cars,” as he said in a Valentine’s Day column in The Detroit News. Although he likes to speak lovingly of Michigan and it’s automotive industry, however when the domestic auto industry was on the point of death a little over three years ago Romney would have let it die. In November 2008, the month President Obama was elected, a now-infamous column was published in The New York Times under Romney’s name. The headline said: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” As Detroit goes so does Michigan!

This candidate’s position, argues Steve Rattner, himself a Wall Street financier with a background that includes stints at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley, is designed to pander to the “Tea Party” right. “He’s afraid of being perceived as a moderate,” he adds. Which he is! Mitt Romney would be pro or anti anything depending on which way the political winds blow as to get elected  as to feed at the public trough.

Full Romney Political Record All Voters “Must View”

Click the link below and scroll down as to get to the real meat and potatoes of his voting record. In favor of the Brady Bill, Appoints activist Gay Judge, Raises Taxes and Fees, and a host of other interesting votes. This page takes a while to load for all the data but well worth the wait for your viewing pleasure!

Romney Quotes George Costanza Of ‘Seinfeld’ in Debate

A more transparent opening statement about his character would have been more informative. I wonder if the audience would have started clapping and been inspired if the former Massachusetts governor Romney said instead, In 2005 I nominated a “Gay and Lesbian” Activist Judge to the Associate Justice of the Wrentham District Court as governor of Massachusetts who was confirmed and to this day still sits on the bench? Stephen S. Abany of Boston has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association. He could have used a quote from Jerry Seinfeld in regard to Gay’s and Lesbian’s, “not that there’s anything wrong with that”?

Romney say’s he is opposed to same-sex marriage but as governor of Massachusetts he allowed a legal marriage of two men! How could he have allowed this to happen in his state? Former governor Mike Huckabee said Governor Romney acted unconstitutionally on “gay marriage” he could have stopped it, and should have stopped it. Governor Romney should have stood up to the Court and said, “No”? But then again, by nominating a gay and lesbian activist Judge to the bench this would go against the grain.

Old news? Yes and Mitt Romney hopes it will be ignored or forgotten. Mike Huckabee urges the “Tea Party” faithful to vote for Mitt Romney. The former Arkansas governor has urged Tea Party Republicans to throw their support behind Romney. How does Romney manage to bury his past political sins? With a lot of help from his former critics including Governor Huckabee who seem to suffer from amnesia. This is nothing more than political cronyism at it’s worst and a disservice to the voting public who deserve better.

Romney Supporters Remove Santorum Campaign Signs at Michigan Event

In the Presidential Debates Romney was caught on the question of using illegal labor. Lawn service and political sign removal of your opponent is “OK” though? Is this a leader that deserves your vote? Is this the kind of ethics we as Americans expect and deserve? The claim that Romney will make is that he is not responsible for what his supporters say and do which is the same excuse he uses for negative Ads run by his SuperPACS. Is this the kind of ethics we need in a leader? You make the call with your vote on February, 28, 2012!

Senator Richardville Legislates with a Jimmy Durante Style Mentality

Talk about a Jimmy Durante mentality? His should I go with, or should I stay with style on the issues is a disservice to the voters of all political affiliation! Senator Randy Richardville is but one representative that Michigan can do without! In 2011 Mr. Richardville introduced a right-to-work bill for Teachers only and not all Michigan workers. Now he introduces this bill to keep grad students from unionizing. This should show the voters a pattern of pandering to the electorate that is nothing more than self-serving as to further his political career! 

A bill passed in the House mid-session of 2011 to ban the practice of forced unionization of the home healthcare providers and sent to the Senate has been held up in committee due to Senator Richardville’s involvement favoring this practice that benefits the SEIU. Which is it Mr. Richardville, your for the unions or against the unions? It it obvious that this Senator goes which ever way the political winds blow! Remind you of anybody running for the Republican presidential nomination? Maybe that’s why Senator Richardville was tapped as the co-chair of Romney’s Michigan campaign. What’s the old saying, birds of a feather flock together!

