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Last night, once again, the voters proved that they will not tolerate, overreach, it doesn't matter whether it's from the democrats, republicans, liberals or conservatives. They proved that this country does not have an ideological bent.

In Ohio, the grass root of 350,000 teachers,firemen,and policemen movement supported by several union groups, soundly defeated Koch money and a republican effort to crush the unions. The voters also overwhelming voted for the ballot measure barring any law that would require them to buy health insurance. Ohio is a swing state. This was a blow to Governor John Kasich, who already had low approval numbers, and strengthens the hand of President Obama.

The Mississippi voters came to their senses by rejecting an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception, and pretty much outlawed abortion and many forms of birth control if it were passed. I heard Governor Barbour say that he didn't know much about the bill, but he would vote for it. If amendment 26, or "Personhood," had passed Tuesday, it would have been re-opened old wounds, and it would have been challenged in the Supreme Court because it was an obvious step to overturn Roe v Wade.

Republican Russell Pearce, the author of the controversial" papers please" law in Arizona, was defeated by Jerry Lewis, a Republican school administrator who has said he opposes Pearce’s enforcement-only approach to immigration policy.

The voters of Maine defeated a partisan June referendum passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature that required voters to register at least two business days before an election is held. That set aside a state law passed in 1973 that allows Election Day, or same-day, registrations.

The nonpartisan public policy organization Brennan Center for Justice at New York University saw the law as part of a trend across the nation to pass laws keeping millions of potential voters from casting ballots.

That takes us to tonight's GOP presidential debate in Michigan, which can be seen on CNBC. I'll be looking for Mitt Romney's answer if he is asked about GMs bail out. As usual, he has been on both sides of the issue. The housing crisis has not been addressed but it will be interesting to see if the candidates agree with Mitt Romney's idea when he said, “don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom. Allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up, and let it turn around and come back up. “That’s a pretty good plan but three out of 10(and rising) homeowner's mortgages are now under water. I remember when presidential candidates would endorse corn ethanol while campaigning in Iowa; I wonder how they will address the jobs' issue since Michigan has a 11% unemployment? Will they agree with the GM bailout because when John McCain told the voters that manufacture would never come back to their state, he ended up losing the state by 16 points to President Obama.

It's good to see that tax increases will probably be part of the formula the Super Committee will consider. Of course, politics will have to run its course first. The Republicans have proposed $ 300 billion in tax increases over 10 years. I'm pretty sure they knew that the Democrats would reject their initial offer and use it to try to prove that the Democrats weren't serious about negotiating. The Republicans have seen the polls where 64% want to tax the top 2%, as part of the mix; they have also seen where income inequality is starting to frustrate a lot of voters. They don't want to be tagged as obstructionist. If my math is correct, the $300 billion over 10 years comes out to $30 billion a year in tax increases. That means 1% of our national income is $150 billion, so their proposal is 1/5 of 1%. Now to put that number in perspective, let's use the number $50,000, since that's the amount of income a median household makes. Imagine a budget negotiator telling someone that to lessen the effect of cutting all of your spending; you will have to come up with $100 in extra revenue. I'm optimistic, as least tax increases are being considered, and republicans are now considering throwing Grover Norquist under the bus. One representative said," I signed that" no tax increase" pledge way back in the nineties, when I first started running.