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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:22 PM
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Separately, Morris Goodman, a Dearborn attorney, past president of the Dearborn Democratic Club, a longtime political activist and observer and regular reader of sent along this column asking Did you get what you voted for?

Goodman says that July 1, 2011 cannot come soon enough because that is when Gov. Snyder will have been in office for six months . . . and a recall can then be started.

His column begins below:


(Mods: the following is from the Dearborn P&G link below)

When the polls closed on August 6, 2010 in the Michigan primary election, 34 percent of Republicans voted for the Bill Milliken and Bill Ford endorsed self proclaimed non-ideological nerd Rick Snyder for Governor. Forty-two percent of Democrats voted for the two term moderate Majority leader of the Democratic controlled Michigan House of Representatives Andy Dillon.

How many of those Snyder primary voters thought he would put forward the kind of draconian cost cutting and tax burden shifting agenda he has so far? How many of those Dillon primary voters thought he would not endorse for governor the candidate he lost to, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and later go to work for the Snyder Administration as Treasurer?

In the first week of April, 2011, just seven short months from that portentous primary, Michigan has enacted, or is about to enact, legislation that was not even contemplated under the 12 years of the very conservative reign of Gov. John Engler, most of which he also had Republican majorities in both House of the legislature. Michigan has entered into the unfortunately clichd, but true, uncharted waters of the radical right and these radicals seem to be just getting started.

On the front page of the New York Times on Tuesday March 29 was an article about Governor Snyders decision to sign legislation that as of January 1, 2012 reduces the number of weeks of unemployment compensation for newly unemployed workers from 26 weeks to 20. Michigan with one of the nations highest rates of unemployment will now have the nations lowest number of weeks for state unemployment compensation benefits. Snyder seems to be completely buying the philosophy articulated in the April 2 Wall Street Journals lead editorial which says:


(The full Morris Goodman piece also appears in the Dearborn Press and Guide dated 4/6/11. Link: )
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