The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November, 1, 2010

  

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER, 2nd, 2010

 

Monroe Evening News Endorses Mary O’Neill

 Monroe County govern­ment faces challenges similar to those being faced at all levels of government: shrinking revenue and ris­ing costs. Over the next few years, the county board of com­missioners will be forced to make more difficult deci­sions that will affect directly services to constituents and require the most efficient uses of tax dollars. That’s why area residents should ponder carefully their decisions when they cast their ballots Nov. 2. Based on experience, re­cords and qualifications, The Evening News recommends the following candidate for election to the county board:

District 7 — Republican Mary A. O’Neill hopes to unseat incumbent Democrat John Fowler. Although Mr. Fowler has represented his district well and has been a partner in county problem solving, Mrs. O’Neill has some specific ideas about how to tackle county problems and her job as a school adminis­trator should bring valuable new insights to the board.

 

 

Democratic Closing Argument: Personal Attacks

Democratic candidates across the country are closing out the campaign with personal attacks on Republican candidates, sometimes digging up decades-old legal problems. As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.

 

State Pension Funds that May Run Out of Money

I wonder if the Monroe County Commissioners know about this being as they robbed the pension fund last year to balance the budget and are contemplating doing it again this year as well?

 

State GOP looking for a new leader

It’s up for grabs as Ron Weiser current chairman, plans to step aside after the election.

Among some names being tossed around is outgoing Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, and outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop. Former candidate for governor Mike Bouchard all but sabotaged his own campaign by nominating Terri Lynn Land as his running mate in the primary! She would be the worst possible choice to lead the Michigan Republican Party and would likely alienate many conservative Republicans! On the other hand Mike Bishop would be the best of the names mentioned so far. He did a far job as Senate Majority Leader in having to deal the hand he was dealt in regard to the many Liberal Leaning Republican Senators currently in the Senate! Quite a few of those Senators were poster boys for the big state unions such as the MEA, SEIU, and other union institutional interest.

 

DRIC Documents Produce Calls for Investigation

Some Michigan politicians are outraged over the recent revealing documents obtained that are prompting calls for an investigation into the Michigan Department of Transportation. Just as expected, taxpayers hold onto your wallets! Senate Roll Call (502) 2009-2010 Department of Transportation budget in which taxpayer dollars will go toward funding part of the DRIC project. Click the link below to see how your representative voted http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=510082  The Department of Transportation has been a profoundly bad actor. The DRIC project, when you cut to the chase, is about a taking. It’s about a government bankrupting or attempting to bankrupt or intimidate or all of the above, a private business which they have no intention of reimbursing.
http://www.atv.ca/windsor/news_74188.aspx 
 

 

88 Percent of New 2011 Legislators ‘Political Careerists’

One oft-repeated rap against term limits is that the legislature now consists of inexperienced “amateurs.” In fact, from top to bottom, those who preside over Michigan’s government establishment are political careerists. This reality is illustrated by an analysis of candidates running for the 81 open seats in the state Legislature this year: 72 of the likely winners are already members-in-good-standing of the bipartisan political class.

 

Michigan Loses $2.5 billion Yearly Income; Right to Work States Gain Billions

Michigan lost $2.5 billion in income from 2007 to 2008 as people migrated out of the state, trailing only California ($4 billion) and New York ($2.52 billion) in lost income, according to a calculation by The Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization in Washington D.C., provides a “migration calculator” that can track where people are moving and taking their paychecks with them. The data comes from the IRS and its Statistics of Income division, according to The Tax Foundation. The migration data uses IRS tax returns from each year and includes social security numbers. That allows the IRS to track movement of taxpayers as well as income.

 http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13790

 

From The Michigan Capitol

The Michigan Legislature adjourned after completing work on one of the larger budgets (K-12) for FY 2010 – 2011 which begins October 1.

 

School District Defends Its Neutrality in State House Race

The Northville Public School District issued a press release about a Republican Party campaign flier, calling it “false and reprehensible” because it claimed that a candidate benefited from the use of school district resources in her campaign. The issue stems from a press release Northville School District posted on its web site in February. That release announced School Board Member Joan Wadsworth’s decision to run for the 20th district seat in the state’s House of Representatives. The February link was under the heading “District News.” It read: “Wadsworth Launches Campaign.” The announcement was written on Northville Public Schools letterhead. After a call from Michigan Capitol Confidential, the district took it down voluntarily. I guess us taxpayers can help finance campaigns when we should be concentrating on our children’s education! 

 

Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas

The foreclosure crisis intensified across a majority of large U.S. metropolitan areas this summer, with Chicago and Seattle — cities outside of the states that have shouldered the worst of the housing downturn — seeing a sharp increase in foreclosure warnings.

 

NPR Fires Analyst for Saying Muslims Make Him Nervous

It’s coming to the point that we better watch what we say and keep our opinions to our self! NPR has fired longtime news analyst Juan Williams after he told the Fox News Channel that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims on airplanes.

 

Bureaucrats Irked: Heritage Finds They Are Paid Too Much

The Heritage Foundation has been at the forefront of the overpayment issue. Heritage research has found that the average federal employee earns an annual salary almost 60% higher than the average private-sector employee — $79,000 vs. $50,000. Even after controlling for education and experience, federal employees get paid significantly better — 22% more per hour, on average — than private-sector workers. Once you add up the benefits, the gap in total compensation rises even higher — 30% to 40% above comparable private-sector workers.

 

Free Phones & Free Minutes to Welfare Recipients

Just when you thought you had heard about everything here comes a new one!! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, our illustrious Congress quietly comes up with a new zinger to put their hands in your pockets, and pick them while you aren’t watching.  Isn’t this just wonderful!
http://teaparty.freedomworks.org/forum/topics/obama-phones-free-phones?commentId=3578713%3AComment%3A249934&xg_source=activity

 

Nevada voting machines automatically checking Harry Reid’s name

Voting machine technicians are SEIU members! Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot: Not to worry everything is on the up and up thanks to SEIU technicians that will put the “FIX” on them! 

 

History Lesson on Your Social Security Card

Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it.  Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!!

  

Letter to Editor writer on clerk/treasurer has it right

On Nov. 2, the City of Monroe is asking the voting public to amend the city charter in a way that affects one elected position and the arbitra­tion arrangement for both their police and fire departments. It also would eliminate the civil service board. The voting public in the city needs an understanding of these ballot initiatives. These changes affect everything from voter registra­tion to binding arbitration with public safety de­partments. Our city currently and since 1935 has had what is called binding arbitration between the city and the two public safety departments.

 

Our city charter provides the civil service board to settle labor disputes between the city and the police and fire departments. It was recognized that the fair settling of these disputes were in the public interest — police and firemen focused on their job and not labor disagreements more efficiently served the public. The proposed charter change would make the city manager both judge and jury in police and fire labor dis­putes. This is the most anti-labor proposal I have ever seen on a ballot proposal.

 

The charter also provided for a clerk/treasurer position that was designed and provided for this to be an elected position. Three of the five ballot proposals suggest making this an appointed posi­tion. Let me be clear on this, the city’s cost-cut­ting analysis suggested the elimination of this position, not a change from elected to appointed. Putting the clerk/treasurer in the hands of the city manager takes away our checks and bal­ances on the power of mayor and council. This is a consolidation of power from the voting public to the city manager and it serves only to politi­cize the position. As a community, we have ZERO savings in changing the clerk/treasurer to an appointed position. I ask that city residents vote NO on all of the city ballot proposals Nov. 2.
Monroe Resident

 

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them

Thomas Jefferson 

 
 
 

 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for October, 25, 2010

Another Michigan Legislature Blunder
Here’s is just another blunder of our failed leadership in Lansing! The $25 million appropriation the Michigan Legislature approved for the 21st Century Jobs Fund should go to pay for the state’s “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign, instead of dipping into last year’s surplus. Both programs are complete failures that should be eliminated least we as a state can afford either of them! Borrow from one failure to support another, great leadership!
 
Michigan Teachers Union Poster Boy Republicans
The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest public school employee union has four Senate Republicans in their fold! Ron Jelinek, Roger Kahn, Mike Nofs, and
Randy Richardville all voted against a revision of the “teacher tenure” law to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. All four have excepted campaign contributions from the MEA which is noted in Senate Roll Call 643 on December 2, 2009.
http://michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=426124 Many of our Michigan Senators Refuse to Stand Against “Ineffective Teachers”. Though a new state law is supposed to make this easier, critics argue that all of the strict teacher tenure protections will remain in place and that these are a far greater impediment to getting the job done.
 
School Pension Reform Stalls in Senate
Although GOP senators cast blame for the failure at Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Democrats, Republican sources said that only 18 votes could be mustered for the measure, leaving it two votes shy of passage in a chamber where Republicans hold a 22-16 majority. Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1227, the school pension reform plan. He told the MIRS News that at least three Republicans were refusing to support the bills. Just two of those GOP votes would have provided the margin necessary for passage. Days earlier, MIRS quoted a “well placed source” that identified four Republican senators as possible “no” votes on SB 1227: Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, and Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi. Kahn, Nofs and Richardville have each received political donations from the MEA in recent years.
 
Banksters of America show their Taxpayer Appreciation
After the taxpayer bank bailouts I walked into Bank of America to cancel my accounts. After being told by the teller that I would have to see a bank associate first and after a half hour wait, was asked why I wanted to cancel my accounts in which I told her because of the bailouts she told me I needed them! I promptly told her she had it backwards in fact if everybody should do what I was doing. Now I see not only did I make the right move, these same banksters are doing away with free checking and charging more fees than ever!
 
Judge OKs Obamacare Lawsuit to Continue
Grass-roots conservatives and GOP leaders rejoiced Thursday following a federal judge’s ruling that a multistate challenge to the constitutionality of Obamacare must be allowed to go forward. But here in Michigan a liberal Judge threw the case out. Like I said in a previous report article this is why we need to elect constitutional conservative Judges and get rid of the liberal one’s!
 
Governor Granholm Quoted in New York Times
Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm still doesn’t get it! Like her Democratic Colleagues that continue to put the blame on past leadership instead of finding and implementing solutions she is now adding the blame to the citizenry as well. The following quote is from her in the New York Times. “What I think many people are suffering from is a case of acute impatience,” Ms. Granholm said. “They want a quick fix. And they can’t stand the uncertainty that they find themselves in today. And they figure that any change is better than the status quo.”  Maybe if we gave her another eight years we would then be really blown away?
 
GOP House Candidate Is One of Top Recipients for Teacher Union Money
Mike Callton is a candidate for the open 87th district state House seat, and is one of just three Republicans who have been endorsed by the MEA, the state’s largest teachers union. For someone who has yet to cast a single vote, Callton has also received an extraordinary amount of cash from the union – $5,000. This is more than the MEA has given the current Speaker of the House, and equal to the amount given to the current Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who has a lot more say-so on school spending than a new freshman (assuming Callton gets elected, which is expected in the predominantly GOP district).
 
The Consequences of the Federal Deficit
Some national experts give their views of the consequences of the federal deficit click the link below.
 
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bailouts could hit $363 billion
That figure, projected through 2013, represents a worst-case scenario that assumes a double-dip recession, the Federal Housing Finance Agency says. The finance giants have so far received about $148 billion in taxpayer funds.
 
Democrats Have Edge in Early Voting Turnout
While many polls are portending big losses for Democrats on Election Day, a new analysis on early voting offers a rare bit of good news for the party.
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/10/21/democrats-have-edge-in-number-of-early-votes-cast-analysis-find/
 
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson
 
  
 
 

 

 

 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, October, 18, 2010

The Big Election (Senate Majority Leader) That You Don’t Know About 
The link below you will see the five top issues and how they voted where the leading candidates to lead the two Republican legislative caucuses differed from one another or from the majority of the other Republicans. Note on the “Smoking Ban” issue: Although Senator Richardville voted against this Bill he was quoted in the Monroe Evening News on the prior vote that didn’t pass that it was a shame that the Smoking Ban Bill wasn’t passed! When a Bill is considered and up for a vote politicians have a way to gage how many votes there are ahead of time whether it will pass or not and which way looks better for them come re-election time. The way this vote turned out it didn’t matter which way Senator Richardville voted it would have passed either way. So the only reason for the change of heart in this case was to not alienate and save face with the smoking voters! Also of note is that Senator Richardville offered an amendment that a special fee and license be required by private business owners to be exempt from this ban. This prompted the lead proponent of the Smoking Ban Bill Senator Ray Basham to write a letter to the editor condemning this amendment that was published in the Monroe Evening News!
 
Who will be the next Senate Majority Leader?
This is one of the most important and overlooked position’s in our state government by the voters and constituents! Under the Capitol dome, the most important and powerful positions are Speaker of the House and Senate majority Leader. Those two individuals really decide which bills get heard and which don’t. They are the ultimate “deciders” of whether a bill is put on the floor for an up or down vote. They also control the purse strings and decisions about tax and regulatory policy. So, who will it be, Randy Richardville or John Proos? Check their voting record by clicking the link below for John Proos http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=5344&Keywords=&op=Search click this link for Randy Richardville http://michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=206&Keywords=&op=Search then after researching these two voting records make your decision on who would be the best for this position. Call your representative and express your choice for it will make a difference!
 
Tea Party to Target Liberal Republican Senators in 2012
Tea-party activists have put these and other incumbents on notice that the anti-establishment sentiment defining this year’s politics will not end on Election Day 2010.
 
A Pension Perk for Michigan Political Appointees
This is not the first time politicians have introduced bills that would increase monthly pension payments by 16.7 percent for certain “political appointees.” House Bill 4605 http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=55481 Passed on December 5, 2002-2001 to enhance (raise) pension benefits to approximately 120 executive branch political appointees, legislative staffers, and gubernatorial employees. All our elected representatives voted in favor of this Bill both in the House and Senate. Is this looking out for the constituents best interest or only themselves? Vote em all out!
 
Michigan Senator’s want Citizen Spying Centers
You want more intrusive Government? You want bigger Government? Then keep electing and re-electing the same one’s into office as to represent you and your family! Introduced by Senators GARCIA, NOFS, PRUSI and CROPSEY Senate Bill 1404 (Create State “Intelligence Operations Center” (“fusion center”) to collect, evaluate, collate, and analyze information and intelligence that might “identify and address” a threat of terrorism or criminal activity, and disseminate it to police and public safety agencies. If passed this will just open the door to invade the privacy of law abiding citizens and create another government agency that the taxpayer’s will have to fund with yet more tax dollars at a time when we can’t meet an over bloated budget!
 
Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit filed against Southgate Judge
Ex-aide: Complaints about judge’s finances led to termination
We are seeing this in all townships, cities, counties, and state’s around the country. I would say this is more of the norm than just an isolated incident! Just look at the recent story in the City of Bell, Calif. where Politicians voted themselves some scandalous salaries and guaranteed annual raises. Right here in Monroe we have the questionable salary of the county’s Chief Financial Officer where cronyism and friendships are looking out for each other and not the citizens best interest!
 
Slaves to Green Ideology and the “Taxpayer Subsidy’s” that go along with it!
Growing up in America during the Cold War, most of us thought the biggest threat to our freedom was from communist Russia seeking to forcibly impose their totalitarian way of life on us. Turns out we were mistaken: The biggest threat to freedom in America is from within – the modern day green movement. The ruling class has decided that Americans left to their own devices will not do the right things to save the planet and therefore the force of government must be used to control almost all aspects of American life.
 
Why isn’t Mike Cox doing his job here in Michigan?
As other state attorneys general around the country step up to bat for their respective citizens, one AG has been noticeably missing – for a long time: Attorney General Mike Cox. While citizens of Michigan will remember his boisterous campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and his shameless sucking up to Tea Party groups, as well as his perpetually leading in the polls – culminating in reality with a third place finish – what citizens of Michigan will really remember about Mike Cox is his complete and utter failure to protect the people of this state from the rampant foreclosure fraud.
 
US Jobs Picture Worse Than Expected
The U.S. job market continued to move sideways in September. Overall, the economy lost 95,000 jobs in September. The world’s largest economy created only 64,000 private sector jobs last month. The previous two months saw a revised, 15,000 increase in the number of jobs lost. August’s total was revised to a loss of 57,000, slightly worse than the previously estimated 54,000. And July’s number was revised considerably more, to a loss of 66,000 from 54,000.  
 
Opinion:
For many years, elections have come and gone where liberal Democrats and liberal Republicans won elections simply because they had more money and connections. It’s the same old story year after year but this year will be different.  We can’t afford to let that happen any longer, especially in this critical 2010 midterm election. We need to vote out all the incumbents and start fresh! Our future, children’s future, and our grandchildren’s future depends on it. It is time for change that “We The People” want . . . we are sick of “politics as usual.”
The Wisdom of Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent, rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan, was being interviewed by a liberal journalist, animal rights activist.  The discussion came around to deer hunting. The journalist asked, ‘What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him? Is it, ‘Are you my friend?’ or is it ‘Are you the one who killed my brother?
 
Nugent replied, ‘Deer aren’t capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away. They are very much like the Democrats in Congress.’ The interview ended.
Congressional Reform Act of 2010
 
Keeping Michigan Government Failures Secret
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. very open with predictions of success, growing more secretive with news of failure. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is very public about job creation details when it predicts success for one of its special tax deals. Not so much when those jobs fail to appear. The MEDC’s responses to requests for actual job creation data over the past half year shows a pattern of less transparency regarding actual jobs produced by companies. There are varying reasons given for the failure to produce the information. “The press releases are an absolute disconnect with reality.”
 
