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By JGillman, Section News
Truly a loss to the GOP if Betsy DeVos remains committed to her recent effort of removing Dave Agema from the position of Republican National Committeeman.
There was a reason he won the position in the first place; as someone who would hold TRUE to conservative Republican principles, and strengthen them in the national platform. While the establishment Republicans are decrying Democrats as "bad," Committeeman Agema was rebuilding the foundation so Republicans could say why. Real fiscal restraint, real solutions aimed at preserving families and traditions that have made this country great.
And the feeble sensibilities of an offended malcontent within the party continuously stirs up sympathy for the other side's (progressive Dems for those of you who remain unsure) point of view?
"Hey look at me! I am a Republican and I don't like your stand on what I like to do, so you better tolerate my perverse lifestyle or I will forever more divide the party until I get what I want! You can call it a big tent if you want."And like the 'Tasmanian Devil' of the cartoon world, shredding the bonds of good conservatives, and instilling doubt upon the conscience of a party that once at least as a promise, stood for decency and honor.
When moral restraint is removed in one way, it certainly follows that the caps are off in others too.
A sin is a sin is a sin, right?
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By JGillman, Section News
Just kicking back and appreciating the theft unanimously approved early this year in the state senate, and nearly as much in the state house.
Once upon a time, the insurer of last resort (yeah Michiganians have had a cant-deny-preexisting insurer for several decades already)was owned by you and I. (since 1939) As recently as a few years ago, it even carried a balance sheet of about $6,000,000,000.00 including over $3,000,000,000.00 cash reserves. The BCBS board tried to use those reserves in for-profit ventures, (a great way to pass off cash to private partners) and were stopped by then attorney general Mike Cox. In 2008, Cox kept BCBS of MI in check.
But things are different now. This time no one stepped in to stop the transference of a GREAT BIG PILE OF MONEY away from Michigan citizens. And the great big Obamacare boondoggle helped them do it. Now that they aren't owned by you and I, its time to make some real cash!
"Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan shows a projected savings of tens of millions of dollars next year by terminating 25 individual health plans that were noncompliant with the Affordable Care Act.Note that a loss means a growth in cash reserves over the same period.
Enjoy the song.
By JGillman, Section News
OK, in the last couple of days, I have railed on about transparency, and frankly have had to go on offense, in defense of Ruth Johnson's courageous suggestion. I will admit to being a little reactionary because of the dunderhead commentary of McNeilly and his faux front, "Freedom Fund,"(click on the link, its a tension breaker) but still hold to the standards described.
That flatly, we should aspire to true openness.
The language added to exceptions of regulated monies under SB661 (Amending the Michigan campaign finance act) is clearly a push back on Johnson's intention to open those shuttered windows into shadowy financing and advocacy. The added exemption reads:
"(j) An expenditure for a communication if the communication does not in express terms advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate so as to restrict the application ofthis act to communications containing express words of advocacy of election or defeat, such as "vote for", "elect", "support", "cast your ballot for", "Smith for governor", "vote against", "defeat", or "reject".Making sure she cannot pursue transparency on this as is allowed under the constitution of the US and the state.
It limits her statutorily.
Many on the conservative side are actually a little more concerned however about THIS little gem. Lines struck out from the MCFA read:
With no replacement language.
Golly, what might the establishment be up to?
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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 JGillman, Section Multimedia
The Republican party may be toast no matter the outcome of November's election.
The antics by rules committee folks to hold power in the hands of a certain few are designed to keep a succession scheme working. In Michigan, it was the DELEGATE scandal. In Tampa it was what we see in the following video.
There is an imperative to remove Obama. Voting for Mittens and Ryan will be the only way this happens for now. Mitt might well be a great president, and Ryan hold even greater promise to many. However, the power struggle within the party makes a great case for those who would think about crossing over and casting their not-Obama vote. It was stated clearly in a single tweet:
"If this is how Republicans treat their own, what might we expect for independents and Democrats"
That video taped teleprompter was a Breitbart moment. It was the truth for all to see. And it shows an utter disregard for the grassroots and their efforts to bring this country back into some semblance of what it once was. The thought that Republican leadership would do the right thing now a faded idealistic notion.
Conservatives apparently no longer have a welcoming home. And that fact might well spell the end of the GOP after 2012.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
I just can't get over this one.
Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest -- built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced -- are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region's electricity grid says there's an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year.
At least I have my memories of this nation when it didn't blow.
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By JGillman, Section News
A few years back, I wrote a little piece about the dying upper peninsula of Michigan. "God's country" as some might rightfully call it, is home to some good folk. Many who have braved generations of unreliable electric service in some parts, that even now are at least a decade away from high speed internet and consistent telephone service, both cellular and land line.
And even that isn't a guarantee they will ever see it.
In fact civilization is moving along rapidly enough that the populations of the UP are being drawn out except in the most concentrated population centers. And in THOSE places, federal grants for housing, and assistance measures are being increased. It draws those living in the rural outlying zones in to the town centers. For some of the poor folk who face increasing government punishment for modifying land to suit their needs, additional fuel costs, and the pledge of subsidized urban housing it makes sense to take a path of least resistance.
Then add to this a increase in the cost of electricity that is as guaranteed as craftsman tools, and the landscape becomes fundamentally different.
The cost of electricity BTW because of such measures that would bankrupt those who would build coal fired plants, which was the promise of then Senator Obama, speaking to an interviewer on clean energy options. THAT promise is now being kept, as the out of control EPA brings the hammer down on Upper Michigan's coal based energy producers.
"Looming environmental rules may lead We Energies to shut down the only major power plant serving Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the next five or six years."
It seems that other than the few minor hydroelectric producers spread throughout parts of the UP, the Marquette Presque Isle coal burning facility is it. This employer of hundreds, and provider of a major portion of operating revenues for the local governments, apparently cannot meet standards now being implemented by the EPA. The standards are arguably job breakers, and the point according to the EPA is to limit greenhouse gases and mercury emissions, the negative effect of the former still hotly contested, and the latter insignificant.
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By JGillman, Section News
This is truly entertaining. Its become big news up here, and we had it here first.
Though Kalkaska county prosecutor Brian Donnelly's efforts at recalling at least three county commissioners may not be over, it appears he has (his allies attempting the recall) failed initially to clarify the language to the satisfaction of the elections board. In a turnaround however, the prosecutor himself appears to be the only one out of the process who may have to defend his job.
From a press release:
Gathering for the approximately 2000 signatures (a few extra are typically gathered to overcome duplicates, mistakes etc..) to put Donnelly's name on the February ballot recall are expected to begin immediately.
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