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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:05 AM

Democracy At It's Worst

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http://nhlabornews.com/2012/12/right-to-work-in-michigan-democracy-at-its-worst/





Have you been reading about what has been happening in Michigan?

Well just in case you have been unplugged from any social media for the last day let me explain. A few days ago reports started to surface that the Republican led Legislature in Michigan were going to use their own ‘lame duck’ session to push a Right To Work for less bill. Turns out the reports were all true.

The legislature and Governor Snyder knew there would be huge protests if they pushed Right To Work in Michigan. Amid huge protests RTW was unveiled in the MI House. The Detroit Free Press reported

“The goal isn’t to divide Michigan. It is to bring Michigan together,” the governor said, as hundreds of union protesters stormed the Capitol and the governor’s office, vociferously voicing their opposition to the plan.”

We all know this is a crock. The goal of right to work is to lower wages and make it easier for companies to break labor unions down.

The day was moved on like a live action horror movie, directed by Americans for Prosperity and ALEC. Even the Koch Brothers could not keep their hands out of this. The Koch funded group American For Prosperity, had members lined up in front of the State House in Lansing.

“Michigan passage of right-to-work legislation will be the shot heard around the world for workplace freedom,” AFP said in a press release Thursday.

FULL story at link.

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Omaha Steve Dec 2012 OP
Scuba Dec 2012 #1
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #2
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #4
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #17
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #33
ProfessionalLeftist Dec 2012 #35
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #36
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #3
loudsue Dec 2012 #5
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #18
loudsue Dec 2012 #24
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #26
loudsue Dec 2012 #39
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #41
loudsue Dec 2012 #42
Rockyj Dec 2012 #6
hfojvt Dec 2012 #9
12AngryBorneoWildmen Dec 2012 #11
ananda Dec 2012 #13
FightForMichigan Dec 2012 #37
NHLabor Dec 2012 #30
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #34
CanonRay Dec 2012 #7
Overseas Dec 2012 #8
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #10
dotymed Dec 2012 #12
pangaia Dec 2012 #19
ReRe Dec 2012 #14
Beowulf Dec 2012 #15
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #16
ReRe Dec 2012 #20
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #22
DirtyDawg Dec 2012 #21
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #23
NHLabor Dec 2012 #31
99Forever Dec 2012 #25
Union Scribe Dec 2012 #28
Romulox Dec 2012 #27
erinlough Dec 2012 #29
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #32
Festivito Dec 2012 #38
moondust Dec 2012 #40

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:25 AM

1. K&R Excellent graphic.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:28 AM

2. It's a full-fascist press in Michigan: Dictatorship by emergency manager, right to work, women's

 

rights, & dissolution of public schools.

Fuck those fascists. This is some kind of fascist coup.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:50 AM

4. "This is some kind of fascist coup."

I agree. The question is of course, what is there to do about it? Anything that can be ignored obviously will be ignored.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:37 AM

17. I'm a young one ...

... wish I could see how it played out in earlier times.

"Hoorah for anarchy!" - Adolf Fischer right before he was hanged for the Haymarket Riots and in defense of Labor Rights.

Sad, sad, sad.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:23 PM

33. and the media are doing a great job of ignoring it or misreporting it.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:39 PM

35. Michigan (much like Wisconsin) is a beta test for the rest of the country. . .

. . . If they can pull off such fascist coups in Michigan and WI , they'll be doing it across the country - and as soon as a Republican is elected President, on Capitol Hill as well.

People better wake the fuck up. EVERYBODY must be an activist. Now and forever.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #35)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:09 PM

36. Indeed.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:30 AM

3. Well he's right about one thing-It WILL bring Michigan together, against him.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:38 AM

5. How in the hell did Michigan get in such a mess??

Good gawd. I feel like going up there and marching my own old self, and I live in a right to work for less state, too (north carolina). But Michigan has jumped the shark on just about everything.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:39 AM

18. I'm in NC, too.

Hello comrade.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:26 AM

24. Hello back atya!

In which part of the state might you reside?

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Response to loudsue (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:32 AM

26. I'm actually from Dallas but live in RTP

Where are you?

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:36 PM

39. I'm actually from El Paso, but live just east of RTP!

Looks like all the sane people are leaving texas.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #39)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:47 PM

41. We'll have to hang some time!

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #41)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:39 AM

42. Ok!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:40 AM

6. It reminds me of Wisconsin...

Why aren't dems on top of these types of legislation? Why aren't dems & independents warning states that so-called "right to work" laws are being looked at? Though I live in WA state I know we can't become complacent thinking this won't happen here!

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Response to Rockyj (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:56 AM

9. What I wonder

is why are these supposed blue states electing these Republican legislators and Republican Governors?

