Opinion: By R. Al Bain
Where do term limited or defeated politicians go? Some would think they go back to whatever career they had before being elected to public office. Some think this is the case but, the majority cannot resist feeding at the public trough in one form or another! Lets take a look at a few examples. Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) Monroe stated publicly that the reason she didn’t run for another public office, (such as the logical step of running for State Senator) was because she wanted to champion the Autistic issue. Now she’s heading back to Lansing as a Lobbyist for AT&T? Terri Lynn Land (R) Byron Center term limited SOS who ran as Mike Bouchard’s (R) Oakland County running mate in his failed bid for Governor. Or what about term limited and defeated gubernatorial candidate (faced a recall) Andy Dillon (D) Redford who has been appointed Michigan’s State Treasurer by incoming Governor Rick Snyder (R) Ann Arbor. This just gives credibility to the statement made by George Carlin when he said that no matter what the Party affiliation Democrat or Republican both parties are just one big club and guess what, your not in it!
Michigan taxes, public worker benefits top legislative agenda
Michigan’s four new legislative leaders shared a laugh on the set of “Off the Record” with Tim Skubick in an interview during a Thursday taping of the public television program. How nice. While there is nothing wrong with laughter, I’m sure a good percentage of the citizens of Michigan do not see the humor in the dire straights facing themselves and our once great state! In regard to “picking winners and losers” in the Business community Richardville, of Monroe, said steps Republicans would undertake would result in that some winners would be winning “a little less.” State government should not be in the business of “picking winners and losers” in the private business community period! Richardville also stated that Michigan’s generous film incentive program that’s projected to cost more than $150 million in 2012 won’t be eliminated but would be scaled back. Several states across the country are now eliminating this failed incentive program “NOT” just scaling it back! Studies have proven that the cost to the taxpayers is a loosing proposition for this entity! Pure Michigan Ad Campaign also comes to mind here! Richardville also stated again that “Everything needs to be on the table,” that was his same statement when ask about a tax increase! Both Republicans on the panel said revenue sharing to local governments is likely to be cut. Cutting revenue sharing to local governments is likely to result in a tax increase for those in their communities! Cause and effect applies here and the blame will ultimately go to the local politicians not those in Lansing who will have created it. In regard to Michigan and it’s government Richardville said “We’re broken. Is anybody not seeing that we need to be fixed?,” This is from a legislator who’s voting record and legislation has been part of the problem, not part of the solution since 1999!
Comparing Two Michigan Newspapers: Conservative versus Liberal
Midland Daily News – Monroe Evening News
I found it interesting that both papers publish editorials called “our view.” To show the comparison of a conservative newspaper versus a liberal newspaper I researched and found that the Midland Daily News (Conservative) views the Pure Michigan advertising subsidy wrong for Michigan taxpayers while the Monroe Evening News (Liberal) supports this form of corporate welfare at the taxpayers expense! On Tuesday, November, 23, 2010 The Midland Daily News stated in their view “Should taxpayers fund Pure Michigan program” that The private sector should be paying to promote tourism in Michigan, not the state government (i.e. the taxpayers). If there truly is a solid return on investment resulting from such an advertising campaign, the private sector should be flocking to fill this funding gap so that Michigan does not see a decline in tourism. But if the private sector isn’t willing to shell out the bucks, then maybe it is time to admit that promoting Michigan tourism is something the public sector cannot afford, either. On December, 18, 2010 The Monroe Evening News stated in their view “Pure Michigan rescue makes economic sense” (subscription required for eEdition) that one of the things state legislators did right earlier this month during their lame-duck session was to approve funding for the Pure Michigan ad campaign. Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a bill making $10 million available for that purpose. The Monroe Evening News in their opinion feel that our officials in Lansing deserve credit for rescuing the Pure Michigan advertising campaign from an absurd death and to continue subsidizing private industry with taxpayer monies! Michigan’s new Senate Majority leader Senator Randy Richardville (R?-Monroe) voted in favor of this corporate welfare insanity at the taxpayers expense!
Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions
Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics. Not here in Michigan! We have just the opposite with the new leader of the Michigan Senate, Liberal Republican Randy Richardville of Monroe. On January 20, 2010 he introduced legislation to the detriment of local municipalities and ultimately the taxpayers with SB 1072 http://michiganvotes.org/2010-SB-1072 that is sure to resurface in 2011 under a new Bill name and number. This does nothing but benefit the UNIONS! Passed in the Senate on February 10, 2010, to expand the law that mandates binding arbitration in labor disputes between municipalities and police or firefighter unions (“PA 312” of 1969) to cover consolidated multi-government emergency services authorities, 9-1-1 dispatch centers and similar entities. Passed in the House on June 24, 2010 all but four House Republicans out of 50 voted against this legislation! Bill Anderson, the legislative liaison for the Michigan Townships Association, said the talk in Lansing is about creating reforms. “Now, we are looking at a bill that is going to increase costs,” Anderson said. “That is the concern. What is the most frustrating part is when people say, ‘Oh. You have to cut your costs.’ And then all of a sudden, you are just throwing up more barriers and adding more costs.” And this bill was introduced by a Republican, Sen. Randy Richardville that will allow and drive up the cost of local government. Does Bill Anderson realize that the Michigan Townships Association endorsed Richardville for re-election in 2010? The bottom line is that if this Bill becomes law the burden will be put on the backs of the taxpaying citizens. It’s just a backdoor tax increase to the citizenry for the support and contributions made by the “Unions” to Senator Richardville. “Payments made for Services Rendered” applies here with this type of legislation!
