While our friends in Wisconsin have turned in a million or so signatures to force a recall vote of their Governor, here in Michigan we are stuck in our usual infighting mode. That’s despite the fact that this Governor and legislature have gutted education, gutted tax credits for the working poor, taxed our seniors, launched a full-on frontal assault on our labor unions, and have passed a series of gay-bashing bills that would make Fred Phelps proud. So I’m hoping we can all get on the same page and support the recall of Governor Snyder.
Generally speaking, I am opposed to recalls that are based on policy and votes. When Recall Snyder kicked off, I was not supportive because I didn’t see him doing anything illegal. It was the Emergency Manager situation that changed my mind. In short In short, firing the local government and seizing control of local assets is just going too far.
I gave it a lot of thought because there is some argument that what he is doing is not illegal. But in the words of Ed Schultz, “I don’t give a damn what you call it, it’s wrong.” I spent so many years blogging local issues that I can’t imagine not standing up for right to be represented on a local level. Forget about things like downtown development; local decisions control things like public safety, water runoff conditions, voting accessibility, road conditions, and critical records such as deeds, births, deaths, etc. The people controlling these things should be local, and not sitting off in Lansing looking at spreadsheets. Based on the displacement of local officials and taking control of local assets, I came to support the recall.
Snyder has already admitted that he will not be pushing controversial bills this year because his House of Representatives is up for election. He knows that the public does not like his decisions, and that the Republicans could lose control of the House because of that. This tells us that he is willing to manipulate the timing of legislation in order to protect himself and his friends from the voters. Does that mean that we will see some good legislation in 2012 and 2014? No, it means that 2013 is going to suck like 2011. We can’t afford another 2011. We have to recall him now.
As to the MDP and Mark Brewer, I cannot believe that we can’t even get a shout out for this effort. The MDP doesn’t have to spend party money; it could just offer official party “approval” or something. By remaining silent, it calls the effort into question. The absence of support by the MDP allows people to think that the recall is not right.
And that is wrong.
If you think the MDP should support the recall of Rick Snyder, please contact the Michigan Democratic Party at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to support the recall of Rick Snyder, please visit Michiganrising.org.