For two years The Detroit Free Press supported Gov. Snyder, until now. Anti union legislation passed quietly and deceptively. It was fast, and it was a betrayal fo the people of Michigan. The editorial published Sunday is a scathing review of Snyder’s recent handling of unions.
Detroit Free Press writes:
We trusted Snyder’s judgment.
That trust has now been betrayed — for us, and for the hundreds of thousand of independents who voted for Snyder with the conviction that they were electing someone more independent, and more visionary, than partisan apparatchiks like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker or Florida’s Rick Scott.
Watching Snyder explain his right-to-work reversal was disturbing on several levels.
His insistence that the legislation was designed to promote the interests of unionized workers and “bring Michiganders together” was grotesquely disingenuous; even as he spoke, security personnel were locking down the capital in anticipation of protests by angry unionists.
Snyder’s ostensible rationale for embracing right-to-work legislation — it was, he insisted, a matter of preserving workers’ freedom of association — was equally dishonest.
The real motive of Michigan’s right-to-work champions, as former GOP legislator Bill Ballenger ruefully observed, is “pure greed” — the determination to emasculate, once and for all, the Democratic Party’s most reliable source of financial and organizational support.
Detroit Free Press is pissed off.
Like the failed labor initiative it seeks to avenge, Snyder’s right-to-work legislation is an attempt to institutionalize Republicans’ current political advantage. Everything else is window dressing, and most of these diversionary talking points are demonstrably false.
he argument that right-to-work status makes states more competitive or prosperous is refuted by a mountain of evidence that shows right-to-work states trailing their union-friendly counterparts in key metrics like per capita wealth, poverty rates and health insurance coverage.
It also yokes a governor who once aspired to be seen as a new kind of Republican with the most ideological, backward-looking elements of that party — the very people whose exclusionary vision of the country’s future was rejected by voters in last month’s election.
Ouch. Right to work laws are actually Right-to-Work for less laws. Economists have pointed out that that wages and benefits tend to fall in right-to-work states and that Michigan has been a leader in attracting new investments for decades. To be put on par with Koch-soaked politicians such as Scott Walker and Rick Scott is about the worst way to categorize a Republican today. Big Money in politics failed. The people voted in spite of Voter ID laws, which are also Koch supported. Perhaps Snyder didn’t get the memo: Republicans aren’t winning over voters right now. Instead of being the exception to the rule, Snyder just joined the ranks of ideologues — the same ones Americans are voting out.
Snyder’s dick move is duly noted by an outlet that supported him and now feels betrayed.