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So the backwards thinking of the Michigan Governor and the politicians who supported and voted for the "Michigan Mainstreet Fairness Act" has come to pass.

This is not a victory for the consumers of Michigan - Now you are going to pay another tax, Amazon and other online retailers are not going to pay it, YOU ARE.

Consider their vote and the push that your local business pushed onto you and that now "YOU" have another TAX on the things you buy....

I wrote to several Michigan politicians about the bill called the "Michigan Mainstreet Fairness Act" and my response to their replies are found partway down this page and below the bold header:

I talked with Rep. Rob VerHeulen Legislative Aide; Mike Krombeen on Wednesday February 13 and he set me straight on the fact that State Reps do not have different health and retirement and have only a 401k to retire on.

Mike was great to talk with and I encourage anyone who has an issue in the Michigan 74th District to contact Rep. VerHeulen.

First off and you will see why I mention this if you read the whole article; Abraham Lincoln believed that economic opportunity, the right to rise above ones poverty, like he did in his life, was critical to the foundation of civil liberty and the survival of America.

This is why he fought so hard to free the slaves and kill the mindset of the United State's "Original Sin."

Lincoln said: We must not ransom the futures to the aristocracy of slave owners.

Lincoln knew that the power of the citizenry of the United States lies in its freedoms.

The very rights and freedoms that give an open door to create and be compensated for that creation.

We close that door when we ask for fairness instead of freedom, when we ask for universal education instead of the harder to achieve education that opens the doors to creation of businesses and the fulfilling dreams that Lincoln believed in.

Lincoln believed in the thought that "effort" should be compensated in advancement, in prosperity, health and freedom.

Our ancestors left England and other countries to come to this land of opportunity and to escape the aristocracy of the upper-class men of leisure who scorned those who worked, yet took advantage of them at the same time.

Abraham Lincoln said: "The prudent penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages for a while, saves a surplus with which to buy tools, land or education for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him.

This is the just, generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of condition to all. No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty.

These good citizens must never surrender their power."

Don’t get me started on the second amendment…

Dear "Michigan Fairness Act" Politicians,

I have no problem and neither does Amazon with collecting taxes.

My point is that “Storefront” retailers are the buggy makers of 1900.

The very name "Fairness" is the latest way of thinking for those who never built a product and it is likely that those stating "unfairness" never mentally developed past the age of 6.

Life isn't fair, life is constantly evolving and it is up to us to make the changes needed when change does happen, or we fall by the side of the road as others who get it, travel on.

Stage-coach makers turned to making coach-cars for the railroads in the 1860's when their businesses were threatened.

Buggy makers like Fisher Body turned to making auto bodies in 1905 when their businesses were threatened.

Our storefront owners just cry foul (using the Michigan Retailers Association Lobby) and ask for tax compliance instead of joining the new sales trends.

A note on the above line - we need to outlaw all lobbyists as their missions are anti-American and do more harm than good!

Slipping money in an envelope to a law-maker should never be a motivation to pass a law.

Back to the topic -

Shoppers are always looking for the newest, most reviewed and easiest way to shop for the products they buy.

Current storefront owners want us to drive to their stores (Is this green anyone?) and take their word of recommendation on the products they sell.

If we need to drive to your store and rely on the salespersons suggestions, it doesn’t cut it anymore.

It is easier to trust 2,000 reviews on Amazon than it is to trust the opinion of a sales person and their perceived commission whether they get commissions or not.

The Post office and UPS drivers are on the road anyway and the post office proves that they need the business.

My problem with the politicians is that they keep talking about leveling the playing field while they don’t play on our field anyway.

Federal Politicians’ get better health care, better retirement pay and better treatment than the average American.

Some have or use government airplanes to travel to and from their place of work wasting taxpayer money along the way.

Politicians stand in the public pulpit and denigrate those who work hard so they can play the role of Robin Hood and talk the big talk about distributing wealth to the poor.

The proven folly of governments’ investing to create jobs is the Solyndra plant where so far, no jobs have been created.

I have been a green person all of my life and I see the water levels in the great lakes shrinking away and invasive fish knocking on our door and the President does nothing about that!

Chicago needs the waterways that allow invasive species into the Great Lakes and Chicago is where is he from so is this why there has been no action?

What did politicians expect when they allowed Nestle to pull millions of gallons of Michigan water out of our aquifers?

The answer is that the Great Lakes are well on their way to becoming the Great Ponds of the Midwest - stagnant and dead.

The Giant and non-American company - Nestle is stealing water under the guise of job creation and because of the money to be made, the water tables drop.

And as bad as that is, the plastic bottles are filling the landfills to the tune of 2 million tons each year - maybe a 10-Cent deposit should be required with 5-cents going back when the bottle is returned?

There is money there for "you money hungry politicians" and maybe enough to fix the Michigan roads instead of raising (heaven forbid) gas taxes.

Raising Taxes on gasoline impacts the poorest of Michigan citizens who are less likely to buy their water in a bottle so I am now using the new mantra - "is that fair?"

Russia proved their stupidity and lack of consideration for the environment when they diverted the largest fresh water lake in the world and created a great desert.

Politicians talk about "job creation" and yet they do nothing but argue among themselves about how to create jobs and keep things the same.

Please take the time to read the American Jobs article and understand that we need to get America back on track to become when at his first inaugural address as President, Thomas Jefferson called America, "The worlds Best Hope."

