Thursday, January 21, 2016

Twilight Zone: Arlan Meekhof Just Called Justin Amash A RINO

Rep. Justin Amash

By Brandon Hall
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Evidently, we need to drug test legislators, because Arlan Meekhof is smoking some crazy good stuff. Or he's had one too may at New Holland Brewery, or a "prominent Lansing nightclub," who the hell knows.

The tax-raising Senate Majority Leader blasted Rep. Justin Amash on the "Big Show" with  Michael Patrick Shiels this morning, questioning Amash's Republican credentials while discussing the issues in Flint. He basically called him a RINO.

“It’s a good thing we don’t have to rely on Congressman Amash for any kind of critical thinking or solutions,” said Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekof this morning.

“Wow, Shiels responded. “like you, he’s a West Michigan Republican."

“That’s what he claims,” Meekof said.

That is INSANITY. Arlan Meekhof, questioning Justin Amash's Republican cred?!

Arlan pushed the biggest tax hike in 50 years. Arlan raised our gas and vehicle registration taxes. Arlan lied to voters months before voting for those raises. I could go on...Arlan has no business saying a WORD about Amash!

Interestingly enough, this was all over whether the State of Michigan can afford to pay for the Flint crisis without federal help. Amash thinks Lansing should use some of the $500 million surplus or other money to pay for Flint issues while Meekhof wants the federal government to go into more debt to provide the money.

So, who's the real Republican? The guy who says, "let's use state level resources to handle this local and state issue," or the guy who says, "let's go into debt and spend more money we don't have at the federal level so the feds can fix a local and state problem and your kids will pay for it."

(It's not even close on the above question, by the way...)

Don't even get me started on Meekhof saying "it’s a good thing we don’t have to rely on Congressman Amash for any kind of critical thinking or solutions.” Derp!

I am sure Meekhof has plans to spend that surplus money and rest assured, people in Flint are not on his priority list if he can get away with it. It looks like Amash doesn't plan on letting him.


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson


  1. Pearls of wisdom from Arlan. Critical thinking for sociopaths.

  2. I'm no Meekhof supporter by any means, but by the same token, I'd like to know where that part about Amash advocating that ANY of this year's Michigan budget surplus goes towards the Flint debacle came from originally?

    Yes, Lansing politicians just love to spend money from the general fund in order to assuage their conscience and feel good about themselves, but if you want to see what a terrible idea that would be, all you need to do is take about an hour drive from Flint into the Wonderful Land of Detroit.

    Our learned Lansing leadership felt that all was right in the world after they shook state money to bailout Detroit about two years ago.

    Well, guess what?

    All Lansing did was to teach them that all you need to do is to run your local government into the ground and someone else will come along with a big wad of money to save you from yourself (see the latest example of this: Detroit public Schools).

    The people running Flint are not that different from the people running Detroit.

    Consider yourselves warned.