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Tag: Higher Taxes
Who will claim the decaying body that is Detroit?
Kevyn Orr, The emergency financial manager, was given an unworkable task. In a city that has been reassured repeatedly that it is too big to fail, the lights are going out. All manner of economic development incentive paid for by Michigan taxpayers as yet proves to be insufficient to generate the activity necessary for basic government services, and a sustained infrastructure. Four decades of progressive politics and fear of calling out bad decision making as it happened; fearing the sting of racial politics, and lack of compassion.
Its far too late now.
Banks that have loaned Detroit operating cash should count those loans as losses. Retirees that did their jobs, and counted on their employer to manage finances and their retirement moneys appropriately might wish to reevaluate their portfolios. Orr's current status report?
"Excluding proceeds from debt issuances, the City's expenditures have exceeded revenues from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2012 by an average of $100 million annually. These financial shortfalls have been addressed with long term debt issuances (e.g., $75 million in fiscal year 2008, $250 million in fiscal year 2010 and $137 million in fiscal year 2013) and by deferring payments of certain City obligations, such as contributions to the City's two pension funds."But that's not all.
There are some other interesting items that have a familiar smell
Continued below the fold.
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By JGillman, Section News
Or at least from Saturday.
Jase Bolger attempting to keep ALL the options on the table for the road funding component of Michigan's budget speaks of reaching out across the aisle. From SFGATE on Saturday:
"They're saying, 'We want everything we want and then we'll give you no assurance that we'll help you with solving the road problems,'" said House Speaker Jase Bolger. "We're saying, 'Please, give us a list of what you want but participate in providing the solution at the same time.' ... We've continued to reach our hand out and that hand has not been returned."How bad do you want those hands Mr. Bolger?
Stop feeding the beast that would bite them off. If they refuse to deal with such common sense solutions as removing the prevailing wage provisions (saving hundreds of millions annually) then they offer no value to the conversation.
Moving forward, ignore the buffoon in the other chamber:
"Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a Monroe Republican, said the prevailing wage legislation won't go anywhere "unless I were to die." "Which reminds us that elections have consequences.
Just fix the roads.. Right? But do it on labor's dime, NOT the taxpayers'.
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By JGillman, Section News
Have you ever taken your socks off after three days use, and put them back in the drawer unwashed to be used again at a later date?
NO? Me either.
It just happens to be the analogy (well ONE of them) that comes to mind with what appears to be Michigan Democrat's pick for the US senate seat that is being vacated by Carl Levin in 2014. Gary Peters is one of those cats that have been around for too long, with policy desires that stink to high heaven, and will be hauled out for even higher levels of destructive office occupation when they have nothing better to offer.
And they really don't. Have. Any. Better. Oh..Whats that smell?
MEET MICHIGAN DEM'S #1 RECRUIT For US SENATE
There is nothing like a made up global crisis to provide for a cronyism scheme that is enforced by government to instill confidence in a free people, hmm? His vote for the The job killing Waxman-Markey Bill; The "American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009" cleared the house 219-212. Had it passed the senate, it would have mandated changes in the way we live our lives, eventually putting controls on when and HOW we could use energy without paying severe penalties. In fact, if taken to the extremes, the air you breathe could have actually been taxed under that bill.
Take a deep breath. There is more.
The effect on industry would have been even more draconian, effectively putting the EPA in charge of operational elements of all industry, adding regulatory expense and killing jobs. A 20% mandate on renewable energy built in to the bill would have made it nearly impossible for energy producers to keep costs at a level that promotes local (U.S.A.) manufacturing and jobs. More jobs would flee to other nations that have yet to strangle their industrial base with such unrealistic legislation.
More smelly socks below.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Our tax dollars at work...
"Fair share" without repealing Prevailing Wage on the table, Mr. Zang? If that isn't a load of Granholm-sized mental masturbating psychobabble, I don't know what is. Nice try, Gov. Snydholm, but your taxpayer funded mob-rule bus tour for tax hikes would even make Obama blush with your blundering heavy-handed propaganda.
Snyder can't get his Exchange, and expansion of Medicaid abyss sitting Sen. Kahn's lap when Snyder has his Sales Tax, and Fuel Tax Hike scheme sitting in Sen. Kahn's lap too, so Slick Snyder scrapped Repeal of Prevailing Wage. The Governerd played right into the Democrats hands unwittingly, or not. More importantly, the Governerd is filling the goonion coffers for the Michigan Democratic Party voting base. Talk about being "divisive," Governerd?
