Let’s recap what exactly the
king dictator governor of Michigan has been up to.
King Ricky’s appalling financial martial law was, and apparently will continue to be, the legislation that allows one person (the emergency manager) to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. It renders local officials and voters powerless. For example:
- He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Doesn’t matter. 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.
Then there’s the GOP’s ongoing goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule.
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.
But back to Financial Martial Law. It’s ba-a-ack. Bloomberg:
His decision may inflame opponents, as the administration of a white Republican seizes control of a place that is predominantly black and Democratic. [...]
Detroit… would be the sixth Michigan city put under state control [...]
Opponents say state takeovers disenfranchise voters by stripping elected officials of their power over municipalities or school districts, and may protect bondholders at the expense of employees, services and taxpayers… Some have said a takeover is racist because, along with Detroit, cities where almost half of Michigan’s black residents live would be under state control. Managers are already in charge in Allen Park, Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint and Pontiac.
Take a look at this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show from January 2012: