The Thrill Is Gone, Baby
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Posted on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:02:19 AM EST
Tags: Michigan Banana Republican Party, Joke is on The Taxpayer, Mike Kowall: +$1.2B Government Housing, Wayne Schmidt: Agenda 21 Smart Zones, Eileen Kowall: +$613M for Socialist Indoctrination Campus construction, John Walsh: Tax hike and $12.5M Annual Theft from the Beat Cops to pay for street lights that will be Shot Out Anyway, Cindy Denby = Goonionized School Districts +$95M more in moocher loans and Muni mooching +$17M thu 2018, TEA movement, I marked my 2010 ballot and all I got was Bigger Government and No R-T-W (all tags)
Highlights from MCC
But contrast the following bills included in the report to what happened in Wisconsin recently, where voters in effect confirmed major reforms enacted there last year:
Senate Bill 1125: Authorize more state government housing subsidy debt: Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate
House Bill 5246: Expand corporate research subsidies: Passed 87 to 20 in the House
House Bill 5541: Borrow more for university construction projects: Passed 85 to 23 in the House
House Bill 5705: Use Detroit utility tax for streetlights instead of police; raise city income tax: Passed 92 to 14 in the House
House Bill 5566: Increase school and local "deficit spending" debt: Passed 73 to 34 in the House
None of these bills would have passed without support from a majority of Republicans in either the House or Senate.
Adding to the discomfort, pension bureaucrats and the teachers union appear to have successfully stalled a Senate-passed bill to close the defined-benefit school pension to new hires, a transformational reform that would pay dividends for decades to come (it's not dead but may be delayed until next fall).
So much for that fed up with bloated budgets, big spending and taxing Jenny Granholm form of government that gifted the 2010 vote to the MI-GOP control in Lansing. Every one of them deserves to face a primary challenger.