Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Republicans On The Ropes!

The Republicans in the House of Representatives are on the ropes, having been boxed in by President Obama and the Senate/House Democrats regarding the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits...both of which will surely become campaign fodder for the upcoming national presidential election.

Some House and Senate Republicans see the writing on the wall and are nearly begging their colleagues not to hand the Democrats a campaign issue that paints the Republicans are cold-hearted Scrooges....

Time is running out and something has to give soon...where do you think it will end?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Citigroup's SEC settlement rejected



A judge stops the Securities and Exchange Commission from accepting a settlement regarding CITIGROUP's alleged manipulation of mortgage-related collatarized debt obligation.

The judge has been raising hell for years about what has been termed as "toothless, face saving settlements" reportedly meted out to the big financial institutions.

Check out the link:


and get back to me!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Veteran Tax Break A Boon for Corporate America or Political Pandering To A Deserving Special Interest Group? ?

President Obama has gone after the nation's corporations for having way too many tax breaks....then he turns around and gives them another tax break...to hire veterans....a deserving group if there ever was one!

Although his heart (and politics) is well intentioned, which message is being heard by the American public?

Veterans are a very well deserved special interest group, and I support any effort to afford them the recognition they deserve for being willing to serve their country (please see Mitt Romney's five sons....not!).

My son is our family's fifth generation soldier (20 years Air Force) ...and I am unashamedly a gung ho supporter of acknowledging veterans' contributions to this nation's efforts to sustain the liberty we enjoy.

President Obama has been accused of pandering to veterans....is being responsive to those who were  drafted or voluntarily enlisted to do what millions would  not...is that pandering...why is paying the debt to those Americans such a bad thing?  Is there ever a good time or bad time to do that?

And speaking of pandering....is what Romney did in New Hampshire (calling out New Hampshire's Ayotte as a potential Republican VP) anything short of targeted, short-term political pandering?


Saturday, November 12, 2011



In a truly bizarre twist of fate, the United Auto Workers is scrambling to not do what it demands the Big Three not do...lay off workers.

The Office Professional Employees International Union, which represents UAW clerical and janitorial staff, after taking major concessions over the last couple of years, is now facing layoffs due to what the UAW claims is rising administrative costs.

What this does clearly illuminate is that organizing and representing labor is a business, and like all businesses, the bottom line is still the bottom line.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran Affirmative Action?

As a veteran, I see no problem with the new Veterans bill, but I have heard a mouthful from people comparing it to affirmative action for veterans.  Some have said that vets don't want to be taken advantage of for a tax  credit.
Others have said that the quality of worker will drop because all employers will look at is if the new employee is eligible for the credit.  And, some question whether employers will hire someone for only long enough to get a credit and then the employer will give the vet the boot right after the vet qualifies for the credit.

Nonsense, you say?  All those scenarios may exist, but the positive outcomes of the Vets job bill far outweigh the few instances where the program could be abused, don't you think?

If not, why not?

Monday, October 17, 2011

McDonald's Beating A Case of Self-Defence Gone Wild?

Two Women Get A Beat Down at McDonalds

Two women, allegedly drunk and disorderly, were beat with a metal rod by a cashier at a McDonalds in New York.

The women argued with a cashier when he checked a $50 bill given to him by one of the women. It seems reasonable that a cashier would check a $50 bill.

Then one of the women assaulted the cashier by sucker punching him by slapping him.

That wasn't enough for the two women. One jumped the counter!

She proceeded to move down the counter line, while her partner went to the same end of the counter and actually crawled under the counter. Both ended up at a point behind the counter, but near where the cashier who had been assaulted earlier had fled.

He saw the women, grabbed a metal rod, and then struck both women repeatedly with the metal rod, even after they seemed no longer a physical threat to him.

He has been charged with felonious assault. The women have been charged with criminal mischief.

Are the scales of justice balanced?  Was this a case of over-zealous self-defence?

Check out this video and then let us know what you think!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Race-based Bake Sale Yields No Profit


Just when you thought you heard it all, along comes a show-stopper.

Student Republicans at UC Berklely have having a bake sale, and your purchase gets discounted based on your race.

