The Bain Report: :Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for June, 7, 2010

Retired Police Officer Says Cox Was At Party
Explosive new details have surfaced about the alleged party involving Kwame Kilpatrick and murdered exotic dancer Tamara Greene.  Sworn testimony from Retired Detroit Police officer Sandy Cardenas says officers responding to 911 calls told her that Mike Cox was actually at the party. Cox, who would later call it an “urban legend,” denied the allegation.
 
Michigan Republicans Bludgeon 21st Century Jobs Fund, Pure Michigan
Michigan Senate Republicans moved Wednesday toward a budget that slashes funding for local governments, roads and economic development programs, the 21st Century Jobs Fund and the Pure Michigan advertising campaign – but doesn’t raise taxes.
 
CDC ALERT: Warning about a new virulent strain “voters” take special notice
The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of this old disease. The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim. It’s pronounced “Gonna re-elect ‘im.” It’s sad because it is so easily cured with a new procedure just coming on the market called Votemout it’s pronounced… “Vote-em-out!”
 
Steele not comfortable with Rand Paul
I guess he wouldn’t be. As the moderate leader of the National Republican Party who by the way, threw everything but the kitchen sink against Rand Paul in the election to defeat him. The Republican Party still doesn’t get it! True conservatives who believe in the founding principles, traditions, and the values that the party was founded upon have had enough of the direction our party has taken. We have too many liberal left leaning Republicans who have strayed and lost their way.
 
Richardville Named Legislator of the Year is like giving Bernie Madoff Financier of the Year
A perfect analogy of giving Monroe’s Senator Randy Richardville  this award is like giving “Bernie Madoff Financier of the Year”! I can see why this association would give him this award this only serves and succeeds in satisfying certain segments of the business community’s sweet tooth! On 5/11/10, MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden presented Senator Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) with the “Legislator of the Year” award. Senator Richardville’s amendment is nothing short of a clear example of corporate welfare. Specifically, this doesn’t pertain to all businesses; it is specific to the manufacturers that have lobbied extensively. These are the same manufacturers who were able to game the Michigan business tax, lowering their tax liability, and are receiving checks in the mail, shifting the tax burden to the rest of the business population all the while shedding jobs. Now they refuse to be fair. They speak for immunity from lowering their rebate checks, and let all others endure the cuts! This is all about picking business winners and losers!
 
Nobody’s safe in elections this year
This past week’s political message is that not even switching parties brings salvation in an era of unbridled anti-incumbency. In 2010, the most important letter behind any politician’s name isn’t D nor R, but I — as in incumbent. And it’s a trend that could intensify in stormy primaries and intraparty fights stretching beyond Labor Day. The road to re-election has never been more perilous than in 2010 for status quo establishment incumbents.
 
Bedford votes to lay off 46 teachers
The Bedford Public Schools Board of Education voted to lay off 46 teachers during a special meeting Tuesday night. The district needs to cut $3.1 million from its 2010-11 budget. The citizens of Bedford need to realize that their Monroe Representative in Lansing (Senator Randy Richardville) voted in favor of cutting education. Tell him how you feel at the ballot box Aug. 3rd, 2010.
 
In the Middle in Arkansas, and Hit From Both Sides
A Senator in Arkansas is discovering that, with the overheated political passions battering incumbents this year, being in the middle only gets you hit from both sides. Republicans and conservative Democrats have had enough of the center left of either party! What was once considered politically smart for re-election to be a liberal moderate is a thing of the past. The out of control state budgets, tax and spend, subsidizing mentality of this type of representation will pay the price in the 2010 elections! 
 
Incumbents Rocked by Voters in early Primary’s
If Tuesday’s primaries around the country were any indication, incumbents and establishment-backed candidates should be worried. It remains to be seen if the voters here in Monroe County and the State of Michigan have suffered enough as to send the same message to Lansing that we deserve and expect better representation?
 
SEIU and Randy Richardville
That some Michigan Republicans sponsored a bill to give tax payer money to SEIU is an outrage. To many citizens of Monroe it is not surprising that Randy Richardville is one of those Republicans. People who are aware of Randy Richardville’s record as a politician consider him to be a self serving opportunist.
 
$4 Million Taxpayer Giveaway to SEIU
Senator Jason Allen has introduced SB 731, which would take a shady, sneaky and probably illegal deal giving the sister organization of ACORN, SEIU, a $4 million dollar
taxpayer giveaway and make it legal. Co-sponors include: Roger Kahn, Bruce Patterson, Raymond Basham, Valde Garcia, Tony Stamas, Judson Gilbert, Martha Scott, Dennis Olshove, Irma Clark-Coleman, Michael Switalski, Gilda Jacobs, Mark Jansen, Deborah Cherry, Randy Richardville, Patricia Birkholz, Gretchen Whitmer.
 
Richardville standing up for Banksters against Homeowners & Workers
Richardville, chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, stripping out a provision in Senate Bills 4453-4455 that would help workers having their homes foreclosed on. The provision would have stipulated that if at the end of the 90 days a homeowner is eligible for a loan modification, but the lender does not give it to them for whatever reason, then the lender would be forced to take the foreclosure through the judicial process. That provision passed the House, but it was striped out and approved along party lines in the Senate with Richardville standing up for banks against workers.
 
Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, carried water for the home mortgage industry
LANSING — State Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, carried water for the home mortgage industry whose greed plunged the country into a financial meltdown by fighting off every attempt by Senate Democrats Wednesday to pass a meaningful moratorium on home foreclosure and help keep people in their homes.
 
Crony Capitalism at the State Capitol
Richardville voted TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock
The people who own a Michigan insurance company have been effectively deprived of their power to sell their own investment under a new law hurriedly introduced and overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature this spring. Another term for it is “crony capitalism” — when business and politicians gang up to thwart the marketplace and the rule of law.
 
Rand Paul Wins in Kentucky Race for Senate, Major Victory for Tea Party
The conservative tea party movement has scored a major victory as its candidate won the Kentucky senate Republican primary in the latest sign of the anti-establishment anger stirring up American politics. We can only hope that Michigan voters follow suit? Remember it was Kentuckian James Winchester that brought his force of 700 Kentuckians and 200 regulars to the River Raisin to help defend Michiganians.
 
IMF Warns U.S. Debt Nears 100 Percent of GDP, Greece In Better Shape 
The United States’ national debt will soon reach 100 percent of gross domestic product, the International Monetary Fund predicts in a new report. The sharp rise in U.S. debt started in 2006 and by 2015, the IMF suggests, debt could reach more than 100 percent of GDP.
 
GOP Representative Will Resign Over Affair
Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, effective Friday, because he had an affair with a staffer. Don’t think for a minute we don’t have some representatives here in Michigan that has shown questionable moral character such as this! I’ve heard rumors and behind rumors lie’s a bit of truth! Moral character does matter! 
 
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation a Colossal Failure
Here’s a good place to start significant reforming and cutting the size of Michigan government. An example according to the MEDC, Google brought in 163 jobs in 2007 and then 61 in 2008, far short of the 200-a-year pace needed to meet the 1,000 jobs Granholm said the deal would yield. Using the MEDC’s tax credit formula, it is estimated Google received about $800,000 in tax credits for 2007 and 2008 for the 224 jobs. The Republican controlled senate consistently votes in favor of these taxpayer subsidies including our own Sen. Richardville.
 
Politician’s with Union support have strings attached
A letter from a union leader shows that endorsements from organized labor don’t come without strings attached. What they want is a candidate’s pledge that they will continue flushing Michigan’s economy down the hole before they will support them, said Leon Drolet, chairman of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. “Smart unions realize they can’t rely on Democrats to maintain control of all branches of government forever. They know how to shave off just enough Republicans to prevent reforms.”
 
Could a proposed Restaurant Tax be coming to Monroe?
Some restaurant owners are concerned that an alcohol tax under consideration could end up sending patrons outside the city limits for their night out on the town. House Bill 5059 allows municipalities the option of putting on the ballot a 50 cent tax on alcoholic drinks sold by the glass. What’s next a meal tax?
 
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. 
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May, 31, 2010

Instead of Revamping Financial Structure, State just keeps moving money around
Michigan legislators have created budget overspending crises every year since 2002. Since tax rates rarely went down and since most spending is directly under their control, these deficits are largely a matter of the legislators wanting to spend more than they did the previous year. One example is Senator Richardville budget bills approved increases of $1,332,045,900 billion for fiscal 2008 verses 2007!
 
Richardville Votes to Transfer Road Tax Money to other purposes
It’s no wonder we have terrible roads! When the money we pay in taxes specifically for roads is diverted for other state spending! In a Monroe Evening News article in 2009 Senator Richardville stated the problem was with how the funds were allocated in the formula of Public Act 51. What he didn’t tell you was that he voted in favor of robbing these funds!
Passed in the Senate (37 to 0) on October 20, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending. 
 
Cost of treating autism shocking
Legislation is pending so Senator Randy Richardville and a panel of experts and speakers will travel to several other cities in the coming weeks to gather facts on the disorder so to better understand the complexities of autism. This is nothing more than grandstanding on Senator Randy Richardville’s part for re-election! He is riding the coat tails of Representative Kathy Angerer who has been the one championing this issue. Representative Angerer is so devoted on the issue of autism she decided it was more important than to run for office. He did the same thing with the Secretary of State Office closure in Temperance where once again Representative Angerer took the lead!  He is also very much aware that right here in Monroe we have an individual with impeccable credentials in the field of autism and he has never once inquired with this individual about this issue! Seems to me if he was so concerned with the issue of autism he would have taken advantage of this person’s knowledge and experience in the field of autism! This is nothing short of pandering to the voters in this re-election year!
Credentials are an attestation of the qualifications, competence, or authority issued. Said individuals resume includes: 33 years of experience in education and Administration. Administrator of the largest center for students with Autism in the country. Responsible for balancing the centers budget. Committee participation in school systems. Board member Monroe County Mental Health Authority. Member of Wayne County Association Supervisors Special Education. Member of Council for Exceptional Children. Presentation speaker at the International Conference on autism in Beijing China. Presentation speaker to the Wisconsin Council for Children with Autism, Presenter to the Special Transportation In-service for Wayne County. Holds the following degrees: Associates Degree, Bachelors of Science Degree, Masters of Arts Degree, Education Specialist Degree, Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI.
 
