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Opinion by R Al Bain
Here in Monroe County we have a local Republican Party that acts, and is run like it’s a Gestapo Party. As an executive committee member (non-active) I have been observing their Democratic Union tactics for several years. This party is run by the “self proclaimed conservative” (FAT CHANCE) Senator Randy Richardville and his minions lead by his mother first vice chair Glenda Kennon. She has been first vice chair since her son was first elected as a state representative back in 1999.
Many chairman of this local party have come and gone but Mrs. Kennon has remained first vice chair since 1999. Those that have been past chairman were hand picked by the “Richardville Machine” and either left because of how the party was run or if they didn’t go along with the Richardville agenda they were “purged”. Recently a dues paying member, (isn’t that how the Democrats run their party) in good standing upset the machine by holding Republican Breakfast Club meetings and inviting candidates that wasn’t the machines choice.
Prior to a recent monthly party meeting a closed door session of the Richardville Machine Executive Committee Members (click) voted to “ban” this member from further participation and when he showed up for the meeting was turned away by three member thugs! Some questions come to mind with this revelation, is this the Principles, Traditions, and Values that the Republican Party was founded upon? I for one think not and this is the reason I as an executive committee member am inactive within this local party!
Tea Party Boiling Mad at Governor Snyder
He’s not a conservative. He is not for smaller government,” opines Scott Hagerstrom, who runs the Michigan chapter of the very right-leaning and Tea Party-dominated Americans for Progress, 65,000 strong.
J.R. Whiting Coal-Fired Power Plant in Monroe to Close in 2015
This is a blow to Monroe County and the City of Luna Pier. The plant accounts for 50 percent of Luna Pier’s tax base revenue not counting the jobs that will be lost. New state and federal regulations prohibit the plant to stay afloat because of the upgrade cost.
Michigan Lawmakers Want to Handcuff Voters With New Recall Legislation
When it comes to legislators losing their spot feeding at the public trough they will go to any lengths to preserve it! Instead of wasting time protecting their sorry asses why not do what they were elected to do, the peoples business. Michigan citizens need jobs, road and infrastructure improvements, and a debt free state government. What we get is higher taxes, no new jobs, crumbling roads and infrastructure, bigger government, all while they propose legislation that benefits themselves.
County Pals Win Big with Contracts
For any taxpayer of Michigan willing to do the research within their own community they will find that the same “friends and family” favoritism with our own elected politicians. Again, this is not regulated to just corruption in Wayne County but throughout the whole state. Our elected officials are instrumental in getting no-bid contracts for associates, political contributors and others connected to county government.
Green Energy – More Wasted Tax Dollars
Michigan liberals in Lansing wasting taxpayer dollars on green subsidies! At the Federal level liberals can’t pretend that Solyndra was a one-time occurrence or that the “green” energy loan program that gave it $535 million of your money is otherwise a great program. Michigan has and is dolling out plenty of tax dollars to green companies that have or are staring to fail.
Big Bets on Solar Companies Aren’t Paying Off for Taxpayers
The subsidies just a keep on flowing in Michigan! United Solar and its Auburn Hills parent, Energy Conversion Devices, are barely hanging on along with other solar related companies. Government investments, commitments and earmarks totaled more than $170 million for the company. The hope, if not the promise, was that ECD would create more than 1,000 new jobs in Michigan as green technology took hold. They didn’t happen so the taxpayers loose again!
Top GOP aide for House panel has ties to Solyndra
The top GOP aide to a House committee investigating Solyndra Inc. once worked for a lobbying firm that helped the now-bankrupt solar company apply for a half-billion-dollar federal loan. Gary Andres, staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was a vice chairman at Dutko Worldwide until last December, when he was appointed to his current post by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the energy panel. The committee is investigating Solyndra, which received a $528 million Energy Department loan in 2009. The company later went bankrupt and laid off its 1,100 workers.
Is the U.S. Headed into a New Recession?
Many citizens feel that we haven’t come out of the current one! The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which recently published a research paper estimating that the odds were “greater than 50-50” that the U.S. will experience a recession sometime in 2012? That view was backed up by Pacific Investment Management CEO Mohamed A. El-Erian, who recently told Bloomberg TV that he found the economic conditions in the U.S. “terrifying” and placed the odds of the country entering a new recession as high as 50%.
Food Stamps Buy Starbucks Frappuccino At Grocery Store
Could this be happening here in Michigan? A recent investigation by Oregon Fox affiliate KPTV has found that Frappuccinos can now be bought with food stamps at Starbucks stands located within grocery stores.”It’s crazy”, said Jackie Fowler, the food stamp recipient who took part in the investigation for Fox 12 News. “They’re overpriced as it is. That’s money that somebody could be eating with – a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk.”
MF Global Fallout Affects Us All
If you have a 401, pension, or any other type of financial interest this fallout will have a huge effect on you! It doesn’t matter if you were directly invested with MF Global or not your investment entity will have a huge impact and not for the better. This has affected the farmers in the United States severely and this will have a impact on the already high cost of food as an example with other rippling effects yet unknown. Ann Barnhardt explains the repercussions in this interview, click here.
Politicians and diapers should be changed often, and for the same reason