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Re: E-M:/ Big-game trip keeps legislator away

Enviro-Mich message from "Mark Richardson" <Mark.Richardson@macombcountymi.gov>

Let me chime in with a radical fantasy idea:  

In light of the budget crisis, Rep Agema decides that it is his duty to
be at the legislature until the issue is resolved, and therefore he
decides to skip the vacation and eat the cost.

Why do I get the feeling that, instead of praising such a move, Rep
Agema's conservative base might view it with suspicion?  (He actually
thinks public business is more important than private business!  He
might be going soft on us!)

Whenever Rush Limbaugh gets on his high horse about "entitlement
mentality" I just have to laugh.  It is the modern-day so-called
conservatives who are the primary exemplars of the entitlement
mentality.  Raise federal taxes to fight a war?  Completely
unacceptable!  Raise state taxes to maintain services in a shrinking
economy?  Out of the question!  Give up my bought and paid for vacation
merely to serve the public?  Unthinkable! 

>>> <WovenWoman@aol.com> 9/20/2007 3:46 PM >>>
In a message dated 9/19/2007 10:51:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
duanedv@earthlink.net writes:

I see that it is not only the mainstream media that is biased in their

reporting. From what I read in the paper, Mr. Agema had arranged for
this trip 
BEFORE he was even elected! Yet this blurb makes it sound like he made
a deliberate 
choice not to be here. I would have thought better of this group.

Then, someone who happens to disagree with his idea calls him a nut.
sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. This has confirmed my
decision to 
  get un-subscribed from this group.
Duane De Vries (retired)

Darn those crazy old nuts anyway!
Since the arrangements before he was elected, that makes it ok!   As
long as 
everyone knew about it, then by golly, he should have gone, come hell
or high 
water. Why cancel his vacation just 'cuz of some silly old session that

involves running our country?   Of course he should choose to shoot the
important "Big Game" in Russia and ignore the dumb old "Big Game" $1.7
budget deficit here.  Its a "once in a lifetime" opportunity! He should
the snow sheep, not eat any of it, and hang the big stuffed dead animal
on his 
wall to prove what a man he is, rather than prove it by actually
working for 
the persons who hired him.
Those "nuts" who expect this fine man to stay here and do what he was
to do are just plain out of their minds. I, for one, want someone
me who can make good rational decisions and who knows that a "Big Game"
vacation in Russia that was "planned before" is a heck of a lot more
trying to figure out that mess of a deficit. 
Reality check.
I hate to tell ya this, but he did make a deliberate choice, and he
have considered all of this before running.  His choice was that his
life and his previously arranged vacation  (last time I checked
vacations were 
optional)  took precedence over doing the job he was hired to do, which

includes working towards a resolution regarding the budget deficit.  I
and any other 
normal business owner or manager would fire an employee for choosing
previously planned elective vacation over attending an important
session like a 
budget deficit.  He did not know if he would be elected (or get the
job) and once 
elected (hired)  he should have made the choice of integrity.
Edie Britt

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