Dec 10, 2012
State legislators in the Michigan House and Senate have gone on a rampage in this end-of-the-year “lame duck” series of sessions. They have been passing any and every reactionary, power-grabbing bill they ever dreamed of. And “to hell with what the people think or need” has been their motto.
The citizens of Michigan just voted down the Emergency Manager proposal touted by Governor Snyder as Ballot Proposal #1. “So what?!” the legislators shouted, and passed a new one!
Then there is the Right to Work legislation. “A way to reduce workers’ wages and benefits by breaking unions? Great!” they said, and put that in the Shopper’s Cart.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan bills, with their potential to give flexibility to major health care capitalist concerns to raise rates and limit coverage, shot through both houses.
Add to that proposals to deny tax revenue to municipalities, to townships, to cities; add to that proposals to force poor children into so-called “super districts” for schooling along the path of charter schools that are already failing. The list goes on and on....
So much for this so-called democratic process that only works AGAINST the workers!