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got $62,500 from Romney PACs

Many in the “Tea Party” wondered why Nikki Haley came out and endorsed Mitt Romney. Wonder no more! It’s all about the money not principles. The “Tea Party” faithful that helped elect her to office should vote her out on a rail come election time for this endorsement which is nothing more than pay to play politics. This is a disservice to the voters who elected her to represent them and she should pay the price come election time.

American Airlines to Cut 13,000 Jobs

The company aims to cut labor costs by 20% under bankruptcy protection and will soon begin negotiations with its three major unions. Our economic recovery keeps chugging along.

PepsiCo to Cut 8,700 Jobs

The PepsiCo announced plans on Thursday to cut about 8,700 jobs as part of an effort to save some $1.5 billion in costs. This recovery sure looks to be headed in the wrong direction.

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.”

Thomas Jefferson


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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, February, 20, 2012

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 families 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

Governor Snyder Unveils 2012-13 Fantasy Budget:

Michigan’s Fantasy Island is a state, where there are very little job opportunity’s that the host, Governor Snyder can provide. Thus we have citizens who have lost their jobs, homes foreclosed, taxes increased, pensions taxed, and have fantasies of better economic times that should be impossible especially since Governor Snyder’s role model, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel’s recently signed right-to-work into law that is sure to attract more businesses and jobs at Michigan’s expense.

While this island can accommodate them jobs so long as it’s forced unionization such as Michigan is now. Any visits to Michigan by prospective companies wanted to build manufacturing plants such as BMW, Boeing, Volkswagen, Kia, and assorted others, meet resistance with union interference. Anyone they see in Lansing to do something they request such as getting guarantees against union interference is nowhere to be found. The only constant was at the sight of these incoming companies is the midget Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley running up to the bell tower to ring the bell and shout “De Taxes, De Autism, De Unions, De Bridge”! 

To top all this off we have the third player in this bad movie script Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville (The Unions Best Friend in Lansing) supporting SEIU forced unionization, taking union campaign contributions, and promoting, pursuing, and advocating former Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm’s agenda. His alleged ties to former Union Boss Walter Ralph Mabry convicted of Racketeering in Federal Court and unlawful shenanigans with the Union Pension Fund. Also of interest is the fact that the good Senator had his mother notarize his campaign finance disclosure statement which by the way is against the law and because of this may be holding office illegally.

Now that we have a little history on the players let’s take a look at these budget proposals shall we? Budget surplus! What budget surplus? We owed the U.S. Treasury $3.2 billion for the unemployment trust fund so we sold bonds to the tune of $3.3 billion as to pay this off. So we increased our debt by $.1 billion. In understanding bonds, the seller of the bonds, the State of Michigan are the borrowers, with the buyers of these bonds as the lenders, how could we possibly have a surplus?

$119 million from the general fund to fix up roads and bridges. Snyder said the investment represented “the largest general fund amount ever included in the transportation budget.” This isn’t even a drop in the bucket to the amount of money robbed (stolen) from the road funds for other unspecified state spending in the past. Snyder also stated the unusual injection of general fund money into roads which is normally funded by gasoline taxes and the federal government is a onetime fix “to allow the Legislature time to develop a long term road funding solution.” That’s code word for TAX INCREASE! 

Mandating coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism. Anyone who doesn’t see this as an indirect TAX INCREASE has blinders on! Do you really believe that the insurance companies will not pass this additional cost onto we the rate payers? The last two items are and have been a complete and total failure to the taxpayers of Michigan. $195 million to support the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s “economic gardening” efforts to promote industry and jobs, including $25 million in funding for film credits. Might as well plant that garden in the desert!

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming To Michigan

Michigan could potentially have the nation’s highest gas tax if Governor Rick Snyder’s proposal to replace the state motor fuel tax with a higher wholesale tax becomes law.

Abortion Bill Controversy in Michigan Senate Parallels with “NotaryGate”

Action by the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up a Bill (SB 160) in 2011 to ban partial birth abortions has drawn sharp criticisms not only of abortion rights advocates, but from the Republican leadership in Lansing. Matt Marsden, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), took issue with Jones’ plan to introduce this legislation. Marsden said. The Majority Leader has been abundantly clear that the focus of the Senate is on jobs and the economy.

