Dated, but very relevant
He presides over an area of the country with some of the most serious and oppressive racism in the US. The Berrien County Court regularly imprisons teenagers and innocents from Benton Harbor, Mich. Law enforcement harasses, sexually and otherwise, and sets dogs on residents. It’s a desperate existence which Fred Upton and Whirlpool Corp. are in complete control of.Pat Foster Says:March 18, 2011 at 11:23 am
I worked with a young man who was investigating an earmark that Fred attached to a bill giving $5 million to Benton Harbor for low income housing. The check was issued by HUD to the City of Benton Harbor, and they turned it over to Whirlpool’s nonprofit, the Cornerstone Alliance, because those poor black folk don’t know how to spend their own money.
Since HUD funds must be open to public inspection, this young man went to the Conerstone Alliance and asked to see their books because no money had been spent on housing. Instead of showing him the books, they said no, and hired a major law firm specializing in “crisis management”.
He speculated that the money was used to take over Jean Klock Park. He also investigated the geology of the land that they now control supposedly to put a golf course on and found that it sits on one of three deep well aquifers in the State of Michigan. If Aubrey McClendon destroys all our drinking water using his fracking method to drill for natural gas, then the only clean water around will be controlled by the Whirlpool group.
Whirlpool corp pays no federal corporate income tax and has not and wont for years due to a loophole they lobbied for and received. The made $618M in profit in 2010 and didn’t pay a dime. That does not prevent them from applying for and receiving federal grants, like the one they got for the Yakima wash call center in 2007 which just closed. I have written the local paper website 4 times to point out whirlpools contribution to the federal budget; the 1st one got in, the others were screened out and not posted.December 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm
Thanks for the enlightening journalistic work. I’d like to add another piece to the mix. We are a small business that has been in Benton Harbor for 90 years, employing 100 people in one of the nation’s most unemployed city. Harbor Shores has stolen our land, built around us, and has many ways of putting the pressure on us. Not that an automotive supplier needs more pressure, thank you! Here’s a site describing the problems:http://www.WhatIstheBigSqueeze.com.
This site doesn’t even touch on all the political forces that affect us. We are having difficulty seeking a tax abatement, that has been quite easy for other businesses ($300M in tax incentives to Whirlpool this year). Large incentives have been given to businesses to move to Benton Harbor, like Intermet, a direct competitor. Whirlpool has carved up a new district, Benton Township, with a wealthy tax base, land donated by Benton Harbor, and a new water plant bent on destroying the “undesirables” of Benton Harbor.
We welcome your comments on our site and support on Facebook. The louder we are, the less they are able to squeeze us out of business.http://theblindedeye.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/who-is-fred-upton-r-mi-6/