Michigan Lawmaker Says Special Tax Favors Are ‘Cronyism’
If a business is in need of a tax break, the quickest route may be the local politician. State Rep. Justin Amash, R-Kentwood, recently called out his colleagues for submitting bills that created tax advantages for single businesses. “Essentially, it’s just cronyism,” Amash said. “It’s an abuse of legislative power. We are not supposed to be passing bills that help one person or one company at the expense of everyone else.” Both parties have abandoned any pretense that the growing state corporate welfare empire doesn’t include funneling favors to the owners of particular firms. Click below to see if your representative favors this practice of ‘Cronyism’ at the expense of you the taxpayer.
The Constitution Is Dead (Suspended); Long Live the Constitution
The Constitution, curiously enough, always seems to get most convoluted when the wording is most precise. If the public believes in the spirit of the founding principles of our Republic and politicians are committed to the resurrection of the Constitution, these two rules “Mind your own business.” and “Keep your hands to yourself.” are a good guide when looking at new legislation. No need for gimmicks. However, the real problem lie’s in the Emergency Powers given to the President (Franklin D. Roosevelt) under the pretense of the National Emergency of 1933 have remained in force and that the normal function of the Federal government (The Constitution) has been suspended. [93d Congress, SENATE Report No. 93-549, 1st Session]. See War Powers Act. The declared National Emergency of March 9, 1933 amended the War Powers Act to include the American People as enemies. This allowed Maritime Law to come onto land.” “Be careful of that pretty little flag with the gold trim that sits on a pedestal in your courtrooms. That is an Admiralty flag (an ensign, a military flag) flown on the open seas, not the American flag! The US Constitution allowed for three types of laws, Common Law (‘We the People’), Contract Law governing contracts and agreements, and Maritime Law that is to be used on the open seas to govern our Naval forces while out there since the ships are not on our land. Only in times of war can Maritime Law govern on land. This is proclaimed by the president. This flag changes your status from Sovereign (God’s Law) to subject (the Kings Law).”  In order to resolve this problem it would take a sitting President to sign an executive order to resend this travesty bestowed upon the American people.
Senate Report 93-549
“A majority of the people of the United States have lived all of their lives under emergency rule. For 40 years [now 66 years], freedoms and governmental procedures guaranteed by the Constitution have, in varying degrees, been abridged by laws brought into force by states of national emergency. The problem of how a constitutional democracy reacts to great crises, however, far antedates the Great Depression. As a philosophical issue, its origins reach back to the Greek city-states and the Roman Republic. And, in the United States, actions taken by the Government in times of great crises have – from, at least, the Civil War – in important ways, shaped the present phenomenon of a permanent state of national emergency.” Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.”
Michigan Supreme Court hands a pair of holiday gifts to the MEA
It’s certain to be a tough year politically for the Michigan Education Association. But thanks to the union’s liberal friends on the Michigan Supreme Court, the MEA was able to wrap up 2010 with some nice consolation prizes. Warning, public property Keep Out!
Right to Work States Enjoy Higher Growth, More Purchasing Power for Workers
The primary goal of any Right to Work law is to safeguard employee rights by ensuring that no worker is forced to join or pay tribute to a union against his or her will. But it’s nice to know that Right to Work states also enjoy faster growth and higher real purchasing power than their forced unionism counterparts. Here’s an excerpt from the National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s latest fact sheet on the issue can be viewed below.
The Tea Party’s Uphill Challenge
The fact is that the United States isn’t as democratic as we’d like to think it is. We cherish the idea that the (the voice of the people) predominates over the will of privileged elites; that government is subordinate to the people (that it serves the people, rather than ruling them); that those in positions of governmental power should be accountable to the people from whom they derive their authority; that government is, essentially, “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Is that the kind of system we have today? Let’s see by clicking the link below.
Backdoor Political Power Play: Government by Regulation
Most people don’t remember Obamacare’s notorious Section 1233, mandating government payments for end-of-life counseling. Well, it’s back – by administrative fiat. A month ago, Medicare issued a regulation providing for end-of-life counseling during annual “wellness” visits. It was all nicely buried amid the simultaneous release of hundreds of new Medicare rules. And there’s more!
“I don’t give a goddamn. I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way. Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
George W. Bush
George W. Bush