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Mackinac: a place of beauty and a beast

(note:  The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Koch Bros-funded right-wing advocacy group, recently used Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act as an intimidation tool, seeking emails sent by university professors whose academic focus is on labor issues. Flint’s Marcie Hemgesberg wrote the following post on the topic) Did I ever tell you my family once…

Nice try, Santorum.

Rick Santorum says Social Security is going bankrupt (which is a lie) because we don’t have enough workers contributing to the fund.   Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.   Oh, I see. I thought…

Ezra explains it all

Ezra Klein, who just seems to have the answers to everything, has the magic bullet again. This time, it’s how to cut the federal deficit in half. Just let the Bush tax cuts expire in 2012… He’s got a very simple, explanatory graph up as well, and makes this brilliant point: Even better, because expiration…

Racing to the Bottom

Bonnie B. at the Lansing Online News has a must-read piece today about  what’s behind the full-bore assault on higher ed, and what we should do about it. Just as NAFTA initiated a race to the bottom for Midwest factory workers, the new austerity promoted by the GOP will gut public education, while deflating the…

Glass house, meet stones.

Recommended reading from The Nerd‘s Facebook page, skewering Michigan’s universities for hiring more administrators and giving pay raises. Ironic money quote: “There are too many administrators making too much money,” he said. Please note the “he” is not Snyder, but an EMU faculty rep who seems to stand in for the Snyder administration’s position. Interesting,…

Value for who, again?

John Yob, progenitor of the allegedly grassroots effort Value for Michigan, says he won’t reveal the (likely high-rolling) donors to the effort, which aims to drum up support for Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget. “We will file our campaign finance reports the same time other political committees do, as legally required by the SoS office. We…

Super Classy GOP

Representative Pete Lund (R – Shelby Township) is hard at work keeping it classy: “They’re just mad because they can’t use their bridge cards to buy beer anymore.” – Rep. Pete LUND (R-Shelby Twp.) commenting on the large contingent of university students protesting in the Capitol today. Screenshot below: