The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You & Your Family for November,15, 2010

Michigan Senator Randy Richardville of Monroe is voted next majority leader
The Senate Majority Caucus announced at a capitol news conference today that Randy Richardville was elected the new Senate majority leader when the next Legislature takes office in January. Let’s hope that his past voting record is not an indication of what legislation is passed and how it will affect Michigan citizens! We citizens cannot afford to have legislation that favors Union Institutional interest to the detriment of local municipalities and the citizens of Michigan as a whole. The citizens have made their intentions clear, they want a government that represents and respects their wishes not the special interest or what their elected representatives think is best for them! The proof will be in the pudding!
 
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid aren’t kidding
The “Lame Duck” session is their last chance to jam through freedom-stealing schemes like the DISCLOSE Act, Cap and Tax and the Police-Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill before the new Congress is sworn in. This smells like legislation Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) Monroe on January 20, 2010!
http://www.michiganvotes.org/2010-SB-1072

Monroe County Board: GOP big winners

BY JOSHUA KENNEDY – Evening News staff writer

When the next Monroe County Board of Commissioners convenes in January, it will be a decidedly different panel than in previ­ous years.

In January, there will be seven Republi­cans and two Democrats on the panel.

Five of the nine commissioners will be first-timers — three of those have never run for elected office before. Compare that with two years ago when voters re-installed the entire panel of incumbents.

Longtime commissioners Dale Zorn, a Re­publican, and Floreine Mentel, a Democrat, opted this time not to seek re-election. Their decisions not to run created the catalyst that has changed the makeup of the board — currently there are five Democrats and four Republicans.

Mr. Zorn, a 20-year incumbent, success­fully ran for state representative. His depar­ture created a heated battle — eight people ran against one another on the primary ballot — for his District 2 seat on the county board.

In that race, Republican David C. Hoffman handily defeated Democrat Ron Tuttle 3,723-1,982.

Mr. Hoffman, a Dundee contractor, ac­knowledged Tuesday night that assuming the seat held by Mr. Zorn the past 20 years will be a lot of work.

“They are certainly some very big shoes to fill,” Mr. Hoffman said. “But I’m sure going to work on it. I’m ready to go.”

Dr. Stephen Bell, a Republican from Car­leton, successfully beat incumbent Demo­crat Al Potratz for the District 3 seat on the board by 231 votes. Dr. Bell earned 3,198 to Mr. Potratz’s 2,967.

“Now we’re going to be held to fulfilling what we’ve been talking about,” Dr. Bell said. “Now there’s a certain obligation to perform. I think the country expects that it’s not going to be business as usual.

“There’ve been a whole lot of people like me who saw what was going on and said, ‘Enough.’ I’m jumping into the game here,” he said. “I think there needs to be a really different way that things are done.”

District 4 incumbent Commissioner Men­tel’s decision to leave the county board this year resulted in Democrat Robert Lambert pitted against Republican Daniel Donahue, who won the day. Mr. Donahue garnered 2,287 votes to Mr. Lambert’s 1,971.

“It’s a new chapter in my life,” the Mon­roe businessman said, adding that with the overwhelming majority of Republicans on the county panel, “we may be able to get some really neat things done for the county.

“We should be able to come up with some really good ideas that’ll be solid for the entire county. I’m excited to use my working skills to work with all of the commissioners to see if we can’t help move Monroe County forward,” he said.

In District 5, incumbent Democrat William Sisk – the current board chairman – staved off a challenge by Republican Martin Sel­vidge to retain his seat.

“It feels good,” Mr. Sisk said from his home Tuesday. “They put me back. I’m not taking this as a mandate. I’m taking this as a second chance to do better. I now have an­other shot to see if we can right this ship.”

Mr. Sisk secured 3,015 votes to Mr. Sel­vidge’s 2,173. Incumbent Democrat Jerry Oley nar­rowly defeated this-time Republican David Roberts to retain the District 6 seat in the duos fourth match-up. Mr. Roberts has run as a Democrat, an independent and now a Republican in his bid for the seat, which he held when Mr. Oley first ran for the job 10 years ago.

“This will be my sixth term,” Mr. Oley said. “I’m so proud that my constituents decided to put me back in there. I’ve been very capable of working with anyone. I’ve worked with the Republicans and the Demo­crats. I’m going to continue to do that.

