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Opinion By R Al Bain
Governor Snyder Unveils 2012-13 Fantasy Budget:
Michigan’s Fantasy Island is a state, where there are very little job opportunity’s that the host, Governor Snyder can provide. Thus we have citizens who have lost their jobs, homes foreclosed, taxes increased, pensions taxed, and have fantasies of better economic times that should be impossible especially since Governor Snyder’s role model, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel’s recently signed right-to-work into law that is sure to attract more businesses and jobs at Michigan’s expense.
While this island can accommodate them jobs so long as it’s forced unionization such as Michigan is now. Any visits to Michigan by prospective companies wanted to build manufacturing plants such as BMW, Boeing, Volkswagen, Kia, and assorted others, meet resistance with union interference. Anyone they see in Lansing to do something they request such as getting guarantees against union interference is nowhere to be found. The only constant was at the sight of these incoming companies is the midget Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley running up to the bell tower to ring the bell and shout “De Taxes, De Autism, De Unions, De Bridge”!
To top all this off we have the third player in this bad movie script Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville (The Unions Best Friend in Lansing) supporting SEIU forced unionization, taking union campaign contributions, and promoting, pursuing, and advocating former Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm’s agenda. His alleged ties to former Union Boss Walter Ralph Mabry convicted of Racketeering in Federal Court and unlawful shenanigans with the Union Pension Fund. Also of interest is the fact that the good Senator had his mother notarize his campaign finance disclosure statement which by the way is against the law and because of this may be holding office illegally.
Now that we have a little history on the players let’s take a look at these budget proposals shall we? Budget surplus! What budget surplus? We owed the U.S. Treasury $3.2 billion for the unemployment trust fund so we sold bonds to the tune of $3.3 billion as to pay this off. So we increased our debt by $.1 billion. In understanding bonds, the seller of the bonds, the State of Michigan are the borrowers, with the buyers of these bonds as the lenders, how could we possibly have a surplus?
$119 million from the general fund to fix up roads and bridges. Snyder said the investment represented “the largest general fund amount ever included in the transportation budget.” This isn’t even a drop in the bucket to the amount of money robbed (stolen) from the road funds for other unspecified state spending in the past. Snyder also stated the unusual injection of general fund money into roads which is normally funded by gasoline taxes and the federal government is a onetime fix “to allow the Legislature time to develop a long term road funding solution.” That’s code word for TAX INCREASE!
Mandating coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism. Anyone who doesn’t see this as an indirect TAX INCREASE has blinders on! Do you really believe that the insurance companies will not pass this additional cost onto we the rate payers? The last two items are and have been a complete and total failure to the taxpayers of Michigan. $195 million to support the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s “economic gardening” efforts to promote industry and jobs, including $25 million in funding for film credits. Might as well plant that garden in the desert!
Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming To Michigan
Michigan could potentially have the nation’s highest gas tax if Governor Rick Snyder’s proposal to replace the state motor fuel tax with a higher wholesale tax becomes law. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16407
Abortion Bill Controversy in Michigan Senate Parallels with “NotaryGate”
Action by the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up a Bill (SB 160) in 2011 to ban partial birth abortions has drawn sharp criticisms not only of abortion rights advocates, but from the Republican leadership in Lansing. Matt Marsden, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), took issue with Jones’ plan to introduce this legislation. Marsden said. The Majority Leader has been abundantly clear that the focus of the Senate is on jobs and the economy.
While Jones was taking heat from Richardville’s team, Richardville was one of the legislators sponsoring a Bill (SB 291) in the same legislative session to allow helmet-less motorcycle operation. Does this have anything to do with jobs and the economy? This public spat between Senator Jones and Richardville’s spokesperson Matt Marsden led to his reassignment within Richardville’s Senate committee! To replace Mr. Marsden Richardville tapped former Governor Jennifer Graholm’s appointee Amber McCann who was groomed and cut her teeth in the Granholm administration.
An email sent out to 26 members of the Monroe County Women’s Republican Club by Senator Richardville’s mother and current first vice chair of the Monroe County Republican Party advocating what wonderful things “Planned Parenthood” did besides abortion is unconsiable. She is also in the forefront of “NotaryGate” with the illegal notarization of Senator Richardville’s 2010 campaign finance disclosure form submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. http://michiganmessenger.com/46975/abortion-bill-sparks-controversy-in-michigan-senate
Governor Snyder: Budget Protects Incumbent Legislators by Postponing Tough Choices
Can Michigan afford this? Politics as usual is a pattern that will continue until we the voters cast our votes that will send a powerful message to those that would represent us. Is it more important to legislate with caution in an election year than to do what’s right and in in the best interest of the citizenry? Doesn’t look like “best practices to me”! This just proves to the citizens of Michigan that the most important aspect of representing the people as an elected official has more to do with power and control, and elections and re-elections rather than making the right legislative moves to benefit the public.
In other words, 2012 will be a year in which Michigan continues to dodge most of its biggest problems and toughest legislative decisions facing the state of Michigan and it’s residents. The reinvention of the state’s business (tax reduction) and individual income taxes (tax increase) also, of course, made Snyder some enemies (among all voters), particularly among early ‘retirees” who got hit with “taxes on pensions” and “401K withdrawals” that were previously exempt. These legislative moves are not in keeping with the Republican platform or smaller government, less taxation, and a less intrusive government.
