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By JGillman, Section News
Don't believe a word you hear from supporters of Obamacare being implemented in any way. you are being lied to. This popped into the inbox today.
Tina Dupont of the Tea Party of West Michigan writes:
"ALERT, ALERT, ALERT!!!!She is correct. The exchange MUST NOT HAPPEN.
Watch the video. Then have your state legislator tell Washington to shove this intrusion into state's rights where the thermometer might go.
Don't sit around. Call now.
Contact info listed below.
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For many, this week will be an especially long one.
Count me as one of those watching the clock tick away till Tuesday.
As many might know already, the first financials are out. In the 104th district race, if one was to look at the money spent, and figured all that mattered was how much each candidate used, then one might think that the establishment wins yet another time. No amount of financial paint however, can pretty up the big government ways of the 104th district incumbent, and frankly folks are beginning to wise up.
Looking at the financials, a $76k expenditure is impressive, a $95K fund raise even more so. But the base of support is maybe not so good for a four year incumbent. Most of the donations are lobbying PACS, law firms, and chamber entities including the often screwed up Detroit chamber. In fact looking at the collection, I may have driven part of the fundraising effort for him. They sure want him back. Bad.
But its up to the people who vote.
After personally reaching (mostly lit drop) about 950 doors in the last 4 days alone, any feedback I have gotten indicates a mood for changing up. Printer's tired, but I'm not.
Yet. And I have help.
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Mr Bolger, with regard to the new health care exchange, listen to the next Governor.
"I think it would be wiser for our policy leaders in this state to wait until November, that's the final decision break point on this healthcare debate."
In other words, take your time.
And a side note on the question of WHOM is to be running the exchange? Name three or four of the current governor's best friends, and you will be pretty close. If they are not currently, then they are soon-to-be, as it will involve vast amounts of money.
Let me remind the house leaders of testimoney they heard earlier this year (Below the fold)
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By JGillman, Section News
I wrote about coercion the other day. In fact, I argue the contracts that are a part of the public employee arrangement are the result of coercive measures; that they are in fact "coercive contracts." That they are as such, non binding.
And covering only the contracts themselves, one could argue the illegitimate role that labor provides, when discussing compensation and bargaining with public entities. The monopolistic nature of Michigan's public sector employment pool negates any entrepreneurial efforts towards excellence that might develop, and the state's tax payers are hardly served in any constructive or positive manner. In other words, a free market for those positions residing outside the labor influenced sphere would create great opportunities.
Perhaps that is what labor fears. So much so, that it has now returned to its base form of thinly veiled threats of violence and extortive measures on the private entities that actually pay the bills. People OUTSIDE government now facing the very same violent animal attitude of organized labor types. Not yet here, but very, very, close.
It seems for the time being folks, we have ALL become Wisconsinites.
To the gutter we go.. (below)
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OK, nothing really unexpected from what I have scanned over in my free (somewhat limited ) time. The expected plays from the left and a couple of different ideas on how to handle perceived issues. I have a couple of select legislative pushes here that don't raise too much on the surprise meter. Perhaps we will see a few attempts in differing ways to move these first couple along, as they are likely to be shot down (can I say 'shot' anymore?) at first glance.
It seems we are always looking at ways of reducing the cost of operating our schools in Michigan, so lets be especially ingenious and put additional burdens on the schools themselves. That ALWAYS works:
4179 of 2011:
Yeah, I know, we should have language skills.. Lets make sure those kids have English mastered first perhaps? The problem in this country is NOT the lack of a second language, but rather the inability for immigrants legal or otherwise to speak the native tongue. For sure he wants our schools to straighten those heads full of mush up, and maybe make em a little less mushy [physically] OUTWARDLY. Nathan also wants those little fatties in grade school to pay attention to their calorie counts as well.. in HB 4180 of 2011.
Cause kids are just too big.. Like some cities.
Yep.. and Detroit's recent size shrink has brought about a new way to change presumption of causality.. below the fold...
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This is two of several candidates running for the Michigan house 104th district. Scheduling conflicts apparently keeping Democrats from attending. These two are running for the seat currently held by Wayne Schmidt
As with the others the sound could be better, and as with some of the videos taken at the event, I could not compress without losing content, so they are broken into two parts.
I hope this helps.
By JGillman, Section Multimedia
This is merely Five of several candidates running for the Michigan house 105th district. Scheduling conflicts apparently keeping Democrats from attending. These five are running for the seat to be vacated by Kevin Elsenheimer.
The sound could be better, and as with some of the videos taken at the event, I could not compress without losing content, so they are broken into two parts.
The videos below the fold.
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Is it possible that 1st congressional district representative Bart Stupak is having a fit of conscience?
A recent CNS news interview reveals Stupak has been told to essentially shut up until the deal is done.
This from just one member of a coalition which found funding of abortion by taxpayers reprehensible, and so much so they held up the house vote until assured it wasn't going to happen.
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