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    Fred Upton's Obamacare Blunder Steals Defeat From Jaws Of Victory

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 10:10:54 AM EST
    Tags: Fred Upton, GOP, Obamacare, Fail (all tags)

    No surprise there.

    A Bill Wilson Op-Ed notes how Michigan Congressman Fred Upton would prefer to shoot 'gift horses.'

    That old saying, "if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything," is being proven true yet again by the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.

    Failing to embrace an agenda that would keep faith with the people who elected them, the House GOP honchos -- led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan -- are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    As the uproar over millions of insurance cancellations began to build, Upton and his cronies devised a cynical plan to try to grab credit "for doing something" to address the real pain and anguish felt by American families.  ..

    And then get all the dirtbags who voted for it in the first place, off the hook.

    Read more HERE

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    Politics Of The Possible

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 12:17:28 PM EST
    Tags: Health Care, ACA, Fred Upton, Fail, NetRight Daily (all tags)

    Reprinted by permission from NetRight Daily

    By Rick Manning

    Republican Washington, D.C. insiders have spent the past month wagging their fingers at tea party types and telling anyone who will listen that these people just don't understand realpolitik and the "politics of the possible."

    In a first reveal of what constitutes the Beltway Republicans "possible", Fred Upton, the inert chairman of the House Commerce and Energy Committee has introduced legislation to deal with the Obamacare problem of the day - people are losing their health insurance due to regulations propagated by the Obama Administration.

    After bruising battles trying to stop, delay or defund Obamacare, Upton's politics of the possible is language that would allow, if they wanted, health insurers to continue to offer this year's plans to customers next year.

    Apparently rather than push for a real solution to Obamacare now that some Democrats are approaching panic mode as their constituents and supporters are getting the higher premiums and dropped policies that the Ted Cruz's of the world tried to prevent, the possible politics crowd is choosing to push legislation that delays the problem for another year, and allows the politicians to blame the insurers when policies are cancelled.

    Continued below

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    You Already put Your $450 Where Your Mouth is, Schostak

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 01:28:55 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Bobby ShowStak, majoring in minors, Republicans, Losing 10 of 12, All Educatiion Losses, Finances, DOH! Schostak, Fail, UM, MSU, WSU, BoE (all tags)

    It never ceases to delight me with the schadenfreude that the MI-GOP rubes bury themselves in, with their chosen duplicitous chair Boobie ShowStak, having a hot air case of the fantods about an uncreative commie bleating his DNC talking points on MSU's campus.

    Continued below.

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    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09:37 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Republicans, Losing 10 of 12, All Educatiion Losses, Finances, DOH! Schostak, Fail, UM, MSU, WSU, BoE (all tags)

    Was that the investment by the Michigan GOP for the University board and Michigan Board of Education candidates?

    Is it surprising that we lost the 8 seats while at the same time maintaining control of the state house?  Those state wide races needed the Michigan GOP to step up, but there wasn't any pretense of help or assistance.

    Tim Bos (letter below the fold) puts it best.

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    Who Needs Anecdotal?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 11:41:08 AM EST
    Tags: Holland, FAIL, Michigan, Loss of Rights, Private Property, Zoning, Oppressive Government, Freedom, Liberty, Free Markets (all tags)

    Families destroyed, future prosperity hampered, and setting up a whole new set of government dependent souls.

    God help us from benevolent bureaucracies!

    "HOLLAND, Mich. -- Several weeks after a city zoning officer shut down his hot dog business, 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski and his parents are homeless.

    The family was hoping Nathan's hot dog cart could help them through a difficult time.  Nathan's mother, Lynette Johnson, suffers from epilepsy and his stepfather, Doug Johnson, has multiple sclerosis. Their illnesses have restricted them from finding permanent, full-time work.


    Nathan wanted to help out his family by selling hot dogs from a cart he bought with money he saved.


    The city of Holland, however, shut down the business 10 minutes after it opened, informing Nathan it was in the city's commercial district where food carts not connected to downtown brick-and-motor restaurants are prohibited. The Mackinac Center's coverage of the issue has drawn national attention."

    Unintended or otherwise, it is considered normal nowadays for government to hamper the opportunities of some, to favor others. A pretend scenario is certainly unnecessary for this family.


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    Breaking - RINO Turned Dems Down

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 04, 2012 at 01:44:11 PM EST
    Tags: Republican, RINO, Joe Shwarz, Walberg, CD7, Michigan, Democrats, Fail (all tags)

    $20,000 wasn't enough for the template of all RINOs to run as a Dem according to sources.

    That was the amount reportedly offered to Schwarz for his campaign on their behalf. From M-Live

    Former Republican Congressman Joe Schwarz said Friday he has decided not to run for the seat now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg.

    Schwarz, of Battle Creek, represented the 7th Congressional District - which includes Jackson County - for one term in the U.S. House and lost to Walberg, of Tipton, in the 2006 Republican primary.

    He had been considering a run in 2012 as a Democrat.

    Because his natural tendencies have always favored failure.

    And even though the story doesn't mention it, he may still run as an Independent.

    Something that ought to make the Democrats even happier if they stop to think about it.

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    "Centrist" Republicans Target Selves

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 09:20:59 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Republicans, Thaddeus McCotter, Fred Upton, Dave Camp, Centrists, Milquetoast, Moderates, Fail, Congress, Senate, Mainstreet, Politics, Principle, Conservatives, Constitution (all tags)

    In a time when conservatism has regained the eye and can be found more in the heart of America, those who refuse to stand for anything, seem to expend more effort standing AGAINST those who would presumably be their allies.

    Some Republicans have consistently, even in the face of gains made by "tea party" conservatives in their party, shunned those gains, and pegged the new conservatism as "extreme."  Rather than embrace the ideas of responsibility and restraint with regard to government, they have instead attempted to scuttle reform efforts by those who were in fact elected under a conservative flag.  Such things as spending within means, and abiding by the constitution, to centrists, is tantamount to guaranteeing they would be unelected in following cycles.

    So instead of promoting any message that is constitutionally legitimate, or perhaps even (dare we suggest) "righteous," it is far easier to put finger to the wind, and see where society would accept deviation from current conditions and then assume relatively safe positions.  Far easier to be "politically correct," slight those who share your party banner, and continue a path toward complete socialism for the sake of personal power.

    And they call it "moderation," being reasonable, more "centrist."

    And those who have no ability to stand up for anything they pretend to believe, proudly state that they are indeed milquetoast.

    Including some notable Michiganders and others below the fold.

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    In light of HOUSE BILL No. 4401

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 12:59:01 PM EST
    Tags: Carbon Sequestering, CO2, Waste of resources, boondoggle, make-work, Michigan, Fail, Gasoline, anyone have a light? (all tags)

    Which addresses something I have always had to shake my head at.

    3 easy steps.

    This is not an unpredictable post.  The remaining part of the lesson resides below the line.

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