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Opinion by R Al Bain
The Primary elections have come and gone along with the county conventions and with it the shenanigans along with them. Here in Monroe County problems with the voting results such as computer glitches, cross-over ballots that were thrown out, and an overflow of write-in ballots were reasons giving for the delays.
First off computers do not make mistakes only the individuals feeding them the data. Second off why in the world would a candidate’s name being written in be any different than one where the candidates name on the ballot is colored in? But the saddest one is the cross-over ballots that were thrown out and not counted because the citizenry (voters) were told they had to only vote for either a Democrat or a Republican and not who was the best person for the position.
Many friends and fellow citizens in my community was appalled at this especially since the choice for county sheriff was an important vote for them and the choice for sheriff forced them to vote on the Democrat side of the ballot. In my township my own neighbor was especially upset because he wanted to vote for a Township Supervisor and County Commissioner who were Republicans and he wanted to vote for a candidate for sheriff that was a Democrat. This is all a disservice to the voters that only benefits the two major parties all at the cost to the taxpayers!
The Primary’s should be eliminated or at the very least be changed as to allow voters to vote for the candidate they feel best represents their views and not be forced to vote either Democrat or Republican. The cost of these Primary’s if not eliminate should fall on the two major Party’s and not on the taxpayers! What you say?
Hoekstra Says Senators should be appointed, “Not Elected”
I guess Hoekstra doesn’t think too much of our Constitution, but then again what politician does! Before 1913, U.S. senators were appointed by legislatures, but the amendment to the constitution was passed to switch to a popular vote in an effort to avoid the possibility of corruption arising in a legislative appointment. We have all seen the corruption that benefits friends and family, and the politically connected an example would be can you say “Mortgage-Gate” a mortgage bill for one just to mention one such favor? Bad idea!
GOP County Conventions Rigged Across the State
The Republican County Conventions have come and gone around Michigan with stories coming in about the same old shenanigans being played out across the state. Was a memo sent out by the power broker elitist of the Michigan Republican Party for fear of Conservatives and the “Tea Party faithful getting elected to the convention as voting delegates? It would appear so! After what happened at the recent Detroit Convention I’m sure a plan was put in place as to preserve the status quo of those within perceived power and control.
GOP District Committeeman From Monroe Breaks GOP State Rules
The 15th District State Committeeman Mike Humphries from Monroe (LaSalle) has broken a Michigan Republican Party rule by supporting a challenger to a sitting Conservative Republican incumbent. In 2010 I personally was omitted from the state GOP web site as a candidate and when I inquired with the state party as to why I was told that it was their rule to “support the incumbent” and until that rule was changed any Republican challenging a Republican incumbent would be left off their site.
So for a state committeeman to break from state party rules what does that say about his integrity and character? Should this person be representing Republicans? You make the call. For a state committeeman to break the party rules like this is not in keeping with the principles, traditions, and values of the Republican Party. But this is nothing new here within the Monroe County Republican Party led by it’s highest ranking member progressive liberal “RINO” Senator Randy Richardville and his mommy Klenda Kennon first vice chair who thinks “planned parenthood” is a wonderful organization!
Michigan Jobless Rate Soars to 10.3%
Clashing survey results create confusion about reason numbers are high as January! For some reason we won’t know for six months. The plain fact for now is that the state jobless rate is up for the third straight month and is back to the same level as it was after New Year’s Day. As so to add confusion to this the U.S. BLS measures six types of unemployment rates, U1 through U6. I would argue that Michigan’s true unemployment rate is somewhere around 20 to 25%!
U1: Percentage of labor force unemployed 15 weeks or longer.
U2: Percentage of labor force who lost jobs or completed temporary work.
U3: Official unemployment rate per the ILO definition occurs when people are without jobs and they have actively looked for work within the past four weeks.
U4: U3 + “discouraged workers”, or those who have stopped looking for work because current economic conditions make them believe that no work is available for them.
U5: U4 + other “marginally attached workers”, or “loosely attached workers”, or those who “would like” and are able to work, but have not looked for work recently.
U6: U5 + Part time workers who want to work full time, but cannot due to economic reasons (underemployment).
Federal Reserve Says U.S. Economy Is Losing Strength
Losing strength, it never had any since the government propaganda machine claimed the great recession was officially over in the summer of 2009!
“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand” ~ Milton Friedman