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    Tag: Legislators

    Saturday Divertere - Pure Washington

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 06:55:36 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, US Senate, Gary Peters, Legislators, Cap and Trade, ACA, Obamacare, Democrats, Pure Michigan (all tags)

    Peters is the guy the Dems will be presenting as their choice for US Senate.

    This ad mocks Peters Washington record, and abuses the pure Michigan campaign slightly.

    Whats not to love?

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    Democrats, Dirty Drawers, & Gary Peters

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:19:57 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, US Senate, Gary Peters, Legislators, Cap and Trade, ACA, Obamacare, Single Payer, Job Killing, Democrats, Higher Taxes, EPA, Dirty Drawers, Socks (all tags)

    Have you ever taken your socks off after three days use, and put them back in the drawer unwashed to be used again at a later date?

    NO?  Me either.

    It just happens to be the analogy (well ONE of them) that comes to mind with what appears to be Michigan Democrat's pick for the US senate seat that is being vacated by Carl Levin in 2014.  Gary Peters is one of those cats that have been around for too long, with policy desires that stink to high heaven, and will be hauled out for even higher levels of destructive office occupation when they have nothing better to offer.

    And they really don't. Have. Any. Better. Oh..Whats that smell?

    - He supports Cap & Trade.

    There is nothing like a made up global crisis to provide for a cronyism scheme that is enforced by government to instill confidence in a free people, hmm?  His vote for the The job killing Waxman-Markey Bill; The "American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009" cleared the house 219-212.  Had it passed the senate, it would have mandated changes in the way we live our lives, eventually putting controls on when and HOW we could use energy without paying severe penalties.  In fact, if taken to the extremes, the air you breathe could have actually been taxed under that bill.

    Take a deep breath.  There is more.

    The effect on industry would have been even more draconian, effectively putting the EPA in charge of operational elements of all industry, adding regulatory expense and killing jobs.  A 20% mandate on renewable energy built in to the bill would have made it nearly impossible for energy producers to keep costs at a level that promotes local (U.S.A.) manufacturing and jobs. More jobs would flee to other nations that have yet to strangle their industrial base with such unrealistic legislation.

    More smelly socks below.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Private Property Banning Method

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 10:37:31 AM EST
    Tags: Trespass, Legislators, Michigan, Smoking Ban, Bars, Private Property (all tags)

    What a novel concept.

    A movement is afoot. Smoking ban opponents, bar and restaurant owners are fighting back. In a different way. Having the anti-property rights smoking ban in effect has hurt many businesses throughout the state, causing some to close, and further blurring the line between what are still recognized rights by government. The owners of establishments in Michigan who are unwilling to accept as legitimate the nanny state ban on smokers in their own environments have another way of making their point.

    By making trespassers out of state legislators.

    Until the smoking ban is repealed, there are 500 places in Michigan which will have on hand pictures and names of 86'd patrons that come from a select group in Lansing.  Our state legislators.

    What a wonderful way to drive home a point.

    Bar owner:

    "Sir? But I am going to have to ask you to leave."

    State Legislator

    "Say what? But I am here with my family ... "

    Bar owner:

    "I'm sorry, this is private property, and you are trespassing."

    That simple.

    I wonder if the concept could be used in other areas?  Withholding services? Medicine perhaps?

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    Editorial Bias And Purposeful Omission

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 11:32:32 AM EST
    Tags: Howard Walker, Wayne Schmidt, Governor Snyder, Thraverse City, Record Eagle, News Papers, Omission, Michigan, Freedom to Work, FTW, RTW, Right-To-Work, Legislators, Representatives (all tags)

    ~ Reposted From MTTM ~

    Is there, or not?

    As many here may know, Michigan is one of the bluest of blue states in the country.  Historically, Right-To-Work has been talked about and immediately dismissed as improbable, if not impossible for Michigan, as it has been dominated by the political left, and a history of powerful unions.

    The most recent election changing the legislature, judiciary, and executive branch to Republican held institutions has given hope to some UAW union members who started a grass roots effort for right to work in Michigan.  Given the new political make-up of Michigan's elected offices, it would appear that the time is nigh for such a move.

    The political nature of support and intimidation by unions in some cases, leads to a certain reticence amongst legislators who might otherwise be seen as an automatic yea vote on such issues.  To offer support for those who might not be as comfortable taking a stand, it was thought that perhaps support from the local populations through the local governments would be helpful.  A resolution was drawn up and brought before the county commission in Grand Traverse County first on July 6th and then for a final vote on July 27th.

    continued below

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    Low Level Of Tea Party Pressure

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 09:20:54 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Snyder, Legislators, Tea Party, Backbone, Trust, K-12 (all tags)

    Those words have some truth.

