Life is Good when the Dog is Smiling

I purchased our small hobby farm 30 years ago to raise chickens, ducks, geese and yes (eventually added Reindeer). We have a small Honey Bee apiary, numerous apple trees for making and canning apple sauce, a pond in our front yard and a large veggie garden. My wife Karen cans many of the veggies and …

I Sincerely Apologize for the Misunderstanding...

I get fed much misinformation and some is quite embarrassing when I pass it along and later get better and more accurate information to make what I wrote or said earlier incorrect. I will suffer that loss of creditability with you and having your respect is one of my most prized possessions. I sincerely regret …

RED LINE IN THE SAND

During the 113th Congress I and my staff wrote an article regarding the President’s plan to invade Syria after Syrian government troops crossed his Red Line in the sand using gas/chemical munitions against innocent civilians. The article was published in the Detroit News and eventually republished on the front page of the nationally syndicated “Real …

KID ROCK: DO YOU REALLY WANT THE JOB?

It is interesting how one regular person, if they find the courage to speak out and stand up, can make a difference in the world. I have an unshakable belief our system is designed to allow regular common everyday folks to serve as Representatives if they can stick to their principles. Yes, the butcher, the …

Traffic Cop Wanted

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to direct traffic while serving as a military policeman for a large public event at the Selfridge Air Force Base Air Show parking lot. I had no experience in it. I wore a red warning safety vest over my uniform and given a whistle.  I worked with a  more …

Senator McCain: Thoughts

As a veteran of both Vietnam and Iraq I have no idea what I would have done or said if I were a POW. I like to think I would maintain a proper decorum in support of my country. It is easy to say when not in that position. As a former US Congressman, I …

My wife is a nurse with more than 40-years experience.

My wife is a nurse with more than 40-years experience.  After I took public office in 2013, she asked me if I could meet another nurse concerned about medical corruption, Medicaid Fraud, in our Detroit area community.  The nurse, a Christian of middle eastern descent, met me in a Canton Coney Island restaurant.  She informed me she had …

Michigan Army National Guard on a US/UK Soldier Exchange Program

Back in 2004, I was selected to represent the Michigan Army National Guard on a US/UK Soldier Exchange program.   It was a wonderful opportunity spending two weeks with the 101 Royal Artillery Territorials, the equivalent of our National Guard, in England.  I enjoyed the two-week time with them and I made many friends to the point we …

If it is in the Yellow Pages, the government should not be doing it!

The Yellow Pages Caucus was/is a group in DC run by our new Attorney General Sessions when he was a US Senator  that basically said, “if it is in the Yellow Pages the government should not be doing it!” That includes but not limited to subsidized local parks and recreation golf courses, Bouncing blow-up play …