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"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can." Barry Goldwater
January 7, 2017
++ Metro Detroit Faith talk radio has been brisk for decades. The Elder Rev. Dr. Levon Yuille has been a favorite. His favorite stand-in is MCU Board Member Janice Daniels, former Mayor of Troy. Last Saturday marked a keystone program on American Security and the inherent clashes between American Freedoms and Islam Sharia laws and practices. You can hear the program on these podcasts.
1st Hour - William Federer, Historian, Author, Islam Expert -Audio
2nd Hour: Dr. Sabastian Gorka, Fox News expert
AudioRead about Dr. Yuille:
Ladies of the Roundtable: Mayor Janice Daniels, Shiella, Alison
Joshua's Trailheard Saturdays on radio stations WDTK 1400 AM in Detroit, Michigan and streams live internet.
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 am -1400 AM
Sunday 11:00 am - 12: 00 n 1400 AM
Tuesday, January 10 7-9PM
Optional dinner @ 6:30 PM off menu
American-Polish Cultural Center
2975 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083
Senator Pat Colbeck will be leading the discussion in a Town Hall Format. Bring ideas: "What should a MICHIGAN CONSERVATIVE AGENDA include?"
Janice Daniels will be presenting her interview of Dr. Sebastian Gorka.
Life Uninvited to air Sunday, January 8.
The 30-minute film that explores the controversial issue of rape and abortion. It originally debuted last year in January, and we're pleased to bring it back this weekend, as well as replays on the weekend of January 14-15 & January 22. Life Uninvited features four women sharing a different personal experience. The stories include being conceived in rape, rape and incest survivors, abortion, and parenting a child conceived in rape. Here are the times and channels for this weekend:
(Thanks RTL Tuscola)
++ Biden wields gavel as Congress certifies Trump's election - after several Democratic lawmakers raised objections, outside of congressional rules, to the 2016 presidential election results. Trump was certified as the winner with 305 electoral votes as President. Also Hillary Clinton received 227 votes pledged to her. Other presidential electoral votes went to Colin Powell (three), John Kasich, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders and Faith Spotted Eagle (one vote each). Also receiving votes for Vice President were Elizabeth Warren (two votes), Susan Collins, Maria Cantwell and Carly Fiorina. Article
++ What We Know About Esteban Santiago, Suspect in Fort Lauderdale Attack - Loner, degraded and booted from the Army National Guard for unsatisfactory service, mental issues, FBI aware of him for two months.
He is the alleged perpetrator of a shooting spree that left five people dead and more injured in the Fort Lauderdale airport.
But tonight, Esteban Santiago remains a mystery for federal authorities who are trying to piece together just what led a 26-year-old Army veteran with an intense gaze to go on a murderous rampage. As he sits in detention - after apparently turning himself over to police without a fight - his social media accounts are providing authorities with early clues. More
Thoughts - Perhaps TSA and Homeland Security have the strategy very wrong. Rather than intimately patting down mainstream grandmothers and others with no history of security issues, we ought to be looking into the eyes to determine any signs of compromise, threat or concern, and doing profiles of passengers and airport workers before they arrive on the scene.
++ Cyber security guru John McAfee breaks down inconsistencies in FBI's Grizzly Steppe report.Despite recent allegations against Russia, the FBI never actually accessed the allegedly hacked DNC servers. Cyber security expert John McAfee joins 'News With Ed' to discuss evidence in the report which supposedly pointed to Russian involvement, which according to McAfee actually vindicates Moscow.Video Link
++ Chinese spies allegedly hacked Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) F-35 program, along with more than two dozen weapons systems. Further, last October the Defense Science Board found that the Department of Defense, and its contractors, had sustained "staggering losses," allowing adversaries to develop countermeasures to America's advanced weapons systems. Reports such as these are concerning on a number of levels. Luckily, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) is developing award-winning solutions to these weaknesses. Article
April 29, 2017 MiCPAC Conference in Holt, Michigan. This is Michigan's foremost annual gathering of conservative leaders from all branches of the movement. Cost about $50. Please put in on your calendar. MCU and MCU-SE Members get a discount. Please join HERE!
++ Record 95,102,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Number Grew 18% Since Obama Took Office in 2009. The final jobs report of the Obama presidency, released Friday, shows that the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 14,573,000 (18.09 percent) since January 2009, when Obama took office, continuing a long-term trend that began well before Obama was sworn in.
In December, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 95,102,000 Americans were not in the labor force, 47,000 more than in November; and the labor force participation rate was 62.7 percent, a tenth of a point higher than in November. The participation rate dropped to a 38-year low of 62.4 percent on Obama's watch, in September 2015. It was only 3-tenths of a point higher than that last month. More (Thanks, Lanny)
++ A Cook County judge on Friday ordered four African-American defendants accused of holding a white schizophrenic man captive and torturing him for hours held without bond - They face charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Hill is also charged with robbery, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In addition, Cooper and Brittany Covington are charged with residential burglary. The hatecrimecharges are based on the victim's race and mental disability, prosecutors said. More (Thanks, Duane)
++ Ford cancels Mexico plant, to invest $700M at Flat Rock - TRUMP MADE THE DIFFERENCE! Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is canceling plans to establish a $1.6 billion in plant in Mexico to build the Ford Focus. It plans to invest $700 million at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant and create 700 new jobs in Michigan as it adds production of a new electric small SUV and a self-driving hybrid vehicle.
Ford was repeatedly criticized on the campaign trail by President-elect Donald Trump for its plans to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where it was to build the next-generation Focus. Instead, it will build the car at an existing Mexico factory.
Ford President and CEO Mark Fields cited the company's recent decision on a shift in buyer preferences as compact car sales have fallen. But he said factors included the pro-business environment it sees in the U.S. amid proposed policies under Trump. Link
++ Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) calls out Fellow Republicans in Congress for abandoning their own principles and trying to push a budget that never balances as their first item in the new session. A budget that adds $ 9.7 Trillion to the debt in ten years (to $ 29.17 Trillion in Debt). Paul offers to prepare his own budget that balances the budget in five years through cuts. Video - Floor Speech (Thanks, Tom)
++ President Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuania's border with "aggressive" Russia. Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad - which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. More (Thanks, Tim)
++ Women shunned in Paris Suburbs - "Here, we do things here like in our home country" - Women are harassed for the audacity of walking the street and going into a café. "Can you believe it? These women went into a café!" Video (Thanks, Isabelle)
++ Exxon Mobil Corp. has awarded former Chief Executive Rex Tillerson a $180 million retirement package as the company moves to break financial ties with President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state.
If Mr. Tillerson is confirmed, Exxon will transfer the equivalent value of two million unvested shares that he was set to receive at his previously expected retirement in March into a trust, according to the company. The decision will allow Mr. Tillerson to sell off all of his remaining shares in the company, a step he has committed to make if he is confirmed, according to Exxon. Currently, he holds more than 600,000 vested shares worth about $54 million.
The deal amounts to about $7 million less than the compensation package that he would have received if he hadn't been tapped for the post. Mr. Tillerson stepped down as Exxon CEO Jan. 1. Before his nomination, he was set to receive more than $180 million in shares that would have vested over a decade. The company consulted with federal regulators before agreeing to terms. Article
++ Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars. The Scam Must End Now - Energy Insanity in other countries as well. When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes? I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue to be funnelled into the pockets of crooks, liars, spivs, chancers, con-artists and fantasists in the name of solving the non-existent problem of "climate change." More
- Please keep everyone at Ft Lauderdale Airport in your prayers today. Many of my friends on Facebook were in the Ft Lauderdale Airport last week for the Orange Bowl. Thankful today that we are safe, but scared hopeful for those not so fortunate.
Kurt E Damrow - Mr Trump. Only give American Made or Grown Products instead of cash for American Aid!
Adam de Angeli- A liberal friend called me today to say he fantasizes about President-elect Trump being murdered, then proceeded to explain himself by making bigoted remarks about Trump and his wife. Thanks to their mass media, liberals have become the very thing they hate the most: bloodthirsty bigots.
Matthew Miner - Be aware. The Russians DIDN'T hack our election. They didn't change votes. They DID trick John Podesta into giving them his password and exposed his ridiculous emails to the world. They DID try to hack the RNC, unsuccessfully.
They DID hack the DNC and released their emails about how they sabotaged Bernie Sanders. Did that influence the election? Believe what you want, but know this, a domestic entity tried to do the exact same thing. CNN attempted to sway the debates by leaking questions to one party, in an attempt to give them an advantage in the election.
Let's put them on trial too, or we can all get over it and learn a little cyber security.
Marian Marek - Trump can get Mexico and South America to pay for the Wall by tacking a fee to the wire transfer of money. In Mexico alone takes in about $2 billion a month in remittances. The Bank of Mexico tracks how much the country receives in remittances on a monthly basis. In 2015, Mexico took in nearly $25 billion in total, including from countries besides the United States. But most of it was from the United States.
++ Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College writes: "
One of the greatest gifts God has given Americans is our freedom. Even with all the turmoil and oppression we see in the world around us, we still too often take these freedoms for granted.
In our great country, the Constitution is the document that protects it. After the Bible, it is the single most important document in the world. Most Americans think they know it well, since they learned about it in school.
But far too few Americans truly understand the Constitution and the freedoms it protects. We've made our renowned Constitution 101 course free for all Americans to take online -- the same course that every Hillsdale student must take to graduate, regardless of their major.
++ Colorado Mail Carrier Builds Ramp for Elderly Dog On His Route - Link
Michigan News and Views
++ Justice Stephen Markman was selected Friday as the new Michigan Supreme Court chief justice - Markman has been on the SCOM for 17 years, preciously serving on the Court of Appeals, as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Deputy Attorney General where he vetted President Reagan's judicial appointees, and as a Constitution expert on congressional staff. He has taught Constitutional Law at Hillsdale College. Chief Justice Markman is married and has two grown sons. He has participated at MiCPAC conferences.
Gov. Snyder called him a fair and consistent voice with a wealth of knowledge about Michigan's judicial system and constitutional law and "will be a great asset as he takes the helm..." MORE
New Chief Justice Stephen Markman
We thank former Chief Robert Young
for several years of leadership.
Where could Michigan cut the budget?
One of our candidates is Public Schools!Michigan public schools have lost thousands of students year after year. That should require fewer teachers and less building space, maintenance and operatings costs, and fewer non-teaching positions.
But wait! That might reduce the number of union members and dues!Can't have that! So, for a decade or so the mantra has been lower class sizes = better education. But that is not true. Michigan's 2nd best secondary school has 29 students per teacher; the 5th and 18th best 39 students per teacher. We now have 118 non-teachers for every 100 teachers. The budget has soared $250M more each year. While quality has flat-lined and Michigan is 41st in quality in the USA that is merely 34th in quality in the World. Throwing money at public education without accountability has been a huge waste. Let's hold the line and demand results! Return control to parents and locals!
HUGE spending increases - no results
Never enough; never enough!
Schools are hemorrhaging money
but still demanding more
Michigan Personal Income has flat-lined.
On average, Michigan Teacher salaries relative to state per capita income rank #1 Nationally and about 70% more. In many instances a teacher working 800-900 hours in the class makes more than a two worker family. We aren't complaining about how much a great teacher makes. We think great teachers are held down by the "collective" that protects the lazy and lousy. There should be merit pay for great teachers. Lousy teachers should be dismissed. We need accountability!
Lets return to Parent and local control!
++ Republican state Sen. Jack Brandenburg said he is preparing sweeping legislation to eliminate Michigan's personal income tax, arguing a "game changer" is needed to help retain and draw new residents in the face of sluggish population growth. Brandenburg argues scrapping the income tax would boost the state economy by giving residents more disposable income to spend at Michigan businesses. The second-term Harrison Township Republican plans to introduce legislation this month and convene a work group to consider tax policy options.
As part of his plan to scrap the state's 4.25 percent personal income tax, Brandenburg told The Detroit News he may propose to increase the state's 6 percent sales tax to offset some of the anticipated revenue loss from killing the income tax. He anticipates budget cuts would also be necessary.
"After six years of tax increases, working families and seniors absolutely deserve a tax break from this administration," Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint said.
Michigan collected more than $9.3 billion in personal income taxes in the 2016 fiscal year, according to the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency. It was the largest single source of revenue for the state.
Most income tax revenue goes toward the state's general fund, which is used to pay for various government functions. Roughly 30 percent goes to the School Aid Fund for K-12 education. Sales taxes generated about $7.3 billion last fiscal year, by comparison, with roughly 73 percent going to schools, 16 percent to the general fund and 10 percent to local units of government.
"the issue is where do you get the money to run government?" Snyder told The News in a year-end interview. "Those are the challenges." More
COMMENT: We want to help!!!
With all due respects, Governor, That is not the most important issue. What is State government doing it does not have to do? What can you cut? When will you implement a zero-based review of budgets, contracts and expenditures? Why are you paying contractors 25%+/- more than you need to through artificial "prevailing wages"? When will state employee compensation and benefits come in line with those you supposedly serve? Why give a billion dollar$ a year to certain favored businesses and individuals? Why keep up the appearance (and costs) of full time legislature at full pay, that has sessions less than 90 days a year? Why does every legislator need to have an office with a view of the Capitol? Why keep increasing education budgets $250 million each year when student population is decreasing by thousands of students and quality is flat-lined? The list could go on. The fact of the matter is, the Michigan State Government has become bloated and wasteful and more intrusive under Republican leadership. It is not a good legacy.
