by R. Al Bain
Monroe Senator Votes “YES” to Energy Audits of the Homes of Students! 2009 Senate Bill 904 (Senate Roll Call 689)
Introduced by Sen. Valde Garcia (R) on October 15, 2009, to revise the criteria by which a school may be designated as a “green school” and establish new levels of “green-ness” for a school, including “emerald” and “evergreen.” The new criteria specify in more detail various types of recycling, and add doing energy audits of the homes of students, engaging in letter writing or lobbying campaigns on environmental issues, offering classes in energy or environmental issues, creating a student environmental organization and “eco reading” program, and much more. Some criteria of the current “green school” statute are not included, such as hosting a Sierra Club spokesperson, students dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators and checking bus tire pressure, etc.
Senate Roll Call 689 – Michigan Votes
Teachers and Taxpayers
The president of the Michigan Education Association stated on the radio recently that school employees have “given and given and given and given.” Comparing teacher salaries to personal income demonstrates that the taxpayers who pay for teacher salaries have “given” a lot more.
Teacher Salaries [Mackinac Center]
Gov. Granholm releases prisoners at record rate
She has freed 124 — including killers
Posted: Feb. 7, 2010 BY DAWSON BELL FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
In all, she has granted 124 commutations — all but seven coming after she ran for re-election in 2006.
What did John Conyers know?
John Conyers has stayed aloof from the bribery scandal that’s smeared his convicted felon wife, answering questions about Monica Conyers with a defiant, “I’m not talking about that.” That would be OK if Conyers were a private guy drawing a private paycheck. But he’s an elected public official, a Democratic congressman from Detroit, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He shouldn’t get to decide what he isn’t going to talk about when the issue is public corruption. Rep. Conyers got splashed with his wife’s taint this week during the federal bribery trial of her former sidekick, political consultant Sam Riddle. Greektown developer Jim Papas, frequently on the fringes of City Hall muck, testified that he gave Riddle $10,000 to share with Monica Conyers. Papas was looking for help in securing a letter from the congressman in support of his Romulus waste disposal well.
Commentary: What did John Conyers know? | detnews.com | The Detroit News
Taxpayers will be tapped to cover state shortfall and federal spending spree
If you aren’t fretting about taxes, you must not be paying attention to what’s going on in Washington and Lansing.
Editorial: Taxpayers will be tapped to cover state shortfall and federal spending spree | detnews.com | The Detroit News
State House passes Angerer’s secretary of state legislation
The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to reform the funding structure for secretary of state branch offices. House Bill 5649 requires that when the secretary of state closes a branch, money designated for that office must be returned to the state’s general fund, a news release said. Last week, Bedford Township Supervisor Walt Wilburn met with state Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. “I asked Randy for his support in keeping this location open,” Mr. Wilburn said. “He said he was going to contact the secretary of state and see what he could do.” more…
State’s tourist ads get support
Industry pleads for Pure Michigan campaign subsidies from taxpayers
LANSING — Gov. Jennifer Granholm, in her State of the State speech Wednesday, implored lawmakers to find money to continue the acclaimed Pure Michigan television ad campaign promoting tourism. The campaign cost the state $30 million last year but has just $5.4 million for the current year. But that’s not all. The next trip to this loan window happened just last year, when 37 senators and 86 House members voted to borrow another $60 million for a subsidy to tourism businesses in the form of state advertising, called “Pure Michigan” and related campaigns (www.michiganvotes.org/2008-SB-1224).
State’s tourist ads get support | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
It’s From the Children – “Borrow-and-spend” not just a Washington problem
Borrow another $60 million for a subsidy to tourism businesses in the form of state advertising, called “Pure Michigan”
It’s From the Children [Mackinac Center]
Senate “Jobs Bill” Would Include Short Term Patriot Act Reauthorization
“Jobs Bill” is just another name for Stimulus II
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D) (Mont.) and the panel’s ranking member Chuck Grassley (R) (Iowa) have agreed on language to temporarily extend three Patriot Act provisions that would expire at the end of this month. A draft of a Senate job creation bill includes provisions that would keep in place the Patriot Act’s “lone wolf,” business records and “roving wiretap” powers until Feb. 28, 2011.