    A couple of days ago I read an article on political will and K-12 considerations.  Author Ken Braun had noted the seemingly lackluster efforts of Tea Party type groups. Or perhaps at the very least, the perception of said groups' efforts in providing little backbone to our newly elected Republican and conservative lawmakers.  Braun notes the media response to low pressure being applied:

    "For all of the criticism he has taken from fiscal conservatives over not asking for more spending cuts to offset his business tax plan, it is important to remember that Gov. Snyder appears to have very accurately estimated the low level of courage within his own party for such a policy. And the Lansing media was even shocked by the low level of tea party pressure being applied on GOP lawmakers refusing to make even his modest K-12 cuts."

    Indeed, the silence has been deafening.

    ~ A little More below ~

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    Michigan Freedom To Work

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:21:20 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Unions, labor, Freedom to Work, FTW, RTW, Right-To-Work, Lansing, Legislators, Representatives, Senators, One Chance (all tags)

    Its time to take back our state, and regain control of our own efforts and skills.

    Folks here have seen some of my commentary on the issue, and understand where I am on the issue.  Quite a bit of effort has been made in the background on this issue so that it has the fighting chance it deserves. The planning and execution of this has included some of the organizers taking hardship on themselves to push for this all too appropriate measure for Michigan.

    They took leaves of absence from paying jobs.

    This is important enough for a number of folks who might otherwise have minor disagreement, to come together in this much needed effort.  We will need your help on this as well.

    So note his press release comes from only a single group involved in our effort to unshackle Michigan workers to their unions, and bring accountability back to workers' representation.  From the Campaign for Liberty Tony Demott begins. (Note that Terry Bowman, a UAW worker is a point man in this)

    Also note that there will be an effort to "out" Republicans who do not take advantage of this one opportunity to complete the process of healing the state of Michigan.  The pressure will be on, and if your Michigan Representative or Senator does not support what OUGHT TO BE seen as a natural right, perhaps its time they go back to the private sector and work for ... SIEU.

    We are not kidding.

    Begin Message:

    June 3, 2011

    Dear Michigan Patriots,

    Over  the past couple of weeks, we have been working to put Senate Majority  Leader Randy Richardville on record on Right to Work.  Will he allow a  vote?

    We are not alone in this fight.  In fact, we've worked  closely with Terry Bowman, President and founder of Union  Conservatives.  I'm honored to introduce Terry and his group to you.

    More below

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    The weekend primer

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 27, 2011 at 10:03:08 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Republicans, Democrats, Rights, RTW, Freedom To Work, Sacrifice, Memorial Day, Liberty, Unions, Legislators (all tags)

    Not a bad way to start the Memorial day weekend. A bad back, fighting to keep the starter plants alive through overnight frost, and the county budget still with a great gaping hole.

    Nothing says "hello summer!" like an adversarial life situation.

    But I suppose its not too bad.  The back is only one part of me, the county has programs to cut, and the plants would die of neglect anyhow. And in the big picture, there are bigger fish fries to be had.

    So I figured I would let you know there is some good news.  I am polling Michigan State Representatives and Senators for an upcoming article on Freedom to work (right-to-work) initiatives.  I have received almost half of their replies so far, and mostly all of them are going to be with the winning side of freeing our workers to work where their skills find them.  Free to work, with no regard to a forced union membership or dues in lieu of said membership.

    Predictably, the Democrats who have answered so far do not believe in worker freedom.  I must give them credit however, for answering my inquiries, with the full understanding of who I am, and where the article will be written.  

    As we prepare for the Memorial Day weekend, I still encourage those good servants of our state to reconsider any opposition to the concept of freedom to work they may hold. ~ More below ~

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    Frustration Is

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed May 11, 2011 at 08:58:41 AM EST
    Tags: Frustration, Control, Lansing, Snyder, Legislators, MBT, Taxes, Change, Labor, RTW, Right-To-Work, Michigan, Activism, Tea Parties, 912 (all tags)

    For many of us:

    Frustration is seeing an unprecedented opportunity to fix the labor hold on Michigan and watching that opportunity potentially slip away because legislators seem to have forgotten already, the force that hired them.

    Frustration is knowing the CO2 scam has not yet been fully purged, and that there are still government implementations being put in place to solve the non-existent problem.  Including in Michigan and even locally.

    Frustration is seeing some of the good things like elimination of the MBT being accomplished not by straight out cutting, but by a shift to other victims.

    Frustration is not having enough time to offer all the solutions we have properly, because those solutions are nearly immediately eclipsed by the next round of idiotic government actions designed to create more issues that complicate the previous ones.

    Frustration is having a skill and not being able to apply it, because of an unconstitutional application of federal law, and the failure of the states to assert their authority, and protect the rights that guarantee the ability to use that skill.

    I could add a hundred more to the list

    Frustration is not an entirely crippling problem I have however.

    Go below.

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