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No, Right to Work didn't receive the same amount of debate as Obamacare

by: Eric B.

Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 21:06:52 PM EST


On the Right, the same people who thought that Mitt Romney had the election in the bag right up until the moment returns started coming in, there appears to be a growing argument line that Right to Work was today given as much time and scrutiny as was health care reform. The idea is that Obamacare was rammed through in the dead of night, with no input from Republicans. Again, I steal from Facebook, this time a comment from Stephen Henderson:

The first bi-partisan meetings on ACA were in June, 2009 (60 meetings, by the way) and the bill was signed into law in March, 2010. That's nearly a year of debate and discussion..

You may add into that that the president dropped a single payer system in favor of individual mandates because he thought it would attract some Republican votes ... which never materialized. They also added language in there on suggestions from Republicans about health care exchanges, which were left in but today have been rejected by the same Legislature that ramrodded through Right to Work in one day with no committee hearings and no public testimony.

So, no, there are no comparisons between how ACA was shepherded through Congress and how Right to Work was ramrodded through Michigan's Legislature.

Eric B. :: No, Right to Work didn't receive the same amount of debate as Obamacare
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Introducing and passing RTW in a single day tells me Legislative Republicans KNEW... (0.00 / 0)
...that what they were doing was sneaky, underhanded, even shameful.

...that these bills have zero justification other than vindictiveness and a desire to punish ALL unions -- not just the "hated" public sector workers -- for Proposal 2 and all those times they dared speak out against one-party rule in Lansing since January 2011.

...that even a couple of days of committee hearings would have exposed how little actual support these bills have among Michiganders.

...they could count on the votes of bitter and resentful LOSERS like defeated Reps. Mark Ouimet and Turncoat Roy Schmidt -- allowing them to give full vent to their bitterness and resentment on their way out.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison



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