I never hear about ways to teach our kids how to take their dream or passion and turn it into a business.

We truly have the greatest teachers in the world and yet we hold them back by making them accountable to standardized tests and outdated curriculum. Read the FREE Seth Goden Book "Stop Stealing Dreams".

These teachers are forced to “mainstream” the kids into compliance like Pavlov’s dog where they respond to bells and go to class, grow up and then go to work at the ring of a bell or buzzer.

If the child is not able to be mainstreamed, then they are put on drugs to make them compliant rather than exploring the option of taking their incredible energy, heart and creativity down an entrepreneurial path.

Our nation needs to give our teachers the tools and ways to open the minds of students, not make them memorize books and formulas.

Our nation needs to take the kids who cannot be mainstreamed and show them how to turn their perceived mental chaos into creative genius.

Students don’t need to know the answers to everything; they need to know how research to find the answers when the questions come up.

They don’t need to know how to build the website that will carry their dream business to fruition; they need to know how to structure the business to raise the capital that will allow them to create the business that will hire the webmasters, creative artists, Vice Presidents and laborers.

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The Office of Senator Hildenbrand

Feb 7 (5 days ago)

to me

Dear Alan,

Thank you for your recent email regarding the “Main Street Fairness.” I appreciate hearing from you on this issue. You’ve made some good points in your email. If the “Main Street Fairness” proposal is considered in the Michigan Senate, I will keep your concerns in mind.

Again, thank you for your email.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I can be of any further assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Dave Hildenbrand

State Senator

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Your Recent Inquiry with Governor Snyder

Bieciuk, Ania (GOV) <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Feb 7 (5 days ago)

to me

Dear Alan Teelander,

Thank you for your recent correspondence sent to Governor Rick Snyder's office.  As a member of Governor Snyder's staff, please accept this response on his behalf.

First and foremost, I'd like to thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement.  Your correspondence means more than you might imagine.  As you are aware, continuing to turn this state around will take more people, like you, with determination and confidence in what Michigan residents have to offer.  You can be assured that monies coming into this state will be used as investments for a brighter tomorrow, while maintaining our commitment to those who have the direst needs today.  Governor Snyder recognizes that our citizens continue to demand and deserve better, and with a lot of hard work, we can continue reinventing Michigan.

We continue to work toward more meaningful reforms that will transform Michigan's government processes to make them more efficient.  In case you are interested, Governor Snyder recently highlighted some of our accomplishments in 2012, including:

Moving forward with the New International Trade Crossing, which will bring more and better jobs to Michigan.

Personal Property Tax reform

Eliminating regulations - 13 rules eliminated for every new rule we added

Pathways to Potential, a new initiative that puts social workers directly in schools. The program is in over 20 schools today with a focus on Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw and Detroit, and is expected to reach 120 schools by springtime

A conference on infant mortality, a conference on helping the disabled, and new legislation to assist families coping with autism

Efforts to revitalize cities across Michigan

Improving public safety, with one new trooper school graduated and another on the way

Efforts to revitalize Detroit, including a new authority to restore Detroit lighting

The creation of a Regional Transit Authority for southeast Michigan, an effort which took 40 years to achieve

The creation of Virtual Cities, which allows municipalities like Grand Rapids and Livonia to collaborate in order to save money

Blight removal, including tearing down blighted properties and improving others

Reform of the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System in order to ensure it's on a sustainable path for the future. Thanks to pension reform efforts, Michigan now has a plan to pay down $20 billion in liabilities.

Education reforms including dual enrollment, performance metrics for schools, and the creation of the Education Achievement Authority, which is helping 15 schools in Detroit

Pure Michigan's continued success

A series of "good government" initiatives to help strengthen communities and protect taxpayers

Improving state government with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley's work on the Bureaucracy Busters program, a social media initiative that calls on state of Michigan employees to offer innovative ideas for enhancing efficiency, customer service and the workplace.

Thank you, again, for your kind words of support and encouragement.  Please do not hesitate to call on us if there is anything we can be doing for you.

Sincerely,

Ania Bieciuk

Constituent Relations Division

Office of Governor Rick Snyder

O: 517-335-7858

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Mainstreet Fairness

Michael Krombeen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

10:44 AM (10 minutes ago)

Alan,

Thank you for taking the time to write my office regarding the "Main Street Fairness" bills. I would agree with you that online sales are very much the way of the future and I commend you for being ahead of the curve. However, I also believe that the 6% sales tax on goods should not go away simply because our method of commerce is evolving.

These bills, HB 4202 and HB 4203, simply move the sales tax to the point of sale for online retailers like Amazon. Currently, your customers are requires to remit the "use tax" on the goods they purchase online when they pay their income taxes, but very few individuals are complying with that law and it is very hard to enforce. The switch to collecting and remitting this revenue at the point of sale will (a) bring our tax code into the 21st century, (b) level the playing field between online and store front retailers, (c) Make it easier for more hard-working taxpayers to be in compliance with current tax law, and (d) bring in more revenue to the state of Michigan without raising taxes.

As always feel free to contact my office on any issue important to you and our West Michigan communities.

Best Regards,

Rob VerHeulen,

State Representative; 74th District

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On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM, Rep. Lisa Lyons <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:

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Working to re-invent Michigan together,

 

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

State Representative

86th District

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