STOP the 16.7% Tax Increase Michigan

Higher taxes, and the return of redistribution aided advanced by Republicans in Lansing last night.

A May 5th special election will have poor voters deciding if they will be getting more cheese. The corporate abusers will get their pie, and the rest of us in the middle will get the bill. Pandering welfare gimmicks, corporate cronyism on steroids and a blanket party for the working class. Whats not to love?

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Minutes matter here.

 Cut and pasted to distribute quickly.  Please call your rep NOW

The House is still in session. I have word from a rep. on the floor tonight that the internet tax is “likely” to pass! You need to call your legislator’s office NOW. Here is another thing you can do. Find him/her on Facebook. Many of them have an account. Send them a message. It will get to them on the House floor. Tell them not to pass another tax. That is not what Republicans do.
The lobbyists are circling like vultures. They want this internet tax! You must act.

But there is at least one thing all us, together, can do. We can ALL contact the Majority Floor Leader in the House of Representatives and ask him not to allow any of these crazy bills to reach the floor. The Floor Leader is the general who decides which bills will go to the floor for final passage and which ones won’t. He has a great deal of power.
His name is Jim Stamas. He is a pretty conservative and reasonable legislator. Please contact him tonight!
Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas
To contact Jim Stamas, click here.
  • SB 658 & 659. These are the Senate versions of HB 4202 & 4203, “Mainstreet Fairness,” otherwise known as the internet tax. It’s bad for business and for taxpayers. Here is very good op-ed on this legislation. Here is a good analysis of the legislation.
If you have time, please contact your own state rep. Find your representative’s contact information here 

Food

We are now told by the charitable pantry agencies that our one month past fresh date is no longer acceptable.

I guess they might not want to feed the hungry masses with this soup which I consumed only minutes ago.  Brought to a boil, and served in a bowl.  Delicious.

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Yes, that date reads 2002.

HUD Actively Redistricting Through Zoning Requirements

I have written much on A-21 and the possible motives behind it.

Even the widely accepted motivations based on the Rio declaration stand up front however, as we see federal grants being used to ‘shape’ our communities. Much of the shping of course, is done through political efforts and our own money used against us.  As Robert Romano of Net Right Daily points out, political gerrymandering is being done on a subtle scale.

HUD_chart1By Robert Romano

Let’s just be blunt. If Congressional Republicans do not defund the imminent rulemaking, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the upcoming continuing resolution, they are utterly insane.

The rule, now delayed into December, is nothing short of a national, government-directed gerrymandering regime to redraw the zoning of every single neighborhood in the U.S. on the basis of race and income that accepts any portion of community development block grants.

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities.

Conditioning those grants on rezoning will generate obvious political outcomes, namely, to turn what were once Republican districts — which tend to be higher income and white not because of racism but rather economics and regional demographics — into marginal, purple districts under the guise of providing “fair housing.”

Segregation assessment tool revealed

One need look no further than HUD’s unleashing its “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool,” with comments due by November 24. HUD has also released template racial rezoning maps and data tables to be used in each community development block grant recipient area.

The tool’s worksheet orders the assessing bureaucrat using the maps and data to “identify neighborhoods or areas in the jurisdiction and region where racial/ethnic groups are segregated and indicate the predominant groups for each.”

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?

Our plan is to use new information technology to identify the people likely to share our beliefs, and to reach out to them through email, social media and advertising.

Hard-hitting investigative journalism is a powerful way to promote freedom. Through watchdog reporting, we expose cronyism, wasteful government spending, misleading jobs claims and bureaucratic red tape. Your gift today would give more people a way to be informed and stand with us in the fight for freedom.

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