The political ideology known as “Reaganomics” has taken a back seat with Governor Snyder and a dozen or so of those in the Republican legislature here in Michigan. Some recent examples proves this out! Republicans are supposed to be opposed to a government-run single-payer health care system, believing such a system constitutes socialized medicine but however, 13 Republican Senators here in Michigan joined the Democrats and voted for Obama’s Health Care Exchange. This was in a direct conflict of several states attorney generals lawsuit against ObamaCare including our own attorney general here in Michigan.
Republicans are supposed to be opposed by labor union management and members, and have supported various legislation on the state and federal levels, including right to work legislation and the Taft-Hartley Act, which gives workers the right not to participate in unions. However, we have several republicans in name only holding power blocking legislation to this effect including our Senator Majority leader Randy Richardville. These same so-called republicans continue to be beholding to these unions because of their campaign contributions and support for re-election by these unions. http://www.freep.com/article/20120212/OPINION01/202120462/Editorial-See-you-after-the-election?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp
Corporate Welfare to Increase $20 Million in Governor Snyder’s 2013 Budget
Michigan Taxpayers beware of those nasty little subsidies and tax increases that just won’t go away. Our government is supposed to work for “we the taxpayers” but it’s more like we are working for the government. All of our “wasted tax dollars” here in Michigan doled out in subsidies to the green energy wind and solar companies, and electric battery makers, have went bankrupt or have recently filed for bankruptcy could have been better spent on our roads and infrastructure. A better idea out of Lansing would be to raise our gas tax and vehicle registration fees instead.
Why should we the taxpayers subsidize such companies in the private sector? We shouldn’t! There are several other companies or entities here in Michigan that fall into this category using our tax dollars that benefit private interest and not the taxpayers such as the few listed above. Here’s just a few more to add to the list, Hollywood Movie Producers, Pure Michigan Advertising Campaign, Michigan International Speedway, 21st Century Jobs Fund, Michigan Economic Development Authority, and the proposed “New Bridge” to Canada along with a host of others.
When will this thievery of our tax dollars come to a halt? This will not stop until “we the voters” send a strong and powerful message to the one’s we elect as to represent us in the manor we expect and deserve! It’s our own fault for we continue to send (elect) the same one’s over and over again back to Lansing expecting a different result, that’s just not going to happen and history has proven it hasn’t worked out for us. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16451
Film Subsides for the Wealthy at Taxpayer Expense
A Movie Script You Won’t Believe. Imagine this, Four wealthy and politically connected businessmen concoct an elaborate scheme, using their checkbooks and relationships with elected officials in Lansing, to secure a taxpayer-funded movie studio for their own personal financial gain. Call them “The Gang of Four.”
Have Michigan taxpayers provide the greatest tax giveaway for movie making in the country, allowing The Gang of Four to walk away with even more money, subsidized by the taxpayer. Have Michigan taxpayers (as well as local and federal taxpayers) pay to build them a movie studio. When newly elected reform-minded politicians threaten to end this scheme, The Gang of Four use their political clout and campaign cash to keep this system in place. The problems facing the city of Allen Park is just the tip of the iceberg. http://michiganfilmcreditsecrets.blogspot.com/
Millionaires Collect Billions in Taxpayer Money You could call it welfare for the well-off
Taxpayers in America are literally giving billions to people who make millions. That’s right, millionaires are collecting welfare. What do rock stars Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and basketball legend Scottie Pippen have in common?
All three receive farm subsidies from the government, and they’re not the only millionaires getting a tax break. In fact, the feds doled out $316 million in farm subsides to people with seven-figure incomes according to a report by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. So for those taxpayers who purchase tickets to events such as basketball games, races at the Michigan International Speedway, or rock star concerts and buy their music CD’s your paying a lot more than you think! http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/12/07/on-the-money-millionaires-collect-billions-in-taxpayer-money/
How Business Subsides Fleece Taxpayers
While this article is applied to the federal level it applies the same for the taxpayers here in Michigan. Federal subsidies to U.S. businesses now cost American taxpayers nearly $100 billion a year. If all corporate welfare programs were eliminated, Congress would have enough money to entirely eliminate the capital gains tax and the death tax.
Alternatively, Congress could cut the personal and corporate income tax by 10 percent across the board. Either of these alternatives would do far more to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry than the current industrial policy approach of trying to help American companies one at a time. http://www.hoover.org/publications/monographs/27208
Romney’s Claim of Conservatism Doesn’t Add Up
A candidate such as Mitt Romney (RomneyCare) who defends himself for his personal claim of conservatism should be suspect by the voters.” If it was true that one was conservative then that person should not feel compelled to defend oneself to those who claim different. Mr. Romney who has consistently used Ronald Reagan’s political ideology in debates as far back as 2008 the facts of his record as governor don’t match!
In 1961 Ronald Reagan Spoke Out Against Socialized Medicine saying one of the traditional methods of imposing socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. The doctor begins to lose freedom. First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then doctors aren’t equally divided geographically. So a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him, you can’t live in that town.
They already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else. And from here it’s only a short step to dictating where he will go. All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it’s a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay. And pretty soon your son won’t decide, when he’s in school, where he will go or what he will do for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go to work and what he will do. http://liberalsloveromney.com/
Disturbing Trend As People Receiving Food Assistance Skyrockets
More and more people are using other people’s money to pay for their grocery bills and the dramatic increase does not appear to be justified by the recession. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16445
Senator DeMint: Why Republicans Must Become More Libertarian
“The new debate in the Republican party needs to be between conservatives and libertarians,” says Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). “A lot of the libertarian ideas that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=89kx4hBrBrE
“If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.” Thomas Jefferson