Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Rick Worse Than Scott Walker-- And I Don't Mean From Texas Or Florida; Meet Rick Snyder (R-MI)


You can't say he didn't warn you

Last week E.J. Dionne did an important column on Reagan Democrats and how extreme right wing overreach (the anti-union jihad in a dozen states) is sending these working class ex-Dems back for another look at the Democratic Party. Were that to really happen, the GOP would wind up as a rump Confederate party with branches in Utah, Idaho, Alaska and Arizona. Maybe that's why Roger Ailes was so quick to hire quasi-Democrat-turned-lobbyist Evan Bayh as a Fox News commentator. Being able to signify that egregious corporate whores and anti-family conservatives like Bayh, Bob Beckel, Lieberman, Lanny Davis, Doug Schoen and Harold Ford are "Democrats" serves one very important purpose: further muddying up the difference between the two parties and turning off as many grassroots Democrats as possible.
Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation's capital.

Washington Democrats, including President Obama, have allowed conservative Republicans to dominate the budget debate so far. As long as the argument is over who will cut more from federal spending, conservatives win. Voters may think the GOP is going too far, but when it comes to dollar amounts, they know Republicans will always cut more.

In Wisconsin, by contrast, 14 Democrats in the state Senate defined the political argument on their own terms-- and they are winning it.

By leaving Madison rather than providing a quorum to pass Gov. Scott Walker's assault on collective bargaining for public employees, the Wisconsin 14 took a big risk. Yet to the surprise of establishment politicians, voters have sided with the itinerant senators and the unions against a Republican governor who has been successfully portrayed as an inflexible ideologue. And in using questionable tactics to force the antiunion provision through the Senate on Wednesday, Republicans may win a procedural round but lose further ground in public opinion.

And it's not like Scott Walker is some kind of outlier in an otherwise, sane and patriotic party. What images do you conjure up when I say "Rick Scott," "Rick Perry," "John Kasich," "Jan Brewer," "Tom Corbett," "Paul LePage,"... to name just a few of the most extreme?

In fact one I didn't mention, the third reckless Rick-- Snyder of Michigan-- could turn out to be the most destructive of all. Like the others, he's in the process of "placing the brunt of deficit reduction onto the backs of their state’s public employees, students, and middle-class taxpayers, while simultaneously trying to enact corporate tax cuts and giveaways."
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) has proposed ending his state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, cutting a $600 per child tax credit, and reducing credits for seniors, while also cutting funding for school districts by eight to ten percent. At the same time, as the Michigan League for Human Services found, the state’s business taxes would be reduced by nearly $2 billion, or 86 percent, under Snyder’s plan:
Business taxes would be cut by 86 percent from an estimated $2.1 billion in FY 2011 to $292.7 million in FY 2013, the first full year of the proposed tax changes…Taxes on individuals from the state income tax would rise by $1.7 billion or nearly 31 percent, from an estimated $5.75 billion in FY 2011 to $7.5 billion in FY 2013, the first full year of the tax changes.

As the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found, the practical upshot of Snyder’s tax increases is to place even more of a burden on Michigan’s poorest residents, who will see a bigger hike than those at the upper end of the income scale.

These are two really smart people explaining this better than any elected Democrat I've ever heard:

And, in case you haven't had a chance to read it yet, this is the letter Michael Moore sent out to his fellow Michiganders Monday:
Friends and neighbors,

The call has gone out and I'm asking everyone who can to take Wednesday off and head to the State Capitol in Lansing to protest the cruel and downright frightening legislation currently being jammed down our throats.

What is most shocking to many is that the new governor, who ran against the Tea Party and defeated the right wing of his party in the primaries-- and then ran in the general election as "just a nerd from Ann Arbor" who was a moderate, not an ideologue-- has pulled off one of the biggest Jekyll and Hyde ruses I've ever seen in electoral politics.

Governor Snyder, once elected, yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from Wall Street.

In just 8 short weeks he has:

* Gotten the House and Senate to pass bills giving him "Emergency Management" powers such as the ability to appoint a corporation or a CEO who could literally dissolve town governments or school boards, fire the elected officials, nullify any local law and run your local governmental entity. That company then would have the power to immediately declare all collective bargaining contracts null and void.

* Proposed giving business a whopping 86% tax cut while raising everyone's personal taxes by 31%! And much of that tax hike he believes should be shouldered by -- I kid you not -- senior citizens and the poor! He says these two groups have not been "sharing the sacrifice" the rest of us have been burdened with. So his budget proposes a $1.8 billion tax CUT for business and a $1.75 billion tax INCREASE for the rest of us, much of it from the poor, seniors and working people -- even though the top 1% in Michigan ALREADY pay a lower state tax rate than everyone else does!

* Together with the legislature, introduced over 40 anti-labor bills in just the first two months of this session! They have wasted no time and have caught most people off guard. Much of this is being rushed through right now before you have a chance to raise your voice in objection.

These actions are breathtaking when you realize they will drive our already battered state straight into the ground. What we needed right now was an inspiring leader to help us reinvent Michigan and to find creative ways to create new jobs and lift us out of our economic depression. The rest of the country may call what they're experiencing the "Great Recession," but few argue that Michigan is suffering a "one-state Depression."

I know many of you are filled with a great sense of despair and a justifiable loss of hope these days in Michigan. But you must not let things get even worse. You must stand up against these Draconian measures and this outrageous attempt to rip our democratic rights from us by turning our state over to well-paid hacks from Wall Street and corporate America. They see our state as one big fire sale-- and they are licking their chops to get their hands on what is still a state rich in natural resources and industrial infrastructure.

Please show up at noon on Wednesday for our first mega-rally against this insanity. Hundreds of groups are already organizing car pools and buses. You can right now just declare yourself an organizer and get your friends and neighbors committed to being in Lansing. If ever there were a day to call in sick, Wednesday is it (because this IS sick). Students, if ever there were a day to cut class and become a participant in your democracy, Wednesday is it. This event needs to be HUGE-- and I believe it will be if you will simply be there and take a stand.

Much attention has been paid to Wisconsin in recent weeks. Well, they got nothing on what's going on here in Michigan. Rick Snyder is Scott Walker on steroids. There's never been what even the AARP calls "an all-out attack" like this on us. Trust me, you will rue the day you sat home and did nothing while thieves posing as politicians stole your Great Lakes State from you.

Don't let it happen. Be at the capitol by noon on Wednesday for the largest demonstration the state has ever seen.

UPDATE: Lance Enderle On Air With Nicole Sandler Today

Lance Enderle, who ran against Republican bandit Mike Rogers last year, will be facing him again in 2012. Meanwhile he's been busy organizing against Snyder's anti-family mayhem. He'll be on Nicole Sandler's show this morning at around 7:30am PT (10:30 back East). You can listen here.

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At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at this article for some very interesting answers to questions about the Republican governors.

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At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry the link may not paster for some reason. It is a very well resaerched article from the Daily Kos about ALEC and that organization's connections to all of these governors.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Hector Solon at Kos had the details on ALEC in Michigan.


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