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President Trump- first year Video
Accomplishments  Here
President Trump  Video Conference 
with Space Station NASA astronaugts; 
USA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson 
sets new flight record.  
 
Big Red and Old Blue - both more government for you! Song

 Reagan would quip, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 
'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" 

"the heart is restless until it rests in God." Augustine

Honestly, the Democrats do not want to deal on DACA  Video
New California declares Independence from thew rest of the state-  Link
Here's how your tax bracket will change in 2018 (repeat):  Link
Imam: Death to America; Death to Jerusalem; Martyrs march to Jerusalem   Video  

Equal Benefit NOT equal payment:  Short video Here
Our Amazing Debt! Born owing $69k+  Video  (Thanks, Cory)
If you have time for only one short reading, catch MiCPAC and scroll to the bottom and read the Kirk section

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We pray you have a Healthy, Happy, Blessed and Prosperous New Year and that you will make the move to support MCU as it fights for liberties, freedom, less government and lower taxes.   NRH 
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New year - 22.9% increase in Medicare Part B insurance. Government regulations, fees and taxes have paced inflation along with health care and utilities.
Too Much Government!
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  Intercollegiate Studies Insititute is offering graduate student fellowships! 
 For the 2018-19 academic year, ISI will grant up to 15 awards, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 each.
ELIGIBILITY: 

  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program for academic year 2018-19

  Those attending pre-professional (medical, law, divinity, business, etc.) programs are ineligible.  Information

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Senator Rand Paul was kind enough to write us that he and three other Sentors have introduced Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act that expands access to medication-assisted therapies and codifies a 2016 regulation that increases the number of patients that qualified physicians can treat with such therapies. The bill will help fight opiod addiction. Here is the Bill
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10 Books You Need to Read Before Graduation
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A Wisconsin school district will pay a transgender student $800,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed in  a successful attempt  to share bathrooms and overnight sleeping quarters with male high school students.  Article
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Healthcare!
 Should medical providers be required to publish prices? Like this one does? 
Link   
(Thanks, Pat)
   Transparency -  Lack of competition and keeping the consumer ignorant is a big problem with health care. A clinic on one side of the street might charge $8,000 for a procedure with a 50% success rate while the clinic across the street might charge $5,500 with a 90% success rate. 
   You will never know unless the clinics publish their prices.
 You cannot get the price of pharmeceuticals before delivery.  Your editor has experienced pharmacicts saying "what do you are how much we charge?Your insurance covers all but your deductible and that is the same regardless where you go. Duh, if my insurance is overcharged they pass it on to me in higher rates.  
 You will never know unless the pharmacies publish their prices. 
  Some procedures are not covered by insurance. Some of these professionals do publish prices, and prices have fallen from the competition. Driving along !-75 or I-69 we see billbiards with prices published for lasic eye surgery and dental implants. Less this year than last. 
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Contempt of Congress Complaint Likely in Dossier Demand
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World's oldest machine technology?  Fascinating!
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What keeps a wind turbin turning?  See
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DOJ/FBI officials headed to prison? 

Confirmation Found, Obama DOJ And FBI Used Dossier For Warrant To Spy On Trump - Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to compile the dossier which made numerous unverified claims suggesting that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election. Clinton's campaign and the DNC paid nearly $9 million for the dossier, raising questions about why the FBI used an unverified hit piece funded by Democrats to trigger the investigation into unproven Russia collusion.
   Earlier this week, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence finally received access to the full dossier and other related documents to validate them  Link
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Hungarian leader calls refugees "just Muslim invaders"  Link
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Among Bills we are watchin g! CALL!

Tax cut bills are getting serious looks.  Last year the House turned down a proposal to cut income taxes two tenths of one percent ($ 0.002). A fly spec and a small fraction of rollbacks promised years ago. 
   
The Governor seems to go into apoplexy at the mere hint of even slowing his incessant tax and fee increases so foreign to Republican principles.

We have a National leader who gets it, and knows cutting taxes spurs the economy creating jobs and walla - generating more revenue even from smaller slices of the pie.

Some of our legislators are getting it, too. With the veto override Wednesday and bills to increase Michigan deductions we might have a creeping start to economic sanity again. 