The goods will be sold as follows:

White $2.00
Asian $1.50
Latino $1.00
Black $.45
Native American $.25
$.25 off for all women

The bake sale is a protest against admissions policies that were banned here in Michigan.

If you thought that kind of stuff was already banned in California, read on:

Come back after the break!

Pay-by-race bake sale at UC Berkeley still on, student Republican group says - CNN.com:

Now that you've read it, what are your thoughts?

Monday, September 12, 2011

The "Clem" goes Candid Camera


Recent reports indicate that Mount Clemens will install 360 degrees surveillance camera somewhere in the city.

There are those who believe that the placement of the camera constitute an infringement on privacy rights.  Other believe that the cameras (a total of six will be deployed by year's end) will make the streets safer).  Their location will not be disclosed, but the larger question is whether they will deter crime or just make it easier to identify those who commit crimes within the viewpoint of these cameras.

Do you have a recommended location where you would like a camera to be placed?

Let us know! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

No Public Prayer at New York 9/11 Ceremony


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ruled out public prayer at the upcoming ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary on America's greatest tragedy.

Many believe his edict is a way of getting around having to include Muslims in the mix. Others say that religion was the cause of the attack and should not be the focus of the remembrance.

What do you believe?

9/11 Ceremony won't include clergy or formal prayers – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Perry Theory : Too Many Middle Income Americans Don't Pay Enough Income Taxes

Forbes Magazine Contributor Len Burman's 
Answer GOP Candidate Perry's  Tax Position

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry has indicated that too many non working and middle class Americans do not pay enough taxes and, as such, should not have access to so-called "entitlement" programs.

Forbes contributing columnist Len Burman breaks down the rhetoric and puts the issue in perspective.

The link is below, but check out portions of the column as well.

"Of the 46% of households who don’t pay income tax, nearly 2/3 pay payroll taxes.

Of the 18% who pay neither income nor payroll taxes, more than half are elderly.

More than 1/3 have incomes below $20,000. (Note: Ronald Reagan made the decision in 1986 to exempt people with incomes below the poverty line from federal income tax. Twenty-five years later, that still seems like a good call.)

Only 1% of nontaxpaying households are nonelderly with incomes over $20,000. I’m dismayed about them too, governor. Maybe we should close some of the loopholes that allowed almost 1,500 millionaires to escape income tax in 2009."

He shares the following regarding a few of the GOP whipping posts...Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare:

"We’re apparently not dismayed that more than half of all Americans have been in a 30-year recession with little or no income growth.  

We’re apparently willing to write off Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, which are the big federal taxes for low- and middle-income Americans.  

A family of four earning $30,000 may pay no federal income tax, but it pays $4,590 in payroll taxes (including the employer’s share, which economists believe is ultimately paid by the employee in the form of lower wages).  Payroll taxes are much bigger than income taxes for most families."

Sometimes it pays to examine generic political pablum!

Rick Perry: Middle Income Americans Don't Pay Enough Income Taxes - Forbes:

Come back after the jump and weigh in!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tricky Rick To The Rescue!


Please check out this piece...it is one of the most interesting columns to-date regarding Texas Governor Rick Perry's bid for the GOP presidential nomination...

Do you think he will select Palin as his running mate?

Let us know what you think.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Snyder, GOP Send Message To Brewer and Bruley: Back Atcha!

Governor Snyder signed redistricting legislation on August 8, 2011.

Snyder is accused of doing what Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer allowed Macomb County Democratic Chairman Ed Bruley to do here in Macomb County.

Amongst other complaints, state and local Democratic Party officials maintain that the GOP-designed redistricting plan dis-enfranchises minorities and is oddly configured.

Seems like the Republicans (and Michigan Republican Party Majority Whip Pete Lund) borrowed heavily from Bruley's local playbook.   The shoe is on the other foot and Democrats are crying foul.

Bruley split Eastpointe, Centerline, Roseville, and Warren in such a way to deny minorities a strongly emerging political footprint in the districts affecting those cities, much as he did with the district covering Clinton Township and Mount Clemens since 2001.

