Monthly Archives: May 2014

MidWest Wednesday: Rust Belt renovation

Bethlehem SteelThe Rust Belt. A name commonly associated with the Midwest. It is an area that takes up all of Ohio, Much of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and the Northern half of Indiana. It extends all the way to Chicago and Milwaukee, continuing East into Pennsylvania and New York. It serves as a reminder of what once was American manufacturing might, part of what made this nation a global superpower. Now it serves as fodder for jokes and punchlines.

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Hoosier Tuesday: Medicaid Matters

The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 should not be dismissed as just "more government spending"

The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 should not be dismissed as just “more government spending”

The Heritage Foundation, a Conservative think tank in DC, came down against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his decision to expand the state’s alternative Medicaid program. One of the reasons for this, of course, is because the Medicaid funds are tied to the ACA (Obamacare). For some Conservatives, any spending is bad spending. And honestly, with the debt situation being what it is, this approach is understandable. There needs to be some elasticity to this approach though.

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Michigan Monday: Silverdome tarnishes

Tarnish has covered the Silverdome

Tarnish has covered the Silverdome

The Pontiac Silverdome was once a sight to behold. An engineering marvel that hosted Detroit Lions games for 30 years, World Cup matches in 1994, Wrestlemania III, NCAA and NBA basketball games and boxing matches, as well as various other events over its lifetime, has now become sight of an entirely different sort. It has fallen into such disrepair that the company that now owns it is auctioning off everything. While the company had hoped to salvage something of the Silverdome, it seems now that it will sell anything it can to recoup the money they spent on it. Continue reading

Thursdays on the Trail: Nebraska edition

nebraska-321291_640Things went as expected in Nebraska and Ben Sasse won the Republican Primary in the race to replace retiring Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE). Given Nebraska’s status as solid “red”, the primary was likely Sasse’s biggest hurdle on his way back to Washington. This is being touted as a victory for Conservatives or Tea Party folks (because somehow the national media now uses the terms interchangeably). The question is though…is it really? Or is it just a victory for Sasse? Continue reading

Hoosier Tuesday: Coats gets it

49806194It seems like such a simple notion. Granted, it is a notion that millions of Americans have trouble with in their everyday lives but one would think (hope?) that those we elect to represent our best interests in Washington could grasp the concept. Unfortunately, such is not the case. What is this illusive idea that evades our government? Well, it’s math. It’s the fundamental basis that in order to be financially stable, one must take in more than they spend. Continue reading

Michigan Monday: Detroit, Detroit, Detroit…

The Marsha Brady of Michigan

The Marsha Brady of Michigan

As I sit here thinking about lawn tractors and dog pens, it seems that all anyone in Michigan can talk about is Detroit (and not the Tigers – though they are certainly worthy of discussion). Going beyond just the major news sites, a quick look at the Mackinac Public Policy Center’s blog shows a preoccupation with the city’s demise. Granted, the nature of the Motor City’s situation is rather unprecedented. Continue reading

MidWest Wednesday: Tea Party vs. Establishment

The battle for the GOP could decide who controls Congress

The battle for the GOP could decide who controls Congress

Much has been made of the growing divide between the GOP and the Tea Party. Heck, we have covered it several times here, most notable in this recent column. The tensions there are real, you can see it playing out on the national stage of the United States Congress. The reasons are varied, though most of the talk surrounds “establishment Republicans”. Continue reading

Hoosier Tuesday: Call of (civic) duty

Voting is not just a right, it is a duty

Voting is not just a right, it is a duty

Today was Primary Day in Indiana. As detailed last week, this election season has shown me a few things I have not really seen before (Not just in the Hoosier State, throughout four different states too). I performed my civic duty and voted with my son in tow. It was fun to be able to take him with me as I explained why we voted.

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Michigan Monday: Running ALL the races

In honor of the little race they had in Kentucky over the weekend

In honor of the little race they had in Kentucky over the weekend

Are you fed up with the government? Chances are, you are not as fed up as Daniel Burns is. But, unlike everyone else, he is doing something about it…and taking it to the extreme. He is hoping to run for not one, but FOUR offices this fall. He plans to file as a candidate for U.S. Senate, Michigan governor, Michigan House and Michigan Senate.

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