Posts Tagged Corruption
We the people in the true conservative grassroots Tea Party made a statement in 2010 and put those into power and control here in Michigan thinking we had done the right thing. Unfortunately what we have seen is the exact opposite of what we thought we were getting!
If one was to study and compare the policies that have been enacted in the last four years it’s clear we have had the “wool” pulled over our eyes by false promises and representation out of those we elected to serve our best interest.
Will we continue down this path by casting our votes for more of the same or will we make those that have betrayed us pay the ultimate price for giving us the shaft? I for one will not let this betrayal slide by because of the old argument that casting my vote for one evil over another is the “right” thing to do!
If Governor Snyder and the Republican controlled legislature is re-elected this will only send a message to them that we like what you are doing and it will be full steam ahead with more liberal and progressive policies we can ill afford here in Michigan.
It’s high time we as a people make a stand and say enough is enough of this top down “dictating” approach that many of us are not at all happy with the direction we are being led that the political party leaders think they know what’s best for Michigan citizens and their families.
We the People are supposed to be in charge “NOT” the Party or the Party bosses along with their big money donors who set public policy over the very one’s who elected them to serve us! If your content with being dictated to and being led like sheep then I feel for you but the problem is your taking those of us who chose the “right” path down with you.
Bailouts, Common Core aka (Communist Core) SnyderCaid (Medicaid Expansion aka ObamaCare) Corruption and Cronyism for the “Friends and Family” program along with the “Business Buddies” fund of the politicians must stop! We have had higher taxes bestowed upon us in the last four years and a expansion of government that we don’t want or need and it’s getting out of control.
Don’t fall for the rhetoric that any Republican is better than any “evil” Democrat because if you do your just getting a different kind of “evil” and remember evil is still evil no matter which way you spin it.
A couple founding quotes ring true today by one of our founding fathers and his son.
In politics the middle way is none at all ~ John Adams
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost ~ John Quincy Adams
Taxpayers Lose Again, Fisker Automotive Sold to China’s Wanxiang
Wanxiang bought Fisker’s battery supplier, A123 Systems LLC, last year through a similar bankruptcy sale. A123 and Fisker were both recipients of a controversial U.S. Department of Energy loan program meant to support clean energy technology. Michigan taxpayers also suffered dearly when the quasi UN-elected MEDC give away tax dollars to A123 Systems in taxpayer funded subsidies.
Michigan‘s A123 Systems Files for Bankruptcy
State Battery-Plant Subsidy was a “Risky Venture” from the onset with several economist warnings. The Michigan and Government-funded battery maker files for bankruptcy after receiving $249.1 million federal grant money (taxpayer dollars). A123 Systems received a $100 million “cash subsidy” (taxpayer dollars) from the state of Michigan for a 75-acre facility the company had leased in Romulus.
The subsidy was in the form of cash because the plant had been granted “renaissance zone” status by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. This is yet another in the long line of failures of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. an entity that should and must be abolished as to cut the size and scope of Michigan Government and save the taxpayers money!
A123 Systems won another $125 million in tax credits and incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp in spring 2009 and a $10 million cash grant from the state in fall 2008. Just move along nothing to see here Michigan Taxpayers just more of our tax dollars down the drain courtesy of the “failed” Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).
China’s Wanxiang Corp. Bought A123 Systems now Fisker
Wanxiang Group Buys American Battery Maker
Michigan taxpayers ponied up a plenty in subsidies for this failed battery maker that was purchased by China’s Wanxiang America Corp.through the “failed” MEDC.
Wanxiang buys A123 systems
Fisker’s assets to go to Wanxiang
Along with the wreckage of A123 and countless other “stimulus”-driven financial black holes the Chinese have acquired, the government in Beijing and citizens of The People’s Republic thank the United States for both borrowing money from China and then using it to buy assets it sells back to them at pennies on the dollar. Well done Michigan Lawmakers and the “failed” MEDC along with our lawmakers in D.C. more government for everyone!
