Michigan soon to be “Right to Work” state?

According to the December 7th Patriot Post, Michigan is the headquarters of the Big Three auto unions, making it one of the most unionized states in the nation. That may soon change. Republicans control the state legislature and the governor’s mansion, and the House just voted to pass a right-to-work bill that the Senate should also approve and Governor Rick Synder will sign. Michigan will be the 24th state to do so – the nation is almost halfway to becoming a right-to-work union, pardon the pun. Right-to-work does not outlaw...

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Mr. President, where are the spending cuts?

The Republicans have indicated that they are willing to make concessions on the revenue side of the president’s “balanced approach”, but where are the corresponding recommendations from the president for discretionary and entitlement budget cuts that are needed to decrease the country’s rising debt, currently at $16.25T dollars? The president is dictating that Congress increase the taxes on those making over $250,000, which of course will not affect the middle class in any way, and he and the Democratic Senate will...

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Unintended consequences of reducing size of county board

First, the Winnebago County board relinquished its role in the Forest Preserve District and the constiuents voted for an independent board to handle the job. How’s that working out for you so far? The Rockford Register Star has an ongoing poll which askes almost daily, “If you had a do-over, would you still vote to create a separate board of commissioners to govern the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District?” The options include, “Yes. The controversies the board has dealt with are just part of normal growing pains...

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Highlights of Paul Ryan’s Republican convention speech

Some of the quote highlights of Paul Ryan’s Republican convention speech, and there were many, are listed below. Can’t wait for this guy to debate Joe Biden. “I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power. They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left. Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in...

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Is compromise possible to rescue dysfunctional government?

The government has become dysfunctional because the American people have become so diverse, with opposing groups having such divergent goals and objectives with respect to education, success, labor, business, wealth, poverty, race, ethnicity, etc. and Congress simply reflects that diversity. An example is public labor unions, which have an intimate relationship with elected officials that even FDR said could never work. The public unions strike against the municipalities and elected officials but the taxpayers pay the wages and the benefits,...

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