717 Days until Election Day

November 15, 2008



"The Republican Party of the future must reach beyond its traditional base.  In other words, we need to get back to the old Reagan idea of our Party as a ‘big tent.’ We might not agree with each other but we should still have a place for anyone who wants to join us."

– SOS Terri Lynn Land giving her speech at GOPAC.


RNC POST ELECTION CONFERENCE…members from the Republican National Committee from around the country gathered to discuss the results of this last election and where to we go from here.

RENEW, REFORM, RESTORE…is the name of our conference.  U.S. Senator Jim DeMint gave an inspiring speech where he said the principle of "freedom" would dominate the Republican agenda…freedom of work, press, democracy and freedom form an overbearing government.  He said "you cannot dry every tear with government".  Senator DeMint endearingly introduced our host State Chairman as "Mama  Katon"!  Today promises to be a very interesting and engaging day of discussion.

THANKS…I just wanted to express my gratitude to all of you who have written and called me with support for my quest to be the new RNC Chair.  These have been challenging times for Republicans and conservative.  We need to move boldly and proudly as we put forth our vision for America.  Thanks again for your support.

ELSENHEIMER TALKS THE HELM…and quickly started out and began preparing for his new role…see more details below.





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ELSENHEIMER TAKES THE HELM…and quickly started out and began preparing for his new role in the state Legislature with the announcement today of a comprehensive transition team to evaluate the needs and future of the caucus and its service to the taxpayers of Michigan…as reported by GONGWERS NEWS SERVICE.

  • House Transition Task Force: Suzanne Miller Allen and Brian Mills. Miller Allen is vice president of the Sterling Corporation and former chief of staff to House Speaker Paul Hillegonds and Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Mills is Elsenheimer’s current chief of staff.
  • Human Resources Task Force: State Rep. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, will lead an internal staff human resources committee to evaluate the caucus structure and personnel. It will also identify mechanisms for internal efficiencies.
  • Policy Development Task Force: Assistant Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, will head a task force on policy development and reforms for Michigan’s state government.
  • Campaign Review Task Force: Rep.-Elect Peter Lund, R-Shelby Township, will lead an effort to assess and evaluate the House Republican campaign efforts and begin plans for the future.
  • Committee on Committees Task Force: Rep. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, will lead the effort to determine the caucus’ committee appointment recommendations, which will be presented to the House speaker.




The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.



The GOP Can Again Be a Power in Michigan

Low taxes worked for Obama. Why not for Republicans?


On Feb. 12, 1990, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, a Republican state senator announced he was running for governor of Michigan. Crisscrossing the state, John Engler promised to cut taxes, slash regulations, reform welfare and "right size" government with new ideas to heat up the state’s economy.

Less than a year later, Mr. Engler took the oath of office to become Michigan’s 46th governor. Over the next dozen years, he cut taxes 32 times, trimmed the state’s budget by 20% and cut the welfare roles by 70%. Under his leadership, Michigan boomed, creating 800,000 new jobs.

Today all that is ancient history. The state’s economy is in tatters, and its current leaders seem unable to stop the slide. In September, before financial markets reached a crisis point, Michigan’s unemployment rate was 8.7% (at a time when the national average was 6.1%), bankruptcies and foreclosures were skyrocketing and residents were fleeing the state. The Wolverine State has been in a recession for approximately six years.

Economy Is Only Issue for Michigan Governor


Published: November 14, 2008

LANSING, Mich. – This is what a day looks like for Jennifer M. Granholm, the governor of Michigan, the state that sits, miserably, at the leading edge of the nation’s economic crisis.

Morning: Rev up government workers and ministers at a huge conference in Detroit to cope with expanding signs of poverty. Afternoon: Tell a room crushed with reporters here, in the state capital, why a federal bailout is essential for the Big Three automakers, who are also, of course, residents of her state. Evening: Pack for Israel and Jordan, where Ms. Granholm hopes to persuade companies that work with wireless electricity, solar energy and electric cars to bring their jobs to Michigan.

Whatever else Ms. Granholm, a Democrat in her second term, might once have dreamed of tackling as a governor (she barely seems to recall other realms of aspiration now), the economy is nearly all she has found herself thinking about, talking about, fighting about over the last six years. And Michigan, which has been hemorrhaging jobs since before 2001 and was once mainly derided in the rest of the nation as a "single-state recession," now looks like an ominous sketch of just how bad things may get.


Bush backs federal aid for Big 3 without fuel strings

He wants Congress to allow carmakers to use $25B in energy funds to shore up financesDems push access to $700B bailout

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — President Bush wants Congress to move quickly to grant Detroit’s Big Three automakers access to a $25 billion federal loan program by not requiring that the money be used to upgrade factories to build more fuel-efficient vehicles.