It is ludicrous for Brewer and Bruley to whine about what they allow in their own backyard.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Congressman calls Obama a "tar baby"

Despite numerous incidents, there are folk out there that refuse to acknowledge that race is America's number one subliminal internal terrorist threat.

"Tar Baby"?

Apologies don't get it. It's as plain as the pimple on your face.

His remark fits a pattern: say what you mean, but deny. deny, deny, and then outright lie.

Let's not talk about a "post-racial" America until we actually get past the skin barrier.

Click on the link if you dare!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Republican Apology for the so-called "Debt Crisis"

Forgive the formatting, but Republican David Frum's take on the debt crisis debate is a stark contrast to the tea party talking points.  Check this out...

Wake up GOP: Smashing system doesn't fix it - CNN.com

Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, he is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again," and is the editor of FrumForum.
(CNN) -- I'm a Republican. Always have been. I believe in free markets, low taxes, reasonable regulation and limited government. But as I look back at the weeks of rancor leading up to Sunday night's last-minute budget deal, I see some things I don't believe in:
Forcing the United States to the verge of default.
Shrugging off the needs and concerns of millions of unemployed.
Protecting every single loophole, giveaway and boondoggle in the tax code as a matter of fundamental conservative principle.
Massive government budget cuts in the midst of the worst recession since World War II.
I am not alone.
Only about one-third of Republicans agree that cutting government spending should be the country's top priority. Only about one-quarter of Republicans insist the budget be balanced without any tax increases.
Yet that one-third and that one-quarter have come to dominate my party. That one-third and that one-quarter forced a debt standoff that could have ended in default and a second Great Recession. That one-third and that one-quarter have effectively written the "no new taxes pledge" into national law.
There was another way. There still is.
Give me a hammer and a church-house door, and I'd post these theses for modern Republicans:
1) Unemployment is a more urgent problem than debt.
The U.S. can borrow money for 10 years at less than 3%. It can borrow money for two years at less than one-half a percent. Yes, the burden of debt is worrying. Yet lenders seem undaunted by those worries.
Meanwhile, more than 14 million Americans are out of work, more than 6 million for longer than six months. The United States has not seen so many people out of work for so long since the 1930s.
2) The deficit is a symptom of America's economic problems, not a cause.
When the economy slumps, government revenues decline and government spending surges.
Federal revenues have collapsed since 2007, down from more than 18% of national income to a little more than 14%. To put that in perspective: That's the equivalent of losing enough revenue to support the entire defense budget.
Federal spending has jumped to pay for unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid benefits.
Fix the economy first, and the deficit will improve on its own.
Cut the deficit first, and the economy will get even sicker.
3) The time to cut is after the economy recovers.
Businesses are hoarding cash. Consumers are repaying debt. State and local governments are slashing jobs. (Since 2009, the number of Americans working for government has shrunk by half a million, the biggest reduction in civilian government employment since the Great Depression.) Right now, there's only one big customer out there: the federal government. How does it help anybody if the feds suddenly stop buying things and paying people?
4) The place to cut is health care, not assistance to the unemployed and poor.
The United States provides less assistance to the unemployed and the poor than almost any other democracy. It spends 60% more per person on health care than almost any other democracy -- and gets worse results. The problem is not that Americans use too much medicine. People in other countries use more. The problem is that Americans pay too much for the medicine they use. Go where the money is, cut where the waste is grossest.
5) We can collect more revenue without raising tax rates.
Republicans stand for low taxes to encourage people to work, save and invest. But how would it discourage work if we reduced the mortgage-interest deduction again? Did it hurt the economy when we reduced the maximum eligible loan to $1 million back in 1986? Do Canadians and Brits -- who lack the deduction -- work less hard than Americans?
Why are state and local taxes deductible from federally taxable income? Wouldn't higher taxes on energy encourage conservation?Who decided to allow inflation to corrode federal alcohol taxes by 80% over the past 50 years?
6) Passion does not substitute for judgment.
Republicans and conservatives have worked themselves into a frenzy of rage and contempt for President Barack Obama. House Speaker John Boehner's post-deal PowerPoint for Republican House members was actually labeled "Two Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable" (PDF) -- as if the supreme goal of policy in this time of economic hardship were to fix the blame for all problems on the president. This exercise in finger-pointing satisfies the emotions of the Republican base. It does not accurately explain the causes of the crisis or offer plausible remedies.
7) You can't save the system by destroying the system.
In their passion, Republicans convinced themselves that the constitutional republic and the free-enterprise system were threatened as never before. Their response? To threaten to blow up the free-enterprise system and wreck the republic unless they gained their point.
Republicans have become so gripped by pessimism and panic that they feel they have nothing to lose by rushing into a catastrophe now. But there is a lot to lose, and in these past weeks America nearly lost it. Let's hope that as America steps back from the brink, Republicans remember that it's their job to protect the system, not to smash the system in hopes of building something better from the ruins.
That's how student radicals think -- not conservatives.

