Category Archives: Brian Calley

Don’t give Trump so much credit, America

There are so many common sense thoughts returning to the fore and so much garbage political correctness BS going where it belongs. I have not been this HAPPY since…………..wait for it………….Bush. Egads!

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Purpose on the Prairie

In less than 24 hours since Donald Trump has been named the President-elect of the greatest nation on this earth, it’s become apparent he’s being given far more credit than he’s due.  There’s anguished cries of, ‘How will my children grow up knowing not to discriminate?’ or, ‘How can I look my daughter in the eye and tell her she has purpose?’  Really?  Really, America?  You have given Donald Trump, a mere mortal man, far more credit than he deserves, especially considering the man hasn’t even taken office yet.  Trump does not have the power to mold our families, that is our flat-out our responsibility.

Your children will learn to love or hate, be respectful or disrespectful, wise or foolish, not by the character of the family in the White House, but by the family in their house.  May I submit to you that your sons and daughters will be…

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Brian Calley Supports Mental Illness Court Programs

Reprinted from M-Live and The Associated Press – Dec. 30, 2013

LANSING, MI — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, the governor’s point man on mental health issues, signed legislation Monday that allows for the expansion of the state’s mental health court program.briancalley

Mental health courts have been successful in reducing the number of offenders with mental health or substance abuse problems who break the law, Calley said Monday.

“The most effective and humane way to deal with the problem of recidivism is through a comprehensive system of smart justice that recognizes the connection between enforcement and prevention,” Calley said in a statement. “Mental health courts play a critical role in that system. They have demonstrated their value by ensuring public safety, easing the strain on our corrections system and providing mentally ill offenders with needed treatment.”

One of the four related bills authorizes circuit and district courts to create mental health courts. It also authorizes the family division of a circuit court to institute a mental health court for juveniles. Other bills set criteria for a person to go into a mental health court and require people to comply with the courts’ orders.

Gov. Rick Snyder named Calley as chairman of the Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission. Calley also chairs the Mental Health Diversion Council in the Michigan Department of Community Health. The council provides recommendations for ensuring that offenders with mental health or substance abuse issues receive appropriate treatment rather than jail time.

“Allowing for the creation of additional mental health courts is both compassionate and cost-effective. Breaking the cycle in which jail becomes a revolving door for mentally ill offenders means a safer, healthier Michigan,” Calley said.

Also Monday, Snyder’s office said the governor has signed 14 bills into law, several of them designed to improve government efficiency.

One bill dissolves the Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Board now that Michigan is getting a school of osteopathic medicine.

Other signed legislation also revises drainage districts, updates drain code language to repeal eminent domain property provisions and enables the sale of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana to people with pre-existing medical conditions. That bill is contingent on the passage of a similar federal law.

Snyder also signed bills related to Michigan’s public employee health insurance law. One new law requires elected officials to be counted as employees and raises the insurance cap on individual-and-spouse coverage from $11,000 to $12,500.

SOTU Reactions: Justin Amash

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The essential error of the Obama presidency is an unfounded belief that greater government power—in our pocketbooks, in our private lives—will make America more prosperous and free. President Obama’s faith in concentrated power was on full display in tonight’s State of the Union address.

Working families feel squeezed by higher health care costs and tuition bills. Those fortunate enough to hold steady jobs haven’t seen a raise in years. They worry about their children’s future and their country’s.

The president seems to have only one answer for them: enlarge the size and scope of the federal government. To help middle-class Americans, the president demands more than $300 billion of tax hikes and a new round of stimulus spending. To rein in education costs, the president creates a federal education entitlement, the type of which led to skyrocketing tuition in the first place. To fix our health care system, the president touts the same law that has caused prices to rise and stripped families of access to their doctors. To make the financial system more stable, the president threatens to veto reforms to Dodd-Frank, his law that made banks bigger than ever. And to protect Americans’ privacy, he offers yet another report instead of reining in his own spies.

Higher federal taxes, more federal spending, and greater federal control of our lives haven’t worked over the past six years. Our country is beginning to turn the corner not because of government but in spite of it. Instead of faith in Washington, let’s put faith in Americans to determine their own lives. Let’s give liberty a chance. ~ Justin Amash,  Jan. 20, 2015

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An Awakening Experience – ArtPrize as Pure Democracy

30 Years Ago You Would Not Have Recognized The Place……

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Nearly 400,000 visitors attend ArtPrize annually.

The idea of inventing the World’s Largest Art Competition and Exhibition would not have happened without an underlying Spirit.  That Spirit was the awakening in the People of Grand Rapids and the result was the Re-Invention and Re-Generation of a City.  (Detroit take note.)

It took money.  Real money from people who knew that money – when properly seeded and cultivated – would stimulate and reinvigorate a dormant giant.  It was not handed out to the homeless in the form of silver coins – it was invested in the infrastructure that brought an estimated $22 million to the area in 2013.*

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The Bottom Line?  This is not Ferguson, MO where civil unrest, rioting and violent protesting attempt to shape public opinion via the media.   These actions become a timid beacon and hollow cry for a higher minimum wage – for racial strife and accusations against authority – a mass hysteria whose basis is solely for increasing economic equality.  This system used for ArtPrize has worked and will work when repeated again without political interference.

This is how Capitalism works.  It works for Everybody.  It works because we as hard-working Americans – Black, White and in Everything In-Between – Strive to Preserve Liberty and Justice and guarantee Equal Opportunity to and for all.