Folks on the Right in this state should never wonder how we ended up with a loser like Jim Blanchard, winning Office.
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By JGillman, Section News
Governor Snyder is wasting no time utilizing a back door attempt to implement Obamacare in Michigan.
With the acceptance of 30.9 million of Federal money being offered to Michigan to fund the Health Care Exchange, 2013 could see Obama Care in MI and More! There is expected a Committee vote anytime, which has precipitated a grassroots backlash. This money is key to jump-starting the Health Care Exchange this year. It was stopped by our efforts last year. We can do it again! IT MUST BE DONE. Stopping the funding of the Health Care Exchange is necessary in stopping the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan as the Exchange will administer the program.
A press release issued this morning (published at Jen Kuznicki's blog and elsewhere) from other activists and grassroots leaders suggests withholding support from organizations which support the exchanges as well:
"The coalition of activists urges those who are like-minded members of The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturing Association and The Michigan Business and Professional Association to cancel membership until these organizations withdraw their support of the Exchange."We agree. We also have joined this coalition to stop the expansion of Medicaid that promises only more generations of dependence and eventual higher taxes.
Contacting committee members and parties involved must be done ASAP
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By JGillman, Section News
Perhaps the role of the Michigan Republican party should be examined.
What is the purpose of a political party? Asking nearly anyone in politics, the most common answer is that it is to raise money and elect candidates. A simple enough reason to exist, utilizing varying methods of fundraising and activities to realize the desired result. Goals are made, (elect the candidate) and presumably the shortest route is plotted to achieve those goals. Most folks might even think this accomplishes what is necessary to be properly represented; "we got our guy in", and "now there is nothing to worry about".
That particular perspective is lazy, presumptuous, and frankly pretty dangerous when one considers the power (and trust) we vest in our elected officials.
The Republican party ought not be so relaxed in its commonly accepted role of managing the benevolence of donors, keeping a place in line for electoral hopefuls, and delivering the occasional platitude release berating the opposing party however. Opposition because some are on the other side often follows, but that it provides red-meat for the membership is nearly too simple and unimaginative. And it is incomplete as other responsibilities become more clear alongside the breakdown of the social fabric and dissolution of individual liberties we face in multiple affronts daily.
The purpose for the existence of the Michigan Republican party could be driven so much more clearly, and the basis for action already exists within the organization.
We DO have a platform, do we not?
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By JGillman, Section News
Boy, its a good thing the house Republicans have redundant measures in place.
Given The governor's HARD SELL of a tax increase, it was a relief to have the house majority leader point out that he thinks "the taxpayers are the last place to look" for money needed to fix our roads. But the video as seen in one of our postings just up and disappeared!
Did I mention redundancy?
Indeed. The "LAST PLACE TO LOOK" is the taxpayer! Thank you Jase!
Oh.. And I saved a copy back. Just in case.
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Michiganders, much like the rest of the nation, have found themselves organizing and protesting and committing themselves to change. Bart Stupak was a "marked man" for his capitulation with the Obama administration and his willingness to go against the wishes of his constituents, Michigan's 1st Congressional District.
A seat held for multiple terms by a Democrat, saw a number of candidates make a bid in the Republican primary. Those candidates sensing the public has finally begun to understand a Democrat shift leftward towards socialism, decided the time was at hand to make a run for that office. The primary produced a conservative Republican candidate, and a Democrat candidate who is likely to be fairly similar to Stupak. (Without the baggage of lying to his constituents)
It seemed as though the race would be clear. Whomever delivers a solid message that speaks to the values of CD1 voters would win the seat. And given the sentiment towards the administration which has not yet gotten it right, a Republican victory by Dan Benishek seemed to be the most likely outcome. A 4-5 point victory perhaps, and maybe even tighter if the big labor element and the Michigan Democrat party spends a few dollars propping up its candidate.
Recent polling bears out a pretty solid lead by Benishek, with a 13 point lead over McDowell in a 2 way race, and a 14 point lead over McDowell in a four way race that includes a disqualified fake tea candidate, and a candidate pulling 6% who would seem a likely spoiler.
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