While Jones was taking heat from Richardville’s team, Richardville was one of the legislators sponsoring a Bill (SB 291) in the same legislative session to allow helmet-less motorcycle operation. Does this have anything to do with jobs and the economy?   This public spat between Senator Jones and Richardville’s spokesperson Matt Marsden led to his reassignment within Richardville’s Senate committee! To replace Mr. Marsden Richardville tapped former Governor Jennifer Graholm’s appointee Amber McCann who was groomed and cut her teeth in the Granholm administration.

An email sent out to 26 members of the Monroe County Women’s Republican Club by Senator Richardville’s mother and current first vice chair of the Monroe County Republican Party advocating what wonderful things “Planned Parenthood” did besides abortion is unconsiable. She is also in the forefront of “NotaryGate” with the illegal notarization of Senator Richardville’s 2010 campaign finance disclosure form submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State.

Governor Snyder: Budget Protects Incumbent Legislators by Postponing Tough Choices

Can Michigan afford this? Politics as usual is a pattern that will continue until we the voters cast our votes that will send a powerful message to those that would represent us. Is it more important to legislate with caution in an election year than to do what’s right and in in the best interest of the citizenry? Doesn’t look like “best practices to me”! This just proves to the citizens of Michigan that the most important aspect of representing the people as an elected official has more to do with power and control, and elections and re-elections rather than making the right legislative moves to benefit the public. 

In other words, 2012 will be a year in which Michigan continues to dodge most of its biggest problems and toughest legislative decisions facing the state of Michigan and it’s residents. The reinvention of the state’s business (tax reduction) and individual income taxes (tax increase) also, of course, made Snyder some enemies (among all voters), particularly among early ‘retirees” who got hit with “taxes on pensions” and “401K withdrawals” that were previously exempt. These legislative moves are not in keeping with the Republican platform or smaller government, less taxation, and a less intrusive government. 

The political ideology known as “Reaganomics” has taken a back seat with Governor Snyder and a dozen or so of those in the Republican legislature here in Michigan. Some recent examples proves this out! Republicans are supposed to be opposed to a government-run single-payer health care system, believing such a system constitutes socialized medicine but however, 13 Republican Senators here in Michigan joined the Democrats and voted for Obama’s Health Care Exchange. This was in a direct conflict of several states attorney generals lawsuit against ObamaCare including our own attorney general here in Michigan.

Republicans are supposed to be opposed by labor union management and members, and have supported various legislation on the state and federal levels, including right to work legislation and the Taft-Hartley Act, which gives workers the right not to participate in unions. However, we have several republicans in name only holding power blocking legislation to this effect including our Senator Majority leader Randy Richardville. These same so-called republicans continue to be beholding to these unions because of their campaign contributions and support for re-election by these unions.

Corporate Welfare to Increase $20 Million in Governor Snyder’s 2013 Budget

Michigan Taxpayers beware of those nasty little subsidies and tax increases that just won’t go away. Our government is supposed to work for “we the taxpayers” but it’s more like we are working for the government. All of our “wasted tax dollars” here in Michigan doled out in subsidies to the green energy wind and solar companies, and electric battery makers, have went bankrupt or have recently filed for bankruptcy could have been better spent on our roads and infrastructure. A better idea out of Lansing would be to raise our gas tax and vehicle registration fees instead. 

Why should we the taxpayers subsidize such companies in the private sector? We shouldn’t! There are several other companies or entities here in Michigan that fall into this category using our tax dollars that benefit private interest and not the taxpayers such as the few listed above. Here’s just a few more to add to the list, Hollywood Movie Producers, Pure Michigan Advertising Campaign, Michigan International Speedway, 21st Century Jobs Fund, Michigan Economic Development Authority, and the proposed “New Bridge” to Canada along with a host of others.

When will this thievery of our tax dollars come to a halt? This will not stop until “we the voters” send a strong and powerful message to the one’s we elect as to represent us in the manor we expect and deserve! It’s our own fault for we continue to send (elect) the same one’s over and over again back to Lansing expecting a different result, that’s just not going to happen and history has proven it hasn’t worked out for us.