Michigan Tax Burden Grows Despite Claims to the Contrary
Per capita figures make Michigan seem worse off by comparison to other states since population is less responsive to economic changes than are tax revenues. Still, Michigan’s per capita tax burden increased over the past decade.
 
Citizens in Utah unseat RINO (Republican in Name Only) Senator
This needs to happen here in Michigan! We have far to many Republican Representatives in Lansing who are beholding to the special interest, lobbyist, and unions and not the citizens they are supposed to represent!
 
Randy Richardville vs. R. Al Bain
R. Al Bain is contesting incumbent Randy Richardville in the Republican primary for State Senator Richardville’s 17th district seat. R. Al Bain is very well known in conservative circles in Monroe. Mr. Bain is known to be a staunch constitutionalist. R. Al Bain would never vote for let alone sponsor legislation that robs citizens of Michigan in order to give money to special interest groups as Senator Richardville’s record has shown!
 
Activists stunning Republican platform win in Maine
The effect it will have on Maine politics could be quite epic in scope. It has certainly stunned the Republican Party Establishment and the Maine media.
 
Lawmaker Says $150 Million in Unearned Tax Credits Given Out by State
Based on a review of the Auditor General’s report there is likely $100 million — $200 million of tax credits actually given out that were not earned by the businesses receiving them. The Auditor General only looked at 7 percent of the tax credit certificates in one year and found $2.6 million of likely unearned, but awarded tax credits anyway. The businesses didn’t really create the jobs they said they had in order to get the credits or the MEDC just gave them credits without checking on job creation numbers… but that was money out the door — money that should have remained in our state’s coffers to help alleviate the budget crisis.
 
Limits to be placed on ObamaCare insurance coverage for dependents
Regulations drafted by the Obama administration show that there is a limit to the new requirement that health plans allow families to keep young adults on their policies up to age 26. In addition, families can be charged more for coverage of the young adult to the extent individuals can be required to pay more under their health plan.
 
Obama Threatens Veto of Obamacare as Cost Estimates Soar Above $1 Trillion
The politically explosive revelation, which is likely to give new impetus to the GOP’s repeal movement, came after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the law potentially could add at least $115 billion to government healthcare spending over the next 10 years.
 
Obama Administration Targets Military for Pay Reductions
President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel. Our own Republican Senator Randy Richardville here in Monroe voted to cut the Military Veterans Benefits in the 2009-2010 appropriations Bill by 37.7 million dollars! Begs the question, what’s the difference between Obama’s administration and Richardville? Not much! They both support the Service Employees Internation Union (SEIU)!
 
U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade
The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush’s administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better. The Obama administration is attempting to use tactics and methods of gun control that will inflict major damage to our 2nd Amendment before US citizens even understand what has happened.
 
European Debt Crisis Will Eventually Hit U.S.
A weaker European economy could reduce demand for U.S. exports, as European consumers cut back their purchases of autos, appliances and other goods.
 
The Welfare State’s Death Spiral
What we’re seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state. This isn’t Greece’s problem alone, and that’s why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery. Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven’t fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies.
 
Conservative wins Republican Kentucky Senate race
Opinion polls have found voters in a sour mood fueled by distrust of Washington and worries that neither party is doing enough to rescue the economy and restrain government spending.
 
U.S. Debt Shock May Hit In 2018, Maybe As Soon As 2013
“Nobody knows when you bump up against the limit, but you know when it happens it will really hurt,” said fiscal watchdog Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
 
NFIB Confirms Health Care Law Bad For Workers
This is confirmation for every person worried about their job or looking for work, that the health care law is only making matters worse.  If it is bad for small businesses, it is bad for America, and this health care law is bad for both.  Instead of increasing costs and adding new mandates on employers, we need to lower their costs so they can start hiring again. With Michigan’s already high cost of doing business and tax burdens leveled on them, we need a total revamp of the Michigan Business Tax structure to promote jobs and make Michigan a place were businesses want to locate.
 
Bank of England Governor: US Faces Same Danger as Greece
The United States is facing the same fiscal problems as Greece, says Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England. King is not the only leading opinion-maker worried about the parlous fiscal state of the United States. Nouriel Roubini, appearing on Fox News, notes that the fiscal crisis started in 2007 with too much debt in the private sector.
 
DHS to States: Pleeease Spend This Money!
States don’t want to implement REAL ID, and the American people don’t want a national ID, but the DHS bureaucracy is rattling cages to try to get money spent purely for the sake of spending. It’s flabbergasting. As both the states and the Federal government face increasingly tough budgeting decisions, it is more important than ever that these available funds be utilized. Senator Randy Richardville serves on the Homeland Security committee.
 
Why the Stock Market Could Crash This Year
Investors wondering about the U.S. stock market’s future course are focusing on this question: Will the debt crisis ravaging European banks and the bursting of the Chinese housing bubble affect America’s economy and corporate profits? It’s becoming increasingly difficult to claim that these global storms won’t ever reach America’s shores. But even more worrying — the fundamentally unsound U.S. economy is in a poor state to withstand such shocks.
 
The People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty
Thomas Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May, 24, 2010

Tea Party Hijackers
Here’s a real slap in the face to the conservative Tea Party folks! State Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser late last month said about the Tea Party stuff, suggesting it was an “organized movement that e-mails each other back and forth.” Mr. Weiser concluded that the movement here “is not going to affect our elections in Michigan.”  Do I hear a challenge here?
 
Palin Urges Michigan Conservatives To Elect New Leaders
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin urged Michigan conservatives Saturday to look at upcoming state elections as opportunity to put their candidates in place and begin changing big government, cutting federal spending and repealing the new federal health care law.
 
Utah Senator Ousted At GOP Convention
Falls Victim To Growing Conservative Movement
This is what needs to happen in every state in order to receive the proper representation we as an electorate deserve and expect! Once-popular Republican Sen. Bob Bennett fell victim to a growing national conservative movement with his stunning defeat at Utah’s GOP convention. Here in Michigan we can do the same thing in our primary to ensure we have the most principled candidate representing our interest and not that of the lobbyist, special interest, and Union institutional interest! Don’t be fooled by the incumbent “Spin Masters” who claim to be “Constitutional Conservatives” when their voting record and campaign contributions show a different picture!
 
Richardville votes in favor to reduce high school graduation standards
This only continues the dumbing down of our children in public education. We as a society and parents should regret seeing this bill move forward. We should be encouraging the most from our children, not the minimum. This is part of the old School To Work, of Bill Clinton and Marc Tuckers of the 90s. By compressing four years into two (freshman and sophomore years), Tucker’s idea is to fast-track and minimize the high-school curriculum so that students do not receive in-depth instruction in World History, U. S. History, economics, government, higher math, the great classics of the world, and advanced science. Students would be bereft of the knowledge-base needed to cope with the adult problems of the world and certainly would neither make well-informed voters nor citizens. These students also would not have the flexibility and the knowledge-base to change vocations readily nor to get into college and be successful students. Students (encouraged by their naïve parents) who unknowingly succumb to Tucker’s devious plan would end up having a very shallow educational background and would be doomed to the career pathway they chose when young and immature.
 
Michigan voters look to unseat incumbent Republicans and Democrats
With Michigan’s 10 year and counting problems such as the economy, job loses, budget deficits, education cuts, and a host of “Bad Legislation” the citizens (voters) are more than ready for new representation in Lansing! Michigan voters may have finally reached the end of their rope and realized that you cannot expect the ones who helped create the problems fix them! It’s time for real change not the talk of it in the past. Democrats may be more forgiving of their career politicians than the Republicans of theirs.
 
Senate GOP Fumbles, May Approve $25.9 Billion Taxpayer Liability to Satisfy MEA
Negotiations are continuing between the Republican majority in the Michigan Senate and House Democrats on a modest school pension reform proposal recommended by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to help balance next year’s budget. Late reports suggest that GOP Senators may be ready to surrender on one particular demand from the Michigan Education Association that could load a new $25.9 billion liability onto taxpayers.
 
Legislative pay evidence of a larger problem
Michigan policymakers would like to raise taxes some $557 million in order to avoid structural reforms and spending cuts. Perhaps lawmakers should look at cutting their own paychecks first. Cutting legislative pay and benefits could save Michigan $11.1 million. Currently, legislators in Michigan receive a base pay of $79,650, plus another $12,000 annually for expenses. Leadership positions receive added compensation of between $5,500 and $27,000. Only California lawmakers get more.
 
Three Michigan Companies Get $121,000 from Michigan Microloan Fund
Our roads are the worst, our children’s education funding is being cut, the state budget is in serious trouble, but, we can still subsidies private industry? We absolutely need better representation out of our elected representatives in Lansing!
 
Spending Tobacco Revenue Like There’s No Tomorrow
Have our prudent and farsighted politicians recognized the temporary nature of this windfall and placed most of it in a reserve fund? No. In fact, every penny so far has been spent and they’ve actually borrowed against future settlement revenue to spend hundreds of millions on wrongheaded “economic development” programs, tourism industry subsidies and to avoid spending cuts. But the sharks began nibbling around the edges. In 2005, the Legislature created the “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidy program, a hodge-podge of spending with little oversight. To pay for it they borrowed $400 million against future tobacco settlement proceeds. To avoid spending cuts in the 2007 budget, the Legislature approved another $415 million in borrowing against future tobacco money. In 2008 they pulled out this same credit card, using it to buy $60 million in tourism ads (the “Pure Michigan” and related campaigns). How did your Representative vote? Mine, Sen. Richardville (R) Monroe hasn’t missed a yes vote on this one!
 
Budget hijinks make mockery of public campaign financing
Michigan legislators have been playing shell games with the state budget for so long that it’s hard to muster real indignation at their latest bookkeeping maneuver: diverting $7.2 million that was specifically earmarked for a public campaign financing fund to plug chronic shortfalls in state revenues.
 
MEA-owned insurance carrier using rate hikes to replenish coffers?
WOW!!! What a deal for the Teachers Union. Let me see, WE paid into their retirement fund and WE paid for their insurance, and WE pay their salaries. Now because MESSA, the MEA Teachers Union lost money in the market, we get to cover their losses for them??? MESSA loses millions through bad investments, pension costs
Last year MESSA reported having a fund reserve of $365 million, and the statewide average of its rate increase for schools was somewhere around six percent. But this year MESSA’s fund reserve has dwindled to a measly $259.5 million, and the average increase is expected to be 13.3 percent. “Many American companies would like to make up for the recession losses, and MESSA is one that has – thanks to the Michigan taxpayers. It has a license to steal from taxpayers!”
 
