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Michigan taxpayers educate the country and other Granholm travesties

Michigan is like the poor waif looking in at the opulence from a cold frustrating place. The rest of the country is enjoying the feast while Jennifer Granholm is content blaming Bush for our woes and taxing the life out of those of us and businesses struggling to stay.

In a whispy headed attempt to scare tax-payers into “putting out,” she announced yesterday that she would be taking away $125 in funding per public school student and cutting Medicaid funding for hospitals by 6%. Am I shuddering? No, I’m mad!

More news in the past week:

In 2004, 72 percent of Michigan State University’s graduating class secured jobs in Michigan. The following year, that number went down to about 62 percent. In 2006, the percentage of MSU students finding employment within Michigan dipped to about 50 percent, according to Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employer Research Institute at Michigan State University.

In light of this not so new development, perhaps Ms. Granholm should consider cutting the Michigan Promise Scholarship program which gives money to any Michigander high school graduate who merely takes the MEAP or MME standardized test and maintains a measly 2.5 GPA in college, university, technical school, or other approved post high school education.

Students who do not receive qualifying scores on the state assessment test will still receive up to $4,000 after the successful completion of two years of postsecondary education with at least a 2.5 GPA associate’s degree, two-year certificate, vocational education program or 50 percent of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree).

Bolding mine – So they don’t even have to complete the degree requirements.

Oooh, free money:

Scholarship and grant amounts that exceed tuition, fees and books are considered to be taxable income and are to be reported as such on income tax filings. For more information, discuss with a financial advisor.

So Granholm wants to tax Michigan out the whazoo scaring away potential employers and rich elderly tax payers:

Comerica Inc. was founded in 1849 in Detroit and the Detroit Tigers play in Comerica Park, but this week the bank holding company announced it is moving its headquarters to Dallas–where, it said, the bigger growth opportunities are. Consider it one more vote of confidence in the state the national expansion forgot, and especially in Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s economic agenda.

Re-elected last year, Ms. Granholm recently rewarded the voters by announcing some $1 billion in new fees and tax increases. The plan would charge Michigan residents higher levies for almost every activity inside the state with a moving part. She would tax trucking, shopping, smoking, hunting, fishing, drinking beer and liquor, using a cell phone and, yes, even dying.

Her plan does complete the phase-out of the state’s hated “single business tax,” which the Tax Foundation has called one of the most anti-growth business taxes in the nation. She should have stopped right there. Instead the Governor wants to create a new corporate income tax as well as a new 2% excise tax on upwards of 100 business services. The net effect would be to raise Michigan’s overall business tax burden. She’d also impose a 5% death tax on estates valued at more than $2 million–which is a sure way to encourage even more Michigan retirees to relocate to Florida.

Then she subsidizes college educations with our tax money and the graduates are fleeing the state to find jobs. Talk about an absurd investment into Chicago’s future with kisses from Michigan.

Kelley Bishop, executive director of career services at MSU, said a growing number of Michigan students are making a home in Chicago. A survey taken by his office on graduating MSU students found that, in 2003, 6 percent of the student population relocated to Chicago. In 2004, that number grew to 8 percent; 2005, 12 percent; and 2006, 15 percent.

thebobs.jpgBring on the “Bobs” to clean out Michigan Government. They certainly couldn’t hurt it any more than Granholm and her pals already have.

Just wondering Ms. Granholm…where’s all that extra revenue our state was supposed to see from the mandatory delay in the start of the public school year until after Labor Day?

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Barbara Curtis talks about black candidates and liberal prejudice

Pointing out this article that I read on Barbara Curtis’ Mommy Life blog this morning. She must be a carpenter because she hits a lot of nails right on the head. Here’s a snippet, but please read the entire article for yourself:

As Americans, we really need to ask ourselves how much of our opinions are due simply to media distortion. We all need to humble ourselves and pray that God will help us see through the constant manipulation of our minds to get to the truth. You must read what candidates say and never forget to measure that against what they do.

I will say one thing: the leftist media favors light-skinned liberal black people – especially those with more Anglo features. They cannot handle someone like Alan Keyes or Clarence Thomas because they look more black and they do not conform to the liberal agenda. Blacks are not allowed to think for themselves in this country.

In bygone days uppity blacks did not know their place and they were lynched. Today uppity blacks do not know their place as defined by the left and they are lynched in the media.

Alan Keyes was guilty on three counts: dark black color, Christian, and conservative – so he was even more villified by a media which thrives on savaging any Christian conservative – white or black or brown.

