The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, December, 13, 2010

Opinion: By R. Al Bain
In light of the severity with the economic climate and the dire straights here in Michigan, Michigan Legislator’s should focus on funding basic services first, then the extras! This goes for all elected officials whether in townships, cities, village’s and counties throughout Michigan. We can longer afford anything but “basic services” without raising taxes on the citizenry! Reduce the size and scope of government to where it was originally intended and cut out all the failed programs, entity’s, subsidy’s, and entitlement’s that are not a necessary function of government!
 
Republican Richardville & Democrat Whitmer On Same Page
Why bother in having two Party’s? Both party’s have become just the opposite side of the same coin in that the values are the same it’s their agenda not the peoples! The two new incoming Senate leaders are on the same page when it comes to considering a possible revenue increase next year to eradicate a $1.6 billion budget deficit. I don’t think anything is off the table completely,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville told MIRS. The new GOP leader has immediately established himself as not following in the footsteps of the current Majority Leader Mike Bishop, who was loathed to even use the words revenue increase during his tenure. Richardville began his first day on the job doing just that. Incoming Democrat Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer is elated saying, “Randy will be more open” than Bishop and she said she looked forward to working with him. I bet she is ever since she’s been getting a lot more attention on the Senate floor after being named number 8 on its World’s Hottest Politicians list. http://domemagazine.com/departments/radar/radar_sept08.html It seems her colleagues, especially a certain Sen. Randy Richardville, can’t resist teasing her. Isn’t that behavior considered sexual harassment in the work place, wouldn’t we be fired for those same actions at our place of employment? I guess our elected officials are exempt from this type of behavior! Set’s a great example doesn’t it?
 
Michigan Legislators should follow suit on feel-good resolutions
The GOP next Wednesday is set to adopt a new set of Republican Conference rules that will place tight restrictions on who and what the House can honor, a bid to cut time they consider wasted on the floor. Michigan Legislators should follow suit on feel-good resolutions such as wasting taxpayer time honoring fellow legislators, sports figures, and so on! How much time and taxpayer money was wasted for Senate Republican Randy Richardville from Monroe honoring Democrat Congressman John Dingell in 2009? http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-SR-10  Or day’s of debate on whether Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game in baseball! This is all just a waste of time, money, and a disservice to the taxpayers of Michigan and nothing what so ever to do with the issues facing the State of Michigan or it’s citizens.
 
State Senator Ray Basham seeks expanding smoking ban to Detroit casinos
Two months into Michigan’s workplace smoking ban, State Senator Ray Basham hasn’t understood the impact that this unconstitutional ban has had on private businesses. Reports are coming in from across the State that this legislation has caused as much as a 50% loss of some businesses since it’s implementation! This means a loss in jobs, tax revenue for the State and so on. How will the State replace this lost tax revenue? I’ll tell you, they will be forced to raise your taxes to replace it! The tobacco companies are a legal entity employing thousands and to take the right away or choice from private business is a travesty to the American way of life and free enterprise. The law should absolutely be repealed!
 
Pure Michigan Tourism Campaign gets $10-million
Late last Thursday in the lame duck session with lobbyist in full force, the Senate voted to rob the taxpayers to the tune of $10 million from the failed “21st Century Jobs Fund,” to fund a winter and spring ad campaign for the private tourism industry. This private industry did it’s own analyst for funding this advertising campaign and found it was not in their best interest financially for their return on investment. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to bring back the water winter wonderland license plate logo for advertising on Michigan’s moving billboards such as cars, trucks, and trailers? Just my thought!  
 
Yet another “Good Reason” for a Part-time Legislature
“Lame duck session” Michigan Legislature quacks toward end on last day
The Michigan House and Senate traded a flurry of bills long bottled up in committee during an election year that saw the chambers in session just 96 days through Thursday. Let me see, aren’t there 260 working day’s in a year (excluding weekends)? That means our elected officials work less than half the time! However, they receive full time pay and benefits from those taxpayers they are supposed to represent. Is it just me or does anybody else out there see a problem with this? Wake up Michigan citizens!
 
Michigan Legislature is an embarrassment to the State
The Michigan Senate has been busy this week working on very important legislation, but on Wednesday the 29 outgoing members, plus the nine with a newly renewed four-year tenure, found time for 29 other items of business, listed below. These all passed on voice-votes.
Comment By jimkress | Dec. 6, 2010:
Michigan is in a Depression, primarily due to these yahoos in the State Government who couldn’t make money selling girls on an Army base. However, they still find time to praise their own vast incompetence. The Michigan Legislature is an embarrassment to the state and an affront to the people of Michigan. There could be no better example than this to show we need them ALL to be replaced and that the Legislature should only be a part time job.
 
MEA exposed
The hypocrisy and self-interest of Michigan’s largest school employees union. Their mission has little if anything to do with education quality and more to do with promoting its health care plan, protecting the worst teachers, and suppressing meaningful reform. We are dedicated to exposing the financials and personnel of the MEA union in order to show how and why they block educational reform in our state.
 
