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  •  Michigan is the birthplace of organizing and labor (8+ / 0-)

    That state is not Wisconsin
    Not the south
    There will be trouble and lots of it.
    The people from every state I predict will descend on Michigan that is union and union supporters.
    I am not so sure republicans put these tea party people in.   Just look how the people voted in these tea party states.  They voted Obama and this is an attempt to take down not only workers rights but it is about the money that helped elect the president and the GOTV.
    This is seriously bad for America in more ways than labor.
    This governor and all the tea party governors are Koch dependent.

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    by Vetwife on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 03:22:27 PM PST

    •  Interestingly enough, the Tea "party" have been (4+ / 0-)

      deafeningly silent around MI, at least as far as I have seen.  They were only getting anywhere from 2 (in Detroit) to a couple dozen (in Lansing) showing up for any of their events in the last year or so.  Not one word from them formally/publicly on the taxation without representation issue surrounding Public Act 4.  And all reports from the capitol today say the PRO RTW people were very, very few.  
      It is very hard for me to see how they could have such a stronghold on our legislature, but it all comes down to AFP$$.  And if it only takes a billionaire or two to literally take over a state government, we are truly in deep, deep shit.  
      I wish I could believe that people would come and support MI and labor but I think, sadly, that will not happen.  I hope I'm wrong.  My brother is the UAW union steward at his plant and his fellow members in large part voted for Snyder.  He was the ONLY ONE from his plant to go to the protest today.  I am proud of him for setting the example and I know he felt betrayed today, both by this legislature and by his co-workers.
      This is a very sad day.  A century of labor struggles and hard fought rights were just signed away with a penstroke.  My own personal family history--a long line of UAW workers--were just written off by a little man who thinks that taxpayers are his "customers".
      Very sad, indeed.      

      •  A slap in the face to all who (3+ / 0-)

        fought and died and endured duriing the Flint Sit-Down Strike, the Ford Battle of the Overpass, and countless other labor struggles.  

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        by mideedah on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 06:07:08 PM PST

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      •  Not entirely true (3+ / 0-)
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        The Tea Party of West Michigan has been massively lobbying against the "Obamacare" health insurance exchange and on Right to Work, as well. They're just a bit quieter than they use to be. If I wasn't on their mailing list, I'd never know.

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        by Eclectablog on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 06:56:02 PM PST

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      •  As a life-long (2+ / 0-)
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        Michigan resident, I'm ashamed of my state today.  I'm actually really saddened by this.

        Right to Work laws anywhere are bad.  But this wasn't supposed to happen.  Not here.

        •  Agreed. Especially when Snyder told anyone (0+ / 0-)

          with a microphone for a year and a half that it WOULDN'T happen.  But liars lie.  The worst shame, in my view, is that people believed him, even the Free Press/Detroit News and police and UAW auto workers and teachers (and the last three I can vouch for personally, because I've witnessed it firsthand.)  
          For me, lying is not a starting point.  If I know what I'm dealing with I can at least start from there, whether I like it or not.  But if what I'm dealing with is a complete falsehood, there is nowhere to go from a lie.  There is no constructive problem solving, no amount of critical thinking, no possible compromise that can provide honest solutions in the face of a manipulation, and no amount of what Snyder himself calls "relentless positive action" when the person in charge is a liar.  It very much reminds me of dealing with a drug addict deep in the state of denial.    

    •  this isn't over (5+ / 0-)

      I think there will be a lot of turmoil and problems in Michigan during the next 2 years.

      In 2014, Governor Snidely won't be re-elected.

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