Rachel Maddow breaks down the union busting efforts in Michigan from the Voter fraud billboards that popped up during the Presidential election and their correlation to the anti-union efforts, to the main players. Governor Snyder’s deceptive move was all too transparent, as Republicans once again try to erase their opposition. It’s a game to them, and they don’t play nice.
Ms. Maddow begins by breaking down the timeline of events , “Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan announced a press conference at which he reversed his long held and very publicly held stance against changing union rights in his state. That was at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. An hour and a half later, by 12:30 p.m., the Capitol police had shut down the Capitol building so protesters and members of the public could not get in. By 3:15, bills to strip union rights in the state were taken up in both chambers of the state legislature. By 4:00, there was a court order to reopen the state capitol to let the people in again. But before 5:00, before an hour was up, the house had already voted it through. Then before 8:00, the Senate had voted it through as well, and it was done. It was done, all in one day that didn’t even start until an hour before lunch time. all in one day between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., start to finish. and tomorrow, after a very minor amount of house keeping in the legislature, Governor Rick Snyder says he is going to sign it. It’s not like this is what the campaign was about. Snyder was against this. This wasn’t what the legislative race was about this year.”
At this point Maddow tells of Obama’s visit to Detroit.
And this is where the show changed a bit. Rachel brought up that only Democrats are meeting to ‘try to talk the Governor off the ledge.”
It was not always like this about union rights in Michigan or anywhere, but specifically in Michigan. It was not always a Democrats versus Republican thing. The specific union rights that Rick Snyder and the Republicans in the legislature seem to be about to strip in that state were enshrined in Michigan law in the first place by this guy, former Michigan Governor George Romney, father of Mitt Romney, revered Republican figure, and frankly, revered figure in Michigan state politics. Governor Rick Snyder’s office is in a building called the George W. Romney building. They hold him in high regard there.
So, not only did their guy Mitt Romney not win and thus far, the line to throw him under the bus is growing, but now even his father, who has always been considered one of the good politicians, is now being disregarded. His bipartisan legacy is being thrown under the bus.
Maddow welcomes a guest on her show: A Republican for union rights, asking “Why do you support union rights and what do you think is going on with your party?
Watch as he calls this, ‘A sad day in Michigan.”
If Governor Snyder’s efforts were honorable why did he take the steps he did; secretly, quickly and decisively? GOP, you do lose gracefully. Reportedly Republicans are ‘soul searching’ in an attempt to find out where they went wrong. I hope in an attempt at finding their soul they run into Gov. Snyder’s dick move. It is all over the news after all. They don’t have to look very hard.
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