Democracy Killed in Michigan
March 18, 2011 2 Comments
From the Utne Reader
“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?”
So begins the scary story of the poor people of Michigan and their descent into Fascism courtesy of the Tea Party Republicans.
” The governor simply has to declare a financial emergency to invoke these powers – or he can hire a private company to declare financial emergency and take over oversight of the city. That’s right, a private corporation can declare your city in a state of financial emergency and send in its Emergency Manager, fire your elected officials, and reap the benefits of the ensuing state contracts.”
I think the Republicans are trying to take over the country…very quietly, in a way that we should be very worried about.