Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Feels Like Monday But It's Tuesday Links

This post will be updated through the day as the muse moves the Curmudgeon.
Here's what going around the internet as schools reopen throughout Michigan...

SNYDER TALKS 'ROAD TO RECOVERY' IN NEW CAMPAIGN AD: 'YOU MIGHT NOT FEEL IT YET, BUT YOU WILL SOON'
The soft-spoken Tough Nerd apparently finally realizes that Michigan's "comeback" is lagging behind the rest of the nation. So his latest commercial does two things:

  1. Promises that average citizens will feel the recovery ... some day, and
  2. Takes credit for the 300,000 increase in private-sector jobs while forgetting the most are the direct result of federal (i.e., Obama and Democrats) action to save GM and Chrysler.
It's another "Morning in Michigan" commercial that misses the Mark.

From Schauer campaign spokesperson Cathy Bacile Cunningham:
"The fact that Snyder is lecturing voters about when they’ll ‘feel’ a recovery, and complaining about not getting enough credit, just shows that this governor is not on the side of regular people. Seniors are feeling the Snyder Retirement Tax. Parents are feeling higher taxes since Snyder eliminated the child tax credit. And students are feeling Snyder’s education cuts with larger class sizes. Michigan needs a governor who will build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy, and that’s exactly what Mark Schauer will do.



SNYDER LOSES STYLE POINTS WITH MICHIGAN MEDIA
From the Democracy Tree blog, notes on how the promises of an open, transparent government quickly gave way to secrecy and pushback from the mainstream media. A good read from Amy Kerr Hardin, one of the Curmudgeon's partners on the Michigan Policast.

MEA TAKES ON SNYDER FOR CLASSROOM BUDGET CUTS
While the Governor is claiming to have increased education funding by $1-billion, the MEA is injecting a little realism into the debate with a YouTube video.
Best part of the video: "Fake Rick Snyder" SCUBA diving just like the Tough Nerd did last year in his first campaign video.


WEALTHY POLITICAL DONORS SEIZE ON NEW LATITUDE TO GIVE TO UNLIMITED CANDIDATES
Thankfully the unconscionable discrimination against the wealthy has ended and they can now buy as many political candidates as they want.
Our freedom-loving Supreme Court has decided that money is speech (and corporations can have religious beliefs, and can have their feelings bruised). So unlimited free speech means you can buy all the speech you want in the political arena no matter how corrupting that might be. And the wealthy are responding.

EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT AUTHORITY APOLOGIZES FOR INCREDIBLY DECEPTIVE RECRUITMENT LETTERS
Eclectablog follows up on its revelation that the new Detroit Schools Dictator realizes, with 20-20 hindsight, that she screwed up bigtime in an effort to deceive suburban students into enrolling in the failing school system she and the Governor run. The incident is becoming typical of this administration which has had multiple problems with appointees who are seemingly disconnected from ethical and/or honest behavior.

Arthur Treacher (no relation to
Randall Treacher)
JUDGE: TOP STATE PRISON OFFICIAL MAY HAVE LIED ABOUT ROLE IN FIRING
Yes, another potential scandal involving a Snyder appointee. This time the official is Corrections Deputy Director Randall Treacher, and the suspicion of Ingham Circuit Judge James Jame that Treacher committed perjury (that's a felony) in testimony relating to the firing of another MDOC official.
At issue was the firing of Stephen Marschke. He was bounced as head of internal affairs. The Detroit Free Press reports he was escorted out of his state office in what was called a "cost-cutting Move" but Marschke calls retribution against a whistleblower.
Treacher's testimony conflicted with documents unearthed after he gave his version in court. '"There is a fundamental flaw in the record if it is based on false, or, should I say perjured testimony," Jamo said.'

HOW WOULD MICHIGAN RECOUP MONEY UNDER TERRI LYNN LAND'S ROAD PLAN?
The latest silly statement out of Silent Terri's oral orifice calls for cutting the federal gas tax by 77% and letting the states maintain our national road system on a state-by-state basis. Michigan gets back more from the gas tax ($1.164-billion) than it sends to D.C. ($897-million), so for starters she's saying we should give up more than a quarter-of-a-billion dollars.
And does she really think our feckless Governor can get a replacement gas tax passed through the tea party controlled state Senate? Our roads are already horrid. Her "plan" would make them even worse.

ERIC CANTOR CASHING IN
He may have been dumped by Republican voters in his Virginia congressional district, but the former chief obstructionist in the U.S. House is doing just fine. His new gig, shilling for Wall Street, will pay him north of $1.5-million in his first year.
The Washington Post notes that Cantor will be "one of the few people to enter the finance industry from an institution that Americans actually hold in lower regard. Banks get a 26%  confidence grade in the most recent Gallup poll; Congress clocks in at 7%.


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