November 20, 2009

Obamacare = Big State Tax Hikes| & Unconstitutional Acts must be challenged

Mr. Morris, for the Federal Government to mandate anything funded or not, must be within the confines of the 30 enumerated powers given to the Federal Government Outside those specific powers, it is retained to the States as further defined in the Tenth Amendment.
In the Birther Federal Law suits on President Obama not providing a Birth Certificate, the final ruling being adhered to by District Justices, that Title III states that for a case to come before the Federal Court, there must be a party injured.  Their reasoning is stating that something be done unconstitutionally does not rise to the level of harm.  Go figure. 
My read of this is when one citizen is being effected by unconstitutional conduct, then their U.S. Representative can and must, by oath, challenge unconstitutional conduct by decree or by Act.
R. George Dunn
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Anxious to avoid raising taxes too much to pay for their health care proposals, the Obama Administration and its Congressional allies hit on a great new idea:  Make the states raise their taxes to fund the program instead.
Both the House and the Senate bills require that states cover a larger percentage of their people under Medicaid – a joint state and federally funded program.  The idea was to force the state to raise their taxes to cover a big part of the health care bill for treating poor people.  Since the Feds can simply charge any increase in spending to their already overdrawn bank account, but the states have to balance their budgets, the increased state spending for Medicaid will cause sharp increases in state taxes.  And the Governors will get the blame, not Obama and not the Congress.

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The House bill requires states to give Medicaid to those whose incomes are less than 150% of the poverty level while the Senate requires coverage up to 125%.  For most states, this is a hefty increase.
In some states, like New York, where Medicaid covers everyone making 150% of the poverty level already, there will not be any extra required spending.  

But not so in California, which only covers 100% of the poverty level.  Were the House bill to pass, the already fiscally beleaguered state would have to increase its Medicaid spending on poor people by 50%, at least an extra $2 billion a year and perhaps more.

In many Southern states, the Medicaid program only covers a portion of those living below the poverty level.  For these states, the requirement to cover all those in poverty and then 50% more will cause enormous increases in taxes.  In Arkansas and Louisiana, where swing Senators Pryor, Lincoln, and Landrieu come from, the cost could exceed $1 billion for each state each year.   
Unfunded mandates for state spending imposed from on high in Washington have always rankled governors.  The Senators and Congressmen in Washington get the credit for spreading largesse but the Governors in the states get the blame for the taxes that are needed to pay for it.

Since Democrats currently control the vast majority of governorships, this process of making their own party members take the rap for raising taxes is politically self-destructive in the extreme.  But Obama is so desperate to pass his health care legislation that he doesn't care what havoc in his party he reaps in the process.
The question now is whether the governors of the fifty states, particularly the Democrats, are going to sit idly by and let their budgets be destroyed by the health care bill. 
When the Republicans in Congress insisted on tacking big cuts in aid to legal immigrant benefits for disability and other areas onto the welfare reform bill, it was the Republican governors who forced them to repeal the pernicious cuts the very next year.  They did not want to have to raise taxes to make up for the withdrawal of federal funding.
Now the Democratic governors face the same situation.  If Obamacare passes with its expansion of Medicaid benefits – but with no federal funding of the extra spending – it is these Democrats and their legislatures that will have to bite the bullet and pass new taxes to pay for it.
Since states are already facing mammoth financial problems as a result of dwindling revenues and swelling expenditures in the recession, these additional burdens could be politically fatal.  Unless Democratic governors want to avoid the fate of one of their late brethren, former Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey, whose political career was ended in a blaze of new taxes, they might want to call their buddies in Congress and ask them to lay off the unfunded mandates, particularly during this recession.

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for the Federal Government to mandate anything funded or not, must be within the confines of the 30 enumerated powers given to the Federal Government Outside those specific powers, it is retained to the States as further defined in the Tenth Amendment.

MI Senate Majorty Leader Bishop: Keep Gitmo Off U.S. Soil

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Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 3:40 PM
Subject: Bishop: Keep Gitmo Off U.S. Soil



This week, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop continued his fight to prevent prisoners from Guantanamo Bay from being brought to American soil by asking that his colleagues in the Michigan Legislature and Governor Granholm join him in his opposition. Bishop also sent a letter to President Barack Obama, once again reiterating his strong opposition.

"We cannot tip toe around the issue of bringing GITMO detainees to American soil," Bishop said. "We cannot allow known terrorists to make a mockery of our legal system and our Constitution because someone made a reckless campaign promise.

