June is a pivotal month for Michigan and our Country. Two extremely important rulings are due in June from the Supreme Court of the United States. Michigan citizens needs to be prepared.
But first a update on just what is happening with road funding since Prop 1 was demolished at the ballot box.
1. Road Funding
Yes that’s right. Nothing means no new taxes. New taxes are almost NEVER rescinded or reduced.
Prop 1 send a message for real solutions instead of the default politicians answer of new taxes and it has sent the politicians scrambling to come up with something.
Our lame duck Governor Snyder whose political capital has been spend by the utter destruction of his Prop 1 (he announced he is not running for president 2 days after the defeat of Prop 1) won’t hear of anything but new taxes.
The House passed it’s own bill “shifting funds” with Unicorn pronouncements of “revenue projections” with a 1 billion price tag. However, it is highly unlikely the Senate will as pass it as they have their own plan or Meekhof has one of 700 million while ignoring Senator Colbeck’s plan that does not include any new taxes.
There you go, gridlock. But gridlock means NO NEW TAXES. Gov Snyder might try a summer session to twist arms and woo Democrats but I would be surprised if anything meaningful results. So in the end we will have Gov Snyder to thank for no new taxes.
“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” Joseph Story- Commentaries on the Constitution — 1833
A ruling is to come this month on whether the Obama Care subsides are invalid in states with Federally default run Exchanges and that includes Michigan. Michigan, thanks to the Tea Party and other Liberty activists did not set up a state exchange.
If the court rules the subsidies are invalid what does that mean?
It means that there will be no Federal dollars for insurance premiums which means that people currently enrolled will see their premiums rise dramatically. Many will drop their coverage. If they cannot pay, then they will be fined for not buying health insurance.
Those people will not be happy.
Since it’s Federal program, the “what to do” falls into Congress lap. However, in states with no State Exchange, like Michigan Democrats will still pounce on this, organize hoards of angry demonstrators, demonizing Republicans, Tea Party for not instituting a State Exchange, demanding that one be set up immediately, for the “poor and children”
This can get ugly.
Republicans except for a few will immediately go into damage control by:
“State lawmakers could mitigate the impact by setting up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. But that can’t be done overnight.
States might try authorizing an exchange, and then contracting with the federal government to run it. But that sort of end-run might prompt lawsuits from opponents of the law.”
Never mind that this is proof of the unconstitutional wreckage of government involved in citizen’s personal health care and that Obama Care is the most destructive, ruinous public policy EVER perpetrated on America.
We need to be pro-active and not reactive here. You can start by calling your Rep, I don’t care if they are hard core Liberals and tell them you won’t stand for a creation of a State Exchange. You can pass a long any article you find by Googling “Obama Care Fallout” or send him/her this article.
“The once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector has been “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations,…Hawaii is not the only ObamaCare exchange to be plagued by troubles. Despite the government (taxpayers) investing $4.5 billion into state-run exchanges, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico and Nevada have also shut down their operations.”
This ruling could be the impetus for a summer session in order to push through policy.
Yes I realize this is a huge problem, big government Frankenstein was created some time ago however don’t we need to start somewhere?
Are we getting anywhere by continuing to prop up huge unconstitutional government programs that have pushed our taxes continually upwards,trapped people into big brother government controlled programs that have forced our government in a state of perpetual bankruptcy?
Don’t we have a moral obligation to do something?
This is the best place I know to start. “Stop the insanity” before our United States goes the way of Greece. It CAN happen here.
3. U.S. Supreme Court Decision on homosexual marriage
“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.” G. K. Chesterton
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will decide if the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, makes marriage a fundamental right afforded to everyone, homosexual, heterosexual, transsexual or “whatever.”
Michigan’s Constitution only acknowledges marriage between a man and woman.
STATE CONSTITUTION (EXCERPT)
CONSTITUTION OF MICHIGAN OF 1963
§ 25 Marriage.
To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.
History: Add. Init., approved Nov. 2, 2004, Eff. Dec. 18, 2004
What happens if SCOTUS rules that the right to homosexual marriage is not a fundamental right under the Fourteenth Amendment?
Then the decision is left to the states to decide.
What happens if SCOTUS rules that the right to homosexual marriage is a fundamental right under the Fourteenth Amendment?
All states are forced to perform and recognize gay marriages.
And Greg McNeily is a happy husband or wife?
“It (SCOTUS) will be asked by lawyers for four states to uphold the Sixth Circuit decision and, if it does that, the same-sex marriage lawsuits would either be dismissed by the Justices or would be sent back to lower courts to do so.
In that event, the federal constitutional issue would be resolved by default; the Court would not say what the Fourteenth Amendment meant on the issue.
In Michigan: Gays and lesbians could continue to try to gain access to marriage by pressing lawsuits in state courts, under state constitutions. And they could turn, as the Sixth Circuit suggested, to state legislatures or to ballot measure campaigns.
As a result, America would not know, for perhaps several years, just where such marriages would be allowed.” SCOTUS Blog
Devos funded Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) where McNeily is on the board, just hired Bolger. If you recall, Bolger received big money from out of state homosexual activists and helped recruit defeated State Rep Frank Foster to help him push changing Michigan’s Civil Rights Act, Elliot-Larson to include homosexuals. Bolger was also key to passing the Medicaid Expansion in Michigan. Both have come out of the closet, as Democrats.
Oh and about that Medicaid Expansion, as we reported in our last Newsletter, “The Expansion pushers “estimated” that 450,000 people would sign up. It’s now over 600,000″
“The initial 100% federal match rate for the expansion population is very tempting, but the match rate starts to decline in three years and falls to 90% by 2020. In addition, the state must pay (taxpayers) all added administrative costs as well as its higher share of coverage for other eligible citizens outside the expansion band who are not now enrolled but who would likely do so after the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate triggers in 2014.” “Why States Should Not Expand Medicaid”
So you can reek policy havoc and then go on to a lucrative new job with the intent of reeking more havoc. Isn’t being a compromising politician great?
Bolger’s friend former House Rep Pete Lund (“As far as I’m concerned, Jase Bolger – along with the Senate and the governor’s office – have pointed the state in the right direction,” said Rep. Pete Lund, a key Republican lawmaker from Macomb County’s Shelby Township”) was named as the new Michigan Americans For Prosperity (AFP) director replacing the terminated Scott Hagerstrom who ticked off the Establishment (that includes DeVos & Co) one to many times by actually doing what AFP was originally created to do, advocate for limited government. The Establishment takes no prisoners.
With the announcement of Lund as director, AFP is now a caricature of itself and is in control of the political elite of Michigan.
Six Degrees of DeVoses is beginning to be Six Degrees of Greg McNeily. Be concerned, be very concerned.
And if you believe as I do, in the power of prayer, now is the time to press in for our state and country.