Michigan Right to Work advocate Rep. Mike Shirkey takes federal tax subsidies then lays off workers

Michigan state Representative and advocate for making Michigan a Right to Work for Less state, Mike Shirkey, has been busted for showing higher than normal level of Republican hypocrisy (“GOPocrisy”) today. Todd Heywood of Michigan Messenger reports that Shirkey benefited from a tax abatement involved with creating a “Tool and Die Recovery Zone”. The tax break gives his nonunion company Orbitforms up to 15 years of operation free from state and local taxation. When he applied for the tax break, Shirkey “told MEDC officials he believed the abatements would allow him to create as many as 12 jobs”.

Why is this hypocritical?…

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Privatization of nurses aides compromises Michigan veterans’ health in state-run facility

A plan to privatize nurses aides at a state-run veterans health care facility is drawing sharp criticism from unions as well as patients at the facility. At a Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) hearing this week, Commissioners heard from a variety of speakers asking them to reverse their decision.

Don Slocum sought relief from the heat in the shade of tall trees outside the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans [GRHV] as he pondered losing people he considers his family.

The Korean War veteran and three-year resident of the state-owned home is unsettled by a plan to privatize the jobs of 171 resident care aides at the 758-bed retirement and nursing facility.

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You won’t have Thad McCotter to say “WHO? Really? For PRESIDENT?” about anymore

Thad McCotter has dropped out of the race for president.

Bye, bye, Thad. We hardly knew ya (by which I mean literally that almost everyone in the country has absolutely no idea who you are or that you were even running for president.)

Livonia Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCotter says he will give his support to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.

McCotter began his long-shot bid for the White House in July, billing himself as the voice for a new generation of conservatives.

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Michigan legislature makes illegal abortions illegal(er)

Can something be “more illegal” than it already is? I guess it can if you are a Michigan Republican. Yesterday, the Michigan state House and Senate both passed bills that outlaw so-called “partial birth abortions”.

Problem is, these types of abortions are already illegal under a federal law passed eight years ago.

Thankfully they aren’t wasting their time worrying about trivial stuff like the fact that more Michiganders than ever are living in poverty including more than half of the children in Detroit, our largest city. Or the fact that our unemployment rate edged back UP over 11% again last month.…

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Ahhh…so THIS is why they don’t want to tax millionaires

It’s because they ARE millionaires. Here’s a tribute to the Michigan millionaires against the millionaires tax, put out by The Agenda Project’s Patriotic Millionaires:

Here is their powerful national ad:

  • 48 percent of Congress members are millionaires while only 1 percent of all Americans are millionaires
  • 55 members of Congress have an average wealth of $10 million and 8 members have an average wealth of $100+ million
  • During the worst part of the recession 2008-2009, the median wealth of a congressional member rose $125K
  • The median wealth of a House member is $700,000+, while the median wealth for a senator was over $2 million
  • 5 of the 6 Republican members of the new Super Committee for the Budget are millionaires.
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Singer Pat Boone has proof Barack Obama was born in Kenya

Singer Pat Boone now has solid proof that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. What’s his proof? He went to Kenya a while ago and some people there told him so.

President Barack Obama may have released his birth certificate this spring to debunk rumors that he was born outside the United States, but old school crooner Pat Boone maintains that our nation’s leader originated in Africa and has shown the world “a photo-shopped fraud.”

Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Beverly Hills tea party member said he interacted with Kenyans a while back who claim Obama was born in Kenya.

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The progressive left didn’t push Obama to the left, he’s been waiting for America to join him there

President Obama’s new-found populist voice has reinvigorated liberals across the country and across the blogosphere. This week, for example, you would hardly recognize the Daily Kos vaunted Recommended List. Former Obama-bashers are thrilled that the president is coming on strong, naming names and shaming the shameful in his fight to get his new jobs bill passed. Example after example of this New Obama are being praised and touted. Some of them are suddenly interested in donating to Democrats again.

Many of the liberal commentators in the mediasphere are claiming victory. “See?” they say. “All of our efforts are paying off. President Obama is finally listening to us.…

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New Education Achievement Authority leader’s former school district loses its accreditation

Last month, I wrote about the selection of John Covington to run a new group in Michigan called Education Achievement Authority (EAA) tasked with helping to work with failing schools. I also wrote that he faked a conflict with his former employer to get out of his contract and could make as much as $1.4 million in four years. Today, we learn that the school district he last ran, the Kansas City School District, has lost its accreditation.

A newly appointed chancellor charged with turning around Michigan and Detroit’s worst-performing schools was himself the head of a district that failed to meet education standards, officials said Tuesday.
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