Monday briefing and open thread

  • Let’s start with our former First Family, who I happened to like a whole lot better than our current First Family. You know it’s true because it was reported in MIRS on Thursday January 19 2012, in a column titled “Liberals Twitter Bomb Snyder With Personal Attacks.” Hehehe. Love ya MIRS.

    Back to topic,

    Granholm to Romney: Have the courage of past convictions, stand up for clean energy

    Sometimes the government needs to place bets on technologies when private industry won’t, to jump start them for the good of the nation. NASA and the Internet flowing from the space program, the auto industry. Some bets pay off; some fail. But if you place no bets, you will lose every time.

  • And if you follow Dan Mulhern, you know he publishes Reading for Leading every Monday morning. He’s also writing at Maria Shriver’s Architect of Change site. This weeks Dan gives us a nice video on improving communication regarding agreements with others:

    It’s a three-headed monster: a work-killer, relationship-killer and buzz-killer. The “it” is the awful letdown that occurs when you think you can depend on someone and they leave you hanging.

    It happens at work, in volunteering and at home. Your business partner denies s/he was going to do something. Or your spouse said s/he’d get home early so you could work late and then s/he doesn’t. Or your teenager assures you s/he will help their little brother with homework . . . but it never happens. In each case you get left with more work and more stress – and rotten feelings towards those you need and love. So much of this is avoidable!

    Dan goes on to offer three suggestions on how to avoid this communication breakdown.

    I’m bringing Dan up here because I think the audience will like his content. I am also encouraging him to do more video, I think he’s awesome in that format. So if you like this, head on over to the post and give him a “Like” or leave a comment. :)

  • Karoli has a great (but sad) article on C&L regarding Michelle Rhee’s devastating war on public education. First she pulls a long quote from a CoLab Radio article:

    This year the school’s three glorious new gymnasiums are largely unused because we have no gym teachers and Dany is dead of unknown causes. Whatever happened to this beautiful young man, firing him didn’t help him live any better or happier for his last few months on earth. And the kids he championed lost his tender, tough, hilarious and real guidance.


    To you Michelle Rhee and all you anti-union fanatics, you are wasting your time waiting around for superman. They already fired superman at my school. You see a union would have protected Dany as well as these three talented teachers who provided quality physical education to all of our 1200 students. Meanwhile, some not-so-gifted staff and teachers get to keep their jobs every June 1. At least public schools and their unions have transparent guidelines for tenure and enough respect to let teachers know they won’t be rehired for the next school year by March or earlier. June 1 is late to jump into the teacher hiring season.

    The full CoLab article is worth reading.

    Then she offers up some links & info on Rhee’s antics in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Florida. And it’s not about education, it’s about teacher unions.

  • … And why is it about the unions? Karoli again:

    One of the reasons the Wisconsin recall is such a huge event is this: Unions are being weakened, and as they are weakened, corporations will represent the majority of organized political activity, leaving people — actual real, flesh and blood people — without any voice at all. Unions are, after all, best at organizing and deploying people to get out the vote, to galvanize voters, and to push back on corporate messages.

    Unions are the uniting of collective voices which speak for the greater good of workers who would otherwise have no voice. None.

    Now the right wing is having lots of fun with the membership decrease after the union-busting law kicked in. They’re claiming that it’s proof positive that unions are universally loathed by the left and the right, and people are voting with their feet. Actually, it’s more likely people are doing what people do when times are hard and they’re paying more for their pensions and health insurance by payroll deduction already. That lump sum doesn’t exist in their checking account and so they’re forced to let it go until it is, which is never.

    The union-busting bill hit unions from three vantage points: 1) It forces union members to re-authorize the union each year; 2) union dues may no longer be paid via payroll deduction; and 3) collective bargaining is limited to salary issues alone.

    Good analysis and writing, as always.

  • The Institute for Justice has a commentary on the Mackinac Center’s site about how Chief Executive Magazine lists Michigan as one of the least friendly places to do business.

    First the bad news: In May, Chief Executive magazine released results from a poll of CEOs in which respondents named the 10 worst states for doing business. States were rated on taxes, regulatory structures and other costs of doing business, and Michigan ranked among the worst.

    The good news is, however, initial efforts are underway that could help make Michigan a better place to get and create jobs …

    They go on to say that the good news is that 18 occupations are about to be deregulated. Of course these occupations are things like barbering, accupuncture, etc. Because we know that Chief Executive Magazine would find Michigan a more friendly place to do business if barbers didn’t have to be licensed.

    Of the 102 occupations we studied, Michigan licenses 42. Applicants for those occupations can anticipate, on average, paying $198 in fees, losing 256 days to education and experience mandates and passing one exam.

    I would argue that a day of education is not a “lost” a day, and that right there probably sums up the difference between the left and the right. We value education and we want our consumers to be safe from reckless and/or untrained service providers. They value the ability to be dangerously ignorant and do whatever they damn well please. The free market will protect the public, once a certain number of consumers have been damaged in some way.

    For those not in the know, the Institute of Justice is a right-wing litigation firm. “…we engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion …” Because the rightwing nutbags need more well-financed institutions.

  • Speaking of rightwing nutbags and whatnot, the righty bloggers are all aflutter about a Michigan company moving to Indiana.

    Gov Snydholm, you can dodge and weave RTW all you want, but you’re losing your obstinate, veto threatening ground with every Indiana relocation.

    I feel I must respond with this message to Gov Snyder:

    Governor, this is what did not make it into the rightwing nutbag article:

    “… It was our preference to bring our new production facility to Bristol if it made economic sense and with the help of the state and the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County we will be able to do so,” said Tim Dugle, president of Molded Foam LLC. “It is our objective to grow our business, to remain viable and to continue to provide additional jobs for people in our immediate area.

    The company has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in Elkhart County.

    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Molded Foam, LLC up to $300,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The town of Bristol has offered additional property tax phase-in at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

    That’s pretty powerful stuff. The article says nothing about RTW, and I couldn’t find any info on whether Molded Foam LLC is even a union shop.

    Furthermore, no one should ever EVER refer to you as “Snydholm.” I strenuously object to this as do many other liberal bloggers. For further information on this, please see “Liberals Twitter Bomb Snyder With Personal Attacks,” MIRS News, January 19 2012.

  • Speaking of RTWfL, you know what else doesn’t mention that? This article right here.

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Faurecia, the world’s sixth-largest automotive supplier, today began operations in Saline, Mich., after its acquisition of the interior trim components business from Automotive Components Holdings, LLC (ACH). The plant supplies cockpits, instrument panels, door panels and center consoles for 12 vehicle programs assembled at eight Ford plants throughout North America. Faurecia also announced that it is establishing a Faurecia Interior Systems customer center in Southfield, Mich., which will house more than 200 employees, including more than 50 new professional jobs in 2012.

    Sweet. :)

And with that one, I’m calling it a briefing.

Census Daily

Profile America — Monday, June 4th. On this date 70 years ago, one of the great turning points of history took place, as the U.S. Navy dealt a crippling blow to the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Battle of Midway. The battle occurred just six months after many of the same Japanese ships took part in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, bringing America into World War II. The battle also marked the rise of the aircraft carrier as the dominant strategic weapon at sea. As such, the loss of four Japanese carriers at Midway changed the course of the Pacific War. In 1942, there were just over 1.2 million men and women in the rapidly growing U.S. Navy. Today, that number is 328,000.

Solidarity forever, brothers and sisters!!!

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