Film Subsides for the Wealthy at Taxpayer Expense

A Movie Script You Won’t Believe. Imagine this, Four wealthy and politically connected businessmen concoct an elaborate scheme, using their checkbooks and relationships with elected officials in Lansing, to secure a taxpayer-funded movie studio for their own personal financial gain. Call them “The Gang of Four.”

Have Michigan taxpayers provide the greatest tax giveaway for movie making in the country, allowing The Gang of Four to walk away with even more money, subsidized by the taxpayer. Have Michigan taxpayers (as well as local and federal taxpayers) pay to build them a movie studio. When newly elected reform-minded politicians threaten to end this scheme, The Gang of Four use their political clout and campaign cash to keep this system in place. The problems facing the city of Allen Park is just the tip of the iceberg.

Millionaires Collect Billions in Taxpayer Money You could call it welfare for the well-off

Taxpayers in America are literally giving billions to people who make millions. That’s right, millionaires are collecting welfare. What do rock stars Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and basketball legend Scottie Pippen have in common?

All three receive farm subsidies from the government, and they’re not the only millionaires getting a tax break. In fact, the feds doled out $316 million in farm subsides to people with seven-figure incomes according to a report by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. So for those taxpayers who purchase tickets to events such as basketball games, races at the Michigan International Speedway, or rock star concerts and buy their music CD’s your paying a lot more than you think!

How Business Subsides Fleece Taxpayers

While this article is applied to the federal level it applies the same for the taxpayers here in Michigan. Federal subsidies to U.S. businesses now cost American taxpayers nearly $100 billion a year. If all corporate welfare programs were eliminated, Congress would have enough money to entirely eliminate the capital gains tax and the death tax.

Alternatively, Congress could cut the personal and corporate income tax by 10 percent across the board. Either of these alternatives would do far more to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry than the current industrial policy approach of trying to help American companies one at a time.

Romney’s Claim of Conservatism Doesn’t Add Up

A candidate such as Mitt Romney (RomneyCare) who defends himself for his personal claim of conservatism should be suspect by the voters.” If it was true that one was conservative then that person should not feel compelled to defend oneself to those who claim different. Mr. Romney who has consistently used Ronald Reagan’s political ideology in debates as far back as 2008 the facts of his record as governor don’t match!

In 1961 Ronald Reagan Spoke Out Against Socialized Medicine saying one of the traditional methods of imposing socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.   The doctor begins to lose freedom. First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then doctors aren’t equally divided geographically. So a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him, you can’t live in that town.

They already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else. And from here it’s only a short step to dictating where he will go. All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it’s a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay. And pretty soon your son won’t decide, when he’s in school, where he will go or what he will do for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go to work and what he will do.

Disturbing Trend As People Receiving Food Assistance Skyrockets

More and more people are using other people’s money to pay for their grocery bills and the dramatic increase does not appear to be justified by the recession.

Senator DeMint: Why Republicans Must Become More Libertarian

“The new debate in the Republican party needs to be between conservatives and libertarians,” says Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). “A lot of the libertarian ideas that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican.”

“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, February, 13, 2012

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 families 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

As a Tea Party supporter and Conservative Republican I find myself without a Party that truly represents the principles, traditions, and values that the Republican Party was founded upon. Over 35 years ago I joined the Republican Party because of those very reasons that the Party was founded upon. 

Today’s Republican Party is filled with left leaning moderate Republicans and Republicans in name only. What has happened to the Party I joined years ago? It has swayed from the original platform in my opinion as to assure election to public office by pandering to those who may consider themselves Conservative Democrats who don’t necessarily align themselves with the majority of liberal Democrats that dominate the Democratic Party today. 

For a Party to sway in this direction is a travesty of its original intent. Republicans who feel as I do can only hope that the Republican Party reassesses it’s actions or I’m afraid that the Party will eventually go by the way of the very Whig Party that it replaced.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels: Right-to-work already working

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels defended Thursday his state’s newly-approved right-to-work legislation, saying that the phones have been ringing off the hook with companies wanting to come to the state since he signed the measure.

SEIU Sent Key GOP Senator $5K on Day Bill to End ‘Forced Unionization’ Arrived in Senate

“It is unfortunate that both Mr. Kahn and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, have mistaken their term limits for integrity limits,” said John Daniele of the Metro Detroit Freedom Coalition. “We sincerely hope that they are able to remember that the reason they were elected to their positions included acting to protect the taxpayers of Michigan from funding leftist agendas aimed at destroying American values.”

Indiana ‘Right to Work’ Bill Should Change Michigan Politics

The Midwest just had a major earthquake. Indiana’s House Thursday passed a right-to-work law supported by Rick Snyder’s role model, Governor Mitch Daniels putting Indiana on course to be the first major Midwest industrial state that gives workers the choice of whether to join a union.

If Michigan starts to hemorrhage jobs and businesses to Indiana, which it will, because of “RTW”, Governor Rick Snyder and the so-called leaders in the Michigan legislature better embrace “RTW” sooner rather than later! Can you say the party’s over for the Union Bosses and the legislators who are beholding to them? If the Michigan legislature doesn’t act and soon, you might as well turn out the lights here in Michigan?

Liberal Monroe Evening Newspaper Attacks “Tea Party” Leader

A story was run by several news publications here in Michigan about a possible re-call of State Senator Randy Richardville but one took it personally. The Monroe Evening News ran an editorial called “our view” called Voters don’t need outsiders advice! While defending Senator Richardville’s “liberal” voting record this little ” Hooterville Weekly Reader ” degrades and slanders Traverse City­ based “Tea Party” leader Randy Bishop as a legislator-wannabe.

This editorial goes on to say that the concept of right-to-work essentially is a non-issue that would be a useless waste of time when other, more pressing issues await the Legislature’s ­attention. I guess jobs and our economy isn’t as important as defending a “liberal” Union pandering Republican in name only legislator who has alleged ties to former Union Boss Walter Ralph Mabry who Plead Guilty to Taking Kickbacks While Boss of the Michigan Carpenters Union who was convicted in federal court in Detroit on  May 16, 2011.

It is also alleged that Mr. Richardville invited lawmakers with positions of influence on key committees to meet with Mr.Mabry in casual settings 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. 

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. 

State House Committee Passes Labor Bills Limiting Strikes, Dues Collection

A House committee on Tuesday passed a package of labor reform bills blasted by critics as anti-union measures. The legislation would add county and municipal employees to the law that prohibits public school teachers from striking and set steep fines for public sector strikes and lockouts.

When Will Right-to-Work Come to Michigan?

An interview with State Representative Mike Shirkey Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, is expected to introduce right-to-work legislation in the Michigan House. Under such a law, employers and unions would be prohibited from negotiating contracts that require non-union employees to pay union dues. With Indiana moving toward right-to-work status, the issue appears to be heating up in Michigan. Capitol Confidential interviewed Shirkey via telephone Tuesday evening. The following are excerpts from that interview.

County Commissioner Supports Right to Work

I am writing in support of Michigan becoming a right-to-work state based on a few facts I will elaborate on: 

Fact No. 1. From 1960 to 2010, eight of the top 10 states with the fastest growing disposable income were right-to-work states.   Michigan came in at No. 50. This tells me that all 22 right-to-work states grew while Michigan withered under her forced union status. This is unacceptable in my opinion.

Fact No. 2. Real personal income grew almost twice as fast in right-to-work states from 1999 to 2009 by 28 percent, compared to forced union states 15 percent growth. 

Fact No. 3. Per capita personal income in two-thirds of the nation’s right-to-work states is higher than in Michigan. 

Fact No. 4. Per capita disposable income in right-to-work states, adjusted for cost of living, was $35,543 in 2009. That’s more than $2,000 higher than in forced union states. 