Newspaper Death Act
There is no shortage of bad ideas coming out of Lansing. Senate Bill 1285 introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton, would require customers to pay a deposit on each newspaper they purchase equal to one-half the retail price of the newspaper. What possible benefit to the public could there be in requiring a newspaper deposit? He must have received some bad press to waste taxpayer time as to introduce this piece of legislation! Our elected incumbent lawmakers both Democrats or Republicans should have bigger taxpayer concerns than this!
 
Obama, fellow Socialists to ram through new amnesty bill soon!
The democrats are counting on the sub-class of US citizens who are permanent wards of the government to save their collective behinds this coming November at the polls. They are the Americans who depend on the government for their very existence. They vote for democrats because democrats promise them their continued dole every month.  The millions of illegal aliens, once granted citizenship, will, for the most part, join the millions in this sub-class and add their votes to the democrat side of the ballot. THAT is the reason for the Comprehensive Immigration Bill… or the New Amnesty Bill.
 
Divisive New Driver’s Licenses
After becoming one of only 10 states to issue a new kind of driver’s license with beefed-up security features, Nevada became the first to stop issuing them — a move that has delighted privacy advocates and outraged the governor. The state called a halt to the “Real ID-compliant” licenses after temporary regulations put into place by Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons ran out and legislators under pressure from Real ID opponents failed to approve permanent ones.
 
Is Rising U.S. Debt Inviting Trouble? Ask Japan
As Europe’s debt woes play out in a disturbing fashion, investors on this side of the Atlantic are wondering if the same thing could happen in America. With a public debt to GDP ratio of 90% and climbing, the U.S. isn’t so far behind Greece’s 115% mark, after all.
 
House Passes $6 Billion Cash for Caulkers Bill
Here’s another dandy boondoggle with taxpayers money! The H.R. 5019 bill, which still needs approval in the Senate, is a two-track program. Consumers using the Silver Star program would receive up-front rebates up to $3,000 for covering installation costs of such behind-the-scenes products as water heaters, air duct sealing, windows and doors. Under the Gold Start program, homeowners would be required to arrange for an energy audit and put all the measure in place, in order to receive up to $8,000 should they hit the energy conservation milestones as it relates to dollars saved.
 
Foreclosure Rates Rise in Most Cities
The first-quarter foreclosure report had good news for the worst off, and bad news for almost everyone else. In 14 of the metropolitan areas hit hardest by mortgage defaults, foreclosures declined from 2009. But nationally, 77% of cities saw foreclosures rise.
 
Freddie Mac Sees Home Prices Sliding and Asks for More Cash 
Freddie Mac (FRE) doesn’t expect a housing recovery any time soon. In fact, the government-backed mortgage-finance giant thinks home prices will fall further before they start climbing back up. Worse, Freddie says it now needs an additional injection of $10.6 billion of government funding.
 
FDIC Shuts Seven More Banks at a Cost of Over $7 Billion
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation closed seven more banks on Apr. 30, bringing the total to 64 for the year. The day was particularly expensive, costing the agency (taxpayers) just over $7 billion. CF Bancorp in Port Huron, Mich. was one of them.
 
After the IMF Bails Out Europe, the U.S. May Have to Bail Out the IMF
The fund probably doesn’t have the resources to bail out Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain. Which begs the question: Who rescues the IMF if it needs more stabilization funds to put out another fire? You guessed it. The U.S. (Taxpayers) is at the top of that list.
 
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government  Thomas Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: :Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May 17, 2010

Richardville goes to bat for Union Interest again
This is just another example of how Sen. Richardville imposes the burden on Local Municipalities and Taxpayers in favor of Union interest as he goes to bat for Democratic Union interest over Republican colleagues. This is right from the Deputy Sheriff Association Website Deputy Sheriff Association of Michigan – Mike Bishop Reaching into Your Pocket to Balance State Budget. Republican Senator Mike Bishop (R) put together a “reform” proposal that would alter P.A. 312, to reduce the healthcare benefits, lower pay by 5% AND freeze it at that rate for 3 years through a constitutional amendment that he hopes to put on the ballot next year. However, Sen. Richardville offered an amendment to protect this Union and thwart Sen. Bishop’s proposal that was passed and signed into law by Gov. Granholm (D). Richardville also voted against an amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R)  2010 Senate Bill 1072 (Establish police or firefighter union binding arbitrator standards ) – Michigan Votes that would require the arbitrator to consider the financial ability of the community to pay and other general financial considerations when making their determinations. I guess the Unions campaign contributions mean more than the citizens he is supposed to represent. 
 
Senator Richardville opposes amendment to save Taxpayers Money
2010 Senate Bill 1163 – (Senate Roll Call 157) An election consolidation amendment that would restrict elections to August and November. Let me add that Senators McManus (R) and Brown (R) have offered similar legislation to consolidate elections. I commend them for these ideas. They are thinking along conservative lines, that government is wasting resources by holding duplicative, low-turnout elections. We should consolidate them to August and November. Senator Richardville opposed this amendment
Press Release: AMENDMENT DEFEATED BY MICHIGAN SENATE
(Senate Bill 888) that was introduced earlier this year that would consolidate elections to August and November of odd-numbered years, in conjunction with local municipal elections, in order to eliminate duplicative and costly stealth elections that continuously experience low voter turnout (defeated 10-27 vote). This would have saved Taxpayers money!
 
Richardville & other GOP Senators, SEIU Taxpayer Giveaways, Campaign Cash and More
Senate Bill 731 was co-sponsored by these Republican Senators: Roger Kahn, Bruce Patterson, Valde Garcia, Tony Stamas, Judson Gilbert, Mark Jansen, Randy Richardville, and Patricia Birkholz. It was also co-sponsored by the following Democratic Senators: Raymond Basham, Martha Scott, Dennis Olshove, Irma Clark-Coleman, Michael Switalski, Gilda Jacobs, Deborah Cherry and Gretchen Whitmer.
SB 731’s primary sponsor Sen. Jason Allen wants to bring SB 731 to a vote in the Senate Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee to which it was referred, and which he chairs. If the bill passes the Republican Senate it will almost certainly be quickly endorsed by the Democratic House and signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
That would make this the second transfer of taxpayer dollars to the SEIU to receive official blessing in recent weeks. In November the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved a questionable $2 million subsidy to a for-profit subsidiary of the union, to be located in the House district represented by Speaker of the Michigan House Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township. (The $3.7 million taxpayer wealth transfer that’s the subject of the Mackinac Center lawsuit benefits the UAW and AFSCME, two other politically powerful government employee unions.)
The $3.7 million number just happens to be the same as the $3.7 million that was cut from the Veterans Appropriations for 2009-2010 budget! Just a coincidence? This is just another shell game played with the taxpayers dollars by our representatives in Lansing all for campaign contributions and to benefit the Unions.
 
Richardville: Votes NO for Medicaid, college scholarships, schools, revenue sharing to local governments in Supplemental budget FY 2009-2010
Opposed an amendment for 2009 House Bill 4311 (Appropriations: Supplemental budget ). The amendment failed in the Senate (14 to 20) on November 5, 2009, to appropriate some $800 million for various spending items that were proposed but not included in the final FY 2009-2010 state budget, including $375 million more for Medicaid, $140 million for college scholarships, $159 million for schools, $55 million for revenue sharing to local governments, and more. [Vote Details and Comments]
 
Protest by Senator Cassis (R), under her constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18)
Senator Cassis (R), protested against the adoption of the amendments offered by Senator Richardville to Senate Bill No. 838 and moved that the statement she made during the discussion of the amendments be printed as her reasons for voting “no.”
Republican Senator Cassis’ statement is as follows:
I would like to comment on this specific amendment which removes language pertinent to the personal property tax credit, the R and D credit, the compensation credit, and the IT credit. My “no” vote reflects concerns regarding special interests continuing their special protections, their special earmarks, and this, in my opinion, reflects clear examples of corporate welfare. Specifically, this doesn’t pertain to all businesses; it is specific to the manufacturers. The manufacturers are the ones who have lobbied extensively tonight to pull out this savings to help balance the budget. These are the same manufacturers who were able to game the Michigan business tax, lowering their tax liability, and are receiving checks in the mail, shifting the tax burden to the rest of the business population, all the while, shedding, shedding jobs. Now they refuse to be fair. They speak for immunity from lowering their rebate checks, and let all others endure the cuts that are in this budget. I cannot in good conscience support these endeavors.
 
School Pension Reform Stalls in Senate
A plan to reform public school pensions and set them more in line with private-sector retirement standards — and thus save Michigan taxpayers an estimated $3.5 billion over the next 10 years — stalled in the Michigan Senate as that chamber prepared to leave for its spring break. Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1227, the school pension reform plan. He told the MIRS News that at least three Republicans were refusing to support the bills. Just two of those GOP votes would have provided the margin necessary for passage. Days earlier, MIRS quoted a “well placed source” that identified four Republican senators as possible “no” votes on SB 1227: Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek,  Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi. Kahn, Nofs and Richardville have each received political donations from the MEA in recent years. Nofs’ past support from the union — and his historical willingness to break from the GOP pack and cast votes in line with MEA concerns — led one Michigan Tea Party organization to circulate literature critical of the lawmaker’s record during his recent election. And late last year, both Nofs and Kahn were the only two Senate Republicans to refuse to vote for a proposal to change the Teacher Tenure Act and create a standard for removing “consistently ineffective” teachers. This education reform was also opposed by the MEA. Sen. Randy Richardville offered a watered down amendment that passed to the benefit of the MEA and consistently ineffective teachers.
 
Special Deals Yield Far Fewer Jobs Than Projected
On Aug. 31, 2009, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Michael LaFaive and James Hohman reviewed data from 219 credits from 1995 to 2004 involving the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. The MEGA agreements are tax incentives designed to induce businesses to locate in Michigan. In return for the tax incentives, the businesses pledge to create new jobs. The Mackinac Center found company projections of jobs seldom matched the real-life jobs created. In fact, their investigation of MEGA deals found that of the 61,043 jobs projected in news releases, companies only created 17,971 jobs. The Mackinac Center study states that for every 1,000 jobs companies projected they would create, about 294 jobs were actually created, on average — about 29 percent.
 
Lawmaker Says ‘Willful Neglect’ Is the Rule at Embattled State Agency
The state’s “flagship” economic development program may have doled out an estimated $150 million in tax credits erroneously in the last five years to companies that didn’t meet the criteria due to a lack of oversight, according to State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills.
 
Dr. David Kaiser on intentionally de-industrializing our economy
We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?
 
States Facing $90 Billion In Budget Shortfalls
Federal Stimulus money which was intended mainly to create new jobs but states gobbled up a good portion to plug their budget deficits. Now that stimulus money has been used up. Unlike the federal government, state governments cannot print extra money to cover their shortfalls. State governments cannot print extra money to cover their shortfalls. With the stimulus money gone, states are faced with an estimated $90 billion deficit. That can only be plugged with sharp cuts in services. State legislators will tell the citizens we have no choice but to raise your taxes! 
 
Is the Economy Headed for a Double Dip Recession? 
There has been a lot of speculation that the economy could be headed for a double-dip recession. Thursday’s 1,000 point fall didn’t help.
 
Stocks extend plunge on concerns about Greece
The stock market has had one of its most turbulent days ever. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 1,000 points in half an hour amid concerns that Greece’s debt problems could halt the world financial recovery.
 
Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign
The nazis greatly restricted tobacco advertising, banned smoking in most public buildings, increasingly restricted and regulated tobacco farmers growing abilities, and engaged in a sophisticated anti-smoking public relations campaign.
 
Michigan’s Smoking Ban
Business owners may be fined and restaurant and bar owners may lose their food or liquor licenses for violations of the smoking ban. What’s next no texting in restaurants and bars? Many people understand that when the government is allowed to go beyond what the constitution allows all of the citizens are losers. Nothing in the constitution of the United States allows the government to ban the use of a legal product in privately owned establishments. That is province of the owner of the establishment.
 
Anger Over Arizona Law Sends Thousands Into the Streets
including the estimated 12 million living illegally in the U.S.
A congressman was among 35 people arrested during a protest at the White House. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., was taking part in a civil disobedience demonstration.
 
Illegals Rally for Immigration Reform
Let me see if I understand this correctly? Illegals who are here illegally are protesting for immigration reform that would allow them to stay here legally after they came here illegally. Is this legal? So if I break the law and just say I won’t do it anymore then everything’s OK! If they are here illegally then deport them and let them do it the right way like all immigrants have in the past! No free passes for law breakers!
 
Federal Reserve Quietly Lobbies Against Audit the Fed
The Huffington Post ran a detailed article this morning outlining the Fed’s deceptive tactics against transparency. The effort to beat back the audit relies on playing two members of the same caucus — Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) — off each other. In order to obtain the documents, HuffPost agreed not to reveal the name of the Federal Reserve official who did the specific lobbying in question.
Watch Reps. Alan Grayson and Ron Paul Discuss “Audit the Fed” Amendment
 
Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill
A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.
 
Joe the Plumber Elected to GOP Post in Ohio
The man — Samuel Wurzelbacher — is now a party committeeman, one of 400 who oversee the GOP in Ohio’s Lucas County, The Associated Press reported. He won his spot by a 38-23 vote in his Toledo precinct. This should serve notice to all RINOS within the Republican Party that the voters are paying attention!
 
GM Didn’t Really Pay U.S. Back
GM still owes $45.3 billion to the U.S. and $8.1 billion to Canada, money it received in exchange for shares in the company. GM said it hopes to repay those amounts with an eventual public stock offering, the AP reported. “It looks like [GM’s] announcement is really just an elaborate TARP money shuffle.” The repayment dollars haven’t come from GM selling cars but, instead, from a TARP account at the Treasury Department.” The Treasury Department is not being straightforward with taxpayers about its management of the $700-billion taxpayer-funded bailout program. It’s a shell game!
 
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object  
Thomas  Jefferson
 
 

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May 10, 2010

Speaker credits movement with forcing politicians out
Charles Barger, the main speaker at the event, said the tea-party movement has set its sights on career politicians. Mr. Barger greeted the crowd by saying “welcome to being part of the largest leaderless movement in America,” a reference to the hundreds of tea party rallies being held across the nation Thursday.
 
Bill would put all Charter Teachers into State Retirement system
Some in the Michigan charter public school community are keeping a wary eye on a proposal to require all charter school teachers to join the state retirement system. While MPSERS needs to be reformed, forcing charter teachers into the mix as a way to boost membership would not help, Naeyaert said, and also would take away an element of choice from both teachers and public school academies.
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE [April 14, 2010]
The following bill was read a third time: Senate Bill No. 1227, entitled A bill to amend 1980 PA 300, entitled The public school employees retirement act of 1979.
The bill was passed, a majority of the members serving voting therefor, as follows:
Roll Call No. 181 Yeas—22Allen Garcia Kuipers Richardville Birkholz George McManus Sanborn Bishop Gilbert Nofs Stamas Brown Hardiman Pappageorge Switalski Cassis Jansen Patterson Van  Woerkom. Looks like they are trying to fix the problem on the backs of Charter School Teachers?
 
Michigan’s debt to federal government for unemployment claims: $2.8B and counting
Unemployment extension pending in Senate would help estimated 100,000 Michigan residents whose benefits set to expire by year’s end. Michigan has been borrowing from the federal government to pay out unemployment insurance benefit claims since mid-2008, when its own trust fund became insolvent, and now owes the feds $2.8 billion.
 
Windmills Power Controversy on Great Lakes
What’s 410 feet tall, makes a humming sound and could be at a location near you soon? Answer: Wind turbines — an alternative source of power that is creating a stir on both sides of the state. Wind turbines are as tall as a 40-story building and 50-plus turbines will be clustered together in each field. Many of the questions residents have concerning financial and environmental impact have not been answered. Russ Harding, former director of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality and current director of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Property Rights Network, said the turbines would be a “huge visual intrusion.” And wind power is not efficient, Harding said. You can thank our own Senator Richardville for voting in favor of using our tax dollars in government subsidy’s for this endeavor! Allow the marketplace to determine economic feasibility. The only place for government is to monitor and encourage public opinion to regulate public safety and environmental quality, and properly enforce the will of the people.
 
Local Governments Lost $1.7B Because of Lehman
Lawmakers say Lehman Brothers’ historic collapse cost school districts and local governments millions, forcing many to make major cutbacks. Looks like they are trying to continue federal bailouts by injecting more money into Wall Street companies through fear tactics using the education system and the school districts as leverage for justification.
 
Jason Allen: Career Politician Wants Stupak’s Seat
Jason Allen is a forty-seven year old career politician from Michigan’s Grand Traverse County who became active in Republican politics while still in high school.  Some speculate he aspires to become governor of the state someday, which might explain his ‘hands-across-the aisle’, bipartisan mentality and willingness to cater to special interest groups and snake oil salesmen with deep pockets. Sound like another politician we know right here in Monroe County? Senator Richardville comes to mind!
 
State Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, mum on Campaign giving
Who contributed $75,000 to two accounts a mystery? State Sen. Jason Allen, the Legislature’s leading fundraiser, won’t comment on campaign finance reforms proposed by members of his political party and won’t reveal who contributed more than $75,000 to two accounts he created. Between 2003 and 2005, Allen, R-Traverse City, raised more than $600,000 in political contributions in five funds he controls. He said he supports more transparency for state campaign financing, but he hasn’t taken a position on any specific proposals. Like any of them would! They don’t want their constituents to see they are playing both sides of the fence all for personal gain and not what’s in the best interest of their constituents!
 
Granholm: High court nominee not have to be judge
WASHINGTON – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a potential candidate for the Supreme Court, thinks it’s a smart idea for President Barack Obama to consider someone who isn’t a judge now. I guess she would being as she’s term limited and on Obama’s short list!
 
Republicans suffering for 2008 bank bailout vote
Some of Congress’ staunchest conservatives voted two years ago to prop up the nation’s banking industry. At the time, they saw a threat to American business. Now the emergency is their own political survival. They should be! The Republicans started this bailout mess and the Democrats with Obama at the helm just took it to a higher level!
 
Will the VAT Lady Sing?
A cultural battle is under way in America, a battle between, “the culture of dependence and the culture of independence.” The culture of dependence is the belief by American liberalism that government can make better decisions for people than people can make for themselves. The U.S. has now created the largest government spending increases, takeovers, and regulation expansion in the past 65 years, since the end of World War II. It is going to get even worse, as the President’s budget plans to spend $45 trillion in the next 10 years, a 70% increase in spending over the last 10.
 
Health law’s heavy impact
Under the new health care bill – did you know that all real estate transactions are subject to a 3.8% “Sales Tax”? Governor Granholm of Michigan is trying to add a 5.5% sales tax to all estate sales, if that passes, when a homeowner sells a $200,000 home in Michigan they will be paying a $7,600 Healthcare tax to the Federal Government and a $11,000 sales tax to the State of Michigan, plus a transfer tax of $8.60 per thousand, $1,760, for a total of $20,320 in taxes. If you think real estate sales and foreclosures are bad now, just wait and see what happens in 2014.
 
THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR A POLITICIAN USE THE WORD “BILLION”
The next time you hear a politician use the word “billion” in a casual manner, think about whether you want the “politicians” spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases. Click link below
 
Zero – Obamacare’s links to conservative ideas
President Obama recently told Matt Lauer, anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, that his highly partisan health care law borrows ideas directly from The Heritage Foundation’s health care reform playbook. This is utterly false. As Heritage health policy analyst Bob Moffitt explains: The Obama health-care law “builds” on the Heritage health reform model only in the sense that, say, a double-quarter-pounder with cheese “builds” on the idea of a garden salad. Both have lettuce and tomato and may be called food, but the similarities end there. 
 
Romney to endorse Rubio over Crist for Fla. Senate
Is Romney just pandering for the Tea Party votes? Looks that way!
Romney’s PAC is contributing the maximum $5,000 allowed to Rubio’s campaign. In 2006, Romney flew to Tallahassee as head of the Republican Governors Association with a $1 million check to help Crist’s run for governor.
 
Obama will grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants
Fresh off his health care reform victory, President Barack Obama will quickly move to overturn the DOD’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy prohibiting sodomites from serving openly in the US military. He will also move to grant amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. These are Obama’s next two agenda items, as he attempts to fulfill his campaign promise to “remake America.”
 
CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up
Hon. James David Manning says Barack Hussein “The Long Legged Mack Daddy” Obama was a C.I.A operative who used Columbia University as a cover to go to Pakistan in 1981 when the CIA and the Mujahideen worked together against the Soviet Invasion. Obama supplied arms, logistics, and money using his Muslim background. Wonder if this has anything to do with nobody that went there ever heard of him during his so called time at Columbia? YouTube – CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up  For more information click the link here.  CIA Columbia Obama Cover Up
 
Bill Would Shun Obama Birth Certificate Requests
Hawaii lawmakers are moving closer to passing a measure allowing the state to ignore repeated requests for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. If there was nothing to hide why make a big deal of it as to pass legislation? What about the sign in Kenya that says welcome to the birth place of Barack Obama? I guess the Kenya government is part of the so-called “birthers,” who claim Obama is ineligible to be president.
 
Debt panel leaders say everything is on the table
WASHINGTON – The leaders of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan debt commission say everything is on the table, from tax increases to spending cuts, as they prepare this week to begin meeting. Can you say TAX HIKE?
 
Chris Dodd’s Financial Legislation Troubling
Despite all the limited government rhetoric you’re hearing from the Republican Party these days, it appears that Senate Republican leaders, including Richard Shelby, are more than ready and willing to work with Chris Dodd to empower the Fed, add more layers of federal bureaucracy to our economy, and set the stage for future crises. For all the talk of “change” in D.C., our elected officials are following the same tired old script: if the federal government created the problem, the only solution must be to give it even more power.
 
Dick Morris Reveals Bombshell on Waco and Janet Reno
Dick Morris: “It’s never been said before” …Janet Reno to Clinton: “If you don’t appoint me, I’ll tell the truth about Waco”. On Hannity tonight Morris said that Clinton HAD to reappoint Reno to a 2nd term or she said she would tell the truth on Waco… He wouldn’t say what that was. Reno Told Clinton She Stays On or She Blows Whistle of the Waco
Disaster.
 
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate Thomas Jefferson
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for May 3, 2010

Remember Republican Ed Gaffney?
He’s the one that was term limited then crossed over on his way out to vote for Michigan’s largest tax increase in the states history in 2007 with the Democrats.  After that Governor Granholm gave him an appointment as head of the LCC at an annual salary of $90,000 plus per year. Payment made for services rendered! Well, he made a campaign donation to Senator Richardville in 2009 cumulative of over $3,200.00. All of our incumbent politicians are in bed together.
 
Richardville co-sponsors Bill to Authorize Unionization of home personal providers
Senate Bill 731 is to empower the state to unionize 42,000 individuals hired by elderly or disabled Medicaid recipients to provide personal care services in their homes. These providers are not employees of the state, so the bill uses the legal device of creating a shell government “employer” that would transfer some $6.6 million in Medicaid money annually to the SEIU union (considered the “union dues” for these workers). The bill would also recognize in statute a “Michigan Quality Community Care Council,” which would create the shell corporation “employer” through an “interlocal agreement” with three counties.
Note: A Mackinac Center lawsuit is pending regarding a similar arrangement imposed on home day care providers without the statutory authorization that this bill would provide.
Sponsors  Jason Allen – (primary) Roger Kahn, Bruce Patterson, Raymond Basham, Valde Garcia, Tony Stamas, Judson Gilbert, Martha Scott, Dennis Olshove, Irma Clark-Coleman, Michael Switalski, Gilda Jacobs, Mark Jansen, Deborah Cherry, Randy Richardville, Patricia Birkholz, Gretchen Whitmer. 
 
Analysis of Michigan Film Subsidies
Two Years, $117m – and No Film Job Growth
It has been two years since Michigan’s film subsidy program became law, which is sufficient for it to have gotten off the ground and had some measurable impact on the state’s economy. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of September 2009 (the most recent month available*), there were fewer people employed by the film industry in Michigan than before the subsidy program began. The film subsidy program was signed into law on April 7, 2008. In that month there were 5,867 jobs in Michigan’s “motion picture and sound recording industries,” the industrial classification that most closely fits the target industry for the program. By last September these jobs had fallen to 5,290, a 9.8 percent decline. Yet another thanks to our Senator Richardville for his vote on this subsidy that is a huge waste of taxpayer money! Is this really the type of representation we here in Monroe and the State of Michigan expect and deserve? I think not!
 
Senate OKs State retirement proposal
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled State Senate approved a watered-down plan to encourage 46,000 state employees and teachers to retire to save the state money. Key changes include removing a pension sweetener and a provision that would cut vision and dental benefits for eligible employees who don’t retire. “I see no savings there. I see no reason to pursue it,” Griffin said of the Senate bills. “The point was to get some of the higher-priced people to take a retirement and now there is no reason to take it. (The pension sweetener) is gone and that was the only incentive to go. Who do they think is going to take it?” Senate Republicans say that passing the retirement plan is crucial because its savings are linked to a Senate budget that cuts state aid to schools by $118 per pupil. Without retirement reform, schools might face more cuts, Republicans say. Our Republican controlled Senate continues watered down legislation by trying to make cuts on the backs of our educators. Did we expect anything different from our representatives but meaningless legislation? But, they can’t seem to cut their own salary and benefits! Click here to see how your Senator voted. Senate Roll Call 181 – Michigan Votes Nice!
 
Black Holes and Plankton Research Get Stimulus Spending
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — the federal stimulus program that Congress approved in 2009 to help jump-start the economy was supposed to be for shovel-ready construction jobs. Not here in Michigan! There was an $835,000 Michigan State University study on the ecology of plankton, a $440,000 University of Michigan study on galaxies with black holes and a $322,000 Eastern Michigan University study on languages of the Arctic. This raises a serious question about the stimulus program’s approach to solving Michigan’s economic woes. It just puts money into the pockets of well-paid academics who have almost total job security, It does not put unemployed people to work.
 
State Employee Pay Grows 25 Percent Above Inflation
The average state employee compensation package costs approximately $93,039. Inflation-adjusted wages and benefits have increased 25 percent since fiscal 1999. The figures include the value of all benefits from state-paid retirement contributions to dry cleaning allowances.
 
Cash for Appliances Program Starts
The federal cash-for-clunkers program is so passe. Now the government is playing rebates-for-refrigerators and money-for-washing-machines. Last summer’s federal program fueled vehicle sales and jump-started the sputtering auto industry by enticing customers to trade in their gas guzzlers. Now retailers are hoping for a similar boost from another government program that will offer rebates of up to $200 for energy-efficient appliances.
 
“Green” Energy Sources are Costly
Is green the new black? That’s what many Washington lawmakers would like us to think. What Obama won’t tell us is that these “green” energy sources are costly—not just in dollars, but in existing American jobs. Do we really want to emulate the European countries that have already gone that route? “Spain already has a clean-energy economy, with thousands of wind turbines and solar panels covering the landscape. It also has 19 percent unemployment, nearly twice the U.S. level,”
 
Big Government in Pictures
Federal spending is unsustainable, yet government continues to spend money faster than it can tax it from you and me. As a result, America is facing record deficits. Will the American sheeple keep voting the same one’s back in expecting a different result as to fix the problems they created?
 
Bailout Has Been Good for Wall Street, Not Main Street 
The federal government’s $700 billion bailout program has helped big banks but hasn’t done much for the little guy, a key official said Tuesday. While the Troubled Asset Relief Program, as the plan is called, is “getting Wall Street back on its feet, it is not meeting its goal of getting Main Street back on its feet,” TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky told the Senate Finance Committee.
 
U.S. Debt to Hit $20 Trillion in Decade
America’s fiscal picture is even worse than it looks. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office just projected that over 10 years, cumulative deficits will reach $9.7 trillion and federal debt 90 percent of gross domestic product. The financial outlook for the United States is frightening. The CBO projects the size of the federal debt to increase by nearly 250 percent over 10 years, from $7.5 trillion to a whopping $20 trillion.
 
Arizona Governor Signs Tough Immigration Law
PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama on Friday and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation’s busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico.
 
33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True
Conspiracy Theories of the most shocking are modern conspiracy theories that turned out true after thorough investigation by our society.  Some through congressional hearings, others through investigative journalism.  Many of these, however, were just admitted to by those involved.  These are just 33 of them.
 
The Cow and the Ice Cream, an explanation of how Obama Won The Election 
From a teacher in the Nashville area
Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and 52 percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream. The other 48 percent know
they’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess. Remember, the government cannot give anything to anyone that they have not first taken away from someone else.
 
Banks Blowing Up the Economy
I read two interesting thoughts last weekend. The first is from legendary 18th-century economic god Adam Smith — father of free-market thinking — who wrote this on the topic of regulating banks. Exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments, of the most free as well as of the most despotical. The obligation of building party walls, in order to prevent the communication of fire, is a violation of natural liberty exactly of the same kind with the regulations of the banking trade which are here proposed. Some say banks are making lots of money and paying themselves accordingly, but that’s their right. That’s capitalism. We encourage it. We cherish it. But as Adam Smith mentioned more than 200 years ago, it isn’t capitalism if the misbehavior of a few bankers “endanger the security of the whole society.” And that’s exactly what happened in 2008. It wasn’t capitalism. It was banks blowing up the economy. And a few of us are praying it’ll soon end.
 
Goldman Sachs fined with defrauding investors tied to subprime mortgages
Some analysts were busily questioning the motives of the Securities and Exchange Commission, after the agency leveled the charges Friday morning. Today’s SEC announcement and conference call (which did not allow analysts or investors to ask questions) was a well-timed, and perhaps not coincidental, effort to sway some on-the-fence Republicans to support a tougher financials bill that the White House has been lobbying for Barclays Capital’s.
 
Obama “Consumer Protection Czar” Linked to Goldman Sachs Mortgage Scandal
Harry Reid has threatened to start forcing the Democratic financial overhaul bill through the Senate early next week. The bill would create yet another new bureaucracy, the “Consumer Financial Protection Agency” with the power to impose new government regulation on millions of financial transactions. President Obama’s rumored pick to run the CFPA is a Treasury official with a disturbing history of ties to shady lending, bank bailouts, and massive donations from subprime mortgage billionaires.
 
Obama Suggests Value-Added Tax May Be an Option 
So much for the people making less than $250,000 getting taxed! President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.
 
Enough with the value-added tax (VAT) talk already
Some liberals in Congress want to pay for their massive new spending with a value-added tax, a sort of national sales tax on the price of goods at each stage of production. While popular in Europe, such a tax is a bad idea for the United States. And a significant number of lawmakers and even White House officials seem to agree.
 
