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    Tag: CZARS

    MDOT: Amtrak A Success! ...Still A Goonionized Moneypit

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 10:37:28 AM EST
    Tags: NITC, Son Of Stimulus, Richardville, Snyder, Obama, DRIC, Michigan, Highway Funds, Slightly Higher Speed Rail, More Central Planning Entanglements, Executive, CZARS, Appointees, Policy Makers (all tags)

    From the same folks trying to stick taxpayers with a boondoggle bridge for the Canucks.

    "This past year marks the highest ridership totals ever on Amtrak services in Michigan," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "All three lines, especially the Blue Water, have made great gains, despite the slowdowns on the Pontiac/Detroit-Chicago corridor. We've taken steps to repair the track between Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti, so that will help bring speeds back to what customers expect."

    Amtrak operates the Blue Water and Pere Marquette services under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). At this time, Amtrak does not receive any direct state support for the Wolverine service. Michigan is one of 15 states that provide state-supported service.


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    Executive Privilege?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 10:14:13 AM EST
    Tags: Executive, CZARS, Michigan, Snyder, Appointees, Policy Makers (all tags)

    In a move straight out of the playbook of Dear Leader Obama, it seems Michigan's executive branch would have new wholesale hiring capabilities.

    The Detroit News reports:

    "Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, wants a constitutional amendment that would allow the governor to appoint up to 1 percent of the state workforce. With about 50,000 employees, that would amount to about 500 appointees.

    Today, Michigan's governor is allowed only five appointees per state department, plus department heads and eight appointees in the governor's office, for a little more than 120 total.


    "What is good for me, may not be so for thee" would be a statement that comes to mind.  Republicans who would stand so against things such as a taxpayer boondoggle bridge during the last administration, and now consider it plausible should make one pause.  And in this case, we critique the worst president who has ever lived in the white house for his 'czar' list and unaccountable policy makers, yet are expected to bless the 'Republican' version of it?

    Maybe not such a good idea, huh?


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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Czar She Blows!

    By troykeith, Section News
    Posted on Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 09:00:22 AM EST
    Tags: czars, politics (all tags)

    The appointment of Presidential "Czars" is not a new development in American politics as the practice dates back to the days of FDR.  Nearly every President since has used Czars in one form or another; George W. Bush being credited with as many as 35.

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