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"just give them a pill" or something like that.
Medical device manufacturer Stryker of Kalamazoo layoff of 1000 workers is because of Obamacare according to the Weekly Standard:
" Late last week a Stryker spokesperson told me that Obamacare will cost the company fully 20 percent of its total research and development investments."Huh. But but Rick?
" I don't think it's the right answer. However, it is the law of the land, and the real question is: What can we do to make it a positive for Michigan?"Oh right. Positive.
Just suck it up and play nice while the nice man in the whitehouse showers our Great Lakes State with golden raindrops.
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By JGillman, Section News
Almost 2 years Ago I wrote how Michigan jobs were being targeted by Obama's administration and its functionary weapon, the EPA.
While the Republican controlled congress fiddles with bills and resolutions that will never make it to the President's desk, the damage is already being done. The EPA has made it unprofitable for a power company to do business in the UP. As the Candidate Obama put it so bluntly in 2008:
"If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that's being emitted."Fast forward to NOW?
The Presque Isle Power plant in Marquette faces a shutdown as a major buyer seeks electricity off the grid from elsewhere. From Energy Biz:
"Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., which operates two iron ore mines in Michigan, has notified We Energies that it will begin buying electricity from Integrys Energy Services, a retail electricity provider that sells electricity in states that have opened up their power markets to competition, Cliffs spokesman Dale Hemmila said.This results in a loss of electricity sales that suddenly makes the $140 million in upgrades for EPA compliance all the more unrealistic and quite dangerous for our northernmost residents.
While the competitive forces are straight up and legitimate, A shutdown of this plant due to a federal regulatory nightmare will have an unpredictable effect on the stability of electricity in the Upper peninsula. Costs for residents will likely skyrocket, and service will become sub-par.
Michigan Congressmen? Its on you now. Time to Defund.
By KG One, Section News
What happens when you let fear-mongering media pundits and politicians prostituting themselves out for publicity get in the way of plain old common sense?
You hurt your own state's bottom line, that's what.
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By JGillman, Section News
While Dick Durbin the senior senator for Illinois uses the Obama administration's EPA to beat up on Ludington's SS Badger, costing Michigan jobs, Michigan Senators Stabenow, and Levin sit idly by and mind their place.
The SS Badger, a coal fired ferry has just received its last reprieve from the Obama administration and a deal brokered between the EPA with the Justice department and the ferry company. But still it must replace its engines in two years or be done. In the mean time restrictions have been added so that the hammer of government is felt and appreciated. Coal fired, is the line that crosses the political hairs of president Obama, who's EPA has directed the greatest assault on energy production and other use of the fossil fuel. This administration has been gunning for the up to 900 jobs (200 directly and 700 indirectly) affected by this recent development. In a January 2008 Interview, Obama said:
"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it -- whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."
And he is making good on his promise.
The decision to allow the ferry the small window of continued operation is not good enough for Durbin however, who (with nary a peep in opposition from Michigan's US Senators) would like to see those jobs lost permanently.
"The SS Badger, the filthiest ship on the Great Lakes, has been given two more years to dump hundreds of tons of dangerous coal ash into Lake Michigan .. The millions of people who live, work and play in and around this beautiful Lake should be outraged that this filthy ship will continue to operate."
Says the guy who blocked some fixes we would have had for another environmental (and more pressing) issue; the Asian carp threat.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
A Michigan-based company slated to produce lithium-ion polymer batteries for electric vehicles has instead kept production overseas, has failed to meet job targets outlined in a $150 million grant from the federal government, and has been reimbursed by the government for $842,000 in wasted work time, according to a U.S. Department of Energy Special Report released Wednesday.
Thank God the republicans in Lansing, didn't throw away taxpayers money overseas on Green crap like those reckless big spending Democrats... Oh! Wait.
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Its one of those emerging truisms; Government ought not be involved, interfere, or invest in business.
It never seems to end well.
LG Chem which promised 300 jobs, received a $150,000,000.00 Fed grant, $7,000,000. more in fed paid training and $700k in health coverage, has bored employees. The employees, which might have been present at the federally funded $500,000.00 groundbreaking with special guest Barack Obama might need to hang around a little longer so that Michigan can cough up its promise of $125,000,000.00 in credits as well.
A little report worth watching.
A year from now this plant will be empty.
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By JGillman, Section News
Says the rich guy.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder did a series of videos regarding the ballot initiatives we will see in November. Opining on issues one through six, Snyder makes a number of reasonable points, and its worth going through them to see where you might agree. Or not. The last proposal discussed is the DRIC, where he (the text says) says:
"If there's one proposal we've heard a lot about, it's Proposal Six.
It didn't have to be this way.
More and the video below the fold.
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Sometimes, our environmental policies end up creating unintended consequences that actually harm our environment - and also jobs and economic growth. This is the case with regulations surrounding forest certification.
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