++ U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman of Watersmeet in the far west U.P. and Paul Mitchell of Dryden in the lower Thumb, both Republicans, were sworn into the 115th Congress by House Speaker Paul Ryan, taking over seats previously held by Reps. Dan Benishek and Candice Miller, both of whom stepped down.
"I ran on a platform that said we're going to hold government accountable," said Bergman, when asked about priorities as he settled into his office. "We have over-regulation. We have the federal government in too much of our business. ... I'm warmed up, ready to go."
For Mitchell, it means focusing on business incentives and rolling back regulations that he believes are holding automakers and others back. Mitchell also said he's ready to get rid of the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - though he recognizes that may take some time, saying President Barack Obama's administration "killed the previous system, so you can't just go back ... (we're) going to have to work on the replacement." More Paul Mitchell at Podium: Link
++ More of the same liberalism - Gov. Rick Snyder wants Republican President-elect Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress to spare Michigan's Medicaid expansion as they consider dismantling the Affordable Care Act, calling it a successful program that could serve as a national model.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to repeal and replace "Obamacare" but has not made clear whether he wants to pull back state funding for expanded Medicaid eligibility. It is a key but costly provision of the 2010 law that has allowed millions of low-income residents to qualify for government-paid health care coverage.
Robust enrollment figures mean Michigan will have to spend more on Medicaid expansion than originally anticipated. The federal government has fully funded the program so far, minus some administrative costs, spending around $4 billion a year in Michigan...The federal government fully paid for Medicaid expansion for the past few years. But the funding rates for expanded Medicaid eligibility will drop to 95 percent this year and 90 percent by 2020 and beyond. That will leave states on the hook to make up the difference, a cost that will eventually approach an estimated $400 million in Michigan.
Many conservatives believe fuel tax increases are shills to cover this.
"Michigan lawmakers should begin looking for an escape hatch from the state's Obamacare expansion as soon as possible," Jonathan Ingram, vice president of research, told The News, suggesting the state could close the program to new enrollees while awaiting congressional action.
"As the state share begins to kick in, higher costs will start to put fiscal pressure on other core priorities, including education, public safety and even services for seniors and individuals with disabilities."
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, a Canton Republican critic of the Affordable Care Act, accused budget officials of "back filling" the Healthy Michigan plan to hide the fact "it's costing us a heck of a lot more than we thought it would." He called Medicaid expansion a "horrible failure." "Medicaid provides coverage, it doesn't provide care," he said. "And from an expense perspective, we're going to be on the hook for well over $300 million from our general fund to go off and pay for this
Snyder has not yet personally discussed Medicaid expansion with Trump or Michigan's congressional delegation, but he and other state leaders had a "robust" discussion about Medicaid expansion at a National Governors Association meeting in late November, according to his office. More
COMMENT: For decades hospitals across Michigan and the USA have paid NO income, property or sales taxes. The understanding was that these savings were to fund indigent care. Then hospitals double dipped by jacking up prices for paying and insured patients - the infamous $50 aspirin and $1000 bandage wrap. Medicaid Expansion now lets hospitals triple dip. And, Hospitals are gobbling up local medical practices, turning them into "clinics' and taking them off the tax rolls. The void (plus TIFA schemes) puts pressure on other taxpayers to fund schools, counties, cities and townships. Thus we have increased Federal and State taxes but also hidden consumer taxes with higher insurance and medical care costs.
A notable court case included a suit between Wexford County and it's biggest hospital. The County wanted the Hospital to pay property taxes because they were not getting many indigent patients. The evidence indicated that Wexford provided no-cost services to only two people in 2000, and eleven people in 2001, which amounted to writing off $129.13 in 2000, and $2,229.09 in 2001....Further, it is undisputed that Wexford's aim is to become profitable."
The Court concluded that petitioner's "operations parallel a typical private medical clinic, rather than an organization that provides public health services" and that "the services that Wexford claims as serving public health purposes were 'inherent to the medical profession." Id. at 3. Therefore, petitioner's appeal was rejected.