Obama Capitulates

I could not agree more...unless Obama has an election year work-around, this debt ceiling "hail mary" is full of political landmines that will blow up in the personal budgets of Americans who can least afford to fall through the already too-large holes in the American safety net.

By Pulitzer Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman

A deal to raise the federal debt ceiling is in the works. If it goes through, many commentators will declare that disaster was avoided. But they will be wrong.

For the deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party. It will damage an already depressed economy; it will probably make America’s long-run deficit problem worse, not better; and most important, by demonstrating that raw extortion works and carries no political cost, it will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.
Start with the economics. We currently have a deeply depressed economy. We will almost certainly continue to have a depressed economy all through next year. And we will probably have a depressed economy through 2013 as well, if not beyond.
The worst thing you can do in these circumstances is slash government spending, since that will depress the economy even further. Pay no attention to those who invoke the confidence fairy, claiming that tough action on the budget will reassure businesses and consumers, leading them to spend more. It doesn’t work that way, a fact confirmed by many studies of the historical record.
Indeed, slashing spending while the economy is depressed won’t even help the budget situation much, and might well make it worse. On one side, interest rates on federal borrowing are currently very low, so spending cuts now will do little to reduce future interest costs. On the other side, making the economy weaker now will also hurt its long-run prospects, which will in turn reduce future revenue. So those demanding spending cuts now are like medieval doctors who treated the sick by bleeding them, and thereby made them even sicker.
And then there are the reported terms of the deal, which amount to an abject surrender on the part of the president. First, there will be big spending cuts, with no increase in revenue. Then a panel will make recommendations for further deficit reduction — and if these recommendations aren’t accepted, there will be more spending cuts.
Republicans will supposedly have an incentive to make concessions the next time around, because defense spending will be among the areas cut. But the G.O.P. has just demonstrated its willingness to risk financial collapse unless it gets everything its most extreme members want. Why expect it to be more reasonable in the next round?
In fact, Republicans will surely be emboldened by the way Mr. Obama keeps folding in the face of their threats. He surrendered last December, extending all the Bush tax cuts; he surrendered in the spring when they threatened to shut down the government; and he has now surrendered on a grand scale to raw extortion over the debt ceiling. Maybe it’s just me, but I see a pattern here.
Did the president have any alternative this time around? Yes.
First of all, he could and should have demanded an increase in the debt ceiling back in December. When asked why he didn’t, he replied that he was sure that Republicans would act responsibly. Great call.
And even now, the Obama administration could have resorted to legal maneuvering to sidestep the debt ceiling, using any of several options. In ordinary circumstances, this might have been an extreme step. But faced with the reality of what is happening, namely raw extortion on the part of a party that, after all, only controls one house of Congress, it would have been totally justifiable.
At the very least, Mr. Obama could have used the possibility of a legal end run to strengthen his bargaining position. Instead, however, he ruled all such options out from the beginning.
But wouldn’t taking a tough stance have worried markets? Probably not. In fact, if I were an investor I would be reassured, not dismayed, by a demonstration that the president is willing and able to stand up to blackmail on the part of right-wing extremists. Instead, he has chosen to demonstrate the opposite.
Make no mistake about it, what we’re witnessing here is a catastrophe on multiple levels.
It is, of course, a political catastrophe for Democrats, who just a few weeks ago seemed to have Republicans on the run over their plan to dismantle Medicare; now Mr. Obama has thrown all that away. And the damage isn’t over: there will be more choke points where Republicans can threaten to create a crisis unless the president surrenders, and they can now act with the confident expectation that he will.
In the long run, however, Democrats won’t be the only losers. What Republicans have just gotten away with calls our whole system of government into question. After all, how can American democracy work if whichever party is most prepared to be ruthless, to threaten the nation’s economic security, gets to dictate policy? And the answer is, maybe it can’t.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Do Blacks with Degrees Achieve the American Dream In Macomb County?