Bankrupt Fisker’s assets to go to China’s Wanxiang
Governor Rick Snyder’s economic “team” was one of several contractors who pumped millions into ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s alleged criminal enterprise. Although the government hid the companies’ identities in the indictment, public records and interviews helped put names to aliases. The list of companies includes deep-pocketed donors and powerful executives. Hmmm… maybe that’s why the governor chose to abolish the “Nerd Fund” rather than to expose his donors?
The companies involved are going to be needed by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to help prosecute the case. “It’s always hard to say whether the payer of a bribe is culpable or a victim of the crime,” said Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University and former federal prosecutor.
“Sometimes that’s hard to distinguish.” So far, most executives linked to the corruption probe have escaped indictment. Some witnesses were granted immunity and others are victims, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said.
Among the contractors who were allegedly extorted to retain Bobby Ferguson as a subcontractor include Walbridge, a general contractor headed by John Rakolta Jr., a longtime area powerbroker who was recently named to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) by Snyder. Wayne County and its Building Authority has filed a law suit seeking to recover $154 million from 3 jail contractors including John Rakolta’s Walbridge.
John Rakolta’s film studio, Raleigh Film Studios in Pontiac was awarded taxpayer funded subsidies when this studio defaulted on it’s bond payments the taxpayers of Michigan are now on the hook for making those missed payments through the under funded state pension fund. These subsides were awarded through the “failed” MEDC prior to Rakolta being appointed to the MEDC board. Can you say conflict of interest?
As of Sept. 30, 2010, the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the Michigan State Employees’ Retirement System were unfunded by $21.7 billion.
The “secrecy” and back-door “deals” are very suspect to say the least surrounding politicians, government, and businessmen and looks to be a scheme (scam) bilking the taxpayers of Michigan out of millions of tax dollars all for political and financial gains. Let’s just hope and pray that U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and her “team” continue looking down this rabbit hole of corruption and bring those businessmen and politicians to justice.
Bob Ficano, John Rakolta And The Big Jail Problem
Feds’ subpoenas target Wayne County business dealings
Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano replaces top officials (Romney related)
So, what was Schuette’s cut?
Suspicions sometimes followed after Kilpatrick, Ficano dealings along with John Rakolta
John Rakolta allegedly through media reports donated $10,000.00 to Democrat Bob Ficano’s campaign war chest only to receive the contract for the new Wayne County jail project.
Public Employee Pension Systems Raided To Pay Film Studio Bills
Michigan-Subsidized Film Studio Fails; State Pension Fund Had Guaranteed Loan
House Cuts $25M State Film Subsidies in Proposed Budget – Not So Fast Say’s Richardville
Report: State pension funds bankroll Pontiac studio; taxpayers lose on films
Michigan Pensions Cover Missed Bond Payment for Film Studio
The Republicans with the Republican controlled legislature in Lansing is passing legislation more in line with the Democrat Party! The Grand Old Party is supposed to stand for a more conservative stand on issues. They are supposed to stand for and believe that the federal government should not play a big role in people’s lives. Most Republicans favor lower taxes and less government spending on social programs. They are supposed to stand for and believe in less government intervention in business and the economy. Not the case here in Michigan!
Our current Republican Governor and his counterparts within the Republican controlled legislature in Lansing has proven the exact opposite of the stated stand above they do not adhere to that ideology. Higher taxation, more regulation and bigger government involvement and intervention in business and the economy at the cost to taxpayers has further proven they are on the wrong track for Michigan’s taxpaying citizens and the Republican Party’s stated mission.
In January 2013, with a $25 million (taxpayer funded) U.S.. Department of Transportation grant under the guise of economic development and the proposed 45 permanent positions for Detroit Department of Transportation workers this project has moved forward. With all the “secrecy” surrounding the Michigan Economic Development Authority (MEDC) and their non-transparency no telling how much other taxpayer funds will be funneled to this project!
