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Opinion by R Al Bain
Michigan Republicans “We Have a Problem” Liberal RINOS Consider Themselves Conservative Around the country and right here in Michigan there is a huge fundamental flaw within our Republican Party. How could the GOP have allowed this to happen? While there are many such examples, I would like to point out two here in Michigan that have made a “significant negative impact” to our state and country.
A conservative is a individual and or a political party defining themselves by their opposition to liberal or labor parties and their ideology. Conservatism is a supporter or advocate of the principles, traditions, and values that the Republican party was founded upon. A conservative also promotes a smaller limited government, less regulations, less taxation, personal responsibility, free market principles, along with promoting free enterprise and private ownership. The conservative ideology exemplifies the basic Freedoms and Liberty’s afforded to “we the people” by the constitution.
Pete Hokestra is the first example. Voting 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.” Mr. Hoekstra is a former 18-year congressman that has been “part of the problem” that we as a state and country face today. Mr. Hoekstra is a current Washington, D.C. lobbyist. During the 2010 State Senate Primary here in Michigan Mr. Hoekstra publicly came out in support of my next example of a liberal Republican in name only current Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville saying he was a principled conservative.
Randy Richardville along with his voting record over the past ten years proves he is no conservative. While he is a “self proclaimed” conservative, the old saying holds true in that it’s in the eyes of the beholder. The word beholder or beholding fits the bill here for Mr. Richardville. As the “Unions” best friend in Lansing with his legislative actions such as sponsoring, co-sponsoring, and votes in favor of “Union Institutional Interest” have proven to be a detriment to the citizens of Michigan and the Republican ideology. Mr. Richardville is currently oppressing discussion and movement of the right-to-work initiative in the Michigan Senate. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist as see why with the campaign contributions and support he receives from the Unions. Mr. Richardville continues to advocate former Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm’s agenda with the advancement of her administration’s top two initiative’s, the New Bridge to Canada, and the Movie Producer Subsidies. Both of these so-called Republicans have been as disservice to their constituents and party.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Signs Right to Work into Law
Today February, 1, 2012 – Turn out the lights in Michigan as far as Jobs and the Economic Recovery goes! The Senate passed the right-to-work legislation with a vote of 28 to 22. The bill, which will allow workers at unionized businesses to avoid paying union dues, was later signed by Governor Mitch Daniels. But there is conciliation in that we taxpayers will be receiving a “TAX HIKE” for vehicle registration, a higher gas tax, and I’m sure the new bridge is right around the corner that will cost us! http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-senate-expected-to-vote-on-righttowork-legislation-wednesday-20120201,0,1467737.column
Richardville Out of Touch With His Party, Constituents, & the Needs of His State
The MIRS Weekly Report – “Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t believe there are enough votes in the GOP caucus for Right to Work (RTW) legislation.” Regarding his personal position on Right to Work, “The Majority Leader said that he would be a “no” vote on RTW.”
MIRS also reports, Michigan’s unemployment rate this year is projected to be 9.4 percent and won’t average below 9 percent until 2014… University of Michigan (U-M) economist George FULTON noted that the jobless rate remains “stubbornly high.” Unemployment was at 12.5 percent in 2010 and fell to 10.5 percent in 2011. It’s forecasted to be 9.2 percent in 2013 and 8.7 percent in 2014. http://www.michamber.com/mirs-weekly-report-0#RTW
“From this I can only gather that Majority Leader Richardville is content with an economy that is staggering at best,” said UAW member and MI-Freedom to Work Chairman, Terry Bowman. “Is he satisfied with an unemployment rate of 10%? “If Richardville is opposed to Right to Work he is in direct opposition to the wishes of 70% of Michigan voters including many in his own district. As a Monroe native, I know firsthand that there is much support for Right to Work in his district.” http://www.mifreedomtowork.com/LATESTNEWS/tabid/68/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/54/Richardville-Out-of-Touch-With-His-Party-His-Constituents-and-Michigan.aspx
Tea Partiers Gunning For Republican Senate Majority Leader
According to news reports, some individuals associated with the Tea Party movement have publicly called for a recall campaign against State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. There are many reasons and not limited to just “RTW” and forced unionization. Sen. Richardville’s positions on several issues appears to be at odds with most of the Senate Republicans who chose him for the leadership position. For 2010, only two Republicans in the Senate had a ranking more “liberal” than Richardville!
