October 29, 2012

Illegal Votes ~Governor Huckabee

Mike Huckabee
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Off The Couch

MikeHuckabee.com Advertiser Over the past few years, the economy isn't the only thing that's been at a standstill. Recent college graduates unable to find jobs have moved back in with their parents and put off marriage, families and buying homes. Well, with the economy finally starting to recover, at least in some states, a lot of young adults have decided they've had enough of sitting still. Yesterday, the Census Bureau reported that young people age 25 to 29 are now the biggest demographic group moving to a new state. Young out-of-state transplants just posted their biggest jump in 13 years. They've decided that if there are no opportunities where they are, then they'll get off of mom's couch and hit the road to Texas or Seattle or Washington, DC, all places where the economies are booming. It's interesting that even in this advanced, high-tech age, young people sometimes have to reminded of Horace Greeley's advice from over a century ago: "Go west, young man!" Of course, today, he'd include young women, too. And if you're already in California, he might advise you to go east.

Illegal Votes

There's been a lot of yelling and protesting over billboards put up by anti-vote fraud groups that just accurately state the penalty for committing vote fraud. That's being depicted as an attempt to suppress the vote. But while that's getting all the press, some genuine attempts to suppress the vote are going on all around us. In Florida, longtime Republican voters have received fake letters that look like official state correspondence, questioning their citizenship and trying to scare them away from the polls. In Virginia, Patrick Moran, son of Rep. Jim Moran, quit his dad's reelection campaign after conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe caught him on a hidden camera, allegedly helping an undercover agent think up ways to fraudulently cast votes on behalf of people who weren't planning to vote. And in Florida, Virginia and Indiana, voters have received phone calls telling them they could vote by phone and didn't have to go to the polls. Needless to say, that's not true. The original argument against voter ID laws was that vote fraud is so rare, they're not necessary. You can see why, now, opponents are having to come up with new arguments.

Earlier this week, President Obama told Jay Leno that he opposes laws requiring voters to show a valid ID because America is strengthened when more people vote. I'd agree with that, except I'd argue that it's only true when more people vote illegally. Every fraudulent vote cancels out the vote of a legitimate voter and robs him or her of the right to have a say in the government. Illegal votes don't increase democracy they reduce it and debase it.

Here In China

I know what it's like to campaign so hard, you sometimes forget where you are. So I think Joe Biden can be forgiven for telling a crowd in Ohio that he'd seen all the ads running "here in Iowa." Although Joe seems confused about a lot of things—and not just where he is, but the where the country is headed. But I think the one who really needs a break is President Obama. He told a crowd in Colorado that he wants to see more wind turbines made "here in China." I don't know how to explain that one, unless they brought him Chinese food and he assumed he was in Beijing.


We're four years past the banking crash, but federal prosecutors just now slapped Bank of America with a $1 billion fraud lawsuit. The story next…Bank of America is accused of engineering a scheme called the "Hustle." That perfect term actually stood for "HSSL," or "High Speed Swim Lane." The idea was to remove any blocks that might slow down mortgage applications, like checking them for fraud or misstatements, then sell them as quickly as possible to the government through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 57 percent of the loans eventually went sour, the homeowners were foreclosed on, and taxpayers were left holding the bag for over a billion dollars in bad mortgages. It's great that banks are being held to account for selling bad loans to the government. But I'm still waiting for the government to be held to account for being dumb enough to buy them all. 

Thanks for your continued interest in my efforts.  I hope you enjoyed these commentaries. I will send along some more very soon.



Mike Huckabee


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October 18, 2012

Obamacare is making part time workers out of full time positions

Interesting event has happened to the employees at Forwards Corporation on the Sunrise side of Central Michigan.  Employees have received a letter stating that in order to afford Obamacare, the company must cut back full time employees to part time under 30 hours.  Also revealed is what it will cost families if no coverage.

The company letter to the Employees in part, quote:

"...What are our options as a company?  One option is to provide the minimum insurance required by law for all covered employees and hope that we can increase our prices enough to pay for it.  This is highly unlikely and our competition will ultimately decide this for us.  Another option is to cover some employees and reduce the ours worked below 30 for the others.  If you work less then 30 hours per week you are considered part-time and do not qualify for coverage under the law...

"...What will change for you?  You will be required by law to have health insurance even if you are part-time.  If you are covered by the company you will be required to pay a portion of that cost.  We estimate your cost will be about $1,500/year for single coverage and approximately $3,800/family.  You can refuse the coverage, but you will then be subject to a tax/penalty by the government for not having coverage.  That penalty is $95/adult person(in the family) in year 2014, $325/adult person in 2015 and $695/adult person in 2016.  Dependents under 18 will have a penalty of one half the adult amount.  There are various subsidies built into the law to help low income people, but I don't believe those have been clearly defined at this time and I cannot tell you what those are...

"...Please study this issue for yourself.  There are stark choices between the two political parties in this November election and you will need to vote for the person that best represents your best interest.  President Obama will continue with the current law and Mitt Romney has said that he will repeal and replace it.  Now is the time for you to get informed."