We taxpayers have been to this dance before. One look at the projections made when the Detroit People Mover was proposed should send up huge “red flags” to the taxpayers of Michigan. The M-1 Rail Line will eventually be donated to the Regional Transit Authority, officials said. Governor Snyder’s 2014 executive supplemental budget calls $2 million “taxpayer dollars” from the general fund to be allocated to the Regional Transit Authority. How much more of Michigan taxpayers’ dollars will be wasted only time will tell. The M-1 Rail Line is expected to serve 6,000 riders a day initially and eventually grow to 10,000. See People Mover.
The Detroit People Mover opened in 1987 at the time of planning; the system was projected to have a ridership of 67,700 daily. In it’s first year, an average of 11,000 riders used the People Mover each day. The Mover costs $12 million annually in city and “state subsidies” to run. So, all Michigan taxpayers who never have or never will use this system pays for the few who do use it. In 2006, the Mover filled less than 10 percent of its seats! The daily ridership 7,083 – Annual ridership 2,328,084 (FY 2011).
Michigan Senate OKs bill “shifting” $100M for snow removal and RTA
The “Theft” of our road tax money continues!
The legislation would mean at least $10.83 million for the four counties in the Detroit region, including $2.44 million for Macomb County, $3.74 million for Wayne County and $3.86 million for Oakland County, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Michigan Senate OKs $100M plan to repair damaged roads, fill potholes and taxpayer funded RTA Start Up cost.
The supplemental budget includes: nearly $20 million for Harper and Hutzel hospitals, and $2 million in start-up costs for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan among other carve out’s to other entity’s.
Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township, said passage was crucial for many departments in the state. If our legislators in Lansing would just wake up and open their eye’s they would clearly see that by abolishing the “failed” quasi government entity the business buddy favorite MEDC that would supply the much needed funds that these state departments so desperately need. But if they did that they wouldn’t receive the “kick-backs or campaign coffer enrichments now would they!
The authority has $500,000 taxpayer funded capital in the bank to work with, provided through the Michigan Department of Transportation. Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp., whose chairman of the Senate Appropriations committee, said a discussion planned for Thursday on a supplemental appropriations bill between him, House Appropriations Chairman Joe Haverman, a Holland Republican, and state Budget Director John Nixon would likely include additional RTA taxpayer funding.
Michigan House approves regional transit authority
Senate Bill 911, which allows for the collection of new vehicle registration fees to fund the RTA, also passed through the House by a vote of 57-50. Earlier on Thursday, the House had taken action only to pass SB 909, the RTA enabling legislation.
2012 Senate Bill 909: Create Detroit regional mass transit authority
Public Act 387 of 2012
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on January 26, 2012, to create a new Detroit area regional transportation authority (previously called DARTA now called RTA Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority) covering Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, and potentially others. Among other powers the authority could levy property taxes (special assessments) and higher local vehicle registration taxes with the approval of a majority of the aggregate of all votes cast in an election (meaning a particular community could not “opt out” of the tax increase).
2012 Senate Bill 911: Authorize Detroit regional transit vehicle registration tax
Detroit Reinvention Senate and House Bills and Public Acts
This article list taxpayer funds given to Detroit in subsidies.
2012 Senate Bill 912: Create Detroit regional mass transit authority
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on January 26, 2012, to exempt the Detroit regional transit authority proposed by Senate Bill 909 (and House Bill 5309) from local zoning ordinances. This is part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s road and transit tax proposal.
Public Act 389 of 2012
2011 Senate Bill 445: Create Detroit area transit authority
Public Act 391 of 2012
2012 Senate Bill 967: Authorize dedicated “rolling transit” lanes
Public Act 390 of 2012
Comment on Bill – Re: 2012 Senate Bill 909 by waltduro on March 30, 2012
Here Snyder goes again, looking to raise taxes so his buddies at Business Leaders for Michigan can get paid.
Senate Bill 911, Authorize Detroit regional transit vehicle registration tax
Introduced by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on January 26, 2012, to give the regional transit authority proposed by Senate Bill 909 the power to impose a higher vehicle registration tax in the region to pay for buses and other public transportation.
Public Act 388 of 2012
Business Leaders for Michigan – Members: Many of these listed members have received taxpayer funded subsidies for their individual business ventures here in Michigan. http://www.businessleadersformichigan.com/blm-members/
Presented by the duly elected Michigan Republican Party Precinct Delegates, to the policy sub-committee of the Michigan Republican Party for careful consideration.
WHEREAS, the MIGOP is a diverse group of Grassroots Leaders, made up of duly elected Precinct Delegates, their elected Representatives and appointees, and Republican Representatives Duly elected to various National, State, and Local Offices, and;
WHEREAS, as Michigan Republican Party leaders, we elect the RNC Representatives, The State Committee Members, and the Party Chairman/Woman, who help us to set the party’s vision, communicate this vision, and enable our fellow grassroots supporters to implement this vision, and;
WHEREAS, the Michigan Republican Precinct Delegates are the foot soldiers, and the key point of communication with the citizens in their respective neighborhoods, communicating the party vision to the voters, and representing the citizens to the party, and:
WHEREAS, the Michigan Republican Precinct Delegates work united for a common goal, to elect Principled candidates in local, state and national elections, who hold and communicate the Principles set forth in the Party Platform which should be in line with our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and;
WHEREAS, the Michigan Republican Delegates work to convey our message of adherence to the principles set forth in the RNC Platform, our state and federal Constitution and;
WHEREAS, the members, donors and duly elected precinct delegates expect that our leadership not only provide the tools for success, but to adhere to the principles outlined within the RNC platform, State and Federal Constitution and Bill of Rights, and do not abuse the position of leadership therein, and;
WHEREAS, the Michigan Republican Party chairman, Robert Schostak, has failed to advance certain planks of our RNC platform or has upheld contradictory and unconstitutional planks within the RNC platform, and;
WHEREAS, Chairman Schostak has, though his family business, financially supported Democrat candidates for public office, and;
WHEREAS, Chairman Schostak has, on more than one occasion, abused his position for personal financial gain, or to avoid financial loss cited by two separate articles charging that 1) The Traverse City Cherryland Mall bank loan and his subsequent abuse of power to influence a retroactive piece of legislation, passed by a Republican controlled Michigan legislature and signed by Republican Governor Snyder which saved his company, Schostak Bros. over $2 million. 2) The construction of a new building in downtown Detroit which will house one tenant, Meridian Health, a company that will oversee the individuals now covered through passage of HB 4714 (Medicaid expansion and the lynch pin to Obamacare) which the majority of the duly elected precinct delegates repudiated in 2013 and whose concerns through multiple countrywide and district resolutions where ignored by our elected officials and Chairman Schostak, and;
WHEREAS, Chairman Schostak was in support of the Romney/Ginsburg rules changes offered during the 2012 RNC National Convention which would effectively stifle the voices of the duly elected precinct delegates. He was observed during said convention encouraging the Michigan delegation to drown out the voices of National Convention Delegates calling for a roll call vote, with shouts of “USA-USA”. These rules changes were adopted despite no evidence of a clear 2/3 majority as required in Robert’s Rules of Order. Chairman Schostak recently voted to uphold the rules changes adopted at the RNC winter meetings held in January of 2014 in Boston, and;
WHEREAS, Chairman Schostak, by multiple accounts, may have abused his position during the 2012 State Convention, to influence the district chairs to fill in vacant proxies with his supporters, thus altering the “raw vote” total. By multiple accounts, his opponent in fact won the “raw vote” of duly elected state convention delegates.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the duly elected Michigan Republican Precinct Delegates do hereby reaffirm their support for the RNC Platform, both the State and Federal Constitution and Bill of Rights while maintaining and insisting upon an unyielding adherence by leadership whom we have elected, to maintain ethical conduct during their tenure, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the duly elected Michigan Republican Precinct Delegates, due to the ongoing abuses listed within this resolution as well as concerns over abuses not yet seen or understood, as well as an overall failure to unite the party, calls for the MRP policy sub-committee to adopt and present to the delegation of duly elected state committee members of the MRP, a resolution of censure against MRP chairman Robert Schostak, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution should be presented to each MIGOP district chair for distribution and to Governor Snyder.