Richardville was selected to be leader by his Republican Senate colleagues at the start of 2011 and word out of Lansing is that those votes he received came at a price through his donations to his colleagues political campaign coffers who voted for him. Under his leadership the body has failed to vote on a House-passed bill to stop the transfer of $28 million from home health care providers to the SEIU (see CapCon “skimTRACKER”). In 2009, Sen. Richardville co-sponsored a bill that would have given explicit statutory authorization to this practice. Past CapCon articles have noted other positions taken by Sen. Richardville likely to put him at odds with limited government Tea Party groups. Click the link below just to see a few. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/16325
Indiana Senate Passes Right-to-Work Legislation
Get ready to turn the lights out in Michigan. This passage will spell doom for prospective businesses to locate in Michigan or to stay for that matter! Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said right-to-work legislation isn’t an answer in itself but will be a game changer for the state. “I don’t think any of us in this state can afford to ignore the opportunity to bring in new and better jobs to Indiana,” Long said. http://posttrib.suntimes.com/10187863-537/senate-passes-right-to-work-house-rejects-referendum.html
Bucking the GOP Establishment Again
While all the moderate liberal left leaning Republicans in Lansing supporting former Congressman Pete Hoekstra for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate, other more true conservatives have stepped up to the plate. Gary Glenn, Clark Durant, and Peter Konetchy offer Michigan voters a much better alternative to the same ole’ status quo Republicans that have got us into this mess! With over 30 years of pork barrel spending it’s time for Pete to stay home and enjoy his grandchildren before they have to start paying for his actions in Washington. http://domemagazine.com/lessenberry/jl011312?utm_source=Dome+e-bulletins&utm_campaign=61baf6a2cbDome_E_Bulletin_01_13+12_1_2012&utm_medium=email
Ex-Aide Accuses Ficano of Cover-Ups
It just keeps on getting better with all this corruption doesn’t it? The lawsuit former Deputy Wayne County Executive Azzam Elder filed against his old boss Robert Ficano may encounter some turbulence generated by an unlikely source: Elder himself. Elder sued Ficano, the embattled Wayne County executive, on Wednesday. He accused Ficano and one of his top aides of concocting a scheme to cover up more than a dozen controversial severance agreements — including one with Elder worth up to $350,000. http://www.freep.com/article/20120113/NEWS02/201130461/Ex-aide-accuses-Ficano-of-cover-ups
Lawsuit Paints New Image of Ficano
Fired aide Azzam Elder in his $25 million whistle-blower lawsuit says Ficano promised him a $300,000 severance package and a pension sweetener that would have allowed him to retire at age 42 with $157,000 a year from the county taxpayers, a gift ultimately valued at $6 million. It was one of 15 such deals Ficano crafted for his aides, and then rescinded after The Detroit News exposed them. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120115/OPINION03/201150311/Column-Lawsuit-paints-new-image-Ficano?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp
Republican Jim DeMint says GOP should embrace Ron Paul
In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham Republican Jim DeMint says that more and more we can see that what he’s been talking about is true. Those who are supporting him are people that we need in the Republican Party. A lot of them are libertarians, they’re our natural base. We shouldn’t ignore them. If Republicans don’t embrace a lot of these ideas we’re going to end up with a third party that essentially guarantees that the Democrats are going to win. You can read the full interview by clicking the link below. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/11/sen_demint_gop_should_embrace_a_lot_of_libertarian_ideas.html
Solyndra Bankruptcy Attorneys Argue in Court for Bonus Money
It’s your tax dollars. The attorneys argued that the extra bonus money ranging from 8 percent to 30 percent of the employees’ total base annual salaries “will motivate the eligible employees to work as hard as possible” to achieve a Chapter 11 restructuring plan and sale. Three of the employees earn less than $100,000 in base salary, and eight make $150,000 or more. The highest paid employee, eligible for the $50,000 bonus, is paid $206,499 per year. What’s the big deal? Even with the subsidized company’s here in Michigan once the check clears the bank, all bets are off and again the taxpayers are footing the bill. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/11/bankrupt-solyndra-seeking-to-pay-bonuses/?page=all#pagebreak
BMW Adding Jobs at South Carolina Plant
Wasn’t Michigan the first choice for BMW to build a new plant here? That’s right, when they came to talk with our legislators in Lansing and asked for assurances that there would not be union interference with building and employment with this proposed plant, they were told no. BMW ultimately built the new plant in a “RTW” state instead where union interference wasn’t an obstacle. http://www.freep.com/article/20120113/BUSINESS06/201130342/BMW-adding-jobs-at-S-C-plant
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson