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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:51 PM

Snyder's about-face on right-to-work betrays voters

Editorial: A failure of leadership: Snyder's about-face on right-to-work betrays voters
http://www.freep.com/article/20121209/OPINION01/312090161

Two years ago, a newly elected Rick Snyder told the Free Press editorial board he was determined to be a new kind of governor -- a pragmatist focused like a laser on initiatives that promised to raise standards of living for all Michiganders.

And until last week, we believed him.

For two years, we supported Snyder as he took painful steps to restore Michigan's fiscal stability and confront a crisis in which plunging tax revenues and mounting obligations to retired workers threatened to cripple the state's cities and school districts.

We criticized the governor for signing legislation that burdened a woman's right to choose, condoned discrimination against gays, and beggared colleges and universities to pay for business tax cuts.

But we also indulged many compromises ....

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:09 PM

1. Good editorial!

One of the best parts:

Like the failed labor initiative it seeks to avenge, Snyder's right-to-work legislation is an attempt to institutionalize Republicans' current political advantage. Everything else is window dressing, and most of these diversionary talking points are demonstrably false.

The argument that right-to-work status makes states more competitive or prosperous is refuted by a mountain of evidence that shows right-to-work states trailing their union-friendly counterparts in key metrics like per capita wealth, poverty rates and health insurance coverage.

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Snyder has long acknowledged that steamrolling right-to-work legislation through the Legislature would have enduring negative consequences for productive collaboration between workers and employees. His decision to embrace such legislation now destroys, in an eye blink, the trusting relationship he and his business allies have struggled to establish.

It also yokes a governor who once aspired to be seen as a new kind of Republican with the most ideological, backward-looking elements of that party -- the very people whose exclusionary vision of the country's future was rejected by voters in last month's election.


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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:30 PM

2. He is pure unadulterated scum

I did not believe him. I (as any, but not enough others) believed that this would be the result of the voters failing to vote for prop 2.

I wish I had been wrong (for the sake of my state).

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. Mark my words there will be many RepubliCON wolfs in sheeps clothing in coming elections.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:15 PM

15. Elections is the motive. The attack on unions/teachers is an attack on Dem support. ABUSE OF POWER

"The real motive of Michigan's right-to-work champions, as former GOP legislator Bill Ballenger ruefully observed, is "pure greed" -- the determination to emasculate, once and for all, the Democratic Party's most reliable source of financial and organizational support."


Destroy the unions and you destroy the organizations that oppose you in campaigns, pure and simple politics and thus ABUSE OF POWER to enact the law.

"It's all about politics

Like the failed labor initiative it seeks to avenge, Snyder's right-to-work legislation is an attempt to institutionalize Republicans' current political advantage. Everything else is window dressing, and most of these diversionary talking points are demonstrably false."

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:01 PM

4. I never bought his moderate line

And tried hard to warn friends who did fall for it. Anyone who won't reveal a platform and refuses to debate is not what he seems. And I was right.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:04 PM

5. Why did they fucking believe him?

I thought the Freep was more left-wing than that. What did they expect, he's a Republican!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:41 PM

19. Keep your eyes open for GOP "poison pills" running as Democrats, it can happen.

 

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:06 PM

6. HUGE K & R !!!




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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:10 PM

7. The Free Press endorsed him, and played a major role in

defeating the proposal in November that would have headed off this assault on workers' rights. Now, NOW they are concerned? Fuck 'em, they're just covering their asses.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:19 PM

8. I'm glad this person spoke out about Snyder's Betrayal..

Michigan voters who provided Snyder's margin of victory in 2010 feel betrayed, and they have every justification. If he was ever serious about being the governor who brought Michiganders together, Snyder has just sent himself back to Square One.


Big Mistake to trust a repub gov in these Koch party days.. I hope People Do Remember this at the polls in 2014 and 2013.

Thanks Coyotl

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 06:44 PM

9. I live in Michigan and have always expected Synder would do this.

I'm certainly not part of the "we" of which the editorial speaks. Is there a lesson to learned? Absolutely! Never trust a Republican under any circumstances for anything.

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Response to jimlup (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:51 PM

10. Agreed. Another lesson is treat them equally.

Enough playing nice! Time to switch the appearance of nice.

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Response to jimlup (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:58 PM

13. Me too

I'm actually surprised he hadn't gone for it earlier.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:53 PM

11. The guy ran as a centrist, then went further right than Pinochet.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:44 PM

17. I like the analogy!

Funny!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:56 PM

12. Oh my!

A scumbag lying Republican.

Who could have seen this coming?





(Note to officeholders of other persuasions, we don't like it any better when you do it either.)

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:02 PM

14. I keep looking for the Like button

on posts like this.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:19 PM

16. Really? People bought him as a good guy reformer?

 

Never trust a modern Republican for any reason. Like I tried to warn everyone in my state about Corbett, you're going to regret it big time.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:17 PM

18. Tuesday KICK as the action happens in Michigan right now

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