It’s much, much worse in Michigan than we even realized
Last night, Rachel Maddow broke a huge story that has been happening since Republicans took over in Michigan in 2011 and has gone completely under the radar. Since January 2011, 566 bills have been signed into law. Of those, 546 of them, 96.5% were passed under “immediate effect”. Click through for the video from last night’s show. Pay particular attention to around 12:30 where they show it in action. It’s astonishing.
but, but, but, DEMOCRACY
The republicans in Michigan have a super majority. Michigan’s senate, house and governor all republican or have a republican majority. They are using an emergency provision to pass nearly all their laws.
Republicans used this emergency provision to:
- strip health benefits for same-sex couples,
- stop one of Michigan’s largest union from expanding,
- give an unelected manager the power to fire elected official, sell the towns assets, move to dissolve the town, cancel contracts, run the Detroit school district and the Highland Park school district. THIS ONE PERSON HAS UNILATERAL CONTROL, MUCH LIKE A DICTATORSHIP!
If that wasn’t enough, THE REPUBLICANS ARE FORGING RECORDS so they can pass laws immediately without a 2/3rd majority.
This is not a democracy, this is proof of EXTREME corruption in the state of Michigan.
Please watch the video and reblog this.