Senate Jobs Bill Would Include Short Term Patriot Act Reauthorization – Main Justice
Hillary Clinton Commits To UN Small Arms Treaty
With willing one-world accomplices in Washington, D.C., gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made. In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just announced the Obama Administration would be working hand in glove with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.” Disguised as legislation to help in the fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN Small Arms Treaty is nothing more than a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.
Hillary Clinton Commits To UN Small Arms Treaty » The Republican Temple
The NRA Elbows Its Way Into The Mcdonald Case
Washington, DC –(AmmoLand.com)- One wonders if NRA members should be proud of their organization’s apparent newfound fiduciary conservatism. Look who the NRA has hired as their head counsel in this wedge into McDonald: Paul Clement, the very attorney who advocated against our gun rights in Heller! That’s right, Clement led the federal government’s charge to protect the Washington D.C. ban on handgun ownership!
NRA Elbows Its Way Into The Mcdonald Case
Vermont to Register Non-Gun Owners?
Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state. Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only affirming the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as a clear mandate to do so. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a “monopoly of force” by the government as well as criminals.
Alphecca » Vermont to Register Non-Gun Owners?
Appellate Brief Filed: OBAMA MUST PRODUCE EVIDENCE!
“Dear Defender of the U. S. Constitution!, FEBRUARY 1, 2010, is the beginning of real freedom in America! That was the day that I, on behalf of all Americans, filed our Opening Appellants Brief (AOB) in the Appellant Court against the Defendants- Respondents: supposed president BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, Vice-president Joe Biden, Secretary of the State of California Debra BOWEN, and others. Anybody can get a false birth certificate, how about showing his passport?
Appellate Brief Filed: OBAMA MUST PRODUCE EVIDENCE! – San Diego Tea Party (San Diego, CA) – Meetup.com
New federal climate change agency forming
The Obama administration on Monday proposed a new agency to study and report on the changing climate. Professor Phil Jones director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) dropped a bombshell over the weekend, admitting in an interview with the BBC that there has been no global warming over the past 15 years. So why form this agency and waste taxpayer dollars and grow government even bigger than it is already?
BBC News – Q&A: Professor Phil Jones
Global Warming in Last 15 Years Insignificant, Top Climate Scientist Admits
Jones also allowed for the possibility that the world as a whole was warmer in medieval times than it is today — a concession that may also undermine theories that global warming is caused by man.
FOXNews.com – Global Warming in Last 15 Years Insignificant, U.K.’s Top Climate Scientist Admits
Taxpayers in Revolt
In Nevada, where the unemployment rate has hit a 25-year high of 8 percent, that states budget must be slashed from $6.8 billion over two years to between $5.4 and $5.8 billion. Compounding the problem is that the Silver States Public Employment Retirement System has lost $4 billion on its investments since July. Some Michigan Senators are advocating legislation as to invest taxpayer monies into bonds. This is a bad idea as stated before by my financial adviser not even bonds are a safe place for your money now!
Taxpayers in Revolt by Doug French
The Unemployment numbers skewed by how it’s calculated both Nationally and by State
Maybe, maybe not. If you don’t adjust for seasonality that changes. A lot. Then, January had 16.1 million unemployed, while December had 14.7 million — an increase of 1.4 million jobless Americans. Workers who have exhausted their benefits, retired, and have just given up on finding a job are not calculated in the formula therefore the number is skewed and much higher.
Unemployment Rate Falls To 9.7%, But 20,000 Jobs Were Lost? – The Atlantic Business Channel
Waxman-Markey Global Warming Tax Kills More Jobs and Kills the Economy
Cap and Trade (TAX) Bill
The cap-and-trade tax proposed by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) is disguised as environmental legislation when it would have little impact on global temperatures. In fact, it is a massive energy tax that promises soaring household energy bills, major job losses, income cuts, and a sharp left turn toward big government. Click link below for the Cap and Tax Top Ten List.
Waxman-Markey Global Warming Tax Kills More Jobs and Kills the Economy
Why Washington’s Job Plans Miss the Real Point
Both the Senate and the White House have proposals for creating more much-needed jobs. Either would add slightly to an already-massive deficit, and either would help at least a little. But neither plan gets at what the U.S. really needs: growth led by innovation.
Why Washington’s Job Plans Miss the Real Point – DailyFinance
“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” –
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775