March 31, 2010

The Next Step in Stopping Obamacare-Attorney General Mike Cox-Mi


Help Stop Obamacare

Minutes after the President signed the radical Obama - Pelosi health care bill I announced that I was filing a lawsuit challenging the bill for one simple reason- Congress' attempt to force Michigan families to buy health insurance - or else - is unconstitutional. It's as simple as that.

By writing a brief letter-to-the-editor today you can join me in the fight against Obamacare.

Unfortunately, the President and his liberal allies like Governor Jennifer Granholm are on the warpath and even on national television, doing everything in their power to stop me from upholding the oath I took to defend the Constitution.

I won't abandon my responsibility to Michigan taxpayers and I won't abandon Michigan families in the fight against Obamacare. But I need your help.

You can let your voice be heard by contacting the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press or the Grand Rapids Press. Please chose one of the following email addresses or links and send them a letter-to-the-editor explaining in 100 words or less why you support my fight to overturn Obamacare!

Yesterday I took to the airwaves myself and appeared on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren.
The Obama - Pelosi health care bill is a staggering $1 trillion fiscal time bomb that raises costs on families, penalizes small businesses, cuts benefits to seniors and raises taxes 12 times on the middle class.

Never before in American history has Congress required an American citizen to buy something as the price of citizenship, like this bill requires someone to buy health care.

By writing one letter-to-the-editor of 100 words or less to one of the state's major newspapers, you can add your voice to mine as we fight to defend the Constitution.

Please also forward this email to three of your friends or family members and encourage them to visit to sign our petition telling the President and Congress that we won't stand for the federal government's takeover of healthcare.

Thank you again for everything you are doing to stand up for freedom, for liberty and for our nation's founding document.


Mike Cox

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Please also forward this email to three of your friends or family members and encourage them to visit to sign our petition telling the President and Congress that we won't stand for the federal government's takeover of healthcare.

Bouchard to the feds: You'll have a tough time levying unfunded mandates on Michigan families during my administration


For Immediate Release: March 30, 2010
Contact: Kathryn Martin, 586.872.3144
Bouchard to the feds: You'll have a tough time levying unfunded mandates on Michigan families during my administration

Oakland County - Mike Bouchard, Republican candidate for governor, today pledged to stand up to the federal government and its growing penchant for forcing unfunded mandates on Michigan.

"Unfunded mandates mean major problems for us as a state," Bouchard said. "The Democrats' health plan alone means an estimated $700 million unfunded mandate to Michigan taxpayers when our state already is facing a $1.7 billion deficit. That's money that could have been spent on roads, education, and local police and firefighters. We have enough problems without Washington trampling our rights and I intend to do everything in my power to stop this and every other unfunded mandate they try to heap upon Michigan families.

"If elected governor, I will use every means at my disposal to protect our state sovereignty, whether it is the use of our courts to reaffirm our 10th Amendment rights or withholding any federal funds we can.

"It is outrageous that the feds are telling Michigan how to spend its money when our families and businesses are already hurting. That's why, as governor, I will fight Washington tooth and nail against unfunded mandates on Michigan. We are putting the federal government on notice that if it drops another unfunded mandate on Michigan, it will have a very tough fight on its hands under a Bouchard administration.  That's my pledge."


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March 30, 2010

CATO TODAY: Chinese Currency; Concealed Carry; GOP's Demographic Destiny


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The Chinese currency issue has roared back to life with a vengeance and once again threatens U.S.-China relations and the global trading system. In a new paper, Cato scholar Daniel J. Ikenson argues that the administration and Congress should take deep breaths and consider whether RMB appreciation would even lead to the outcomes they desire -- namely, more balanced trade. "Compelling China to revalue under threat of sanction," says Ikenson, "could produce adverse consequences -- including reductions in Americans' real incomes and damaged relations with China -- without even achieving the underlying, but misguided, policy objectives."
- Appreciate This: Chinese Currency Rise Will Have a Negligible Effect on the Trade Deficit, by Daniel J. Ikenson


In a chapter devoted to advising members of Congress about their responsibilities under the Constitution, one hardly knows where to begin -- so far has Congress taken us from constitutional government. James Madison, the principal author of the Constitution, assured us in Federalist No. 45 that the powers of the federal government under that document were "few and defined." No one believes that describes Washington's powers today. In the Congress, the Courts, and the Constitution chapter of the Cato Handbook for Policymakers, Roger Pilon explains why Congress should:
- Encourage constitutional debate in the nation by engaging in constitutional debate in Congress, as was urged by the House Constitutional Caucus during the 104th Congress;
- Enact nothing without first consulting the Constitution for proper authority and then debating that question on the floors of the House and Senate;
- Move toward restoring constitutional government by carefully returning power wrongly taken over the years from the states and the people; and
- Reject the nomination of judicial candidates who do not appreciate that the Constitution is a document of delegated, enumerated, and thus limited powers.