The Michigan Supreme Court granted petitioner's application for leave to appeal, 472 Mich. 899, 696 N.W.2d 708 (2005), as well as motions by various amici curiae to file briefs. Briefs were received from amici Michigan Rural Health Clinics Organization, McLaren Health Care Corporation, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, and Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in support of petitioner (all recipients of the scheme), and by amici Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association in support of respondent.
The Court stated: "Because the Legislature chose not to define the terms "charitable institution," found in MCL 211.7o, or "public health purposes," found in MCL 211.7r, the specific meaning of these phrases has been the subject of decades of case law..."
"...We reverse the part of the Court of Appeals judgment that held that petitioner was not a charitable institution...Read the Case HERE
Because the definitions were left out of the laws, the courts and bureaucracy were free to define them, as were the recipients of the plunder.
THIS IS SOMETHING THE LEGISLATURE CAN FIX. Let's make it a priority!
++ Todd Courser 'very ill,' drops lawsuit against Michigan House, attorney say -
"... Todd is very ill right now," his attorney, Matthew DePerno, told the Grand Rapids Press and MLive on Wednesday, Dec. 14.He said Courser has suffered a heart condition the past couple of years, and his condition has only worsened with criminal charges and fallout of an affair with former state Rep. Cindy Gamrat.Courser originally faced four charges in Ingham County Court but now faces only a perjury charge there and a misconduct charge in Lapeer County. Other charges were dismissed."It's more vindictive than anything. The guy has gone through a lot. He's made some mistakes but look at all he's lost: His business, his position, and now, his health is quickly deteriorating."More(Thanks, Susan)
Todd Courser's lawsuit a 'hallucinatory conspiracy theory,' lawyer says Link
We will have an update summary of the 2015/16 session in a few days.
If you have votes to recommend please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We never want to give any other legislator low scores. We would love to see all at 100%. We decide as best we can what the pivotal votes were and then rate based on solid conservative principles. We do not look at who it hurts or helps as it is a straight-up philosophical basis. What grows government, raises taxes, add nuisance regulations and/or restricts freedoms can be expected to get a low rating.
++ MIRS Rating -
MIRS NEWS -- "For the second straight year, now-former Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, had the chamber's most conservative voting record, by holding the conservative position 91 percent of the time.
...Reps. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, Ray Franz, R-Onekama, and Gary Glenn, R-Midland, had 87 percent conservative voting records while Reps. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Ken Goike, R-Ray Twp., had 85 percent conservative voting records."
++ A legislator asked for input on policy matters for the next session. Here was one great response: Joni Jones1.) Repeal Common Core in Michigan; 2.) Open up FOIA to legislators and Governor's office; 3.) Transition all remaining defined-benefit pensions to defined-contribution/401K Plans; 4.) Repeal the Land Bank Authority Law; 5.) End the MCCA fee of $160 per car!!; 6.) Repeal SB 437 & 438 (energy package just passed) and deregulate Michigan's electric market for 100% choice; 7.) Repeal HB 4736 (registration fee increase) and HB 4738 (gas tax increase). 8.) Strengthen the Voter ID requirement. 9.) Reduce the state income tax rate, as promised. Loving it!
Your editor has another to suggest. In litigation individuals and partnerships can represent themselves. Corporations cannot. Some courts handle LLC's as if they are corporations, even if they are a one person, two person or family entity. In small collections matters the attorney fees can be greater than the prospects for collections. A one sentence addition to the LLC laws would allow a closely held LLC to represent themselves, if competent. It is a change long overdue. Let's enable small businesses to thrive in Michigan and provide needed jobs. The success of business also guarantees government revenue. It is a win-win possibility.
++ Right to Life has victories in the legislature
Lt. Gov. Calley signed the legislation in the absence of Gov. Snyder. Stated William Wagner, whose Salt & Light Global was the primary support for the bill: I attend the signing of a state law that prohibits the selling body parts of an unborn child. See my testimony here against using taxpayer dollars to fund organizations engaging in this kind of despicable practice.Wagner Video
++ Too much regulation controlling our rights - Six months prison for installing a modest wind turbine next to his home, and not being able to structural remove all of it's foundation - behind his home not visible from any neighboring property.Link
Michigan Conservative Union has advocated for eliminating the state income tax several times over several years. Promised cuts were not given. Property taxes are also terrible. Governments are trigger happy on grabbing peoples' land. As a county planning commission chair your editor went to a statewide planners conference where a primary presenter said the property all belongs to the government, and it is on loan to people and businesses who "rent" property through property taxes. Such is the sick mentality of those who ignore property rights - real. personal and intellectual.
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