In a significant shift, the administration said Friday that it supports allowing the struggling automakers to instead use the money to fund daily operations.

"We are now actively calling on Congress to pass legislation next week that will amend the loan program and help accelerate much-needed funds to auto companies," White House spokesman Blair Jones said Friday.

White House hardens stance on auto loans

It insists speeding up loans is the way to help; auto bailout’s fate uncertain


WASHINGTON — The battle for the future of Michigan’s economy arrives in Congress at noon Monday, when the Senate will take up an automaker rescue plan whose prospects and particulars remained clouded Friday.

While key Democrats and Michigan lawmakers pledged to push ahead, Senate Republicans questioned the use of taxpayer money to bail out Detroit, while the White House hardened its opposition to saving automakers with money from the $700-billion financial industry bailout.

With a few Democratic senators expected to be absent — including President-elect Barack Obama, who will resign his seat Sunday — Democratic supporters will need to get at least 12 Republican votes next week to close debate and move the bill forward, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Friday.

For Warren, Big 3 woes spell trouble

If GM or Chrysler fail, mayor predicts an ‘economic tsunami’ will erode jobs, tax base.

Louis Aguilar / The Detroit News

WARREN — Mayor James Fouts’ role model is Harry S. Truman, the 33rd U.S. president, who launched the spectacular economic rebuilding of war-torn Western Europe.

Now is the time for the same kind of big, bold action to rescue Michigan’s third-largest city, Fouts and many others here say.

"We need a Marshall Plan for Warren and the state," Fouts said. "We’re looking at an economic tsunami."


Patterson: Oakland not ‘Detroit’s ATM’

Control of expanded Cobo Center pits city against suburbs.

Gary Heinlein, Catherine Jun and Christine MacDonald / The Detroit News

LANSING — Once again, control between the city and suburbs seems to be the key sticking point in any Cobo Center expansion.

One day after House lawmakers approved two bills clearing the way for long-stalled renovations, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Friday called the bills an "unmitigated disaster" and said his taxpayers are tired of being "Detroit’s ATM."

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, who gets the Cobo package when the session resumes Dec. 2, said he has his own questions and made it clear that Patterson’s assent will be crucial to any plan he asks his members to approve.

Why Spending Stimulus Plans Fail

What Congress gives to some it takes away from others.


Congressional Democrats are now demanding another economic stimulus package to "inject" as much as $300 billion into the economy. The package will fail — just like last year’s $333 billion in emergency spending and $150 billion in tax rebates failed. There’s a simple reason why.

Government stimulus bills are based on the idea that feeding new money into the economy will increase demand, and thus production. But where does government get this money? Congress doesn’t have its own stash. Every dollar it injects into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy. No new spending power is created. It’s merely redistributed from one group of people to another.

Of course, advocates of stimulus respond that redistributing money from "savers" to "spenders" will lead to additional spending. That assumes that savers store spare cash in their mattresses, thereby removing it from the economy. In reality, nearly all Americans either invest their savings (where it finances business investment) or deposit it in banks (which quickly lend it to others to spend). The money gets spent whether it is initially consumed or saved.

500K illegal immigrants defying deportation orders

Nov 14 06:03 PM US/EasternBy DENISE LAVOIEAssociated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) – Zeituni Onyango came to the United States seeking asylum from her native Kenya but was turned down and ordered to leave the country in 2004.

Four years later, she is still here. And her nephew is about to become president of the United States.

Onyango’s family connection to Barack Obama has thrown a spotlight on a phenomenon many Americans might find startling: An estimated half-million immigrants are living in the United States in defiance of deportation orders.

Barack Obama is warned to beware of a ‘huge threat’ from al-Qaeda

Security officials fear a ‘spectacular’ during the transition period

Barack Obama is being given ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists.

General Michael Hayden, director of the CIA, this week acknowledged that there were dangers during a presidential transition when new officials were coming in and getting accustomed to the challenges. But he added that no "real or artificial spike" in intercepted transmissions from terror suspects had been detected.

President Bush has repeatedly described the acute vulnerability of the US during a transition. The Bush Administration has been defined largely by the 9/11 attacks, which came within a year of his taking office.

Russian leader Medvedev heading to Cuba, Venezuela

Fri Nov 14, 6:40 am ET

MOSCOW – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to travel this month to Cuba and Venezuela, which have increasing military and trade ties with Moscow.

The U.S. has objected to Russia’s greater links with the two countries that have antagonistic relations with Washington.

Medvedev will visit Cuba on Nov. 27, the Kremlin press service said. He will also visit Brazil during the trip.

The Soviet Union was a stalwart supporter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cold War. Under Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has moved to buy millions of dollars in Russian weaponry and invited Russian energy giants to drill in the country’s oil fields.