I am one of those environmentally conscious liberals who has, over the years, had an unfriendly word or ten to say about Congressman John Dingell. For many years he fought the raising of CAFE mileage standards and that really bothered me. But, since that time, I can honestly say that Congressman Dingell has become someone I not only admire, he has become a friend. So, I was very pleased to learn the that the Detroit Free Press had chosen Congressman Dingell as one of their 2011 Michigan Green Leaders.
Color me shocked! The Republicans are unhappy with the effort of Michigan Citizens United (webpage firericksnyder.org) to recall Republican Governor Rick Snyder.
They are trying to characterize it as being entirely the effort of the Michigan Education Association, the teachers’ union in our state, based on the fact that an MEA fax number is erroneously listed in some of their literature.
Last night on her show, Rachel Maddow connected some very important dots in the situation that led up to the Big Government TakeoverTM of Benton Harbor, Michigan by Joseph Harris, aka “The Czar of Benton Harbor”.
But she didn’t connect ALL of them.
In her piece we learn these facts about Benton Harbor and its twin city next door, St. Joseph.
|St. Joseph||Benton Harbor|
|Demographic||89.5% white||85.5% black|
|Per capita income||$33,034||$10,235|
We also learn that one of the best parts of Benton Harbor is Jean Klock Park, donated by wealthy benefactors years ago with the stipulation that it be used for the public good and that it remain “the children’s” park.…
Mr. Secessionist himself, Texas Governor Rick Perry is asking for federal help:
A “major disaster declaration” would make the state eligible for help in responding to and recovering from the emergency.
Of course, they should receive the help they are asking for. That’s what the federal government is here for, in part. But isn’t it ironic that a man who thinks secession is something that Texas should consider is now holding out his hand to the Federal government in his time of need.…
New Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager (EFM), effectively the “Czar of Benton Harbor”, Joseph Harris got right to work this weekend in his new capacity by reconfiguring the city’s Planning Commission and Brownfield Commission.
The commission and board were reorganized to make them more effective, Harris said. The changes were made “to include people who are interested enough and knowledgeable enough to show up and to make a contribution.”
Eight members of the brownfield authority were removed from office: Mary Adams, Eddie Marshall, Willie Williams, Charles Yarbrough, Don Mitchell, Willie Bledsoe, Mathew Bradley and Juanita Henry.
I’m pretty stunned by this.
Last fall, the voters approved “Proposition B”, a bill that puts stronger regulations on so-called “puppy mills”, breeding facilities that prioritize cranking out large numbers of puppies over the welfare of the animals themselves.
Last week, Republicans in the Missouri House of Representatives overturned the will of the voters by passing a bill to reverse the effects of Proposition B.
Here’s a report from the Fox News affiliate in St. Louis.
Based on the comments in that report, it seems the main reason for overturning the law is simply to be contrary to anything or any idea put forth by Democrats/liberals.…
Will the Tea Partiers protest against the Big Govt. Takeover™ of Benton Harbor?
Just kidding. Benton Harbor is more than 90% African American.
I’m just sayin’……
By now you have probably heard about Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s takeover of Benton Harbor, Michigan‘s government via his Emergency Financial Manager. As I said in my previous piece on this, while I understand the utter shambles that Benton Harbor was in, I also understand that there are systemic reasons for that in addition to malfeasance and mismanagement. A population that has a median income of only $17,471 with 42.6% below the poverty line is a recipe for financial disaster. Add any amount of corruption or poor leadership to that mix and there will need to be some involvement by the State to put things right.…
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