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This is another letter to Rick Snyder written by the same person. I guess in order to really understand how  important these issues are, you would have to be living the nightmare that residents of Michigan are!

Dear Mr. Snyder,
    Do you really believe that the citizens of this state are so totally ignorant that we don’t see what you are doing?  Of course you don’t.  Then why do you continue to tell the lies that you have been telling?  Do you really believe that just because the Capitol lawn was empty the day after you signed the Right to Work For Less law that the battle is over?  Of course you don’t.

The more personal media interviews you allow, the more I am convinced that you really are just a puppet for people like John Engler and Dick Devos, and GOP “think tanks” like the Mackinac Center, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  What are they holding over your head that makes you so compliant to their will?  Why have you allowed these outside interests to control and manipulate you into making policy for this state that will not help her citizens, and may well serve to destroy her completely?  You must realize that you are being used.  You must realize that when they are done with you they will toss you aside like the schoolyard bullies of your past.  How many reports did you write for classmates?  How much math homework did you do for classmates?  Did they steal your lunch money too?  Don’t you hate that you are right back in the schoolyard that you fought so hard to get out of?  It’s time for you to ditch your bullies and be the moderate that you campaigned as.  Get out your VETO pen and start being the governor of this state.  You have a job to do – start doing it.  If you were the CEO of a corporation, do you think you’d still be employed?  I don’t.  

    You were elected to be the governor of this state.  You sold yourself to us as “One Tough Nerd”.  Where did that guy go?  He sure isn’t standing up to the schoolyard bullies right now.  When will you stop doing their homework for them?  When will you stand up and tell them that enough is enough?  The citizens of this state have been begging you to do what you were elected to do.  We didn’t elect you to ruin this state.  We didn’t elect you to perform a lobotomy on our labor unions.  We didn’t elect you to villainize our teachers and privatize our educational system.  We elected you to serve as OUR voice.  WE pay your salary.  Dick DeVos and John Engler only get ONE VOTE each – why are the policies you are enacting reflecting their wishes and not those of your other 10 million constituents?  The majority of people in this state didn’t like John Engler’s policies in the 90s when he first tried pushing them on us.  The majority of people in this state didn’t want Dick DeVos running the show.  We have reviewed the policies and politics of these two men and we voted against them.  Why are you insisting on shoving their policies down our throats?  

I can’t fix everything - I’m just a mom - but I can give you some motherly advice that might help you out.  The best way to fix things is to own up to the truth, the real truth.  Shed your bullies by telling us what it is they’re holding over your head.  Once it’s out in the open, they can’t use it as leverage anymore.  Stop telling the scripted lies they are ordering you to tell.  Those talking points are pure propaganda and are straight out of the ALEC playbook.  Bold-faced lies the lot of it – and you know it.  Do you think that if you repeat it often enough we’ll start to believe it?  We’re onto that scheme and it isn’t working.  You want to fix this mess they have put you in?  Veto everything that hits your desk for the rest of this year.  Veto everything they pushed through during the Lame Duck marathon session they held on December 12th and 13th.  Veto the lot of it.  The Senate can over-ride your vetoes, but the House can’t.  Let cooler heads prevail.  Give your constituents a chance to weigh in on the legislation that was rushed through by the GOP controlled House and Senate.  The bad legislation they passed needs to be evaluated and actually read by them.  Most of them don’t even know what they voted on.  They were provided policy briefs directly from the Mackinac Center.  Policy briefs that neglected to mention the more egregious parts of the legislation.  Those policy briefs are no substitute for reading the actual language of the bills being voted on.  The sloppiness of the current elected body in this state is reprehensible and you know it.  You can do something to change that.  If you stand up to these bullies and do the right thing for the people of this state, you might be surprised who would stand behind you.

We are not averse to change, but we don’t believe in throwing out the baby with the bath water.  Right now, in your campaign to completely “Reinvent Michigan”, you are dangerously close to losing that baby down the drain.  You can do something to change that.  What do you think Mr. Engler or Mr. DeVos could do to you if you had 15,000 people standing at your back instead of protesting on your front lawn?  For every one of those 15,000 protesters in Lansing the other day, there were at least ten who were unable to make it there in person.  If you stay on the path you are on, those people are going to start finding a way to be there.  Your life will become a living hell of anxiety that you didn’t sign up for.  They put you here – your bullies.  Only you can tell them to back down.  Only you can do the right thing for your constituents.  Start by vetoing the bills that passed through the House and Senate on December 12th and 13th.  The choice is yours.  You can continue to let them bully you into ruining this state, or you can do the right thing and start standing up for the citizens of this state.  Michigan is being used as a testing ground for the model bills produced by ALEC.  A good number of your GOP legislators are ALEC members and they are using you to pass legislation in this state that will serve to turn our beautiful state into a wasteland.  You can do something to change that.  

