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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:49 AM
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Entire State of Michigan Considers Sit-In
DETROIT (AP) - Pointing to the massive outpouring of support for Chicago workers who are staging a sit-in in at the factory that has so far refused to make good on their promises to their employees, the entire state of Michigan is making tentative plans to conduct their own sit-in to demand that leadership in Congress stop bad-mouthing the state's main industry and deliver on their election promises to help American workers.
"We delivered in a big way for Democrats in November on the promise that they would bring change and stand up for people. Now, they put us at risk of losing over 200,000 jobs in Michigan because they are afraid of Richard Shelby", said one organizer, who wished to remain anonymous out of fear that his wife would find out what he was up to.

Another Michigan citizen called for the leadership in Congress to step down, given the fact that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have not been able to counter the most unpopular president this country has ever had. Even after the voters delivered sweeping victories in 2006 and 2008, Democratic leadership has been unwilling to thwart the destructive policies of the Bush administration or stand up to obstructionist Republicans in the United States Senate.
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Organizers of the sit-in are waiting for the final word from Congress before moving ahead with their plans. Another idea under discussion is to take the sit-in to Alabama. With the Michigan weather taking an unseasonably cold turn in early December, some have suggested that the whole state move to Mobile and enjoy the winter on the Gulf of Mexico.

"We could go down there, immediately file for unemployment, and then head for the beach. They receive more than their share of federal funding, and the state taxpayers have been willing to subsidize foreign automakers, who are also planning shutdowns and layoffs. After all their bragging about how well they are doing, we come to find out that Alabama is looking to raise unemployment taxes on businesses in 2010, and we better be there to take advantage of that."
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Government officials in Lansing had no comment on the planned action this morning, although one mentioned off the record that if the entire state moved, it would "make budget cuts a lot easier to do".
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http://www.bloggingformichigan.com/showDiary.do ;jsessionid=666B75F589D00AE64410752FAC9BBB66?diaryId=3260

This could be interesting!

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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:25 AM
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1. Link doesn't work for me.
Is there another one?
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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:31 AM
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3. Try this one:
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:27 AM
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2. cool!! Im sitting now, and Im in Michigan n/t
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:32 AM
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4. You're a trend setter!

Remember what Dylan said, "when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose."

I'm sure someone said it before him too.
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:22 PM
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5. We should have done this 8 years ago.
I'll believe it when I see it.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:23 PM
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6. Yes, a general strike in response to any one of Smirk's outrages
would have put the country back on track before Total Disaster
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:29 PM
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7. Workers are waking up
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 02:31 PM by malaise
I knew they would eventually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E_ztGlhwYE
Sing along workers!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA125tBP7q8


add link
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Ganja Ninja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:32 PM
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8. Michigan should legalize pot.
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 02:33 PM by Sentinel Chicken
With all the "free trade" pacts the federal government has done nothing but undermine the Michigan economy for the last 30 years. Why not be the first to legalize? Let the average person grow and sell. The state could confront federal law enforcement and do whatever necessary to prevent the feds from enforcing prohibition. It may sound like a wild idea but it would be one way of getting the point across that the state needs the feds to take their economic situation seriously.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:17 PM
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11. Michigan should buy a Mac
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:37 PM
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9. I've seen better satire, but this isn't too bad.
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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:11 PM
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10. a general strike???
in an entire state of the USA????? how about getting the other 49 in on it for the newspapers here in Europe....
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:29 PM
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14. Yes! I've been
callin for one for several years now. Stock up and share what you have with your relatives and neighbors and teach corporate America that they can't survive without workers and consumers.
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sixmile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:20 PM
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12. This is probably why B*sh deployed the Army stateside
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:27 PM
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13. What would happen if this happened in EVERY state?
I would love to see it happen. Maybe then, elected officials would realize that the people aren't gonna take their shit much longer. :evilgrin:
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MzYvonne Donating Member (30 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:13 PM
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15. Amen to that!
I'm waiting for it also
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