Eight Tax Cuts Set To Expire In 2011 will affect you!
In 2001 and 2003, President Bush enacted a series of tax cuts that lowered income taxes for just about everyone — not only the rich. These tax cuts will expire on December 31, 2010. So far, although both Democrats and Republicans have come up with plans to renew the tax cuts (with some changes), Congress has not actually taken action. Here’s a look at what will happen if Congress allows the Bush tax cuts to expire. (Find out more in A Concise History Of Changes In U.S. Tax Law.)
 
The Great Mortgage Mystery Why Keep Paying?
The big question from the mortgage meltdown isn’t why so many distressed homeowners are defaulting on their loans. It’s why any of them are still making payments.
 
No Social Security COLA again expected for 2011
As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits. But notice how your elected officials at the local, state, and federal level get their raise in pay and or benefits!
 
The Forgotten Man – Jon McNaughton
The truth, with no spin is this. We have a government that is spending our money and creating programs that don’t benefit all the people. That’s why government jobs grew by 10% and private sector shrunk to -7%. We are supposed to be the government, and the president and congress should listen to what we want, not the other way around. If we stay on this road, the number of people paying in will be less than the number receiving benefits, because of an entitlement program, that’s the truth! The federal government ignores the Constitution and tramples on the rights of citizens and the proper role of the 50 States, but when the state government protests, it is forced into Federal Court, and the federal government gets to decide if it did anything wrong. Do you see a problem with this? It is bad enough that the federal government rigs the game to make sure it wins, but watching Michigan State government officials go along with it, while they tell us they oppose it, really offends me.
 
Government’s Light Bulb Ban Is Just Plain Destructive
When the government picks winners and losers, it reduces the incentive for companies to innovate and increases the incentive for companies to lobby the government for special handouts and protections. When the government creates specific mandates and regulations, it purposely narrows the path businesses can take. These policies distort normal market forces and encourage government dependence.
 
More Than 100,000 Homes Repossessed in September
A total of 288,345 properties were repossessed during the quarter — an increase of 7% from the previous quarter and an increase of 22% from the third quarter of 2009. Also, 269,647 properties received default notices, and 372,445 properties were scheduled for foreclosure auctions. How could this be, aren’t we supposed to be out of this recession?
 
Applications for jobless benefits rise to 462K
More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first rise in three weeks and evidence that companies are reluctant to hire in a slow economy.
 
“Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king can.” 
Benjamin Martin in The Patriot
 
 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for October, 11, 2010

Opinion: Grading Michigan’s Governor & Legislator’s
Oh the webs they weave in Lansing to the detriment of the taxpayer’s and our once great State! Where do I start? I could site a thousand or more examples but don’t want to bore the “sheeple” with facts unlike the popular TV shows which garner their attention much more than the representatives they elect. With votesmart being the keyword and I don’t mean what you hear on the local liberal news stations, read in the local liberal newspapers, or what friends and family may tell you without the research to back it up.
 
Most government’s whether local, state, or federal have websites as to obtain information on how we as citizens are being represented, although not easy to navigate and I think this is purposely intentional. With the Internet at our finger tips, don’t have access try your local library you pay for it, every citizen can research the one’s they vote for as to represent them. If this was done one would see clearly that what they are told by those running for the opportunity to represent them is usually not the case it’s just their election time rhetoric to persuade you to vote for them. Once in office they become lobbyist for the various special interest groups instead of lobbyist for you and your best interest because you see you do not have the financial resources to donate to their campaign re-election coffers! 
 
In conclusion casting your vote for representation because it’s a friend, because you were told by a friend, a friend knows them, or just taking someone else’s recommendation is just not good enough for the representation we a citizens expect and deserve. If they have been in office and it’s clear they have been getting the job done of properly representing you, your family, and in the best interest of your community then fine, if not vote them out! It’s not about Democrats and Republicans it’s about the representation you should be receiving from your elected official who has gained your vote and trust. I can assure you with the research I have done that despite what you hear in the media that the two party’s dislike each other they in fact work together for their agenda and not yours!
 
By R. Al Bain
 
MESSA quietly changes policy to gouge more money from schools
Our fear is that many school boards will be attracted to the short-term savings, sign up for MESSA, then experience the horror of double-digit rate increases in subsequent years. Schools will pay more for employees if their family status changes during the year.
 
Granholm’s folly? Electric-car founder says electrics are not the future
In a devastating critique of electric cars just coming into showrooms, the co-founder of electric car maker Tesla says that electrics will never be more than a niche market. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and President Barack Obama have awarded billions in taxpayer dollars to battery companies and electric infrastructure.
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100929/MIVIEW/9280336/Granholm-s-folly–Electric-car-founder-says-electrics-are-not-the-future
 
State of Embarrassment: The Michigan Economic Development Authority
Governors often use their official State of the State addresses to do a little bragging, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s February, 2010 outing was no exception. Unfortunately, what was intended as an “economic development” victory lap – citing companies expected to create jobs thanks to selective tax breaks and subsidies provided by her administration – has become a series of embarrassing blunders including Hangar42 studios (Grand Rapids), GlobalWatt, Inc. (Saginaw), and Unity Studios (Allen Park).  an analysis of Michigan’s “flagship” incentive program (MEGA) revealed that less than 30 percent of the jobs ever come to pass. Even that figure is just a strict accounting. Econometric analyses show MEGA creates no new net jobs. The MEDC should be eliminated and its many failed programs repealed in favor of across-the-board reforms.
 
Bad Week for Michigan Corporate Welfare Machine
On Thursday the plug was officially pulled on a monumentally hyped film infrastructure deal in Allen Park called “Unity Studios.” There were no press releases from the Governor’s office or the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announcing the evaporation of the mirage, but they had plenty to say when its promoters were granted their first batch of state corporate welfare promises in 2009:
 
‘Schizophrenic’ State Planning
Horse racing industry is both victim of state efforts to kill gambling and beneficiary of state efforts to subsidize gambling. Ronald Reagan once famously quipped that government economic experts have a simple motto: “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” When it comes to horse racing, Michigan government’s economic experts appear able to implement more than one of these seemingly contradictory plans at a time.
 
State Officials ‘Stretch’ the Law to Award Special Tax Deal to Troubled Business
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been no stranger to controversy during this year, with perhaps the most exceptional case being its attempt to give a special tax deal to a company run by a convicted felon.
 
Kent ISD Resources Used to Promote a ‘Reception’ for Democrat Congressional Candidate
Violation of campaign finance law may have been committed, according to one analyst.
 
Michiganders’ income loss nation’s worst
Michigan residents suffered the worst drop in median income in the nation – 6.2% — between 2008 and 2009, according to new figures released this morning by the U.S. Census bureau.
 
The Fed and the United Nations
On November 8, 2002 Ben Bernanke publicly admitted to Milton Friedman that the Federal Reserve System had created the Great depression. Mr. Bernanke finished by saying, “You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.” It appears that Mr. Bernanke was lying. The Federal Reserve System caused the Great Depression by expanding the money supply much faster than the economy was expanding and creating easy credit.
 
Fraud Factories: Rep. Alan Grayson Explains the Foreclosure Fraud Crisis
My question is: Where has Mike Cox, Attorney General for the State of Michigan been during all the FRAUD foreclosures taking place in our state? I know that complaints have been filed with his office. Was Mike Cox just to busy campaigning for Governor? What about now?
 
How Your Political System Works
D.C. lobbyist Jimmy Williams joins Dylan Ratigan to discuss what most of us already know the political system is flawed and the current model of how our Congressional Representatives do business must be stopped.
 
TARP losses now estimated at $51 billion
The Obama administration on Tuesday estimated that the $700-billion financial bailout fund would cost taxpayers $51 billion.
 
President Obama & Hillary Clinton as VP for 2012?
The rumored Democratic “dream ticket” of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “on the table” for 2012, says journalist Bob Woodward. Clinton’s advisers see it as a “real possibility,” he says, and White House insiders may have discussed trading Vice President Joe Biden for Clinton to energize the Democratic base.
 
The Disgrace of the Ruling Class
We now have confirmation that Barack Obama truly loves poor people. Because he is creating so many of them. The Census Bureau reports that America suffers with more people in poverty now than ever before in its history of reporting on poverty — 44 million. That’s up nearly 4 million in the last year alone, with the poverty rate shooting up to 14.3%. One in seven Americans now suffers in poverty.
 
Michigan ObamaCare Lawsuit Rejected by Judge
A federal judge on Thursday upheld the authority of the federal government to require everyone to have health insurance, dealing a setback to groups seeking to block the new national health care. Judge George Caram Steeh who was appointed by President Clinton, and is [or was] President of the Arab American Bar Association, made the ruling Oct. 7th in Detroit. This is why we need to elect constitutional judges to the bench!
 
