But now I see that I left an important player our of that group...Republican Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan.
Perhaps lost in the Wisconsin shuffle is the story of what exactly is happening in Michigan. Newly elected Republican governor, Rick Snyder, is set to pass one of the most sweeping, anti-democratic pieces of legislation in the country – and almost no one is talking about it.
Snyder’s law gives the state government the power not only to break up unions, but to dissolve entire local governments and place appointed “Emergency Managers” in their stead. But that’s not all – whole cities could be eliminated if Emergency Managers and the governor choose to do so. And Snyder can fire elected officials unilaterally, without any input from voters. It doesn’t get much more anti-Democratic than that.
Except it does. The governor simply has to declare a financial emergency to invoke these powers – or he can hire a private company to declare financial emergency and take over oversight of the city. That’s right, a private corporation can declare your city in a state of financial emergency and send in its Emergency Manager, fire your elected officials, and reap the benefits of the ensuing state contracts.
I am reminded of a line by Lily Tomlin in the play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe...
No matter how cynical I get, I'm afraid its never enough to keep up.
What I'm feeling these days is that no matter how hard I try, I can't keep up with the crazed antics of the GOP these days. It is truly disturbing.