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By JGillman, Section News
There is no question the Insurance exchange moving successfully through the Senate was bad, and frankly capitulating to big brother Fed. But some of the participants in its passing, including State Senator Mark Jansen might think THIS makes it OK:
Sec. 3407c. (1) A qualified health plan offered through a state exchange pursuant to the patient protection and affordable care act, Public Law 111-148, and the health care and education reconciliation act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, shall not provide coverage for elective abortion. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit an individual, organization, or employer participating in a qualified health plan offered through a state exchange from purchasing optional supplemental coverage for elective abortion outside of the exchange as provided in subsection (2).
Read the rest. Its as if its thrown in there to appease conscience conservatives. Of course we don't wish to see tax dollars spent on abortion. We don't want to see abortions frankly.
However, every time a bill is crafted to capitulate with the left and its great society plans, it seems there has to be riders and subsequent action to (hopefully) silence dissent from the right.
I believe it may be best to take the ink out of all of their writing utensils for a couple years.
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Be sure to give them an 'attaboy.'
Regular readers know Michigan State Senator Kahn and a couple of others are on a watch list. At times some of us have asked that you contact them in opposition to their "mistaken" positions regarding legislation. Typically legislation that is neither conservative, or even remotely 'Republican' in its nature.
If you happen to come across any these legislators during your calls, or emails, etc., be sure to give them a little positive feedback on one particular piece of legislation; 2011 SB 638.
A bill to designate English as the official state language; to provide certain rights; and to provide the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies and officials.
Senators KAHN, GREEN, COLBECK, WALKER, BRANDENBURG, HANSEN and PAPPAGEORGE are right on target in sponsoring this legislation that will save state government in a number of ways.
This legislation comes before the Government Operations Committee:
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m.
Let them know you support it, and that it is about time.
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By JGillman, Section News
Its worse than we thought.
Back a couple of months ago, we had a few discussions here about the pitiful sales of GM's Chevy Volt, even WITH the monster government incentive. A $7500 rebate just didn't cut it for target buyers of the electric boondoggle of Detroit's once upon a time premier automaker, and sales are worse than flat.
The profits from said eco-box wouldn't pay for the engineering alone much less the tooling and employee cost.
However, the employee cost has apparently brought a little fear to the dues collecting part of the team. So much so, that they have begun to market the volt to a new constituency that is more likely to be swayed by talking green frogs, giant yellow birds, and a fear of drowning polar bears.
Our children. At our public schools.
A little more below.
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By JGillman, Section News
Folks, I have to tell you, we are in the wrong business. To heck with any kind of advancements in technology, going backward is where it's at.
In the as yet unfinished fight to produce vehicles that are 'green' and have little carbon footprint, our automakers have been encouraged by the administration to produce a slew of not-ready-for-prime-time electric cars that not only cost too much, but go about 40 miles tops, with engines that might be better suited towards kitchen blenders or hand held power tools. Michigan automakers have really gone to he!! in a hand basket.
I hold nothing against the volt, really. It serves the purpose of salving eco guilt for some, and might even have a future, but the failed efforts of the government to convince enough buyers through rebates and credits of $7,000.00 are a perfect example of why we do not let government types choose which products are best for us. The credits failed so miserably, that makers of the Chevy Volt are worried about the expiration of those credits after today.
I would be too. But..
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"GM sells just 281 Chevy Volts in February, Nissan only moves 67 Leafs."
Peruse Chevrolet's February sales release, and you'll notice one number that's blatantly missing: how many Chevy Volts were sold. The number - a very modest 281 - is available in the company's detailed data (PDF), but it apparently isn't something that GM wants to highlight. Keeping the number quiet is understandable, since it's lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January.
The Autoblog-Green writer continues the article by desperately asking "why" the Volt and Leaf are selling so poorly. The answer is really simple. Everyone who wants a Volt (and can afford a Volt) has a Volt.
Obama, in his green zeal (and complete lack of understanding of business, economics and history) has seriously overestimated the demand for EV's.
Please click over to MCT for links and pictures (Right Michigan doesn't like the newer HTML formatting)
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By JGillman, Section News
One must wonder at the rapid fire synaptic cacophony, and the neural civil war that must be going on inside our governor's head.
Given the results of the first 4 years in Lansing, it would usually be safe to assume that what was being done was not working. But not to our square in the round hole prodigy. Her head, bleeding common sense like a rusty sieve, seems to leave not much else but the worst laid plans, which for some reason refuse to die.
Among those plans, is a celebration of the most destructive political religion known to man. That "green" theology which give man no credit for the mastery of his surroundings and lays only blame for one manufactured crisis upon another, onto the incredible successes that should see only praise.
A celebration of failure, that is also shared by one Van Jones.
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cross-posted at motorcitytimes.com
$725,000,000 to create 4,000 direct jobs...
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Cosmic karma and a comeuppance twenty-six years in the making? I don't know. Take the news that Jay Cutler is likely forcing a trade with the fact that my blackberry just died and that today we all have to put up with incessant shouts of APRIL FOOLS DAY and a guy could be forgiven for thinking the universe was out to play its own little practical joke.
Mix it all together and I don't know WHAT you've got, but I know that I'VE got a pounding headache.
Darn it all if it didn't arrive a few days early, too. If today were Saturday maybe I could have used my frustration as a crutch, toddled on down to one state office or another and picked up an ID to grow my own marijuana.
OK, so I'm not going to toke, myself, but its awfully reassuring to know the neighbors down the block can. We think. (If its legal, that should cut down on the police patrols on my street.) See, the ballot proposal approved last fall by Michigan voters wasn't particularly clear about, well, anything. The Detroit News reports that health and law enforcement officials are sort of... hazy... (RIMSHOT) on the law's implications. Here is what we know:
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