Celebrating our Independence

Happy Independence Day!

Shortly after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the story goes, Benjamin Franklin was asked what our Founding Fathers had produced – a monarchy or a republic. “A republic, if you can keep it,” Franklin responded.
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No Answers, No Transparency, and No Leadership from Gov. Whitmer

The curve has been flattened. The people of Michigan have done their part, and many are working hard every day to jumpstart the economy safely. Even so, we still have a lot of unanswered questions for the governor and her administration.

What does Gretchen Whitmer have to hide? Apparently, a lot.

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Whitmer Extends Order Importing COVID-19 to Nursing Homes

At least 1,947 dead in Michigan nursing homes of COVID-19. Untold hundreds – maybe more – dead in assisted living facilities.

Every one of them someone’s mother, father, grandparent, sibling, friend.

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Whitmer's nursing home policy risks lives

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

At least 1,947 Michigan nursing home patients have died of COVID-19 since the middle of March. That’s 650 each month — more than 20 per day. 

Those numbers aren’t anecdotes, and they’re not just statistics — though they’re still likely an “undercount.”  They’re not yesterday’s news or a sidebar story in Michigan’s war against COVID-19.

They’re the faces of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s astoundingly anti-science response to the pandemic. They’re our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, friends. 

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Lawsuit: Benson Risks Integrity of Elections

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is headed back to court, after the Honest Elections Project reviewed voter rolls across the state of Michigan and found some shocking numbers.

Benson, and state and local Michigan election officials are being sued over their failure to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), threatening to disenfranchise Michigan voters this fall.

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What’s it going to take for Gov. Whitmer to pay attention?

“Obviously we, like states across the country… have been learning an incredible amount about COVID 19, it being a novel virus.  The amount that we’ve learned just in the last eight weeks is dramatically different from what we knew as we were watching the cases exponentially rise.  The clear indication is that older people are more susceptible and at congregate care facilities, that is exacerbated.”

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(Not So) Little Lies

“Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies… tell me lies, tell me, tell me lies."

- Fleetwood Mac (1987)
Perhaps, Gretchen Whitmer and her team are just really big fans of Fleetwood Mac. Or, more likely, their incompetence and arrogance has finally caught up with them and they’ve got no choice but to tell us those not-so-sweet, not-so-little lies.


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Frontlines: Trouble with Transparency Saddles Whitmer with Credibility Gap

Governor Gretchen Whitmer isn’t being completely transparent with you about the COVID-19 public health crisis – or her response to it.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask the New York Times? Yeah. That New York Times.

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Trouble with transparency saddles governor with credibility gap in crisis

This column first appeared in The Detroit News.

The New York Times editorial board assailed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for moves she’s made to hide data and public records from voters and the media in the midst of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

The Gray Lady blistered Whitmer, claiming she’s “trampled” open records laws. Their criticism merely amplified a growing murmur and dissatisfaction with Whitmer’s nontransparent handling of the crisis, particularly her penchant for hiding the science and data she claims guide her decision-making. 

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An Internship That Makes a Difference

This year, I had the privilege of interning with the Michigan Freedom Fund (MFF). The atmosphere at the Freedom Fund office is really unlike any other. You are surrounded by strong work ethics, passion, and perseverance. When arriving at the office for the first time and getting oriented to my new internship, I noticed a quote above a doorway that really resonated with me and defines MFF’s commitment to their mission: “No one is coming. It’s up to us.” That was when I realized I was going to be working with, and learning from, people who are totally vested in principles that advance individual liberty, limited government, transparency, and protect our Bill of Rights.

 

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