In my opinion, the freedom to choose to join or not join a union will make Michigan a competitor in this down economy. As President John F. Kennedy acknowledged: “Employees shall have and shall be protected in the exercise of the right, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, to form, join and assist an employee organization or to refrain from any such activity.” Right to Work for Federal Employees, Executive Order 10988 by John F. Kennedy (1962) 

I, along with 40 percent of our fellow union household family units, support a right to work in Michigan because the reality is that Michigan needs to get back to work.  Bill Sage/Allegan County Commissioner

Is Michigan’s Film Producer Subsidies Michigan’s Solyndra?

Sources close to Raleigh Studios in Pontiac said Wednesday that the owners have not made their required monthly escrow set-aside payments since October, and won’t have the money to meet their biannual bond obligation when it comes due Feb. 1, 2012 therefore defaulting on their obligation. Michigan taxpayers are now on the hook for this payment. See Michigan-Subsidized Film Studio Fails; State Pension Fund Had Guaranteed Loan.

The “business model” for this studio was completely dependent on another of Gov. Granholm’s corporate welfare schemes, a subsidy program that paid up to 42 percent of film producers’ Michigan expenses. No reputable economist has ever defended these subsidies, which are pure “political development” programs, not economic development ones. 

The plot thickened when Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, who has been working to reverse the scaled back program, said the following to the Gongwer news service. “A few years ago we told some Michigan investors that if they invest in an industry that we would back them. And we gave them parameters and now we’ve changed that. We sent several businesses away that would help recoup that investment.” 

By “sent several businesses away,” he means taxpayers stopped picking up 42 percent of film producers’ expenses. In other words, Sen. Richardville is using this default to lobby the governor and his colleagues to give more loot to film producers, insinuating that the state is breaking a promise by choosing to give away less loot instead. 

Sorry, Sen. Richardville, but it doesn’t work that way. The individuals who finagled a state pension fund guarantee from Gov. Granholm are big boys who understand that their “business model” was in fact a purely political bet, not a business one, and the risks involved are likewise political as well as financial. And now their political bet is coming up a loser and the loser is Michigan’s taxpayers!

Wake up voters! Crony capitalism is bad whether perpetrated by a Democrat or Republican. Don’t ignore what rhetoric Senator Randy Richardville spews out, just look at what he’s done! Along with the new bridge to Canada these film producer subsidies were the top two agenda items of the Granholm administration and Richardville continues to promote and pursue her agenda!

“Tea Party Patriots” of West Oakland County Endorse Clark Durant for U.S. Senate

A resounding rejection was delivered to former Congressman Pete Hoekstra in his bid for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat in the 2012 election. The “self proclaimed” conservative of west Michigan and Tea Party caucus member in Washington which was founded by Michele Bachman could not garner the support of the true conservative movement. 

This should not have come as a surprise to those who have researched his voting record which includes but not limited to his votes for, the $850 billion Wall Street bailout and Obama’s $192 billion stimulus plan and raising the debt ceiling to $11 trillion, or his support for the Brady Bill gun control law or being funded by Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters in return for opposing state and national Right to Work laws.” He also voted in favor of, cash for clunkers, Obama’s czars, and a host of other non conservative votes over his 18 plus years in Washington.

As a Congressman Mr. Hoekstra communicated through Twitter after the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was passed, “If you know of someone thinking of buying first home, now may be the time. Stimulus incentive is very generous! Up to 8k! Check it out.” according to “The Hill’s Brief Room” on 2/18/09.

With his lengthy time of service or “disservice” as a representative of the citizens of Michigan this gives credence to term limits.

Hoekstra was also caught preening on video 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.”

This center left liberal Republican has earned the title of “Pork Barrel” Pete Hoekstra with his voting record. He even tried to circumvent the “Tea Party” faithful by having one of his liberal supporters from Birmingham start a group called Michigan Conservative Alliance which gives the meaning of conservatism a bad name. Does this look to you like a Conservative Tea Party Republican kind of guy to you? I think not!

Home Prices Drop, Consumers Turn Gloomier

Home prices fell more steeply than expected in November, and consumers turned less optimistic in January, highlighting the hurdles still facing the bumpy economic recovery.

Censorship of the Internet and the Tyranny of Our Government House Committee Approves U.S. Internet Spy Bill.

This weeks quote below illustrates what a joke Washington has become and a disservice to the citizenry!

