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    Tag: Super Committee

    No Sleep Button

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 01:00:50 PM EST
    Tags: Congress, Michigan, Business, Super Committee, Dave Camp, Fred Upton, Taxes, Debt, Bureaucracy (all tags)

    You cannot shut this off.

    Hi Dave, Hi Fred, Have you recognized yet, that you have an impossible task?  Have you noticed that "increasing revenues" seems to be impossible? Does it seem hopeless?

    It ought to.

    Obviously, as two of six members tasked with the overwhelming task of reigning in an upwardly spiraling debt situation, you hold a great deal of responsibility.  And with only 11 days till the collapse of your hopes to accomplish this without crushing business, and raising taxes on those making over a dollar a year, the realization that there is nothing of which you are aware that will solve this problem, must keep you awake at night.

    Therein lays the problem.

    You both don't know, because you have failed to listen in the last couple of years, as the good folks who have marched, protested, changed the face of the congress you occupy, have told you how.  It is not a part of your understanding.  were you asleep?  You didn't listen to those folks in 2008 when you had an opportunity to say no to the use of taxpayer funds to prop up businesses that needed to fail.  You didn't listen to good Republicans who now mourn the loss of moral authority with regard to improper payoffs to corporate supporters and masters, which BTW has given the current president cover for his own abuse of our treasury.

    And you didn't listen when the majority of the country once again said "NO!" to raising the debt ceiling once again in a way that serves only to feed the beast which will ultimately consume us.

    ~ Below for more ~

    (6 comments, 1543 words in story) Full Story

    Upton & Camp Ready For This?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 12:04:35 AM EST
    Tags: Carried Interest, Michigan Congressmen, Super Committee, Dave Camp, Fred Upton, Real Estate (all tags)

    One of the tax increases that Obama is trying to push through as part of his 'jobs plan' is to tax the shares of profits earned by managers of successful investment funds - called "carried interest" - as income rather than capital gains.  As his attempt to force the plan through the standard Congressional process has crashed and burned, its looking like the proposal will likely come before the 12-member debt reduction super committee.

    NH Journal sums up why this is ridiculous here:

    There is a clear reason for this, as carried interest differs substantially from a traditional salary. Under most agreements, the manager of the investment partnership receives no carried interest if the endeavor fails. The manager is also on the hook for returning the principal from the partners, regardless of his performance. Most workers in our economy do not have to return a significant portion of their salary if they do not accomplish what their colleagues and supervisors expect of them.

    Now, considering Reps. Upton and Camp having seats on the super committee, well.. below ~

    (2 comments, 478 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    All that Congressmen claim glitters is not necessarily gold

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 08:17:41 AM EST
    Tags: Trillions, More Trillions, Dave Camp, Fred Upton, Super Committee, Spending, Currency, Coinage, Arizona, Schweikart, Reinforced Pockets (all tags)

    Let me start by telling Michigan Congressmen and Super Committee members Dave Camp and Fred Upton--I am not yelling (or typing, rather) at you--I am yelling (yeah, typing) to you.

    "Balancing the budget" by killing the dollar bill and forcing Americans to carry little burlap bags full of dollar coins like it is the 12th century, not the 21st?  I know this is RightMichigan.com, not 30 Rockefeller Center, but... Seriously?

    According to Roll Call, that's the proposal being floated by a "Republican" Congressman from Arizona by the name of Dave Schweikart.  (Because the last time Republicans followed the lead of an Arizonan it worked out so well.  (ZING!))

    Schweikart (pictured at right swimming in cold, hard home-state-mined cash) claims that burning all the paper money and forcing Americans to use those gold colored copper one-dollar coins (you know, the ones you immediately hand back to the cashier or the bank teller asking for "real money" every time she tries to hand it to you?) will help balance the budget by saving less than $200 million a year.  Coins are more durable, the argument goes, so they'd last longer and cost less to reproduce.

    Yeah they last longer.  Because they sit in the bottom of our sock drawers since you'd have to lug around eight pounds of metal to buy a freaking Big Mac!  The American people have had the option -paper or coin--for years.   We've chosen lighter pockets and fewer trips to the chiropractor.

    Camp and Upton sit on the powerful Super Committee and have not yet provided any clear inclination that they back this expensive, onerous, poorly thought out  bit of cow-towing to Arizonan special interests (I'll get there, bear with me), but its just a sneakily stupid enough of an idea I figured it'd be worth raising the red flag.

    Please read more below the fold.

    (13 comments, 745 words in story) Full Story

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