My sign idea for Friday’s Obama visit

I can’t make it out to Obama’s campaign speech on college affordability this Friday, so I’m offering up my sign idea to whomever would like to use it. (You don’t have to dress like a bear, by the way.)

I debated going with a sign calling attention to one of the many issues I have with the Obama administration, but, ultimately, I decided that, given the venue, and the audience, it made more sense to take the opportunity to draw attention to our Governor’s aggressive use of the Emergency Financial Manager Act to take control of Michigan’s aging cities, invalidate local elections, subvert the will of the people, break union contracts, sell off publicly owned assets, and privatize what little remains. If we’re to believe Snyder that this is a good thing at the local level, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would also be a good thing at the state level? I say we ask Obama to give it a shot…. for our own good.

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  1. tran
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Can you imagine the uproar?
    Obviously, there are fundamental differences in the relationship of State-vs-City and Federal-vs-State…
    When I moved to Michigan, many conservatives were big on something called Home Rule. I found that to be admirable.
    But conservatives don’t talk about Home Rule anymore.

  2. Edward
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    My guess is that Snyder wouldn’t take it any better than the Mayors that are currently being driven from office, if Obama were to send in an unelected replacement. Can you imagine the uproar if he tried to send in someone like Van Jones?

  3. Edward
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    And Pedobear would have been better.

  4. Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Dillon’s Rule.

    Look it up.

  5. anonymous
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    It existed before Snyder. That’s true. It was strengthened under his administration, though. And it’s being used much more broadly.

    It’s being said that, when Detroit gets its EFM, over 50% of the African Americans in Michigan will not have elected local representation. That, certainly, is something new.

  6. anonymous
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    The pedobear website has a chat room. Dare I enter?

  7. dragon
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    City of Clinton v. Cedar Rapids & Missouri River R.R. Co., 24 Iowa, 455, 475, in which the Supreme Court of Iowa said: “Municipal corporations owe their origin to, and derive their powers and rights wholly from, the Legislature. It breathes into them the breath of life, without which they cannot exist. As it creates, so it may destroy. If it may destroy, it may abridge and control. Unless there is some constitutional limitation on the right, the Legislature might, by a single act, if we can suppose it capable of so great a folly and so great a wrong, sweep from existence all of the municipal corporations of the State, and the corporations could not prevent it. We know of no limitation on this right so far as the corporations themselves are concerned. They are, so to phrase it, the mere tenants at will of the Legislature.”

  8. wetdolphinmissile
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    love it!

  9. anonymous
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Given that it’s a speech about higher ed, how about using this bit of brilliance from Santorum?

    Left uses college for “indoctrination”

    “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college,” said the former Pennsylvania senator. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure that there wasn’t one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?”

    Ignorance = Freedoom

  10. Meta
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    If anyone is interested, the speech is scheduled to start soon on Detroit’s WXYZ site.

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