Don't Be A Foster Kid Or Orphan In Michigan! Those Winters Will Be Cold When You Are Naked! GOP Bruce Caswell!

Second Hand Rose In Michigan!

Caswell wore hand me downs and loved it!
Caswell wore hand me downs and loved it!

Michigan Lawmakers Target Needy Children to Save Money!

The Michigan GOP state government is working desperately(insert giggle!) to balance the budget, and what do they do? The GOP in Michigan targets foster kids, and oh yes! the GOP in Michigan targets orphans. Michigan just lowered taxes by $1.8 Billion dollars to businesses. They must make that revenue up somehow! State Senator Bruce Caswell proposed a bill that mandated the $80 dollar yearly clothing allowance given to foster children be spent only at second hand stores, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Not surprised? Of course not! The GOP heard a mandate in the 2010 midterms. Didn't you hear it? I did! Just not in quite the same way as the Michigan GOP heard it! I heard it as JOBS, but Michigan legislators heard: Get those greedy little foster kids and orphans! Let's make sure they don't waste the money we give them. Let's make sure that they only wear hand me downs, or nothing at all!

To be fair. After news of Caswell's legislation became widespread, Senator Caswell received thousands of complaints and has since revised the legislation. From the Senator's website: "Senator Caswell initially proposed issuing a gift card for the clothing allowance for resale shops in order to ensure the money would actually go toward purchasing clothing. After a suggestion from a constituent, he plans to draft an amendment to the proposal that would direct the state to work with major retailers to create a gift card program that would ensure the clothing allowance money only purchases clothing and shoes at their stores. Furthermore, the amendment will direct DHS to negotiate with the retailers for a discount on those clothing items purchased with the allowance in order to get the best deal for the recipients."

As of this date, 04/26/2011, the amended legislation states: "The department shall distribute the clothing allowance under this section via clothing purchase cards for Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Volunteers of America Stores, or faith based resale shops, or other retailers for the purchase of shoes and clothing only. The department shall work with major retailers to negotiate a discount on those clothing items purchased with the allowance in order to get the best deal for the recipients."

May what be most interesting is this fact: Senator Caswell has no idea whether foster parents were misallocating any of this $80.00 allowance to begin with. Has he researched any fraud? No! He has no idea if this will save a penny. He just thought it would be a good idea to mandate that foster kids wear second hand clothes? How does this man, a retired teacher, who spent his whole life working with children, embrace the fog of nonsense that has enveloped the new GOP and author a bill that is designed to victimize children already in crisis, while lacking any evidence of a problem with the clothing fund? Caswell may have stated on his webpage that one constituent suggested he modify the legislation. Caswell was shamed into modifying the legislation by thousands of constituents! J-O-B-S!

Not to be outdone, last week the debate in Michigan also centered around the "back to school" clothing allowance given to orphans. In this way, foster children were not singled out unfairly. The DHS (Department of Human Services) subcommittee chair, Dave Agema, GOP, proposed slashing the approximate $62 dollar clothing allowance given to each of Michigan's orphans, all 160,000 of them, when they go back to school each year. So, the orphans in Michigan won't be getting any back to school clothes. Per Agema, "I think the hardship is negligible." Wonder if Agema's kids get any new clothes when school starts? Oh, but his kids have living parents. That's different.

Again, the $9.9 Million dollars that will be saved by disallowing clothes for the orphans of the state will help to make up for that $1.8 Billion dollar tax break for businesses. So, 160,000 orphans start school naked. No big deal in Michigan, I guess...The mandate, remember? J-O-B-S!

It Sucks To Be Poor In GOP Michigan!

The heavy-handed GOP in Michigan has not only passed "The We Will Take Over Your Cities and Schools" Law, they have eliminated the Earned Income Tax Credit for the lowest wage earners, they have cut breast and cervical cancer screening programs for poor women and they have even done away with any medical treatment for cancer for many low-income women.

Governor Rick Snyder, GOP, has also proposed taxing the pensions of seniors. That proposal caused such outrage that Snyder is busy trying to come up with a compromise, so that 50,000 organized seniors will not mount a recall effort against him or his cronies.

Snyder's emergency financial manager's legislation has already impacted the impoverished community of Benton Harbor. The appointed manager has fired the mayor and city council. He has taken over the schools and he is interested in seizing Benton Harbor's waterfront park and allowing a golf course and subdivision to be built by a corporation yet unnamed. The waterfront property was a gift to Benton Harbor from a resident, in memory of their daughter who died.

To suggest that the GOP government in Michigan has created a dictatorship that is victimizing poor, needy children, low income women and even seniors is an understatement. The GOP dictatorship is thriving, while children in Michigan may go naked. Way to go GOP!


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I am embarassed that I am from Michigan and I Weep for the chidren. The most defenseless of our society suffers the most for the greed of the GOP. What goes around comes around many oligarchsare finding that out the pendulum always swings back. Go get'em Jillian!

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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

I didn't know that there was a state leadership that could surpass Wisconsin in regards to meanness and cruelty to their middle class, poor, and seniors. But Michigan has been able to pull it off. The chutzpah they have showed in pulling this off is amazing. Great Hub. President Obama no longer needs to campaign in Michigan. Their GOP is campaigning for him already with these despicable actions.

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Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

Sad state of affairs, Michigan I guess is a broke state!To pick on the poorest people that can't help themselves is awful and outrageous. Thanks for exposing them!

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Jillian, of course this is a well-written and informative article, but I find this matter to be so completely disgusting, I can only comment to ask...what the hell is wrong with everybody?


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Peter,

This disgusts me! And you are right. What goes around, does come around, and I hope it is soon. Do these people think that no one will expose them for the mean-spirited, ridiculous buffoons they are? Thanks, Peter! As I said, this is pretty low!

Dear HSchneider,

Believe me, Wisconsin is not far behind. I am checking on the cuts they are making to the Badger Medicaid program. I hope you are right! I hope that voters remember these things.

Dear Nan,

I agree. It is outrageous! Kids! Target the kids that have already gone through enough trauma in their lives. There is no excuse, not even the 'we can't afford it' that is their staple. I say B.S to that one!

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Fay,

I know. I feel the same way. We cannot allow this to continue. It has to stop NOW!

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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

It's reassuring to know that this sort of thing isn't unopposed, when there are people like you around. Speaking of ‘around’ - someone mentioned in the comments - 'what goes around comes around', and generally what goes around the USA, comes around here (the UK). So, more power to your elbow Jillian.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Amillar,

So hard to believe that this could happen anywhere, let alone the US or the UK! Thought we were kinder, at least, to children. I hope it does NOT come around to the UK. Let me know!

credence2 5 years ago

Michigan is a model of what it is that the GOP proposes on the national level, obscenely reduce taxes for the well heeled and take the large resulting deficit and reduce social programs. The GOP is so predictable. Jillian, as I have said before "People are Dumb". Like you have said, where are the jobs. Just ask John of Orange (Boner) and Scarecrow (McConnell). They are using their terms in office to subject us to loathesome ideological beliefs and policies

I often feel like I am screaming at people to wake up and pull your head up while locked behind a plexiglas barrier. No one seems to hear and continue to go about their business.

Thanks again

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

I hear you, Credence! Many more listening now than in November, that's for sure!

Deanna 5 years ago

I am ashamed. Orphans are our children. I have some questions for Mr. Caswell: Do you buy your underwear at secondhand stores? How many times must you wash them before you feel comfortable wearing them? Which resale shops do you shop at to get your used intimate apparel? Do you have recommendations as to which resale shop has the best selection on brassieres for developing young girls? Do they have dressing rooms so they can be tried on first as not to waste the precious $80 alloted?

This is a shameful way to treat children.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Deanna,

Would love it if you sent your questions to Caswell! He should be forced to answer questions. Cruel people!

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Good article. It seems there is no limit or boundary to the attacks on the American public by these snakes in the grass. My question is: just how did these idiot get "elected"? I am beginning to believe my own conspiracy theory about elections being won by computer hackers instead of vote counting.

Michigan has reached the same status as Wisconsin, Maine and Florida. What a bunch of idiots.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear d.william,

Your conspiracy theory about computer hackers is widespread. The computer voting machines with no paper trail is an assault on voting. Statistics are available for elections and the votes don't add up right. There is a series of you tube videos on voter fraud that is really interesting---

This is one- check them out if you are interested!

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Thanks, I did check it out and added these videos to those hubs in which i adamantly assert that our elections are being sabotaged.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear d.william,

So happy that you found them useful! Scary, isn't it?

Gerald Long 5 years ago


Great job. Thank you for all that you do. Bless you. I am greatful that there are writers out there who care as much as you do about trying to improve things and getting the real stories out. It's tragic that Yahoo's link to OMG and the lstest actress fashion faux pax directs the attention of so many away from articles like these. Fox and Murdoch and Yahoo are fiddling while Rome burns. Thank you again :)

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Tegen 5 years ago

As a foster parent I would love to get an $80 card to goodwill or something like it. But no in my area they give us a card to Grodmens for $120. doesn't really make up for having to get a 1 yr old $30 pants. $120 doesn't go to far with those prices. god forbid you need shoe the cheapest one it a 1 yr old's size is $80. $3 jeans at goodwill is what most of there clothing ends up.

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