Rachel Maddow on the dismal track record of Michigan’s Emergency Managers and the threat they pose to Democracy

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      9 Comments

      1. Edward
        Posted May 1, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

        Not only is it evil, but the Emergency Manager scheme doesn’t work. It doesn’t fix the problems of Michigan’s failing, underfunded cities.

      2. Eel
        Posted May 1, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

        Say what you will about Maddow, she’s the only person in the national press who appears to be remotely interested in what’s going on in Michigan. I’m thankful for her existence, and for Goldman Sachs for helping keep her on the air, as odd as that may sound.

      3. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

        The whole purpose of expanding the Emergency Financial Manager Law is a hostile takeover of our cities. The govenor now has the ability to come into ANY community, FIRE ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS, PUT AN APPOINTED PERSON IN CHARGE WHO IS CONTROLLED BY THE GOVENOR. You no longer have ANY SAY in what happens. WATCH WISCONSIN…SCOTT WALKER IS DOING THERE WHAT SNYDER IS DOING HERE but the dictator is being covert. There IS NO WORDING IN THE LEGISLATION ABOUT WHEN THE EFM MUST LEAVE – IT IS UP TO SNYDER. No financial trouble in your city ? All they do is give tax breaks to corporations, divert tax dollars, or create a financial deficit by defunding revenue. ALL community CONTRACTS will be cancelled & new ones will go to cronies & those who donate to support the corporate takeover.

      4. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

        All bills related to government services will go up & up like in WI. These services will be by-profits for-profit companies w/o accountability. All schools, libraries, & other community buildings can be closed & property sold off. Rich multi-billionairs do not care about your home, your city, your life. The soul purpose is make money if it means stripping what can be sold off or exploited financially. You cannot get rid of corruption by getting rid of democracy & people’s voting rights !!!! Any finacial GAIN WILL GO TO THE POCKETS OF THE HUGE CORPORATIONS WHO HAVE BOUGHT & PAID FOR State House & Senate representatives & most of the courts. Take away your roght to vote in the state, next step is federally. But seems like people want to give it all away…jobs, healthcare, homes, etc & now your democracy.

      5. John Galt
        Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

        The governor didn’t have a choice. We gave black people 50 years to vote the way that we wanted them to. How long were we supposed to wait?

      6. TaterSalad
        Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

        Found: Elizabeth Warrens tribal ancestors:

        http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=73533

      7. Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

        Brilliant uncovering of the Snyder regime! Emergency managers circumvent the democratic process. The deal with Detroit is a smoke screen for city counsel to keep their jobs while co-managing the city under the influence of a state panel who has the ultimate right to veto any decisions made by city officials. And…how did a basketball player who raped the builders of GM Hamtramck by adding 3-5 cents a pound as a minority by passing through pricing & material from non-minority steel suppliers become mayor of Detroit? Does Detroit like B-ball that much?

      8. Posted May 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

        Brilliant uncovering of the Snyder regime! Emergency managers circumvent the democratic process. The deal with Detroit is a smoke screen for the mayor and city counsel to keep their jobs while co-managing the city under the influence of a state panel who has the ultimate right to veto any decisions made by city officials. And…how did a basketball player who took advantage of the builders of GM Hamtramck Plant by adding 3-5 cents a pound to steel as a minority contractor by simply passing through pricing & material from non-minority steel suppliers become mayor of Detroit?

      9. Demetrius
        Posted August 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

        A small victory for democracy in Michigan:

        From the Detroit Free Press — “Michigan Supreme Court: Emergency manager repeal must go on November ballot”

        http://www.freep.com/article/20120803/NEWS06/120803045/Michigan-Supreme-Court-emergency-manager-law-Public-Act-4-ballot?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

        Amazingly, one of the Republicans voted with the three Dems.

        Meanwhile, the law is now suspended pending the vote in November.

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