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Jase Bolger: Impediment to the common good

by: Eric B.

Tue May 13, 2014 at 20:16:03 PM EDT

These are not words I ever expected to see in a Daniel Howes column.

House Speaker Jase Bolger’s insistence that Detroit’s unions contribute to the “grand bargain” is emerging as a potentially large impediment to resolving the largest bankruptcy in American history.

From Gov. Rick Snyder and Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen to Mayor Mike Duggan and Sen. Carl Levin, some of the state’s most influential players are trying quietly to gauge whether the Republican leader’s conditions can be met and by whom — or sidestepped in legislative wrangling over the coming weeks.

He tempers it a little later on, but he stays pretty close to the point that Jase Bolger's partisan dickishness is putting the "grand bargain" (and, please, for the love all that is holy and reverent, may we retire this god awful phrase?) in serious jeopardy. The unfortunate thing is that Howes chose to frame the results in what might happen to the prospects of Republican re-election efforts this fall as opposed to what it might mean in human costs (devoting much more to the former than the handful of sentences to the latter).

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This really is just Jase being a jerk, but what else is new?  He is term-limited out, so it's not as if he's doing this for votes.  He's doing it because he's always been a jerk.  Same thing with Randy Richardville and the minimum wage.  Engler did something similar on his way out vetoeing Detroit's regional transit authority legislation on his way out because the Dems didn't give him something else he wanted (I think it was something with charter schools).  This is like leaving a fart on an elevator when you get off knowinng people still have more floors to go.  

These are classic dick moves, and thus classic Republican moves.

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