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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:03 PM

 

The Coup In Michigan That The Press Is Ignoring

The fight to recall Scott Walker drew huge attention from the national media...But Walker was elected as a conservative and launched his fight against collective bargaining openly... In contrast, the sudden shift by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to impose so-called “right to work” laws has drawn strikingly little press attention.

Snyder was elected running as “one tough nerd,” a pragmatic conservative more concerned with solutions than ideology. Although he pushed controversial measures, he was not a naked partisan, vetoing voter ID legislation in an attempt to focus on Michigan’s economic malaise. Snyder was also on the record opposing right to work legislation. However, last week, after Barack Obama won reelection and Democrats picked up seats in the Michigan legislature, Snyder announced his support of an effort to rush right to work through a lame-duck session in Lansing. Further, the legislation would include a budget appropriation, making it ineligible to be subjected to a referendum under Michigan law...

But the outrage has largely been limited to local media and to niche left-leaning outlets. What Snyder is doing is a stunning betrayal of the democratic process. Regardless about how one feels about “right to work,” the concept of a supposed moderate shifting gears and using a lame-duck session after an election to jam through deeply controversial legislation without debate or possibility of referendum, is an outrageous affront to the Michigan electorate. This isn’t a Michigan issue or a labor issue. This is an attack on every norm that has governed American politics for two centuries. And it’s time the media started paying more attention.

http://daily-download.com/coup-michigan-press-ignoring/


add this to michigan's continuing push for emergency management laws to suborn democratic process & the takeover of communities & councils by koch-bots & imo, you have a planned, centralized COUP.

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HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #1
nineteen50 Dec 2012 #11
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #19
limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #2
gollygee Dec 2012 #3
Lifelong Protester Dec 2012 #4
WillyT Dec 2012 #5
jody Dec 2012 #6
woo me with science Dec 2012 #7
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #10
warrprayer Dec 2012 #8
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #23
DonRedwood Dec 2012 #9
midnight Dec 2012 #12
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #24
midnight Dec 2012 #25
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #27
ReRe Dec 2012 #13
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #20
ReRe Dec 2012 #21
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #22
ReRe Dec 2012 #26
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #28
riderinthestorm Dec 2012 #14
1gobluedem Dec 2012 #15
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #16
hay rick Dec 2012 #17
snot Dec 2012 #18
ReRe Dec 2012 #29
limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #30

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:13 PM

1. du is ignoring it too, it seems. remarkably little attention to what's going on in MI. It ain't

 

just this right-to-work bill, folks. there's a rolling coup underway & it's been going on for some time.

possibly a template for other localities as they continue to go bankrupt, so you'd better start paying attention.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:40 PM

11. Class warfare

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Response to nineteen50 (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:23 PM

19. fascist coup, harder-core than everyday class warfare

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:19 PM

2. Maybe it ought to be a criminal offense for a politician to

switch positions on something after they get elected. Or to do something like this if they didn't announce it during their campaign.

It's kind of like fraud or something.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:20 PM

3. I am beyond disturbed by this

And if I didn't have young kids to take care of, I would have been in Lansing today.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:25 PM

4. This is insanity

do the rich robber barons not know their history? They keep pushing, and pushing, and pretty soon, you won't be able to get the angry toothpaste back in the tube. Pretty soon, nobody will have anything to lose, and finally sit down, walk out, whatever it takes to shut this down.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:26 PM

5. K & R !!!




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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:32 PM

6. Courts have to decide whether public employee salaries, benefits, retirements etc are on the block

 

when a city goes bankrupt, e.g San Bernardino CA.

The case will probably end up in federal courts.

Would that decision affect public employees in states with right to work laws any differently than those without?

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:57 PM

7. K&R

The silence is deafening, isn't it? Brazen betrayal of the people and the democratic process, and it is now treated as normal, steadfastly ignored.

Egregiously absent, also, is any acknowledgement or alarm about the fact that those who choose to protest these days in the United States of America *routinely* meet a violent government response.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:35 PM

10. We need to figure out how to get real news to the majority of the public.nm

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:59 PM

8. General Strike

time to see some decisive and unmistakeable action from our side for a change

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Response to warrprayer (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:00 AM

23. The answer! Every fucking person that works in Michigan, every working man and woman should

join a giant fucking picket line and just tell richie rich they'll come back when their rights are restored.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:01 PM

9. kick

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:53 PM

12. Michigan Passes "Right to Work" Containing Verbatim Language from ALEC Model Bill



by Brendan Fischer — December 11, 2012 - 12:38pm


Amidst massive pro-labor protests, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed sweeping legislation attacking private and public sector unions, just hours after passing the lame-duck legislature. The operative language in the bills is nearly identical to the American Legislative Exchange Council's "model" Right to Work Act.

http://www.prwatch.org/headlines

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Response to midnight (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:01 AM

24. Bus in the teamsters, longshoremen, pipefitters and anarchists.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #24)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:20 AM

25. I read that Wisconsin union workers came to support Michigan...

And your right.... Bus in support...

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Response to midnight (Reply #25)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:40 AM

27. Some richie rich leftie needs to throw down and put his/her money in the pot to sustain a long-term

effort.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:55 PM

13. My 2 cents...

K&R

...we ain't seen nothin' yet. This is all practice for the big kahuna coup down the road.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:26 PM

20. considering there will probably be some number of bankruptcies (or fake bankruptcies) of cities,

 

counties, possibly states -- and associated pension grabs -- i'm thinking this 'emergency manager" legislation (michigan's first try at it would have allowed *corporations* to run agencies, cities, etc.) -- may be part of that picture.

and the emergency manager effectively strips citizens of all democratic rights and puts them under rule by dictatorship.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:59 PM

21. Exactly

They're just practicing right now, but the writing's on the wall. And sadly for them, the big shell game is about to take a LEFT TURN.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:52 AM

22. i don't quite get what you mean by left turn.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:34 AM

26. What I meant was...

...the crowd's onto their shell game and pretty soon, they will be run out of town. Kapisch?

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #20)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:41 AM

28. Our little city mngr is making over 300K annually here.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:59 PM

14. NPR was all over this story today. Multiple times, fyi

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:01 PM

15. The country has ignored Michigan for a long time

And organized labor has been steadily weakened because of it. I hope what happened today is a wake up call for the rest of the country.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:02 PM

16. Maybe it would help if Lindsay Lohan would call a press conference and say a few words.

 

How could the MSM miss that?

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:05 PM

17. K&R

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:22 PM

18. K&R'd. And . . .

can anyone tell me why Michigan-ers elected a Repub. gov.? Yes, I know, he didn't talk like a far-righter; but still . . . why not vote for the Dem.?

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Response to snot (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:43 AM

29. Either it's life's biggest mystery....

...or the election was rigged. Realistically, though, their propaganda machine was stoked with loads of fat-cat money and the people bought it. The people forgot Speaker Tip O'Neil's (sp?) reminder:
"All politics are local."

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:16 PM

30. k&R

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