It’s not keeping Palin out of the White House, but that’s close. Can I share with you the most offensive thing I’ve read since I last accidentally read chyron on the Bill O’Reilly show? David Greenberg writes in The New Republic: Because Barack Obama has accomplished relatively little in his first term—boxed in by a recalcitrant Republican opposition, the sluggish […]Read more ›
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…Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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…Read more ›
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.
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Romney surrogate Ted Nugent hates America I’ve written about Ted Nugent before (“Ted Nugent: This is what happens when an idiot-clown gets the megaphone“) partly because he’s from Michigan and used to live near my hometown of Jackson. Ted Nugent is an American traitor. This week at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, Nugent said “our government is wiping its […]Read more ›
Fired up and ready to go in Michigan!
Here are some photos and video from yesterday’s Obama campaign stop at the beautiful Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. I don’t have much to say other than it was a spectacular venue, an energized president, and an even more energized crowd. As you look at the video and images, notice how diverse the crowd is. It’s one of the hallmark’s of President Obama’s supporters, in my opinion.Read more ›