Start by putting a veto on the new Emergency Manager bill.  We don’t want EMs and our communities don’t need them.  What our communities need is a leadership training team that can visit ailing communities and assist in training the locally elected officials in how to conduct business in an efficient manner.  Our communities need to learn how to maximize their assets to raise the revenue they need to survive.  They don’t need one individual to go in and sell off all their assets and leave them with nothing.  Locally elected officials may not be business people.  They may not be accountants and lawyers.  Most of them are just normal people who haven’t managed a budget larger than their own salary.  Instead of going into a community, telling them they messed things up and firing them – go into their communities and say, “We noticed that you could use some help and we’ve got some suggestions for you and your team.”  Ronald Reagan once said that the nine scariest words in the world were “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  Under any EM Law those are indeed scary words for communities in Michigan.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  You can do something to change that.  

Be the moderate governor that we elected and do what the majority of your constituents want you to do.

Marion Townsend
Dearborn, MI
December 16, 2012

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  •  Will he sign the bill into law that will allow (0+ / 0-)

    concealed carry weapons into totally inappropriate places (like Public schools?)
      I don't think even Snyder would go that low.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:13:21 PM PST

  •  Did anyone really think Snyder a moderate? (2+ / 0-)
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    filkertom, Sylv

    I didn't think Snyder a moderate, in the fine Michigan tradition, for one minute. As soon as I heard that he was against regulation, I knew to vote for the competent Mayor of Lansing, Virg Bernero.

    • I voted for Bernero
    • I signed the petition to recall Snyder
    • I'll vote to repeal any of his laws that I get a chance to

    Tough nerd, my ass. I know nerds. They prefer to be called geeks. You, sir, are no nerd.

    The worst thing is that the Detroit "liberal" daily (I refuse to utter their name) continues to give the Guv the time of day. No thanks.

  •  Itisjustmelorrie. (1+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward

    Sorry to split hairs, but are you the original author of this letter?  It's not clear.  

  •  Stop Pretending that Rick Snyder Cares.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....what you think about him.   Rick Snyder only cares about himself.  He is a narcissistic pussy who has decided to pick a personal fight with millions of Michigan citizens.

    Consider yourselves as presently doing the political autopsy on the bodily remains of Onetoughnerd (sic).   Once the PPP Michigan poll comes out on Tuesday, we'll know for sure whether our political pathology patient committed union busting political suicide or not......you know....just like for real ME offices while they wait for the blood work analytical.

    However, I'm fulling expecting the PPP laboratory results on our onetoughnerd specimens will show that excessive union busting caused a breach in the Michigan body politic, and that Governor Rick Snyder is a "2014 re-election prospect political dead man walking"

  •  Snyder will continue to dance to ALEC's tune (0+ / 0-)

    He is a puppet on their strings.

    It's a waste of time to pretend otherwise.

    He must be removed from office. That's the solution to the problem.

  •  It is very interesting that the diarist (1+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward

    doesn't clarify that they are not the actual author--they just wrote the introduction.  And then the author doesn't come back for comments.  Huh.
    I happen to be indirectly acquainted with the person whose name is signed at the end of the letter--a very nice person I used to talk to in a facebook group that focused on writing editorials.
    If the diarist knows the person, then say so (in this diary), say you have their permission to republish their work, and make it clear to your readers that you are not the original author.  The only content here that is itisjustmelorrie's appears to be the first few sentences.
    I think saying that and blockquoting the letter would make it more clear.

    •  Letter (0+ / 0-)

      This was the second letter. In the first letter, it is stated that I am NOT the author. She has given me a thrid letter to post, which will be up possibly in a few minutes. Yes, these ALL came right from her, she asked me to post them. I do think that would mean I have her permission.

      Also, I do not in ANY place here claim to be a professional writer either. If you have a problem with my articles, you are very welcome to move on and not read them. I can't always hang around online all day, I have a life.

      •  A) I have never read any of your diaries before (0+ / 0-)

        so as a first time reader it looked an awful lot like plagiarism.  General rule of thumb is if you quote more than 3 continuous paragraphs you should have express permission.  If this person is your friend, state that.  It was NOT obvious.  You should also boxquote it and if possible link to the source.
        B)  It is site protocol to at least check in on your diary once in a while to see if any has questions or comments.  Even Michael Moore gets chewed out for doing a drop and run diary on here, so be courteous.
        C)  I'll take you up on that offer.  Some of us spend days, even weeks researching a diary and most of us are writing for free, so don't even THINK of lecturing me.  Tell Marion I said hi.
        See ya

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