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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Who is Janice Daniels' friend David Wisz, whom she wants to give a voice in our city council deliberations???

He is an anti-labor, anti-public transportation, $300-dollar-an-hour lawyer who loves the Tea Party. Gee… surprise, surprise. Here's an essay he wrote back in 2010.

"A Great Essay About Waste in Government on Transportation
This essay was submitted to me by David Wisz of Birmingham, Michigan. I edited it only slightly.
Next to National Health Care, no liberal dream has lingered longer than forcing people out of cars and into mass transit – even in Michigan. Like health care, the justifications shift with the political winds; the current rational is “jobs”. However, unlike real jobs created by the private sector, taxpayers are forced to subsidize these public sector union “jobs.”
The 2010 SMART bus operating budget is $122 Million to support 900 union employees. About one-third of the total bus operating expenses are siphoned from Michigan’s Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF) - a mass transit subsidy carved fromMichigan’s annual road budget. Nearly all CTF funds come from federal fuel taxes (18.4 centers per gallon), state fuel taxes, and state vehicle registration fees.
CTF is a redistribution of wealth from the Michigan’s car and truck drivers to public sector union-controlled mass transit agencies like SMART bus. Car and truck drivers actually pay substantially more for bus trips they never take than do the bus riders themselves as less than 10% of SMART bus revenue comes from ridership.
Even now, MI House Bills 5768, 5769 and 5770 have introduced a TAX HIKE of 8 cents on gasoline (currently 19 cents per gallon) and 12 cents on diesel (currently 15 cents per gallon).
Yet even this is not enough…
MI House Bills HB 5731-33 have been introduced to form a Regional Mass Transit Authority which will have the power to levy taxes to subsidize Michigan mass transit projects similar to those in France, Spain and Japan which cost an average of $51 million per mile.
We have also seen attempts at the County level by “Republican” Oakland County Commissioner Dave Potts who was the only “Republican” to vote with ALL the Democrats for a $17 million county-wide bus TAX HIKE – despite a veto threat by Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson - in his attempt to subsidize the public sector bus unions.
Now too, on the local level, Troy is pushing a 29% TAX increase, the largest property TAX HIKE in city history and BloomfieldTownship is pushing a similar TAX HIKE with the encouragement of Mr. Potts. We already pay for bus trips we never take and may soon subsidize the Troy-Birmingham Transit center Bus Station we will never use.
Citizens and Business owners are fed up with high taxes and wild government spending on such inefficient mass transit ploys which are primarily designed to TRANSFER WEALTH from taxpayers to public sector unions. Rather than spending more, we should follow the lead of New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie and cut millions from these mass transit boondoggles."

To paraphrase something I said to Janice about kids and libraries -- Jeepers, David, what could public transportation possibly have to do with jobs???
Please, Troy City Council and Mayor -- you claimed you desired to END the political rift in Troy, not to ESCALATE IT!


  1. Dave Wisz is no expert. An expert is a person who looks at the facts in totality and offers an educated opinion.

    Wisz, a self-identified libertarian and member of the Heritage and Federalist Societies, can only offer a conclusion based on his political views.

    And those conclusions are as follows: Anything the government does is bad, taxes are thievery, and any any Republican that doesn't agree with him is a RINO.

    When Wisz ran for County Commissioner (against Dave Potts), he claimed that he was "dedicated to cutting taxes and shrinking the size of county government."

    Further, made up stories that the transit center would be a stop on the "heroin express," bringing drug dealers and crime to the City.

    Does this sound like a guy who would offer an objective "expert" opinion or is he the type of man who is willing to scream and attack and lie until he gets his way?

    And just why would our Mayor rely upon such a person as an "expert?"

    It's also important to note that Wisz is a resident of Birmingham. Why should this non-expert non-resident be allowed an opinion in Troy politics?

    If this is the type of leadership we can expect from our Mayor, then our Mayor is a fool.

  2. Mr. Wisz is also against the Detroit Zoo. He passionately advocated against passage of the Zoo millage in 2008. Of course, he was woefully out of step with the voters, as the millage passed with a 3-1 margin.

  3. Other reports said Mr. Wisz contributed to Ms. Daniels campaign. So, would asking him to speak to Council be a political payback? Even though he would not be paid, his invited appearance could be viewed as enhancing his law practice. So, if he did contribute, where is the transparency Ms. Daniels asserts?