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Due process is a critical component and a guarantee afforded by the United States Constitution.
Of course, current events have shown that the constitution has has limited support from the cowards in congress. (Hint: the word is IMPEACHMENT) Inaction and a lack of oversight by congress into the executive operations has allowed the federal buraeucracy to operate with impunity. Adding to this, property forfeiture under the guise of criminal deterrence has been the source of income for local law enforcement that sells its soul to the justice department. From a Detroit News Editorial
"Since the U.S. Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Fund was established in 1986, the federal government has used property forfeiture to deter criminal activity and to incentivize local governments to cooperate with federal anti-drug and anti-terrorism efforts. Under the 2001 Patriot Act, Congress expanded civil forfeiture to include cash transactions, requiring banks to report deposits of more than $10,000 to detect terror-related money-laundering schemes.Unfortunately innocent business owners have been paying the price for such over zealous efforts.
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By JGillman, Section News
How does one make money off of a "self funded" campaign for congress?
He pads the expenses with his own services.
The ivory tower reports Foreclosure Don David Trott has heavily invested in his own campaign to become a US congressman.
"An Oakland County lawyer has raised nearly $650,000 in a month on the campaign trail -- including more than $200,000 from himself -- far outdistancing the Republican congressman he hopes to unseat."The tactic to show strong funding early on is designed to convince other potential supporters of the seriousness, and personal input as a dedication to the campaign.
However, Trott isn't really leaving himself as exposed as those whom he has made his living off of for so many years. Risk is for losers, right? Get a few Daddy war-BUCKS from Cronyist liberal Illitch family, some Devos dollars, and bill yourself heavily so that an amended filing pays you for your time. The story continues:
".. Trott contributed more than $105,000 in in-kind services -- including research, consulting and legal fees -- as well as putting $102,600 of his own money into the campaign, according to FEC records.Holy cow! If that is what he bills himself, what will he possibly cost taxpayers!
It seems that the "more than $105,000" number can be considered a debt of the campaign with a little modification of the paperwork. Add that to his personal $102,600 cash infusion, and he could make a little ka-ching for his troubles as long as there are others filling the coffers.
Gotta love financial shenanigans.
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Terri Lyn Land, the presumed Michigan GOP offering for US Senate in 2014 has just seen four GOP congressmen in lockstep with her opponent on an issue of critical importance.
As posited by Scales (a thoughtful and accurate analysis) in his comment:
"Benishek, Camp, Rogers, and Upton just endorsed Gary Peters for US Senate!"Which is essentially true.
On matters of amounts, levels of funding, and minor issues like renaming parks for your friends agreement across the aisle might not be such a big thing. However in this issue of surrendering Principle and giving the worst president in the history of this nation a football spiking win and subsequent destruction of our healthcare?
It must be intentional. They mean it. They agree with it. They want it, and so does Gary Peters. The similarity of thought is amazing.
I would be interested in Terri's thoughts on their support of her opponent.
By JGillman, Section News
The MiGOP Congressional types who sold us down the river, and probably created a constitutional crisis while at it.
Camp - Surrender
Benishek - Surrender
Upton - Surrender
Rogers - Surrender
To the above folks, we ask "Why bother to go to Washington?" or "Why be a Republican at all? To win races?" Benishek especially, given the support he NEEDS to even think about winning. A very real possibility: 48-40 loss in next years general (if you make it that far) to Jerry Cannon. Sorry buddy. I'll let you guess at where the odd votes go. As for Upton, Camp, and Rogers? Not really surprised. Safe districts, but might still face primary challenges.
Those MiGOP Congressional types who did us right.
There are so many tests to fail, but this one you passed with flying BOLD colors. (the nay votes)
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US Representative Tim Walberg released the following statement on his vote against the negotiated Senate deal:
"While I am accepting of the fact that we need to move beyond this battle, I remain disappointed that the President and Senate Democrats failed to negotiate in good faith with the House to find a long term solution to many of these issues. Washington now needs to move past this gridlock and instead focus on policies that will create jobs and a healthy economy. Addressing the status quo of trillion dollar deficits, a weak economy, and a health care law that is unfair and harmful to families and our economy needs to remain at the forefront of Congressional efforts to find positive solutions."Yup. But it is much worse folks.
As soon as I get a chance to identify if there are any GOP cowards from Michigan we'll make sure they see the wall of shame for at least 6-8 months or until a primary is assured for their seat. The "deal" appears to have another provision that should fill your drawers with last night's cream corn and ask why the GOP exists at all. Politico reports:
"The legislation also includes a McConnell-written proposal that would allow Congress to disapprove of the debt-ceiling increase. Lawmakers will formally vote on rejecting the bump of the borrowing limit - if it passed, it could be vetoed by Obama.And EARLIER the same story had reported
"The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt ceiling would be raised.Taking away the power of congress for that extra time, and with the expanded treasury authority writes off the power of the purse unless challenged in the US Supreme court.
we know that "standing" is a common way of denying the adequate redress of our grievances to the court as it is, so this might well be a lost cause.
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For good reason.
Given our support for primaries as a way of determining the most conservative candidates, it would be a little contradictory to announce opposition to a primary itself. However, there is no reason we cannot advocate for the better candidate.
Today, Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema endorsed Kerry Bentivolio for Congress.
"Dave Agema is a veteran and a fighter for conservative principles. While in Lansing, Dave valiantly fought against big government and reckless spending. I'm honored to fight alongside him to keep this seat in conservative hands."Our objective. Of Course.
"While Kerry is busy fighting to get rid of Obamacare and keep us out of war, some establishment Republicans are busy thinking about their political ambitions and targeting Kerry. This seems to be a Tea Party vs. Establishment race. I am proud to stand with conservatives throughout Michigan in supporting Kerry Bentivolio for Congress."As are we.
Prior to being elected as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman, Dave Agema served 6 years as a State Representative. While in the State House, he was consistently named one of the most conservative legislators. Dave, a veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard, is a retired airline pilot. He resides in Grandville with his wife Barb.
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By JGillman, Section News
Ted Cruz is spot on.
The role of the US House is supposed to be fund as needed, and not as a great big package. The President as Cruz explained, called out the dangers of veterans services and parks being put at risk by the GOP led house holding off the big package. The US House responded appropriately and offered funding only to have it rejected by Harry Reid.
Huh go figure. Michigan GOP Reps pay attention. KNOW that you are winning FOR the country.
This guy is brilliant.
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Any time you hear the "pre-exisitng" canard used to defend a gun directing our personal choices, point em this way.
A personal account reposted from FedUp USA
.. Obamacare Just Gave Me A Death Sentence
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