Current Teacher Tenure Law
Under current law, it is nearly impossible to fire a tenured teacher, no matter how ineffective. Michigan is hardly immune to the problem. School districts here have kept tenured teachers on the payroll despite felony convictions, and on the rare occasion a school does manage to unload a deficient instructor, doing so can require years of legal action costing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Our children’s education and future suffers while Unions protect these bad teachers because of the “Teacher Tenure Law” passed by our legislators!
 
Citizen arrested for attending two open school board meetings
Coldwater Police later apologized, saying they didn’t understand the Open Meetings Act. Open meetings are open meetings. That means citizens who do not create a disturbance have an absolute right to attend, whether school personnel like them or not.
 
Monroe County’s 2011 Budget Problem
The board two weeks ago informed the sheriff he needed to cut $3 million from his budget, and the reductions reported Thursday equaled $748,488. But the sheriffs wasn’t the only department that didn’t make requested cuts. The board asked the clerks department for $150,000 in cuts and got $1,000. The board asked the Friend of the Court for a $161,000 reduction and, instead, the department increased its projected costs $179,433 that’s the difference between what the department head claims next years expenses will be and the finance departments earlier 2011 numbers.
 
County Board of Commissioners comes with a few extra perks
Current commissioners are eligible for lifetime benefits and a pension if they serve 10 years with the county and are at least 55 years old when they retire. Somehow (years ago), they just slipped in the lifetime benefits. Political leaders are very good at rewarding themselves with lifetime benefits. It sends a message that people are confusing public service with self service. “It’s not a full-time job” There are not many jobs where part-time you get any benefits at all. Many commissioners have regular full time jobs that pay benefits and pensions so they are collecting extra perks at taxpayers expense.
 
Michigan Health Care Freedom Amendment “Obamacare”
Will new Legislature get it done?
In March 2010, the GOP legislative attempts to thwart the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were considered a fantastic hope, they were squashed by the Democrats. Republican’s will now have a super majority in the Senate and a strong majority in the House in 2011 let’s see if they can get it done? State Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, said he’ll introduce legislation to thwart the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if others balked. “I’m totally against Obamacare,” Agema said. Wendy Day of Common Sense in Government led an unsuccessful effort to get 381,000 signatures on a petition to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot as a citizen-initiated proposal. Day says she thought people were “very nervous” about the new GOP-led legislature that takes over in January. “People are not that confident that they will do the things that need to be done to save our state, including fighting back against the federal government,” Day said. “The voters will be looking for early indicators that this Republican-controlled government is going to honor the trust that they have been given.”
 
Michigan’s economic growth ‘sluggish and uneven,’ index shows
The state’s economy slipped in October, according to the Michigan Economic Activity Index compiled by Comerica Bank.
 
Tea Party wants Sarah Palin to Run for RNC Chair
Many Republicans are urging Sarah Palin to run for president. But the Tea Party Nation wants her to vie for chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. A letter was sent to the former Alaska governor asking her to run.
 
Why I Love WikiLeaks
This only validates the American citizens distrust in our most important institutions. The recent WikiLeaks release shows the low regard U.S. secretaries of state hold for international treaties that bar spying at the United Nations. Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, systematically and serially violated those treaties to gain an incremental upper hand. And they did it in writing! That Clinton now decries Julian Assange’s truth-telling as an “attack” on America but excuses her cavalier approach to treaty violation tells you all you need to know about U.S. diplomacy.
 
WikiLeaks to release U.S. bank’s documents of flagrant violations, unethical practices
It has declined to identify the bank, describing it only as a major U.S. bank that is still in existence. This is compared to the release to emails that were unveiled as a result of the collapse of disgraced energy company Enron Corp. It is rumored that the bank is Bank of America which is one of the banks that received the taxpayer bailouts!
 
Raising Taxes or New START? It Should Not Be an Either/Or Decision
Well, it looks like Washington is back at it.  Reports of new backroom deal-making the same practices that America so vocally denounced earlier this November. So what’s being gambled this time? Only our national security. The White House is trying to strike a deal with Senate Republicans: the Democrats will agree to extend the Bush tax cuts if Republicans agree to ratify the New START treaty.
 
Heritage Takes a Look at Today’s Fiscal Commission Report
The President’s Fiscal Commission issued its preliminary report today. By and large, the report’s recommendations are positive first steps, Heritage Foundation experts report. But that’s all they are: first steps. But that’s all they are: first steps. Specifically, that any realistic plan should fully fund defense, reform runaway entitlement spending, eliminate Obamacare and permanently lower personal and corporate tax rates. Heritage research also shows the danger and futility of raising tax rates, especially during a recession.
 
Michigan Republican State Convention: MI GOP State Convention to be held Friday and Saturday, January 28-29, 2011 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.  Michigan Republicans will elect it’s new statewide and congressional district leadership at this convention.
 
A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
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