Senator Bishop has been active with the Michigan Coalition to Stop Gitmo North since Michigan was announced as an option for placement of the GITMO detainees. Hundreds have called or e-mailed Senator Bishop to express their concerns over any plan that houses detainees on American soil, especially in Michigan.

Regarding President Obama's rushed plan to close GITMO, Bishop continued, "you do not close Guantanamo until you have a legitimate plan to house some of the most dangerous criminals on the planet. You may not use our communities and expose our families and our American way of life to potential harm in order to fulfill a campaign promise. "

To view a copy of the letter that Senator Bishop sent to President Obama, click here.


Thursday, Senator Bishop spent time at Oakland University, visiting with small business owners at their "Smart Zone Incubator."

The Incubator was created to provide entrepreneurial resources to support existing businesses, as well as grow new technology based and life sciences businesses.

"With all the negativity in the air, it's refreshing to see the American entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in Michigan," Senator Bishop said, following his visit.

For more about the Oakland University Incubator, check out their website by clicking here.


This week, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop was featured in a Legislative Update on MIGOP TV. Senator Bishop discussed the GOP victory in the 19th Senate District, the Senate Republican's commitment to no new taxes and other happenings in Lansing.

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Do hacked e-mails show global-warming fraud?


Do hacked e-mails show global-warming fraud?

posted at 8:48 am on November 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Controversy has exploded onto the Internet after a major global-warming advocacy center in the UK had its e-mail system hacked and the data published on line.  The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit confirmed that the e-mails are genuine — and Australian publication Investigate and the Australian Herald-Sun report that those e-mails expose a conspiracy to hide detrimental information from the public that argues against global warming (via Watt's Up With That): HOT AIR

MI Minute Men & Women, Call to Lansing Capital "Sign & Sandwich Health Care Bill Protest!"...

Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:55 PM
Subject: Joan Fabiano invited you to the event "Sign & Sandwich Health Care
Bill Protest!"...

Joan invited you to "Sign & Sandwich Health Care Bill Protest!" tomorrow.

Joan says, "Minute Men & Women Needed! Grab your sign and your sandwich for
a noon time protest of the Vote to Proceed the Health Care Bill taking place
this Saturday!".

Event: Sign & Sandwich Health Care Bill Protest!
What: Protest
Start Time: Tomorrow, November 20 at 12:00pm
End Time: Tomorrow, November 20 at 2:00pm
Where: Sidewalk in front of the State Capitol

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

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Joan says, "Minute Men & Women Needed! Grab your sign and your sandwich for
a noon time protest of the Vote to Proceed the Health Care Bill taking place
this Saturday!".

GOOD News: Paul-Grayson Amendment To Audit The Federal Reserve Approved


Subject: [ronpaul-560] FW: [PAA-Discuss] GOOD News: Ron Paul's Amendment To Audit The Federal Reserve Approved

Ron Paul's Amendment To Audit The Federal Reserve Approved

November 19, 2009
A key House panel approved the Paul-Grayson Amendment by an overwhelming 43-26 Thursday afternoon, which will give watchdogs new authority to audit the Federal Reserve.
Here is a summary of the Paul-Grayson Amendment:
Dear Financial Services Committee Colleague:
It is encouraging to see the issue of Federal Reserve transparency receiving so much attention during this current markup. Today we plan to offer an amendment to the Financial Stability Improvement Act that expands on the many extant proposals to enhance Federal Reserve transparency. Our amendment is based on HR 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, which has broad bipartisan and grassroots support. The bill is cosponsored by 309 Members of Congress, including all Financial Services Committee Republicans and 13 Financial Services Committee Democrats.

The amendment removes restrictions on GAO audits of the Federal Reserve, as HR 1207 does, but makes a few changes to take into account some of the concerns that the Fed has made known in public testimony. Specifically, the Paul/Grayson amendment:

* Exempts unreleased transcripts and minutes from meetings of the Board and FOMC to address the Fed's concerns that free and open debate in their meetings would be stifled.
* Sets a 180-day time lag for release of details of market actions the Fed has undertaken, to address the Fed's concerns that Congress or GAO is second-guessing its actions.
* Removes boilerplate language that allowed GAO to make recommendations on monetary policy and adds a section stating that nothing in the amendment shall be construed as interference in or dictation of monetary policy to the Fed.

