I Don’t Exist

I am a figment of your imagination.

I am a non entity. At least that is how the United States Government sees it.

A friend sends this to a couple of us:

So I was looking for some info concerning Social Security. I thought the best tab to choose would be “Information.” Boy was I wrong. Other than Bill and I falling under “veteran” there just isn’t any information for a white middle aged male! Jason and George don’t even exist as far as SS is concerned. That is, till it’s time to pay the SS TAX! Then they recognize “YOU!”

leftoutPersona non grata, right?

Why do I feel relieved?

A Proper Media Outlet

I have a great respect and admiration for the reporting being done by the Mackinac Center through its Capitol Confidential production.

One of the issues I faced when breaking news in 2008 was the failure of the most popular media outlets to properly report on the connection between Nancy Pelosi, and T Boone Pickens, and her holding the country hostage to higher gas prices. (Search “Giving Us Gas” in the search  box) Pickens was paying the networks tens of millions to promote wind energy at the time, and they did not want to kill THEIR golden goose.

Cap Con was my go-to when the fake tea party in Michigan tried to upend the 2010 election.  They got the message out when no one else would, and it stopped a major play designed by one party to subvert the other through deceit.

Please consider this letter seriously.

Dear Reader:

The $40 million “rapid transit” bus line that isn’t any faster than regular buses.

The school contract that gave “special consideration” to non-Christian teachers.

The family facing a 300 percent increase in health insurance costs under Obamacare.

Police who seized private assets from citizens who had committed no crime.

These have been our most popular news stories this year at Michigan Capitol Confidential, and I’m not surprised.

I’m not surprised because I know that readers like you aren’t interested in the “government-knows-best” approach to news. I know that you expect reporters to go beyond what public officials say, and instead report on what they do.

At Michigan Capitol Confidential, we aren’t afraid to ask hard questions of the people who teach our children, regulate our businesses and spend billions of our tax dollars. Many times you and I are the only ones asking hard questions.

Our coverage of Robert and Patricia Haynes is one reason that home health care workers in Michigan no longer have to join or pay fees to the Service Employees International Union. Today, millions of dollars that used to go to SEIU coffers are back in the hands of these care providers.

But we need to reach more people with stories like these.

That’s why I’m writing today. Will you consider an investment in our plan to grow Capitol Confidential readership by reaching out to larger audiences?

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And On Monday (the cost of doing business in Michigan goes up)

We slide a little deeper into the fiery pit of progressivism  – (Reposted from RightMi.com)

Because everyone knows that ALL employers are filthy rich.

Because everyone knows that ALL employers are filthy rich.

Beginning September 1, 2014, Michigan employers will face an increase in the minimum wage rate from $7.40 to $8.15. The first rate increase since Granholm jacked employers in 2008, this new change to state law marks the beginning of a gradual 25 percent increase of the minimum wage resulting in $9.25 per hour by 2018. The State of Michigan makes new online resources available at www.Michigan.gov/miosha to help workers and employers face the facts as the new rate takes effect.

On May 27, 2014 the ‘Workforce Opportunity Wage Act,’ Public Act 138 of 2014 (Act 138), took immediate effect replacing the Michigan Minimum Wage and Overtime Act (Act 154). Act 138 is enforced by the Wage and Hour Program within the Technical Services Division of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). And we know No-One enforces like MIOSHA.

Act 138 applies to employers in Michigan that have two or more employees age 16 and older. A copy of Act 138, along with guidelines and the required poster may be downloaded from the Wage and Hour Program website.

Hinoki School Shutdown Highlights LPS Dysfunction

MAPSA Calls on State Superintendent to Investigate an Authorizer, Livonia Public Schools, for ‘Unethical and Irresponsible Practices’

LANSING, Michigan (August 18, 2014) – The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) is calling on State Superintendent Mike Flanagan to immediately investigate the Livonia Public Schools district for unethical practices related to the Hinoki International School.

The Hinoki International School is a charter school specializing in Japanese language and culture that was authorized by the Livonia school district and opened in 2011. Hinoki had a successful and growing program, expanding to 130 students in 2013-14. Faced with its own declining enrollment, the Livonia Public Schools decided to revoke Hinoki’s charter this summer so that it could start its own Japanese immersion program - in essence, stealing away a successful charter school.

MEA Encourages Democrat Crossover For THEIR Candidate

Well, it seems conservatives might have a clue as to who NOT to vote for in August’s 47th District State House race.

The wary might be concerned that Democrats are being recruited by the Michigan Education Association to crossover into Republican primaries.  From Cap Con

meavaupelMEA political action committee letter urges Democrat members to vote as Republicans in Michigan’s 47th House district race.

By Jack Spencer
July 14, 2014

A division of the Michigan Education Association’s political action committee, which is funded in part by teachers, is urging its members to cast votes in Michigan’s 47th House District Republican primary even if they consider themselves to be Democrats.

In a letter labeled: “IMPORTANT!,” the MEA/Livingston County PAC Screening and Recommending Committee pressed union members to cast votes for Handy Township Supervisor Henry Vaupel, a Fowlerville veterinarian who is one of five candidates on the GOP primary ballot. A designation at the top of the letter reads in bold print: “To: All MEA members residing in House District 47,” then goes on to emphasize the Aug. 5 date of the primary and describe the district’s geographical location.