March 2, 2009, - 10:52 am

The Kid Rock Porkulus: Multi-Millionaire Soaks Michigan Taxpayers for Eponymous Vanity Beer

By Debbie Schlussel
If there’s something I detest more than the undue conservative worship of drug kingpin and pimp glorifier, Kid Rock, it’s that with the Obama “stimulus” package and similar programs here in the State of Michigan, the government picks winners and losers and finances fatcats with your money.
One of the most blatant examples is Bob Ritchie a/k/a Kid Rock’s new vanity beer named after–who else?–himself. Ritchie is rich beyond his wildest dreams, so you would think that if this scumbag baby daddy and former drug dealer wanted to go into the beer biz and produce a vanity beer, he could and would finance it himself. But you would be wrong.
Instead, this money-bags rapping rocker is soaking the taxpayers of Michigan for almost a million bucks to pay for Kid Rock Beer. Yes, Michigan, which is on life-support even more than the rest of the country, is cutting spending everywhere and then . . . giving it to Kid Rock’s beer venture?!

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Spoiled Brat Diva Kid Rock a/k/a Bob Ritchie

Gives One-Finger Salute to Michigan Taxpayers

The tax-funded subsidy comes in the form of a $723,000 tax credit to the beer company, so it can make the risky vanity beer, courtesy of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, which is financed by Michigan tax dollars. Kid Rock brags that the venture will create 400 jobs in Michigan and will be profitable. But if that’s the case, why can’t this multi-millionaire risk his own money, instead of soaking Michigan taxpayers in these tough times? He can well afford to spare the money for his own business venture and take the risk himself. It may seem like a tiny amount in the scheme of the Michigan budget, but that doesn’t make it right, or give us a reason why Michigan–not Bob Ritchie–should shell out the cash.
It’s simply disgusting that this rich crybaby (who is still whining about having to do real community service for his gazillionth assault) is sucking at the teat of the Michigan taxpayer.
With all of the fake breasts he hangs out with, let him extract something out of those for his private business ventures, instead of stealing from the less fortunate, non-jetsetting working stiffs of Michigan.
And, please, don’t send me e-mail about how Kid Rock plays for the troops. Those vanity gigs (which he does as much for his own self-adulation as he does for the troops’ benefit) don’t justify taking money from Michigan taxpayers.
If it did, maybe Michigan should finance Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Beer, too. (No, there isn’t such a beer. I made it up. But I’d buy that before I’d ever touch anything with Bob Ritchie’s alter ego’s name on it.)

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Debbie,
Here in Grand Rapids our fearless city commisioners won’t approve a zoning variance for Grand Rapids own Founders Brewing to allow it to expand its operation. This is a Michigan company with a proven product. At the Michigan Beerfest Saturday in Grand Rapids over 4,000 beerdrinkers and brewers gathered to showcase and taste the best that Michigan has to offer. If Kid Rock has such a good beer why wasn’t he there? Maybe its because he knows his overpriced overhyped would have been laughed out of the beerfest. With breweries like New Holland out of Holland, Arcadia out of Battle Creek, Schmoz out of Grand Rapids and Bells out of Kalamazoo this truly was a Michigan showcase with people coming from Chicago, Indy and Ohio.
I’m sick of the state picking name recognition instead of supporting local businesses that are surviving and trying to expand in Michigan. If this is how the state treats its own small businesses already here why should new business even bother to come here?

swede on March 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Debbie, unless Kid has some ownership in this brewery he will not see a dime from the state.
[M: COMPLETELY WRONG. THE STATE OF MICHIGAN IS SPECIFICALLY GIVING THE BEER COMPANY $723,000 IN TAX BREAKS TO MAKE THE BEER BEARING HIS NAME, FOR WHICH HE IS BEING PAID HANDSOMELY. HINT: HE'S NOT DONATING THE USE OF HIS NAME, THEY'RE PAYING HIM--AND MICHIGAN TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING THEM (AND HIM). PLEASE DO THE MATH AND PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EINSTEIN (OR EVEN, KID ROCK) TO FIGURE THIS OUT. DS]

Mark on March 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Debbie : I am annoyed at the way you lump ALL
conservatives together into “worship of Kid Rock”.
I bet most conservatives don’t even know who Kid Rock is, never mind worship him. Most Conservatives don’t even like wishy-washy Republicans like this character Brouchard ! So
please be more accurate in your statements !

