Lansing Casinos



I am appalled that Mr. Bernero proposes inflicting a gambling den on the people of Lansing.  A place where working men and women can take their paychecks and lose the money needed to feed, clothe,  and house their children.  I understand that these outfits have full time Notaries on  staff so that  their victims  may sign over title to their cars and homes right on premises.

Does Mr. Bernero  have no compassion for the suffering of  the cold,  hungry, and homeless  children?  Casinos add nothing to the wealth of a nation.  They merely redistribute income from the working people who earned it to wealthy FOP’s  (Friends of Politicians).

We don’t need more income redistribution in our community.   With City government, State government, and a plethora of “Economic Development” outfits, we have quite enough income redistributed to FOP  “fat cats”.   FOP’s ought to be taken off of “welfare” and be required to  work for a living–just like the rest of us.   

Yours truly,

Joe Sanger

First NDAA; Now Enemy...

Chuck_BaldwinOn the heels of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),otherwise known as the “Indefinite Retention Act,” comes another draconian bill designed to give the federal government the power to turn American citizens into enemies of the state for virtually any reason it deems necessary.

Stephen D. Foster, Jr. has the story.

“Congress is considering HR 3166 and S. 1698 also known as the Enemy Expatriation Act, sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and CharlesDent (R-PA). This bill would give the US government the power to strip Americans of their citizenship without being convicted of being ‘hostile’ against the United States. In other words, you can be stripped of your nationality for ‘engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States.’ Legally, the term ‘hostilities’ means any conflict subject to the laws of war but considering the fact that the War on Terror is a little ambiguous and encompassing, any action could be labeled as supporting terrorism.”

Foster goes on to say, “I hope I’m wrong, but it sounds to me like this is a loophole for indefinitely detaining Americans. Once again, you just have to be accused of supporting hostilities which could be defined any way the government sees fit. Then the government can strip your citizenship and apply the indefinite detention section of the NDAA without the benefit of a trial.”

To continue reading Chuck’s column, click here:

Natural Born

Yes there is a legal definition of “natural born Citizen”.

There is reason to believe Barack Obama knew that he is not a natural born Citizen as this term is used in the Constitution.

During the 2008 presidential election, there were numerous court cases contesting the eligibility of Barack Obama to hold the office of President. Allegations were being made that he was born in Mombasa, Kenya, and thereby did not meet the “natural born Citizen” requirement of the Constitution. The allegations were confirmed by Barack Obama's refusal to release complete copies of the birth records filed in Hawaii. The only document released was a copy of a short form certificate of live birth. These cases were extensively covered by, which is  one of the news sites on the Internet.

In my experience as an auditor, I learned that the most important items of information were always the items the subject of the audit did not want to provide. The initial refusal to provide copies of the original birth record raised serious questions.

I know from my experience that Hawaii did record foreign births in the 1960s. I was in the Army and stationed in Japan from 1965 to 1967. This was considered good duty because a soldier's family could accompany him, and live off post ( or in on post housing, in the case of officers and noncoms ). In discussions with my married colleagues, I was informed that if a wife ( there were no female soldiers in the unit ) became pregnant, she would go back to the states and visit her parents, to have the child. In the event that the birth was early, they would go back to the states by way of Hawaii and record the birth there, so they would have a U.S. sourced birth document. The recording in Hawaii, of births outside of the United States, was well known in the expatriate community.

Part of the standard operating procedure, for recording the birth in Hawaii, was to put a birth announcement in a coupe of local newspapers. The fact that birth announcements for Barack Obama were placed in two different papers appears to be more than a coincidence.


Definition of Tax


It’s not always enough to use the same words.

Comedians pepper their routines with the double meanings that the same words can have.  English-language students often stumble over the fact that words do not mean what they appear to be saying.  In these cases, we all enjoy the mix-up.

Sometimes, the difference between words and meanings is more serious.  Marriage counseling often revolves around the fact that although the spouses are saying the same words, they are not actually meaning the same thing.   The counselor’s role is to find the misunderstanding and create real communication.

But what happens when there is such a disconnection between the words and the meanings, and there is no counselor?
That is often the case when the citizen deals with the government.   And it’s why the conversations so often end in frustration and anger.

Let’s consider taxes.

The traditional definition of “tax” is the mechanism by which the government is funded.  The funding may have come from the citizens, or from some other source.  But the word, “tax”, meant nothing more than a funding stream.

If you asked most citizens to define “taxation”, that is the definition they would give you.

But the government has a very different definition of taxation.  In the eyes of the government, taxes are the mechanism by which they can control the behavior of citizens.  The government uses taxes to redistribute wealth, to reward or punish the location of a business enterprise, to direct personal and commercial spending decisions, and to stimulate or curtail behavior.

There has never been a conversation about the radical difference in these definitions.  In fact, the government has changed the definition through a series of actions that were designed NOT to excite a challenge on the part of citizens.  And it has been successful.

Businesses choose locations based on tax incentives, instead of market analysis.  And the result is industries that relocate to new communities to get the next tax break, instead of building roots in one place.  Companies hire employees who bring 6-month tax amnesties, and fire them at the end of the period so they can hire the next batch of 6-month tax breaks, instead of investing in long-term employees.

Citizens make decisions about preparing for retirement based on tax incentive programs, changing how and where they save their money.  People buy cars, homes, and renovations based on the language of tax codes.


Closing Government Schools

Letter to the Lansing State Journal Editor:


Dear Editor:

In alleging  (LSJ  2-13-10)  that closing government schools will result in “more shuttered and closed buildings”,  Mr. Hoholik sounds like the victim of a  government school “education”.  Clearly,  with the same number of students, private schools will likely need the same number of classrooms. 

As to cost, anyone with 2 hours education in Economic Literacy (not taught in the government schools) knows that activities taken on in a free economy cost less than the same activities undertaken by government.  In the productive sector, success comes from providing a better quality product at a lower cost.  Government decisions, on the other hand, are generally based on how the most politicians can win their next election by pandering to whichever greedy special interest groups  they believe  will provide the most money for their next  campaign -- (or the most lucrative job after they “retire” or are “retired” from elective office).

In these hard times, Michigan can get an edge by being the first state to  replace overpriced government school  “indoctrination” with lower cost higher quality private school  “education”.

Yours truly,

Joe Sanger

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