Stimulus Program Sent Checks to 89,000 Dead, Incarcerated People
This would be the same Government that will manage our Health Care! The federal government sent out checks to 89,000 dead or incarcerated people in 2009 as part of the $814 billion stimulus program. Some of the dead individuals had not received benefits in 30 years, and would be as old as 136 if they were alive today.
 
Candidate Angry Over Posting of Racy Photos
Democratic Virginia House candidate Krystal Ball (yes, that’s her real name) went on the offensive Wednesday after racy photos of her surfaced online this week.
 
America on the brink of a Second Revolution
OK, maybe most Americans just silently mimic the words, “we’re mad as hell, won’t take it any more.” But watch out: After November the campaign’s shrill rhetoric explodes into action. So thanks Tea Party, Vegas odds must favor a Second American Revolution. Actually, the revolution is already roaring, hot, it’s about time. The GOP and the Dems had more than a decade. But America’s worse off. We need a real revolution to restore sanity … or we can kiss democracy and capitalism good-bye, permanently.
 
Is the postal service going broke?
The post office asked for another rate increase on first-class stamps and wants to eliminate Saturday service. These are all attempts to get control of losses that could reach $240 billion over the next decade. John Dimsdale reports.
 
A Nation of Sheep will beget a Government of Wolves
Edward R. Murrow
 
 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for October, 4, 2010

October 16 “SAVE OUR STATE RALLY”
4pm to 6pm Schoolcraft College Gym 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia
Jim Keena a tea party favorite & Thayrone X from WAAM radio

 

Unity Studios moves out of Allen Park
Well, here’s another Michigan film subsidy gone bad for the taxpayers of this state. Allen Park bought the property specifically for the studio with the promise of jobs to the tune of 27 million dollars. The studio will move to Detroit in a designated enterprise tax exempt zone. This is yet another failure to Michigan taxpayers with this endeavor that should have been eliminated in the recently completed state budget but was extended with an increase in funding to the tune of 21 million dollars more than the previous year! I guess we as taxpayers should be happy that they cut the funding for Pure Michigan advertising by 6.4 million
 
Find ways to repair dysfunctional Legislature
We need a fresh start, a structural realignment, a fundamental shift in the way things are done. This is true in Michigan’s State government, which has become so broken that nothing short of a major revision will position Michigan for a thriving future. Case in point: The Michigan Legislature was not envisioned as a full-time body in the 1963 Constitution, according to an analysis by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Yet, over time, it has gradually crept into full-time session, with more tinkering — and wheel-spinning — than Michigan may need these days.
 
Michigan Senate votes to increase Gas Tax
2010 Senate Bill 1267 Passed in the Senate on September 16, 2010, to continue to (Impose 7/8th cent gas tax for non-road spending ) (Senate Roll Call 417.) This gas and refined petroleum tax was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2010. The tax was originally levied for the cleanup of underground fuel tanks, but was diverted to other government spending following a 2004 “fund raid” enacted to avoid state spending cuts and reforms, and continues to be used for that purpose. The bill would extend the tax through 2012. Our legislators continue growing bigger government instead of making the necessary cuts to reduce the size and scope of it!
 
Michigan “Budget path “Not Sustainable” 
A recent report by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan examines the danger of balancing the state’s budget using federal stimulus money.  It argues that using $1.3 billion in federal funds and accelerating future revenue is a recipe for disaster.  When the stimulus money is not available, the state will be forced to make drastic budget cuts or enact large tax increases. 
The full report can be view here.
 
Court’s inaction allows illegal stealth unionization to continue
In a court order received yesterday afternoon, the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Human Services on behalf of home-based day care owners and “again failed to address key questions”.
 
Legislature’s “Early-Out Deal” no deal for taxpayers
Legislators celebrated a “victory” last week by passing a state employee early retirement scheme that generates upfront savings of just under $140 million (but at the expense of higher costs down the road). This will be used to fill in a gap between their desired 2011 government spending vs. expected revenue (aka “the deficit”). The measure lets politicians get back to the campaign trail, but in the long-term may cost taxpayers more overall, despite some “rosy scenario” projections that claim otherwise.
 
Michigan Economic Growth Authority preferential tax deal disputed
An ongoing investigation by the Mackinac Center into a preferential tax deal that was granted to a maker of solar panels in Saginaw has revealed that the company may have “misrepresented” information that was “critical” to the company receiving special help from state government as part of the company’s decision to move to Michigan rather than Texas.
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13636
 
Cash-Hungry State Turns to Tattoo Parlor Fees AKA “TAX INCREASE” for More Money
First it was the tanning salons, now the tattoo parlors, who’s next? I see some tanning salons going out of business will the tattoo parlors follow? While not a big fan of either this is about picking winners and losers in the business community!
 
Michigan: Family Income Falling the Fastest in the United States
Recent data reveals Michigan now ranks 37th in median family income. That is a 21.3% decline in just the last 9 years. In fact, per-family income has dropped over 6% in the last year alone. In 2000 Michigan ranked 16th, in the mid-1960’s Michigan was in the top five states for per-capita income.
 
Michigan Republican Senator Squawks at Stimulus Spending
Passed in the Republican lead Senate on September 29, 2010, to authorize spending $316 million granted to Michigan’s school budget by the “Edujobs” portion of the federal “Stimulus 2” bill passed by Congress in August, 2010. See also House Bill 6086, which depends on this one-time “stimulus” revenue to shift $208.4 million from school to the 2010-2011 community college budget. “The state GOP hits House candidates on federal stimulus spending.” Can you imagine that the state Grand Old Party is attacking House Democrats in our own State House for excessive spending of bailout money? Talking about calling the kettle black!
 
Solution to Mosque at Ground Zero
Whether or not you’re ok with a mosque near Ground Zero, this is a way of
showing tolerance! I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance. That is why I also propose, that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs (which would be gay) “The Turban Cowboy” and the other being a topless bar “You Mecca Me Hot”.
 
Missionaries Acquitted of Inciting Crowd at Arab Festival in Dearborn
A jury acquitted four Christian missionaries accused of inciting a crowd while videotaping themselves proselytizing Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival in June. Robert Muise, an attorney for the Thomas More Law Center who sucessfully defended the missionaries, also argued that his clients’ First Amendment rights were violated.
 
Dearborn Doctor sentenced for health care fraud, immigration & tax offenses
Ali S. Makki, a 51-year-old medical doctor from Dearborn, was sentenced today to serve 24 months in custody followed by three-years supervised release on three felony counts involving his fraud against the Medicare program, and making false statements in immigration and for filing a false tax return.
 
Obama administration to Make Internet Wiretaps Easier
Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday.
 
Fox news bows to the pressure from Obama Administration
Fox is already cowering down to the President. In response to President Obama’s complaint that FOX News doesn’t show enough Black and Hispanic people on their network, FOX has announced  that they will now air “America’s Most Wanted” TWICE a week.
 
Exorbitant card fees chip away at benefits for the unemployed
For millions of out-of-work Americans, the only thing keeping them fed, clothed and housed is the unemployment benefits they receive from the state. Yet in far too many cases, those badly-needed funds are being depleted by the very banks that issue the debit cards on which they receive their benefits.
 
Consumer confidence drops to lowest since February
Americans’ view of the economy turned grimmer in September amid escalating job worries, falling to the lowest point since February. The downbeat report, released Tuesday, raises more fears about the tenuous U.S. economic recovery. It also further underscores the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street; consumers’ confidence fell further even as stocks rebounded in September.
 
U.S. Postal Service rate hike rejected
The Postal Service’s bid to raise the cost of mailing a letter by 2 cents was rejected Thursday, denying the agency immediate relief from a worsening financial crisis. The Postal Service lost $3.8 billion last year and is headed toward an approximately $7 billion loss this year as people do more business on the Internet and the recession erodes the volume of marketing mail.
 
Senate Expands IRS Form 1099 Reporting Requirement to Include All Rental Property Owners, More than 10 million Americans are in for a rude awakening in January
Millions of Americans who own rental property are in for a bit of a rude awakening, beginning in January. Congress has presented a bill to President Obama that would expand the IRS Form 1099 reporting requirements set out in the health-care reform law to include private citizens who own rental property.
 
Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure
Robert LeFevre

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, September, 27, 2010

S.O.S TEA Party Rally October 16, 2010
Speakers include Jim Keena – a TEA party favorite – and Thayrone X from WAAM radio.
http://rattlewithus.ning.com/events/the-sos-save-our-state-tea
 
Stealth Unionization Case of Home Day Care workers in Michigan
In August, Mackinac Center reporter Kathy Hoekstra uncovered a video where Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) boasted of her role in the unionization of home day care workers. How could some so called Michigan Republicans sponsor or co-sponsor such legislation? I’ll tell you, they are nothing more than Republicans in name only carrying the water for the Democrats, Unions, and their agenda’s in order to advance their political career’s! This is what’s called by some as working across the isle. So when you hear a Republican politician say I’m willing to reach across the isle to get things done you should know it means getting it done for them and not the one’s they are supposed to represent!
 
Michigan’s state budget faces long-term problems
Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the state’s legislative leaders will leave office at the end of the year having steered the state budget along a rocky road through one of the toughest economic eras in Michigan history. But they’re leaving a lot of difficult, long-range work unfinished for the folks taking over in 2011.
http://www.lenconnect.com/topstories/x1238340195/Michigans-state-budget-faces-long-term-problems
 
Tourism Industry Declined to Support Pure Michigan
Although the state doesn’t have the money to continue the Pure Michigan advertising campaign, the tourism industry didn’t believe advertising was something it wanted to pay for. The Pure Michigan campaign should be paid for by the people it directly benefits — the tourism industry. Without exception, representatives from a variety of tourism industry segments indicated their members and/or Boards would strongly oppose such an approach. But it’s OK that we the taxpayers can fund it for their benefit! Which politicians are getting their campaign coffers stuffed that voted in favor of it to begin with?
 
Billion-Dollar State Budget Hole, ‘Guaranteed Catastrophe’
Last fall at a Sarah Palin book signing in the Grand Rapids area, State Rep. Dave Agema sought out a reporter with a gloom-and-doom prediction: The state of Michigan was going to be in deep trouble once the stimulus money ran out. Now, a recent study by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan shows that the state budget will be without $1.6 billion in 2012 that was from one-time sources of revenue that will help balance the budget in 2011.
 
Broken Windows on Display in Michigan Senate Finance Committee
Mark Adler, a lobbyist for the Michigan Production Alliance, and Carrie Jones, the director of the Michigan Film Office, defended the state’s film subsidy program in a Senate Finance Committee meeting yesterday. To do so they employed a long-recognized economic fallacy, the “Broken Window” theory, which only considers economic activity that is “seen” while ignoring unseen economic costs.
 
The 600-Student District With the $300k Superintendent
A public school superintendent in a district with just 600 students made $300,000 in 2009 in total compensation, making his financial deal one of the most lucrative in the state.
 
City Officials Corruption
Don’t think for one minute this is only going on in the big cities like Detroit and Los Angeles! Look at the recent events right here in Monroe with the extension of the county chief financial officer and his $45,000.00 per year raise for the next two years with his job evaluation waved. This is just one example I’m sure there are many more that need and should be exposed!
 
The Only Reason Democrats Win Elections Is Because They Lie
No matter the situation, no matter how high the stakes, all Democrat politicians are willing to lie with every breath they take in order to get elected. This can also be said of most politicians of either party affiliation.
 
Obama’s finance team is recommending a transaction tax
The plan is to sneak it in after the November election to keep it under the radar. This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution, Banks, Credit Unions, etc. ANY deposit you make, or move around within your account, I. e. transfer to, will have a 1% tax charged. If your pay check or your social Security or whatever is direct deposit, 1% tax charged. If you hand carry a check in to deposit, 1% tax charged, If you take cash in to deposit, 1% tax charged. This is from the man who promised that if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn. Some will say aw it’s just 1%…remember once the tax is there they can raise it at will.
http://www.ohiofreepress.com/general/2010/h.r.4646-1-tax-transactions-financial-institution/
 
Burglary in Florida, You just can’t make this stuff up!
When southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich’s house was burglarized recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch.
 
This is exactly what’s wrong in Washington!
Here’s audio of D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton leaving a voicemail for a lobbyist.
I have to admire the guys’ guts for making this public.  He’s in for it now.
 
Here’s her response, where she claims this voice mail is a
“standard request made by candidates to potential donors who do not know the candidates or their work”
 
Judge for yourself, but IMO this has shakedown written all over it.
 
As Dennis Miller so aptly said on his radio show,
“This is the ‘quo’ part of ‘quid pro quo’.”
This is Don Corleone calling .. Sonny’s mom wants an open casket.”
 
Even if you consider this a “standard request” isn’t this indicative of exactly what’s wrong in Washington?
 
VOICEMAIL TRANSCRIPT:

“This is, uh, Eleanor Norton, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Uh, I noticed that you have given to uh, other colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I am a, um, Senior Member, a twenty year veteran and am Chair of the Sub-committee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. I’m handling the largest economic development project in the United States now, the Homeland Security Compound of three buildings being built on the uh, old St. Elizabeth’s hospital site in the District of Columbia along with uh, fifteen other, uh, sites here for, that are part of the stimulus .
 
I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.
 
I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds. And, I think it must have been me who hasn’t, frankly, uh, done my homework to ask for a contribution earlier. So I’m trying to make up for it by asking for one now, when we particularly, uh, need, uh contributions, particularly those of us who have the seniority and chairmanships and are in a position to raise the funds.
 
I’m asking you to give to Citizens for Eleanor Holmes Norton, PO Box 70626, DC, 20024. I’ll send you a follow-up note with appreciation for having heard me out. Thanks again.”
 
Quote of the Week: “A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing, yes nothing, for full family medical, dental and vision coverage over her entire career. What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health-care benefit premiums over her lifetime. Is it ‘fair’ for all of us and our children to have to pay for this excess?” -New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
9-1-1 phone tax “fund raid” Bill
 
Didn’t I just read recently they wanted to increase this tax on us?
They voted to take $7 million in each of the next two fiscal years from telephone tax money levied to pay for 9-1-1 emergency phone service infrastructure, and use it instead to avoid spending cuts and reforms. The infrastructure was completed several years ago, but in 2008 the tax was extended through 2014 anyway. This phone tax revenue was previously “raided” in 2004, and again in 2006. This is representation you can take to the poor house!
 
Recession Declared Over, but FedEx Plans 1,700 Layoffs
While the government declared the recession officially over FedEx announces 1,700 Layoffs. Something just doesn’t pass the smell test here! Foreclosures are still running high, jobs are scarce, the Banksters still aren’t loaning money all seems like propaganda and fuzzy math to me.
 
Is Recession Over? Household Balance Sheets Tell a Different Story
So the question becomes: have U.S. households repaired their balance sheets? If they haven’t — if they’re still burdened by excessive debt, low cash reserves and stagnant income growth — then the “end of the recession” loses much of its promise of solid recovery.
 
Blockbuster Bankruptcy 800 More Stores to Close
Hollywood Video, FedEx laying off 1,700 and the list goes on but we’re in a recovery and the recession was over in June of 2009! Right!
 
Kagan case: ‘Real Truth About Obama’
Just as the U.S. Senate was voting to install President Obama’s one-time solicitor general, Elena Kagan, on the U.S. Supreme Court bench, a case was discovered in which she represented the government against an organization called “The Real Truth About Obama.”
 
How the Obama Tax Hikes Affect Your Bottom Line
In 1819 Chief Justice John Marshall stated, “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” With the Obama tax hikes, we are fast approaching that limit.
 
ALIPAC Congratulates Americans for Defeating Dream Amnesty Bill
While Democratic Senators Reid and Durbin complain on the Senate floor about the latest defeat of the Dream Act Amnesty by a cloture vote that fell four votes short of the 60 needed to make it into law, ALIPAC is thanking supporters and all American activists and groups that rose up to defeat the bill.
 
The Fed Is Going All In: And So Should You
Ben Bernanke and his merry gang of banksters said that they will print as much money as needed in order to backstop the economic “recovery.” The Fed is willing to go “all in” with regard to the debasement of the U.S. Dollar. That is clear.
http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2010/09/22/the-fed-is-going-all-in-so-should-you-fxy-fxf-gld/
 
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for Monday, September, 20, 2010

Monroe’s Maniko gets two-year extension and pay raise!
“Royce is not anywhere close to being a financial expert,” Commissioner Jerry Oley said. “Over the past year, we have not even had marginal performance from (Mr. Maniko), and I believe this board truly recognizes this problem.” Mr. Sisk “telling the board that we don’t have to evaluate (Mr. Maniko) is a disservice to him and the board. We have evaluated the CFO (chief financial officer) my entire tenure on the board,” Mr. Oley said. “Mr. Sisk said it wasn’t important.” He also gets a pay raise of $45,000.00 per year from $105,000.00 to $150,000.00 at the expense to the taxpayers of Monroe County! Where is this citizen board he talked about in a recent letter to the editor comment where he states that the board of county commissioners can’t give raises?
 
Town Won’t Allow Tea Party to Celebrate U.S. Constitution in Town Square
Local officials in Ohio’s Andover Township have denied the use of their public square for a celebration of Constitution Day because of the “political affiliation” of its organizers.
 
“Gift to Unions” not Charter Schools
Many charter schools in Michigan will not be able to use about $15.5 million of federal dollars earmarked to prevent teacher layoffs because they use “contracted” staff, said a spokesman for charter schools.
 
State Battery-Plant Subsidy Is a “Risky Venture”
The governor and others are suggesting that a $383 million government-subsidized battery plant for Livonia will jump start the state’s struggling economy and create jobs. This is likely a highly exaggerated claim, according to two University of Michigan experts familiar with the battery industry.
 
Michigan Governor Touts Jobs Costing Taxpayers $113,000 Each
In her blog on the Huffington Post last Thursday, Gov. Jennifer Granholm laid out the details about Michigan landing North America’s largest advanced battery plant. But Gov. Granholm didn’t mention one fact: It was the $374 million price tag in federal and state subsidies it took to get A123 Systems to put its plant in Livonia.
 
G.O.P. Leaders Say Delaware Upset Hurts Senate Hopes
Oh really? Just because one of their status quo boy’s got knocked off! The Tea Party movement scored another victory on Tuesday, helping to propel a dissident Republican, Christine O’Donnell, to an upset win over Representative Michael N. Castle in the race for the United States Senate nomination in Delaware.
 
Democrats fret over John Dingell race
On Tuesday, the state party launched a Web site attacking his little-known GOP opponent, Rob Steele.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42191.html
 
Path opened for road funds
Michigan might yet dodge a road-funding bullet. A budget agreement being finalized in the Capitol is designed to produce the $84 million that Michigan needs to avoid leaving $475 million in federal highway funds on the table in Washington.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20100912/FREE/309129993
 
Indymac Boys Get Sweetheart Deal
Check out the sweetheart deal the Indymac boys were given by the FDIC. The billion dollar question is…“Does the government really wanna clean up this mess? ” And just when you thought things were getting better. Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul. Huh?
 
Harry Reid Wants to Attach DREAM Act to Defense Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he wants to attach an amendment to an upcoming defense policy bill that would help young people in the country illegally become legal U.S. residents.
 
Milton Friedman – The Social Security Myth
Using Social Security as his prime example, Professor Friedman explodes the myth that the major expansions in government resulted from popular demand. In a speech delivered more than 30 years ago, he directly relates this dynamic to today’s health care debate.
 
A picture is worth a trillion($) words
Should we buy them larger screen computers – or – a ticket home, permanently? This is one of their THREE DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for. I am ready to start from the beginning by voting out all elected officials and not letting any them stay in office for more than two terms. No more lifelong healthcare, retirement, voting in their own pay raises, taking perks on our taxes, etc.
 
Obama Administration Speeding its Implementation of Collapsing America
Maintaining his corrupt policy of “say one thing to the American people and then do the opposite,” Dictator-in-Chief Obama remains true to his primary mission—collapse and destroy the USA and her people.  Applying the directives of Saul Alinsky, the Cloward-Piven Strategy and—of course—Karl Marx, Obama and his merry band of demolishers are working feverishly to destroy the USA before a potentially new and more conservative-run House of Representatives takes the majority.
 
120 Days to Go Until the Largest Tax Hikes in History
In just 120 days, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.  They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011.
 
Feds Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus on African Genital-Washing Program
The study’s lead investigator Dr. Thomas J. Coates was the fourth highest-funded researcher in the country in 2002 and is currently conducting HIV research on three continents.CNSNews.com asked both Coates and NIMH the following question: “The Census Bureau says the median household income in the United States is $52,000. How would you explain to the average American mom and dad — who make $52,000 per year — that taxing them to pay for this grant was justified?”
 
Subsidize journalism with public funds? The bad idea that won’t go away
Ever since the Internet has thrown the private journalistic business model into disarray, the idea that perhaps public funding should be used to “save” private journalism has found purchase among some. I, as you might guess, wouldn’t be one of the “some.”
 
Debate on Net Neutrality Regulation & Pricing Freedom
Should the government or the free market set the price of getting on the Internet?
 
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for September, 6, 2010

Note: This weeks Bain Report is an abbreviated edition.
 
Opinion: 2010 Republican State Party Convention: By R. Al Bain
The 2010 Republican State Party Convention held last week at the MSU Breslin Center, East Lansing was a disorganized joke. This precinct delegate for one thinks that the power brokers of the state party purposely orchestrated this event the way they did because they knew that the Conservatives and Tea Party delegation had them outnumbered as to steer the Republican Party back to it’s original intent of it’s founding principles, traditions, and values.
 
I for one made a call to the Republican State Party two weeks prior to the convention seeking information and was told they were still working on the details. With a record number of republican precinct delegates filing for office in 2010 they had to know what to expect. I think they did that’s why it was so disorganized! They wanted to create confusion among the delegates as to retain the power and control of the status quo! They even tried to use the “union shenanigans” of taking away the right to a secret ballot on certain voting issues claiming they didn’t anticipate they needed to print ballots so they wanted to have a standing or hand count even when a majority of the delegates didn’t get their credentials.
 
The venue was terrible to say the least with one elderly lady falling trying to access the convention floor by traversing the steps at the Breslin Center that even a young person would find hard to navigate. She was put on a stretcher with a neck brace. The liberal media also used incorrect hype in their reporting with headlines reading “Tea Partiers” storm and crash convention gates. That was far from the truth. The truth is it was the State Republican Party leadership that caused all the disorganization not the delegates or Tea Partiers.
 
The Republican Party is broke and in desperate need of fresh new conservative leadership not the left leaning liberal moderates we have now! It’s long overdue for this change and we as true conservative republicans can only hope this happens sooner rather than later.      
 
Political charades are nothing new in Michigan
The state’s major political parties can establish their own sham party aimed at disrupting elections and confusing voters. This happens at the local level as well.
 
Brian Calley and other GOP Convention Shenanigans
Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser proved he’s incapable of getting a balloon drop right. Hard to understand why he and the party are so eager to meddle in state policy when they can’t put on even the most basic of events such as a state party convention.
 
School District slices $1.7 Million more from budget; kids to feel the cuts
Our children suffer as the political powers continue to use them as pawns in a political chess game that’s all about convincing the public we need to raise taxes instead of cutting government.
 
DTE customers lose power in region unconfirmed Tornado spotted
Sources say they saw what appeared to be a Tornado Thursday, September, 2, 2010 rip through an area around I -75 and Fort Street about 3:30 p.m. An estimated 7,000 DTE Energy customers in the Carleton, Flat Rock, Gibraltar and Riverview areas lost service from this severe thunderstorm accompanied by high winds and lightning.
 
More than 3 Million Seniors may have to switch drug plans
A plan by Medicare to try to make it simpler for consumers to pick drug coverage could force 3 million seniors to switch plans next year whether they like it or not, says an independent analysis. That risks undercutting President Barack Obama’s promise that people can keep their health plans if they like them.
 
Feds sue Arizona sheriff in civil rights probe
At a news conference Thursday morning in downtown Phoenix, Sheriff Arpaio called the Justice Department‘s actions harrassment.
 
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson 
 

 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for August, 30, 2010

Michigan Economic Development Corp creates new program
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has created a new initiative to pursue business development opportunities with the 12 Native American tribes across Michigan. How does this help the taxpayers of Michigan? The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is a quasi-public agency of the state. For budgeting purposes, the MEDC is not officially recognized as a state agency. The article “Reservation Shopping” exposes why. http://www.newswithviews.com/Williams/carole9.htm Some of the tribes also gift politicians with “vote for me” money, and, yes, despite their proclaimed and recognized sovereignty, Native Americans can vote in the White Man’s elections. The MEDC is arguably the least necessary entity in state government. Its existence is based on several flawed premises and political considerations, such as:
 
Welfare Recipients Gambling at Casinos With Their Payments
In California and Michigan, welfare recipients have been using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to withdraw state-funded payments from ATM machines in casinos.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/welfare-casinos-gambling-government-money/19608735/
 
Jobs don’t star in Michigan’s film industry tax credits 
Sticking taxpayers with up to 42% of the expenses incurred by film productions here, the program also underscores Michigan government’s schizophrenic tax policy that keeps overall taxes too high to attract job providers, but cuts taxes or writes subsidy checks for a handful of politically favored firms or industries.
 
Local governments face declining fiscal health
Local governments are in declining fiscal health that many top administrators believe will get worse in the coming year, according to a University of Michigan report. The report states that “declining state aid, federal aid, and revenue from fees and licenses are also problems across the state.”
 
