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Opinion By R. Al Bain
The New International Trade Crossing (NITC), Bridge Debate
More revealing information in regard to the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). Let’s take a look at what happened with the Blue Water Bridge between 1991 and 2010. In 1991, the Michigan Department of Transportation projected a traffic increase of 74 percent during the next 20 years in order to justify the need for the additional span that would cost taxpayers $41.3 million. In reality, traffic actually decreased by 21% during those 20 years.
Furthermore, the federal government was forced to spend another 400 million in taxpayer dollars to pay for a new plaza for the Blue Water Bridge that the feds had engineered poorly. With the possibility of cost overruns such as this example, plus the fact that “Toll Revenues” will not be nearly enough to pay the cost, we the taxpayers should and must be screaming “NO” to this new public private partnership! Remember the definition of a public private partnership is if it makes money it’s private, if it loses money it’s public!
Richardville Looks to Expand Michigan’s $25-million Film Subsidy, Poor Taxpayers!
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, is working on legislation regarding the film incentives and expects to introduce a bill July 13, the date the Senate returns to session from yet another one of the many breaks (vacations) that they take through the year, must be nice! This is according to Richardville spokeswoman Amber McCann who was groomed and worked for former Governor Granholm! UPDATE:True to his word and facing a re-call hasn’t slowed down this representative from Monroe who has introduced Senate Bill 569 which creates a film production assistance program (Subsidy with a Spin) through which the state would award funds to companies for direct production expenditures and personnel expenses.The trip to the Emmy’s arranged by Linden Nelson of the gang of four must have gotten his “spin juices” flowing to introduce this terrible piece of legislation that will cost taxpayers dearly for the benefit to the film producers!
Richardville Recall Petition Okayed
Wording of a second petition to recall state Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, from office got the go-ahead from the Monroe County Elections Commission Wednesday.
Richardville Votes to Raise Your Trash Pick-Up Fee
Passed in the Senate on June 23, 2011, to increase from 7 cents to 12 cents the per-cubic yard state “tipping fee” tax imposed on dumping in landfills. Don’t you think for one minute it will not raise your trash pick-up bill! The big company’s will just pass this down to the consumer. This is just yet another back-door tax hike on the citizens of Michigan.
Caps lifted on Charter Schools in Ohio and other States Michigan should follow Suit
School choice is not about doing away with public schools, It’s about making them better. The future depends on our children being the best and the brightest in the world. In 2010 Senator Randy Richardville of Monroe voted to limit Charter School expansion here in Michigan! By limiting Charter School expansion with his vote Senator Richardville continues to reward a failed education system that ultimately fails our children and their parents of choice to a better education!
Political Careerists Threaten Freedom, Prosperity
We had our chance in 2010 but chose not to vote out all these public trough feeders! This is an excellent article which helps explain why we as a country and state are in the mess we are now facing!
Planned Parenthood Defunded In New Hampshire
Wisconsin now New Hampshire when is Michigan going to defund Planned Parenthood? New Hampshire lawmakers rejected multiple attempts to defund Planned Parenthood during the 2011 legislative session, voting repeatedly in favor of continuing to fund PPNNE using the state’s federal family planning money. But the Executive Council, which oversees state contracting and generally stays out of hot-button political issues, overturned the decisions of both the state legislature and the Department of Health and Human Services with its 3-2 vote against Planned Parenthood.
Congress Wants Automatic Wage Deductions To Pay Down The Debt
at least a dozen busybody Congressmen sponsored the introduction of HR 2411, the “Reduce America’s Debt Now Act of 2011.” They always come up with fantastic names for these pieces of legislation… and rest assured, the better/more patriotic the name, the more ominous the bill. This one follows the pattern. HR 2411 states that every worker in America should be able to voluntarily have a portion of his/her wages automatically withheld and sent directly to the Treasury Department for the purposes of paying down the federal debt. “Every employer making payment of wages shall deduct and withhold upon such wages any amounts so elected, and shall pay such amounts over to the Secretary of the Treasury…” That’s right. Uncle Sam is so broke that he wants to give all the good little Americans out there the opportunity to contribute an even greater portion of their paychecks to finance government largess.
Homeland Security Officials LIED to Americans and Congress
Newly released records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, show a series of internal memos from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) saying that the chief counsel in Houston, TX ordered attorneys to review all new and incoming immigration cases and thousands that were already pending and to dismiss any that did not meet the agency’s “top priorities.” This essentially allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. Most of these illegal immigrants had been in the United States for years, and just because they didn’t commit any serious crimes, they were allowed to stay. Keep in mind that the latest to enter the Presidential race Thaddeus McCotter voted in favor of this government boondoggle!
The Titanic and the United States
Much like the Titanic that sank on April 15, 1912, the United States stands at a critical juncture in the history of our nation. Few realize it, but, like the Titanic, this nation smashed into a piece of legislation in 1965 that was never asked for or approved by the American public. In 1965, our ‘Captain’ Lyndon B. Johnson along with helmsman Senator Teddy Kennedy drove America into an ‘iceberg’ of massive, unrestricted immigration that opened up the flood gates with the ‘Immigration Reform Act’.
As Executive Pay Soars, Worker Pay Stagnates
Unemployment remains stuck at 9.1 percent, and even those people with jobs are predominantly consumed with a struggle to hang on, rendering upward mobility a fantastical aspiration in many homes. During 2010, while executives at major publicly-traded corporations were enjoying their 28 percent pay boost, the average rank-and-file American worker saw weekly pay increase by less than 1 percent, after accounting for rising prices, according to Labor Department data.
A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.