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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Reforming and restructuring Michigan government

    By dennislennox, Section News
    Posted on Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 09:41:25 PM EST
    Tags: dennis lennox (all tags)

    Cross-posted at FixingLansing.com

    A proposal by freshman legislators to extend the length of Michigan's term limitations is nothing new and won't do much to reform and restructure the broken state government.

    While term limits need to be addressed, this won't be enough to fix Lansing

    Let's face it, Michigan's government was designed in an era vastly different from today.

    A total restructuring of government at all levels is needed, and everything must be considered to ensure a brighter future for our great state.

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    "Special Interests" (none / 0) (#1)
    by goppartyreptile on Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 10:05:21 PM EST
    Special interests aren't opposing a ConCon because they can't afford to buy a seat; if they were broke, they wouldn't be sufficiently scary for you to invoke them over and over again.

    A lot of folks are opposed to a ConCon, for the simple reason that to open up the guts of this state will much more likely make it worse than better.  

    There are no silver bullets in this process, and the last two or three years are not because of term limits, or the fact that our 63 Constitution was apparently 19th century. (?)

    We have a simple straight up fight between two opposing thoughts about the size and shape of government.

    And you can dock all the pay, and change all the term limits, and do whatever quick fixes feel good, but it will accomplish nothing.

    If we want to get this state back under control, if we want to stop the insanity in Lansing, if we want to someday come back from this awful economy, we have to win our argument.

    That's right.  See, the thing that enrages me is when I read the newspaper and the headline is: "Lansing broken.  No leadership."

    Or when I hear our candidates say the same.  I'd much rather live in a world where that headline said: "Democrat leadership broken, time for a change"

    But I guess that would mean being partisan, and the same media that calls us all kinds of neat names also tells us we can't be partisan.  Yup, better listen to them.

    Now that I'm done with my general rant, back to you Dennis.  You've mentioned many, many times about restructuring, and "21st century solutions to 21st century problems" and so on.  Can we have some specifics?  I'd love to hear some of your proposals.

    "We have a simple straight up fight..." (none / 0) (#4)
    by maidintheus on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:06:13 AM EST
    "We have a simple straight up fight between two opposing thoughts about the size and shape of government."

    I just liked that so much I wanted to repeat it.

    Me? I'm partisan! (none / 0) (#5)
    by maidintheus on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:08:52 AM EST
    "But I guess that would mean being partisan, and the same media that calls us all kinds of neat names also tells us we can't be partisan.  Yup, better listen to them."

    Thanks reptile!

    And pass the gravy and good guidance, amen! (none / 0) (#6)
    by maidintheus on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:20:06 AM EST
    "Government can be restructured to a great extent by good guidance from a fiscally prudent Governor, and sound management. Assuming Republicans take Lansing in 2010, we will be at the very least in much better hands."

    Word up, JGillman!

    How'd we ever get here? (none / 0) (#7)
    by maidintheus on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:28:09 AM EST
    By looking the other way, unnecessary compromise, and a lack of involvement by citizens.

    By allowing the Socialistic takeover of our institutions of learning. This has impacted popular opinion.

    We have to resist the notion of avoiding discomfort of 'sticks and stones' and other 'by any means necessary' and stand up for the things that have proved to work: The freedom and liberty this country was built on, along with it's moral foundations. Knowledge without morals is chaos, which is a Democrat tactic.  

    Oh, and the 'race' thingy too! (none / 0) (#8)
    by maidintheus on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 10:55:32 AM EST
    The goppartyreptile referenced the two opposing ideologies. One side plays the 'race card' incessantly. Though they claim to be concerned with justice, tolerance, and black progression, they viciously attack black conservatives for leaving the 'plantation' and not reiterating the script.

    Glenn Beck will be giving these black conservatives a voice. Today, Nov. 13, 09, don't miss his show.

    Dennis, we need more of these voices. Where are the school vouchers? 'They' seem to think that would be okay for health scare though.

    Glenn Beck had a Marine from the Bronx on his show. Awesome!

    BTW, what's with the constant GB interruptions due the POTUS? Regardless of how you figure it (5 PM east coast/2 PM west coast) it ain't prime time! Fox News/Beck is one of their stated enemies... Mmm hmm, I was born at night. Write Fox and complain. POTUS should stick to the traditional 8-9 PM time slot if getting his word out is his real deal. Fox News needs to stop being manipulated and just give snippets of the rhetoric during other news programs!  

    Here is a suggestion. (none / 0) (#11)
    by LookingforReagan on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 11:45:13 AM EST
    Maybe we as voters need to do a better job of educating ourselves, family members and neigbhors and fellow citizens on the positions of the parties and the candidates. No more Obama's. This guy was the biggest hoax over put over on the American people and we have the MSM and others to blame. But in the end it was the voters that saw an easy way to get what they want and voted accordingly. We need more citizen involvement in all aspects of government. But we need to put the candidates on the spot. Ask them the tough questions that the press won't. Find out exactly where they stand on the issues of taxes, goverment reform, abortion, gun rights and job creation. Where they stand on the basic relationship between the government and the people. Do they view governments role in the original constitutional sense or from a positon that has lead us to the nanny state mentality we see growing now? Where are they on education? And most importantly my next selection for Governor of this state will hinge on their view of the 10th Amendment and the right of nullification. This is where we can draw the line against unfunded Federal mandates and other encroachments on the freedoms of a free state. There is precedence for nullification. It was upheld by the Supreme court in the 1850's. Also tax relief and right to work legislation will be high on the list of where I place my support and whom I vote for. So far what I have learned about the field of candidates, none fit the bill of what I want to see Michigan do in the future and in the direction I believe we should be going. Unfortunalty several are either to afraid or to PC to really understand and have the guts to do what is right for the state and the people.
    The great thing about the Tea Party movement is more folks are getting educated and getting involved. And we see the reaction we are getting from those that are in elected positions. They don't like it a bit. Because it threanens their gravy train and that just won't do now will it?

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