Study: High jobless rate for blacks with degrees

Russell Contreras/ Associated Press

Boston — The economic downturn has erased the gains made by the black middle class over the past 30 years as the unemployment rate of blacks with a four-year college degree has skyrocketed, according to a new study by the National Urban League Policy Institute released Wednesday.

The study said that the unemployment rate for blacks with a four-year college degree has tripled from 1992 while overall black unemployment levels are nearing 1982 levels when it was close to 20 percent.

The unemployment rate for blacks with a four-year college degree was 6.5 percent in 2010 compared to 2.9 percent of whites with college degrees, the study said.

The report, released just as the National Urban League begins its annual conference in Boston, mirrors similar studies by the Economic Policy Institute and the Pew Research Center, which says the economic meltdown in recent years has hit black households hard. Like the previous studies, the Urban League report said black home ownership fell sharply in recent years due to the mortgage crisis and affected overall black median income.

National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial said the report showed that the recession affected the middle class, not just poor and working class African Americans as some might assume. The National Urban League Policy Institute used U.S. Census and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"These are people who played by the rules. They built wealth, went to college and had good jobs," Morial said. "But in a short period of time, they've fallen back."

We want to know....Is there a recession within the recession?  Or is it a case of every man for himself?  How does this play out in Macomb County?  

We will ask John Bierbusse and get back to you.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Burgers, Beer, and Burps

"I'll Take a Cold One With Those Fries!"

Florida has notched up the fast food game with its recent approval of the sale of beer at Burger King!

Lower than expected national sales has prompted the fast food giant to think so outside of the box that it has turned to beer to up the ante on its competitors.

There are a few BKs selling beer already, mostly in a few other countries. Select Starbucks sell beer here, but don't look for this new BK menu item to be offered nationally for a while.

 Burger King is looking for at a new market; 30 to 50 year-olds are the targeted demographics.  Just wait until some 15 year old, looking like 15 going on 30, scores some suds illegally....training will be a key issue.

You know the world has turned upside down when you get carded at Burger King.

"Have It Your Way" will take on a totally new meaning soon.

Michigan will have to wait for a minute, but I predict this will spread like wildfire.

Would you suds up at the fast food window?  Let us know.

Can Obama Be Trusted By His Own Base?

This is an excellent assessment by Paul Krugman of what others are calling President Obama's capitulation to the economic folly of the Republican Party.

The author of this article is a Pulitzer Prize economist who has been on point for years with his insightful analysis of the state of the country's economics.

However, supportive of Obama he may have been, this article marks a sharp diversion from supportive to critical breakdown of Obama's breaking down....here's the link...


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Affirmative Action Challenge and Public Act 4...Two Sides of the Same Coin?


The state of Michigan has decided to appeal the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that the ban on affirmative action, adopted through a vote of the people, is a violation of the 14th Amendment.

Look deeper and you will see a classic example of a two-faced approach to public policy.

How can the state maintain that the voters have the last word on affirmative action and then turn around and negate the voters' decisions regarding who should represent them when Public Act 4, the emergency financial manager law, strips the voters of their right to elect local officials by giving the emergency financial manager the power to overrule and to effectively "fire" elected officials?

No matter where you stand on the principles of affirmative action, there is a constitutional question as to the state's right to nullify the outcome of the people's right to vote while at the same time saying that right to vote should be respected.

So, the questions remains...should Michigan argue that the vote of the people should be respected as it relates to affirmative action while at the same time, through Public Act 4. the state negates the vote of the people as to who the people vote to represent them in the municipalities where financial managers have been imposed on the people in those cities by the the state?

Can anyone make since of this schizophrenic public policy?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Affirmative Action---Back by Legal Command?

