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By JGillman, Section News
One of the long running abuses of government is being stepped up as is normal at this time of year.
Possibly the most in-your-face government nanny state BS to ever grace a televised Tiger game is LIVE this weekend. Seat belt enforcement zones in effect through Memorial Day
".. law enforcement officers from 155 agencies will be conducting safety belt enforcement zones in 26 counties across the state through June 2.Good places to avoid if driving sans the safety harness.
Annoyance at this program stems not so much from a common sense application of the tools used to protect passengers of automobiles, but rather the steamy breathed way it is presented as LAW. And that we pay for those ads. (perhaps legislators could look at funding that drives that type of inane garbage?)
YOU WILL PUT YOUR BELT ON, MAGGOT!
But that isn't entirely all of it either. Go below for more..
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The first and second parts of my analysis of redistricting the Michigan state house focused on Wayne County and Oakland/Genesee Counties. The first article contains the basics on the rules that any map must follow.
In part III, we consider Macomb County. We have seen that districts in Wayne County can be drawn to avoid a break, and Lapeer County can constitute its own district. Since I grouped Oakland and Genesee together, either Macomb must be unbroken, or it must share districts with counties in the Thumb, particularly St. Clair.
Currently Macomb has about 8.8 districts. It saw the largest numerical increase of any county in the state, gaining 52829 residents (ideally about .6 districts). Its ideal number of districts is now 9.36.
These new residents were not evenly distributed. Population gains were biggest in the `middle tier' townships. Macomb Township gained an incredible 29000 people, Shelby gained 8600, and Chesterfield 6000. Also, Sterling Heights gained 5000 and Washington gained 6000. North Macomb had stable population. South Macomb saw small losses, with Warren losing 4000, St. Clair Shores 3000, Eastpointe 2000. These losses occurred at the same time that south Macomb saw an influx of former Detroit residents moving to the suburbs.
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Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws
November 11, 2010.
It's late. I'm tired. I just returned from the Macomb County Republican Party's Fall Convention. The sole purpose of this meeting was to elect 32 members to sit on the party's executive committee, along with 32 "statutory" members (the Republican candidates for state and local office in the last election).
The meeting was supposed to begin at 7:30 p.m. It started about 7:45. After it was called to order, one delegate jumped up and began yelling, "Point of order!" Huh? Point of order? At 7:46? Really? Eventually, he shut up while we said the Pledge of Allegiance and saluted the veterans on this, Veterans' Day.
Following the ceremonial aspects and a couple of short speeches from our Congresswoman and a state representative, the meeting disintegrated. One genius moved that the meeting adjourn promptly at 10 p.m. Not surprisingly, this motion passed! Dumbest. Motion. Ever.
In order to proceed with the sole item of business, it was necessary first to elect a chair of the convention. This did not take place until about 10 p.m., at which time another vote was held and the meeting time was extended until 11. By the way, the vote was not held until we had a vote over how to vote -- by secret ballot or by standing up or a show of hands or some other way. Secret ballot won, which of course meant another long delay.
Finally, with the chair chosen, order ensued, right? Wrong. The chair -- Stanley Grot -- promptly appointed a credentials committee, a rules committee, three parliamentarians, two sergeants-at-arms, and a nominating committee. I may have left out a committee or two, but you get the idea. He then asked the assembled delegates (almost 300), "Who wants to be on the executive committee?" (Did I mention this was the only piece of business to be conducted?)
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From the Macomb Daily:
"It'll never be the same. That's a given. This (bankruptcy) makes the climb even steeper to ... get out of this local depression," said Jacobs, who has delivered the annual economic forecast for Macomb County for 25 consecutive years.Yikes! That's about as bad as it can get, no? So bad that people are just giving up on finding jobs? That's no way to get the unemployment number down. Not that's it's that down and not that it's that low either. Further:
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Ah yes - the party of identity politics (in full view during the democrat primary this last year) - the Democrats - are at it again in Macomb County. Separating men from women, black from white, straight from gay, young from old, educated from non-educated, etc ad infinitum. Today it's gender. From the freep this morning: Best workplaces for women sought in Macomb County.
Taking a page from Fortune magazine, Macomb County should soon have its own list of best employers for women. The Macomb County Commission on Women is releasing a 10-question survey to businesses to learn what policies make a company good for women workers. The questions relate to pay, employee benefits, diversity and female advancement..Basically - pay equity. That old chestnut. More:
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I've made two handfuls of posts regarding the shenanigans in Macomb County because of their bloated budget. In short, the Democrats on the Commission are in cahooots with the labor unions, who bail them out of making tough decisions at the expense of their own membership, doing so by overturning lawful decisions of their own membership, slap back efforts for real reforms, use human shields to ram their agenda through, and stand there in front of the voters with a straight face and a tin cup.
Macomb County officials are about two-thirds of the way toward securing $10 million in concessions -- and narrowing an $18 million budget gap -- after ratifying contracts with four employee unions.This of course follows the stolen UAW membership vote, a much larger union. Apparently, the smaller unions are now falling in line.
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May raise taxes? MAY raise taxes? The News seems to be a bit behind the curve on this one. I posted several stories linking article in local papers as to what is going on with the budget deficit in Macomb County (see here, here, here and here amongst others). In any case, the subline of the article is Long-avoided millage rate change among few options commission has left to erase $10M shortfall in budget.
Uh - long-avoided? As if the overspending by the 20-6 Democrat majority didn't overspend for years on end with this year being the one where they have to finally pay the piper? Long-avoided? From the article:
It has been more than 30 years since Macomb County adjusted its tax rate -- and at that time, officials lowered the millage.Gee. What could have happened? In 2 generations (it's been more than 30 years since an increase happened) the taxes haven't been increased. Not one fraction of one mil. Until now. But, ... they HAVE to raise it now! They have no other choice. None. Zero, zip, zilch. No choice. You know what's coming next, right? You have to know what's coming next in the argument stream.
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NO!!! Tell me it isn't so! Bend-over-for-the-unions democrats on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners in cahoots with unions. Can't be! I'm shocked! Shocked I say! Seriously though - is that even a valid question of a headline for the Macomb Daily? This story is directly linked to the one I wrote yesterday: Shenanigans in Macomb UAW Union Vote? Today, the Macomb Daily reports:
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