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    Proposal 5 and Article V, Section 18 is Marriage Made in Heaven for Michigan

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 12:12:17 PM EST
    Tags: Prop 5, Limits, Rick Snyder, MEDC, Crony Capitalism, A123, LG CHEM, Kakistocracy, Green Subsidy, Progressives, BAD Behavior, SB-992, Bobby Schostak, Massive Federal debt is not a factor, Epic FAIL, now a Port Authority too?, Tax Hiker, One Term Nerd, Agema start scouting, 2014 (all tags)

    Fact is folks, Michigan has been blessed with our Balanced Budget Law... partially.  However, with every term of vote buying, and interest lobby bought off congresscritters we send to Lansing, proclaiming that R is for reverse, and D is for driving into a ditch, our bloated budget habitually reflects that like a teenager with a new license to the family car - the keys need to be restricted from exposure.  As it should be, most youth behaves carefree with their new power to blaze their own trail on the open roads, however, that still leaves mom, and dad held responsible for the family car.  It's a fact of life - when the little darlings have a fender bender caused by doing things other than paying attention to the road, any damage caused comes out of the family wallet to fix the car.

    Yessirree.  Article V, Section 18 is merely PLPD coverage on the family car.  Out of pocket repair bills is exactly the exposure that every Michigan family faces with handing the keys to their little darlings behind the Lansing wheel.  What's that?  A smart family should know to also carry collision, or, Full Coverage if entrusting others with risks to the family vehicle?  Well, with just checking the old inbox, that is the message that the good folks over at the Michigan Capitol Confidential are driving home on Prop 5.

    The idea behind a Tax Limitation Amendment is to make it more difficult for the political class to pilfer the pockets of taxpayers. Research -- most notably by scholar Mancur Olson -- has shown time and again that in democratic nations the wishes of an electorate are often ignored by narrow special interests that seek costly "favors" from the government. Politicians all too frequently accommodate those favors (be they subsidies or tariffs or spending hikes or other items) in part because their contributors and powerful constituents support them. Increasing taxes also is often a path of least resistance.

    Constitutional restrictions are an effective way to handcuff politicians and stymie the special interests who lobby them for more money. Academic research on balance seems to show that such restrictions do check the growth of government and tax burdens, too.

    Amen!  So, the natural question must be asked, why is it that the biggest opponent of Prop 5, Rick Snyder, a CEO, and CPA mind you, is behaving like a teenager who incessantly tells dumb 'ol mom and dad who are liable for his actions that he can text and drive?

    The funny thing is with Halloween approaching, skeletons do come out of the closet...

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    Snyder Calls For Vote against RNC platform On 5

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:18:07 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Snyder, Prop 5, Limits, Constitution, RNC, Republicans, Taxes, Responsibility (all tags)

    The Republican Party has made it clear in their platform that raising taxes to solve budget woes should be much harder.

    One might think that would be the common sense shared by our state leadership, and given the fickle nature of Michigan, an absolute winner for protecting our future generations from abuses like those suffered 2002-2010.  Its a known conservative-Republican postulate.  Harder to raise taxes = better government.

    But Republican platforms, principles, goals, don't seem to be in line with one prominent politician.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, answering a series of questions on the ballot proposals uses the canard that the MBT would not have been eliminated if prop 5 was already in place:

    "Snyder: This isn't just about tax increases. On the face of it, some people may think this is a good thing. But this really would impact many fashions of tax reform or actually tax reductions, because it talks about any increase in rate or base. To use one illustration, we would still have the Michigan Business Tax today, which I don't think anyone would want. That was a disaster. That didn't pass by a two-thirds margin, and this requirement would have applied because we replaced it with a 6 percent net income tax for corporations that was simpler, fairer and more efficient. "

    Of course, forgetting to say that with a prop 5 type of rule in effect,  the MBT would NOT have been enacted in the first place.  Granholm's hands would have been tied.  She would have had to face the tough cuts that this state needs in its social program structure and government accountability for expenditures.

    In fact, some might even look so far back as to when the Michigan imposition of a state income tax of 2 percent on individuals, 3 1/2 percent on corporations, and 6 percent on financial institutions was enacted.

    Yeah, I went there.

    More below.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Golden Ticket

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 11:54:44 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Charter Schools, Limits (all tags)

    This documentary piece from the Mackinac Center highlights the need for Michigan to rmove its caps on charter schools.

    (3 comments) Comments >>

    Time To Lift That School Cap.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 09:21:23 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Charter Schools, Clark Durant, Horace L. Sheffield III, MEA, NEA, Learning, SB618, Limits, Education (all tags)

    "Every child learns differently."

    This is the underlying message you will hear quite often from those who are a part of, or advocate charter schools.  The message simply stating that more choice means that more parents and children will have more options, and the opportunity to fully engage in the learning process. It means they will be better prepared, and have the best chance to succeed ultimately.

    The public schools as mandated currently, are a trap.  With a singular model (for the most part) that relies on the MEA and the NEA and union literature to determine educational materials, and streamline a single path of learning that robs children of their chances to succeed.

    And it doesn't have to be that way.

    As it was related to me by an operator of a school up here, the teachers in some of the charter schools are actually re-trained from the public school model, and provisioned with the ability to identify particular learning traits in the children.  Some kids respond to different types of education styles both positively and negatively.  As there is no doubt we all have different things that inspire us, it should be no surprise that learning can be enhanced by discovering that which holds the students attention longer.  New Options equal New Opportunities.

    For Michigan, there is hope with SB618. It is a bill which allows the creation and operation of new charter schools, and opens the doors to new cyber school possibilities.  It creates new options for both private and public education interests.

    Its a chance to move the bar upward, and offer the benefits of competitive advantage to our kids.

    And by golly even some on the lefty side of the fence get it.  (BELOW)

    (3 comments, 371 words in story) Full Story

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