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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Short and sweet.
The 18th amendment was repealed, but the court's power grab was not.
By JGillman, Section News
Compassion does not necessarily equal ethical behavior.
What someone might call "the right thing to do," might be anything but that. Especially if it requires that a crime be perpetrated in order to follow through. Most acts of compassion by an individual cannot be questioned. It is self sacrifice; or giving, that heals, nurtures, grows, etc. It becomes a very different act when perpetrated through coercion upon some for the benefit of others.
The affordable care act is one of those "right things to do" according to its supporters. However, it is also one of those things which has no authority as an enumerated power defined in the constitution. The federal government has no authority to act on state's issues such as health care, welfare, and schooling. Only the broadest interpretation of commerce issues allow it to assume other responsibilities such as labor and transportation, but those come from the weak links established through a lazy practice known as case law, and precedent.
The federal government has no reason to be involved in, or managing the critical aspects of our lives. The mantra of "Its the law of the land" be damned. We still have a constitution, as damaged as it might be through neglect and cowardice. It provides absolute protections from authority to the people, and to the states which those people reside.
Unless those states and people surrender to that authority.
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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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External FeedsMetro/State News RSS from The Detroit News
+ Detroit to hire help to get disorganized bus fare counting on track
+ First female auto CEO signals future is now
+ Convicted ex-Mayor Kilpatrick ordered to pay Detroit $4.6M in restitution
+ More Detroit students attend charter schools than public schools
+ Inkster teams with sheriff's office, volunteers to boost patrols
+ Orr disputes report that he thinks higher-paid Detroit pensioners should take larger cut
+ Detroit man arraigned in deaths of two young sons
+ Bashara requests laptop for his jail cell
+ Suspension recommended for Wayne County Judge Morrow over misconduct
+ Small fire forces temporary Book-Cadillac evacuation
+ Detroit man wanted in Dearborn Benihana shooting turns himself in
+ Officials showing off revitalization efforts under way at Belle Isle
+ Detroit fights creditors' request for independent DIA appraisal
+ Don't count on Team Snyder to aid in Detroit pension rescue
+ Cavanagh considering run for Wayne County executive
Politics RSS from The Detroit News
+ Bipartisan negotiators reach budget pact
+ Labor, education secretaries to visit Macomb County, Detroit
+ Reid says Senate will not extend farm law
+ Local GOP leader questions Agema for making AIDS care comment
+ Bipartisan fix advancing for Medicare doctors' pay
+ Michigan House committee OKs bill allowing anonymity in issue ads
+ IRS nominee on track for approval despite acrimony
+ U.S. touts benefits of health law for African-Americans
+ Democrats use new power to tilt appeals court
+ U.S. ban on high-risk bank trades set for approval
+ State Sen. Bert Johnson enters race to fill Peters' seat
+ Land-line legislation draws opposition from police, AARP
+ Congress renews ban on undetectable guns
+ Workers' health care fees may rise under Obamacare
+ Michigan bill designed to protect late-night clerks
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