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Opinion By R Al Bain
Should Our Elected Politicians be held to Higher Morals, Ethics, and Integrity? For myself and many others the answer to this question is a resounding yes. If those we elect as to represent us do not have or display these character traits then the chances of receiving honest representation is severely diminished to the public they are supposed to serve and represent.
Article VI of our constitution states the following: “The Senators and Representatives, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Religion and morality should go hand in hand. However, that is not always the case. Politicians have had matters of indiscretion come to light that also claim to be Christian or have a religious heritage. These men and women that the American public elect to office should not be held to a higher moral standard. The higher moral standard should be demonstrated by the voters who place the individuals into office.
Many have heard the warning, “You’re going to get what you deserve.” Our role as voters should be to truly research not only the voting records of prospective politicians but dig deeper into what has been said about their integrity and character. If our main concern at the ballot box is the economy and not integrity, then it is clearly the voter’s fault, not the one running. If politician’s that have “dirty laundry” are elected over and over despite their indiscretions being discovered, what concern should it be of theirs of setting a high moral standard? It is up to the voter to hold them accountable at the ballot box.
Corrupt Officials’ Your Time Is Up, Detroit FBI Chief Says
Because this rabbit hole of corruption runs much deeper that just Wayne County and Detroit, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade has had to bring in a new task force to combat it. It run’s rampant throughout southeastern Michigan and into Lansing with our elected officials. The FBI’s top official in Detroit declared war on public corruption Thursday, hours after law enforcement officials announced a new task force to combat it. Andrew Arena, special agent in charge of the Detroit office of the FBI, called corruption in the region “generational, systematic, part of the culture.”
“Public corruption robs citizens of the honest government we deserve,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement announcing the task force. Arena called public corruption “our No. 1 criminal priority right now.” Erick Martinez, special agent in charge of the criminal investigations, said in the statement: “The individuals who commit these crimes are driven by greed and have no regret for their selfish actions.” Breck Nowlin, a special agent, said: “The abuse of public office steals from the very programs designed to protect our cities and neighborhoods and selfishly takes valuable government services from those who need them most.”
Arena also harkened back to a comment he made in June 2009, “We’re coming after you,” he said at a news conference. “Look over your shoulder. Look under your bed. Look in your closet. We’re coming after you.” “We’ve got people on the run,” Arena said. http://www.freep.com/article/20120302/NEWS01/303020001/Corrupt-officials-time-is-up-Detroit-FBI-chief-says
GOP-Dominated Senate To SEIU: ‘Here’s $4 Million’
Michigan’s Republican-controlled Senate is reaching a milestone thanks to Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville and his uncle Senator Roger Kahn. Both of these Michigan Senators feel there is merit in giving this (SEIU) the ability to enriched their union coffers through forced unionization. Last June, the House passed legislation (http://www.michiganvotes.org/2011-HB-4003) that would outlaw the “skim.” But so far the Senate has refused to pass the measure. Meanwhile, every dollar the union receives from the “skim” can be used for political purposes. These could include everything from bolstering the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama to helping the Democrats try to recapture the Michigan House. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16506
Forced-Unionization Scheme Bleeds Handicapped Families
Robert and Patricia Haynes of Macomb Township take care of their adult children Melissa, 34, and Kevin, 30 who suffer from hypertonic cerebral palsy and function at the level of six-month-olds. Now, some of the Medicaid assistance that is supposed to go to the Haynes family is being diverted to the coffers of the Service Employee International Union.
The Hayneses are not alone. Under this arrangement, the SEIU has skimmed nearly $29 million from 56,000 Michigan home health care providers, most of whom are self-employed or family members caring for loved ones. In 2005, the SEIU held a virtually unpublicized election that roped these providers into the union even though more than 80 percent of them did not vote.
In June 2011, the Michigan House passed legislation that would prevent people from being designated government employees simply because they receive a subsidy. Michigan’s Senate Republicans, who hold a supermajority, have not considered the bill, allowing the SEIU to collect $4 million more over the intervening eight months. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xhe-9kAkq5I
Does “Corruption” and “Ethics” take a Backseat within the Michigan GOP?
You make the call. Interesting information on one of the “Dele-Gate” players who voted in favor breaking the rules. Bill Runco (State Budget Committee Chair) and the former Dearborn Judge that tried to pull a fast one on the taxpayers of Dearborn? The former Judge wanted the taxpayers to foot his legal bill for an attorney to the tune of Hundreds of Thousands of dollars. A citizen caught this and filed a complaint! If not for a close watch by this citizen who filed a complaint this would have went through.
