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Woulda, coulda, shoulda: Right to Work deal to include cooperation on EMs

by: Eric B.

Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:53:58 AM EST

After the failure of the most important piece of government reform legislation, Public Act 4, to pass ballot box muster, a moment of reflection...

LANSING -- As hundreds of right-to-work proponents prepare to converge on the state Capitol today, there's talk of a deal under which Republicans would back off the controversial measure in return for cooperation from labor groups and Democrats on other issues, such as a new emergency manager law.

I actually think that's a deal worth taking, if it's relegated to the emergency manager law. In fact, they should have gotten input from Democrats and labor on the emergency manager law in the first place, so it would have been more palatable and less prone to nutty conspiracy theory mongering by Rachel Maddow.

That is, if the deal doesn't includes a bunch of really toxic, odious shit like labor sitting on the sidelines during the 2014 election or the other things we've been hearing about.

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I generally agree with what you've written here (take the deal) but "nutty conspiracy theory mongering"? Wrong!

PA4 was 1)undemocratic and 2)a failed law. The citizens of Michigan agreed.

1) It took the power away from elected officials at a local level and placed it in the hands of an unelected bureaucrat with no accountability. That was Rachel Maddow's main point and nothing about it is conspiracy mongering.

2) No city or school district that was assigned an EM is in better shape as a result. In fact, some are in worse conditions. This is a failed concept of improving fiscal conditions in a municipality. That is, of course, assuming the original motive was actually about fixing financially challenged governments as opposed to gutting their personnel and privatizing their services, which - considering the rest of the MI GOP agenda - is actually fairly likely to be the case.

Rachel Maddow posted a map of Michigan with a Dow logo over Roscommon County
Her point was that everything was going to be controlled by corporations, which needless to say hasn't happened.  It was nutty.

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I like, up to a point, what I'm hearing about new emergency manager legislation.  A community would get to vote on a consent agreement, a manager, or bankruptcy.  It'd definitely support trading votes on that for getting RTW off the table, but congressional Republicans have been so rash, that it seems that horse left the stable months ago.

Bolger has the maturity level of a 10-year-old, and yet he's been elected twice now to speak for the house in spite of all his troubles.  Like a 10-year-old throwing a tantrum, now he's looking for payback.  Good luck with that.  He could have SO much more cooperation from some moderate Dems than he's getting, but he threw it all away to be a fire-breathing teabagger.  Yeah, again, good luck with that "Jase".  God, I hate that pretentious, douchebag diminutive, but it suits his maturity level.

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