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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Not So Fast Mister

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 09:47:38 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Snyder, Intra-Local hogwash, House Appropriations Committee, Dave Agema, Chuck Moss, Bob Genetski, Eileen Kowall, Matt Lori, Bill Rogers, Jon Bumstead, Kevin Cotter, Ken Goike, Nancy Jenkins, Peter MacGregor, Greg MacMaster, Earl Poleski, Phil Potvin, Richard LeBlanc (all tags)

    Governor Rick Snyder's obsession has a little bit of a roadblock.

    After the Governor attempted to subvert the will of the people and the legislature with a convoluted 'intra-local' agreement on his pet bridge project, he now finds there is no state money available for his new tool.  Unless he pulls an "Obama" and violates the Michigan constitution, no money can be appropriated to the new method which has raised eyebrows with conservative leadership in the Michigan legislature.  The stopping point?  From the Detroit News:

    "The House Appropriations Committee amended a supplemental funding bill barring the Michigan Economic Development Corp. from spending general fund taxpayer money on construction or development of the proposed New International Trade Crossing.

    "I just want to ensure that no taxpayer money is being spent on something that shouldn't," said state Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, who sponsored the amendment. "Nobody has the authority, including the governor, to spend any money without the Legislature and appropriations (committees) appropriating the money."

    And CUT! (a little Michigan film credit humor there)

    Anyhow, there is ONE little point that needs to be addressed.  The ability of an Intra-Local tool to even have ANY validity between nations.  Would such an agreement even be legal? Our constitution says not so fast.  Only the President with the consent of the US Senate can enact such contracts. From Article 2 Section 2 of the US Constitution:

    " .. He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States .."
    And given that MR Snyder is not yet our Presinerd, his will is a little ahead of itself.

    An 'attaboy' and thank you goes out to House Appropriations Committee members Dave Agema, Chuck Moss, Bob Genetski, Eileen Kowall, Matt Lori, Bill Rogers, Jon Bumstead, Kevin Cotter, Ken Goike, Nancy Jenkins, Peter MacGregor, Greg MacMaster, Earl Poleski, Phil Potvin, and the lone Democrat voting yes with those members, Richard LeBlanc.  They have saved our state a little embarrassment for the time being.

    Unchecked executive authority is abuse.

    < Justin Amash Receives 'Defender' Award | Because The Cycle Must Be Broken >

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    And let's not forget . . . (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:08:43 AM EST
    . . . Article 1, Section 10 of that same U. S. Constitution:

    "No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation ..."

    No modifiers, no qualifications, no "consent of Congress" clause . . . nothing.  So even entering into an inter-local agreement with a foreign nation is in violation of the plain language of the U. S. Constitution.

    Bill Rogers (none / 0) (#2)
    by Republican Michigander on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:48:44 AM EST
    Bill Rogers was answering questions about the bridge awhile back and the one thing he wanted to know is if tax money would pay for it. The talking point for awhile was that Canada would pay for it. It was partially right.....as a loan. Bill wasn't impressed.

    Loans as we all know are supposed to be paid back.

    L. Brooks says up yours, J-man (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 09:24:26 PM EST
    In vetoing the resolution put forth by Republican Commissioner Shelley Taub (Bloomfield Township), Patterson is going against his own party, with all 16 Republicans voting in favor and all nine Democrats voting against it.

    "If they had realized at the time how it was going to be construed, I think they would have looked at it differently," he said.

    Patterson said he talked to Republicans about revisiting the resolution, but they ran out of time to do it. So he issued the rare veto instead. He said it is only his third veto in 20 years.

    In a release, he cited increased jobs and the fact that the state constitution allows for the creation of new bridges with Canada.

    "Halifax has opened up a deep-water port, which means they're going to try to capture a lot of the trade coming out of China and Asia," said Patterson. "They're going to ship that out of either the bridge in Detroit or over in Buffalo, New York. I want the trade to come this way."

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120614/METRO02/206140500#ixzz1xos8GEPI

    Herro Amerlica, youl payment is due.  Ain't NAFTA grand?

    It's just gottdamn sickening to watch this country go down the crapper while all the gullible thralls beg for scraps from old lushes they send to office now selling them out and calling it progress.

    And he's the brain trust powering the Nancy write-in campaign?  {facepalm}

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