NEW! Concealed Handguns Won't Make Bars Shooting Galleries, by David Rittgers. Virginia Beach Police Chief Jake Jacocks Jr. recently asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto the "concealed handguns in bars" bills that have passed both houses of the General Assembly. Chief Jacocks says that the carrying of handguns will endanger the public, that guns and alcohol don't mix, and that only law enforcement officers can handle that awesome responsibility of carrying a concealed handgun in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Unfortunately, Jacocks seems unaware that handguns are already allowed in alcohol-serving establishments.

NEW! Demography Determining GOP's Destiny, by Gene Healy. Last week was a lousy one to be a Republican. The way things are shaping up, it may end up being a bad century for the GOP as well. That's because most demographic trends show Democratic constituencies growing and traditional Republican ones shrinking. After George W. Bush won re-election in 2004, GOP guru Grover Norquist predicted: "The Democrats are likely to be the minority party for as long as a generation." That doesn't look too prescient today.

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How to Deal with Police, featuring William "Billy" Murphy, 3/26/10 (14:59)

A Plea for Divided Government, featuring John Samples, 3/25/10 (6:13)

China, Currency and Trade Demagogues, featuring Daniel J. Ikenson, 3/24/10 (7:43)


NEW! On Cato's daily blog Cato@Liberty, Tad DeHaven writes: "The USPS has taken the first step toward reducing mail delivery to five days a week by sending a request to the Postal Regulatory Commission. However, it will be ultimately up to Congress whether or not Saturday delivery is eliminated. The USPS, which is in a death spiral, views the elimination of Saturday mail delivery service as a step toward regaining its financial footing. Not surprisingly, the decision is proving controversial among some members of Congress. Supporters of the government mail monopoly regularly cite their amazement that they can drop a letter in a mailbox and it will arrive unharmed in another mailbox clear across the country. As a $70 billion operation with the largest workforce in the country, I would hope the USPS can pull off such a feat." To read more, check out DeHaven's full post.

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NEW! In today's media highlight, Justin Logan discusses U.S. - Russia nuclear arms treaty on WTTG FOX 5's Morning News. (5:29)


NEW! Foreclosure Prevention: Is The Home Affordable Modification Program Preserving Homeownership? Congressional testimony by Mark A. Calabria (March 25, 2010)

NEW! Appreciate This: Chinese Currency Rise Will Have a Negligible Effect on the Trade Deficit, by Daniel J. Ikenson (March 24, 2010)

NEW! Defining Success: The Case against Rail Transit, by Randal O'Toole (March 24, 2010)

Housing Finance - What Should the New System Be Able To Do? Congressional testimony by Mark A. Calabria (March 23, 2010)

Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, a legal brief on school choice tax credits by Andrew J. Coulson and Ilya Shapiro (March 22, 2010)

Tax & Budget Bulletin: Public-Sector Unions, by Chris Edwards (March 2010)

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Worth the Fuss? by Sallie James (March 15, 2010)

They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public Schools, by Adam B. Schaeffer (March 10, 2010)


Nuclear Proliferation Update (March 2010): Why China and Russia Balk at Sanctions against North Korea and Iran

Cato Unbound (March 2010): "Liberty: Positive and Negative"

Cato's Letter (Winter 2010): "The Power of Memory and Acknowledgment"

Cato Handbook for Policymakers, edited by David Boaz

A department-by-department guide to cutting the federal government's budget, featuring spending reforms in the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Education, and Housing and Urban Development, with more to come.

