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.