10 Big Retailers Closing Stores 
With the prospects for economic recovery iffy at best and consumer spending still moving at a snail’s pace, it’s little wonder that retailers are sussing out their weakest stores and closing them in order to protect profits. Retailers say they are positioning themselves to play where they can be strongest and avoid burning resources in places that won’t produce the results they want. Here are some of the biggest store closings of late.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/company-news/10-big-retailers-closing-stores/19597754/
 
“Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us”
Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) and the Republican Study Committee present to you a new video featuring President Ronald Reagan reminding us that the out-touch voices of the government or either Party don’t speak for all Americans.
 
OPSOMMER WARNS AGAINST STATE-CREATED MONOPOLIES
State Rep. Paul Opsommer, R-DeWitt, today questioned a new plan to increase state coffers by reducing the number of legally authorized liquor distributors in the state down to one, a move that would in effect create a state-sanctioned monopoly.
 
Smoking ban dries up business
Some eateries see sales drop, but the effects reach farther. On some weekend nights, there used to be seven waitresses working the crowd at Perfect Pitcher Sports Pub in Taylor. But since Michigan’s smoking ban went into effect May 1, Natalie Samu, the soon-to-be ex-owner of the bar, has just one or two waitresses serving the dwindling crowd. “Our business is down over 50%,” said Samu.
http://www.freep.com/article/20100819/NEWS06/8190447/

 
Michigan’s jobless rate declines only because of workforce leaving the state
Last month, the Detroit Free Press buried the fact that the unemployment rate decreased because people left the workforce, not because they got jobs. It’s not the fact that the unemployment rate declined, but why it declined that is most important here. See chart.
 
TARP Billions Shipped Overseas
Economists and conservatives reacted sharply Thursday to reports that tens of billions in TARP bailout money flowed out of the United States and into the coffers of big banks in France, Germany, and other nations during the government rescue of the U.S. financial system. That news came as the U.S. economic picture continued to worsen, with rising unemployment claims and a surge in U.S. homes lost to foreclosure.
 
US Economy Near Point of No Return
The Federal Reserves decision to expand its quantitative easing by purchasing more Treasuries is a dangerous one, says Keith McCullough, CEO of research firm Hedgeye. “That could lead the country to the brink of collapse,” he wrote in a Fortune magazine column. McCullough agrees with economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, who recently wrote that government debt in excess of 90 percent of GDP pulls down economic growth.
 
Boehner Dubs New Stimulus Bill ‘Cash for Flunkers’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned lawmakers back from summer break and they voted 61 to 39 on Tuesday to approve the emergency $26 billion stimulus-type bill. President Obama immediately signed it into law. House Minority Leader John Boehner referred to it as the “union-boss bailout” bill and is an election-year gift to teachers and public workers unions.
 
Dumping Bush Tax Cuts May Bring Depression
Many economists are worried about the possibility of a double-dip recession, but former Bank of England official David Blanchflower thinks it could be much worse than that if the Bush tax cuts aren’t extended. “If we don’t act fast, a plunge into Depression is a growing risk in the U.S.,” he writes in a column on Bloomberg.
 
35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government
Governors of 35 states have already filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
 
Federal teachers union bailout a huge waste of time and money
We suppose we should grudgingly congratulate the Michigan Education Association, and its parent organization, the National Education Association, for pulling off the heist of the year in Washington, D.C. It’s like congratulating Bonnie and Clyde for another successful bank robbery.
 
Defense priorities dangerously off-track
With an exploding budget crisis, President Obama is proposing spending cuts, but not where you’d think. Has he decided to stop campaigning on behalf of Democratic Congressional members up for reelection at the taxpayers’ expense to the tune of two million dollars? No. Has he decided not to spend $100,000 per teaching job to bail out teachers’ unions? No. Instead, he has decided to cut defense funding and reclassify what constitutes defense spending. The National Security Strategy now declaring a focus on climate change, green energy, and women’s rights.
 
10 Signs The U.S. is Becoming a Third World Country
The United States by every measure is hanging on by a thread to its First World status. Saddled by debt, engaged in wars on multiple fronts with a rising police state at home, declining economic productivity, and wild currency fluctuations all threaten America’s future.
 
Patronage, Principles, and Political Parties
When they teach American government and the history of the early American republic, political scientists and historians have a puzzle to explain. There is, within the American constitution, no mention of political parties. And yet it is impossible to make sense of American politics in and after the early republic without reference to parties. Moreover, the parties that did emerge in the United States bear only a faint resemblance to the parties that existed in England and on the European continent prior to the American civil war and even less to the parties that exist on the other side of the Atlantic today.
 
Obama’s tax on oil, gas will hurt the economy 
Raising taxes on energy companies, the vast majority of which are small businesses, will make it more expensive to produce everything in this country. If the government charges energy companies a higher cost-of-doing-business, those companies will have to recoup the loss by raising the price of their natural resources. The refineries and distributors will in turn raise their prices to the end consumers. President Obama’s budget includes a proposal to repeal Section 199, but only for oil and gas companies. In other words, the federal government will specifically target our domestic energy companies for what amounts to a tax increase — even in the middle of a recession at a time when we are trying to decrease our reliance on foreign energy.
 
Obama’s agenda: Overwhelm the system
Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.
  
“When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.”  Thomas Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for August, 23, 2010

Washtenaw GOP Delegate Dispute
One of the leaders of the tea party takeover of the Washtenaw County delegate convention says he regrets that he called GOP State Chair Ron Weiser arrogant. Personally I wouldn’t regret it after his statement in an interview with Tim Skubick that the “Tea Partiers” State GOP Chair Ron Weiser was rather sanguine about the Tea Party stuff, suggesting it was not an “organized movement” that only e-mails each other back and forth.”! Mr. Weiser concluded that the movement here “is not going to affect our elections in Michigan.”  http://domemagazine.com/skubick/sku021910 So much for that. Dennis Moore, chairman of Willow Run Tea Party Caucus, put out a press release after Weiser failed to get support as a delegate in the 15th district and was relegated to alternate. To bad the same thing didn’t happen to the moderate liberals at the Monroe County Republican convention!
 
Richardville endorsed by Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP)
This is a perfect example of way endorsements by PAC’s political action committee’s is a farce and a joke! The Great Lakes Education Project mission statement reads as follows: http://www.glep.org/Mission.asp To improve the climate for meaningful education reform, in Michigan, by electing candidates committed to action. We assist candidates truly concerned about the plight of children denied an equal opportunity to a quality education; who will work to bring educational freedom and choices to all parents. Ricardville introduced or voted in favor of the following, reducing per pupil funding http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2010/03/25/news/doc4babcaef3d661099888562.txt, protect bad teachers from being fired http://michiganvotes.org/2009-SB-638, limit the number of charter schools http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-SB-926 , reduce graduation standards http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-SB-757,  change the drop out age from 18 to 16 http://www.michiganvotes.org/2010-SB-1076, and allow kids to carry guns http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-SB-747!  Is this what is in the best interest of our children? I for one think not!
 
Michigan Lawmakers who voted FOR STIMULUS SPENDING
Michigan state government will spend another $47.9 million in federal stimulus money under a bill recently signed by the governor.  As with previous state expenditures of this type, Michigan Senate Bill 1166 draws this money from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More familiarly known as the “Federal Stimulus Bill,” this measure was supported by the President and most Democrats in Congress, and was opposed by every single Republican in the U.S. House and all but three Republican U.S. Senators. And yes, Senator Randy Richardville voted in favor of putting our children and grandchildren deeper in debt!
 
Michigan Stimulus Recipients Failing to Report
The July 30 reporting deadline is quickly approaching for those who received money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) program to tell government how they used their stimulus money in the second quarter of 2010. Those who don’t properly do so end up on a “non-reporter” list. That’s what happened to more than two dozen Michigan companies, colleges and agencies which failed to tell the government how they used nearly $59 million over the past two reporting periods. (fourth quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010.)
 
Nofs, Richardville Parting Ways?
Current and future GOP senators came together to sing kumbaya at a fundraiser today, but the race for leadership has already begun in earnest with the results of the Aug. 3 primary providing a clear picture of what the 2011 caucus will look like.

Things appear to have shifted a bit in recent weeks with Sen. Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) and Sen. Mike NOFS (R-Battle Creek) emerging as the top prospects for caucus leader with Sen. Mark JANSEN (R-Cutlerville) also meeting presumed future caucus members after appearing out of it several weeks ago.

MIRS has learned that before the primary, Richardville and Nofs had been talking about teaming up, but that’s changed, with Richardville wanting to go his own way.

Sources tell MIRS that Richardville has promised Sen. Roger KAHN (R-Saginaw) the Appropriations Committee chair post if he’s elected leader, while Jansen has told Sen. John PAPPAGEORGE (R-Troy) that the position is his if he’s leader.

Other sources indicate that Jansen may be looking to team up with Richardville, even though such a meeting hasn’t taken place. Jansen has to recover after putting money behind losing candidates in races against winning candidates Rep. David HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell) for the 29th District Senate seat and Rep. Phil PAVLOV (R-St. Clair) for the 25th District Senate seat.

Jansen did pick a winner, though, in Rep. Tonya SCHUITMAKER in the 20th District. He gave her $10,000 from his Jansen Legacy Fund. He also gave winner Mike GREEN $2,500 in the 31st, Dave ROBERTSON $2,500 in the 26th, Rep. Arlan MEEKHOF $1,500 in the 30th and Joe HUNE $1,000 in the 22nd. Other leadership candidates put money behind those horses, too.

There’s also the history of Jansen’s failed leadership bid in the House. Some have compared him to Sen. Jason ALLEN (R-Alanson), who realized too late in 2006 that he didn’t have the votes to beat now-Senate Majority Leader Mike BISHOP (R-Rochester) for Majority Leader. Allen teamed up with Sen. Wayne KUIPERS (R-Holland) near the end, but it was too late. The theory is that Jansen wants to build a team earlier.

That said, Jansen appears to be approaching the race as the measured option with no future political ambitions, the person willing to make hard decisions and take the arrows that will come with those decisions without worry about the next rung on the political ladder.

However, Nofs, Kahn and Richardville were all markedly active during the primary, which, sources tell MIRS didn’t go unnoticed. Richardville picked a winner in giving Rep. Brian CALLEY $2,500 through his Richardville Leadership Fund, but picked the loser in the 7th by giving $1,000 to Deb WHYMAN. In the past, Richardville also has given to Nofs and Rep. John PROOS.

Kahn’s Leadership Fund gave $5,500 to primary loser Rep. Kim MELTZER in the 11th, but did give Rep. Rick JONES $10,000, Schuitmaker $7,000, Green $3,000 and Meekhof $2,000 and $1,000 to Howard WALKER in the 37th. He also gave to Roberston.

Nofs’ “Fund For A New Majority” gave to winners Hune $10,000, Schuitmaker $5,000, Robertson $5,500, Calley $2,500, Jones $2,500, Walker $3,000, Hildenbrand $2,500, Pavlov $2,500 and Meekhof $2,000. He played both sides of the fence by giving $2,500 to both Copper RIZZO and Rep. Jim MARLEAU in the 12th.

Proos was on the list of prospective caucus leaders before the election (See “Leadership Races In The Shadows,” 8/11/10). But Proos had to devote more time than he planned on his primary race for the 21st Senate District. There’s been some speculation that he could team up with Nofs and be his Appropriations Committee chair.

The rumor today was that Richardville was trying to nail down support from House members and was even telling them not to count on any money from him if he didn’t. But no incoming senator confirmed that, although several said that it’s “way too early” to worry about leadership when Republicans haven’t secured the majority yet.

One likely new senator tells MIRS that Richardville is “way too smooth” to try such heavy-handed tactics. Besides, there would be nothing to stop candidates from taking campaign contributions and voting for someone else for leadership anyway. Richardville couldn’t be reached for the story.
http://www.mirsnews.com/capsule.php?gid=3387  “subscripton required”

 
U.S. giving Michigan $16.8 million for charter schools
One of the problems with this is that the Michigan Republican lead Senate has voted to limit charter schools  2009 Senate Bill 926 (Authorize limited charter school expansion ) – Michigan Votes and their past behaviour says they will rob these funds for other government spending because of this limit they passed! Click the link above to see how your Senator voted!
 
Solar panel maker to cut jobs, but still received Taxpayer Subsidy
House Bill 5275 http://www.michiganvotes.org/2009-HB-5275 (Give $100 million subsidy to an “energy conversion device” maker) Introduced by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on August 19, 2009. Passed in the House (90 to 17) on September 2, 2009, to give a four-year, $100 million subsidy to a joint venture of the “Xtreme Power” and “Clairvoyant Energy”
corporations, which would employ 300 at the former Ford Wixom assembly plant
making “large scale power systems designed to convert variable renewable
power into firm dispatchable power.” Senate Bill 213 http://www.michiganvotes.org/2007-SB-213 may increase the cost of keeping the lights on if government mandates are permitted to replace market decisions. The subsidy is structured as a “refundable” tax credit, meaning the state will send a check for the amount that the credit exceeds the company’s tax liability. A $100 million credit for the creation of just 300 jobs is clearly unreasonable. Those same resources could be better directed toward broad based tax relief for companies already here, operating in Michigan. Do the math. That comes to over $333 thousand per job!”
 
Do state tax incentives create real jobs, or just ribbon-cutting ceremonies?
Richard Short was just the start of it. In March, the Flint businessman appeared with a beaming Gov. Jennifer Granholm at a Lansing news conference, where she announced Short had been awarded $9.1 million in business tax credits to create more than 700 jobs in economically hard-hit Flint. Hours later, Short was arrested on a parole violation. When it was discovered Short was a convicted embezzler, the state quickly revoked his tax-credit award. “These programs create ribbon cuttings and photo ops, but not real jobs,” said Michael LaFaive, from the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a persistent critic of tax incentives.
 
Hillsdale College Honor Code
In keeping with the original and abiding mission of Hillsdale College, each entering freshman signs the following document, committing himself or herself to participate fully and honorably in that mission.
 
Six Months to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History
The government is so irresponsible that the accumulated national debt is now beyond the point of no return. It can never be paid off, even if tax rates are 100% (and production continued apace). The governments problem is not a revenue problem. It is a spending problem. Most of what the government does is not authorized by the constitution, and should be ended immediately. (fat chance). Conclusion: the federal government has ceased to be a legitimate government. This is not limited to Washington, DC at the federal level it’s a Lansing problem here in our state of Michigan as well! Coupled with the passage of the largest tax hike in Michigan’s History in 2007 by The House and Senate in Lansing and we taxpayers are burdened with an over taxation problem! Click below for examples of tax hikes.
 
ObamaCare Law challenged by The Thomas More Law Center
The Thomas More Law Center is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the government to force them to purchase health care. The Thomas More Law Center will be in federal  court today in Detroit to argue that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, should not be enforced because it is unconstitutional.
 
Detroit council aides get pay hikes
While panel seeks budget cuts, staffers given raises of up to $8.39 an hour! But the Michigan taxpayers get to foot the bill for a Cobo Re-Do on top of this raise. The Republican lead Senate passed legislation recently with our own Senator Richardville voting in favor of it!
 
Beware the VAT: Why the consumption tax is possible
It’s important to understand that a VAT looms so large because it’s the only tax that can remotely raise enough revenue to close the immense gap between federal spending and receipts — in the absence of epic and unpopular reductions in expenditures.
 
Time for Stimulus 2.0? The Debate Gains New Urgency
With the Federal Reserve adopting a more a pessimistic view of the economic outlook, the revival has been swift in calls for the federal government to do more to help spur growth. But what can it do, and would it be counterproductive?
 
Homeownership rate drops
Millions of houses on the verge of foreclosure threaten to send homeownership to its lowest level in 50 years, according to new industry estimates. Fresh projections say the rate could plummet to about 62 percent as early as 2012 and almost certainly by the end of the decade. Homeownership rates haven’t been this low since they hit 61.9 percent in 1960.
 
Arizona Sheriff Vows to Enforce Immigration Law Whether ‘Feds’ Like It or Not
Calling himself “the poster boy” for those who support the enforcement of federal immigration laws, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he will continue to arrest individuals who are in the country illegally, even if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not renew the 287(g) agreement that the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office has operated under for the past two years.
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55199
 
What Congress Bought Itself With Your $1 Billion
Congress requires a lot of stuff to keep itself running. Like coffee. And plane tickets. And student loan payments. Files by the Sunlight Foundation provide an unprecedented window on what legislators buy themselves with your money.
 
Quotas Hidden in Bank Reform Bill Will Cost Taxpayers Millions
Buried deep in the bowels of the massive financial-regulation bill the Senate passed Thursday are massive race- and gender-employment provisions that will cost countless millions to enforce and appear to duplicate other civil-rights initiatives already in place.
 
Bush Tax Cut Expiration Will Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion
Low-tax crusader and Republican strategist Grover Norquist tells Newsmax that letting the Bush tax cuts expire in January 2011 would amount to a $1 trillion tax increase — the largest boost in American history.
 
How the Expiring Bush Tax Cuts Affect You
My Tax Consultant warned me about this! The so-called Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Although some of the cuts retain bipartisan support in Congress and may yet be extended, as of now, Washington has some severe changes in store for you and your family. Grab a scotch and sit down. Higher tax rates for all,

Higher capital gains and dividends taxes for all, Return of the marriage penalty, Return of phase-out rule for itemized deductions, Return of phase-out rule for personal exemptions, does anybody but me remember when we could deduct our new car loans and credit card interest? Home mortgage interest has been talked about as a possible elimination when filing our tax returns also!
 
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”
Thomas Jefferson