WTF is the matter with Michigan? Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...


Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It's important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.

Speaking of remembering, remember King Ricky's appalling financial martial law? That was the legislation that allowed one person to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. For example:

He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Pfft, fuggetaboutit. OUT.

You like that school your kid goes to? Nevermind. GONE.

You cherish democracy and thought it would always be The American way? TOO BAD.

Remember all my rants about the GOP’s goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule? Me too.

And now Michigan's House has passed new version and sent it to the Senate all nice and repackaged under a different name, and they're pushing it right on through as they are wont to do:

The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6.

Michigan gun owners with extra training could carry concealed weapons in schools under a bill OK'd by a House panel Yes, guns in schools are A-OK with Michigan's "pro-life" Republicans:

Gun owners with concealed weapon permits could get additional training that would allow them to carry their concealed firearms in schools and at sporting events on school property under legislation approved Wednesday by a Michigan House committee.

The bill, OK'd 7-2 by majority Republicans along party lines, is awaiting potential final votes before lawmakers conclude their lame-duck session. [...]

Public schools - currently gun-free unless someone openly carries a weapon - would have to allow concealed weapons under the bill... [U]nintended consequences - more potential for altercations at football games or students finding teachers' guns in locked places.

Is it the right time to discuss responsible gun regulation yet?

Because Republican just can't seem to learn any lessons from the November elections, they decided to pass a bill attacking LGBTs and women. And to make double super sure that their so-called "small government" keeps their big paws off the rights of individuals, they included a "conscience objection" for health care providers who don't want to give that care when they feel it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Never mind anyone else's beliefs... or non-beliefs.

In other words, they get to discriminate against gay people and female people, even when it means that their well-being is at stake:

The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.

There you have it, Michigan in a very ugly nutshell.

  • While reading this article, the new from CT school shooting is being broadcast. CHILDREN MURDERED in school!!!!!! When the hell does this end? By what the MI legislature  approved, this could be solved by more concealed weapons in the schools. Maybe the kids should be armed as soon as they finish pre school. Then they could defend themselves and their teachers. Is it time for that conversation about guns yet? Or are we going to listen to the "arm everyone" lobby that we need to wait for a better time to talk about gun control?

  • What is wrong with Michiganders? Are you all asleep? This GOP is not your Dads GOP or Romney's Dad's GOP. They will lie, cheat, Gerrymander, essentially stopping at nothing to gain office, and then push their radical agenda upon unsuspecting constituents. They are doing this across the country and want "Right to Work" everywhere. Ask yourself why. Who benefits? Corporations of course, and the GOP. By attacking Unions they intend to weaken the only entity which can truly fight Citizens United money in politics. Having this advantage is not enough for them to buy politicians and elections. They wish to reduce the ability of Progressives to fight back by reducing Union membership and participation. Under Right to Work you may not have the right to organize, have a voice in your future, share in the wealth. Look at Income Inequality in this country and tell me if Right to Work and Trickle Down really work. The two biggest Frauds committed on this country in it's history. Income of the wealthy increased by over 250% while income of working families flat lined, while the cost of living went up. Right to Work invites all part time help, minimum wage, no benefits, no holidays, no health care, no voice. If you don't like it, there's the door. With 30 million Americans unemployed or underemployed who would make waves? Vote Them Out in 2014

  • I love the boldness of the Rs in their efforts to establish dictatorship. That's their position.  Fair enough.  Who wouldn't want to be a dictator, or at least close friends with one. But for those of us who decide it isn't a good fit, who represents us? Spent, weak kneed Ds. That's worked out real well the last few decades.