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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Crony Capitalism rears its ugly head in Michigan.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 12:00:00 PM EST
    Tags: LG Calley, Crony Capitalism, Autism, Mandatory Autism Insurance Coverage, Why is a republican promoting this? (all tags)

    Elected office is a public trust.

    The best definition I have found to described this, is as follows:

    "When taking the oath of office, elected officials assume a solemn duty as stewards of public resources. The public must trust that its government will spend taxpayer dollars in a way that is responsible, efficient and, above all, open to the light of day. Some unfortunate events in recent years have eroded this public trust."

    The latest example of violating this trust happened in Michigan just last week.

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    Crony Capitalism is nothing new.

    The former Secretary of Homeland Security under Pres. Bush, Michael Chertoff, advocated for questionably safe security scanners while his consulting firm from working for the manufacturer.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating that teenage girls receive a vaccine that was promoted to prevent cervical cancer, but is transmitted through sexual activity.

    Last week, as part of his Health & Wellness program, buried deep within it, is Governor Snyder's proposal requiring insurance companies to provide Autism Coverage here in Michigan. To help to promote this new mandate, Gov. Snyder sent LG Calley, whose child has Autism, around the state on a PR tour. A fact that he unabashedly doesn't deny would directly benefit him.

    This isn't the first time that LG Calley promoted a bill that would directly benefit himself.

    Just last year during a lame duck session of the legislature, he attempted to get a similar bill passed without success.

    Here is where things start to get interesting.

    First of all, you have a "condition" that affects a relative small number of people in Michigan compared to the rest of the population.

    How those people are actually affected is very questionable, at best.

    Even if every one of those people actually has a "condition" at all is suspect.

    And to top things off, in a state with a sizable number of people who are either unemployed or not earning what they were just a few years ago, those of us who still have insurance being told that they now must pay into a plan to help someone who can easily pay for his own family's treatment is flat-out insulting.

    I made this point in an earlier post which is still apropos: Unless the Michigan Republican Party is now an active proponent of welfare-ism and socialism, they better start acting on that limited government philosophy they purportedly support.

    The fairness issue that our governor just loves to espouse notwithstanding, not only does any bill supporting this concept need to be soundly defeated as it was just last year. But Governor Snyder and LG Calley need to be repudiated by the Michigan Republican Party for failing to abide by their own stated principles.

    Failure to do so would only mean that Michigan Republicans tacitly supports crony capitalism.

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    KG, dare I suggest who it was... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 04:38:58 PM EST
    ...that drove the pay spike from 2000 to 2002?  OK, I'll just give a little hint... page 8:

    Ronald Weiser, Vice Chair, began the discussion by presenting a summary of information he believed to be pertinent to compensation decisions for each office and a rationale for increases, which he informally proposed. His position was that the jobs are under-valued and that a one-time special adjustment was needed. He offered an approach that would tie the salaries for the offices of Lieutenant Governor, Justice, and Legislator to a percentage of the salary for the office of Governor. The rationale he presented was ultimately the basis for the commission's determinations. It is summarized in the following pages, preceding the determinations for each office.

    Still surprised at any of the deep rooted Big Government mentality in Lansing?  It's Party Leadership bred.

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