TOMORROW! March 31, 2010
Are Unions Good for America?
Capitol Hill Briefing
B-339 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Armand Thieblot, Author, Union Violence: The Record and the Response by Courts, Legislatures, and the NLRB; Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

April 6, 2010
The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century
Book Forum
Featuring the author Stefan Halper; with comments by Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute. Moderated by Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

April 8, 2010
Putting Politics above Markets: A Greek Tragedy
Policy Forum
Featuring Takis Michas, staff writer for the Greek national daily, Eleftherotypia; with comments by Patrick Welter, Economics Correspondent, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

April 9, 2010
When Does Rail Transit Make Sense?
Capitol Hill Briefing
B-339 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Randal O'Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and author, Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and What to Do about It; and Ronald Utt, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Senior Research Fellow, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation.

April 16, 2010
National Curriculum Standards or Local Control: The Arguments and the Evidence
1:00 PM
Capitol Hill Briefing
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman, Congressional Western Caucus, and former high school teacher; and Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute, and author, Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education.

NEW! April 23, 2010
Should Immigration Reform Include a National ID?
Capitol Hill Briefing
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Christopher Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union.

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March 29, 2010

Gather in DC on April 15th for Tax revolt w/Teaprty Express & others forming the Velvet Revolution

The Tax Revolt
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The Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution

On November 17, 1989, riot police suppressed a peaceful student demonstration in Communist-ruled Prague. The event sparked a series of popular demonstrations from November 19 to late December. By November 20, the number of peaceful protesters assembled in Prague had swollen from 200,000 the previous day to an estimated half-million. A two-hour general strike, involving all citizens of Czechoslovakia, was held on November 27. Eleven days after the initial student protest, on November 28, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakian announced it would relinquish power and dismantle the single-party state. 12 days later on December 10, President Gustáv Husák appointed the first largely non-communist government in Czechoslovakia in over 40 years, and then resigned.

Al Sharpton Said You Voted For Socialism...

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J. HoogendykMiller and Upton: Michigan's Biggest-Spending Republicans?

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Michael Steele Says "Enough" to...Republicans!

RNC Chairman Steele Why is America in the fix it's in? Is it because the liberals and Democrats are having their way? We all know what they want. They want to tell us how to run our families, our businesses, our schools...our very lives. They want to control health care, education, the banks, Wall Street, the real estate market, the insurance industry and the even the auto companies.
But is this country sinking into the socialist mire because of them? Let me suggest that perhaps we are in this situation not because Democrats are being Democrats, but because too many Republicans have stopped being Republicans. Let me quote from Michael Steele in his recent book, Right Now.
"Enough of the arrogant liberal lie that we can tax and spend and borrow our way back to prosperity. Enough of Republican politicians who let liberals get away with mortgaging our children's future with stimulus packages that are mostly pork, political paybacks and taxpayer funded delivery of a long-awaited wish list from the Democrat Party. But you know what else? Enough of Republican politicians who let them get away with it! Enough of one-sided compromises, running from our principles, complaining about big government when we are out of power but embracing it when we are in power. What in the world happened to Republicans' conservative principles?
"Liberalism doesn't deserve all the blame for our economic decline...the other half of the equation is this: Republicans stopped putting up a fight. Our credibility snapped; we failed to live up to our ideals."

