In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Bipartisanship..Not This Time
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
R's Helping Detroit--What?
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
So What? Now What?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Setting Record Straight
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Where's the Data?
Monday, May 16, 2011
INVITATION FOR PARTNERSHIP
TEL: +27 833 683 978
In order to transfer out (US$15 Million) Fifteen Million United States Dollars from First National Bank (FNB). I have picked up the trust and courage to write you this letter with divine confidence that you are a reliable and honest Person who will be capable for this important business transaction believing also that you will never let me down either now or in the future.
My name is Mr. Barry Mapule a senior Auditing Officer with the FNB in South Africa There is an account opened in this bank in 2000 and since 2002 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited to the government.
The owner of this account died since 2002. No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that this company does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is (US$15 Million) Fifteen Million United States Dollars.
I want to transfer this sum of Fifteen Million United States Dollars into a safe foreign account abroad. I am contacting you based on the fact that you are a foreigner because this money can only be approved for payment to a foreigner, more so it can not be approved by any local bank here, as this money is in US Dollars hence the former owner of this account is a foreigner too. I know that this proposal will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before. However I got your contact from a trade consultant here in South Africa though I did not disclose the purpose of my seeking for a foreign business partner to him.
I have involved a very senior official in the Operational department and we have agreed that after the transfer of the money into your account, you shall be entitled to 30% of the total sum. We the officials will take 60% while 10% is for expenses. All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure 100% risk free situation on the side of both parties.
Please note that this deal can only take place on the following conditions: -
1. You will provide the bank account and other relevant Particulars/information for easy and onward Remittance of this money.
2. Absolute confidentiality and sincerity will be required and guaranteed, considering our (me and my partners) positions in the bank.
All things being equal, this transaction will be within 10 working days as soon as we hear from you. Please treat with utmost confidentiality. Contact me as quickly as possible through my phone number: +27 833 683 978 or E-mail address.
Mr. Barry Mapule.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Told Ya So
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Relentless Positive Action. Seems like some of the ultra conservative
R's in the Michigan House missed that memo because they are passing
stuff that goes contrary to the RPA/Snyder agenda.
Item one: Those right-wingers want universities doing stem-cell
research to fill out lots of forms and send them along to the state.
Item two: Those same universities, that grant health care benefits
to unmarried partners who are living together, could lose 5% of their
state support if they don't shut-off those benefits.
Gov. Rick Snyder is against the reporting and remains non-committal
on item two although he admits the 5% penalty was not his idea.
And that's the point. None of this stuff is.
Recall when he ran for governor he did not come within a country
mile of any social wedge issues which have become the crack-cocaine of
the far-right of his party including anti-gay rights, abortion, death
penalty and more recently the stem-cell issue which, by the way, a vast
majority of Michigan voters said they wanted.
That does not phase some GOP legislators who carry the water for
Michigan Right to Life on this one.
The governor continues on his mission to finish the state budget
before the end of this month and these side shows, albeit very
important to some lawmakers, are anti-RPA. Instead of debating the
numbers in the budget, time is diverted to these questions.
Everyone knew it would come to this, but the governor can not
criticize his "pals" on the right because it's not his nature to do so.
But he knows this is a distraction, but some in the house and senate,
didn't get that memo either.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Counting to Twenty
easy; all you have to do is count to 20 in the senate and 56 in the
house. It's getting those vote that causes all the problems.
Even though the new governor optimistically reports "We are on a
path" to twenty votes in the senate, the path is not clear, straight,
nor easy. The challenge continues to be, as it has been from the
get-go, Mr. Snyder's fellow Republicans.
And the journey has been complicated by a political "hit piece"
that mysteriously showed up in the mail boxes of GOP lawmakers in both
the house and senate.
It warns that if GOP legislators side with the governor on rising
the tax on some retirees, the State Democratic Party chair, Mark
Brewer, will most certainly come after those R's in the house next
year. The fake flyer warns that Mr. B. will "explain" to voters that
Republicans taxed seniors to give tax relief to big business.
Macomb County Sen. Jack Brandenburg got the anonymous mailing and
was asked would Mr. Brewer do that?
The ultra-conservative former quarterback turned lawmaker answered
the question with one of his own, "Do sharks go to the bathroom in the
Somebody get Jacque Cousteau on the horn.
Brandenburg and other senate Republicans are balking at the
pension tax and the governor and his senate lieutenant Sen. Randy
Richardville continue their coaxing effort to convince them otherwise.
Problem is the measure is a tax increase on some retirees and Mr.
