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My, my, Governor. That didn't take long.


Cross-posted from Eclectablog.

Remember when Governor Snyder and his Republican colleagues were telling us all how important making Michigan a Right to Work state was for improving our economy? "It's freedom to work!" they said. "It will make us competitive with other states!" they claimed. "It will create more and better jobs!" they told us.

Turns out that even Governor Snyder doesn't believe that tripe. Less than a month after his Economic Development Corporation spent $144,000 on a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal touting our new Right to Work status as one of the attractive benefits of setting up shop in Michigan, this week Snyder admitted it's all a damn lie.

“Over 90 percent of the jobs that you’re looking at aren’t going to be in a situation where right to work is even relevant," Snyder said in the hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom. "Let’s keep in mind what the economy is really about. Why not embrace the great things going on and be more positive?

“Let’s not live in the Michigan of the past where we fought. Let’s learn from it and recognize that we’re in the Michigan of 2013, but let’s be planning for the Michigan of 2025 and a great place for all of these young people.”

I'm not sure which is more galling, the fact that he is admitting the Right to Work isn't an economic issue (which it is not) or his suggestion that, after all of the attacks on union members and the poor and the middle class in Michigan, we should all just go lie down by our bowl and be quiet.

He is, of course, right on the first point. Less than a fifth of Michigan workers belong to unions so the overall impact on whether or not a company chooses Michigan as a place to invest is minimal. That's especially true given that basically half of the country's states are now Right to Work. It's simply not a competitive situation when everyone else is doing the same thing. It is, simply put, just a way to crush unions and lower wages overall. And, though they make up less than a fifth of the work force, those union jobs DO help keep wages at a level that builds our middle class and has since the middle of the last century.

Right to Work has never been more than a blatant attempt to strip power from unions. It puts the power in the hands of the corporations and kneecaps one of the most reliable financial contributors to the Democratic Party. With the far more corporatist Republicans in the drivers seat, politically-speaking, corporations will, over time gain even more power. They almost saw their fondest dream come true when Mitt Romney, King of the Corporatists, came within a few percentage points of winning the 2012 presidential election. But, with Corporatist Governors like Rick Snyder and Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Florida's Rick Scott, they are still well on their way to ultimate political success unless we put the brakes on them.

I'll say this much about Snyder's admission that Right to Work was never about economic improvement: I never, ever thought he'd admit it just a month later.

[CC Snyder photo credit: Michigan Municipal League | Flickr]

Originally posted to Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:52 AM PST.

Also republished by Michigan, My Michigan, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Dream Menders.

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  •  Can we please run ads in these states calling (12+ / 0-)

    these governors what they are:

    Jack booted fascist thugs?

    Please?

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:08:26 AM PST

  •  there is one undeniable truth (6+ / 0-)

    that is, everything has a certain frequency to it.  Ideas and positions ebb and flow. There never was, and never is a stable "center."

    Our society can be best described as a combination of pendulums, economic, social, political, geopolitical, technological. There was a time, beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan, that one of the strongest rightward swings of the political pendulum took over.

    It shifted right, a hard right under King Ronnie II, then edged back ever so slowly to the middle right. The momentum moved slightly left under Clinton, but even then, there was a rebound, and again it shifted slightly to the right. Triangulation was born from that shift.

    Calling the USA a center right country was probably accurate. Then. Not now.

    Under W, it moved even further right, until his second term, when the excesses of the ultraconservatives became so painfully obvious.

    Society's political ideas are shifting again, and they aren't done moving leftward just yet.

    The weird part is that while each pendulum moves independently, has its own period, and moves at its own peculiar speed, they also all interact. Sometimes they fight one another, at other times, two or more are moving in the same direction. Quite often, they move in different directions,  as the social ideas move in one direction, while the economic ideas move in another.

    Rarely, all of them are in the same place. When economic, social and political pendulums are all in the same place, or move in somewhat the same direction,  they tend to reinforce each other and provide an opportunity for massive change.

    Change is not necessarily healthy, as we can tell from the Reagan era. During his first term, all pendulums were moving rightward. We still haven't fully recovered.

    I suspect that the economic, political, social, perhaps technological pendulums are moving to the right. How far they will go, or how long this shift lasts, who knows? But it is clear that it exists. Just look at the reactions and emotions in the faces of the RNC participants. They looked a lot like the Democrats' meetings when Newt took out a contract on America.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:16:08 AM PST

  •  The Michigan GOP did this because they could, (9+ / 0-)

    and it pleased their masters. Since they don't give a damn what we think, I'm not surprised Snyder decided to tell the truth. He's done his duty, and he doesn't care if you like it or not.