State of Michigan Court of Appeals CARLA O’NEILL versus JUDGE WILLIAM J. RUNCO
This is one in the same Bill Runco (State Budget Committee Chair) for the Michigan GOP and one who voted in favor of “dele-gate” The rabbit hole gets deeper and deeper! http://www.michbar.org/opinions/appeals/2002/012502/13718.pdf
Supreme Court of Michigan Public Censure of 19th (Dearborn) District Judge William Runco
This Bill Runco (State Budget Committee Chair) and former Dearborn Judge has a record of shenanigans. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mi-supreme-court/1185156.html
Michigan Senate Committee Approves Mandate for Autism Insurance Coverage
Hold onto your wallets because your insurance rates are going up! Don’t think for one minute that the insurance companies will not pass this mandate onto the rate payer’s you and I. Don’t forget the new government entity (another government program) that will also be created as to reimburse any “charlatan” who hangs out a shingle for a treatment, diagnosis, and or a cure in which there is no known one for this disorder! Great job Lansing. This is nothing more than an indirect TAX INCREASE on the citizens of Michigan.
What about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? There is a lot more children out there with that disorder and even those in Lansing that are supposed to represent us that have it as well because they sure don’t hear us!
Maybe we citizens should mandate all the politicians in Lansing who concocted this scheme immediately be prescribed Ritalin! 2012 Senate Bill 981: http://www.michiganvotes.org/2012-SB-981 Authorize autism-mandate insurance company subsidies Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on February 23, 2012, to authorize state subsidies to health insurance companies to compensate for the new coverage mandate proposed by Senate Bills 414 and 415, which would require them to include autism coverage in all their policies. The bill does not specify where the money would come from. http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=333744&type=newswires
U.S. Seeks to Recoup Billions in Unemployment Benefits Paid Out in Error
States across America doled out $13.7 billion in “improper” unemployment payments last year alone, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The program, called the Treasury Offset Program, allows state governments to hand over the names of people who were overpaid to the Internal Revenue Service. The I.R.S. then subsequently confiscates tax refunds of those individuals and returns the money to the appropriate state government. New York, Wisconsin, and “Michigan” were the first three states to hop on board last year. By the end of 2011, they had collected more than $26 million. http://news.yahoo.com/u-seeks-recoup-billions-unemployment-benefits-paid-error-201653351–abc-news.html
Food Stamps Used to Buy Drugs, Booze, Cars, and Guns
Your tax dollars at work. An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation reveals food stamp recipients using millions of your tax dollars to buy beer, cigarettes, guns and other illegal items, including cars. Some of these recipients were using the Social Security numbers of dead people. This is all the more reason to drug test recipients and to do further background checks for those receiving taxpayer dollar assistance. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/ohio-food-stamp-recipients-waste-millions-of-us-tax-dollars-buying-buy-guns-drugs-beer
Republican South Carolina Lt. Governor Resigns Amid Criminal Investigation
We need some serious investigations into the corruption with our Lansing politicians as well. The lieutenant governor of South Carolina, Ken Ard, resigned on Friday and pleaded guilty to criminal charges of spending campaign funds on personal expenses and fabricating donations. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/us/south-carolina-lt-governor-resigns.html
Guilty Plea in W. Virginia Voter Fraud Case Is anybody surprised?
In light of the Michigan GOP rule changes in what is reminiscent of a cigar smoked filled room after the fact in the 2012 Michigan Primary which could be considered a different form of fraud is this what our election process has come to? Former Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman and former County Clerk Donald Whitten pleaded guilty Wednesday in United States District Court, admitting they were engaged in election fraud. Sheriff Jerry Bowman and County Clerk Donald Whitten have agreed to plead guilty to attempting to fix a 2010 election through fraudulent absentee ballots. Other public officials in Lincoln County remain under investigation in the scheme. Think this isn’t going on all over the country? Think again! http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/566656/Deterring-Election-Fraud-in-W-Va-.html?nav=5248
McCain: Romney May Be Too Wounded to Win in November
It looks like his own supporter’s are starting to see the light! Mitt Romney could be too wounded from the drawn-out and increasingly bitter Republican primary battle to be an effective candidate against President Barack Obama, leading supporter Sen. John McCain suggests. What are you going to do if you get that phone call at 3 in morning? Compare that to ‘Massachusetts liberal’ and “Romneycare? Romney’s negative campaign appears to be backfiring, as he has failed to lock up the nomination and national polls consistently find that a majority of GOP voters don’t want him as their nominee. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Romney-Republican-primary-Michigan/2012/02/28/id/430832
“It’s a sad day when you have certain members of Michigan’s Legislature who are literally criminals and unethical that go undisciplined by their colleagues. It’s also no wonder the citizens of Michigan look at Lansing and know that it is corrupt and broken.” R Al Bain