Fred UptonMillerThere are two members of Congress in Michigan, Republicans who in just one key vote, violated the constitutional principles which have made this country and the Republican Party great. Fred Upton and Candice Miller have both voted for over $1 trillion in new government programs and spending which have piled hundreds of billions in new debt on our grandchildren. But one vote in particular singles them out as Michigan's most liberal Republicans: The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, HR1105, with its $300 billion deficit and 9,700 earmarks was strongly opposed and roundly criticized on the official website of the Republicans in Congress. And while 158 Republican members of Congress indeed voted against this spending bill, Miller and Upton were the only Republicans from Michigan to vote "YES".
The website said this about HR1105: "The $32 billion increase represents the largest one-year hike in annual appropriated spending percentage since the Carter administration, with the exception of funding immediately after September 11th.  And since many of these programs and agencies received funding in the recent "stimulus," the combined increase is $301 billion or 80% over Fiscal Year 2008."
As reported by the Heritage Foundation, the bill was loaded with pork, including things like:
  • $1,049,000 to combat Mormon Crickets in Utah,
  • $332,500 to build a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas,
  • $225,000 for Everybody Wins!,
  • $200,000 for a tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, California,
  • $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming,
  • $237,500 for theater renovation in Merced, California, and
  • $75,000 for the Totally Teen Zone in Albany, Georgia.
Here is a partial list of concerns listed in the GOP website:
  • DC School Vouchers:  Eliminates the District of Columbia (D.C.) school voucher program.  H.R. 1105 prohibits any new students from receiving vouchers and sunsets the program after the 2009-2010 school year.  While the bill eliminates $18 million for the successful school voucher program, it contains funding for countless other "priorities."
  • International Family Planning:  Provides $545 million for State Department to fund foreign family planning programs, funds that will flow to abortion providers now that the Mexico City Policy has been repealed by the Obama Administration.
  • UNFPA:  Contains language exempting federal funding for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) from the Kemp-Kasten provision, which denies federal funding to organizations or programs that support coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.
  • Abstinence Education:  Reduces funding for the Community Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program to $95 million, a decrease of $13 million.  Conversely, the bill increases funding for Title X family planning programs by $7 million.
  • Amtrak:  Includes $1.45 billion for Amtrak, a program that fails to be competitive and continues to need federal subsidies to cover operating losses and capital costs.  
  • ACORN:  Provides $181 million for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation for housing counseling.  ACORN has been a past recipient of such funding.
  • NEA:  Provides $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, in addition to the $50 million for the NEA provided in the "stimulus" bill.
  • The list goes on for pages.
It is time to call them to account for his behavior. The attention in the past few weeks and especially last week has been on the Health Care Bill and the solidarity of the GOP in opposing it. Every member needs to be thanked and congratulated for sticking together to make their point. But that good behavior does not excuse members who otherwise fail to uphold the core principles. They need to be respectfully reminded that they are being watched and that even their own National Party Chairman has said, "Enough!"
Contact Congresswoman Candice Miller. Contact Congressman Fred Upton. Ask them to pledge to never again vote for bills that grow government beyond its constitutional mandates. Tell them you are watching. Tell them "Enough."
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Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project & Leadership Institute announce "Grassroots Activism" Seminar


 Press Release

Contact: Stephen Ross

Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project

Phone 586.662.1276

P.O. Box 435

New Baltimore, MI  48047

Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project

                (a Tea Party)



    Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project and the Leadership Institute announce "Grassroots Activism" Seminar

        Detroit, MI, March 29, 2010:  

      The Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project, a Tea Party, in conjunction with the Leadership Institute from Arlington, Virginia, is presenting a "Grassroots Activism" seminar on

       April 9th & 10th.   The seminar will be conducted at the Birmingham Masonic Temple Lodge #44:

37357 Woodward Ave.

Birmingham, MI  48304


    Friday's session will begin at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday's session will begin at 9:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m.

    A light dinner will be available on Friday for a nominal fee.

    A lunch will be provided for the Saturday event.


    The cost of the event is only $35.00.  How on earth can you go wrong for so much information on

   how to be the best grassroots organizer you can be??????????????????????????????????


      For any questions or request for tickets, please contact Stephen Ross at 586.662.1276.


The Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project, a Tea Party, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of concerned citizens.  Our belief is that we must engage fellow citizens, then encourage them to begin a productive dialogue amongst all Americans, and then to bring education and enlightenment.  In so doing our nation's very real challenges can be viewed in an atmosphere that will truly give us hope, and that will lead to honest change. 


The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process.


The April 9th and 10th event will cover important topics that everyone needs to know about, whether that person is a seasoned professional or brand new to grassroots activism.  Some of the topics to be covered include:


·                                 Imperatives of Leadership

·                                  Developing a Persuasive Message

·                                  Recruiting and Motivating Volunteers

·                                  Building Coalitions

·                                  Grassroots Lobbying

·                                  Petition Drives

·                                  Fundraising-Direct Mail

·                                  Earned/Paid Media

·                                  Designing Direct Mail

·                                  Effective Debate Techniques

·                                  Door-to-Door

·                                  Learning How to Table

·                                  Basics of Field Organizing

·                                  Developing Collateral

·                                  Handling Negative Information

·                                  Developing a Winning Message


The topics being covered are well worth effort to come…if you can only come for one day…Friday or Saturday…that would be great!  The point is, come.  The Leadership Institute has a stellar reputation and for $35.00 you cannot go wrong.  You would pay many times this amount at other seminars.  Register today!  If need be you can pay at the door.



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The Southeast Michigan 9.12 Project, a Tea Party, in conjunction with the Leadership Institute from Arlington, Virginia, is presenting a "Grassroots Activism" seminar on

       April 9th & 10th.   The seminar will be conducted at the Birmingham Masonic Temple Lodge #44: