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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    One Step Over the Line

    By TiredIronTim, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:08:49 PM EST
    Tags: Brian Calley, limited government, Snyder, Obamacare (all tags)

    For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction

    Continued below the fold

    To whom it may concern:

    Since the very first election I voted in as an 18 yr old apolitical Conservative, I have voted Republican. I didn't pay much attention to politics, but I was aware that the GOP stood for low taxes, limited govt, and to a acceptable degree- keeping the govt out of my life so I could pursue my own version of happiness.

    In particular, the last 30 yrs has seen the GOP move consistently leftward to the center, and in the last 15 yrs or so, to the left of center. No longer can I count on them to limit taxes, protect my freedom and liberties, or keep the govt out of every single facet of my life- both public and private.

    I joined the GOP in late May of last year. It wasn't because I wanted to be a Republican, but because I came to believe that if I tried to help change it from the inside, I could possibly become proud of being a Republican and what we actually stand for.

    I was directly involved in getting Dave Agema and Terri Land elected. I was directly involved in getting all of the GOP nominees on the Nov. 2012 ballot. I was directly involved in Todd Courser's campaign.

    Last Saturday, we shocked the Michigan Republican Party and it's power broker elitists badly. By realizing that they won by a mere 35 votes, they became uncomfortably aware that the Conservative grass roots are a force to be reckoned with.

    Without prompting, Lt. Governor Brian Calley readily admitted that they can't win any elections without us. He promised changes, admitted we've been ignored and mishandled badly in the past, but didn't go into specifics.

    So we did.

    We explained that the Conservative grass roots expect adherence to basic GOP principles of low taxes, limited govt, killing health insurance exchange efforts and attempts to expand Medicaid. We explained that was not our line in the sand as leaders in the grass roots movement, but that of a Conservative base that is principled and steadfast in their beliefs in our Founding Principles and traditional values.

    Since Brian Calley is Snyder's right hand man, we assumed the Governor got the message. Today, the Governor and the representatives in the People's House delivered their own message. It appears they are calling our bluff.

    So now what?

    The Michigan leader of the U.S. Taxpayers Party made us an offer we probably won't refuse. He offered to let us take over the Party, and even change the name to anything we prefer. I'm seriously considering the offer, as well as the message I got today while sitting in the gallery observing nearly half of the House GOP Caucus giving me and you an emphatic one finger salute.

    I was looking for a good Conservative Party when I joined this one, and I'll be looking for a good Conservative Party when I leave this one. But, I will not support a Party that merely pays lip service to limited govt and low taxes. And the massive losses in next year's elections will not be my fault, just the result of a Party not having enough people dedicated to supporting a Democrat-lite political party. You reap what you sow, and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to read the writing on the wall.

    If the State Senate passes this latest attempt to welcome Obamacare onto the backs of Michigan's citizens, I predict a mass exodus from the Michigan Republican Party. I don't know if I'll be leading the charge, but I do know I won't be far behind.

    The Party, the Governor, and the Senate has a decision to make. Who is more important? The Governor and what he wants, or the people required to get them all elected.

    < Putting Us In Jeopardy | If you thought that Michigan Taxpayers were given the screws with the Michigan Obabacare Exchange... >

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    Ditto. (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:14:31 AM EST

    Wow (none / 0) (#2)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:50:06 AM EST
    That's exactly where I've been stuck for some time now.  Everybody complains about being ignored, and how damn indistinguishably different from democrats the republicans become when they actually get into office, well, the fish rots from the head.  Bottom line: the Party's Flagship Nerd/Calley campaign mouth wrote checks that their in office ass can't cash.

    Schostak speaking out against the Nerd/Calley Exchange, and Medicaid expansion?  Crickets chirping.  Not gonna happen - One Term Nerd PAC says so.

    Schostak took that $2.4M bankruptcy forgiveness money the Nerd gifted him as Law.  Hell, it was Schostak's mouthpiece who wrote SB 992!  The back is scratched.  None of them can say sh!t if they had a mouth full - they're all compromised in one form, or another.  Yes, Bolger-gate included.  Thanks to House Team R in Lansing for that unanimous double-down on stupid.

    The upcoming crop of closed-minded Millennial republican "leaders" operating on hearsay, and superiority complexes is a complete turnoff too.  These upcoming "mentored" leaders are old-guard pandering fossil stale.  Saddling Conservatives with 25 x 25?  GMAFB.

    It is very encouraging to see others willing to leave behind this ongoing abusive relationship with the MI-GOP.

    Just say when...

    Brainwashed (none / 0) (#3)
    by Victoria008 on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:07:21 PM EST
    I have come to believe that our conservative leaders become brainwashed when they get into office.  They start out so great, but over time something happens to them.  Do they get threatened, ignored, bribed?  Something does happen.  I have been very involved in the party for many years and now am very disheartened.  I truly believe that we are not going to make change at the ballot box.  It will take something else.  I am not talking revolution but maybe a change in party like tiredtim said or a boycott or marching in the street or withdrawing from the system(other ideas?)  What we need is numbers.  Does anyone have any idea what our numbers are?  That would be good information.

    He stepped over the line way before that. (none / 0) (#5)
    by KG One on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:53:15 AM EST
    The disconnect started just before he took office.

    And then a culmination of events eventually led to this.

    As for the Constitution Party (US Taxpayer's Party of Michigan), I would challenge any skeptics to not be so quick to write them off so quickly.

    Many of their members and leadership are better versed on what's actually in the Constitution and what it actually means than the entire "leadership" of the GOP could ever hope to comprehend.

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