I’ve been so caught up in what’s happening in Wisconsin that I didn’t notice what the Republicans are doing in Michigan. This some scary shit: Michigan Governor Plays Fast and Loose with Democracy, Invokes Radical New Powers.
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.
The U.S. is in greater danger than at any time since the Civil War. If the people don’t put a stop to the way the Republicans and the New Democrats are stripping away our rights, we will soon find ourselves living as corporate serfs in a third-world oligarchy. I have no confidence that Americans will awaken to the seriousness of the threat.
Welcome to Liberia.