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What's New in Michigan Politics March 2012

Updated on February 6, 2013
U.S. Senator Carl Levin
U.S. Senator Carl Levin | Source

What's New in Michigan and National Politics

What's New in Michigan Politics provides news and informed commentary on Michigan politics and national political and economic news of importance to Michigan.

Paul Ryan--"Mitt Romney is the 'Real Deal'"

Paul Ryan: Mitt Romney Is Not Bob Dole Or John McCain

Have no fear, conservatives, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) told Wisconsin radio Friday: Mitt Romney is the real deal. In his second appearance since publicly endorsing Romney Friday morning on Fox News, Ryan told the hometown crowd back in Wisconsin not to worry about Romney's conservative credentials.

"Look, I was not a fan of Bob Dole being our nominee in 1996. I didn't support John McCain throughout the primary, I supported other people last time," he said. "This is not the same kind of candidate. I believe Mitt Romney, from just talking to him, understands the enormous, precarious moment America is facing now and exactly what it's going to take to get this country back on track and I don't think he's going to cut and run. I think he's going to get the principals right."

Both Dole and McCain are prominent supporters of Romney, and have acted as his surrogate on the campaign trail.


Hedge Fund Hogs Still Feeding Big in 2011
Hedge Fund Hogs Still Feeding Big in 2011

Biggest Hogs in 2011

Top Money Makers

RANKNAMEFIRMVALUEAll figures from AR’s 11th annual Rich List ranking of the 25 top-earning hedge fund managers for 2011.

1 Ray Dalio Bridgewater Associates $3.9 billion

2 Carl Icahn Icahn Capital Management $2.5 billion

3 James H. Simons Renaissance Technologies Corp. $2.1 billion

4 Kenneth C. Griffin Citadel $700 million

5 Steven A. Cohen SAC Capital Partners$585 million

The Borowitz Report--An Argument Against Health Care

An Argument Against Healthcare

From the National Alliance of Funeral Directors

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – The following message was released today by the National Alliance of Funeral Directors:

This week, several Republican Supreme Court Justices have argued that the Affordable Care Act supported by the Obama Administration is unconstitutional. At the National Alliance of Funeral Directors, we couldn’t agree more.

It was Revolutionary War hero Patrick Henry who said, in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.” From that moment on, legal scholars have agreed that the Constitution guarantees every American the liberty to be dead. Here at the Alliance, we will fight for your right to be dead to the death.

Let’s take a look, if you will, at the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which protects every American’s right to shoot another American. It says nothing about giving the person who is shot health insurance to prevent him from dying. This cherished constitutional right to shoot people and make them dead is currently recognized in all fifty states, most recently Florida.

In commenting on the Affordable Care Act this week, Justice Samuel Alito compared the Obama healthcare plan to burial insurance. Coincidentally, burial insurance is the Republican healthcare plan, and one that we enthusiastically support. Under this plan, every American would be mandated to buy a coffin from one of our member-owned and operated funeral homes. May we recommend the Peaceful Valley Royale,™ a luxury mahogany casket with sienna satin interior and the finest imitation antique nickel handles ($2899).

As the organization representing America’s funeral directors, gravediggers, embalmers and cremators, we are confident that the Supreme Court will ultimately do the right thing and decide that healthcare flies in the face of every American’s constitutional right to the pursuit of deadness. And when they do, we’ll be waiting for you.


The National Alliance of Funeral Directors

Hutaree Acquitted Suspects
Hutaree Acquitted Suspects

Abandoned Packard Plant--Opened 1903. Closed 1957. Albert Kahn Design. deedsphotos

Abandoned Packard Plant
Abandoned Packard Plant | Source
Happy 90th Birthday, Governor Milliken!
Happy 90th Birthday, Governor Milliken! | Source
Wayne County Executive Ficano
Wayne County Executive Ficano | Source
Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin
Romney No Longer Puts Fido on Top of His Car
Romney No Longer Puts Fido on Top of His Car

The Borowitz Report--A Tough Choice for Bigots This Year

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – With a fall presidential contest between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney seeming increasingly likely, America’s bigots are finding themselves in a quandary over which candidate to support, prominent bigots confirmed today.

Across the U.S., voters who describe themselves as bigots are complaining that a first-ever matchup between a Black man and a Mormon, while historic, is forcing them to ask a difficult question: which group do they hate more?

“I’ve always seen myself as pretty versatile, bigotry-wise,” said Herb Torlinson, a hardware salesman from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. “But I guess this is going to be an election that really puts my different hates to the test.”

At the Clapboard Corner Café in Youngstown, Ohio, a group of bigots who gather for breakfast once a week to discuss their dislike of various racial and religious groups echoed Mr. Torlinson’s sentiments.

“I actually cried when Rick Perry dropped out of the race,” said David Colehurn, a disgruntled hater who works at a nearby Pep Boys. “He may be brain-damaged and all, but at least he’s White and Christian.”

Mr. Colehurn said that his bigotry towards both Black people and Mormons was making him entertain thoughts of voting for a third-party candidate, but that he was “turned off” by the possibility of a bid from Texas congressman Ron Paul: “I hate old people.”

