Thursday, September 9, 2010


Gary Peters, Congressman and incumbent for Michigan's 9th district won the '08 election on Obama's coattail.  He ran as a moderate democrat.  We gave him a chance.  As a former lottery commissioner and stockbroker we expected him to have some understanding of the economy and relate to his constituents.  But we were wrong.  As soon as he got into office he totally aligned himself with Nancy Pelosi and his party, voting 95% with them, notably the healthcare bill, cap and trade, Stimulus, etc. 

He is now running from his party, switching hats and declaring himself a deficit hawk. But he does not have a leg to stand on.  Regarding the healthcare bill, this is what we will have to face:

The health-care overhaul enacted last spring won't significantly change national health spending over the next decade compared with projections before the law was passed according to the federal Medicare and Medicaid Services Center. The report casts fresh doubt on Democrats' argument that the health-care law would curb the sharp increase in costs over the long term. In fact in 2014, U.S. health spending is expected to rise 9.2%, up from the 6.6% projected before the law took effect.

This was the second setback this week for one of the party's biggest legislative achievements. The Wall St. Journal reported Wednesday that insurance companies have proposed additional rate increases ranging from 1% to 9% nationwide they they attribute specifically to new health-care coverage mandates.

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said the rate increases underscore why lawmakers should repeal the legislation and replace it with changes that make care more affordable.

Source: Wall St. Journal, 9/9/10
Henry Payne from the Detroit News has this to say about Peters:
Peters in trouble? Who knew?

The influential Cook Political Report has moved Democrat incumbent Gary Paters' race against Rocky Raczkowski from the safe "Likely Democrat" column to the less-safe "Lean Democrat" category.
Gee, ya think Cooksie?

Anyone with a pulse in Michigan has known first-termer Peters - a big-spending Democrat in purple Oakland County - has been in trouble for months now. Peters himself has telegraphed his panic as he has tried an extreme makeover of his political persona from Pelosi Democrat to Deficit Hawk.
It better take fast - internal GOP polls show Rocky up seven.

The National Federation of Independent Business gave Gary Peters an F grade. Here is why:

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the small business lobby, Peters is batting a woeful 33 percent on bills that matter to small biz in Washington.
American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade):
Small Business Position: No
Peter's Vote: Yes

Obamacare, aka, The Affordable Health Care for America Act (don'tcha just love the Orwellian titles?)
Small Business Position: No
Peter's Vote: Yes

On Credit Card Bill of Rights:
Small Business Position: Yes
Peter's Vote: Yes

Peters says he has a record of "working to make it easier for small business in Oakland county." His score as a Michigan senator in 2002? He got a NFIB score of 11 percent. That's an "F."
Ads are cheap talk. But in the classroom, Peters flunks Small Business 101.

He is now taking cheap shots at Rocky Raczkowski, his opponent. Rocky will go to Washington not as a politician, but as a representative of his district's constituents.  He will not be bought off by big money special interest groups, unions and lobbyists, unlike his opponent who stuffed his warchest with their big contributions amounting to over 2 million.  Consequently, Rocky's warchest is not that big.  If you can, donate to his campaign by going to his website at  Any amount will help to defeat Gary Peters.

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