    I can tell you this though: history is not going to judge the Snyders of this world very gently.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:33:35 AM PST

  •  Michigan's Democratic Party is a f#*king joke (7+ / 0-)

    They have been headed for years by Marc Brewer who has driven the state party into the ground. Until he gets his fat ass booted from the leadership the Democratic Party and have his grubby figerprints wiped off the Party leadership Democrats in Michigan will be as useful as a teat on a bull.

    To understand what happened in Michigan during Brewer's tenure, the past two elections produced a Republican House and Senate in the state legislatures, along with a Republican governor, and 9 out of 14 federal House seats, even though Democrats outnumber the Republicans by 40-33. And this guy still has his job.

    You want to know why the GOP is running wild in the state? It is because of the incomptence of Brewer to lead the Democratic Party. The guy and his buddies are dug in like ticks on a hound dog, and they would rather watch the Democratic Party go down in flames than relinquish control of their personal gravy train of money.

    Fuck them all with a barbed wire dildo.

    "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

    by kuvasz on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:52:33 AM PST

    •  It's not my intent to defend Brewer... (7+ / 0-)

      ...but there are at least 3 states in the South that I know of which are smaller than Michigan, are less "Blue" than Michigan, but have larger State Party staff, budget and institutional infrastructure than Michigan.

      If Brewer is deposed, his successor - whoever that might be - is not going to do any better unless MDP receives sufficient funding and non-financial "buy in" from both candidates and local committees.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:07:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  He was simply keeping his options open... (3+ / 0-)

    ...for renomination and re-election.

    His current pet project (which actually has some merit, though he went through the exercise of cutting taxes on "the right people" just so the burden of paying for the needed projects would fall disproportionately on us lesser mortals) of addressing our infrastructure woes is probably going to cause the GOP to "fall out of like" (or is that grudging tolerance?) with Our Benevolent Dictator, and I really suspect that sometime before Labor Day he is going to announce that his work here is done and that he will not stand for re-election.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:55:39 AM PST

  •  Definitely not awesome. nt (0+ / 0-)

    I see what you did there.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:24:43 AM PST

  •  Right-to-work v Right-to-Live (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peregrine kate, Eric Nelson
    From all over the country came a cry about this [The Little Steel Strike's] interference with the "right to work." It is interesting to note that all those protests came from the people who said not a word when, during the depression, employers dismissed thousands of workers. Nor have these same upholders of man's sacred right to work, spoken a word against the cutting of the W.P.A.
                                                              -Mary Heaton Vorse, 1938
                                                               Labor's New Millions

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: USW Local Mourns Fallen Brother

    by JayRaye on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:32:35 AM PST

  •  Michiganders, please consider signing (4+ / 0-)

    and reading this post by Eclectablog (petition is in the body of the article):

    Thx/sh

    http://www.eclectablog.com/...

    As to Snyder actually telling the truth and once again trying for a let's all clap hands and be happy  moment, even the venerated Mr. Rogers would give you a hands down.

    sh

  •  Of course it wasn't about jobs (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    surelyujest, Eric Nelson

    any more than Walkers unions stripping was about the budget in Wisconsin (even after public employees agreed to the fiscal part he continued to push it and they just passed it without the Democrats anyway).

    This is all about giving the monied interests more and more.  More tax breaks by cutting services and stripping away at public employees so there's more to send to the rich and corporate.  More money in their pockets by allowing wages to fall below starvation level.  Added bonus - they even increase joblessness by forcing people to get 2 or even 3 jobs to support their families making even less jobs available for the unemployed and this enables them to ram through additional legislation to take even more from people in the name of "creating jobs".

    The more they please their monied masters, the more campaign payola rolls in and the bigger the corporate "job" and paycheck will be when voters vote them out or they decide to retire and cash in.

    They should all roast in Hell.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:59:38 PM PST

  •  The GOP in Michigan don't care what the people.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..want.
    After the first emergency manager law was repealed, The GOP turned right around and concocted a new one

    Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new emergency manager law on Thursday, less than two months after voters repealed its predecessor.
    And according to Rachel Maddow this time voters won't be able to repeal
    The Local Financial Stability and Choice Act will also once again give emergency managers the ability to break or modify union contracts and override local officials, similar to Public Act 4 of 2011, which was repealed by voters on Nov. 6.
    But this:
    “This legislation demonstrates that we clearly heard, recognized and respected the will of the voters,” Snyder said in a statement. “It builds in local control and options, while also ensuring the tools to protect communities’ and school districts’ residents, students and taxpayers.”
    Telling the truth never occurs to the likes Snyder or any of these authoritarians

    Maybe they should move unto their private island - at their own expense that is

    Thx Eclectablog - it doesn't sound easy there dealing with these types  

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