Unlike proposals that target the Fed's 13(3) facilities, the Paul/Grayson amendment opens up the entire $2 trillion Federal Reserve balance sheet to a GAO audit. The Fed's recent purchases of nearly $800 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) have occurred under the MBS Purchase Program, authorized under section 14(b) of the Federal Reserve Act. This program, which is expected to reach a size of $1.25 trillion, would remain exempt from audit even if all the current 13(3) audit proposals were to go into effect. Targeting facilities that are in the process of being drawn down and that are authorized under a specific subsection of the Federal Reserve while allowing other facilities to spring up in their place is counterproductive to true transparency. All purchases and loans that appear on the balance sheet should be subject to audit, without loopholes for the Fed to evade scrutiny.
More importantly, the Paul/Grayson amendment does not create any additional burdens. Some competing proposals, while making a good effort at expanding the number of 13(3) facilities open to audit, take a step backwards by imposing new restrictions on GAO that are more burdensome than the restrictions currently written into law. We cannot accept these new restrictions. Unlike competing proposals, this amendment amends existing restrictions on GAO audit authority, a necessary precondition for a complete audit. Competing proposals leave these restrictions in place, and even add new ones.
We also reject the false dichotomy between transparency and independence. The Paul/Grayson amendment would achieve the necessary transparency of the trillions of dollars of Fed interventions while keeping Congress from directly intervening in the decision-making process. Independence should not be synonymous with secrecy. We urge our colleagues to support the Paul/Grayson amendment.
Ron Paul, Member of Congress
Alan Grayson, Member of Congress

The amendment removes restrictions on GAO audits of the Federal Reserve, as HR 1207 does, but makes a few changes to take into account some of the concerns that the Fed has made known in public testimony.

State of Michigan Fiddling on Titanic ~ Re: Standish Prison

State of Michigan
Fiddling on Titanic
by R. George Dunn
The Michigan Executive Branch went on a hunch that those Terrorists in Gittmo, sitting very comfortable in the Tropics, were coming to Michigan's newest State of the Art Standish Maximum Security Prison.  
This resulted in the State of Michigan leaving a $33,000.00 monthly utility cost needing to be made up by the Standish Community, while having to rent space from other Jails when overpopulated in the Arenac County Jail.  There is a trained staff of Correctional Facility Guards laid off, available for use at the vacant Prison.
Ronald Bouldin is the Former Arenac County MI Sheriff, a resident living Standish MI, the home of the Infamous Standish Maximum Correctional Facility,Prison, sitting in the bottom edge of the largest geographical U.S. Congressional District east of the Mississippi River. 
In speaking to Ronald Bouldin about Arenac County consuming the State Prison and hiring him as the Prison Warden, Ron answered with this:
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: Standish Prison

Having the MAX setting there empty is a visual reminder of the total failure of the leadership of the city, county and furthermore their weak position with the our elected Reps in Lansing.  I was on the phone with members of the Board of Commissioner 2 minutes after the official word was released to the public over nine months ago - talking to them about a regional jail and how other states had made this happen.  As a retired Military Officer and former elected official I see the importance of thinking out of the box and standing for something other than ones own self.  I truly believe that if the leadership at all levels could have come together on a plan to remake Standish MAX, then the utilities would be last thing we would be talking about right now.  I would have been honored to have worked with some forward thinking people to better this city and county, but I don't see many around and I'm sad to say that our vote power in Lansing is a dim light in the sea of Neon lighting.
Respectfully Submitted,
Ron Bouldin 

This is a couple follow-up questions you need to ask: 
  • What is the need for a regional prison? 
  • What percent of prisoners are an endangerment to themselves only and not to others?
  • With all the available staffing ready to go, how long would it take to be in operation as an Regional Prison, operating in the black, including the utility obligation covered?
Students are told there's no Scholorship money, yet there is this.  Makes one wonder what else is in that woodpile and how much will be hidden in the former Mayor of Detroit Kilpatrick's ongoing FBI Investigation. 
Standish is looking at a Gift Horse in Ron Bouldin, in the trained Staff, in the Prison and in Standish itself by the State of Michigan not having obligated debt to cover.  Make it so.  Let's go the right colored Green! 
Drill Here and put in those Coal/Natural Gas Power Plants! 
Most of all, protect yourself, Michigan, from the overreaching Federal Government.  Investigate Federal Bank Foreclosures.
R. George Dunn