1. Dirtgrain
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Why did Obama extend the Bush tax cuts? Was he in on this agenda?

  2. Tommy
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Yes, he was. Am interested to see where this goes, as I don’t think that municipalities have inherent rights in this area over the state. Had not heard of Sandy Springs, Georgia or what is happening there, but if it has struck a nerve with Naomi Klein, then it must be pretty bad. we need more people like these two women (Goodman and Klein) who really are journalists.

  3. Robert
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    It is already becoming pretty obvious that this whole EFM push is just another sham meant to divert more taxpayer money into private accounts. The EFMs are being appointed by private interests opening another front of robbery like we’ve been seeing on the federal level since 2001. Once the EFM stooge is in they just begin redirecting all contracts to their pals and masters. What other explanation could there be for charges and costs going up under these dictators. What a load of shit it all is, and what a bunch of suckers the sheep on the right are for falling for this transparent BS.

  4. Edward
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that Obama was in on some kind of coordinated conspiracy. I would, however, agree that he didn’t fight as hard as he could have to end the Bush tax cuts when they were scheduled to sunset. He did the politically expedient thing and he kicked the problem down the road, saying that he’d fight to end them later. As “later” would likely be during the reelection campaign, though, I don’t see it happening.

  5. Glen S.
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I don’t see how there’s any middle ground on this issue. Either you support democracy and the rule of law — or you support the unwarranted imposition of corporate-sponsored financial martial law on our communities and schools.

    I’m proud that the Ypsilanti City Council and Mayor unanimously passed a powerful statement of opposition to the EFM legislation, and I think as many other cities, counties and school districts as possible should do the same.

    I also think voters ought to demand that their local elected leaders take a public stand — one way or the other — on this issue, and any one of them who either supports the EFM legislation, or refuses to take a stand, (especially any Democrats) should be targeted for recall and/or vigorously challenged in the next primary election.

  6. Glen S.
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Connecting this issue to the comments about President Obama above, I would also add this:

    If a sitting Democratic president remains essentially silent as local democracy is being stripped away from hundreds of cities and school districts; and millions of public-sector workers and retirees are being stripped of their pay, benefits, job security, pensions, etc. — not only here in Michigan, but in other states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey and Florida — then he deserves a vigorous primary challenge, as well.

  7. Adam Warner
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I would encourage you to turn out to a town hall to learn about and discuss PA-4 (EFM law) tomorrow at the Ann Arbor Community Center (10:30am-12:30pm). It is clear that, in addition to both the lawsuit and the campaign to repeal PA-4, we need to begin a discussion about an alternative way for our communities and the State of Michigan.

    Visit our FB page event — http://tinyurl.com/AAPA4rally

  8. Tom
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I think it’s very wise to look very carefully at the history of crises like this, and at the systemic roots of the depression we’re facing:

  9. murph
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Not to criticize the overall thrust of the post,but keep in mind that the legislation does not allow a private corporation to be an EM – it must be an individual human. The corporate EM possibility did appeae in some drafts of the legislation, but was removed by the time it passed into law.

  10. Posted July 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, I will update the post to mention that corporations cannot take over our cities and schools… yet.

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