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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    So what does supporting the will of the 11th District Republican Leadership give you?

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 01:54:59 PM EST
    Tags: Kerry Bentivolio, Nancy Cassis, L. Brooks Patterson, 11th District Republican Star Chamber, Write-in Campaign, August 2012 Primary, Oakland County, Wayne County, Republican kakistocracy (all tags)

    "About 25 Wayne and Oakland County GOP leaders and elected officials huddled Wednesday at the Suburban Collection Showplace to coalesce around one candidate. About 11 members reunited Thursday at a hotel to interview the possible write-in candidates the party could get behind, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said."


    "The confab was necessary, Patterson said, because the party can't get behind Bentivolio, the Republican who made the Aug. 7 primary ballot. Bentivolio raises reindeer and launched his candidacy to challenge McCotter on issues like government spending and borrowing.

    "While there is an individual on the ballot, the people deserve a choice, and that shouldn't be an accidental choice," Cassis said."

    from The Detroit News - June 7, 2012.


    No, scratch that.

     "Wow!" Doesn't even begin to describe the level of hubris and arrogance displayed by the Republican kakistocracy on this one.

    These people know what running for office entails.

    They know how, where, and most importantly, when the process takes place.

    To even imply that they couldn't have gotten involved in the race simply reeks of gross competence for a person of their station.

    And on top of that; they felt the "need" for multiple, secret close door meetings.

    And only one member had the integrity to step forward and actually admit that they were actually there.

    What's even worse yet?

    "Patterson said Bentivolio's priorities were too extreme for him to accept."
    - The Detroit Free Press, June 7, 2012

    And this is compared to...

    {Continued below}

    As I mentioned earlier, I did a quick glance at Ms, Cassis' record to see what made her stand head and shoulders above a person who promised to support the concept of limited government and specific enumerated powers for government.

    To her credit, there were some votes which did fall into those criteria.

    Sadly, there were many bills she introduced and votes of hers that did not.

    Now, I can go on about items like why she received things like an embarrassing 56% approval rate in 1997 and paltry 69% approval rating in 1998 from the Michigan Conservative Union (state chapter of the people who put on the yearly CPAC Conferences) and a discomforting 57% approval rating in 2002 from Michigan Gun Owners of America. I can talk about her fluff bills like making the Cherry the official state fruit. Or, mandating warning labels on window blinds (does anyone really question whether you might choke yourself if you put your head in there). But things got better (or worse, depending on where you stand in supporting her) the more I read.

    Some of her bills she introduced and supported that "Knocked the ball out of the park":

    During the heady days of the early 2000's when state budgets were becoming a pathetic joke and lawmakers scrambled to find whatever revenue they could, from any source they could, to get state government to limp along into the next fiscal year, then-Rep. Cassis proposed a bill to double the fees for legal documents that Michigan residents needed to pay when filing. Later, then-Senator Cassis introduced a bill to slap an additional 35 cent tax on cigarettes (whoops...can't use "tax", lets try a softer term like "equity assessment"), from companies that weren't part of the original tobacco settlement agreement.

    Speaking of smoking, guess who supported a bill to trample on the rights of private property owners by banning smoking in Michigan bars and restaurants?

    If you said; "Nancy Cassis", good call.

    Apparently, the effect on private businesses bottom lines and plummeting Michigan Keno sales didn't factor into her backing of this bill.

    But, hey? What does less money into the state's coffers mean when the state can tell an individual what they can do with their own body and property? It's for their own good, and that's all that matters.

    I'm not even finished yet. Her storied legislative record continues.

    Senator Cassis also introduced bills to impose even more restrictions on Michiganians who are in the contracting trade. Back in 2005, she introduced SB 631 & 632 to increase the fees for contractors and increased the state regulations over that business. She did the same thing again in 2007 when she introduced SB-453 increasing them even further.

    You would think for someone who loves expanding government with more fees, that she would eventually develop a soft spot and cut people a break, especially during the Granholm-induced recession.

    Well, she did.

    In 2005 then-Senator Cassis was THE person responsible for implementing the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit. For those who aren't familiar with what this is, this is where you can effectively have a "negative income tax", whereby state government takes from the people who produce income, and gives it to people who do not.

    Wasn't that nice of her?

    People who are generous with other people's money factor very highly when I step into that voting booth on election day.

    In 2006, then-Senator Cassis introduced a bill that would give local municipalities who made irresponsible agreements on their labor contracts, the ability to borrow money to pay for those bad decisions resulting from the unfunded liabilities from those contracts. No vote of the people required to implement.

    Effectively, a tax increase on future taxpayers in that municipality.

    Oh, but it gets better.

    In 2008. then-Senator Cassis introduced a bill granting an exemption to foreign companies from paying into the Michigan Business Tax.

    Michigan-based companies: Pony up. These foreign companies are going to get a free ride!

    Nancy Cassis apparently has a thing for foreign companies over Michigan based ones. In 2010, she supported tax breaks for battery manufacturers like Korean-based LG Chem, not once, but twice.

    Isn't it reassuring to see that she believes in playing around in the private sector with the public purse? Almost like Obama with Solyndra?