October 16, 2012

Michigan Proposal 12-1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law [Mackinac Center]

The only other option to emergency management by the State is to end bailouts from the State.  Otherwise, the problem of abuse will escalate. Vote Yes on proposal 12-1.

On proposal 12-1, you need to read what the the Mackinac Center says. To me, if we did not bailout failing local government, we would not need any stop gap on local conduct, but what will happen if 12-1 fails, we will go back tot he old plan that does not allow for the process to deal with Union contracts. WE need 12-1 to keep what is still coming from running us over.

Until the Federal Government gets their tax out of domestic product prices, we will continue to slide down to off the fiscal cliff. Property tax relief will be our next expense crisis, unless 12-1 fails and 12-2 passes. Then it will be impossible to counter costs before we collapse.


On proposal 12-2, The reason we need proposal 12-1 is the same reason we don't want 12-2. 

Collectivism in this form today is undermining free enterprise and our ability to function. Soon, if we keep to the same course we are on, we will be under one union, Government dictates.


Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law

Mackinac Center analysis indicates this proposal would do the following:

  • Nullifying the state’s Emergency Manager law reinstates the old Emergency Financial Manager, where the state can still appoint a receiver over a local government unit. This measure, therefore, would not impact concerns about local control.
  • The most substantial and change from the old Emergency Financial Manager law was adding the emergency manager’s power to recommend that the state amend a local government’s collective bargaining agreements. Employee services and benefits are a major expense in most local government units. Voting yes on the referendum would maintain this avenue for cutting costs.
  • The state already has numerous provisions to keep local governments away from insolvency prior to appointing a receiver. These include ...

Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law [Mackinac Center]

October 15, 2012

What If Oil & Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources?

On 12-3, making 25% green energy in Michigan, your electric bill will more then double and for what, the illusion that oil is a fossil fuel and that carbon is harmful?

If we build those 6 power plants to run on natural gas, Michigan will be energy independent, and will export energy.

Watch the video then go to the link.

Sorry, this video has been made private.  That video is not new and has been available for years. We are being censored? 

When we had the gulf of Mexico oil spill, where did the oil come from? How can fossil 

remains get into the mantle? Just like a cell extracts it's cheese, so does our planet. Oil is 

planet poop.

outrageously expensive-Vote NO Proposal 12-3 - CARE for Michigan

Florida voters have 12 State Ballot Proposals to decide on

Florida ballot proposals

12-1 is a yes vote to end Obamacare for the State

12-2  Veterans Disabled Due to Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount

12-3  a change to 'State Government Revenue Limitation'

12-4  Property Tax Limitation; Property Value Decline; Reduction for Non-Homestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal(cut property taxes)

12-5   Change to 'State Court' ruling_  A vote YES on Amendment 5 would:
• Require the Florida Senate to vote to confirm
or reject a gubernatorial appointment to the state
Supreme Court
• Allow the Legislature to repeal statewide judicial rules
adopted by the Supreme Court by a simple majority
vote instead of a two-thirds vote
• Expand the ability of the state House of
Representatives to review confidential files about
judges, even if they are not being considered for

12-6  Prohibition on Public Funding of
Abortions; Construction of Abortion

12-7  (Removed)

12-8  Religious Freedom  - A vote YES on Amendment 8 would:
• Repeal the “no aid” provision in the Florida
Constitution and allow public money to go to private
religious institutions
• Allow the expansion of Florida’s school voucher
program to religious institutions and could result in
money being directed to private religious schools at
the expense of public schools
• Allow for a greater number of religious programs
to be supported by taxpayer funding

12-9Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder

12-10  Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption - A vote YES for Amendment 10 would:
• Double the tax exemption on tangible personal
• Allow cities and counties to grant additional
tangible personal property tax exemptions
• Reduce local property tax revenues across the
state by an estimated $61 million combined over the
first three years it is implemented

12-11  Additional Homestead Exemption; LowIncome Seniors Who Maintain LongTerm Residency on Property; Equal to Assessed Value

12-12  Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University System


October 11, 2012

Stabenow Cheats Citizens, Refuses to Debate Pete Hoeska | Schoolcraft Republican Party

Stabenow Cheats Citizens, Refuses to Debate Republican Challenger

LANSING, Mich. Oct. 11, 2012 – This afternoon, Senator Debbie Stabenow announced she will not participate in any debates with her opponent, Republican Pete Hoekstra, leading up to the November 6th general election. The Michigan Republican Party issued the following statement blasting Senator Stabenow for her flat out refusal to debate Hoekstra and talk about issues that matter to voters before a statewide audience.

Stabenow's campaign manager said today, "With little more than three weeks left in the campaign, the time has come to move on." Tonight, Stabenow opted to "move on" to a swanky fundraiser instead of attending an important healthcare debate hosted by the Independent Choice Network. This debate would have provided Stabenow an opportunity to explain why she gleefully admitted to cutting $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.

Matt Frendewey, director of communications for the Michigan Republican Party, issued the following statement:

"By refusing to debate Pete Hoekstra, Debbie Stabenow is clearly afraid to defend her record and her actions are nothing short of cheating Michigan voters by ending a longstanding Michigan tradition where the two candidates debate the issues before the voters. Sen. Stabenow's record consists of voting in favor of Obamacare, the failed stimulus, and trillions of dollars in pork and wasteful spending. Frankly, if I were Stabenow I would try to hide this record too.