Hawkins on March 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm

So what if he is getting paid for his name and likness. My only problem with what you are saying is that he is somehow getting $723,000 from the state. He is not, the brewery is. This goes on all the time with Economic Dev organizations. And if 400 people are keeping their jobs then more power to them.
[M: YOU REALLY NEED TO CONNECT THE DOTS AND DO THE MATH. THAT YOU WON'T IS YOUR PROBLEM HERE, NOT WHAT I'VE WRITTEN. DO YOU REALLY NOT GET THAT THE MONEY FROM THE STATE IS SPECIFICALLY TO PRODUCE A BEER, BEARING HIS NAME, FOR WHICH HE'S GETTING PAID? IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. MONEY IS A FUNGIBLE GOOD, A ZERO SUM GAME. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT HE'S GETTING PAID FOR THE BEER IN A VACUUM, THAT THE TAX BREAK SPECIFICALLY FOR THE BEER BEARING HIS NAME IS A COINCIDENCE? WHAT I AM SAYING IS 100% TRUE. THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT 400 PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS. NOT THAT THIS WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HE CLAIMS THIS WILL CREATE 400 JOBS. IF IT WILL, LET HIM CREATE THEM. THIS IS A TAX-FUNDED BAIL-OUT AND SUBSIDY OF KID ROCK BEER, MUCH OF WHICH WILL END UP IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT. PERIOD. WAKE UP. IF YOU DON'T MIND PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO KID ROCK'S BANK ACCOUNT, WHY DON'T YOU FUND THE $723,000 IN TAX BREAKS, INSTEAD OF MICHIGAN TAXPAYERS? OR BETTER YET, WHY DOESN'T HE? DO YOU LIKE THE OBAMA STIMULUS PACKAGE, TOO? THAT SUPPOSEDLY SAVES AND CREATES JOBS ALSO. OH, AND THOSE KINDS OF THINGS GO ON ALL THE TIME, TOO, SO I GUESS THEY MUST BE OKAY, RIGHT? DS]

Mark on March 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm

No, not a fan of Obama or his stimulus package. I think your dislike of Kid Rock is clouding your thought process.
The brewery got the tax break over 7 years. They were bidding on the making the the beer to bear his name. There were 4 or 5 other breweries from other states bidding to produce this beer that bears his name. He choose a brewery in his home state. Kudo’s to him for that. So many celebs leave their home states for the west coast, it would appear that he has chosen not to leave his roots. The company plans to invest 7 million dollars in this project. It currently has 8 employees and produces 100,000 barrels a year, it expects to sell 100,000 case of the beer a year and increase staff to 161 in the brewery and employee 294 throughtout Michigan. This brewery is producing the beer for Drinks America Holding from CT, that is who is paying Kid Rock, not the brewery. I don’t see why Kid Rock should be hiring anyone or funding this tax break this is not his private business venture that the tax payers of Michigan are paying for. Your story is not based on any facts, just speculation on your part and a true dislike of Kid Rock. I have connected the dots here. He is getting paid by Drinks America of CT. Michigan Brewing won the bid to produce the beer. Michigan Brewing is getting a $720,000 tax break over 7 years to help them fulfil this winning bid. Did Kid Rock have input with Drinks America Holding in awarding the production to Michigan Brewing of course. Is he involved with the production of the beer, of course. This is no different than any celeb putting their name on a product. Think Michael Jordan said to Nike you can put my name on any shitty shoe you would like, of course not. I am not the one with the concept problem here.

