The holidays are here! Black Friday has been extended into your family time, and store owners are learning a lesson; When you have your business in someone else’s house, you had best be prepared to live by their rules. Of course that may include opening when you have no reason to open. From MLive:
“TRAVERSE CITY, MI — If the Regis salon had its choice, the store in the Grand Traverse Mall would not have opened its doors on Thanksgiving.
But the alternative was to pay the mall a fine of around $500, the salon’s manager told MLive and The Grand Rapids Press.”
Not unlike government, which zones your options away, the Malls have expectations apparently enforced by contract.
We have been so incredibly blessed as a nation. How could we not offer our thanks to the Lord?
We give thanks each year as tradition dictates.
As we are today, our forefathers were both good and evil. They were productive and prosperous, or lazy and in despair. Human nature leads us on many paths, and we often forget where that path started. Sometimes we are purposefully confused so that we do not remember.
With that in mind. Enjoy the following stories of Thanksgiving, each from a different perspective.
“In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.” “
So, what happens if HB 5477 now becomes extended by two years, the already sales tax portion is gradually dedicated for road maintenance over same period with Wholesale sales tax increasing to 7% (Rack Price) and MDOT controlling said taxation thereafter?
When we start wondering about the passage of hospital related legislation in the state senate, perhaps we simply consider the source of the new legislation to be only as old as government itself. Something as simple as power brokering through backroom deals and a few well placed donations can alter public policy. We have seen how the $100,000 given to Jase Bolger has brought about the threat of the unthinkable changes to the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act. Even now we should be looking at the reasons for our gas taxes being raised as well.
Though I disagree with bed counts and certificates of need, pushing legislation for ‘good friends’ specific projects violates the spirit of equal opportunity under the law. Specific legislation that benefits donors as a result of donations offered, ought to be considered criminal if not already.
So when we see 2014 Senate Bill 1073 (Granting medical facility rationing exception to McLaren Health Systems Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on September 11, 2014) to authorize a special exception to the health care facility rationing imposed by the state’s “Certificate of Need” law? We should be concerned.
“Lie No. 9: Lerner says that there was no political pressure to investigate tea-party groups. In fact, Senator Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the agency to investigate conservative groups falling under Lerner’s jurisdiction. What we have, then, is this: Under a Democratic administration, the IRS was under pressure from Democratic elected officials to investigate political enemies of the Democratic party. The agency did so. Its commissioner lied to Congress about its doing so. When the inspector general’s report was about to make these abuses public, the agency staged a classic Washington Friday news rollout at a sleepy American Bar Association tax-law conference, hoping to minimize the bad publicity. Lerner lied to the public about the nature, scope, and extent of the IRS intimidation campaign.”
It came as no surprise that he would bail out of his current seat before the fire is turned up too high.
His Letter of 072712, May only provide cover (though showing a significant aggressive stance towards tax exempts) for the underlying pressure he was putting on IRS officials to directly target conservative organizations which carry the 501(c)4 designation. There is now the possibility that more of his involvement comes to light, and that records thought to be lost forever, have now turned up.
Bill Still talks about a recent discovery of Lois Lerner emails found conveniently AFTER the elections.
Establishment GOP Overthrown 235-185 at Oakland County Convention
In politics, 235-185 against the incumbents is considered a landslide victory. That’s exactly what happened Thursday night at the Oakland County Republican (OCRP) Convention of recently elected Precinct Delegates..
The Party base had had enough:
unfair convention rules to perpetuate the incumbents
open antagonism towards Liberty and Tea Party Constitutionalists seeking to enforce the Party Platform
candidates more focused on the wishes of the Chamber of Commerce than adherence to will of the People
District 29 Caucus Leader, David Lonier, commented, “In a 235 to 185 vote, we [Constitutionalists] substituted inequitable convention rules with “fair” rules, and went on to elect a principled permanent convention chairman, who appointed the permanent convention officers and conducted the rest of the Convention in a most fair and orderly fashion. The body voted to appoint 9 principled members-at-large to the OCRP Executive Committee, and the District Caucuses, which were chaired by “elected”, “not appointed” chairs, elected some 39 more members to the 2014-2016 OCRP Executive Committee.”
Lonier continued, “It was an evening not soon to be forgotten by the 420 voting delegates … Feelings of good will and camaraderie have not been so high in an OCRP event within the memory of most who attended. There’s great excitement with the prospect of Oakland County leading the way in a new, clean, transparent and principled direction for politics in Michigan and beyond, as other counties and states join us in our peaceful determination to regain our freedom through the Republican political process.”
The accomplishment of the loyal opposition to unseat the all-powerful OCRP leadership team was “monumental”. Unifying the base and mentoring them to effectively use Robert’s Rules took commitment and practice. Challenging the Temporary Convention Chair, Jim Thienel, on the grounds of an unfair agenda to force the adoption of unfair rules took the courage to withstand multiple threats of ejection from the convention. The unified and vociferous outcry of the assembled delegates demanded an honest vote on the rules. Multiple recesses to find a way to escape the wave of change proved fruitless for Mr. Thienel and his leadership team.
Unanimously-elected Convention Permanent Chairman, Matt Maddock, reveled in the victory of the party base, “Fairness won the night and added dozens of new foot soldiers. This will set the stage for years to come. The days of discouragement and uncomfortable votes that we know are tearing the party apart are behind us. Let’s seize the day and continue this new direction towards transparency and build this party into a Democrat beating powerhouse!!”
Next Monday November 24th, the newly elected OCRP Executive Committee will elect the 2014-2016 ORCP Chairman. Matt Maddock will be challenging the Establishment candidate Theresa Mungioli.
Republican activists threaten a recall of Rep. Heise if he votes to double gasoline taxes.
Rhetoric has been getting heated recently as the Michigan House of Representatives prepares to vote on a bill which would raise gasoline taxes by $1 billion annually.The focus of much of that heated rhetoric is Kurt Heise, the Republican representing Canton, Plymouth, and Northville in the State House.”Some activists are talking about recalling Kurt Heise if he votes to double the gas tax” said Ignacio Marques, a Republican Precinct Delegate in Canton. “Heise already broke his campaign promise to lower taxes when he voted for similar bills hiking gasoline and vehicle registration taxes in the past – we can’t let him get away with it again.”
This would not be the first time citizens attempt to recall a State Representative from the 20th House District. In 2008, State Rep. Marc Corriveau (D-Northville) faced a recall over his vote for higher taxes.
More recently in 2014, recall petitions were filed against several Plymouth Township Board Trustees.
Whether or not recall petitions will be filed against Rep. Heise remains to be seen, however.
“We will only go through with this if he votes for the tax hike,” Marques said. “But we are fully prepared to get the necessary amount of signatures to force a recall election if Heise breaks his campaign promise against higher taxes one more time.”
The bill, which passed the State Senate, will replace the flat gasoline tax of 19 cents per gallon with a higher wholesale tax. Under the new wholesale tax, state gasoline taxes could rise to 41 cents per gallon by 2018.