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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Breaking records I didn't even know existed

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 07:48:03 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm-Cherry, 2010, demolition, blight, Detroit, Conyers, Medicaid, Genetski, Kahn, Cox, fraud (all tags)

    Add one more dubious distinction to the record of accomplishment being racked up by the Granholm-Cherry administration.  This morning the Detroit News reports that for the first time in nearly three decades, new home construction in southeast Michigan has been outpaced by building demolition.  

    On top of that, residential building permits in southeast Michigan fell for a fourth straight year in 2008 -- the sharpest decline in more than 50 years, according to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

    The bad news is that the proverbial "no one" is buying or building.  The good news, I suppose, is that hundreds of eye-sores, especially in the Motor City, are getting the old Eight Mile treatment.  Legally, of course.

    If only Detroit could disappear every eye sore that draws heaps of negative attention towards the city.  Alas, Congressman John Conyers' wife, Monica, may have plead guilty to accepting bribes but she still hasn't been sentenced. And apparently she isn't going away until someone PUTS her away.

    C'mon, Johnny Law.  Can't we speed up those wheels of justice?

    If I have to read about or listen to this woman try to cloak herself in pseudo-Gospel speak one more time I'm going to become a real-life "Bible Thumper," using the massive hardcover study Bible on my shelf to beat myself into peaceful oblivion.

    Read on...

    Attacking the media on her weekly television show (and still calling herself a "Councilwoman," which she isn't, for the record) she offered up this gem, courtesy of the Ivory Tower...

    "I've not heard them say one good thing about Monica Conyers. And I'll tell you, God doesn't make junk."

    No.  No He doesn't, Monica.  But darn it all if He doesn't let us transform ourselves into garbage.

    She lambasted the media and went on to attack former employees who have now come forward to accuse her of various misdeeds and shady dealings.  She didn't say one nice thing about them.  She didn't mention one of the many nice things they've done in recent years.  Apparently THOSE people are junk.  

    Don't know what that makes the folks across the state currently defrauding a Medicaid system designed to provide a social safety net for those who genuinely can't afford their own help.  Really stinky junk?  I don't know.  

    But in the interest of ending this post on a high note, let me draw your attention to the Grand Rapids Press and news that Republican state Rep. Bob Genetski, state Senator Roger Kahn and Attorney General Mike Cox are teaming up to advocate the creation of a nonpartisan Inspector General targeted at rooting out big dollars worth of waste and fraud.

    Medicaid is a federal program administered by the state that provides low-income residents coverage for medical and dental bills, and medication.

    Cox, who in recent years has intensified his efforts to weed out Medicaid fraud, estimates Michigan loses between $225 to $900 million a year through false claims.

    Genetski said he became frustrated after recent audits by the state Auditor General has found continued "waste and abuse" in the Medicaid budget, but there was no ability to enforce recommendations.

    "We're hoping to create an office that has a little bit of teeth in it," Genetski said.

    They're hoping to recover upwards of $100 million a year, paying for the position 1,000 times over, more or less. Here's hoping!

    < Urgent Action Alert: Do Dillon and Cherry support Dems' radical ANTI-CHOICE legislation? | Wednesday in the Sphere: July 8 >

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    But Detroit is ready to take on Malt 45 (none / 0) (#2)
    by geek49203 on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 12:18:47 PM EST
    However, the Detroit City Council is ready to take on Colt 45 Malt Liquor billboards in the city.  According to at least one City Council person, the number of Detroit citizens killed by these ads exceeds the number of deaths by GOP rule.  


    Left out the detail (none / 0) (#3)
    by stevenstmason on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 07:07:22 PM EST
    that the City of Detroit had the highest number of building permits issued in SE Michigan. Always negative, never anything positive about Detroit.

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