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me

Stuart Smalley aka Al Franken – United States Senator – Democrat from Minnesota

Note: Senator Franken supported SOPA and co-sponsor of PIPA

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The “Bain Report” Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, February, 6, 2012

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 families 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

Michigan Republicans “We Have a Problem” Liberal RINOS Consider Themselves Conservative Around the country and right here in Michigan there is a huge fundamental flaw within our Republican Party. How could the GOP have allowed this to happen? While there are many such examples, I would like to point out two here in Michigan that have made a “significant negative impact” to our state and country. 

A conservative is a individual and or a political party defining themselves by their opposition to liberal or labor parties and their ideology. Conservatism is a supporter or advocate of the principles, traditions, and values that the Republican party was founded upon. A conservative also promotes a smaller limited government, less regulations, less taxation, personal responsibility, free market principles, along with promoting free enterprise and private ownership. The conservative ideology exemplifies the basic Freedoms and Liberty’s afforded to “we the people” by the constitution. 

Pete Hokestra is the first example. Voting for the $850 billion Wall Street bailout and Obama’s $192 billion stimulus plan and raising the debt ceiling to $11 trillion, or his support for the Brady Bill gun control law or being funded by Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters in return for opposing state and national Right to Work laws.” Mr. Hoekstra is a former 18-year congressman that has been “part of the problem” that we as a state and country face today. Mr. Hoekstra is a current Washington, D.C. lobbyist. During the 2010 State Senate Primary here in Michigan Mr. Hoekstra publicly came out in support of my next example of a liberal Republican in name only current Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville saying he was a principled conservative. 

Randy Richardville along with his voting record over the past ten years proves he is no conservative. While he is a “self proclaimed” conservative, the old saying holds true in that it’s in the eyes of the beholder. The word beholder or beholding fits the bill here for Mr. Richardville. As the “Unions” best friend in Lansing with his legislative actions such as sponsoring, co-sponsoring, and votes in favor of “Union Institutional Interest” have proven to be a detriment to the citizens of Michigan and the Republican ideology. Mr. Richardville is currently oppressing discussion and movement of the right-to-work initiative in the Michigan Senate. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist as see why with the campaign contributions and support he receives from the Unions. Mr. Richardville continues to advocate former Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm’s agenda with the advancement of her administration’s top two initiative’s, the New Bridge to Canada, and the Movie Producer Subsidies.   Both of these so-called Republicans have been as disservice to their constituents and party.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Signs Right to Work into Law

Today February, 1, 2012 – Turn out the lights in Michigan as far as Jobs and the Economic Recovery goes! The Senate passed the right-to-work legislation with a vote of 28 to 22. The bill, which will allow workers at unionized businesses to avoid paying union dues, was later signed by Governor Mitch Daniels. But there is conciliation in that we taxpayers will be receiving a “TAX HIKE” for vehicle registration, a higher gas tax, and I’m sure the new bridge is right around the corner that will cost us!,0,1467737.column

Richardville Out of Touch With His Party, Constituents, & the Needs of His State

The MIRS Weekly Report – “Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t believe there are enough votes in the GOP caucus for Right to Work (RTW) legislation.” Regarding his personal position on Right to Work, “The Majority Leader said that he would be a “no” vote on RTW.” 

MIRS also reports, Michigan’s unemployment rate this year is projected to be 9.4 percent and won’t average below 9 percent until 2014… University of Michigan (U-M) economist George FULTON noted that the jobless rate remains “stubbornly high.” Unemployment was at 12.5 percent in 2010 and fell to 10.5 percent in 2011. It’s forecasted to be 9.2 percent in 2013 and 8.7 percent in 2014.

“From this I can only gather that Majority Leader Richardville is content with an economy that is staggering at best,” said UAW member and MI-Freedom to Work Chairman, Terry Bowman. “Is he satisfied with an unemployment rate of 10%? “If Richardville is opposed to Right to Work he is in direct opposition to the wishes of 70% of Michigan voters including many in his own district. As a Monroe native, I know firsthand that there is much support for Right to Work in his district.”