The next phase of the fight for and against Affirmative Action begins today with a federal appeals court's overturning of a lower court's decision affirming the ban voted for by Michigan's voters. The federal judges ruled by a 2-1 vote that the ban violates the equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

What is not so clear is what happens in the interim, but one thing is a certainty. This latest ruling will probably be appealed to the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals bench or be moved up to the US Supreme Court.

Some will say they thought this issue was settled by the vote of the people, while others will maintain the the Constitution allows for remedies for past discrimination.

What do you think?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Palin's Weather Connection?


TRENDING: Palin movie to premiere in Iowa next week – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs:

From "Marie MD":

"Iowa better be careful.....she (Palin) came to DC and we had some of the hottest days in recent history in May. She bought a house in AZ and the fires started (/btw mccain – in spite of what you say there's no record of it being started by illegals). She went to Massachusetts and they had a tornado that they hadn't had in decades. She goes back to AK and they have a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The she devil leaves destruction wherever she goes to peddle her wares!"

Whoa! Palin may be a lot of things, but she's no Morgana!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Three Squares--and Free Health Care To Boot!


This article is from CNN's "The Chart"...the link is below the story!

A man walks into a bank and slips a note to the teller.
The note reads: “This is a bank robbery. Please only give me one dollar.”
Then the man tells the bank employees, “I’ll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police."
He perches himself on a chair outside the bank he just robbed and waits for the police to arrive.
That suspect, James Verone, who is from Gaston County, North Carolina, told CNN affiliate WCNC that he robbed a bank for $1 for the sole reason of getting in jail so he could get free health care. He was not armed during the robbery.
Verone, 59, told WCNC he doesn’t have health insurance, but has a host of medical problems: A growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. Without a job and money, he reached the conclusion that going to jail would mean free medical care (although it's not free for taxpayers).
“I wanted to make it known that this wasn't for monetary reasons, but for medical reasons," Verone said. His jailhouse interview with the station is above.
The logic, he told the news station, was to get a three-year sentence so he can get out of jail then collect Social Security and then later live in a Myrtle Beach condo.
Verone told his local paper, The Gaston Gazette that he had worked as a delivery man for Coca-Cola for 17 years. That career ended three years ago, and he couldn’t find steady employment. Then the medical problems began. He lived off his savings and sought a part-time job.
The police charged him with larceny, not bank robbery, because of the $1 amount he demanded at the bank. Verone told his hometown paper if the jail penalty isn’t great enough, the crime will happen again.
Verone told WCNC, "I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."
Is Verone’s story an example of one man gaming the system or a product of a flawed health care in America?
The link to the story is below:

Man says he robbed bank to get health care – The Chart - CNN.com Blogs

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Referendum To Stop Public Act 4 Debated


The Constitution of the United States of America speaks to the right to one man one vote and taxation with representation.

Public Act 4 strips the people of a right to elect their leaders. Nowhere in the constitution does it reference that the state can strip elected officials of their office for making dumb decisions. That's what elections are for...to throw the bums out if they mismanage the public's assets or abuse the public's trust.

The state has a great many resources at its disposal. It can manipulate fiscal policy through its manipulation of tools such as revenue sharing, educational funding, etc.

Those are acceptable mechanisms for prodding local municipalities to adopt more efficient policies for the good and welfare of the genera public.

But negating the outcome of elections reminds us of old-school Russian tactics. America is better than that.

There is a good reason why referendums exist. Some say the existence of the middle class is under attack.

Whether you agree that unions are the bane of our existence or not, what is indisputable is that the middle class arose from the ministry of the union effort to establish humane working conditions for workers.

Is there a way to separate unions from the discussion regarding America's malaise? Probably not. But to blame unions for the entirety of America's financial morass is akin to saying that what is going on in Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office is attributable to the union workers' control of the the executive branch of government.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Ed Bruley Does It To Minorities Again!


The Macomb County Apportionment Committee meets today, Friday, June 3, 2011, to once again give the shaft to minorities in Macomb County.  Oh, wait, I should clarify that....three of the committee's four Democrats will do today more to keep blacks in their place than any other group in Macomb County ever has.  