Power of the Free Market – The Pencil
Milton Friedman uses a pencil to explain how the operation of the free market promotes harmony and world peace.
 
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state 
Thomas Jefferson

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for April 26, 2010

Richardville Votes Against Putting Workers First
“Richardville’s vote today dealt a serious blow to Michigan workers who need a job,” said Mark Brewer, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “Thanks to his actions, it’s more likely that someone can cross over the border of Ohio, Indiana, or even foreign countries to take jobs away from the people of Monroe, Jackson, and Washtenaw counties.”
 
Richardville works with Democrats to raise your Electric Bill
“Secures monopoly for DTE and Consumers Power”
State Energy Law Results in 11 Percent Utility Rate Hikes; DTE Chairman and CEO’s Salary Rises 2% to $7 Million. Comprehensive energy reform will bring modest rate increases to customers, but doing nothing is the most expensive option. Those were words of Rep. Frank Accavitti D-Eastpointe, and Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, in the LSJ on Sept. 7, 2008, as they defended the Legislature’s work to rewrite state energy law. The same legislation Accavitti and Richardville were defending last year also places limits on competition. No more than 10 percent of DTE’s or Consumers’ customers can get their power from competitor firms. For 90 percent of the market, it’s the big utility or bust.
 
Monroe County Middle College a New School Experience
Let me see if I get this right? Michigan is struggling with education budget cuts but our tax dollars can fund this endeavor. In essence we the taxpayers are paying for college credits for other peoples children. To top that off our Republican lead Senate voted to cut per pupil funding with our own Sen. Richardville voting in favor of these cuts! It’s also ironic that his wife Sarah Richardville was appointed Dean of Students at a salary of $65,800 per year. Let’s even go a little bit farther in this endeavor in that this is in conjunction with Mercy Memorial Hospital where Sen. Richardville’s mother Glenda Kinnon has an affiliation with said hospital. Seems like a real cozy arrangement to me all on the backs of the taxpayers.
 
GOP flirts with Tea Party disaster
The Tea Partiers are already feeling betrayed. They’re fed up with politics as usual, especially deal making and double-talking. So, they will eventually reach their tolerance limit when they scrutinize the hypocrisy shown by Republicans who claim the fiscal responsibility mantle. From Washington to Lansing, the GOP is trying to play both sides of the fence. They tell the Tea Partiers that they hate big government, but their actions belie their words.
 
State should modify arbitration law for police, firefighters
Our legislators should take another look at the state law, now more than 40 years old, which provides for compulsory arbitration of conflicting demands of local governments and their police and fire unions. Sen. Richardville recently offered an amendment that passed the Senate for Public Act 312 that put the detriment to the local municipalities to the benefit of Union Interest.
 
Another year for top State Education Superintendent
The Michigan State Board of Education voted to extend state Superintendent Mike Flanigan’s contract by a year, until 2013. He volunteered to reduce his salary by the equivalent of two hours per pay period. Flanigan has been state superintendent since 2005. He is now paid $183,994.72 a year. While two hours per day pay cut isn’t much and only a symbolic gesture compared what the citizenry has had to endure at least it was more than our current legislators did when they cut benefits for incoming freshman lawmakers but not their own!
 
Monroe Republican Party Welcomes Mike Cox, other’s at Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
Mr. Cox, who said being the attorney general was the best job he’s ever had. The Livonia native said he now has his sights set on the governor’s seat. Civic Duty is supposed to be about representing the citizens not a career job feeding off the public trough, lobbyist and special interest! Is this the type of representation that the Monroe Republican Party endorses? This candidate carry’s way to much baggage as to represent the citizen’s of Michigan.
Scandal Involving Attorney General Mike Cox Grows
Several affidavits filed this week directly contradict statements by Attorney General Mike Cox regarding an alleged party at the home of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. In 2002, it was widely reported that a party at Manoogian Mansion featuring 27 year-old exotic dancer Tamara “Strawberry” Greene abruptly ended when the mayor’s wife returned home and began assaulting Greene. Greene was later shot to death. After a brief investigation in 2003, Cox dismissed accounts of the party as “urban legend.” Yet in a sworn affidavit, former 911 dispatcher Sandy Cardenas, says she sent police to the Detroit mansion to investigate a number of disturbance calls one fall night in 2002.  Cardenas states that within hours of these calls, 911 tapes were removed by a Detroit police officer from internal affairs. “You don’t take tapes out… unless they don’t want people to know something,” Cardenas told The Detroit News.
 
Foreclosure rates surge, biggest jump in 5 years
A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report. RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday that the number of U.S. homes taken over by banks jumped 35 percent in the first quarter from a year ago. In addition, households facing foreclosure grew 16 percent in the same period and 7 percent from the last three months of 2009.
 
America Becomes a Two-Class Society
Income tax day, April 15, 2010, now divides Americans into two almost equal classes: those who pay for the services provided by government and the freeloaders. The percentage of Americans who will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009 has risen to 47 percent.
 
A tax-day protest at Loranger Square – Monroe, Michigan
“The government is well overspending its bounds,” said Rick Rountree a 55-year-old Air Force veteran said. “There are certain powers enumerated in the Constitution. The government is really over-reaching with health care, taxes, cap-and-trade and the bailouts. I didn’t spend 20 years in the military to see my country go down the drain. I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The (politicians) take the same oath, but they are trampling all over the Constitution.”
 
Soros Warns of Market Crash
Railway porter-turned-billionaire financier George Soros delivered a stark warning that the financial world is on the wrong track and that it may be hurtling towards an even bigger boom and bust than in the credit crisis. While I totally disagree with what this man stands for he makes a point.
 
Bad news for Social Security recipients
Millions of older Americans and disabled workers will likely not see an increase in their social security checks next year. The trustees who oversee Social Security are projecting there won’t be a cost-of-living adjustment for the next two years.
 
Initial jobless claims increase unexpectedly
The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ended April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That’s worse than economists’ estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.
 
Perfect Storm of Voter Distrust in Government
Think it’s just in Washington? Think again! Distrust is at the local and state levels as well. The Republicans should be plenty worried as the polls show that with registered voters the highest overall level of distrust is 86 percent. Those who identify with the Tea Party movement describe themselves as angry and will make a huge impact come election time! Conservative Republicans are sick in tired of Republican in name only representatives (RINOS) who pander to the Unions, Special Interest, Lobbyist, and Big Organizations for block votes and campaign contributions. The voice of the common citizen is not heard and the precinct delegates mean nothing to the Republican Party!
 
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Just Doesn’t Get It
I try very hard to give the folks running our government the benefit of the doubt. It’s very difficult, and I realize that it’s probably futile in the end, but I do it anyway. On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner provided fresh support for the devil on my shoulder, who tells me to just assume that most government officials have precisely no clue.
 
The U.S. Is Buried in Debt. But If You Think It’s Bad Now, Just Wait
This country is in piles of debt. Projections for how much more we could load on in the coming decades are downright nightmarish. You think it’s bad now? Just wait. It’s obvious that big changes are in store, but progress (or even the hope of it) is painfully absent. Eventually, Stein’s law — if something can’t go on forever, it won’t — will prevail, and we’ll be forced to fix the problem. How we’ll do so is the trillion-dollar question. There are only three ways to end runaway deficits: cut spending, raise taxes, or allow deliberate inflation.
 
Should You Worry About the Budget Deficit?
Want to increase your stress level? Just view the Congressional Budget Office’s federal budget deficit forecast for the next decade. Between 2009 and 2019, the CBO estimates we’ll rack up a cumulative $9 trillion deficit.
 
Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is considering running as an Independent
Typical of the status quo Republican politician about to lose power. Remember Republican Arlen Specter who jumped to the Democratic Party when the polls showed he would lose re-election? If Governor Crist believes he cannot win a primary then the proper course of action is he drop out of the race and wait for another day, Rob Jesmer of the National Republican Senatorial Committee wrote in his e-mail. This isn’t about representing the people in the minds of these statists, it’s about representing one’s self as with the majority of politicians!
 
Bunning Statement Opposing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
“I have always believed that when you fail at something in life you lose and when you succeed at something in life you win. It’s just that simple. Ben Bernanke’s term as Chairman of the Federal reserve has been a failure and that is why I am opposing him today. YouTube – Bunning Statement Opposing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “Not only was Chairman Bernanke asleep at the switch leading up to the current financial crisis, but the policies he has implemented have done nothing to solve the problem. In fact, I would argue that his policies will only serve to create more problems for our country down the line. He has been printing money at a break-neck pace in order to bail out his fat-cat buddies on Wall Street and he has turned the Federal Reserve in to an arm of the Treasury Department, while at the same time providing no real answers as to what his end-game plan is. Written Statement below.
 
Congressman Dingell and Senator Richardville Link Exposed
At the April, 15, 2010 Tea Party in Monroe, Michigan, a speaker talks about bad representation out of a couple of our so called elected leaders here in Michigan.
 
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious
Thomas Jefferson
 

The Bain Report: “Articles that Affect You and Your Family” for April 19, 2010

Great analogy of Richardville representation in Milan News-Leader letter to the editor
“Richardville panders to Monroe Chamber of Commerce”
In the Monroe Evening News article “State senator warns legislators,” state Sen. Randy Richardville, speaking to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, portrays himself as part of the solution, not the problem, by putting the blame on his fellow legislators. This is right out of the Democratic playbook of Gov. Jennifer Granholm, placing the blame on former Gov. John Engler for Michigan’s problems.
Milan News-Leader letter to the editor
 
Phone Propaganda the Promise Scholarship fund?
What if the State had never gotten any Tobacco money? How would they have funded the things for which they raided the Promise Scholarship fund? Richardville simply let the older sibling get away with buying the party goods (endless gov’t programs designed to win the favor of the people come election time).
 
Scandal Involving Attorney General Mike Cox Grows
Several affidavits filed this week directly contradict statements by Attorney General Mike Cox regarding an alleged party at the home of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. In 2002, it was widely reported that a party at Manoogian Mansion featuring  27 year-old exotic dancer Tamara “Strawberry” Greene abruptly ended when the mayor’s wife returned home and began assaulting Greene. Greene was later shot to death. After a brief investigation in 2003, Cox dismissed accounts of the party as “urban legend.” Yet in a sworn affidavit, former 911 dispatcher Sandy Cardenas, says she sent police to the Detroit mansion to investigate a number of disturbance calls one fall night in 2002.  Cardenas states that within hours of these calls, 911 tapes were removed by a Detroit police officer from internal affairs. “You don’t take tapes out… unless they don’t want people to know something,” Cardenas told The Detroit News.
 
