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Gov. Snyder attempts Jedi Mind Trick on senior citizens: “These aren’t the pension taxes you’re looking for”

Attempting to deceive senior citizens is, simply put, sick and disgusting.

Governor Snyder is summoning his inner Obi Wan Kenobi, using the Jedi Mind Trick to try to convince seniors that he’s not taxing their pensions. “I want to be proactive, ” he said, “and let people know it’s NOT a pension tax. What we did was clean up our tax code.”

In other words, “These are not the senior pension taxes you’re looking for.”

Here’s the video:

Now, one of the things I wanted to talk about and this is, again, has been something that would be good to clear the air, this is about the reinvention of Michigan.…
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Koch brothers want to fix Michigan’s roads with “free-market reforms”

Nobody in Michigan would argue that we don’t need to take drastic measures to fix our crumbling roads. In some places, gravel roads would be an improvement over what the roads look like right now. One proposal being floated is to change the gas tax from a flat 19 cents per gallon to a percentage of the wholesale cost. This Republican proposal would allow more revenue to be collected when gas prices rise. The proposal, HB 5477, is expected to raise a little over $800 million in 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The Koch brothers are having none of it. In a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, AFP-Michigan state director Scott Hagerstrom makes it clear that any tax increase to solve a problem that is rapidly making Michigan the laughing stock of the USA is off the table.…

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On Tax Day, it’s worth looking at how the Michigan GOP has shifted the tax burden to the poor & middle class


A little over two years ago, I wrote a cautionary post titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I explained how the Republican budget passed in the first year after the 2010 midterm election annihilation of Democrats and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder created a massive shift of taxation from the wealthy and from corporations onto the poor and middle class. Here’s a bit of that post:

[A]s we all know, last year the Michigan Republicans passed a budget that lowers business taxes by $1.6 billion and increases individual income taxes by $1.4 billion.…
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As Michigan roads disintegrate, Republicans push for tax cuts – Don’t call them potholes, call them “Snyderholes”

It’s going to take actual leadership to fill all of these Snyderholes

Anyone driving in Michigan these days knows that this is an epic year for potholes. The frightening part about it is that the daytime thawing followed by nighttime freezing that is the most significant contributor to potholes is only just now underway. If you think things are bad now, hang on to your seatbelts, kids. We’re just getting started and it’s not going to be pretty. Local municipalities, budgets depleted by the removal of historic snow levels, are now faced with having to repair damaged roads on a continuous basis.…

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Kerry Bentivolio has a solution for Michigan’s roads: give control to state Republicans who have neglected them for so long

Oh, brother…

Kerry Bentivolio, the “accidental Congressman”, has a solution for the atrocious problems facing Michigan road repair. He wants to — and I’m not making this up — give the federal money spent on road repair in Michigan to Republican legislators who have shown absolutely no interest in fixing our roads for the past 2+ years.

In an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press today, Bentivolio says the answer to our problems is to revamp the Federal Highway Fund. His plan, as spelled out in legislation that he has co-sponsored, has three components:

  1. Grant “all authority regarding federal highway and transit programs to the states over a five-year period” – that’s the “Give it to Michigan Republicans” part since they control everything in our state.
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Michigan House Speaker Bolger begins Republican propaganda campaign to buy your vote with a tax cut

It’s getting very deep in here…

Earlier this month, I wrote about how Michigan Republicans were going to soon begin a campaign of deceit in which they attempt to convince Michigan voters that they are tax-cutting warriors determined to return budget surplus funds to the taxpayers to whom they belong. This week, House Speaker Jase Bolger began a propaganda campaign to do just that in an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press titled “Why Michigan’s surplus should go to tax cut”.

The op-ed begins with Bolger comparing criticism of their tax cut proposal to lectures “that Common Core passage or Medicaid reform were moving too slow, after complaining Michigan’s right-to-work law was passed too quickly”.…

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When it comes to “socialist snowplows”, tea partiers love them some Big Government

They hate it when you call them on their hypocrisy

Yesterday I posted a tweet that went pretty viral on Twitter and on Facebook. Anne worked her magic and, by the afternoon, it had become this meme which went even more viral:

Last evening, journalist E.J. Dionne retweeeted it (and again this morning). This caused all manner of self-described libertarians and other conservatives to leap up to say this didn’t make any sense, they didn’t get the joke, they don’t think all government is socialism, etc., etc. Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds feigned a lack of comprehension:

The faux outrage that I dare to mischaracterize their political views was comical.…

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Michigan Republicans ready to buy votes by lowering taxes before the 2014 election

They think you’re stupid and gullible. Don’t prove them right.

In February of 2012, I penned a piece titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I showed how Michigan Republicans raised taxes on over half of the people in our state. Worse than that, the brunt of the tax hit was borne by those at the lower end of the economic scale including our seniors.

My piece was based on a report by the Michigan League for Human Services (pdf) that had a couple of very telling charts in it.…

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Debunking the Republican myth that Michigan is a “Comeback State”

come·back – noun \ˈkəm-ˌbak\ — A return to a former position or condition (as of success or prosperity)

I feel like Governor Snyder and his administration have a different dictionary than I do. He has repeatedly claimed lately (as part of the non-launch of his 2014 campaign) that Michigan is the “Comeback State”. The only thing that I can figure is that when you look up the word “comeback” in their dictionary, it says “to stop developing, progressing, moving, etc. : to be or become stagnant”.

In an email this morning from the governor’s office titled “This is what it’s all about”, Lt.…

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Michigan Republican’s ending of tax credits for charitable giving coming home to roost

Who woulda thunk it?

In 2012, thanks to Republicans ending the tax break Michigan residents can receive for charitable giving, most people predicted that charitable giving would plummet. It wasn’t a risky prediction, of course. It’s common sense. It was a move made by the GOP to pay, in part, for a massive tax break they gave to corporations.

Well, the results are in and, as predicted, the impact is having profound effects on the ability of Michigan’s food pantries to keep up with ever increasing demands on their services. The Detroit Free Press reports in their piece “Families in need find empty shelves at area food pantries”:

[Food pantry] clients…may start noticing something unusual at food pantries: sparse shelves.…
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