    I can continue, but I have no intention of competing for Kevin's record in cranking out a Magnum Opus here on RM and I believe that I've made my point regarding Nancy Cassis' record.

    Now, compare this to the maxim that Kerry Bentivolio has put out which bears repeating once again:

    How I Will Determine My Vote

    Article 1 Section 8 gives specific enumerated powers to Congress. Anything not expressed within this section is outside the authority given to Congress.

    These are the questions I will ask on every bill:

    1) Does the Constitution give us the authority to act on this issue?

        -If yes, continue to question two
        -If no...then vote no!

    2) Will it benefit ALL of the people?

        -If yes, continue to question three
        -If no...then vote no!

    3) Can we afford it NOW without having to borrow?

        -If yes...vote yes
        -If no...then vote no!"

    Oh, one last thing.

    Regarding that "too extreme" comment Brooks made, I only have this response to provide from someone whom even Brooks cannot even dream of holding a candle to.

    "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

    Words to live by for people who have obviously forgotten the true role of government.

    Something to also consider during the August Primary.

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    For the record, . . . (none / 0) (#1)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 05:23:09 PM EST
    . . . my longest post on this site was 25,631 words in length.  That was an August 2008 interview with Albert S. Abbasse, a democrat currently from Byron Center, who was at that time Justin Amash's general campaign opponent for the 72nd State House seat being vacated by termed-out Glenn Steil, jr.

    Al Abbasse is the current Secretary of the Kent County Democrat Party, a perpetual "name on the ballot" in heavily-republican portions of the county (check the 10th District County Commission race), a hardcore progressive-liberal, and a borderline statist.

    The aforementioned interview was only my 13th post on this site (back when I was a newbie to political blogging), and apparently exceeded the maximum allowable word limit on this site.  (Yes, there is one, and it's somewhere in the immediate vicinity of 10,000 words.)

    That having been said, we need to get Nancy Classless' entire record (every damming bit of it) collected in one spot.  I'm thinking, KG, that you could draft the entire thing as a Microsoft Word Document (with links), convert it to a PDF, and then e-mail it to either Jason or me so we can post it in the RightMichigan Media Library for all to observe and admire.

    Is that an idea you can run with?

    Oy! Just what DC needs more of... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 11:42:34 AM EST

    Obviously, L. Brooks and the rest of the old entrenched Party establishment that's pushing Nanny Clueless is quaking in their boots with having Kerry Bentivolio being "the Republican" on the ballot for a reason.

    Floating taxable bonds to subsidize bloated unsustainable public sector benefit debt that was gifted by assclowns like L. Brooks and his Novi puppet buying public goonion votes with Gretchen?  Disgusting.

    Why hell, L. Brooks and Nanny Crassis calling themselves republicans are the exact reason that the TEA movement folk came about.

    Y'all really need to send Kerry some jingles.

    The old Party guard is just now beginning to ramp up their surrogate disinformation/smear campaign for Nancy against an honorable man.

    Bentivolio campaign manager Bob Dindoffer on Friday denied the rumblings, adding that he is seeking an endorsement from Right to Life.

    "He is pro-life. We don't know where this malicious whisper campaign is coming from," Dindoffer said.

    Bentivolio, a high school teacher in Livingston County, is busy finishing up the school year and then will turn his attention to the election, Dindoffer said.

    "While we respect everyone's right to run, what we don't appreciate is when a group of ten to twenty-five career politicians and operatives get into a smoke-filled room and anoint a candidate to run against a solid conservative who is already on the ballot," he said.

    No kidding.

    Besides, can anyone demonstrate a time when Federal debt money loving Lush B. Patterson (Babbling Brooks), or any of his Party cronies like Paul Welday have ever been in support of the TEA candidate elected Conservatives in Oakland Co who don't believe in killing babies?

    Disgusting (none / 0) (#5)
    by archiespeck on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:05:23 AM EST
    That's the only way I can describe Brooks and his GOP cronies' behavior these past few weeks. Unlike Brooksy, I've actually taken a good, hard look at Mr. Bentivolio's positions, and I fail to see the "extreme" positions Brooksy sees. In fact, I see just the opposite -- a lot of common sense, small government ideas that we so desperately need in Washington.

    The upshot to all of this is that Kerry will owe no one anything once we send him to DC. That's probably why Brooksy is so scared of him.

    • Bingo by JGillman, 06/12/2012 12:30:43 PM EST (none / 0)
    Bentivolio (none / 0) (#7)
    by Fafnir on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 07:10:39 AM EST
    Very interesting piece. Well done. I'm flabbergasted by Cassis and the rest of the "leadership" attitude on this.

    There's a Bentivolio money bomb going on today. If anyone wants to chip in: https:/www.facebook.com/events/373180319410311

    Question (none / 0) (#8)
    by Republican Michigander on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 11:06:19 AM EST
    What's going to happen if Bentivolio wins the primary against the write-in? That's a very likely scenario. Are they going to get on board and be team players?

    I don't like this "consensus" deal and neither do a lot of establishment republicans, let alone the tea party. This is a decision for voters. That's why we have primaries.

    If party resources pay to support Cassis, that's money that won't be spent supporting fights against democrats. It's pragmatically a waste of time. It also does nothing to bring people into the party.

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