Congressman Sander Levin asks IRS to look into tax filings of right wing “policy house” Mackinac Center for Public Policy

If you're going to take over our state, you at least need to file the paperwork

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has long been the "policy house" for far-right conservatives in Michigan. Much like the national American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), their purpose in life is to create anti-union, pro-business policy and to assist in getting legislation passed that makes their policy law. In the process they work diligently to shape public dialog and the opinions of lawmakers in pursuit of their goals. This is not a secret. They do it publicly and are brazen in their efforts. Michigan Representative Sander Levin sees what they do as lobbying, which it is. He has proof and is now asking the Internal Revenue Service to look into the tax filings of this non-profit group which claims they do no lobbying. Rep. Levin sent the IRS a letter asking them to investigate...
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GOP Set to Double Student Loan Interest Rates

Millionaires to be blissfully unaffected.

During last week’s debate on the Buffett Rule, the GOP complained again and again that the rule was a political ploy because it would only raise a few billion dollars every year. Also it would hurt the economy and possibly turn Grover Norquist into Grover Norquist HULK who bashes Republican brains with primary challengers made of pure Rubio.

This week the GOP is set let Stafford student loans interest rates double to 6.4% on July 1.


Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., and chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce said:

“We must now choose between allowing interest rates to rise or piling billions of dollars on the backs of taxpayers.”

The logic is simple.…

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Has Mitt Romney already given up on Michigan? Magic Eight Ball sez “Signs point to yes”

The number you have reached is no longer in service...

That is a picture of the (empty) Romney grassroots organizing office in Michigan, taken by the Michigan Democratic Party this morning. In their recent press release, they had this to say...
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Why Mitt Will Never Apologize for George W. Bush

This economy we ruined. These wars we didn’t end. These deficits we created over 8 years. How dare this President not fix everything immediately!

When Mitt Romney realized he could only get the Republicans behind him by being George W. Bush’s biggest apologist, he must have known that would make him look like a fool.

How could he defend going around the world blaming everything George W. Bush did wrong on President Obama? It’s a blame Roosevelt for inheriting Hoover’s economy strategy. Who would buy such steaming, gelatinous bullpuck?

Fox News and people who got fat Bush tax breaks that’s who.…

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Vice President Biden talks about the influence of Super PAC money & the importance of grassroots organizing

They got the dough, we got the GO(TV)

As I wrote about in my piece “Super PACs turn their attention from supporting candidates to destroying President Obama“, the conservative Super PACs are gearing up for a relentless smear campaign against President Obama and his administration.

These corporate funders have so much to lose by having a Democrat in the White House and so much to gain by having their “employees” (Republican politicians) in charge that they are willing to spend nearly incomprehensible amounts of money to grab the reins of power and retake the White House.

The only way to compete against this historic amount of corporate spending is pure, grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor volunteer campaigning.…

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Michigan Republicans look to take another half-billion from cities to give to businesses

Kicking cities while they're down

Michigan Republicans passed a budget last year that gives businesses $1.6 billion dollars in tax breaks, paid for by slashing school funding and raising taxes on over half of Michiganders. Now, they are about to hand them another half billion dollars by phasing out the personal property tax (PPT). It's generally agreed that the PPT is not a particularly smart tax. It forces companies to pay taxes on equipment that they purchase which has the effect of encouraging them NOT to make capital investments that can help them thrive and grow. However, here's the rub: getting rid of it will take nearly half a billion dollars out of city budgets, many of which are largely dependent upon this tax. If you think the problem with bankrupt cities and Emergency Managers is bad now, this will make it worse. Have a look at this chart from the Michigan Municipal League's Replace Don't Erase website...
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Most of Associated Press coverage of Obama visit to Michigan was about a few dozen tea partiers

Liberal media, my ass

As I have already written about, yesterday President Obama visited Michigan for a couple of fundraising events. The Associated Press, of course covered the event. How they covered it blew my mind.
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PHOTO: President Obama sits on the bus Rosa Parks made history in


One of the really cool things that they have at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is the bus on which Rosa Parks took her famous stand. Or sit, rather. Yesterday, President Barack Obama, another African American to break down barriers and make history, sat on that same bus and was photographed by White House photographer Pete Souza. [Photo after the jump.]
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