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Forum Post: Michigan's Hostile Takeover

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 28, 2012, 12:48 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (21784)
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Rick Snyder put Louis Schimmel in charge of Pontiac last September, invoking Public Act 4, a recent law that lets the governor name appointees to take over financially troubled cities and enact drastic austerity measures. Under the law, passed last March, these emergency managers can nullify labor contracts, privatize public services, sell off city property, and even dismiss elected officials.

Schimmel got to work quickly, firing the city clerk, city attorney, and director of public works and outsourcing several city departments. City fire fighters were told that they would be fired if their department was not absorbed by Waterford Township's. Schimmel has proposed putting nearly every city property up for sale, including city hall, the police station, fire stations, water-pumping stations, the library, the golf course, and two cemeteries.

Williams and his six colleagues on city council have been stripped of their salary and official powers. "Nearly the whole city has been privatized," he laments. http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/michigan-emergency-manager-pontiac-detroit

Like how that went down? Yeah...........

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[-] 4 points by GypsyKing (9727) 2 years ago

Yeah, just the suspension of democracy, why would that upset anybody? WAKE UP PEOPLE! Now the corporate media is talking about the great economic comeback in Michigan. Like we would trade democracy to make the trains run on time!!! (If anybody misses the analogy, that was the excuse for putting Mousallini in charge - (he made the trains run on time!!!)

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

People should be jumping up and down screaming.

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[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20421) 2 years ago

This will be interesting. A real live micro libertarian experiment. Not sure I want to know the outcome of just how many people are harmed. And, make sure you don't become unemployed and can't pay your property tax, because if your house sets on fire, you're going down with it. Profits first!

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

So, they can continue to steal from the public coffers on other ways.

They are evil. There is just no way around it.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20421) 2 years ago

Exactly. Hmmm. Who's going to be earning the profits from all of this privatizaton? How stupid can people be?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

I'm finding it really hard to believe that they are stupid.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20421) 2 years ago

Good point. But the citizens who don't rise up and stop this stuff are stupid, or they just don't get it is more like it. It sounds really sexy to shrink the gov't and regular folks buy into that. They just don't get it, though. They don't think deeply enough about what this really means. So frustrating!

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

With that I agree. But, those are the ones on SI sitting at bars watching Fux Nus.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20421) 2 years ago

LOL! It's gonna bite them back, unfortunately.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

I hope so.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

cutting government jobs is not austerity (plain and inexpensive living)

no expense has been paid at all to the unemployed

that is not living with in spare means

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

They just forcefully privatized everything. Unbelievable.

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[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

Dick.

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[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

You are a dick because of your douche bag name. The unions aren't killing the states you right wing hack.

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[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

Grow up, shill.

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[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

You already know it's a lie. It's a lie that you are repeatedly called out on. Why should I spend my time trying to repeat this information to you? Grow up, shill.

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[-] 2 points by shooz (26739) 2 years ago

Snyder's quite the closet Koch whore.

http://www.michiganforward.org/

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

I can't believe it. One would think that after watching Wisconsin they would rethink this. But. apparently, they don't care. AMAZING.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26739) 2 years ago

That one's just on the "emergency manager" law.

If you'd like another dose of corporate and government malfeasance, try this link.

http://michiganmessenger.com/

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

Thanks for the link. :D

[-] 3 points by shooz (26739) 2 years ago

In spite of all our problems, Michigan is a lovely and varied State.

Since I can't afford Tahiti, I'll stay here and fight it out........:)

Aita pe'ape'a.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

Right on!!

[-] 2 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

Rick Snyder is a fascist and an insult to American democracy.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 2 years ago

Yeah he is.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26739) 1 year ago

The screws tighten in Michigan.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/28/michigan-s-abortion-bombshell-gop-gets-last-minute-restrictions.html

PS: Coming soon to a State near you...........Emergency Managers.

(R)epelican'ts don't want no stinkin' democracy.

They're running a business.....damn it.

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[-] 3 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

That's because your a fascist.

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[-] 3 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

You just dismissed GirlFriday's entire post, who do you think you're kidding?

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[-] 3 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 2 years ago

No, it just makes you an idiot.

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[-] 3 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 2 years ago

Isn't there a Koch you forgot to suck?

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[-] 3 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 2 years ago

You never had any intellectual "ammo" to begin with, so I'm coming down to your level.

The fact that you're here to troll in the first place belies any intellectual claims you pretend to.

[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

I knew it. You are a child. You go and talk about shitting on squad cars then play the innocent game while accusing others of low balling when they accommodate you at your level. I knew you were a child. A Koch sucking, bigoted whore of a child, you are. Besides it is not worth anyone's time to debate a fundamentalist and a fanatic. You still owe me evidence that Iranians are beheading criminals more that Americans send people to death row. I'm waiting.

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[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

The first one has no credibility, being it's a blogg. The second one reminds me of a Rodney King beat down, the third one is an opinion and I don't make decisions based on opinions, and the Fourth one reminded me of American Gang violence. But to go full circle with you, why do you believe their nation is capable of being more violent than ours? I know both societies are capable of violence, but I also know that neither nation is willing to nuke the other over their differences, They are both rational actors. So therefore I don't care who has a bomb, they'd be part of the club, maybe even get a permanent seat at the UN, lol.

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