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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Yannow, when my minimal scheduled 53 hour workweek was the norm, I sure would've loved to have this option available.
The Republican-led House on Wednesday approved a measure that would give private sector workers the option of trading overtime pay for extra time off weeks or months later.
Busy parents? Feh. Whatever. An extra 20 days of vacay banked away sounds good in most anyone's book. But, of course, like pending doom, the Progressives have to opine.
Democrats say it's not fair to compare the legislation to similar flexibility that is offered to public sector employees because many government workers are unionized and have civil service protections against potential abuse by employers.
See that? You're just too stupid to carve out your own swath in life. Only the DNC Progressives, bureaucrats in the hive mentality of Mother Government, and Goonions can save you peons from yourself. And we pay their wages, and retirements? Insanity.
Amash, Benishek, Bentivolio, Camp, Huizenga, Miller, Rogers, Upton, and Walberg, thank you for voting YES on this legislation.
Note: Gary Peters voted NO.
By pauldpeterson, Section News
Many people throw around the term including its synonym, Freedom, but do they really know what they're saying? Do those who continue to defend and espouse it (though it is the Law of the Land) really have the understanding of the masses when they talk about it, when they defend it?
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By Croton Crier, Section News
After three plus hours of testimony and the agony of parsing definitions, Mr. Vern Verduin of Gaines Township wins the right of Free Speech!
A definitive victory over out of control government.
Mr. Verduin parked two semi-truck trailers on his 40 acre farm that violated the 20 square feet allowed for political signs. His signs stated: Marxism/Socialism = Poverty and Hunger and Obama's 'Mission Accomplished' : 8% Unemployment 16 Trillion Debt.
If the signs advertised his business, the signs could have been twice as big. He was fined for violating the township ordinance after declaring his right to free speech by leaving the signs up.
Gaines Township cited Mr. Verduin in an attempt to force him into compliance. After deliberating permanent vs temporary, content based vs content neutral, and debating the definition of vehicular signs, Judge Steven Servaas, 63rd District Court Kent County, declared Gaines Township's sign ordinance unconstitutional "because there is a distinction between commercial and political". The Judge added that the law has to treat commercial and political speech the same. The Township's ordinance allows a bigger sign to sell a product than a political idea.
Constitutionally, this ordinance is upside down.
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Promoted for the lesson value ~
Last Friday's 6th District Convention was almost uneventful, and while Liberty Coalition forces were moving in on 6th District management around the edges, the core positions, such as Treasurer, Chair, and Secretary went to establishment moderates. But the corrupt practices came to the fore, and were almost missed. It started when this writer had to make a motion to have the results of the elections be released to us; they started by NOT giving vote totals on the Chair race. (Read on and let your anger mobilize you...)
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By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws.
Individual sovereignty is under attack.
Not the wacko, every-man-is-a-sovereign-the-United-States-is-a-corporation kind of sovereignty, but the notion that, as individuals, we have worth and dignity that deserve protection.
This attack exists in every corner of our society and has found its way into our language. Liberal politicians talk about the "cost" of a tax cut and ask conservatives, "How are you going to pay for that tax cut?" They thus view tax cuts as expenditures, but expenditures of what? Of the money to which they deem the government entitled.
A tax cut "spends" nothing. It is an acknowledgment that the money being taxed belongs in the first instance to the earner, not the government. Most Americans would willingly pay taxes to support legitimate government functions, but we resist ferociously the notion that our incomes belong to the government.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Just happen to notice that the state House Judiciary Committee (Chair, Rep. John Walsh), is meeting tomorrow, September 27, at 10 AM. One of the bills that is on the agenda goes hand in hand with what Governor Snyder is doing with his Federal partnership of the Health Insurance Exchange. The bill in question is HB 5665, as its sunset is slated for October 1, 2013. Why the hurry, Lansingcritters? Uh-oh... Poof! There goes them DRIC inducing road funds. Pshaw! Like that would ever happen when the R's vote like the D's regarding HB 5665.
The congresscritters we send to the District of Corruption sure have their Big Government tentacles into everything We the People do today. States, you want your road monies back? Then you'll have to create a new level of criminal element on your end for lawyers and municipalities to fleece, and we'll give you back a share of road monies on a percentage of what you lobby us for. Win-win-win. Nudge-nudge-wink-wink. The herd will go for it in the name of safety. They always do. We'll call it implied consent. Go ahead .. do it states, the supremes are good with it, and then we're off to the races with healthcare, drones in the sky, and NDAA. One has to boil the frog slowly dontchya know.
It's how decent folk like Bob, end up snared with criminal labels in a legalese merchant controlled world we allowed today. And for the elected class, what else looks better on paper for a candidates campaign than 'tough on crime' propaganda? Not much as its easily swallowed by most. Besides, government LEO's Lab contamination shmamination - Hang him! says the mouthbreathers. Because, of course, them jurors would never ever have a chance facing of that gamed $10,000+ life altering seat when leaving "go team" stadium, or the local public house, would they? Indeed. I'm also rather confident that any highly educated folk out there like Sen. Cardiologist Fatso, will find increased spending solutions for all of the above too. I guess that's the rewarding comforts of folks turning to mother government for everything.
One thing is for sure, if I were Bob, I would be casting a big, loud, NO vote on HB 5665, and damn the rest of my elected peers with their central power enabling votes.
Part of the problem with the electorate, is a decidedly poor attention span.
Most folks can't hold on to a thought for more than a minute or so before the phone rings, or a hot flash news item distracts them. In fact lives have become so busy, its amazing that understanding of cause and effect is as broad as the 5% that it seems to be. In fact I fear analytical abilities are on the wane. Without that important skill, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep people focused on what has truly become the enemy of our liberty.
When government controls our purse, we are not truly free.
Below the fold, is a new project I hope will help to reverse the trend towards political and economic ignorance. It will be offered free for a time to radio stations that wish to have a morning minute type programming, or even something for fill in between programming. It will be edgy, and hopefully coherent.
The idea came while making commercials for the state representative race I was recently involved with. As one of the most effective parts of the campaign, it was clear how effective radio could be if used properly. At the same time, it provides a new programming option for stations that want to enhance their talk radio line up.
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+ Buena Vista teachers to return to classrooms Monday
+ Suspect arrested in Western Michigan University assaults
+ New smartphone app provides Michigan park information
+ Stilt walker wrapping up trek around Michigan
+ Saginaw police: 14-year-olds shot while sitting in car
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+ Michigan community reels as woman faces fraud charges for cancer claim
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+ AP CEO calls records seizure unconstitutional
+ Michigan disabled vets could see property tax relief
+ White House insists Obama was not involved in IRS
+ Obama to speak on legality of drone program
+ Tea party looks to take advantage of moment
+ Emails show Snyder aides aware of 'skunk works' group
+ Mich. Rep. Camp: IRS lied, must clean house
+ Military to re-train leaders on sexual assault prevention
+ Organic food companies gain Washington clout
+ GOP hopes IRS scandal will snag health care law
+ Obama talks jobs, says politics misplace focus
+ Audit questions use of Mich. petroleum tax revenues
+ Class-action lawsuit OK'd over Michigan's asset seizures
+ Obama: 'Our focus cannot drift' from jobs, economy
+ Michigan rep proposes ban on late-night fireworks
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