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.” 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: 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, protect bad teachers from being fired, limit the number of charter schools , reduce graduation standards,  change the drop out age from 18 to 16, and allow kids to carry guns!  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.  “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 (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 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.
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

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