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Tag: Roger Kahn
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
The hidden beauty here is more about what two concurring voice votes in five days says about the psychological impact that the constitutionalist insurgency is having on the blueblooded elites of the party's old guard than about anything else. While 2013 House Concurrent Resolution 11 initially passed the House on a roll call vote (House Roll Call 307), final passage - in both chambers - was accomplished by
We're getting to them . . . and they've just screwed up large.
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By JGillman, Section News
Inflicting maximum casualties on our health services institutions, and assisting the federal administration on its path toward single payer (Government alone) insurance.
This picture courtesy of Joan Fabiano of Grassroots in Michigan
As one poster might put it: "One Term Nerd"
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By KG One, Section News
Let me start off by saying that this is Exhibit "A" on what should be happening in the various levels of government around America.
And this isn't the only example of people that we need to be paying attention to.
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By JGillman, Section News
Governor Snyder is wasting no time utilizing a back door attempt to implement Obamacare in Michigan.
With the acceptance of 30.9 million of Federal money being offered to Michigan to fund the Health Care Exchange, 2013 could see Obama Care in MI and More! There is expected a Committee vote anytime, which has precipitated a grassroots backlash. This money is key to jump-starting the Health Care Exchange this year. It was stopped by our efforts last year. We can do it again! IT MUST BE DONE. Stopping the funding of the Health Care Exchange is necessary in stopping the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan as the Exchange will administer the program.
A press release issued this morning (published at Jen Kuznicki's blog and elsewhere) from other activists and grassroots leaders suggests withholding support from organizations which support the exchanges as well:
"The coalition of activists urges those who are like-minded members of The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturing Association and The Michigan Business and Professional Association to cancel membership until these organizations withdraw their support of the Exchange."We agree. We also have joined this coalition to stop the expansion of Medicaid that promises only more generations of dependence and eventual higher taxes.
Contacting committee members and parties involved must be done ASAP
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By Nick, Section News
Republicans in the Michigan legislature are now officially on a roll. Just a shame that the Democrats keep trying to tie helpless damsels to the tracks. Maniacal sons of guns.
Not only did seven lefties abstain yesterday in the Senate from joining the Majority in approving Roger Kahn's SCR 11, a resolution giving the OK to a ten percent pay cut for state elected officials, Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) actually voted NO.
Apparently asking politicians like Liz to share in the pain while the state languishes in the Granholm - Cherry economy is a step too far. A sad commentary, then, that she wasn't even the most frustrating member of her caucus.
I know what you're thinking... that's GOT to be that prima donna Gretchen Whitmer. And yeah, sure, she opened her mouth again and yeah, sure, nothing but nonsense and self-serving hyperbole came puking out (she wants to be Attorney General and she wants YOU to know it) but it wasn't her, either.
No sir. Senator Ray Basham (D-Taylor) gets this morning's "Somebody Should Shake Him Hard" Award for this gem (we could call it the SSSHH!), courtesy MIRS:
"I personally don't think, coming out of the auto industry as an autoworker, that ($79,600 a year) is too much money," he said. "We do not make any more money than a school teacher, police officer, on firefighter. As a matter of fact, some $70,000 is what one of my mayors said her dogcatcher makes. So I will look anyone in the eye and say I earn my pay, and I hope that other legislators would do their work and earn their pay, too."
Why then, Ray, didn't you join good old Liz and vote NO? Hypocrite much?
And ignore that for a moment... there's a town in your district paying its dog catcher $70,000 a year?! WHAT?! Show me the community and I'll show you a local government in need of an audit.
But that's beside the point. You make $80,000 a year, Senator, with lifetime benefits and THE primo benefits package. $80,000! Most folks in my family and extended family haven't SNIFFED $80,000 a year. Ever. In the history of ever. We've got teachers, nurses, coaches, ministers... we do NOT have $80,000 paychecks.
And my people are not the only ones. According to the 2007 census numbers, the most recent available, the median household (not individual) income for Michigan residents is shy of $48,000 a year. Think that's gone up or down under your party's leadership over the last fifteen months, Ray?
Look, I'm the last to begrudge anyone from making whatever they can make. Even in sports, when its popular to complain and moan and cry about athletes who make bajillions of dollars, I've always said that if they can get someone to pay them they'd be stupid NOT to take the money.
Well the taxpayers, Senators Basham, Whitmer and Brater, are tired of paying each of you $80,000 a year when you can't do anything but put a loser on the field. We're not talking 2008 Tigers style last-place losers, either. We're talking 2001 Tigers. We're talking 2008 Lions. We're talking abject, unequivocal failure.
None of us need an $80,000 politician anymore. Besides, you'll all land on you feet. I hear there are some plumb dog catcher jobs out there.
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