The difference between Wisconsin and Michigan

The difference between Wisconsin and Michigan

Many parallels have been drawn between what is transpiring in Wisconsin and Michigan in terms of Republicans Gone Wild and the trampling of the rights of voters, union members and any other group Republicans have in their crosshairs. And there are parallels. Certainly the law that Republicans were able to get signed into law stripping away the rights of public employee unions is echoed by the Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) law in Michigan which gives the EFMs immense powers with regard to modifying or canceling contracts, including those with unions. And many of the bills up for a vote in Michigan are focused on diminishing the rights and abilities of public employee unions such as teachers.…

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BREAKING: Michigan Democratic Party will not support recalls or repeal of EFM law

I have received information that Michigan Democratic Party chair, Mark Brewer, met with at least some Benton Harbor City Commissioners this week. By now, you’ve probably hear that these Commissioners have been relieved of duty by Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Joseph Harris.

At that meeting, I am told, Brewer stated that the MDP will not be supporting any of the recall efforts around the state to recall vulnerable Republicans and Governor Rick Snyder or the effort to citizens’ effort to repeal the new EFM law.

I will have more on the absence of the state-level Democratic Party (and others) in the ongoing situation in Benton Harbor and the fight against the draconian EFM law, in general, so stay tuned.…

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Where are the “preemptive whingers” now that Social Security cuts are off the table?

Back in January, I wrote a piece called The very real attack on Obama’s mythical attack on Social Security where I talked about lefty pundits attacking President Obama for slashing Social Security, something he has never done and will not do. I was attacked myself in various venues for this piece. Those that I have described as “preemptive whingers” knew, just KNEW!, I tellzya, that it was going to happen. The so-called Catfood Commission was on a clear path to do so.

Turns out they were wrong.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says he doesn’t think Congress will address Social Security as part of an effort to reduce government borrowing.…
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Mitt Romney to make a very serious health care reform speech in Ann Arbor tomorrow

Very serious presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will make a very serious speech on health care reform tomorrow in Ann Arbor. It is a very serious occasion that has resulted in in many very serious articles about the very serious event that will happen two days from the announcement in all of the very serious media outlets like the Detroit Free Press, the Washington Post,, the Boston Globe, the Detroit News, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times.

According to the very serious press release, this very serious speech will cover the following very serious points:

  • Restore to the states the responsibility and resources to care for their poor, uninsured, and chronically ill.
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Rick Snyder makes another fake “concession” on the Earned Income Tax credit

In late April, I wrote about Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s fake concession on the Earned Income Tax credit (EITC). The EITC is a tax credit that benefits the working poor, especially those with kids, in Michigan. I wrote:

In a dramatic concession, he’s agreed to give qualifying families $25 per child . This represents 5.8% of the EITC the average family would have received.

He will now tell everyone he made a concession. But, if his budget passes in May as it most likely will, he will have actually slashed an important bit of assistance for many poor Michiganders with families by 94.2%.

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Homophobe & former asst. AG Andrew Shirvell still making a mockery of our court system

I have written about the pathetic excuse for a public servant that is Andrew Shirvell before (here and here). To recap, he was stalking University of Michigan student body president, Chris Armstrong, posting offensively Photoshopped images on an anti-Armstrong website, writing defamatory things about Armstrong (an openly gay man) and conducting one-man protests outside the home of Shirvell and his friends and family. It got so bad the Shirvell was eventually banned from campus.

I should mention that Shirvell was also an Assistant Attorney General in Lansing, a job he has been fired from.

Chris Armstrong finally sued Shirvell.…

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Eclectablog audio on the Colbert Report?! Boo-yah!

Exclusive Eclectaudio from my April 25th post kicks in at about 2:08:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word – Autocratic for the People
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

Eff ’em!

I’m expecting my free tickets to a taping of the Colbert Report any day now ; )

Heh, heh……

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Benton Harbor condemns low-income hotel directly across from new Whirlpool headquarters

Benton Harbor condemns low-income hotel directly across from new Whirlpool headquarters

NOTE: This entry was lost in the Blogger crash on 5/12/2011. I am restoring it now (on 6/17/2011).

In October of 2010, the city of Benton Harbor granted the Whirlpool Corporation a nearly $3.9 million tax abatement. Why did they do this? Because, without it, Whirlpool would have taken their marbles to some other state.

Monday’s approval was the last hurdle for Whirlpool to build its $68 million headquarters in the city. Berrien County, Benton Township and St. Joseph already approved the incentives.

Here’s a video posted on the Pure Michigan website last August which talks about the tax breaks that Whirlpool was receiving from the state and the city.…

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Whirlpool has paid no corporate taxes for 3 years

You know Whirlpool, the large corporation that is an integral part of the city of Benton Harbor and who received $3.87 million in tax breaks from the city last year as a bribe so they would build their new headquarters there instead of leaving Benton Harbor altogether?

According to Business Week, they haven’t paid a dime in corporate taxes in three full years. And, last year, they got a $64 million tax REFUND.

Whirlpool had negative effective income tax rates in 2010, 2009 and 2008. Last year, the company reported an income tax benefit of $64 million and an effective tax rate of negative 10.9 percent, according to company filings.…
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Eclectablog talks Benton Harbor on Lansing’s WLNZ 89.7

I joined Dr. John Schweitzer from Michigan State University on Bonnie Bucqueroux’s radio show last night to talk about the situation in Benton Harbor. Dr. Schweitzer spent two years there, working with a grant from the Whirlpool Corporation, bringing the University’s many various resources to bear in Benton Harbor. Unfortunately, his funding was pulled the third year.

I come in at about the 23:20 mark. Enjoy.

(You will need a flash player to view the video. Sorry, no iPads or iPhones.)

[Note: to view the stream on this page, click the small “Play” triangle at the bottom of the player. Clicking the large one on the screen will take you to a new page.]

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Boehner mistakenly thinks he’s in a position to bargain on debt ceiling

Since everybody knows Congress has to raise the debt ceiling soon (as opposed to the United States of America defaulting on its loans and creating global economic chaos unseen in history), this is pretty laughable:

NEW YORK — House Speaker John A. Boehner defined the GOP’s terms for raising the legal limit on government borrowing Monday, demanding that President Obama reduce spending by more than $2 trillion in exchange for an increase big enough to cover the nation’s bills through the end of next year.

Delivering a sermon on fiscal austerity to a Wall Street crowd clamoring for compromise on the debt limit, Boehner (Ohio) firmly rejected any effort to raise taxes.

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Citizens United threatens to sue Recall Rick group

Citizens United (yes, that Citizens United) has threatened to sue the group heading up the recall of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, forcing them to change their name from Michigan Citizens United to the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder.

Lansing— A group seeking to recall Gov. Rick Snyder is changing its name under threat of legal action, a spokesman said today.

Michigan Citizens United will change its name to the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder, spokesman Tim Kramer said.

The name change was the result of a threat of legal action by an existing group called Citizens United, he said.

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