Monthly Archives: February 2012

Michigan’s Budgetary Surplus is a Plus

Seal of Michigan.

Seal of Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It came out yesterday that Michigan had a significant surplus in their budget.  In fact, the number is quite astonishing – $687 Million.  For a state that has endured tougher economic times than any other member of the Union, this is very welcome news.  Critics seem to be pointing out the costs of creating this surplus rather than rejoicing in what could be an important forward step for the state’s economy.  Of course the surplus came at a cost – money does not magically appear (unless that state put about a billion teeth under its pillow over the past year).  However, some of those cuts can now be partially restored.  Every agency will be clamoring for money now that they know there is some to spread around.  The temptation must be resisted to give in to everyone though or Michigan will undoubtedly return to the days of red ink.  Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd on Twitter) will need to make calculated decisions as to where the least amount of money can make the biggest impact.

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Creationism & Evolution In Our Schools – A Step Towards Education Reform?

English: 1998 copy of the Indiana Code, the cr...

Normally we don’t tackle social issues here at MWW, but this isn’t exactly “social”.  This is about education.  Earlier this week the Indiana Senate voted on and passed S.B. 89 which allowed/required (depending on who you listen to) the teaching of “creationism” in public schools.    The bill, in its latest form, reads as follows:  SECTION 1. IC 20-30-6-18 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 18. The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life. The curriculum for the course must include theories from multiple religions, which may include, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.

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How NOT To Make An Example – Warren Buffett’s Secretary

The story of Warren Buffett’s secretary (Debbie Bosanek) has once again become news as she was a guest for the State of the Union last week.  Thrown into the limelight inadvertently when used as an example by President Obama and Mr. Buffett as to how the tax code is unfair (newsflash – it is), the story has caused quite a divide in the public.  The point Mr. Buffett was trying to make was how it was “unfair” that his secretary had to pay a higher tax rate than he did.  He was in the 17% range while his secretary was more than double that, near 36%.  First, let me say that I truly appreciate the point Mr. Buffett was trying to make and in, fact, discussed it here earlier with this column.  However, there is A LOT that is being left out.

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And the winner is….

Republicans everywhere and probably a majority of Americans that will vote in the November Presidential elections. That is right folks, thanks to the State of Florida we should all be able to call Mitt Romney the GOP nominee for 2012. I know that makes some people mad, but guess what you are in the minority.  This post will consist of 2 rants, the first about how the minority of our party bitches about democracy, and the second about how it makes perfect sense that the GOP nominate Mitt.

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And the winner is….

Republicans everywhere and probably a majority of Americans that will vote in the November Presidential elections. That is right folks, thanks to the State of Florida we should all be able to call Mitt Romney the GOP nominee for 2012. I know that makes some people mad, but guess what you are in the minority.  This post will consist of 2 rants, the first about how the minority of our party bitches about democracy, and the second about how it makes perfect sense that the GOP nominate Mitt.

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And the winner is….

Republicans everywhere and probably a majority of Americans that will vote in the November Presidential elections. That is right folks, thanks to the State of Florida we should all be able to call Mitt Romney the GOP nominee for 2012. I know that makes some people mad, but guess what you are in the minority.  This post will consist of 2 rants, the first about how the minority of our party bitches about democracy, and the second about how it makes perfect sense that the GOP nominate Mitt.

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