Category Archives: Justin Amash for Congress

Remember the Un-Cola? How About The Un-Anything?

Just What Has America Turned Into?

It’s almost a cruel joke.  A Race to see who can get nowhere without doing anything about anything and taking credit for it.  But that’s not all!  How about a Celebration, too?!?

Major portions of text and references are from The NY Times here:

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“Never underestimate people’s desire to skip the journey and go right to the finish line.”

Let’s not take anything away (double entendre intended) from this marvelous example of modern marketing.  A time when we nearly worship the act of doing nothing and getting a bigger paycheck for it than the Joneses next door.  And drive a new Escalade while you’re at it on the way to pick up your new food stamp card.

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How about all that action we are taking in the Ukraine?  How about the re-authorization of the Ex-Im Bank – a/k/a Corporate Welfare Program wherein the US Government guarantees you will not fail or your money back (the taxpayer money we don’t have) ??

But Wait!!  There’s More!!

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Click image for link to Fight for the Future

You may have heard of Title XI.  The Internet Tax Freedom Act.  Public Law 105-277 enacted on 21 October 1998 under President Bill Clinton

We’re all winners.  That is The American Dream, isn’t it?   But we ARE doing something after all.  We’re thinking about taxing the internet.  The FCC will make a historic decision along with the data and analysis performed by existing private industry.  We are leaving this decision up to the (are you ready for this?) cable companies and providers to decide how much we are going to pay for MORE regulation and MORE for a S-L-O-W-E-R internet connection unless we sign on for a new “premium” package.  Absurd?  Is that not unlike allowing the cat inside the birdcage?

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This writer lived in Germany over 10 years and can make one startling observation.  The digital media market – including internet, border-to-border telephone, satellite and digital DVB-T television cost only €19,99 per month for ALL SERVICES Unlimited.  Go Figure.

“All the fun, none of the commitment!”

Depending on one’s view, all of these issues, or races, are an existential comment on engagement and responsibility in America today; a critique or embrace of entitlement and self-importance; a celebration or rejection of couch-potato sloth; a chance for serious runners to shake off the midwinter doldrums with silly fun; or a sly enticement of non-runners, luring them to what may be the best part of a race — the after-party.

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“We wanted to prove that with no hard work, no perseverance and no discipline, anyone can be a winner,” said Dan Babeu, 40, of Levittown, Pa.  They shot the starter pistol – took one step and blew the whistle.  Everybody tied and became a winner.

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Ayn Rand should be proud.  But she shrugged.

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BREAKING: Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes Hiding Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Charges – Bergdahl Attorney Notified Of Army Charges (video)…

Think clearly about this article. It shows that there is coercion between the forces of BIG information and the control of it by this administration. We should start calling this “The Bergdahl Swap-Gate!”  I am a Patriot and I want Justice from the top down. This message is approved and paid for by me, Tom Urich. No public money was used and no electrons have been sacrificed.

SOTU Reactions: Justin Amash

Justin Amash

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

http://www.justinamash.com/

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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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

When You Start Throwing Rocks, Mr. Ellis,

Don’t expect a hug from Amash Supporters

“Change” of Words Is Not Enough

Justin Amash Thanks You!

Justin Amash Thanks You!

To The People – Justin Amash Thanks You!

A lot of staff and volunteers worked very hard in this hotly contested primary, (and will continue on to the general election), and they don’t deserve the kind of rash, rude and ridiculous behavior which Brian Ellis and his staff displayed over the past 10 months.  In the 3rd District you can have differing opinions but it is not a sign of intelligence when you start calling people terrible names thinking it will elevate your image.

It might seem to some that a position of mercy or understanding is more appropriate on the part of the Justin Amash Camp – implying their desires for a classier reaction, but you know – you reap what you sow.   You can’t have it both ways and feel good about yourselves.

We Can Do Better Than Change