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Michigan Republicans Raised Your Taxes Did You Notice?
This goes against the Republican ideology of less taxation, less government, and less intrusion into our lives. The GOP has raised taxes on virtually everything that moves in this state and more future taxes increased are proposed. This is a direct “failure” of leadership within the Michigan Republican Party. The good news for the Republicans is none of the increases was noticed when weary taxpayers forked over their hard earnings to the state on tax day April 17th.
Just some examples, everyone under 67 will pay a pension tax in some form or another. Some will lose part of their Homestead Property tax break, and if you contribute to charities, you can forget about claiming a deduction. Those are gone,too. There are many more either direct and indirect with many more proposed such as a New Gas Tax, and New Government Bridge among others. The latter after the legislature rejected it the good governor has seemed to find a way as to by-pass legislative approval. Hold onto your wallets!
Republicans in Lansing Raise Taxes While Republicans in Washington Raise Debt
What’s going on with the Republican Party leadership? Raising taxes and our debt is not Republican principled! While the Democratic Party has moved so far to the left it has fallen off the cliff the Republican Party has moved right along in lock-step, maybe not off the cliff but to close for my taste!
McCotter’s Snafu Leaves GOP Looking for Write-in Candidate
The Republican status quo establishment power broker elitist are scrambling to find a “yes man” to run for they are definitely afraid of Kerry Bentivolio for he will not be a “yes man” for the Party but a representative of the citizens!
Michigan Town Votes Down Windmill Plan, Board Moving Ahead Anyways – Town Votes Down Windmill Plan, Board Moving Ahead Anyways
Apparently elections in Huron County’s Lake Township don’t mean much. In February, Lake Township voters struck down a zoning ordinance that would allow wind turbines to operate near their homes by better than a 61 percent to 39 percent margin. Yet, there’s a good chance township residents will have to live next to the turbines anyway. “We said ‘no’ when we voted on it,” said Tony Kanyak, a Lake Township farmer. “It was turned down by the voters. Now a select few are doing it anyway. It’s a dictatorship.
Taxpayers Pay Twice for Union ‘Release Time’ – Senate GOP Waters Down Bill, Favors Select “Unions”
No surprise here with the “unions” best friend in Lansing Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville at the helm! Taxpayers in scores of Michigan communities may not realize it, but when they send in their winter and summer property tax payments, some of their money is extracted to pay union bosses not for their assigned job duties, but for time spent on union business. That’s because their school board members, mayors and city councils have signed union labor contracts that require taxpayers to compensate union stewards to do union work on government time.
Pete Hoekstra’s Hollywood Makeover – Record “Pork Barrel” Pete Hoekstra is Trying to Hide
Pete Hoekstra is launching attacks about the national debt–and his attacks couldn’t be more hypocritical. While in Congress, Hoekstra voted for the Wall Street bailout, budget busting tax cuts for millionairs and billionaires, giveaways to special interests and trillions more in deficit spending. Pete Hoekstra says he’s “Pete Spend-it-not”–he’s actually Pete-Spend-a-lot.
Supported Wall Street Bailout: Hoekstra Voted for the $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout. In 2008, Hoekstra voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. [House Vote #681, 10/3/2008]
Supported Raising Debt Limit And Trillions of Dollars in Budget-Busting Deficit Increases: Hoekstra Rubberstamped Bush Deficit-Busting Budgets. [House Vote #158, 5/18/2006; House Vote #149, 4/28/2005; House Vote #198, 5/19/2004; House Vote #141, 4/11/2003; House Vote #79, 3/20/2002]
Hoekstra Votes Increased the Debt by 46 Percent to $8.6 Trillion From 2002 to 2006. In 2002 the total national debt was $5.9 trillion. With Hoekstra’s votes for increased spending and unbalanced budgets, the federal debt has increased 46 percent, from approximately $5.6 trillion at the beginning of 2002 to an estimated $8.6 trillion at the end of 2006. [U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Public Debt]
Hoekstra Voted to Increase Debt Limit at Least 5 Times. [House Vote #158, 5/18/2006; House Vote #536, 11/18/2004; House Vote #280, 6/22/2004; House Vote #198, 5/19/2004; House Vote #279, 6/27/2002]
Hoekstra Defended Votes For Increasing Debt Ceiling. Hoekstra “defended his own votes to increase the debt ceiling when he was in Congress, saying the country was ‘on a trajectory’ toward a balanced federal budget.” [Daily Tribune, 7/27/2011]
Hoekstra Voted Against Pay-Go Budget Rules. In July 2009, Hoekstra voted against a pay-go act that would require all budget bills be paid for and not add to the deficit for fiscal year 2010. [House Vote #612, 7/22/2009]
Hoekstra Voted Against Pay-Go Five Times In Just One Year. In 2004, Hoekstra voted against establishing fiscally responsible pay-go measures five times. [House Vote #535, 11/18/2004; House Vote #317, 6/25/2004; House Vote #314, 6/24/2004; House Vote #145, 5/5/04; House Vote #97, 3/30/2004]
Budget Busting Bush Tax Cuts for Millionaires and Billionaires: Hoekstra Supported $70 Billion “Deficit-Financed” Tax Cut Bill that Benefits Millionaires and Billionaires. In 2006, Rep. Pete Hoekstra voted in favor of a $70 billion tax cut bill. The Washington Post called the bill a “windfall for the rich, and a hole in the federal budget.” According to a study by the Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, Middle-income households would receive an average tax cut of $20, while the 0.2 percent of households with incomes over $1 million would get average tax cuts of $42,000. The Washington Post wrote that, “This Congress and administration are putting the nation deeper and deeper in debt to benefit a sliver of the population that doesn’t need the help. Someone’s going to have to pay for these deficit-financed tax cuts eventually, and it’s likely to be your grandchildren.” [Washington Post, 5/11/06; HR4297, Vote 135, 5/10/06]
Hoekstra Supported Bush’s 2004 Multitrillion-Dollar Tax Breaks for Wealthy. In March 2004, Rep. Pete Hoekstra supported Bush’s budget that permanently locked in multitrillion-dollar tax breaks that mostly benefit the nation’s wealthiest. According to the AFL-CIO, “To finance these taxes cuts for millionaires and billionaires, the Republican budget resolution—which mirrored Bush’s proposal—inflated the record-high $477 billion U.S. deficit and by $120 billion shortchanged or cut funds for the domestic programs working families need most—from job creation to health care, transportation and education. It also accelerated the repeal of the estate tax and made permanent tax cuts—such as the estate tax repeal, the capital gains and dividend rate cuts and the reduction in marginal rates—that provide huge benefits to families with the highest incomes.” [H Con Res 393, Vote #92, 3/25/04; 2004 AFL-CIO Scorecard]
Hoekstra Voted For $350 Billion Tax Cut For The Rich While Giving 50 Million Households Nothing. In 2003, Rep. Pete Hoekstra voted for an irresponsible tax cut package that deepened the nation’s fiscal crisis and left middle-income households out in the cold. Some 53 percent of all U.S. households — or 74 million — will receive a tax cut of $100 or less in 2003 from the bill. Additionally, 36 percent of households — or 50 million — will receive no tax cut whatsoever in 2003, while tax filers who make $1 million or more per year will receive an average tax cut in 2003 of $93,500. The bill passed 231-200. [HR 2, Vote 225, 5/23/03; Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 5/28/03]
Hoekstra Supported Budget Busting Tax Cut for the Wealthy. In 2001, Rep. Pete Hoekstra voted in favor of the Bush tax cut package that reduced taxes by $1.35 trillion through 2010 through income tax cuts, relief of the marriage penalty, a phase-out of the federal estate tax, doubling the child tax credit, and providing incentives for retirement savings. Critics of the bill warned that the tax cut was too large and would jeopardize future Social Security benefits. [Congressional Budget Office; Campaign for America’s Future; HR 1836, Vote 149, 5/26/01]