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Mitt Romney announces at The Henry Ford Museum

It’s important to note that the announcement is being made at a museum that embodies everything that is really cool about the growing industry and technology in our country. If you are ever fortunate enough to visit the museum, you can stand before the vehicle in which John F. Kennedy was riding when he was shot in Dallas and the very bus Rosa Parks bravely became the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

So why would there be a problem with his announcing at The Henry Ford Museum? The NJDC has this to say:

“NJDC is deeply troubled by Governor Romney’s choice of locations to announce his Presidential campaign. Romney has been traveling the country talking about inclusiveness and understanding of people from all walks of life. Yet he chooses to kick off his presidential campaign on the former estate of a well-known and outspoken anti-Semite and xenophobe. Mitt Romney’s embrace of Henry Ford and association of Ford’s legacy with his presidential campaign raises serious questions about either the sincerity of Romney’s words or his understanding of basic American history,” said NJDC Executive Director Ira Forman.

Let’s get this straight – Democrat presidential candidate hires a Catholicophobe blogger and the left doesn’t have a problem with this. What she said in her blog should have nothing to do with the candidate (according to them).

Democrats elect a former Klansman as a senator.

Here are a few more great points from Yid with Lid:

OK so lets change the subject because Hillary is their sacred Icon and she can do NO wrong. How about other Democrats who are “Jewish Challenged” Why doesn’t the NJDC Blast them?

People like:

Congressman James “Jews control foreign policy” Moran (D-Va.)
John “I like Hezbollah” Dingell (D-Mich)

Or the Group who voted against a bill this past summer saying that Israel has a right to defend herself. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, John Conyers of Michigan, John Dingell of Michigan, Carolyn Kilpatrick of Michigan, Jim McDermott of Washington, Nick Rahall of West Virginia, and Pete Stark of California. In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi removed her name as a co-sponsor of this important resolution because she didn’t want to be associated with it.

How come I never hear of the NJDC Blasting Hillary or Wesley or any of their cabal of “Jewishly” challenged representatives? But when Mitt Romney decides to make a Pro-Business declaration speech at the Ford Museum because the auto industry is badly in need of a solution….. WHAMMO! How could he do that?

Why weren’t they praising Romney when he said the following at the Herzliya conference last month?

“The war in Lebanon demonstrated that Israel is facing a jihadist threat that runs through Tehran, to Damascus, to Gaza. Hizbullah are not fighting for the coming into being of a Palestinian state, but for the going out of being of the Israeli state”

Certainly liberal Democrats wouldn’t be hypocritical?  Mitt Romney is announcing at a museum glorifying accomplishments of all Americans, not an anti-semite shrine for a man that died in 1947.

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Catholicophobe, Amanda Marcotte, resigns as Edwards’ sweet blogger

Remember how she apologized. Remember how she said she didn’t mean to offend? Remember it was all in jest – satire – parody? Well, being the upstanding young gentlewoman that she is, she’s decided to step aside and allow the Edwards campaign not be tarnished by her speckled past.

She is, however, working on a new campaign!

The number of times she references Donhue, the head of the Catholic League, in her blog could lead one to wonder if she’s really attracted to the guy and has done all of this to garner his attention. Such behavior is common amongst children.

Back to her Catholicophobic blog – How will her readers take her seriously again? It was all a joke, remember? What about this latest campaign – a parody?

Oh sweet, sweet, Amanda. What a pickle you’ve gotten yourself into.

Great video here.

A fun video here!

More background info here.

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Congratulations Dixie Chick! 5 Grammys

How does a group that’s not even nominated for a Country Music Award walk away with wins in all country categories for which they were nominated at the Grammys? Nothing political in that. No, Hollywood wasn’t trying to make a statement or anything.

The Chicks can’t hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. “A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do,” says Robison.

“A lot of pandering started going on, and you’d see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism.”

“The entire country may disagree with me, but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism,” Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. “Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don’t see why people care about patriotism.”

Some excellent comments and quotes at Wiz Bang.

And an appearance by Al Gore – what a bonus!

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Prince John (Edwards) Charming comes through for sweet Amanda Marcotte

What a guy

The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte’s and Melissa McEwan’s posts personally offended me. It’s not how I talk to people, and it’s not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it’s intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I’ve talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone’s faith, and I take them at their word. We’re beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can’t let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.

And Cinderalla herself speaks up:

My writings on my personal blog Pandagon on the issue of religion are generally satirical in nature and always intended strictly as a criticism of public policies and politics. My intention is never to offend anyone for his or her personal beliefs, and I am sorry if anyone was personally offended by writings meant only as criticisms of public politics. Freedom of religion and freedom of expression are central rights, and the sum of my personal writings is a testament to this fact.

The sum of genteel Miss Marcotte’s personal writings are a testament alright. And this whole situation is a testament to a disconnection with reality.

But let’s not confuse the effect with the rationale—which is both risible and insulting. Because were it really never Marcotte’s intent to malign anyone’s faith, she probably wouldn’t have dedicated so many hate-filled blog posts to, you know—maligning anyone’s faith.

Of course it was her intent. Just as it was McEwan’s intent. And worst of all, Edwards knows it. That he has pretended to take the two at their word, in an ostentatious gesture of “trust,” is precisley the kind of staged treacle that makes people doubt the sincerity of politicians; and that both Marcotte and McEwan have assured their own personal Patriarch that they’ll behave, now that he’s promoted them to the grownups’ table, is, to put it bluntly, one of the most pathetic public surrenderings of personal integrity I’ve ever seen.

And they lived happily ever after…

More from one of my favorites (Allahpundit).

And another favorite. (Mary Katherine Ham)

And Michelle Malkin

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Will Edwards stand by his Amanda? Next on “As the Blog Turns”

When we last left the pair, Amanda was taking baths, shaving her armpits & legs, and trying to delete and modify skanky posts at Pandagon all in an attempt to fit in with l’objet de son désir (pardon my French), presidential wannabe, John Edwards.

Though she blogged like she was from the wrong side of the tracks, the handsome candidate with stylish hair and good teeth attempted to save her from her lowly condition. Surely her past would stay in the past.

But alas, the evil conservative bloggers and that misogynist Catholic church would not allow it to be.

The Catholic League, a conservative religious group, is demanding that Mr. Edwards dismiss the two, Amanda Marcotte of the Pandagon blog site and Melissa McEwan, who writes on her blog, Shakespeare’s Sister, for expressing anti-Catholic opinions.

Mr. Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, is among the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said in a statement on Tuesday, “John Edwards is a decent man who has had his campaign tarnished by two anti-Catholic vulgar trash-talking bigots.”

Mr. Edwards’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, said Tuesday night that the campaign was weighing the fate of the two bloggers.

The two women brought to the Edwards campaign long cyber trails in the incendiary language of the blogosphere. Other campaigns are likely to face similar controversies as they try to court voters using the latest techniques of online communication.

Ms. Marcotte wrote in December that the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to the use of contraception forced women “to bear more tithing Catholics.” In another posting last year, she used vulgar language to describe the church doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

She has also written sarcastically about the news media coverage of the three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexual assault, saying: “Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair.”

Why is the Catholic League trying to tarnish the reputation of this genteel young woman?

Catholic League president Bill Donohue is demanding that presidential hopeful John Edwards fire two recently hired anti-Catholics who have joined his team: Amanda Marcotte as Blogmaster and Melissa McEwan as the Netroots Coordinator. Here’s why:

“Writing on the Pandagon blogsite, December 26, 2006, Amanda Marcotte wrote that ‘the Catholic church is not about to let something like compassion for girls get in the way of using the state as an instrument to force women to bear more tithing Catholics.’ On October 9, 2006, she said that ‘the Pope’s gotta tell women who give birth to stillborns that their babies are cast into Satan’s maw.’ On the same day she wrote that ‘it’s going to be bad PR for the church, so you can sort of see why the Pope is dragging ass.’ And on June 14, 2006, she offered the following Q&A: ‘What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit,’ to which she replied, ‘You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.’

So unfair!

Who, WHO, WHO will save her? Bryan at HotAir has some answers:

Over at MyDD this incident has been taken with the seriousness of a nuclear attack:

I have a pretty vicious rant and an important action alert lined up, but I am waiting to hear from the Edwards camp about the fate of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan before doing anything.

Two things spring to mind. First, if you think having both a “vicious rant” AND an “important action alert” teed up constitute words that should strike fear into a presidential candidate, you either have a very high opinion of yourself or a very low opinion of the candidate. Or both. Second, it’s hilarious. It just is, as written, hilarious. Unintentionally, of course.

Oh, and there’s her name. McEwan. Got it.

Over at Crooks & Liars, John Amato is promising that a Pandora’s Box has been opened. I suppose a line has also been crossed, a martini has been shaken and an i has been dotted. A cliche has certainly been loosed upon an unsuspecting world. And someone’s taking himself and this whole incident waaaay too seriously.

Way too seriously, Bryan? I think not. Ace of Spades analyzes the seriousness of this and other equally important “Action Alerts.”

And the sweet Miss Marcotte is in the fight for her very blogging life with the Pandagon Papers.

Is there no voice of reason amongst the evil-doers?

First, I agree with Allah:

I don’t like to see anyone fired, no matter how much they deserve it . . .

I share this attitude in general. The feeling, which Allah and I share, is that blogging has gotten too dangerous. This is one reason that I have said repeatedly that I hope Edwards keeps Marcotte. And if he has fired her, I hope he does rehire her.

The other reason I hope Edwards uses Marcotte is that she is an obvious liability to Edwards. Since I don’t like Edwards, why in the world would I want him to lose a liability?

Now, judging from the reaction from the left blogosphere today, lefties generally disagree with me, and think that Marcotte is not a liability. They believe that her rhetoric is not that unusual. A bit profane, perhaps, but not something that should really offend Americans that much.

This view is, of course, utterly insane, as any rational person even vaguely familiar with Marcotte’s writings is well aware. The proof is in the links three paragraphs up, as well as in various places around the blogosphere. It’s not hard to find. If you’re bad at surfing, just go to her site and browse around.

Mr. Edwards – what will you do? The world awaits…until next time on “As the Blog Turns.”

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