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Opinion by R Al Bain
Richardville Parallels General Custer’s Dilemma at Little Big Horn on RTW Issue
For over 10 years Senator Randy Richardville has received Democrat Union support along with campaign contributions as their chief advocate in the legislature on a variety of Democrat interests. Has the Michigan Senate Majority leader’s union support dried up with the passage of right-to-work here in Michigan?
He fought hard to block the freedom to work legislation until the “right” side of the Michigan Republican Party finally stood up and would not allow him to block it any longer! Mr. Richardville has consistently advocated, voted for and introduced union favoring legislation over his years in the legislature.
Another example of Mr. Richardville’s advocating for Democrat interest is the Movie and Film Producer Taxpayer funded subsidies. The brain child of Michigan’s film credits is businessman and Democratic Party power broker Linden Nelson.
Nelson came up with the idea of film credits after getting to know then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as a result of contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the National Democratic Party and meeting Rahm at various DC political fundraisers.
Nelson then cashed in a favor with Rahm Emanuel, asking to be introduced to Rahm’s brother Ari Emanuel, who is a big shot in Hollywood. Linden Nelson then asked Rahm Emanuel, who at the time was President Obama’s Chief of Staff and arguably the most influential Democrat in the country, to call then Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and press her on the idea of “best in the nation” film credits.
Governor Granholm was only too happy to support best-in-the-nation film credits. Granholm was also interested in getting a job in Hollywood after her governorship in which she did with the show (The War Room) on cables Current TV.
The players in this taxpayer money scam included one billionaire Al Taubman and three multi millionaires John Rakolta, Linden Nelson and Ari Emanuel. This powerful, wealthy and influential foursome went to work to secure near total public financing of their movie studio using their political contacts.
Rakolta’s construction firm, Walbridge, built the studio and made money doing so. Again, the money used to build the place was taxpayer money so even if the studio were to close, Rakolta made money on the deal. Rakolta stood to benefit from building the studio, so he agreed to be the Republican “heavy” on the political front.
These film studio folks have hired a slew of lobbyists to cut a deal with Senator Richardville. John Rakolta is paying Scott Romney and the Honigman law firm substantial money to lobby Governor Snyder and the Republican State Senate. This is the Republican strategy to keep this Democratic deal alive.
According to an article by MIRS, a Lansing subscriber based publication in an interview with Mr. Richardville he is currently working on either a movie or TV pilot based on his experience in the Legislature. Richardville has a family connection to the film industry, as his daughter, Amanda Richardville works in Hollywood. Can you say conflict of interest at the taxpayers’ expense?
This all smacks of a situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally “unfavorable” or mutually exclusive for personal benefit and not in the best interest of the taxpayers of Michigan!
Union Thugs at Capitol by Michigan State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty Keith Maskell
It really is profoundly amazing that this legislation was passed in Michigan considering this state was the birthplace of Big Labor. It is a big step to reining back the incredible control that union boss thugs have unabashedly stolen through the years.
Michigan Taxpayers Subsidize New Red Wings Stadium
Look at the bright side we the taxpayers end up paying Ilitch’s taxes through our glorious legislator’s taxpayer money giveaway to private enterprise! “Ilitch Company Owes Nearly $1 Million In Taxes To Detroit”.
The Detroit Free Press reports Thursday that tax documents show Olympia Entertainment has been in arrears on the taxes since 2009. No problem! Ilitch is seeking a $650 million multiuse development, which would include an events center. The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to help finance a project that would include a new hockey arena. Didn’t Michigan taxpayers pony up for Comerica Park?
Duggan: Right to Work is Bad Medicine
Mike Duggan is bad medicine for Detroit! Just what Detroit “doesn’t” need is yet another one of Ed McNamara’s crony political step-children! How’s Bob Ficano working out for the citizens of Detroit? How did Jennifer Granholm work out for the citizens of Michigan least we forget about Kwame Kilpatrick!
McCain Blasts Conservatives on Foreign Aid
Senator John McCain scolded some conservative Republicans for trying to strip foreign aid from Egypt and Libya after attacks on diplomatic facilities in those countries left a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.
McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, agreed with the Obama administration that aid to Egypt and Libya should continue.
Foreclosures Reach Record Highs
Recovery, yeah right! There never has been a recovery from the great recession only spoon feed propaganda by the liberal news media and our government!
More than 100,000 US homes were seized by lenders in September, a record number that probably will decline in coming months as major banks halt repossessions and review their foreclosure practices.
There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. ~ Ronald Reagan