Apr 30, 2012
In Michigan, the State Board of Canvassers refused to acknowledge a citizens’ petition. The petition was to allow the population to vote whether to repeal a hated new “emergency manager” law.
The petition had 203,000 valid signatures – 40,000 more than needed. But right-wing challengers claimed that the type in the headline was one-eighth of an inch too small.
Two Republican board members voted to block the petition. Two Democrats voted to accept.
It’s a tidy little package. The Republicans provide the dictators to turn the screws on workers, while also turning over public resources to banks and corporations. The Democrats win credit for their vote, but Democratic mayors break union contracts, cut services, impose wage and benefit cuts.
The workers and the communities are left holding the bag.
If the activists who devoted themselves to the huge and difficult task of successful petitioning don’t want to be left high and dry, they had best ignore the games of both parties, and take their cause directly to the streets. There, they would have far more chance of success.