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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!
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!