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:06 AM

11. Because 'Koch Bros. et al' have been funding down ballot for quite a while. nt

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Response to Rockyj (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:09 AM

13. Why aren't people striking, in the street and at the capitol protesting?

??

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Response to ananda (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:09 PM

37. They were

But Republican legislators made sure their staffers filled up the gallery so others couldn't get it.

Then they declared the building unsafe so more protestors couldn't get in to watch Republicans vote away their bargaining rights. It was unsafe to have protestors in, but school groups and a Jimmy Johns delivery guy were let in.

Some of those who managed to stay were tear gassed and arrested.

When a judge issued an order to reopen the building, the House brought RTW to an immediate vote before they could be let in. Democrat legislators got off the House Floor to open the doors to them.

Look, what's going on here is shit. Absolute shit. But the sad truth is, the Democrats don't have the numbers in the legislature to stop them. Republicans introduced these measures on the same day they passed them, allowing for no committee hearings, no testimony and no discussion.

So if you're angry (and however angry you are, you have NO idea what I'm feeling like right now), point the finger somewhere else. Point it at those who are trying to trample democracy and turn this state into a fiefdom.

There are words for people like that. Traitor and fascist come to mind.

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Response to Rockyj (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:49 AM

30. This was a surprise attack

They have been saying all along that they would not push RTW for less in MI. Then after the elections they completely change course. They pushed the bill through in 1 day after the governor said it was suddenly on the agenda.

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Response to Rockyj (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:24 PM

34. it's happening here in wa too. the liquor bill, the charter school bill, it's in our state already.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:48 AM

7. This is the Politburo

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:54 AM

8. K&R.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:02 AM

10. Michigan GOP in FULL Fascist mode.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:07 AM

12. It should be called "the right to poverty law."

Since Occupy made most Americans aware of our grossly unjust income/wealth divisions, how in the hell can they still get by with this shit?

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Response to dotymed (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:40 AM

19. They have gained control of the argument

by calling it "Right to Work." YOU are right. It should be called "the right to poverty law." Or something that puts the onus on THEM, not us.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:13 AM

14. It's not Democracy: It's a new kind of "Ism"

...what kind, I'm not sure. What is extreme capitalism? What happens to capitalism when it goes this far to the right? What does it turn into at that point? Where's Thom Hartmann when you need him? (Just kidding) It's definitely disaster capitalism, but I think it has a different name, no? It's not America as we know it, I do know that.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:20 AM

15. It's called fascism.

Rule by the corporatists, that's the technical definition of fascism. Unfortunately, the word has been rendered meaningless through misuse and overuse, mostly by the fascist media.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:32 AM

16. We will obey ...

... as long as people fear the word "socialism". The yokes have been thrown. When do we respond?

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:42 AM

20. Exactly...

...that is the question. When. I say any day now. "The revolution will not be televised."

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Response to ReRe (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:02 AM

22. I've been hearing that since 2000

People, apparently, don't revolt like they used to.

IWW ... I think that's the way to go.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:00 AM

21. I'm from...

 

...Georgia, so I damn sure don't have any room to talk, but the answer is 'You put these bastards in charge, so you're getting what you deserve...and if you can't stop em now, or in the next election, then you'll really have deserved it.' We're a 'right to work' state, which puts 'the bosses' in charge and at liberty to do anything they want to get 'cheap labor' and to keep Republicans in office.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:03 AM

23. Were Republican politicians replaced by Democrats? If so, why can't the Democratic politicians

 

repeal this in January?

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:53 AM

31. not all were replaced

I think the GOP retained control of the house next year so a repeal is not likely

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:29 AM

25. Time for *this* yet?

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Or do we just keep baying in unison?

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #25)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:43 AM

28. I'm about there. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:41 AM

27. This is the NATURAL OUTCOME of the Party's support of "free trade".

And the embrace of cheap, non-union labor in the "right to work" South.

It has decimated the unionized manufacturing industry here in Michigan and the entire industrial midwest. The unionized manufacturing jobs that buttressed broad-based support for Trade Unionism no longer exist in Michigan. The workers who used to see their common interest in a strong unionized workforce no longer have jobs in Michigan; they have moved to Arizona, or North Carolina, or elsewhere. Most of their children left for college in different states and never came back.

After 40 or more years of assault on our way of life, Michigan is a hollow shell. It's as simple as that.

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Response to Romulox (Reply #27)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:10 AM

29. You said it exactly right! eom

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Response to Romulox (Reply #27)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:11 PM

32. I think that we're not supposed to notice.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 07:29 AM

38. Ram-rodding Railroading Republicans. /nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:59 PM

40. Divide and conquer.

"All for me, none for you!"

Swine.

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