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November 10, 2011 - 3:11 pm

This is one of those days when, however cynical you might be, headlines still have the power to shock. There’s the rolling disgrace at Penn State, where students have rioted and held a pep rally in favor of a man who seems to have enabled a serial pedophile. Maybe a ring of pedophiles that reaches into the stratosphere of Pennsylvania society, via Jerry Sandusky’s foundation. That’s the rumor that’s out there, that I’m sure you’ve heard. I’m finding the story, the students, Sandusky, Paterno, the possibility that others outside Penn State knew or suspected enough to keep a legendary defensive coach retired at age 55, almost too disturbing to write about. It makes almost everything else seem trivial.

And here’s a rank disgrace in Michigan, where the president’s favorite union is stealing money from the disabled. Let that sink in. President Obama promised, as a candidate for the highest office in the land, to carry the SEIU’s agenda with him. Here’s their agenda in Michigan: Systematic theft from the most vulnerable.

If you’re a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children,  you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues.

Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which receives $30 out of the family’s monthly Medicaid subsidy. The Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) deducts union dues on behalf of SEIU.

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Olga Dazzo explained the process in to her members of her staff.  “MQC3 basically runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union,” she wrote in an email obtained by the Mackinac Center. Initiated in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., the plan reportedly provides the SEIU with $6 million annually in union dues deducted from those Medicaid subsidies.

Granholm. Democrat. Used the power of the state to steal millions from families of the disabled and then handed it over to her Big Labor buddies. Some of that money undoubtedly gets pushed into Democratic party and candidate coffers to keep those weasels in office.

Granholm ought to be in legal jeopardy, as in facing jail time, for this. At the very least, the press ought to be hounding her and the SEIU leadership mercilessly, day and night. How could they countenance doing this? How is this not the definition of corruption?

The entire Big Labor-Democratic Party nexus needs to be ripped apart. Root and branch.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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