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*Link to WOOD TV-8 Story: http://woodtv.com/2014/09/24/economic-impact-of-artprize-not-felt-by-all/

The 12 Step Program for Wooden Teeth Republicans

They told me it is safer not to discuss politics.  So I won’t.  I’ll just discuss wooden teeth.  Sort of.  Here is STEP ONE.  Admitting you can’t control your addiction and/or compulsion.

My Wooden Teeth

My Wooden Teeth

First there were The Republicans.  The salt of the old Middle Ohio Valley American Tin Crafters who were hanging around hunting raccoon and illegal potato poachers in Jackson, Michigan.  They dreamed of less restrictions on wagon wheel grease and lower conestoga licensing fees.  They also had strong feelings about indentured servitude and buying human flesh labor on the open market to work on tracts of land larger than some Michigan counties.

Even the early conservatives had “in-fighting” to contend with, however.  Some wanted growth based upon ability and merit and some wanted party power based upon the ideals of the “winner-take-all philosophy” only.  (By taking all of the government jobs and giving them as thank you favors to large contributors and family members of elected officials)

These were termed Stalwarts and Half-Breeds accordingly.

Fast forward to 2014 in roughly the same region of the country as originally responsible for the implosion of conservative-minded members in Michigan and we find remnants of the same dichotomy blossoming again after decades of hibernation.

What were the original principles of the party?  Abolish slavery.  What are the apparent motivations today?  Who is going to pay the dinner tab and the hotel room.

Well……….the fact is that you CAN be conservative and poor at the same time.  You can in fact be one of the 98% who still believes in free enterprise and opportunity for all and cultivating a scale of economies that is not based on government created pyramid schemes like going back to college when you are 60 years old.  These are coming to be known as Constitutional Conservatives.  Libertarians.

So Who are those having the biggest issues with party unity?

I will call this new breed The Wooden Teeth.  They are not really RINOS.  They are not Tea Partiers.  They are Whiners.  They lost in the mid-term primaries and can’t seem to put down the hammer and sickle and let go of their losses.

Ever try to get a piece of broccoli out of your teeth with a tooth-pick?  Now imagine that if you were wearing wooden false teeth.  Wood against wood.  These folks – all well intentioned card carrying members of the GOP – are clinging to old principles like broccoli.  They can’t see past the end of their noses to the end of the soup line.

I, for one, happen to be hungry.  Hungry for Reason.  Hungry for Opportunity.  Hungry for a party that embraces the plight of the middle class as seen through a realistic set of spectacles.  A party that is not there because of the “party” afterwards.  A Party for Liberty.

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I Stand by Brian Calley – Here is Why

Once Again – How Can a Man Stand By Calmly?

Governor Rick Snyder Endorses Brian Calley

Tom Urich Stumping with Brian Calley

Tom Urich Stumping with Brian Calley for Justin Amash

The election primary for US Representative for the 3rd District had been called “the ugliest” nationally as incumbent Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, successfully won on August 5th the chance for his third consecutive term against Brian Ellis.  Right alongside of him at nearly every turn was Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

 migop Calley’s re-election bid in 2014 depends on the precinct delegates elected during the statewide primary on August 5, 2014.  He faces a challenge from Wes Nakagiri in the August 23rd state Republican convention, and needs enough precinct delegates to hold off the challenge. Gov. Rick Snyder has announced his desire to see Calley join him on the ticket, but party rules dictate that the convention’s delegates will select nominees rather than the general public. 

Now, as if they think nobody will notice, some of the “old” GOP establishment forces who had hoped to tip over the Amash cart appear to be ramping it up against Brian Calley and swarming the media with Wes Nakagiri propaganda.   Even Mr. Nakagiri himself runs a “shell game” in social media and has declared reasons why he chose not to have endorsements.  Huh?!?  That makes sense?  Read it here: http://wesyes.com/index.php/wes-notes/106-endorsements

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I’ll give credit where credit is due.  Brian Ellis had successfully embarrassed himself right up until election night.  Justin Amash refusing to accept his concession became a weak and short-lived anti-Tea Party cry from the same old rotting wooden teeth.  The duties of the Lieutenant Governor in The State of Michigan are constitutional and not political.   The Michigan GOP and Governor Snyder have turned the state around since 2010.  Why should we mess with that formula?

reinvent-mi Wes Nakagiri is also shooting a series of blanket misinformation ‘shotgun blasts’ in the hopes of attracting the ignorance of state delegates.  One of his “sound bites” is a claim that Brian Calley is a supporter of Obamacare!  On his own website he has said,”

  • The Lieutenant Governor should work with the Governor, not for the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor works for the citizens of Michigan.
  • The Lieutenant Governor as an independent office as described in our Michigan Constitution.  Mr. Calley views the Lieutenant Governor as an office which takes it direction from Governor Snyder.

State Constitutions do not generally prescribe the duties of Lieutenant Governor.  In the U.S. the main duty of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as Governor should the Governor be temporarily absent from the office.  In addition, the Lieutenant Governor succeeds a Governor who dies, resigns, or is removed in trial by the legislative branch. The purpose of the position in those states which elect one is to assume the duties of the Governor, so why would we want to elect a man that the Governor of The State of Michigan has clearly decided NOT TO ENDORSE?

Eleven employees from the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices sought delegate seats in the primary. There was also an influx of money from the Michigan Advocacy Trust, which distributed mailers supporting pro-Calley candidates in Clinton County.

Rick Snyder endorses Brian Calley.  So Do I.

Period.

 *This article has been edited for the purposes of statistical testing.  The Title and a line in one of the paragraphs were intentionally misspelled to see just how automated web robots and news aggregators share and handle data.