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Opinion By R. Al Bain
Have we citizens here in Michigan and across the country lost control of our government? Those we elect as our representatives are elected to serve our wishes and best interest. It appears that this is just not the case. At the federal level we said no to nationalized health care but it’s being slammed down our throats. Here in Michigan we say no to the new International Bridge Crossing with taxpayer money and the Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is quoted in the newspaper as saying it will get built!
In Monroe County, The Board of Commissioners questions the Monroe County Road Commissions decision to go ahead with plans to over pay for a building and their concerns fall on deaf ears! The Monroe County Board of Commissioners has no authority over The Monroe County Road Commission and the decisions they make. Where’s the oversight? Who does the Road Commission answer to? It seems they are free to make any and all bad decisions at their discretion!
It’s high time we citizens respond not only in the form of re-calling some of these elected officials but to vote out the ones who do not adhere to our wishes as to send a message to current and future elected officials that if they don’t represent us instead of the special interest and lobbyist they will be gone!
Michigan Film Subsidy Costs Each Michigan Taxpayer
Michigan offers qualified and approved film productions refundable tax credits based on how much they spend in the state to make movies. Since the tax credit is refundable and has little to do with the company’s tax liability, it is effectively a subsidy check from the state treasury (your tax dollars). This policy is nonetheless unfair to taxpayers whose own expenses are not looked upon so favorably by Lansing. Michigan taxpayers should make it perfectly clear to legislators that the Michigan Film Incentive should be eliminated. Our tax dollars would be better spent on our roads!
The Michigan Legislature “needs” more like Representative Dave Agema!
Although I’m not a big fan of the author of this article it illustrates why we need more legislators like Mr. Agema!
Big Government Michigan Republicans Target Justin Amash with Redistricting
The power brokers of Michigan’s Republican Party do not like it one bit when true conservatives are elected. The status quo public trough feeders within the Party will go to any length as to keep “their” little club intact! The 3rd District gets a lot more Democratic since Democrat Mark Schauer’s hometown of Battle Creek is now in District 3 instead of in District 7 (which Schauer lost in 2010). There’s a good possibility we could see Schauer run against Justin Amash in 2012 and he’d have an advantage with the new redistricting. What’s going on here? It’s clear to me that this an attempt by the Big Government Republicans to squeeze out Amash while protecting the 7th District’s Tim Walberg. This is a big deal, folks. You see, the Big Government Republicans took Calhoun county out of the 7th District and put it in Amash’s District 3. Why is this important? Calhoun county swings Democrat and went to Mark Schauer in 2010 and 2008. Before that it went to Democrat Sharon Renier in 2006. This is going to make it a lot more difficult for Justin Amash in 2012.
Additionally, they took Kentwood City (which Justin won handily by 2,200 votes) out of Kent County and put it in the 2nd District. What in the world would they do that for? They also took away Grandville City from him where he won every precinct in the city. Also going to the 2nd District are Wyoming City and Walker City where Amash won convincingly. So basically the Big Government Republicans in our State took a boat load of conservative cities away from Justin Amash and stuck him with a large democratic demographic that includes Calhoun County. My question is, who in Washington is poised to gain from this? Why would they want to squeeze out one of the more truly conservative members of Congress? Finally, how does this redistricting help Michigan?
The proposed map is terrible. Not only for the 3rd District, but it’s also not nearly as helpful to Benishek and Walberg as it could be. The big winners here are the Big Government, Establishment Republicans, Fred Upton and Dave Camp. Fred Upton’s 6th district would lose Leroy Township (Republican leaning) in Calhoun County but gain all of Allegan County (heavily Republican), except for the city of Holland which stays with Bill Huizenga (R) in District 2. Dave Camp gets Clinton county (Republican leaning) from Mike Roger’s 8th District.
Even the Washington Post recognizes that things are going to get a lot tougher for Justin Amash. Click the link below.
A special thanks to Adam Chalmers Campaign for Liberty County Coordinator Southwest Oakland County for his research on this article.
More Jobs Leaving Michigan American Axle Closing Detroit Plant
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc.plan’s to close its manufacturing facility in Detroit as communication with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union broke down. The parties had disagreement over the reduction of compensation for the workers from $45 an hour to $30 an hour. The shutdown will affect 300 hourly and salaried workers at the plant. What a travesty to take a pay cut to $30.00 dollars an hour?
McCotter Announces White House Run
As to muddy the already crowded Republican presidential field Michigan’s Thaddeus McCotter has entered the 2012 field. McCotter is a Congressman from Michigan’s 11th congressional district, serving since 2003. His political career started in 1992 as a Wayne County Commissioner (Detroit) then was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 1998. Mr. McCotter has been “feeding at the public trough” for 20 years! Mr. McCotter also voted in favor of the “Patriot Act”, “Homeland Security”, and just recently voted against Justin Amash’s amendment in favor of Union Institutional Interest see Just One Michigan Republican Votes for Labor Union Monopoly Over Government Construction Work! The media and himself have the gull to call him a conservative! He should not be re-elected to his current seat let alone be elected as President of the United States of America! These political feeders must go!
Are “We The People” Losing Control of Our Government?
Citizens will lose a powerful means of controlling their government if the Michigan Supreme Court allows a lower court decision to stand that limits access to public records. The Freedom of Information Act allows citizens to view what public servants produce with public dollars. Using FOIA, citizens can access almost all government records, including electronic documents such as emails. Most of the time, FOIA is a quiet workhorse of public policy research and journalism. But sometimes it’s at the heart of big news. Kwame Kilpatrick is now the former mayor of Detroit partly because he used public resources to document his misconduct.
Woodward Light-Rail Project Surges Full Speed Ahead
Waste of tax dollars can you say people mover? Detroit has lost a boat load of population along with the rest of Michigan money would be better spent elsewhere like roads!
THE TRAGEDY OF DETROIT: HOW IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURALISM DESTROYED IT
By Frosty Wooldridge
For 15 years, from the mid 1970s to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash was everywhere! Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it and just ignored it. Tens of thousands and then, hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing and food stamps! With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10 and, in one case, one woman birthed 24 kids as reported by the Detroit Free Press-all on American taxpayer dollars. A new child meant a new car payment, new TV and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society” flourish in Detroit. If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out to take money for doing nothing.
Wisconsin Set To Defund Planned Parenthood, Slash Family Planning
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is expected to sign a budget bill on Tuesday that eliminates state and federal funding from nine of the state’s Planned Parenthood health centers, making Wisconsin the fourth state to defund the family planning provider after Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina did so earlier this year. Michigan needs to follow suit!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican nor democrat. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.
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