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Michigan – MICHIGAN – is now a right-to-work state.

December 11, 2012

Freedom-to-Work-MILate last night, the 2nd of two bill passed the Michigan House moving the state one nice step forward towards economic freedom.

Once Governor Snyder signs the bills, Michigan – once considered the cradle of the pro-union movement – will become the 24th state in the union with right-to-work laws.

While Washington either argues over or ignores the fiscal cliff, states are taking responsibility for their own destinies. I can’t tell you how great it is to see Michigan (you know, land of a now-desolate Detroit and home to much bailout money) tackle some SUBSTANTIVE stuff.

One of the bills dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Both have the effect of banning any requirement that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.

Of course the Democrats protested and continue to threaten retribution, but state Senator John Pross predicts that their anger will fade as more jobs make their way to the state. He told the Washington Post, “As they say in sports, the atmosphere in the locker room gets a lot better when the team’s winning.”

Pretty exciting to see the shift in sentiment growing nation-wide. It’s also pretty exciting to know that at least in some way, Utah has had an effect on Michigan, under the watchful eye of Budget Director John Nixon. Hired away from the Herbert administration, his work in Michigan garnered him one of this year’s “Public Official of the Year” award from Governing Magazine.

Yay for good news!


Mia Love: Make the moral case about the future we are leaving our children

July 17, 2012

Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love says that while we have plenty of facts and figures about the out-of-control debt, we must ALSO make the moral case about the future the federal government is now stealing from our children and grandchildren.

Unemployment up. Again.

July 8, 2011

Job growth has slowed to almost nothing, forcing the unemployment rate higher yet again. Now sitting at 9.2% “officially”, the outlook is bleak. To keep with with population growth would require 125,000 jobs per month. To get to an 8% unemployment rate by the November 2012 election would require more than double that – 255,000 per month. That’s not happening. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the true picture is much worse than 9.2. When the underemployed and the discouraged are added to the numbers, the unemployment rate rises to 16.6%.

In addition, hourly wages declines, after-tax incomes have been flat and the average work-week was shortened. Since Obama took office, the economy is down 2.5 million jobs. Speaking briefly in the Rose Garden, President Obama said the dismal numbers confirm “what most Americans already know: We still have a long way to go and more work to do.” According to Politico, “Obama blamed natural disasters, gas prices, European financial woes and “uncertainty” on the debt limit for creating a shaky economic recovery. “We’ve always known we’d have ups and downs,” he said.” He then stressed the need to raise the debt ceiling and cut the deficit to “give markets more certainty and grow the economy.”

Things are so bad right now, economists are saying there is no silver lining. I disagree. The silver lining is a one-term Obama.

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