Michigan Paper that supported Gov. Snyder for 2 years slams the hell out of him, calls anti-union tactics ‘Pure greed’

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.

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  • Sally

    And the icing on the poison cake is that they will also, this week, ram through anti-woman legislation…no abortions unless clinics meet impossibly expensive and ridiculous site changes, and forcing any doctor who performs an abortion to carry more insurance (guess who benefits from that one? Hint: not women.) They are already defunding Planned Parenthood, and they are working on a personhood amendment to boot. Anyone who thought the MI GOP was being attacked by Rachel Maddow now knows why: they are soulless greedy SOBs, beholden to the Kochs, enamored of the ALEC takeovers in other states, and determined to being us down. I am sick. Oh, and I tried to email dear Tony Stamas, my representive and the moron who wants women to be seen and not heard in HIS chamber, but the email on his website in wrong. Nice work, GOP. Now you can say you got no angry emails this weekend. I think I’ll get on the phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolynmpascoe Carolyn Pascoe

    I’am impressed Detroit Free press Thanks for a truthful explaination of the right to work law. I’am like many of my friends and neighbors are outrage by the law Synder say’s he will sign. He said Proposal 2 was voted down in November. The fact that unions backed the Proposal angered him and he felt to rush this thru and move on quickly to other business. He ‘s out of touch with Michigan Workers who feel betrayed by his actions!!

  • http://twitter.com/PrittyBrains Pritty.Brains

    The Kochs are taking over this country from the inside. They are infilitrating everything, think tanks, politics, businesses, schools and colleges, etc etc. Insidious.

    • blueball

      These guys are Jews, right?

      • danny king

        Nice try, GOP astroturfer.

        The hatred and disgust they inspire in people is because of their fascist politics, not their wacky personal beliefs.

        • Matthew Kennel

          Right. American Jews voted 70% for Obama, the strongest support of any group other than black Americans.

          And this, despite above average wealth and income who would, relatively, be more personally benefitted by Romney’s policies.

    • goatdude

      The Koch brothers company supports thousands of high paying jobs searching and drilling for US based fossil fuels. How many high paying jobs do millionaire celebrities and sports figures support? The job to wealth ratio is much higher for the vilified Koch brothers

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  • Rose Dominguez

    Well this says it all. Sold to the highest bidder.

  • deptom

    Hmmm… I didn’t support or vote for any of the proposed constitutional amendments in November. I do think I will be among those who lay in a constitutional amendment at the next election making the right to work legislation a nullity…… What does the Free Press think of that idea????

  • deptom

    The publicans did exempt two types of jobs from the right to work…. and that alone is significant. Those exemptions alone negate any argument the publicans have made thus far in support of RTW. Those are Police and Fire….. Nuff Said?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SCRIPPSCAST2007 Carlos Planas, Jr.

    Snyder’s got to go!!! And the sooner, the better for Michigan… Psalm 109:8 KJV… Let his days be few, and let another take his office…