Mark on March 2, 2009 at 7:41 pm

“BEER IN A VACUUM?” Debbie, You’re a genius! kid rock sucks like one…

Roads Skolar on March 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Debbie run for governor of Michigan, win the election and have him exiled from the state.

californiascreaming on March 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Wow, Idiocratic politics really in action in Michigan? Debbie, document this as the first, full evidence of idiocratic politics in America. Historians will need important data to find out how American went down the drain.

Bobby's Brain on March 3, 2009 at 12:00 am

Mark you fail to see what Debbies contention is with regard to Kid Rock. He and other will profit from this business venture. And since he’s a part of this business venture and quiet wealthy. Why does the Michigan or any other state have to subsidize this business venture. Kid Rock is more than able to put up the $700K plus and shouldn’t have to rely on the taxpayers for anykind of money. Whether it comes directly in via an investment or via the backdoor per a tax credit. That money could be used for other things. Which would help the michigan economy. And has nothing to do with with 400 jobs will be saved. Rock proclaimed it would “create 400 new jobs” which is just a projection. Doesn’t mean it will actually create additional jobs and at that number too. People of significant wealth shouldn’t be getting any money for their business venture. With that kind of wealth, they should pay for it and take the entire risk. Because they will definitely get the benefit (as in more money) if the business is successful. You take the full risk and you’re entitled to the benefits. But, then I don’t think you see it that way.

Tenn Scholar on March 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

My contention is that he would have profited from this venture regardless. He did not ask Michigan for the funds, the brewer did. If this brewer did not get the contract it would have gone to another brewer somewhere else in the country. I do not have a problem with Debbie being upset for the brewer getting the tax break, but she is railing at the wrong person, she should be upset with the State of Michigan, that is who this news should have been about. Would this have been news if Kid Rock was having the beer produced in PA. Probably not. Kid Rock is not in the beer business as far as I can tell, his name is being put on a beer. In hopes that his legions of fans buy the beer. Just as Jimmy Buffet has done with a brew that bears his name. Just like Nike puts whoever name on a product to sell. Do you think Kathie Lee Gifford sails a Carnival Cruise. Do you think she is going to be the one that welcomes you aboard. Come on, I am not a crazed Kid Rock fan and I have been a loyal reader of Debbie’s blog for a while, just think she got it wrong on this article. And if you re-read my previous post I supplied the estimated figure on the employment.
[M: HUH? HE WOULD NOT HAVE PROFITED AS MUCH B/C THEY'D HAVE $723,000 LESS TO INVEST AND/OR PAY HIM. DO THE MATH AND WAKE UP. MONEY AND TAX BREAKS DON'T OCCUR IN VACUUMS. DS]

Mark on March 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm

http://www.oakgov.com/econ/business_services/incentives_mega.html
The above link will provide you with insight in to Michigan Economic Dev.
This is who Debbie should be rainting about.

Mark on March 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm

The Michigan Brewery is not paying him, Drinks America of CT is paying him. I am doing the math. You are not connecting the dots. He was getting paid for the use of his name regardless of who is doing the brewing. His payment has zero to do with Michigan giving the brewery money.
Debbie the only reason I am arguing with you, is you have the issue wrong. If you posted and said, oh look Kid Rock has a beer coming out, I can’t stand him, he is an asshole and whatever other things you might think of him, we would not be discussing this at all. But that is not what you reported here. If what you reported was the issue this would be about Michigan Economic Dev in Michigan. and not Kid Rock.
[M: WE ARE SUBSIDIZING HIS BEER, FOR WHICH HE IS GETTING PAID. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO IS PAYING HIM, WE ARE SUBSIDIZING IT. IT'S EXACTLY AS I REPORTED. DO THE MATH AND WAKE THE HECK UP. THE SUBSIDY IS SPECIFICALLY TO MAKE HIS BEER. YOUR COMMENTS ARE RED HERRINGS. IT IS, INDEED, ABOUT KID ROCK. HE'S NOT TELLING THE STATE TO TAKE THE MONEY/TAX BREAKS BACK. HE'S BENEFITING FROM IT. END OF THIS DISCUSSION. DS]

Mark on March 4, 2009 at 7:22 am

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