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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:40 PM

Right-wingers Koch, ALEC, pushed Michigan ‘right-to-work’ laws

Source: MSNBC

The United Auto Workers were “blindsided” by Michigan’s new ‘right-to-work’ legislation, union president Bob King told MSNBC Tuesday, shortly after Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law. In fact, the union had entered what King described as amicable talks with Snyder only days before, and the governor—who had previously opposed right-to-work—offered no indication that his views had changed.

“We had made a lot of progress, which he and the staff, everybody, felt good about,” said King. “But then all of a sudden, he flipped on us, and we heard that he was going to sign this bill.”

Snyder’s public position on right-to-work turned into a ringing endorsement, seemingly overnight. Suddenly, he was championing right-to-work as “Freedom to Work,” calling it “pro-worker,” and saying it would create “more and better jobs in Michigan.”

To explain the shift, Snyder has said that the issue simply gained “critical mass.” But lately, a well-funded conservative political machine, with ties to the Koch family and other wealthy backers, as well as to the notorious conservative lobby group ALEC, has been flexing its considerable muscle. What looked like a spontaneous shift in Michigan labor policy had been planned for months—and the success of the right-to-work push could foretell future efforts nationwide.


Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/12/koch-alec-pushed-michigan-right-to-work-laws/



Nothing like having billions in corporate money in a post-Citizens United World to threaten Republicans that they will be primaried if they dare ignore their corporate masters.

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TomCADem Dec 2012 OP
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #1
onehandle Dec 2012 #2
Beowulf Dec 2012 #6
ancianita Dec 2012 #3
Coyotl Dec 2012 #9
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Bozita Dec 2012 #12
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #4
Phlem Dec 2012 #5
hue Dec 2012 #7
TimKeller Dec 2012 #8
Bozita Dec 2012 #10
SoapBox Dec 2012 #11
defacto7 Dec 2012 #13
drynberg Dec 2012 #14
Coyotl Dec 2012 #15
MrScorpio Dec 2012 #16
underoath Dec 2012 #17

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:41 PM

1. No surprises - Look at what the Koch Brothers have done to Kansas! n/t

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:43 PM

2. ...tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock...

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Response to onehandle (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:32 PM

6. Party like it's 1793!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:51 PM

3. Don't ever, ever, give Dick De Vos a pass. He was a co-founder of ALEC.

Remember his name. He's a hardcore anti-union corporate extremist.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:44 PM

9. Ultra-right religious fundamentalist bankrollers connected to covert operations Blackwater

by marriage. If you don't know who these people are politically, look them up and read up.

Richard DeVos's son Dick DeVos was an unsuccessful GOP candidate for Michigan Governor in 2006. Dick is now president of Amway. He is married to Betsy DeVos, the daughter of Elsa Prince Broekhuizen who contributed $450,000 toward the 2008 effort to ban same-sex marriages in California. Betsy is the sister of Erik Prince who is the founder of private military corporation Blackwater USA.


http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Richard_DeVos

Richard DeVos, Sr. co-founded Amway Corp. and is owner of the Orlando Magic, NBA franchise. DeVos and wife Helen run the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, a conservative foundation and grant making body formed in 1970. He served as the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. According to Forbes, he is the 60th richest person in the U.S. with US$5 billion in 2012.
Money to conservative causes

He has been associated with various Christian and conservative organizatons, such as the Council for National Policy, the Free Congress Foundation, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. His grantmaking to foundations reflects these conservative Christian affiliations.

According to FEC records, Richard DeVos gave $2 million to the conservative Progress for America Voter Fund.

Between 1999 and 2001 the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation donated $12,159,101 to conservative groups such as Focus on the Family, the State Policy Network, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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DeVos was acknowledged at the privately held Koch seminar in June 2011 in Vail, Colorado for donating at least $1 million to Koch-related causes.

In 1993, ALEC gave its "Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award" to billionaire Richard DeVos, a leading proponent and financier of school privatization efforts.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:09 AM

12. !

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:54 PM

4. Well duh.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:57 PM

5. Let's try a little experiment,

if D's, and R's momentary switched shoes on this situation. Say the R's were trying to defeat "RTW" laws instead of having to defend them, once the bill passed there would be "Repeal RTW" legislation the next morning. Back to reality, the law passes the Dem's.......complain about the loss.

Yeah I know they cheated, were the Dem's in Congress that nieve, seriously!!?? For some reason only the R's have access to information/knowledge on how to circumvent the Constitution, really!!??

We need to be just as rabid as unchecked money and power, else we lose!

-p

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:37 PM

7. Of course--this is their agenda & Wisconsin is on their "to do list"

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:06 PM

8. Of Course they did! And they want us to THANK THEM FOR IT!!!

Republicans across the country are attempting to rob you of opportunity and increase the already enormous profits for their corporate backers, and then they’ll ask you to thank them for it.

Check my post on The Stubborn Mule about this, share it with others and check back often


Looks at the Right to Work Law and comparison of a depressed economy but raising corporate profits!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:07 AM

10. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you to find the Koch brothers taking over the govt of the State of MI!


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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:09 AM

11. Anti-worker and Anti-American.

That's the KKKoch Brothers and their Ilk.

Bringing a Death Wish to America, so that they can roll around naked in their billions of wealth.

Wake the Fuck Up America!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:39 AM

13. K&R n/t

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:43 AM

14. LISTEN CLOSELY FOR THE "CLICK"

You know, that click that says, "Whoa, that's too much, now we organize and push back hard"...listen...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:49 AM

15. To coin a new term: "low-wage job makers"

It would fit better if they were making jobs

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:13 AM

16. Never trust Republicans nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:09 PM

17. we must get lobbying out of politics.

 

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