Taxes are outrageous.
That $7,000 rebate on a new vehicle gets taxed $420 for the money you didn't pay.  Likewise that rebate or "discount" at Kohls, Menards, Penny's, Costco etc. 
The 10 year old car worth $4,000 gets taxed annually at its MSRP of $50,000? 
It is truly anti-American!  

Let's demand Michigan gets with the program . Call a legislator and ask/demand at least SOME tax relief. And if they sponsored a regulation and/or fee increase, please ask them to drop it! 
Thanks! And your grandchildren will thank us, too. 
 
  HB 4220  ("Smart" meters) has already had several committee hearings. It would give utility customers advance notice before switching to a smart meter, require utilities to explain the process and how to opt out, and generally make it easier for people to opt out of a smart meter.     That bill hasn't been reported yet, but Glenn said he hopes a new amendment - one that would get rid of the financial cost of opting out if the person self-reports their meter usage - will get him enough votes to pass the bill out of committee. More

Did you know there are no "smart meters" that are UL approved? Can you imagine DTE and Consumers insisting on putting on your house, products of questionable safety that are not UL listed, tested, certified, approved?  

CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR! END THIS CARTEL MONOPOLY AND RETURN FREEDOMS, COMPETITION, QUALITY, LOWER RATES! 

Job avauilable. We are looking for county commission candidates for counties facing wind farm invasions. 
 We also need a machine instructor for a Warren factory. 
Email norm@mcu.today

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PSA: The market is based on futures, not pasts. Therefore the market's success cannot possibly be attributed to a former or PAST figure, as it is rooted in FUTURE predictions. (see what I did there..laymens terms) To clarify, this is not Obama's market. It is a market driven by investors with confidence in the FUTURES of publicly traded companies participating in said exchange. (credit Econ 101 and common sense)
Oprah: Old white people just have to die:  Link

Government shuts down on one-year anniversary of
Trump presidency


After midnight, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on the Senate floor blamed Democrats for "the shoe-horning of illegal immigration into this debate." But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said he even offered full funding for the border wall in an earlier meeting Friday with Mr. Trump.  Article
   To his credit the President is keeping his promises. 
This time do not pay them for their days off, when funding is restored. 
If it is gonna be, it's up to you and me!
   We change public policies by changing public knowledge and perceptions.  You may notice as you scan the articles and information that some are submitted by readers, facebook friends, and interested individuals. Feedback is always welcome by emailing norm@mcu.today.
  Because we receive so much information daily it is not possible to include everything. We try to include links to some of the most important and interesting.  Let's keep the faith and fight for a free USA and opportunities for our children and grandchildren as we had. 
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Leadership has the right to limit or exclude anyone causing disruption or not supporting the conservative movement or for any other reason. 
Quick Link (Thanks, Jason)

Upper Peninsula CPAC June 9, Escanaba. Details coming

National and International
++ March For Life fills D.C.  -   Video
   President  Donald J. Trump addressed the rally from t he White House . "The March for Life is a movement born out of love... You love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God," he said.

++ Heads Will Roll" at DOJ and FBI When Details Of FISA Abuse Memo Come Out  Many of these people are still in our government. They still wield influence. And that's why we've got to get this information out into the public...Article  (Thanks, Dennis)

++ Bad news coming for sanctuary states ignoring Trump's enforcement laws - Article 

++ Kentucky First to win Federal approval to roll back Medicare expansion under Obamacare  Article  (Thanks, George)

++ White House Directed Bannon's Silence in House Interview - As lawmakers probed Bannon's time working for President Donald Trump, Bannon's attorney Bill Burck was asking the White House counsel's office by phone during the Tuesday session whether his client could answer the questions. He was told by that office not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House. Article

++ Obama Sting to take away guns - Feds Tried & Failed to Set up Private Gun Sellers
Article

++ US Budget to increase throughout Trump Administrations?  The 2018 Trump budget projects increases through 2027. This, to conservatives, is not acceptable. Trump promised to cut, cut, cut. That is what is needed and what we accept. 
   One are of interest is cuts in foreign aid - The Budget proposes to reduce or end direct funding for international programs and organizations whose missions do not substantially advance U.S. foreign policy interests.
  The Budget also renews attention on the appropriate U.S. share of international spending at the United Nations, at the World Bank, and for many other global issues where the United States currently pays more than its fair share. In addition, this Budget request focuses on making the Department of State and USAID leaner, more efficient, and more effective, and streamlines international affairs agencies more broadly through the elimination of Federal funding to several smaller agencies. White House Budget pg. 13.  Budget HERE

There are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning." 

