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And The Last Shall Be First January 8, 2011

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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Michigan has been beat down for the past three decades. The culprits are the unions who have rode rough on the entire state. This last election cycle finally produced a conservative majority. With the changing tide, an interesting dynamic has emerged.

Michigan’s power is waxing in Washington; Rep. Fred Upton, 57, who represents southwestern Michigan is poised to direct a new paradigm. With companion Dave Camp, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. They are part of a Midwestern ascendancy in the House, which also includes Ohio’s John Boehner (speaker), Michigan’s Mike Rogers (chairman of the Intelligence Committee), Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan (chairman of Budget), Minnesota’s John Kline (chairman of Education and Labor), and Missouri’s Sam Graves (chairman of Small Business).

The Midwest has much to lose from Obama’s agenda, particularly his animus against coal, which generates 60 percent of the region’s electricity — 90 percent in Ohio and Indiana. Officials of a steel tank manufacturer in Niles, Mich., recently told Upton that cap-and-trade carbon regulation would have meant an instant 20 percent increase in electricity costs, which would have forced the company to operate only at night in order to take advantage of off-peak rates.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/article/Advance-for-Sunday-Jan-9-2011-and-941266.php#ixzz1AUWarI69

 

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