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Tag: Bad Law
By JGillman, Section News
A new light at the end of the tunnel?
New federal standards as a result of Fred Upton's foray into progressive design have resulted in the loss of American light bulb producing Jobs, and the end of the traditional incandescent bulb as we know it. As seen with the reelection of Obama, as well as Upton, I guess Interference in the course of an individual's personal choices is just the way government operates, so we just sit back and reelect the smug jerks bent on schtupping us and laughing about it.
Of course, American ingenuity is tested on a regular basis by those who every day face the effect of government 'Upton' types, and markets will find a way to offer similar goods. Its usually smarter than the elected class and can find its way out of some insane bureaucratic mazes. In this case it is in the form of "rough service" MADE-IN-USA incandescent bulbs that we will sell on a test basis in our retail store in Traverse City.
Warm light from a real incandescent bulb is the way to go. And they taste better anyhow.
Pass the Windex.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Or, should the title be "The Northern Follies! Part Deux"? Matters little as it all spells "R is for Reverse when riding with Democrats".
The Michigan lawmaker sponsoring a bill authorizing red light cameras has made a U-turn on the issue.
Concerns about privacy? Sure it is. At testimony, Rep. Peter Pettalia spelled that all out for Wayne.
Manufacturers of red light cameras have a reputation for heavy lobbying in state capitols. It is not clear if sponsors of the bill have received any campaign support from red light camera manufacturers. Contributions do not have to be reported until the end of the year in an off-election year, according to the Michigan Secretary of State's office.
I suppose it's not a good day to be a Show Pony in the 104th with further political aspirations.
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The use of 'the possible' scenarios can be confusing sometimes.
Jack Hoogendyk penned a piece the other day that might have turned a few heads. His email article "Money, Power, Quid Pro Quo - How it Destroys Good Policy" used a story from the 'watching Michigan' site that suggested Arlan Meekhof's position on Medicaid expansion might be compromised by a desire for leadership. The article painted a scenario under which it seemed possible that Senator Meekhof might capitulate to expansion:
"But, by rising to the seat power as leader, you too are owing to someone. All that money you spread around during the campaign; where did that come from? The lobbyists. And those lobby groups that endowed you with all that cash, do you think maybe they have a few quid pro quos as well? Oh, yeah.It happens.
Hoogendyk ended with wonderment of of the house votes and a question whether Arlan Meekhoff, as a man of integrity would cave to the a desire to grow in office.
"... Were they promised help in the upcoming election? A few seats could be in trouble because of the Freedom to Work vote. Some future campaign cash could be helpful...in exchange for a key vote now.And as usual, the grassroots came alive.
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Taxpayer advocate Rose Bogaert sums up the feeling of those who will be deciding to hand sit (or primary as needed) if necessary.
With regard to HB4717 that passed out of committee 9-5 a little while ago:
"I would like to address those who have decided to support Governor Snyder wish to pass HB 4714. I would also like to acknowledge those who took the time to respond to my initial email both pro and con. I have been following Lansing for 31 years only to be frequently disappointed in the representation. I am aware that sometimes your job is difficult. I am also aware that you are sent to Lansing to represent your constituents. It seems that too frequently, government is at odds with that representation and the costs, as a result, are detrimental to good government and harmful to the taxpayer."The law of the land", right Mikey?
By golly, you don't take marching orders from that extremist old tea party right? No worries buster. Never were any "marching orders". Only a little faith in a conservative whom it was thought could recognize right from wrong. I hope the soul of the party finds its new home bright and lively.
Snyder will not win in 2014.
And Folks? As the vote is tomorrow in the full house, now might not be a bad time to do your thing.
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According to one bill watcher, the accelerated deterioration of HB4717 has a catalyst.
According to this source:
"On reliable information from inside the GOP caucus the plan is to vote out of committee Tuesday for passage on the floor Wednesday or Thursday Michigan HB4714, medicaid expansion. The bill seems to be changing by the hour but not necessarily for the better. The current version does set up an exchange and REQUIRES enrollment in a plan whether a person is eligible or not: "Sec. 105c. The department shall provide a process by which individuals may apply for or renew medical assistance eligibility through a website from which the department shall enroll individuals in the appropriate health care program without regard to the specific program for which the individual applies." This provision and others are dependent upon waivers from the Obama Administration, or requires the state to SEEK such waivers, but does defeat the proposal if they do not succeed. THIS BILL LOOKS LIKE IT HAS BEEN DRAFTED BY HEALTH INDUSTRY LOBBYISTS WHO WILL SELL SOVEREIGNTY FOR SHORT TERM INCOME."Oh but THAT never happens!
In the next two weeks there will be incredible pressure by lobbyists who fail to understand their industry has an end in sight if they are successful in convincing Michigan legislators to expand government for their own particular purpose. Our legislators who remain outnumbered also are being led by the corruptive influence of a governor who has his own agenda.
Strength is needed now more than ever.
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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
When Wayne Schmidt says Red Light Cameras are just a tool, he validates the word"tool" as something that has an appropriate place in the conversation.
Why is it that government must constantly move the line in the sand in a way that chips away at our liberties? Why do we continue to elect those who are so readily available and capitulating to the Lansing and National parasites which outnumber them 8 to 1?
Schmidt didn't write this legislation any more than he built Cobo Hall with his bare hands. This is likely template legislation provided by ATS to Schmidt, and the reward for being such a bold legislator remains a mystery.
Any dummy that follows him into this rabbit hole just adds another reason to distrust our legislators' ability to learn from history.
[editor's note, by JGillman] I should note the video was originally found at: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18710
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By JGillman, Section News
Fair is fair. Yet fairness and a level playing field is NOT going to be the end result of this latest assault on the pocketbook and the ability of small business to operate with an online presence.
The burdens and additional paperwork small business will face if the internet sales tax is enacted might mean nothing to the Walmarts or other big box houses which have a nexus in each and every state. However, a small operation that does business on the internet and ALREADY faces a shipping obstacle the box houses can overcome with trucking logistics, will be forced into near impossible operating conditions. There might be other solutions, but no-one has come close to the right ones yet.
There are some legislators that serve their (well funded) masters well.
Click on their images and call them to ask "why would they want to hurt Small Business in Michigan and elsewhere?"
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By JGillman, Section News
Aside from the fact that the lobbyists were contacting local sheriffs BEFORE any legislation was released, there are plenty enough reasons to dislike, or 'hate' the idea of Red Light cameras being used in Michigan.
Some of them glaringly obvious, some perhaps not-so-much. Michigan Campaign For Liberty did a pretty good job of banging out 17 reasons why to hate the red light snitch devices, and perhaps adding to why folks like Wayne Schmidt ought not EVER seek political office EVER again.
From constitutionality to poor allocation of resources, to outright graft, you have seen our other commentary on this issue.
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