“We have a job to do. And my constituents gave me a passing report card.”

Mr. Roberts, who lost by only 42 votes — 1,750–1,792 — said he doesn’t plan to chal­lenge the results.

“I knew it would be a challenge from the start. Monroe is Democrat, liberal. It’s tough to get in as a Republican,” Mr. Rob­erts said. “I consider myself a conservative Democrat. There’s no such thing anymore.

It was close. But close only counts in horse­shoes.”

In District 7, Republican Mary O’Neill defeated incumbent Democrat John Fowler by 70 votes or 2,581-2,511. And in District 8 Republican Jason Sheppard defeated incum­bent Democrat Connie Velliquette by just 36 votes.

He got 2,465 compared to her 2,429 votes.

“We’re going to start anew, rebuilding Monroe County and it starts today,” Mr.

Sheppard said. “With this new group of county commissioners we are going to stay focused and work with our Lansing govern­ment to put things into perspective here in Monroe County.”

Mrs. Velliquette, who is serving her sec­ond term on the panel and Tuesday night wouldn’t rule out a challenge to the election results, said she was caught up in a “chang­ing climate.”

“This is what happens in politics,” she said. “I feel it’s the tide. When the climate changes, you get caught up in it.”

Incumbent Republican commissioners J. Henry Lievens and R. LaMar Frederick were the only two not facing opposition Tuesday. They will be the senior Republi­cans on the board in January.

The 2011- 12 board
    J. HENRY LIEVENS

    DAVID HOFFMAN

   STEPHEN BELL

   DANIEL DONAHUE

    WILLIAM SISK

    JERRY OLEY
   MARY O’NEILL
   JASON SHEPPARD

   R. LAMAR FREDERICK
 

“We’re going to start anew, rebuilding Monroe County and it starts today.”
Jason Sheppard, new county commissioner
 
The 10 Fiscal Commandments of the Tea Party
In the latter days of Rome, the economy was crumbling, the emperor … would placate the mob with bread and circus — food and entertainment to placate them since the economy was in shambles and dwindling around them, Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul.
http://247wallst.com/2010/11/05/the-10-fiscal-commandments-of-the-tea-party/
 
Bush thinks Palin not fit to be President
He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin. Juan McLame would have lost no matter who he picked as a running mate in my opinion. Looks like the power brokers of the Republican Party not only used the Tea Partiers to regain power and control but are now concerned that they may be next? This statement by Bush will only continue the split within the Republican Party!
 
Attacking Sarah Palin and the tea party movement
Why have Democrats and left leaning Republicans been attacking Sarah Palin? They probably fear Sarah Palin just like they fear Ron Paul and the tea party movement. What do they really fear? They fear people who want to shrink the size of government. The tea party movement is all about shrinking the size and scope of government. Politicians like Harry Reid have become rich while in office. How did that happen? International bankers and the corporate elite have been paying politicians like Harry Reid to do their bidding.
 
DECLINE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
There are numerous parallels between the end of the Roman Empire and the path the 226-year-old American republic is now on.
 
Why Main Street Doesn’t Buy Wall Street’s ‘Recovery’
If there are 20 workers participating in the economy, and 10 are unemployed, then the unemployment rate is 50%. If nine of those unemployed drop out and stop looking for work, they become “discouraged workers,” and the unemployment rate magically drops to 9%. Now there are 10 employed workers and only one officially unemployed person.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/investing/main-street-doesnt-buy-wall-streets-recovery/19709730/

Milton Friedman Calls Bernanke a Liar
After criticism for engaging in a $600 billion “quantitative easing” program, in which the Federal Reserve will buy U.S. Treasury debt, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has invoked the name of Milton Friedman to defend his actions. The legendary Noble prize-winning economist is not alive to defend himself from Bernanke’s claims, but his seminal book on inflation is! Contrary to Bernankes assertions, Friedman argues in “Money Mischief” that the Feds direct purchases of U.S. Treasurys is nothing more than “pure inflation.” Friedman also explains that inflationary policies of the Fed have a “lag effect,” but when they do hit, they do tremendous harm to the stock market and the overall economy.
 
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. 
John Adams 

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