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Opinion by R Al Bain
A Special Thanks to All Our Military Veterans this Memorial Weekend
To all those past and present that took an “oath” to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic as to preserve our Freedoms and Liberties as a free and moral people.
I would also like to congratulate State Representative and former United States Air Force Veteran Dave Agema for being elected as committeeman to the RNC. I would also like to congratulate former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land for being elected RNC committeewoman as well.
Michigan Income Tax Overhaul is Going to Cost You
Dozens of changes face taxpayers following reforms lawmakers adopted this year. They add up to this: Individuals should be prepared to cough up more income tax as they carry much of the burden previously shouldered by businesses. I thought Republicans were for less government, less taxation, and more freedom and liberty? Guess not! As a business person I will save approximately 1000 a year. So I’m going to run right out and hire someone? Not! The savings doesn’t justify hiring anyone period. I will just pay down some debt before I go under. Small businesses won’t save enough to hire anyone.
Richardville Re-Call Petition Language Rejected Yet Again
New Richardville Re-Call Language to be Submitted
This is the second time the elections commission has rejected wording from Andring. He said he will file revised language soon and called the decision to invalidate the wording “politically motivated.” The language was proof read by a fifth grade teacher who said it was perfectly clear! It was clear to many citizens who commented on the Internet article also!
State Budget: Subsidies for “Movie Producers” Get Boost
One of the target agreements reached in the budget Wednesday was the decision to double the state’s “failed” $25-million film subsidy program in 2013. Lawmakers reneged on the promised income tax cut that was part of the agreement in 2007 after Michigan taxpayers received the largest tax increase in the states history. So instead of the taxpayers getting the promised cuts in taxes they get to fund more of the “failed” movie producers subsidies, ain’t that special! The only winner here is Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville and his Hollywood Buddies who will benefit from the taxpayers of Michigan.
Film Producers and Movie Studios Subsidies Paying Off for Richardville at Taxpayers Expense
We all know how “liberal” Hollywood is but can anybody fathom a so-called Republican advocating on their behalf? Right here in Michigan we have such a person in Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville! It was former governor Jennifer Granholm who brought this idea to fruition back in 2008 with Richardville onboard from the onset. This was two years before she was term limited and she has been rewarded by the Hollywood “Fat Cats” with her own TV Show (The War Room) on cables Current TV.
According to an article by MIRS, a Lansing subscriber based publication in an interview with Mr. Richardville he is currently working on either a movie or TV pilot based on his experience in the Legislature. I’ve had some discussions with some people about a movie not necessarily a movie possibly a TV series or a pilot that would be discussing the life of a state representative,” he said. “And so, writing has begun. “We’re probably going to get a young, good-looking actor. And then after it’s successful, tell people it was based on me.” Richardville was quoted as saying. Can you say excessively arrogant and conceited?
He passed out information in Thursday’s Senate GOP caucus about Actorfest Detroit Backstage, a confab for Michigan talent to mingle with film, TV and Broadway casting directors. The event is Saturday in Pontiac where the taxpayer funded Raleigh Film Studio that opened just ten months ago is in default on an $18 million state-issued bond. But now the movie studio can no longer meet its debt obligations, and will not make a $420,000 payment due Feb. 1. “But the bonds will not be in default, since the State of Michigan Retirement Systems is obligated to make those payments.” OK let’s cut to the chase it’s the taxpayers of Michigan that is now on the hook for this yet again! The money will come out of the retirement funds of public school and state employees, police and judges.
Although governor Snyder capped these subsidies at $25 million Richardville wants to increase the subsidies from $25 million already appropriated in 2012 to $100 million annually. It’s obvious why he wants this increase! Richardville has a family connection to the film industry, as his daughter, Amanda Richardville works in Hollywood. Can you say conflict of interest at the taxpayers’ expense?
Ballot Proposal Designed to Kill “Right to Work” in Michigan gets Required Signatures
Organizers of the ballot proposal designed to kill Right to Work in Michigan have more than the minimum signatures needed to make the ballot multiple sources have told MIRS (subscription required). This would have been a mute point if Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville would not have blocked legislation in the Senate! He continues to be the point man and the “Democrat Unions” best friend in Lansing.
What End of Bush Tax Cuts Would Mean for “You and Your Family”
Unless Congress takes action, it’s not just the “rich” who will see higher tax bills. The so-called Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. While you may already know that, you may not fully understand what’s in store for you and your family. Here’s what to expect. Higher Tax Rates! When coupled with the reforms and reinvention here in Michigan it’s more than double the tax increases!
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter Could Be Left Off Primary Ballot
Throwing his congressional race into turmoil, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said Friday evening that he may not have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 7 Republican primary in his suburban Detroit district.
Mike Duggan Quietly Tests Waters for a Run for Detroit Mayor
Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan has been coy about publicly discussing the 2013 mayor’s race, but he has been talking privately with business and community leaders about a possible run. You can’t be serious! Mike Duggan really? This is exactly what Detroit doesn’t need another Ed McNamara political step-child! Why should the citizens expect anything different out of Ed (Fast Eddie) McNamara’s political step children? McNamara, a Democrat, mentored members of the party in the state, including Jennifer Granholm, Mike Duggan, Kwame Kilpatrick, Bob Ficano, and allegedly former state attorney general Republican Mike Cox!
HP to Cut 27,000 Jobs as Profits Declines 31%
The Hewlett-Packard Company on Wednesday confirmed that massive job cuts are coming. The tech company said it will eliminate about 27,000 jobs by 2014 in an effort to cut costs and get its balance sheet in order. To help achieve the job reduction target, HP is offering an early retirement program.
“It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.” James Madison writing to Thomas Jefferson in a letter in 1798 ~ Think Patriot Act, NDAA, TSA, etc. and a slew of other contrivances purportedly designed to protect us by powerful people unencumbered by their own laws.