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Opinion by R Al Bain
As a Tea Party supporter and Conservative Republican I find myself without a Party that truly represents the principles, traditions, and values that the Republican Party was founded upon. Over 35 years ago I joined the Republican Party because of those very reasons that the Party was founded upon.
Today’s Republican Party is filled with left leaning moderate Republicans and Republicans in name only. What has happened to the Party I joined years ago? It has swayed from the original platform in my opinion as to assure election to public office by pandering to those who may consider themselves Conservative Democrats who don’t necessarily align themselves with the majority of liberal Democrats that dominate the Democratic Party today.
For a Party to sway in this direction is a travesty of its original intent. Republicans who feel as I do can only hope that the Republican Party reassesses it’s actions or I’m afraid that the Party will eventually go by the way of the very Whig Party that it replaced.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels: Right-to-work already working
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels defended Thursday his state’s newly-approved right-to-work legislation, saying that the phones have been ringing off the hook with companies wanting to come to the state since he signed the measure. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72389.html#ixzz1lGlX3HIv
SEIU Sent Key GOP Senator $5K on Day Bill to End ‘Forced Unionization’ Arrived in Senate
“It is unfortunate that both Mr. Kahn and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, have mistaken their term limits for integrity limits,” said John Daniele of the Metro Detroit Freedom Coalition. “We sincerely hope that they are able to remember that the reason they were elected to their positions included acting to protect the taxpayers of Michigan from funding leftist agendas aimed at destroying American values.” http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16413
Indiana ‘Right to Work’ Bill Should Change Michigan Politics
The Midwest just had a major earthquake. Indiana’s House Thursday passed a right-to-work law supported by Rick Snyder’s role model, Governor Mitch Daniels putting Indiana on course to be the first major Midwest industrial state that gives workers the choice of whether to join a union.
If Michigan starts to hemorrhage jobs and businesses to Indiana, which it will, because of “RTW”, Governor Rick Snyder and the so-called leaders in the Michigan legislature better embrace “RTW” sooner rather than later! Can you say the party’s over for the Union Bosses and the legislators who are beholding to them? If the Michigan legislature doesn’t act and soon, you might as well turn out the lights here in Michigan? http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120128/OPINION01/201280315/Indiana-Right-Work-bill-could-change-Michigan-politics?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs
Liberal Monroe Evening Newspaper Attacks “Tea Party” Leader
A story was run by several news publications here in Michigan about a possible re-call of State Senator Randy Richardville but one took it personally. The Monroe Evening News ran an editorial called “our view” called Voters don’t need outsiders advice! While defending Senator Richardville’s “liberal” voting record this little ” Hooterville Weekly Reader ” degrades and slanders Traverse City based “Tea Party” leader Randy Bishop as a legislator-wannabe.
This editorial goes on to say that the concept of right-to-work essentially is a non-issue that would be a useless waste of time when other, more pressing issues await the Legislature’s attention. I guess jobs and our economy isn’t as important as defending a “liberal” Union pandering Republican in name only legislator who has alleged ties to former Union Boss Walter Ralph Mabry who Plead Guilty to Taking Kickbacks While Boss of the Michigan Carpenters Union who was convicted in federal court in Detroit on May 16, 2011. http://www.fbi.gov/detroit/press-releases/2011/walter-ralph-mabry-pleads-guilty-to-taking-kickbacks-while-boss-of-the-michigan-carpenters-union
It is also alleged that Mr. Richardville invited lawmakers with positions of influence on key committees to meet with Mr.Mabry in casual settings in Detroit. Although it’s not uncommon for lawmakers to help with causes they believe in, it is suspicious for a so-called Republican to help with special interest groups such as the carpenters union in order for them to have a greater voice in government over the very people who elected him and who he is supposed to represent.
More than 80 percent of Richardvile’s donors were Political Action Committees representing a variety of business interests, including Homebuilders, Banks and Credit Unions. He also received donations from the “Carpenters Union”, the Utility Workers Union and the Michigan Education Association. Richardville is a Union Supporter, the Unions placed “thousands of dollars” into his campaign coffers according to the Michigan Secretary of State campaign finance web site! An example of one is RANDY RICHARDVILLE FOR SENATE DIRECT CONTRIBUTION FROM THE MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS 12/08/05 $5,000.00.
State House Committee Passes Labor Bills Limiting Strikes, Dues Collection
A House committee on Tuesday passed a package of labor reform bills blasted by critics as anti-union measures. The legislation would add county and municipal employees to the law that prohibits public school teachers from striking and set steep fines for public sector strikes and lockouts. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120131/METRO/201310416/1409/rss36
When Will Right-to-Work Come to Michigan?
An interview with State Representative Mike Shirkey Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, is expected to introduce right-to-work legislation in the Michigan House. Under such a law, employers and unions would be prohibited from negotiating contracts that require non-union employees to pay union dues. With Indiana moving toward right-to-work status, the issue appears to be heating up in Michigan. Capitol Confidential interviewed Shirkey via telephone Tuesday evening. The following are excerpts from that interview. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16363
County Commissioner Supports Right to Work
I am writing in support of Michigan becoming a right-to-work state based on a few facts I will elaborate on:
Fact No. 1. From 1960 to 2010, eight of the top 10 states with the fastest growing disposable income were right-to-work states. Michigan came in at No. 50. This tells me that all 22 right-to-work states grew while Michigan withered under her forced union status. This is unacceptable in my opinion.
Fact No. 2. Real personal income grew almost twice as fast in right-to-work states from 1999 to 2009 by 28 percent, compared to forced union states 15 percent growth.
Fact No. 3. Per capita personal income in two-thirds of the nation’s right-to-work states is higher than in Michigan.
Fact No. 4. Per capita disposable income in right-to-work states, adjusted for cost of living, was $35,543 in 2009. That’s more than $2,000 higher than in forced union states.
In my opinion, the freedom to choose to join or not join a union will make Michigan a competitor in this down economy. As President John F. Kennedy acknowledged: “Employees shall have and shall be protected in the exercise of the right, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, to form, join and assist an employee organization or to refrain from any such activity.” Right to Work for Federal Employees, Executive Order 10988 by John F. Kennedy (1962)
I, along with 40 percent of our fellow union household family units, support a right to work in Michigan because the reality is that Michigan needs to get back to work. Bill Sage/Allegan County Commissioner http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/09/letter_give_michigan_workers_f.html
Is Michigan’s Film Producer Subsidies Michigan’s Solyndra?
Sources close to Raleigh Studios in Pontiac said Wednesday that the owners have not made their required monthly escrow set-aside payments since October, and won’t have the money to meet their biannual bond obligation when it comes due Feb. 1, 2012 therefore defaulting on their obligation. Michigan taxpayers are now on the hook for this payment. See Michigan-Subsidized Film Studio Fails; State Pension Fund Had Guaranteed Loan.
The “business model” for this studio was completely dependent on another of Gov. Granholm’s corporate welfare schemes, a subsidy program that paid up to 42 percent of film producers’ Michigan expenses. No reputable economist has ever defended these subsidies, which are pure “political development” programs, not economic development ones.
The plot thickened when Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, who has been working to reverse the scaled back program, said the following to the Gongwer news service. “A few years ago we told some Michigan investors that if they invest in an industry that we would back them. And we gave them parameters and now we’ve changed that. We sent several businesses away that would help recoup that investment.”
By “sent several businesses away,” he means taxpayers stopped picking up 42 percent of film producers’ expenses. In other words, Sen. Richardville is using this default to lobby the governor and his colleagues to give more loot to film producers, insinuating that the state is breaking a promise by choosing to give away less loot instead.
Sorry, Sen. Richardville, but it doesn’t work that way. The individuals who finagled a state pension fund guarantee from Gov. Granholm are big boys who understand that their “business model” was in fact a purely political bet, not a business one, and the risks involved are likewise political as well as financial. And now their political bet is coming up a loser and the loser is Michigan’s taxpayers!
Wake up voters! Crony capitalism is bad whether perpetrated by a Democrat or Republican. Don’t ignore what rhetoric Senator Randy Richardville spews out, just look at what he’s done! Along with the new bridge to Canada these film producer subsidies were the top two agenda items of the Granholm administration and Richardville continues to promote and pursue her agenda! http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16357
“Tea Party Patriots” of West Oakland County Endorse Clark Durant for U.S. Senate
A resounding rejection was delivered to former Congressman Pete Hoekstra in his bid for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat in the 2012 election. The “self proclaimed” conservative of west Michigan and Tea Party caucus member in Washington which was founded by Michele Bachman could not garner the support of the true conservative movement.
This should not have come as a surprise to those who have researched his voting record which includes but not limited to his votes for, the $850 billion Wall Street bailout and Obama’s $192 billion stimulus plan and raising the debt ceiling to $11 trillion, or his support for the Brady Bill gun control law or being funded by Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters in return for opposing state and national Right to Work laws.” He also voted in favor of, cash for clunkers, Obama’s czars, and a host of other non conservative votes over his 18 plus years in Washington.
As a Congressman Mr. Hoekstra communicated through Twitter after the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act was passed, “If you know of someone thinking of buying first home, now may be the time. Stimulus incentive is very generous! Up to 8k! Check it out.” according to “The Hill’s Brief Room” on 2/18/09.
With his lengthy time of service or “disservice” as a representative of the citizens of Michigan this gives credence to term limits.
Hoekstra was also caught preening on video before the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, in full peacock mode over putting pork in a federal highway spending bill ladled with $26.4 million in the kind of earmarks that have since been banned by Congress. What roads, streets or freeways did those highway funds build or repair? Well, says Hoekstra, that’s the funny part. “We tore down a mall with highway funding,” he snickered, adding: “I don’t know how it’s working for the highway system.”
This center left liberal Republican has earned the title of “Pork Barrel” Pete Hoekstra with his voting record. He even tried to circumvent the “Tea Party” faithful by having one of his liberal supporters from Birmingham start a group called Michigan Conservative Alliance which gives the meaning of conservatism a bad name. Does this look to you like a Conservative Tea Party Republican kind of guy to you? I think not! http://teapartypatriotsofwestoakland.ning.com/
Home Prices Drop, Consumers Turn Gloomier
Home prices fell more steeply than expected in November, and consumers turned less optimistic in January, highlighting the hurdles still facing the bumpy economic recovery. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/home-prices-drop-more-expected-140253741.html
Censorship of the Internet and the Tyranny of Our Government House Committee Approves U.S. Internet Spy Bill. http://www.mannmuseum.com/censorship-of-the-internet-and-the-tyranny-of-our-government/
This weeks quote below illustrates what a joke Washington has become and a disservice to the citizenry!
I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me
Stuart Smalley aka Al Franken – United States Senator – Democrat from Minnesota
Note: Senator Franken supported SOPA and co-sponsor of PIPA