Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linking In

Some of the good stuff on the internet in mid-week...

SHOULD CHEVY DEALERSHIP GET STATE INCENTIVES TO 'STAY AFLOAT'? MEDC BOARD APPROVES RENOVATION PLAN
This makes no sense for economic development. Local-economy retail businesses don't bring wealth into the community, they just split up local spending. If one dealership fails (and there's a market need) another will open. So why are we spending tax dollars to prop up this dealership?





DEMS LAUNCH NEW AD ATTACKING TERRI LYNN LAND ON SUPPORT FOR WOMEN
Silently sipping coffee apparently didn't end the debate for "Silent Terri".


40 PERCENT OF RESTAURANT WORKERS LIVE IN NEAR-POVERTY
Workers are being exploited, and so are the taxpayers -- the social safety net amounts to a massive subsidy for restaurant chain owners. One-in-six restaurant workers lives below the poverty level, being asked to live on third-world wages.
You would expect that workers in such dire straights would want to unionize but, of course, the GOP makes sure that won't help them with their "Right to Work for Less" laws.

ECLECTABLOG - TERRI LYNN LAND EMBRACES TEA PARTY'S "FORCE STATES TO RAISE GAS TAXES ON THEMSELVES TO FIX ROADS ACT"
And in the process, "Silent Terri" tries to blame Gary Peters for Michigan not getting enough money back from Washington.
Right. It's all the fault of a member of the minority party in the U.S. House. Actually, Michigan's status as a "donor state" has been going on for decades thanks to the growing dominance of southern states, especially Florida and Texas.
She wants to eliminate the federal gas tax and leave the transportation infrastructure to the states. In Michigan, that would mean doubling the gas tax. Think the Michigan Legislature is ready to do that? No. They'll just let our oh-so-crappy roads get even worse.

JUDGES CHIDE STATE LAWYERS OVER GAY MARRIAGE BANS
Significantly the most skeptical judge was a Reagan appointee to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals as he lambasted lawyers defending marriage inequality in Wisconsin and Indiana.
"It was a tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry - a tradition that got swept away," the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of same sex marriage, Posner said, derives from "a tradition of hate ... and savage discrimination" of homosexuals.


GOVERNOR'S RACE SPENDING COULD TOP $40M, WITH MUCH ON POLITICAL ADS
It won't be a record.
Thanks to billionaire Rich DeVos' self-funded $38-million effort in 2006 (which, you may recall, failed) the 2014 will likely claim 2nd place on the spending charts. Much of the money, according to Michigan Campaign Finance Network guru Rich Robinson, will come from out-of-state.
The Snyder campaign will be back on the TV after Labor Day; Schauer is running a commercial now reemphasizing his theme of "an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy."
Hopefully we'll see more shots of Governor Snyder SCUBA diving in his swimming pool.

At the Democratic Party state convention last weekend delegates were urged to call, email and Tweet Governor Snyder to protest a second 10-percent pay cut for Detroit teachers (they took a 10% cut in 2011, with no raises after that). The DPS dictator Emergency Manager, Jack Martin, said he also planned to put 43 students in some classroom.
Pay teachers less, increase their workload, minimize individual attention for students: not exactly a formula for education excellence. (Maybe the idea is to incentivize parents to send kids to those awesomely effective profit-based charter schools?)

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