The commission is made up of Macomb County Democratic Party chairman Ed Bruley, Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby, Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, and Macomb County Republican Party Chairman Michael Ennis.

Smith, Ennis, and citizen John Cruz have submitted apportionment maps that more properly represent the latest census data in a way that provides for minority enfranchisement through the political process, while Ed Bruley's maps continues his practice of disenfranchising blacks in Macomb County. 

Ed Bruley will have his way. On the commission he controls Wahby and Sabaugh. Remember, Wahby gave Paul Gieleghem a cushy $50,000 job and Sabaugh can be bullied. The three of them could care less about what the census revealed regarding the increasing minority population.

Despite Bruley's history of ignoring opportunities to politically enfranchise Macomb County's minority population, Bruley has found a group of blacks he can control and even tried to hijack the Macomb County Democratic Black Caucus, of which I am chair. Bruley needs a group of blacks that he could pull off the shelf to support his latest act of dis-enfranchisement (he took Bobby Hill's seat. carved Clinton 

Township's 5th and 31th precincts out of Fred Miller's district, and now his latest map will deny blacks a political footprint in Warren and Eastpointe). His ice is always colder...and refreshing because Bruley's blacks bask in the validation and trinkets of acknowledgement that he provides them.

It will take the departure of Bruley, Wahby and Sabaugh for minorities to be properly integrated into the political landscape of Macomb County. John Cruz and Eric Smith tried their best. Their maps, and that of the Republican representative on the apportionment committee, would have more fairly represented the growing diversity of Macomb County. Bruley's map does not, perhaps because he has not yet found the blacks he needs to control in Warren and Eastpointe.

So, it will take another ten years and the departure of Bruley, Wahby, and Sabaugh for minorities to see real political enfranchisement in Macomb County.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Snyder Running Bing's Office?


"The matter has caught the attention of Gov. Rick Snyder, who has offered the mayor management assistance from his team. Business leaders have been meeting with Bing for several weeks to try to help him stabilize his operation"

Now, that quote can mean a great many things, but one interpretation is clear:

It seems that the Bing administration is falling apart at the seams, and Bing's sub-urban benefactors are scrambling to keep the facade from disintegrating altogether.

That Bing needs management assistance is akin to saying that Bing has no clue how to manage his own office, much less his own city (not really his--remember, he was moved into Detroit to barely and technically meet the filing requirements to run for mayor). 

Remember all that hype about how Bing the businessman was not Bing the politician?  His "supporters" got together a top notch public relations team that hijacked local media to shaped an image of Bing as some form of an "altruistic" politician...sort of like a "nerd" of a different color.  Detroit may actually have been a dry run or laboratory for Snyder's gubernatorial campaign theme.  It just sounds all too familiar now.

Well, apparently Detroit's emperor has clothes even the Salvation Army won't accept, no coherent strategy to lead or cohesive leadership team, a bully-like temperament (my way or no way---as evidenced by his negotiating style with the unions and Detroit's City Council), and no inclination to deep-six an aide who most around Bing consider a pretty power hungry poison within his inner circle.

No matter what magic may have befallen a mayor who be be smitten in other respects, the fact that the governor's office is stepping into Bing's office should alarm everyone.

Is it not remarkable that the business community is now prepared to thrown some money on the table to rent Bing expertise his transition team was supposed to already have?  Let's see...where have we seen that before?  Oh, yes, can anyone spell DPS?

There is a difference between keeping your eye on the prize and keeping one eye on your co-workers to make sure you you have a job tomorrow.  Bing's job today is to run the city...not to allow Governor Snyder to execute an administrative drive-by on the city's residents and assets. 

In that context, just what does "home rule" really mean when you need and allow yourself to be propped up by a business community that has successfully framed every working Joe and Jane as greedy, lazy, incompetent and too expensive to pay a decent wage? 

The air is rare on Mackinaw Island this week.  This is a place where Michigan's "royals" meet to determine the fate of  urban commoners.  The real shocker may be that perhaps the hidden agenda of this so-called "Leadership Conference" may be to start the process of selecting Bing's successor.

How many wheels does the bus have, anyway?