Brewer knows it, even though the gov and Richardville contend it is an
overall tax cut for business.
If the duo can't move enough GOP guys from the "no" to the "yes"
column, the centerpiece of the Snyder reinvention strategy will be for
The governor believes he can count to twenty.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Gallery of Govs Expands
portrait hung in the state capitol rotunda and Jennifer Granholm is the
latest edition to the gallery.
Some governors have included symbolic items that reflect their
accomplishments. Former Gov. Jim Blanchard, for example, had a tiny
Chrysler car in the picture to underscore his role in saving the number
Wags in this town have had fun wondering what the state's first
female CEO might add to her legacy.
On a serious note what about an Electro-lux vacuum cleaner? When the
Greenville manufacturer stiffed the governor and moved all those jobs
to Mexico, Ms. Granholm's economic fate was sealed for the rest of her
tenure. She never presided over an economic turnaround.
Likewise she could have a miniature Chevy and Dodge in the portrait
as she became the first governor to preside over the bankruptcy of two
of the formerly know Big Three.
On a lighter note: A dart board with the pictures of Andy Dillon
and Mike Bishop in the bulls eye. Her "relationship" with the former
Democratic Speaker and former GOP leader consumed hours of rancor
between the trio.
Or how 'bout a U-Haul truck to symbolize the mass exodus from the
state under her watch.
There does seem to be a consensus that a windmill will be on the
canvas which reflects her strong commitment to alternative energy. And
while on that subject, why not a small table fan to go along with her
"blown away in five years" line that will haunt her forever?
And finally, would it not be a hoot if the former governor chucked
her high heel shoes in the portrait for a pair of flip-flops as she did
have a slight propensity to change her position on issues over the
The portrait for posterity was done with private donations. Read:
none of your tax dollars were used.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Shoe on Other Foot
work out in the unfolding debate over recalling state lawmakers.
When Macomb County anti-tax gadfly Leon Drolet targeted about a
dozen lawmakers for recall because they raised the income tax, the
Democratic Party leaders went ballistic.
They argued that trying to boot out legislators who had the courage
to do that was wrong, un-American, you pick the adjective.
Now comes an effort to oust a GOP lawmaker who introduced the
legislation allowing a local emergency manager to, in effect, cancel
Democracy. If a local government or school is headed for bankruptcy.
the EFM can run the whole show leaving locally elected officials to
watch it all from the sidelines.
Rep. Al Pscholka (r-Stevensville) is not amused. He's got the
first recall target on his back and protests, ""It is sad and shameful
that some would use others as political pawns on behalf of their own
agenda to take the spotlight off their own poor performance."
Boiling that down, he's fingering local officials who have been
temporarily neutered by the EFM for backing the recall to cover-up
their own ineptness.
Let's be clear the recall mechanism is in the books and from time
to time has enjoyed widespread support despite efforts by some
lawmakers to rewrite the law to make the process more difficult.
So now that a Republican is subject to a possible recall, what will
Democrats say about that with the shoe on the other foot?
They have two simple choices: Be consistent and denounce the
effort as they did when their colleagues were under attack or they can
look up the definition of hypocrisy and go with that.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Pump Price Relief
On the eve of what promised to be a lucrative summer tourism season
in this Water-Wonder Land, now know as Pure Michigan, this is the worst
thing that could happen.
Who the heck wants to drive up to the bridge when you could take the
gas money and fly to someplace warm?
To grant some relief at the pump, there's been some chatter about
suspending the gasoline tax for the summer and in Michigan that would
mean an automatic savings of 19 cents a gallon.
But given a chance to embrace this notion, the governor declined.
His critics will argue, what does he care, the taxpayers are filling up
his black SUV every other day?
Gov. Rick Snyder sees this as a short term fix and he's loathed to
engage in any of that stuff. He is all about long term fixes and views
the temporary hold on the gas tax as counter to his desire to bring
"stability" to the state's economy.
He argues it's the short term fix that got us into this mess in the
first place and a "short-term thing isn't going to make a difference"
so "as a practical matter," he's a no vote.
Some motorists might disagree as they do the math: Buy 20 gallons
of gas and knock off 19 cents for each gallon. That's almost four
bucks in your pocket and not on the outrageous bottom line for the oil
So far no legislator has moved on this although one could predict
that somebody will. It's just too juicy of an issue to ignore and
think of the publicity, positive P.R. such a move would attract.
But the governor is not about P.R. as he doesn't worry about playing
to the grandstands for popular support.
If he was, he never would have endorsed a tax on retirees.