Click here: Michigan bill would impose "financial martial law"
When I first heard about this I wasn't sure what to think, or which side to take. I knew that the hyperbole was probably blowing it out of proportion. Martial law? Come on, let's get real.
But then as I heard and read more one thing became clear: unions, especially public unions, hated this bill. That cemented my position as being squarely for this bill.
I love quotes like this:
"It takes every decision in a city or school district and puts it in the hands of the manager, from when the streets get plowed to who plows them and how much they are paid," said Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan State AFL-CIO. "This is a takeover by the right wing and it's an assault on democracy like I've never seen."This has to make one laugh. Michigan, except for brief periods, have been in the hands of the left wing for over half a century. What that has caused is record unemployment, record low property values, less jobs, and higher taxes. A perfect storm of economic catastrophic.
This is not an exaggeration. While the rest of the country has been in a recession for 3 years, Michigan' recession is at least 8 years old. Ironically, it began around the same time that a Republican governor left office, and a Democratic governor took office. Hmmmm.
So to hear an union boss decrying this move as a right wing power grab is laughable. Extreme measures must be taken in order to reverse the damage that union-backed Democrats have done to this state for nearly 60 years now. Unions are a dinosaur that have outlived their usefulness.
So don't believe the hype. If the unions are against it then you know it has to be a good thing.