IRS Is Picking on the Little Guys — And Losing Money By Doing It 
The IRS has increased audits of small and midsize businesses, and has decreased its audits of massive corporations, according to a recent study by Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse, a research group at Syracuse University. Maybe they are reorganizing their efforts to go after ObamaCare non compliance folks?
 
U.S. Bank Profit ‘Imbalances Are Re-Occurring’ that fueled the credit crisis
Record low U.S. interest rates are boosting the profitability of financial companies, creating the same kind of imbalances that fueled the credit crisis, according to Jim Reid, a Deutsche Bank AG strategist in London.
 
Can Health Care Reform Possibly Control Costs? 
Health care operates as a “cartel” not in the sense of a formal organization like OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) or the criminal activities of drug cartels, but in the informal sense of a small group of companies that dominate specific markets and thus wield significant political and pricing power within those markets. The health care reform bill does little to challenge this power. Indeed, it’s a sign of the medical industry’s enormous political power that the bill overlooked some of the biggest reasons for the high cost of American medicine.
 
Fed Shouldn’t Reveal Crisis Loans, Banks Vow to Tell High Court 
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled March 19 that the central bank must release the documents. A three-judge panel of the appellate court rejected the Fed’s argument that disclosure would stigmatize borrowers and discourage banks from seeking emergency help.
 
How other Countries vote in the United Nations against the United States
The link below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations records.
 
Is Wall Street Underestimating the Inflation Threat?
Wall Street, stop dreaming. Fund managers are increasingly embracing a scenario of low inflation and interest rates accompanying a sharp economic recovery. But this rosy vision could quickly vaporize if all the liquidity injected into the financial system starts driving up prices.
 
Overheated Oil Prices May Threaten Economic Recovery 
With crude oil prices sloshing around at $85 a barrel, a new reality may be setting in that could threaten the recoveries of the world’s major economies, according to the International Energy Agency’s monthly oil market report, which was released Tuesday.
 
Bernanke’s Exit Plan May Fall Through the Gap
What is it that no one can see, hear, smell, taste or touch, yet everyone knows is there? Answer: the output gap. In common parlance, the output gap is the difference between what the economy can produce and what it is producing at any given time. The fact that we can’t measure the first with any degree of accuracy and are still revising the second 30 years after the fact has never shaken the faith of those relying on the output gap to gauge future inflation.
 
What do Social Security and Madoff have in common?
To support the notion that Social Security resembles a pyramid scheme, I compared the SSA and the Madoff fraud case. Here’s where they share common ground:
 
U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade
The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.
 
Small Businesses React to the Health Care Reform Bill
In 2014, organizations that have 50 or more employees and do not provide affordable health coverage to employees could face penalties of up to $2,000 per full-time employee. “It is a mistake to think the health care bill will only affect individuals making over $250,000 annually. “Additionally, the 40% excise tax amount is assessed on insurance companies if their premiums exceed $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for family coverage. It is indexed at a 2% increase in subsequent years. Thus, if insurance companies are prevented from passing on costs in the form of higher premiums, then their only other option will be to drive coverage to the least costly area. The family doctor will have been long gone, replaced by under-staffed, over-utilized clinics where waits for elective procedures will be months and years rather than days and weeks. Physicians already discouraged by the high cost of education will continue to suffer a decline of new professionals exacerbating the delivery of timely and quality medical services.”
 
Has Scott Brown turned out to be a blessing in disguise for congressional Democrats?
But barely three months into his tenure, Brown has fallen out of favor with his onetime Tea Party backers, and is starting to looking like something of a silver lining for Democrats. In a no-less symbolic moment, Brown declined an invitation to appear at a Tea Party rally in Boston this week headlined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
 
Conservatives in Nevada want Republican Sen. Ensign to quit
Michigan has it’s own Republicans that are hurting the Republican Party in their controversial past and liberal leanings as far as conservatives are concerned! The Michigan Republican Party is in trouble because of these aforementioned types it might let the Democrats take control!
 
Waxman Calls for Baseball Ban on Chewing Tobacco Use
Here they come! What’s next, chewing gum because you might choke on it? This madness by the Socialist left big government has got to stop! Major League Baseball and the players’ union should “take action to end the use of smokeless tobacco by big league players,” said Representative Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, at the start of a hearing today.
 
Obama Not Meeting Americans Expectations on Issues
Americans’ ratings of the job President Barack Obama is doing in three key areas are much less positive than their expectations were for him shortly after he took office. Americans give Obama the best review for protecting the environment and the worst for making America prosperous.
 
Michigan’s Dem. Rep. Stupak announces retirement
Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak Announces His Retirement After Health Care Controversy.
That’s it screw us then leave! Flanked by his wife and other supporters, Stupak said he made the decision within the last 36 hours not to seek a 10th term and he is choosing to step down because he thinks he has achieved his goal of universal health care. I bet he got a nice Cadillac Bonus Plan for his vote for his retirement!
 
Up North Grass Roots verus Michigan GOP Establishment
In 1992 poor decisions made then by a state Republican establishment alienated many of the district’s grass roots “true believers,” opening the door for a former one-term Democrat state Representative, who won and went on to an 18-year Congressional career.
 
“Those who trade liberty for security have neither”   John Adams
 
 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for April 12, 2010

A Sobering View Of Macro Economic Reality
In 2001, we had a recession, right? We recovered, right? Are you sure? Remember when I said “we will have a Depression” – that given what the government did in 2001-03 timeframe it was inevitable? We’re in one now! Clink the link below to see the facts.
 
Richardville votes to Transfer Road Tax money to other purposes
Passed on October 20, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending. To the public Senator Richardville claims the problem with our roads is the formula of  Public Act 51 and how the money is allocated. With 25% going toward administrative fees and other subsidies such as public transportation; buses, etc., now he votes in favor of playing the old shell game by transferring yet more road money to other state spending. Political double speak applies to this Senator from Monroe! 
 
Surveys Show Tea Party Goes Beyond the Fringe
(April 5) — Tea party supporters are pointing to a couple of new surveys as proof that the movement speaks for mainstream America. “This just goes to show that the tea party movement really is a grass roots movement and opposition to it is manufactured by the Democrats and their comrades in the media.”
 
New Fuel Economy Standards Arrive Just as Oil Prices Spike 
The cost of filling up at the pump has been edging up in recent weeks and is likely to get even more expensive. On Monday, crude oil futures rose to the highest levels in 18 months to about $86.60 a barrel, as investors reacted to more positive economic news. And with the summer driving season right around the corner, there’s little reason to expect gasoline and diesel prices will ebb anytime soon. With new regulations, which take effect beginning with 2012 model year vehicles, will require that manufacturers achieve the equivalent of 35.5 miles a gallon  and the new rules will result in higher vehicle prices in dealers’ showrooms and at the pump as well.
 
Senator Richardville Teases Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D) East Lansing
Ever since Maxim rated State Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) Number 8 on its World’s Hottest Politicians list this month, she’s been getting a lot more attention on the Senate floor. It seems her colleagues, especially a certain Sen. Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), can’t resist teasing her. Click link below to read article scroll down!
 
Health Care Reform: Small Business Winners and Losers
LOSERS: Small businesses such as those in the tanning business will need to impose a tax of 10% for indoor tanning services starting immediately. This 10% increase in cost could result in fewer customers. This will happen across the board for the most part and be passed on to us the consumers! It’s a Tax hike no matter how you spin it!
 
Senator Richardville voted not to revise the “teacher tenure law” to fire bad teachers
Richardville voted not to revise the “teacher tenure law” to allow a teacher to be fired or demoted for consistent ineffectiveness. Under current law it is very difficult or impossible to fire a teacher. Senator Richardville voted with the Democrats and was one of only four Republican Senators out of 22 Republican Senators in the Republican lead Senate who have taken money from the Teachers Union to oppose this Bill!
 
Greenspan: If CBO Numbers Wrong, Obamacare Disastrous
Former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan warns the economic impact of the new healthcare reform law could be disastrous if the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) projections prove inaccurate.
 
Richardville votes to increase licensure fees on nurses
This is just another of the many tax burdens that Senator Richardville consistently advocates for the citizens of Michigan. Increasing the fees for those that are working and keeping people healthy will only drive up the cost to the taxpayers. The medical fields are so short of personnel and now he is trying to fix the budget on the backs of those that are working. Same with the Carpenter Licensure Bill he voted for to the benefit of Union interest! This Senator is all about raising taxes, fees, mandates, subsidies, and over regulation. 
 
Five things to know about the Tea Party movement
The Associated Press reviewed Tea Party operations in almost every state, interviewing dozens of local organizers as well as Democratic and Republican strategists to produce a portrait of the movement. Five key things learned in the states.
 
Kilpatrick works for you, but she touts herself on your dime
Congressman John Dingell did the same this year with a mailer paid for by the taxpayers! The 14-page glossy brochure mailed last week to constituents of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, a Detroit Democrat, reads more like campaign literature with three pages of testimonials, a letter touting her reign on the House Appropriations Committee and LOTS of pictures. But it’s an official document, prepared and mailed at taxpayer expense.
 
Michigan Supreme Court to weigh Cox’s removal from case
Are they all in the same rabbit hole? The Michigan Supreme Court announced this morning it will consider whether to overturn an appellate court decision to remove Attorney General Mike Cox as prosecutor in a case against a former Wayne County judge accused of allowing perjured testimony in a drug prosecution. The court said it will hear arguments on whether Cox should be disqualified because he earlier defended former Judge Mary Waterstone in a federal civil case arising out of the same circumstances.
 
Michigan motorists hit with $18 insurance hike
Starting July 1, 2010 Michigan motorists will pay $143.09 for each vehicle they insure. Auto insurance rider to rise nearly $20 for each vehicle they insure to the Michigan Catastrophic Claim Association (MCCA). The assessment is the largest since the MCCA was created in 1978.
 
Too Green, Too Soon? Renewable Power May Destabilize Electrical Grid
Boy, that was fast. Only five years into the world’s renewable energy push, many utility companies are so concerned about grid instability that they’re saying they can’t accept any more electricity from intermittent sources of power. Translation: Solar power only runs in the day time and can’t re relied on for so called “baseload” capacity. Wind power primarily produces current at night and, likewise, can’t be relied upon for baseload capacity. Geothermal, meanwhile, is perfect for providing baseload. But geothermal projects take an excruciatingly long time to build out. And then there have been the recent spate of earthquake scares around geothermal sites.
 
