The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November, 1, 2010




Monroe Evening News Endorses Mary O’Neill

 Monroe County govern­ment faces challenges similar to those being faced at all levels of government: shrinking revenue and ris­ing costs. Over the next few years, the county board of com­missioners will be forced to make more difficult deci­sions that will affect directly services to constituents and require the most efficient uses of tax dollars. That’s why area residents should ponder carefully their decisions when they cast their ballots Nov. 2. Based on experience, re­cords and qualifications, The Evening News recommends the following candidate for election to the county board:

District 7 — Republican Mary A. O’Neill hopes to unseat incumbent Democrat John Fowler. Although Mr. Fowler has represented his district well and has been a partner in county problem solving, Mrs. O’Neill has some specific ideas about how to tackle county problems and her job as a school adminis­trator should bring valuable new insights to the board.



Democratic Closing Argument: Personal Attacks

Democratic candidates across the country are closing out the campaign with personal attacks on Republican candidates, sometimes digging up decades-old legal problems. As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.


State Pension Funds that May Run Out of Money

I wonder if the Monroe County Commissioners know about this being as they robbed the pension fund last year to balance the budget and are contemplating doing it again this year as well?


State GOP looking for a new leader

It’s up for grabs as Ron Weiser current chairman, plans to step aside after the election.

Among some names being tossed around is outgoing Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, and outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop. Former candidate for governor Mike Bouchard all but sabotaged his own campaign by nominating Terri Lynn Land as his running mate in the primary! She would be the worst possible choice to lead the Michigan Republican Party and would likely alienate many conservative Republicans! On the other hand Mike Bishop would be the best of the names mentioned so far. He did a far job as Senate Majority Leader in having to deal the hand he was dealt in regard to the many Liberal Leaning Republican Senators currently in the Senate! Quite a few of those Senators were poster boys for the big state unions such as the MEA, SEIU, and other union institutional interest.


DRIC Documents Produce Calls for Investigation

Some Michigan politicians are outraged over the recent revealing documents obtained that are prompting calls for an investigation into the Michigan Department of Transportation. Just as expected, taxpayers hold onto your wallets! Senate Roll Call (502) 2009-2010 Department of Transportation budget in which taxpayer dollars will go toward funding part of the DRIC project. Click the link below to see how your representative voted  The Department of Transportation has been a profoundly bad actor. The DRIC project, when you cut to the chase, is about a taking. It’s about a government bankrupting or attempting to bankrupt or intimidate or all of the above, a private business which they have no intention of reimbursing. 


88 Percent of New 2011 Legislators ‘Political Careerists’

One oft-repeated rap against term limits is that the legislature now consists of inexperienced “amateurs.” In fact, from top to bottom, those who preside over Michigan’s government establishment are political careerists. This reality is illustrated by an analysis of candidates running for the 81 open seats in the state Legislature this year: 72 of the likely winners are already members-in-good-standing of the bipartisan political class.


Michigan Loses $2.5 billion Yearly Income; Right to Work States Gain Billions

Michigan lost $2.5 billion in income from 2007 to 2008 as people migrated out of the state, trailing only California ($4 billion) and New York ($2.52 billion) in lost income, according to a calculation by The Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization in Washington D.C., provides a “migration calculator” that can track where people are moving and taking their paychecks with them. The data comes from the IRS and its Statistics of Income division, according to The Tax Foundation. The migration data uses IRS tax returns from each year and includes social security numbers. That allows the IRS to track movement of taxpayers as well as income.


From The Michigan Capitol

The Michigan Legislature adjourned after completing work on one of the larger budgets (K-12) for FY 2010 – 2011 which begins October 1.


School District Defends Its Neutrality in State House Race

The Northville Public School District issued a press release about a Republican Party campaign flier, calling it “false and reprehensible” because it claimed that a candidate benefited from the use of school district resources in her campaign. The issue stems from a press release Northville School District posted on its web site in February. That release announced School Board Member Joan Wadsworth’s decision to run for the 20th district seat in the state’s House of Representatives. The February link was under the heading “District News.” It read: “Wadsworth Launches Campaign.” The announcement was written on Northville Public Schools letterhead. After a call from Michigan Capitol Confidential, the district took it down voluntarily. I guess us taxpayers can help finance campaigns when we should be concentrating on our children’s education! 


Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas

The foreclosure crisis intensified across a majority of large U.S. metropolitan areas this summer, with Chicago and Seattle — cities outside of the states that have shouldered the worst of the housing downturn — seeing a sharp increase in foreclosure warnings.


NPR Fires Analyst for Saying Muslims Make Him Nervous

It’s coming to the point that we better watch what we say and keep our opinions to our self! NPR has fired longtime news analyst Juan Williams after he told the Fox News Channel that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims on airplanes.


Bureaucrats Irked: Heritage Finds They Are Paid Too Much

The Heritage Foundation has been at the forefront of the overpayment issue. Heritage research has found that the average federal employee earns an annual salary almost 60% higher than the average private-sector employee — $79,000 vs. $50,000. Even after controlling for education and experience, federal employees get paid significantly better — 22% more per hour, on average — than private-sector workers. Once you add up the benefits, the gap in total compensation rises even higher — 30% to 40% above comparable private-sector workers.


Free Phones & Free Minutes to Welfare Recipients

Just when you thought you had heard about everything here comes a new one!! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, our illustrious Congress quietly comes up with a new zinger to put their hands in your pockets, and pick them while you aren’t watching.  Isn’t this just wonderful!


Nevada voting machines automatically checking Harry Reid’s name

Voting machine technicians are SEIU members! Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot: Not to worry everything is on the up and up thanks to SEIU technicians that will put the “FIX” on them! 


History Lesson on Your Social Security Card

Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it.  Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!!


Letter to Editor writer on clerk/treasurer has it right

On Nov. 2, the City of Monroe is asking the voting public to amend the city charter in a way that affects one elected position and the arbitra­tion arrangement for both their police and fire departments. It also would eliminate the civil service board. The voting public in the city needs an understanding of these ballot initiatives. These changes affect everything from voter registra­tion to binding arbitration with public safety de­partments. Our city currently and since 1935 has had what is called binding arbitration between the city and the two public safety departments.


Our city charter provides the civil service board to settle labor disputes between the city and the police and fire departments. It was recognized that the fair settling of these disputes were in the public interest — police and firemen focused on their job and not labor disagreements more efficiently served the public. The proposed charter change would make the city manager both judge and jury in police and fire labor dis­putes. This is the most anti-labor proposal I have ever seen on a ballot proposal.


The charter also provided for a clerk/treasurer position that was designed and provided for this to be an elected position. Three of the five ballot proposals suggest making this an appointed posi­tion. Let me be clear on this, the city’s cost-cut­ting analysis suggested the elimination of this position, not a change from elected to appointed. Putting the clerk/treasurer in the hands of the city manager takes away our checks and bal­ances on the power of mayor and council. This is a consolidation of power from the voting public to the city manager and it serves only to politi­cize the position. As a community, we have ZERO savings in changing the clerk/treasurer to an appointed position. I ask that city residents vote NO on all of the city ballot proposals Nov. 2.
Monroe Resident


I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them

Thomas Jefferson 



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