President Bush’s Drug Benefit–Giving Medicare Dollars to Big Drug Companies: Hoekstra Supported Unfunded Prescription Drug Benefit. In 2003, Hoekstra supported the Republican Medicare Part D benefit plan, ” with unfunded future costs exceeding $7 trillion.” [Vote 669, 11/21/03; Washington Times, 9/18/2011]
Supported Earmarks: Detroit Free Press: Hoekstra Got Michigan’s Worst Ranking For Pork In 2007. In May 2010 the Detroit Free Press reported: “[Hoekstra] also has supported spending that, at least in hindsight, was controversial — like the $400-million Alaskan bridge that would have connected the mainland to an island with 50 residents. In RePork Cards, issued by the anti-spending Club for Growth, Hoekstra scored a 97% for his voting record in 2009, voting against pork projects almost every time. But in 2007, on 50 pork-project votes rated by the group, Hoekstra’s 20% mark was easily the lowest among Michigan’s Republican congressional delegation that year.” [Detroit Free Press, 5/12/10]
Tea Party Criticism: Primary Opponent Durant Criticized Hoekstra’s Votes for Increasing the Debt Ceiling. Durant said, “We don’t need an increase in the debt limit… I’ve never voted for an increase in the debt limit and without real spending cuts, I never would.” The Grand Rapids Press noted Durant “said in a back-handed reference to Hoekstra’s votes in favor of raising the debt ceiling during his 18 years in Congress.” [Grand Rapids Press, 8/12/2011]
Conservative Opponent Criticized Hoekstra’s Fiscal Record. In announcing his run for Senate, conservative Gary Glenn, “Noting Hoekstra’s votes for the $850 billion Wall Street bailout, earmarks such as the $223 million “Bridge to Nowhere,” and budgets and debt ceiling increases that added trillions of dollars to the national debt, Glenn cited Einstein’s definition of insanity: ‘Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.’” Glenn said that Hoekstra “voted for red-ink budgets and debt ceiling increases that resulted in trillions in crushing new debt on our economy and our children’s future…. If we want to end the fiscal insanity in Washington, is it rational to expect we’ll get a different result if we keep sending the same people back there over and over again?” [Midland Daily News, 8/5/11]
Michigan Conservative Criticized Hoekstra’s Support for Wall Street Bailout. According to MIRS, “Another potential candidate, Gary Glenn from Campaign for Michigan Families, came out firing against Hoekstra on Monday, inviting him to a five-day ‘Economics for Leaders’ seminar at Hillsdale College since he ‘voted to spend $850 billion of our tax dollars at TARP to bail out Wall Street bankers. I’ll save him a seat.’” [MIRS, 7/20/2011]
Hoekstra Criticized During GOP Primary For Bank Bailout Vote. During the Republican gubernatorial primary Hoekstra was criticized in ads “because of votes for the bank bailout.” [Kalamazoo Gazette, 3/17/2010]
Your Taxpayer Dollars Used to Support Lavish Lifestyles of Former Presidents
You are not going to believe how much money is being spent on our former presidents. At a time when U.S. government spending is wildly out of control, millions of dollars is being used to support the lavish lifestyles of former presidents. The same holds true for former legislators here in Michigan with their Cadillac benefit packages. For examples click the link below.
Mike Duggan Attends Mackinaw Policy Conference
Looks like Ed McNamara’s political stepson is doing more than just testing the waters for a run at Mayor of Detroit. Mr. Duggan was mentored by “Fast Eddie” McNamara in the political arena along with Kawme Kilpatrick, Bob Ficano, Jennifer Granholm, and a host of other shady political characters who have disgraced public office here in Michigan.
McNamara was a democrat. Metro Airport is in Romulus which is in Wayne County (same county as Detroit) Former County Executive (think County Mayor) Ed “Boss” McNamara ran Wayne County building as his own fiefdom. The airport (McNamara terminal) was the biggest piece of his fiefdom. No bid contracts to his buddies were the norm, and it was anything but non corrupt. He had a well oiled political machine. Two of his proteges were Mike Duggan and Jennifer Granholm. Duggan became prosecutor and now took a lucrative job at Detroit Medical Center. Granholm was county attorney and also US attorney (different times) until she became attorney general and then governor. He’s also tied to Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. His dad was McNamara’s spokesman. This could be the start of a snowball effect.
U.S. Faces S&P Downgrade Again
Rating agencies say they need to be convinced that lawmakers have a real plan in the works to reduce the growing debt if the nation is to avert future downgrades, according to a report by The Hill.
In Elections those who cast the votes decide nothing. those who count the votes decide everything ~ Josef Stalin