++ ConCon - Who gets to go? Elizabeth Warren would love to rewrite the Constitution of the United States.... if it were very successful it would be up there like pitiful.. Dr. Larry Arnn, President, Hillsdale College. 
   This is one of the best debates we have seen. We believe a CocCon would be National Suicide in this political environment. We change public policies by changing public opinions. Farris argues in West Virginia that Democrats should support ConCon to control their own mine policy. Trump did that. Farris argues Democrats in Washington State should support ConCon because it might con control EPA policies. Trump did that. WE DID THAT - by changing public opinions and changing a top politician. THAT is the only and safest way to control governments. Turn most of their functiions back to We The People.  Debate

++ The FBI Counterintelligence Division and DOJ National Security Division were weaponized. This outline is the full story of what House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is currently working to expose. This outline exposes the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. This outline is also the story of how one man's action likely saved our constitutional republic.  Link  (Thanks, Lee)

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FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation -

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Michigan Brief 

++ Jobs opportunities are improving -  (Thank you Michigan Freedom To Work!) but still scarce for many - Between 1,300 and 1,500 people wait in line in Flint for a chance to be interviewed by representatives from Lear Corporation. Link (Thanks, Nick)
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Fiat Chrysler to invest more than $1 billion in Michigan plant and give $2,000 bonuses in response to tax reform 

++ Legislature overrides Snyder veto  - passes modest sales tax relief for auto trade-ins. "Changing the tax code without a plan to pay for it challenges the conservative fiscal responsibility of the past seven years," Snyder said. Freep News  Choke! Nothing conservative or responsible about seven years of perpetual spending and taxing increases, or indexing taxes so bureaucrats and projects get perpetual increases, needed or not, forever! Not once in seven years have we had a zero-based budget. It seems to be merely a question of how much more they spend than the previous year. Let's hope this gives the legislature the legs top stand up and demand Michigan provide much neded tax cuts! 

++ Without tweak, federal tax changes could cost Michiganders $1.6B  President Donald Trump in late December signed sweeping tax changes. Part of the package was eliminating the personal exemption, something the feds offset with a higher standard deduction. But Michigan's tax code lets residents claim those federal exemptions.
     Doing away with them would result in a tax increase - something the governor's office said in a press release would cost Michigan residents $840 million in 2018 and $1.6 billion in 2019.  
  State Treasurer Nick Khouri said in a Monday interview if Michiganders are not allowed to take any personal exemptions, a family of four would see a $680 increase on their state income taxes. More

++ Michigan Senate Finance Committee $5,000 personal exemption on Tuesday approved bills that aim to accommodate changes in the federal tax plan, increase the personal exemption Michiganders can claim and institute a tax break for those caring for dependents. More (Thanks, Jack) 

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Metro Detroit "leaders" are working to put a(nother) regional transportation millage on November's ballot 
just two years after voters narrowly rejected a tax hike to expand mass transit in southeastern Michigan. Article   Limousines would be cheaper. Ready to fight it? 

++ Sexual Abuse -  Michigan State University allowed Nassar to  continue to see patients  - and therefore abuse victims (including many Olympic athletes) - during a 19-month police investigation in 2014 and 2015. More  Question - where is AG Schuette in this whole mess? 

++ Nassar Victims speak - Many lives devastated - "You failed all of us," she said, addressing USA Gymnastics and MSU." One girl took her own life over abuse -  Article

Thank you to those in the legislature who have seen through the COS.   "It is equally certain that there are others who urge a second Convention with the insidious hope, of throwing all things into Confusion, and of subverting the fabric just established, if not the Union itself." Letter Madison to Jefferson 12/8/1788

++ Human Trafficing happening in MI - Video  Don't take these things on alone. Call 911. (Thanks, Amy)

Detroit Schools Spend More, Educate Less -
Eighth-highest spending delivers nation's worst reading scores for low-income children. Detroit $14,259 per student per year and climbing. Even with all that money, the district still generated the nation's worst reading scores among low-income students. The Miami-Dade district spends $8,725 per student (some $5,500 less than Detroit), and children from low-income households there had the best literacy rates among large cities.  (Thanks, CapCon)  More

"May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy." - George Washington  (1790)

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