Tea Partiers Gunning For Republican Senate Majority Leader

According to news reports, some individuals associated with the Tea Party movement have publicly called for a recall campaign against State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. There are many reasons and not limited to just “RTW” and forced unionization. Sen. Richardville’s positions on several issues appears to be at odds with most of the Senate Republicans who chose him for the leadership position. For 2010, only two Republicans in the Senate had a ranking more “liberal” than Richardville! 

Richardville was selected to be leader by his Republican Senate colleagues at the start of 2011 and word out of Lansing is that those votes he received came at a price through his donations to his colleagues political campaign coffers who voted for him. Under his leadership the body has failed to vote on a House-passed bill to stop the transfer of $28 million from home health care providers to the SEIU (see CapCon “skimTRACKER”). In 2009, Sen. Richardville co-sponsored a bill that would have given explicit statutory authorization to this practice. Past CapCon articles have noted other positions taken by Sen. Richardville likely to put him at odds with limited government Tea Party groups. Click the link below just to see a few.

Indiana Senate Passes Right-to-Work Legislation

Get ready to turn the lights out in Michigan. This passage will spell doom for prospective businesses to locate in Michigan or to stay for that matter! Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said right-to-work legislation isn’t an answer in itself but will be a game changer for the state. “I don’t think any of us in this state can afford to ignore the opportunity to bring in new and better jobs to Indiana,” Long said.

Bucking the GOP Establishment Again

While all the moderate liberal left leaning Republicans in Lansing supporting former Congressman Pete Hoekstra for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate, other more true conservatives have stepped up to the plate. Gary Glenn, Clark Durant, and Peter Konetchy offer Michigan voters a much better alternative to the same ole’ status quo Republicans that have got us into this mess! With over 30 years of pork barrel spending it’s time for Pete to stay home and enjoy his grandchildren before they have to start paying for his actions in Washington.

Ex-Aide Accuses Ficano of Cover-Ups

It just keeps on getting better with all this corruption doesn’t it? The lawsuit former Deputy Wayne County Executive Azzam Elder filed against his old boss Robert Ficano may encounter some turbulence generated by an unlikely source: Elder himself. Elder sued Ficano, the embattled Wayne County executive, on Wednesday. He accused Ficano and one of his top aides of concocting a scheme to cover up more than a dozen controversial severance agreements — including one with Elder worth up to $350,000.

Lawsuit Paints New Image of Ficano

Fired aide Azzam Elder in his $25 million whistle-blower lawsuit says Ficano promised him a $300,000 severance package and a pension sweetener that would have allowed him to retire at age 42 with $157,000 a year from the county taxpayers, a gift ultimately valued at $6 million. It was one of 15 such deals Ficano crafted for his aides, and then rescinded after The Detroit News exposed them.

Republican Jim DeMint says GOP should embrace Ron Paul

In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham Republican Jim DeMint says that more and more we can see that what he’s been talking about is true. Those who are supporting him are people that we need in the Republican Party. A lot of them are libertarians, they’re our natural base. We shouldn’t ignore them. If Republicans don’t embrace a lot of these ideas we’re going to end up with a third party that essentially guarantees that the Democrats are going to win. You can read the full interview by clicking the link below.

Solyndra Bankruptcy Attorneys Argue in Court for Bonus Money

It’s your tax dollars. The attorneys argued that the extra bonus money ranging from 8 percent to 30 percent of the employees’ total base annual salaries “will motivate the eligible employees to work as hard as possible” to achieve a Chapter 11 restructuring plan and sale. Three of the employees earn less than $100,000 in base salary, and eight make $150,000 or more. The highest paid employee, eligible for the $50,000 bonus, is paid $206,499 per year. What’s the big deal? Even with the subsidized company’s here in Michigan once the check clears the bank, all bets are off and again the taxpayers are footing the bill.

BMW Adding Jobs at South Carolina Plant

Wasn’t Michigan the first choice for BMW to build a new plant here? That’s right, when they came to talk with our legislators in Lansing and asked for assurances that there would not be union interference with building and employment with this proposed plant, they were told no. BMW ultimately built the new plant in a “RTW” state instead where union interference wasn’t an obstacle.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson

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