sixth-generation Michigander and recall many stories of past political turmoil; nothing, however comes close to what's happening in Lansing this week.
Governor Rick Snyder (R-Ann Arbor) fell in many a citizen's esteem with his rush to sign anti-worker's rights legislation this week. The drumbeat to make him a "One Term Nerd" is being heard.
As the coup was happening, Brandon Dillon (D-Kent Co.) challenged the state house Republicans to bring the matter of "Right to Work" for less before a committee instead of rushing the bill through without public input. He was right to call out that party's hypocrisy in filling the public area with staffers so that fewer Michiganders could hear the Republican-led assembly despite its promise for transparency.
Meanwhile the out-of-state influence of the Koch brother's Americans for Posterity is insidious. And that mother of invention, necessity, has inspired a boycott app just in time for the holidays.
I am thankful that we have vocal leadership in our local congressman, Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), who defended women's reproductive rights and accused Republicans of limiting access to birth control and abortion services.
In the wee hours of the morning Jeff posted about yet another bill being rammed through:
Now, at 3:30 am we're voting on a package of bills that reduce taxes on mining companies. (HB 6007, 6008, 6010-12). Of course, these mining operations are located in the most pristine and wonderful wilderness east of the Mississippi. If you haven't been to the Yellow Dog Plains along the shores of Lake Superior, you might want to go now.
Governor Rick Snyder claims that he is working to bring jobs to Michigan; however, he is merely caving to the union-busting push by the far right corporatists who want more of their workers without paying them a decent wage.
Snyder has betrayed the people of Michigan by propping up a phony class system. Wealthy individuals should be honored to pay their fair share in taxes. Dick DeVos and others like him don't need more handouts. Yet by making it harder for working families to get good-paying jobs, accessing reproductive services and excellent public education, the corporatists are pushing the state and its natural resources toward cataclysm.
We are all Michiganders. The land, its bounty of fresh water__the largest in the world__and the wilderness deserve better stewardship, not auctioning them off to cronies without a care for the common good.
And legislating by cover of darkness and 3 a.m. sessions is no way for the light of transparency to shine. Pure Michigan? Pure betrayal.