Retail Stores Closing Doors First Quarter Roundup 2010
Announcements continue to roll in from retailers that have decided to close stores, slow expansion plans or cease operations altogether. Click link below to see the list of store closings.
 
Small Businesses React to the Health Care Reform Bill
In 2014, organizations that have 50 or more employees and do not provide affordable health coverage to employees could face penalties of up to $2,000 per full-time employee.
 
Federal Court Strikes Down the FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Authority 
In a dramatic ruling that’s sending shock waves from Washington, D.C., to Silicon Valley, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the legal authority to enforce its “network neutrality” principles.
 
Russian arms sales to Venezuela may reach $5 billion
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that an arms sale agreement made to Venezuela may reach $5 billion while commenting on his visit last week to Caracas. The deals include a $2.2 billion seven-year loan that Moscow extended to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last year.
 
Life of the Party, Tea Party attitude shared by most Americans
You see, most voters agree with the tenets and activism of the Tea Party movement. They think ObamaCare will be disastrous and want it repealed and replaced with a real reform plan. They think taxes are too high, not too low. They think the federal government’s massive operating deficits and its nearly $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities are not an economic stimulus, as liberals apparently believe, but represent a clear and present danger to American prosperity and to representative government itself.
 
Associated Press: Tea Parties are “A Lot of Noise” and “No Muscle”
The Tea Party movement won’t have an impact on congressional elections in November, is “a lot of noise, no muscle” with popularity that “thins out” outside the rallies, according to an Associated Press analysis of the movement. “I don’t think they (media) understand what we are doing,” said Wendy Day, founder of Common Sense in Government. “They don’t get it. I bet the media and the political elite feel much like England did in 1776. That something was brewing and they didn’t understand it so they discounted it and ignored it.”
 
“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
 
 

 

The Bain Report: Articles that Affect You and Your Family for April 5, 2010

Protesters greet Dingell at Monroe Chamber Luncheon
More than two dozen protesters, some carrying signs, waving American flags and shouting slogans, greeted U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell’s arrival at a Monroe County Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon Thursday. 
 
Arbitration Bill ‘Hollow’ Without Amendment on Public Act 312
Many GOP senators didn’t respond to requests for an explanation why they wouldn’t pass Senator Patterson’s amendment. The offices of Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and Senate President Pro Tempore Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Richardville’s office did say the senator voted against Patterson’s amendment. Senator Richardville’s amendment, Passed in the Senate on February 10, 2010, to amend PA 312 which benefits Unions to the detriment of local municipalities! Senator Patterson’s amendment would have required the arbitrator to consider the financial ability of the community to pay and other general financial considerations when making their determinations. “How can elected officials call themselves fiscally responsible and yet vote down an amendment that requires the consideration of affordability as paramount?  Ignoring cost can only result in a tax increase for Michigan’s voters.”
  
State Representative Tom McMillin advocates Part Time Legislature
Michigan State Representative Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills) has introduced legislation to make Michigan’s legislature part time. However, it has been buried in the Committee on Government Operations since introduction.This is but one of many conservative pieces of legislation he has proposed. This is exactly the kind of Republican representation that we as conservatives can and will stand behind. Rep. Tom McMillin Introduced 2009 House Joint Resolution DD (Establish part time legislature and cap salaries ) to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to replace the current full time legislature with a part time one that would only meet for 90 consecutive days each year, would cap legislators’ annual salaries at 25 percent of the private sector average pay, and would cap the amount appropriated to run the legislature at 1 percent of the state general fund.
  
Dangerous Projects in Public Schools;  Recruiting Kids for Obama’s Agenda
Obama is using the public schools to recruit a private army of high-schoolers to “build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda.” We now know that Obama’s “agenda” is to move the United States into European-style Socialism. This sounds a lot like Michigan Senate Roll Call 689 that Mr. Reach across the aisle, Senator Randy Richardville (R) Monroe voted in favor of doing energy audits of the homes of students to Revise “green schools” criteria. Passed in the Senate on December 10, 2009. Especially encouraging is the fact that the kids, having been propagandized, are then instructed to lobby our government for… whatever.  Obama and ACORN could wish for no more than that.
 
How Michigan can improve Teacher and Student performance
When Michelle Rhee, Washington, D.C.’s school chancellor, laid off dozens of teachers last fall, she did so in a way that is unheard of in Michigan: by their job performance, rather than seniority. She has fired low-performing teachers in chronically failing high schools. And she has implemented a new teacher evaluation tool, 50 percent of which is based on teachers’ impact on student learning.

 

Republican led Senate, committee approve plans to cut $118 per pupil – Senate plan would again cut school funding in 2010
The Senate, with mostly Republican votes, approved a $12.6-billion school funding plan that would reduce basic state aid to all school districts by $118 per pupil. The plan assumes $480 million in savings for schools by forcing tens of thousands of teachers into retirement and requiring those still working to pay 3% more of their salaries toward their retirements. But they can’t cut their own benefits only for incoming lawmakers.
 
Wind turbine factory breaks ground in Monroe
The firm was lured to Monroe with a buffet of incentives at taxpayer expense! Mr. Viciana said he also commended Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who attended Tuesday’s groundbreaking with setting the tone in this state for what is happening here today. And he thanked state Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, for his “vision” in helping the project become a reality.  Senator Richardville was the only Republican attending the ceremony. U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Dearborn, David Lloyd, director of the office of brownfield and lands revitalization for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Rep. Kate Ebli (D) Monroe, and Dr. David Nixon, MCCC president rounded out this Democratic photo shoot.                                                               
 
Canada’s gaining tax appeal
Ottawa — In a clear indication that Canada is starting to be considered a low-tax place to do business, Tim Hortons Inc. announced Monday plans to shift its base of operations from Delaware to Canada for tax purposes. In Canada, the federal corporate tax rate is headed to 10% in 2012. In the United States, the top corporate tax rate is in the mid-30% range. As a result, the U.S. now has about the highest combined corporate tax rate, second only to Japan among industrialized countries.
 
Immigration Reform – “Amnesty” for Illegal Immigrants and a Biometric ID Card for Virtually Everyone Else!
Right now, freedom-stealing statists Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), banding together with other statists from both parties, are scheming to sneak a massive power grab into a new “immigration reform” bill. That’s right. Instead of controlling the border and enforcing the rule of law, these statists want to control you.
 
School Board Continues Fight to Ban  Teacher’s “God” Banners
Ann Arbor – In a closed-session meeting held on Monday night, the Poway Unified School District board in San Diego, California, voted to appeal the ruling of Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez that held school officials violated math teacher Bradley Johnson’s constitutional rights when they ordered him to remove two patriotic banners from the walls of his classroom because they referred to “God.”
 
OBAMA WANTS TO AMNESTY MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS TO MAINTAIN POWER
Barack Obama began his next major move to radically remake America – starting millions of illegal aliens on the path to amnesty and citizenship. While the House was voting on Obama Care, tens of thousands of illegal aliens and their supporters rallied in Washington, D.C. Addressing them by videotape, the president declared, “I have always pledged to be your partner as we work to fix our broken immigration system, and that’s a commitment I reaffirm today.” The system “broke” when Washington stopped enforcing our immigration laws and winked at millions of illegals that streamed across our borders every year. Now, the president would “fix” the problem by granting millions of border-jumpers into citizens who doubtless will return the favor by becoming Democratic voters.
 
AT&T will take $1B charge due to health care overhaul
AT&T will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel, Caterpillar, Deere and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million. Don’t think for a minute that this cost will not be passed onto we the taxpayers! 
 
Obama To Take Over Control of College Textbooks
This one slipped past my radar in August of 2009, but apparently Barack Obama signed the Federal Textbook Act (Download .pdf file) that made provisions for the federal government to take control of the pricing and availability of the text books in our institutions of higher learning (at least the ones that take federal funding).
 
Tea Party Unveils Planks
You won’t find many surveys that involve over 365,000 respondents, but that’s how many online forms were completed to determine the top three planks of the tea-party movement’s platform released Thursday as part of the new “Contract From America.” Click the link below to read the planks.   
 
Beatty got $100K from Kilpatrick civic fund
This rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper! A nonprofit run by Kwame Kilpatrick’s family paid more than $100,000 to a consulting firm formed by Christine Beatty after she resigned as his chief of staff during the text message scandal.
 
Kilpatrick’s family to be deposed
A judge has ordered the wife and father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to answer questions in a civil lawsuit tied to the fatal shooting of a stripper. The family of Tamara Greene claims Kilpatrick and others stifled a probe of her 2003 death. Greene, who danced as “Strawberry,” was rumored to have performed at a wild party at the mayoral mansion in 2002.  
 
Right to Life of Michigan PAC rescinds Stupak endorsement
On Wednesday, March 24, the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee notified U.S. Representative Bart Stupak that his endorsement was rescinded. In a letter sent to Rep. Stupak, the RLM-PAC qualified how the endorsement criteria was no longer met. 
 
New Domestic Army Hidden In The “HealthCare” Bill
Now when we finally get to find out what’s in it and whoa, Nelly!   Was this ever brought up during the debate, by anybody?  What is it that suddenly made this necessary?  This is the PATRIOT ACT all over again.   And some comatose folks wonder why the thinking portion of the population get exercised by the circumventions of the Federal government.
 
Muslin’s exempt from ObamaCare
If you are Muslim you can opt out of the Obamacare health care reform laws with no penalties. Isn’t this nice. If you are of the Muslim religion, you don’t have to give all the new Obamacare healthcare reform regulations and penalties another thought. Because the concept of being compelled to participate in such a healthcare program offends Islamic sensibilities, Muslims are specifically exempt. As a matter of fact if you are Amish, American Indian or a Chistian Scientist you do not need to participate or pay the taxes associated with healthcare reform. That means not having to be forced to buy healthcare insurance, not paying the taxes or the penalties if you don’t get it. Nice!
 
Guam as seen by GA representative
We must feel sorry for the citizens of DeKalb County, Georgia with the representation they are receiving from Hank Johnson who makes $174,000 a year as a Congressman. Could you imagine anyone paying him one-tenth that in the private sector? This is not an April Fools Joke, this is for real!
 
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775