NITC/DRIC BRIDGE AGREEMENT
From time to time we feature different authors who we feel add important observations and facts to an issue. The article below is written from “across the bridge” by Canadian blogger/author Ed Arditti who has closely followed the NITC/DRIC process from both sides of the Bridge and has written a series of investigative reports which may be found HERE
He has two excellent articles of late,…
I need to ask this question. Is the Governerd somehow a descendant of the Indian tribe that sold Manhattan to the Dutch for $24? That deal was a brilliant transaction compared with the deal that the Governerd signed with Canada….to read the article The Selling Out Of Michigan And The United States
The Agreement itself may be found HERE
And his latest is assessment of the Bridge Agreement.
This article will give you two choices dear reader:
1) You can read all of it to determine that the so-called Canada/Michigan Agreement is nothing more than a 54 page nonbinding Letter of Intent without a legal obligation to do anything on Canada’s part and with no remedy to allow Michigan to force compliance on Canada, and
1a) You can read the sneaky, Machiavellian way that Michigan will pay out money for DRIC
2) You can discover how disadvantaged Michigan is under the Letter of Intent by reading this excerpt only from a news story that shows how detailed Canada’s control over the border file is and that the Governerd admits that he is powerless to do anything about it: to read the rest of the article…The PM/Governerd Non-Agreement DRIC Agreement
Mr. Arditti also address the question of that “pesky” Constitution: Article I, Section 10: “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation;”
The Governor does have to get a Presidential Permit
This authority applies to all new border crossings and to all substantial modifications of existing crossings at the international border. Working with federal agencies such as the Department of Transportation, the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State determines whether a proposed border-crossing project is in the U.S. national interest.
The Obama administration is very likely to support the bridge as Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood attended the announcement of the agreement and both Gov. Snyder and the Canadians have been in close communications with the Obama administration on the bridge project.
Does the Presidential permit, like the Governor and his bridge do an end run around the Constitution by granting the power to a state in the name of national interest?
I am not a Constitutional scholar however it appears to be a plain meaning and there are many questions that need to be answered including encroachment of Michigan sovereign but Constitutionality should be first and foremost
We at Grassroots in Michigan are not opposed to a Bridge, but we are opposed to the methodology used by the current administration and the negation of the best interest of Michigan and her citizens.
However the big questions are “If something sounds too good to be true, what’s the catch?” Why would Canada foot the bill? Why would Gov. Snyder go the the extremes of circumventing our Reps (our voice), and cut a shaky deal with Canada?
We want to hear from you. What do YOU think?
The group has collected more than 420,000 signatures, almost 100,000 more than needed, Blashfield said. Petition campaigns always try to turn in a cushion of signatures because they must be verified as those of registered voters.
The committee will continue collecting signatures right up until the July 9 deadline to turn in petitions to the Secretary of State.
However, apparently the Governor deliberately wants to keep out the voice of the People:
“The bridge deal signed Friday between Michigan and Canada includes language intended to nullify a petition drive to require a public vote on the New International Trade Crossing.
I signed about two weeks ago. If you have not signed and want to sign the petition information is available on the web site “The People Should Decide”
Supreme Court Ruling: Our New Health Care “Adventure”
From our sister Group, Grassroots in Nebraska
So, the long-awaited moment is nearly here. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on several health care “reform” cases1 this week. Most probably the ruling will come today, which is the last day officially scheduled in the current term. Some pundits have wondered whether the Court will even extend the term because of the health care rulings – but other say that’s not likely.
Regardless of precisely when a ruling is released, many have looked for it to provide certainty on the whole issue of health care. But, as President Kennedy once said:
” …the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.”
~ State of the Union Address, January 11, 1962
.…to read the rest of the article click HERE