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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Ain't this just grand? Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has approved use of our tax dollars for the purpose of horse consumption.
An appropriations bill that does not specifically deny USDA funding to conduct inspections of horsemeat for human consumption could allow horse processing to resume in the U.S. The Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112), or the so-called "Mini-bus Bill," establishes 2012 budgets for the Department of Agriculture and several other federal departments through September 2012.
Thank you to Reps. Amash, Conyers, Huizenga, McCotter, Miller, and Walberg, who don't believe that eating Mr. Ed is a brilliant concept.
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By JGillman, Section News
Are you looking for a career change? A way to broaden your horizons? Perhaps a house in the burbs (Maryland)would be a really cool addition?
If you are from Michigan, have a desire to meet a lot of new people and serve your country, NOW is the time. A few hard workers with soul are needed in the following districts ... uh well ALL of the following districts except Congressional District #3 which is occupied by Justin Amash:
"The Budget Control Act trades $21 billion in cuts next year for a debt ceiling increase of $2.1 trillion. That's one penny in cuts for each dollar of new debt. The bill does not seriously address the drivers of the federal government's fiscal crisis. It does not improve entitlement programs.
I would personally like to thank Representative Amash for his ability to stand for something bigger than the ability to get in line with what the leader of the house desired.
Again, the Michigan Republican delegation sans one, failed to perform its duty on the most important vote of their lifetimes. They missed an opportunity to stand for a permanence of fiscal prudence.
MICHIGAN DELEGATION VOTE The complete list here
As for those Democrats who voted no, they wanted even more from Boehner. However, this president will take whatever rope he has been given and run with it.
The ONE chance you had to stop him, and you blew it.
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By Nick, Section News
The beginning of the week ushered in a new chapter in the lives of 100 former Michigan State Police Troopers that may prove in many ways scarier than any of the experiences they ever had on-the-job. Because now they're not.
Casualties of executive order budget cuts from the Granholm-Cherry administration, the troopers this week begin hunting for new jobs and new ways to provide for their families.
Though it would take a cynic's cynic to argue that the Democratic Governor and Lieutenant Governor explicitly enjoyed firing law enforcement officers it would also take the most stalwart Lefty loyalist to brush aside the majority Party's woefully misplaced spending priorities as anything less than highly questionable. Especially in light of the fact that major tax dollars are being funneled away from law enforcement and into the pockets of Democrat donor and real estate developer Joel Ferguson.
At issue now as it was two years ago is the so-called Triangle Project, a new $117 million Michigan State Police Headquarters being constructed in downtown Lansing. MSP doesn't want the new HQ, a building that is prohibitively smaller than their current base of operations a few miles away (and currently being leased for the paltry sum of $1 a year).
If anything, it is being argued, the speed and quality of service will actually decrease at the new development thanks in large part to the fact that various operations currently being handled under one roof in East Lansing will have to be split amongst multiple buildings after moving to downtown Lansing. Then there's the rather large matter of those 100 suddenly unemployed police officers. The $117 million being wasted on an unwanted, inefficient development represents enough taxpayer appropriations to keep 100 troopers on the street for years. Or enough taxpayer appropriations to make Ferguson a significantly wealthier man.
Last week the Republican led Senate held a vote to cancel the Triangle Project and protect the law enforcement officers who lost their jobs this week. Senate Democrats objected, voted against the troopers and tried to save Ferguson's money pit. Plaster and mortar over moms and dads? The anti-cop move makes very little sense on it's face. Until you take a bit of time tested advice and "follow the money."
Joel Ferguson has a long and distinguished history of big dollar giving to Democrats and Lefty organizations. From judicial candidates to the Michigan House Democrat Fund and others, Democrats can often count on thousands of dollars from the developer. Tens of thousands, even.
But today we're talking about the Triangle Project and the way it is being protected by the Granholm-Cherry administration and Michigan Senate Democrats. What follows is a portfolio of Democrats Ferguson can currently count as a part of his development protection stable and the amount of money he's poured into their various campaign accounts:
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By Nick, Section News
Sure, Michigan's unemployment rate and the rampant job losses dominating the news these days are enough to drive a man to drink, but getting started at 11:30 in the morning seems a tad early. Maybe even indicative of a problem.
How much more of a problem, then, if the men and women drowning their sorrows in the middle of the day are the folks voters elected and sent to Lansing specifically to FIX this state's problems?
This Thursday morning, while moms and dads across Michigan tighten the family budgets, hunt for jobs and worry about how they're going to put food on the table, 2010 Gubernatorial candidate and current Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and state Senator Hansen Clarke will be taking "unbelievable," "inappropriate" and "tone deaf" to disturbing new levels.
The Lansing Democrats will be getting liquored up with special interest pals and high-dollar donors at an open bar event they are describing as a "Mid-Day Fun-Raiser." Support a "two hour moratorium on dry political fundraisers," they encourage via an email invitation obtained by RightMichigan.com.
The event is scheduled to begin thirty minutes after the Michigan Senate is gaveled into session this Thursday.
We've already learned this week that tens of thousands of Michigan jobs will disappear and Friday stands to be one of the most important days in the history of Detroit's automotive industry. No sense letting THAT stop a good time when there are lobbyists to schmooze and martinis to sip, though.
So many questions come to mind.
Will Lieutenant Governor Cherry and Senator Clarke register their attendance in the Senate during roll call and then make their way over to the open bar?
Will Cherry and Clarke return to the Senate chamber after having spent the morning and early afternoon imbibing with lobbyists, special interest friends and big dollar donors?
Will John Cherry and Hansen Clarke be driving themselves or are they planning on using a designated driver? And will the taxpayers foot the bill?
Which other House and Senate members, staffers and Democratic Party big-wigs will be inebriated by half-past one in the afternoon?
And maybe most importantly the day before General Motors submits to the government a last-gasp reorganization plan with hundreds of thousands of Michigan jobs on the line... In what freaking universe does the state's number two guy, a candidate for the highest office in the land, think it's a good idea to waste away the work day partying, booze in hand with lobbyists?
At the helm, on the clock and getting hammered. If THAT doesn't scream "leadership" I don't know what does.
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