The Rachel Maddow Show is doing an outstanding job of exposing the draconian efforts by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to “run the state as a business.” If you are not aware of what is happening in Michigan, read this…
Martial Law in Michigan and Republicans’ End Game March 10, 2011 By Cassandra Vert
While we were venting our outrage at shenanigans in Wisconsin politics, in fact while Republicans were planning last night’s attempted coup, the Michigan state legislature quietly passed a bill giving the Governor of Michigan martial control over the state. Except instead of using actual military, the Governor is more likely to use private security. But make no mistake–rights would be suspended.
Here’s how it works:
The governor, on his own initiative, can declare an economic emergency in any town and appoint an administrator. The administrator can be any person, including a corporate person.
The administrator has the power to do anything in the name of economic stability, including void contracts, void collective bargaining agreements, dissolve the town council, dissolve the school board, fire anyone including elected officials, hire private security, unincorporate the town, and sell off public property.
Watch the following video to get a taste of what is happening in Michigan. There are rumors that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has the same plan for his state. If you believe in the rights of citizens having a say in what happens in their local communities and schools, this is scary stuff.