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Dictatorship In Michigan?

By The Reverend Published: March 16, 2011

Let them eat cake....

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) has proposed (now passed) ending his state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, cutting a $600 per child tax credit, and reducing credits for seniors, while also cutting funding for school districts by eight to ten percent. At the same time, as the Michigan League for Human Services found, the state’s business taxes would be reduced by nearly $2 billion, or 86 percent, under Snyder’s plan.

...if you are a Michigan resident in the lowest income bracket (bottom 20%) you pay a tax rate of 8.9 percent. If you are in the top one percent, you pay a rate of 5.3 percent.

Michigan, like almost every state, is experiencing budget shortfalls. No doubt, those shortfalls need to be confronted and addressed. Michigan's new dictator governor, Rick Snyder, has decided...along with his Republican legislature place the deficit burden on the backs of the poor, the children and the elderly while simultaneously reducing businesses and the wealthy's share of the load.

Particularly egregious is the bottom 20% paying a higher tax rate than the top 1%. But then, that's what an oligarchy would look like. Favoring the top 1% in America over all other citizens is the new Tea Party/Republican paradigm. The same thing is happening in Florida where well-informed voters installed a felon, Rick Scott, to the governor's chair. Cutting taxes on those who don't need their taxes cut while increasing taxes on those who can not afford their taxes increased. The same thing was proposed, with some distinctions, yesterday, by Ohio's little man Governor, John Kasich.

This isn't an austerity program that the TeaBaggers are thuggishly installing in America.....this is class warfare, pure and simple.

In Michigan, however, simply moving more assets into the hands of the already-wealthy while making the poor and the elderly pay for not enough. Not by a long shot. Rick Snyder wants to be King of Michigan, not simply governor.

Under the governor's authority, local officials can be fired, city and locality contracts broken, city assets seized and sold, services eliminated, school districts—entire city governments—eliminated. All under the authority of a governor with no public participation or oversight.

You may think the above is only liberal hyperbole....if you do, go here and read the bill just passed by the Michigan legislature.

Consider. You vote for mayor or town council, or local school board member. Wall Street Barons go all ape sh*t and bring the nation's economy to it's knees.....hey, you know, it could happen. Your local city or school district gets in financial trouble as a result. In Michigan's case, the governor appoints a receiver who has unilateral power to correct the financial problem. The governor stays out of it altogether. The receiver, if certain conditions are met, has the authority to disband the city council, void contracts, get rid of the mayor, sell city assets, fire a local district's school board, or consolidate school districts as the receiver so desires. And you, as a voter, have nothing to say about any of it.

I have questions: How do dictatorial powers like those described above fit the description of a democracy? Where is the liberty I often hear Tea Party enthusiasts screeching about? Furthermore, how is this Michigan law, this Tea Party example of smaller, less intrusive government?

It is still less than three months into the new and exciting Tea Party wave of patriotic rule. Democratic elections are being taken away or responsibilities pushed downline onto the little people....rights to collectively bargain as a unionized work force eliminated.....and unilateral power placed into the hands of governor-appointed viceroys.

This doesn't smell like liberty to smells like something else.



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