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Fascism Comes To Michigan

Fascism Comes To Michigan

The very essence of democratic rule may be about to die in Michigan.

If Gov. Rick Snyder (R) gets his way soon he will have the ability to unilaterally declare a “fiscal emergency”.  Once such an emergency is declared he would then have the power to dissolve the entire municipal government of wherever this “emergency” exists, dismiss the elected officials with no replacement election to follow, seize control of local civil services and, last but certainly not least, cede control of taxpayer money, services and powers to private corporations.

Anyone else sense the Koch brothers lurking in the shadows?

Like other power grabs in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio, this one is couched in terms of needing to wrest control away from the people and their unions in the name of financial austerity.

Snyder is like his other Tea Party Republican governors a product of crony-capitalism at its worst. After campaigning on concepts of limited government and democratic by-the-people rule, once in power Snyder, Walker and the others have almost immediately taken the unprecedented steps of trying to secure unilateral authority in the hands of the executive branch of government and granting unto themselves the ability to reward their corporate backers with the keys to the taxpayer safe.

It’s not just the idea of the governor overriding the will of the electorate for the sake of his corporate overlords that is so offensive, it is that no one seems to care.  The Michigan voters don’t seem to understand the power grab at play and most of the media has decided to ignore the story for more pressing matters like the Charlie Sheen meltdown.

If Snyder does get this bill through in Michigan, and it is likely he will, then the citizens of Michigan will have, perhaps unwittingly, given up their right to determine who governs at their consent.

Take Action: Don’t let Governor Snyder steal Michigan’s rights!

 

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9:28PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

thanks for the info

8:53PM PDT on May 1, 2011

Funny how history goes....in Rome the Public was given the colosseum to entertain them...now we have a burst of brute (MMA) to help the stink of our journey into the "pits" of eco, economic, social decay. Hang on...look up.

7:18PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

And the trees are dieing and the asain carp are in the Great Lakes.Get close to our maker and hang on.Anyone see the movie "Inside Job?"

3:28PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

"NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM" meaning "New Order of the Ages," which is a reference to the new American era. At the top of the seal stands a Latin phrase , "ANNUIT COEPTIS," meaning "He (God) favors our undertaking." More information on the following site from which this came:
At the top of the seal stands a Latin phrase , "ANNUIT COEPTIS," meaning "He (God) favors our undertaking."


Corporate greed and top wealth holders must be restrained through increasing their taxes to 1982-1987 rates. They have reaped winfall profits through tax reductions and other loopholes which has led to the current defict. Of course G. W.
Bush rashly getting us into a war with Iraq and greatly diminishing our status in the world's eyes didn't help either.

The current crop of Republicans are not representing the people, but have been bought and paid for by the Koch brothers and his ilk. If we are going to remain a government by the people, we must take our country back by voting for people not connected to Corporations, financial, oil and gas, and the health care industries. We must research their backgrounds to really know for what they stand. And we must stop thinking of single issues that just distract us from our major problems. Support the people, not the super rich who will live like kings on what they have already gained.




11:03AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Americans have such a gaping hole in their knowledge of fascism.... How many more people believe fascism is some leftwing construct? IT IS RIGHTWING!!!!
What the Repugs are trying to do is fascist, not democratic. When corporate interest and government interest become the same (as in union busting) that is fascist. Wake up America.
Besides, who are the morons that elected these idiots? Shame on you!!!

11:30PM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

On the back of the dollar bill is a pyramid [scheme]. The 3 Latin words translate to:"New SECULAR Order." Secularism does not include God, or anything spiritual, in the "equation" of the social norm. Corporate facism is its government.

6:40PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

George W Bush was just the dummy that created the Financial Crisis by giving his power over to Lobbyists , Wall Street & his Corporate Bosses, Which was just the excuse the nut bars from the Tea Party to try to finish to the transition to a Corporate State.
Right wingers always create a problem & then Solve it by giving public money to their friends. Now they want to completely dictate the Human Rights Of all Americans in order to make them Lackeys in order to satisfy their Greed, Power & Control,
Unfortunately This is the very kind of Fascist's Puppet governments that the US supported in Latin America for many years.
People wonder why more left leaning governments have evolved
in your neighbors to the south.
As A Canadian I am extremally concerned about what is happening south of the boarder . We know have minority Neo Conservative Government in Canada that if they get a Majority will follow in the footsteps of Michigan & Wisconsin.
All of North America is in real danger of falling into Fascists States .We must not allow these misguide fools to take away our rights & Freedoms,
WE DESERVE BETTER

10:06PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

@Edward T
"CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHY A GROUP OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WITH SECURE JOBS AT SALARIES HIGHER THAN THE NON-GOVERNMENT RATES AND RETIREMENT AND HEALTH PRIVILEGES SHOULD HAVE DICTATORIAL POWERS OVER THE GOVERNMENT WHILE THE TAXPAYERS WHO PAY FOR THOSE JOBS AND PRIVILEGES HAVE NONE OF THESE POWERS ? WHO THE HELL DO THEY THINK THEY ARE? THE UNION BOSSES /THUGS ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT THEIR NATIONAL SOCIALIST BRETHERN (NAZIS) DID IN GERMANY."

First off, your caps lock is stuck. No need to shout, dude!

Second, the only ones with "dictatorial powers" over elected officials are the corporate puppet masters. Otherwise union-busting legislation would never have been proposed, much less passed!

Third, on May 2, 1933, Hitler abolished trade unions. Their offices were closed, their money assets were seized, and their leaders were arrested. So NO WAY are our current "union bosses" trying to do what the Nazis did. WALKER is trying to do what the Nazis did.

9:46PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Since when do we pick and choose whether laws get enforced based on popular opinion???

Wisconsin's Attorney General says he will decide whether to investigate Wednesday night's vote (potentially violates several laws) based on the tally of calls he receives! Tell him he needs to enforce the laws of WI!

608-266-1221. Please repost to get the word out!
Call between 7:45-4:30!
You can also email: vanhollenjb@doj.state.wi.us

6:29PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

when I referred to these republicans as Republican Terrorist fascists someone made a comment I had used anger and was inappropriate ... then and now as well as over the last 35 years remembering the very first republican terrorist fascist Ronald reagan and his silent guru Dick Cheney before He Dicks You and his leadership of the "Hudson University papers" i am still of the same confirmed opinion

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