"Our nation's founding documents were born from debate and Michigan citizens deserve to hear the candidates debate before they elect a Senator to represent them in Washington. Debbie Stabenow ended that tradition this afternoon when she chose to hide from voters rather than explain her record of out of control debt, wasteful spending and unacceptable unemployment levels. Michigan voters should remember her cowardly actions when they head to the polls this November, and we can only hope she recognizes this error and reverses her decision."

If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.

October 06, 2012

80 Economists Say FairTax Wins the Debate! | FairTax Friday



Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. - Hubert H. Humphrey

80 Economists: FairTax Wins the Debate! 

Simple Tune Up

When it came to taxes and small business during the Presidential debate, I couldn't help but think of the ageless question: "What's the correct way to hang toilet paper?"

Believe it or not people vigorously debate the question online, in newspaper columns, around the water cooler and at the dinner table! I always think, what difference does it make – your position doesn't really change anything, it's just a variation on the same theme.

During the first Presidential debate both candidates discussed the plight of small business, their plans for the economy, taxes and job growth. They also explained on how their plans would continue tax breaks, lower tax rates or reduce deductions, credits and exemptions. 

Just like the toilet paper debate, what we really heard was a variation on a theme that just isn't working. 5.1 million jobless workers are collecting unemployment benefits, 8.4 million jobless Americans have given up looking for work since January 2009, and the unemployment rate would be 11% if these individuals were included in the count! 

What the American people want is a tax system that can jump-start the economy, energize job growth and slash business compliance that drives up the costs of U.S. goods both at home and overseas.

There is only one plan that does this and more - the FairTax® Plan. The FairTax doesn't tinker around the edges, isn't a variation on a theme and doesn't just shift the status quo chairs on the Titanic. It is bold and as Robert Frost once said, "Freedom lies in being bold."

We need your continued help in telling everyone you know that the FairTax Plan represents hope for millions of Americans; hope that, with the FairTax, America can once again enjoy the kind of economic freedom and prosperity that allows hard working individuals to build rewarding careers, thriving businesses and realistic plans for the future.

When you tell your friends and neighbors about the FairTax, be sure to mention that it is the only tax replacement plan that is backed by millions of dollars in research and  80 economists. That's information worth sharing!

One more request: If you've already shared FairTax: Fire Up Our Economic Engine, please share it again and again and again.

Be bold, demand change; a simple tune-up is not going to get the job done.

Until next week,


Cindy Canevaro

FairTax National Campaign Manager

P.S.: This week is the Vice Presidential debate.  If you Tweet, consider Tweeting @FairTaxOfficial during the debate on October 11 – especially when the candidates discuss taxes and tax reform. 

The FairTax in the News

Stop Bribing Companies to Lever UpThe Motley Fool

Go ahead and pull out an income statement for your favorite stock. I'll wait.

You'll notice that there is a line called "Interest Expense" that comes before the "Tax Expense" line. Now notice the absence of similar lines for "Dividend Expense" and "Share Buyback Expense.

No, I'm not trying to bore you with an accounting lecture. I'm trying to point out a travesty of modern finance: the unequal treatment of debt and equity, better known as the tax-deductibility of interest.

Thanks to interest deductibility, our tax code unfairly benefits companies that lever themselves to the moon -- e.g., big banks -- while putting those who choose equity financing -- like Apple -- at a comparative disadvantage…

I think a more comprehensive solution is in order. And that solution is moving to a consumption-tax-based system like the FairTax.

Under the FairTax, the corporate income tax, dividend tax, capital gains tax, payroll taxes, and individual income taxes (including any taxes on interest) would be completely eliminated. Instead, a national sales tax of 23% would be levied on all new goods and services. An "advanced refund" mechanism would also be put in place to ensure that the tax does not hurt those below the poverty line. I'm not the best one to explain the details, so I recommend checking out the FairTax website.

If nothing is taxed besides sales, there can be no perverse tax incentives to lever or delever. Debt and equity are truly on an equal footing, as they should be.

Letter: Support FairTax - The Topeka Capital-Journal

By now we've all heard a presidential's candidate comments around redistribution of the wealth and 47 percent of Americans not paying income taxes.

These comments highlight, yet again, that our income tax system is broken and our nation is suffering, most especially young Americans ages 18-29. In fact, 1.7 million of these young people have been jobless for the past year. This is the highest unemployment rate for that age group since World War II. It is a generation in danger of becoming the "lost generation."

The FairTax is the solution. The FairTax is a comprehensive plan to replace federal income and payroll taxes with a consumption tax on new goods and services. While permitting no exemptions or exceptions, the FairTax provides a monthly, universal "prebate" or rebate, that ensures each household may consume tax-free up to the poverty level, thereby making the FairTax progressive...

- E. M. Mosiman, Topeka

The October FairTax Webinar 

With Special Topic: States with Sales Tax & No Income Tax: How They Compare

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If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.