In other political news, former Sen. Rick Santorum revealed that he made his first sweater vest himself when he tore off the sleeves of his straitjacket.

3-17-12Today's Doonesberry Strip Courtesy of Slate

Today's Doonesbury Courtesy of

Doonesbury Strip March 14, 2012 Which the Detroit Free Press Declined to Carry
Doonesbury Strip March 14, 2012 Which the Detroit Free Press Declined to Carry | Source

3-13-12Slate Today's Doonesbury, CENSORED BY DETROIT FREE PRESS

Doonesbury Strip 3-13-12 CENSORED BY DETROIT FREE PRESS!!
Doonesbury Strip 3-13-12 CENSORED BY DETROIT FREE PRESS!! | Source
Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks | Source
Strip Censored by the Free Press.
Strip Censored by the Free Press.
Troy Mayor Janice Daniels
Troy Mayor Janice Daniels | Source
Moroun | Source
U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of Senate Defense Committee
U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of Senate Defense Committee | Source

Bloomberg Business Week on Federal Reserve Policy and the Economy 2-19-12

"It bears repeating: Further monetary easing is needed and abrupt fiscal tightening should be put on hold. The alternative would be to risk another round of one step forward, two steps, back.

"The Fed, you could argue, is doing all it can. On January 25 the central bank said it expected to keep interest rates close to zero for almost three years, a newly extended time frame that amounts to a subtle loosening of monetary conditions. Ben Bernanke then went even further.

"The central bank has an inflation target of 2 percent, he said--a firmer statement than before and an upward tweaking of the Fed's inflation goal...Bernanke tweaked it again by saying the Fed's dual mandate to maintain full employment as well as price stability implied patience in bringing inflation back down when the economy is very weak.

"From a market psychology point of view, the Fed's gloom roughly cancels out the comparatively timid steps it is taking to loosen its policy. To be effective, the Fed must be bolder. It should affirm that, under exceptional circumstances, it would permit a period of higher-than-target inflation. When unemployment is high, short-term interest rates near zero, short-term, and inflationary pressures diminishing, a rise in expected inflation--so long as it is carefully controlled-is not a problem to be avoided but a necessary part of the solution.

"The Fed should also embark on another round of bond buying, known as quantitative easing, to put more cash into the economy. together these steps would provide effective monetary easing--though not necessarily, one should note, lower nominal bond yields. Indeed, if nominal long-term interest rates keep falling, inflation expectations are subsiding, and the policy isn't working."


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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Romney Creams Santorum in Illinois

      CHICAGO — Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary on Tuesday, using the full force of his campaign and an argument that he has the best chance of defeating President Obama to overcome doubts among the more conservative voters at the heart of his party.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Pentagon says an Israeli attack on Iran would produce dire results for the United States--a possible regional war which could draw in this country.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The recent bank foreclosure settlement could also end up doing more to clean up the banks’ books than to help homeowners. Banks will be required to provide at least $17 billion worth of principal-reduction loan modifications and other relief, like forbearance for unemployed homeowners. Compelling the banks to do principal write-downs is an undeniable accomplishment of the settlement. But the amount of relief is still tiny compared with the problem. And the banks also get credit toward their share of the settlement for other actions that should be required, not rewarded.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Breaking News-- Karzai Wants U.S. Troops Confined to Bases - Taliban Suspend Peace Talks -

      Prospects for an orderly withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan suffered two blows on Thursday as President Hamid Karzai demanded that the United States confine troops to major bases by next year.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYPD straight out of Franz Kafka! Incredible!

      One night in October 2009, a team of police officers, led by a deputy chief, raided the home of a police officer named Adrian Schoolcraft, and dragged him out of his bed and to the psychiatric emergency room at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He was held for six days in a locked ward. No judge was involved. There was no hearing.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday blocked Texas from enforcing a new law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls, contending that the rule would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible Hispanic voters.

      Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID (December 24, 2011)

      The decision, which follows a similar move in December blocking a law in South Carolina, brought the Obama administration deeper into the politically and racially charged fight over a wave of new voting restrictions, enacted largely by Republicans in the name of combating voter fraud.

      In a letter to the Texas state government, Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, said the state had failed to meet its requirement, under the Voting Rights Act, to show that the measure would not disproportionately disenfranchise registered minority voters.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Colorado-based abstinence program provided false and misleading information to Michigan students

      An abstinence-only presentation provided to numerous school districts in Calhoun and Eaton Counties in October of this year provided false and misleading information.

      Michigan Messenger

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good news!

      The overwhelming exodus of advertisers from Rush Limbaugh's show has big-name companies rethinking their relationship with talk radio.

      According to a memo published by the industry website, at least 98 advertisers -- including big names like Ford, GM and McDonald's -- have indicated they want to avoid "environments likely to stir negative sentiments." (Huffington Post 3-9-12)

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-3-12NYTimes--AIPAC Pressuring Obama on Iran

      Israel’s Backers in Aipac Press Obama to Harden Iran Policy -

      From Congress to a major conference of American Jews and other supporters of Israel, President Obama is being buffeted by calls for a more aggressive posture toward Tehran.


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