Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)

Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States.

UPDATE: Vote NO on Voter Referendum Proposal #1 – the ballot language may be confusing:


Public Act 4 of 2011 would:

  • Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.
  • Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.
  • Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.
  • Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.

Should this law be approved?
Yes __

In the piece “There’s Been a Dictatorial Coup — Koch Bros. Have a Bunch of Czars Running Cities Across Michigan” on Septmber 25, 2012, Under the Subtitle of “Michigan Goes Bezerk” here is social justice and labor activist Jim Hightower:

“Rick Snyder must’ve studied there [Garry Trudau’s fictional “Great Bezerkistan”], for he had barely taken his oath of office before suddenly teaming with leaders of the Republican-controlled statehouse and senate to ram into law an astonishing measure of despotic rule. It only took two weeks in March of 2011 for the ponderously titled “Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act” [LGSDFA Act] to be rushed through both houses of the legislature and signed by Snyder. Before the public knew it–BAM! –the governor was authorized to establish his own autocratic republic: Michiganistan.

At bottom, the LGSDFA Act is a doozy of autocratic mischief-making. It lets the governor seize control of any local government he deems to be in fiscal trouble, suspend the people’s democratic authority, impose a corporatized version of martial law, and install his own “emergency financial manager” to govern by diktat (like some hybrid of Soviet czar and tinhorn potentate–a Bmzklfrpz, in other words).”

Actually the Michigan Emergency Manager Law also allows for the seizure of whole school districts too. Why does Hightower call this a “coup”? Because in his words:

This isn’t merely un-democratic–it’s aggressively anti-democratic.

Hightower, who has frequently appeared and visited in Michigan for many years, goes right to the heart of Michigan woes, and why CEO Snyder’s approach is just hitting the poor, to support more special interest tax breaks for Michigan corporations (several of which did not pay ANY federal taxes between 2008-2010) and the Michigan hyper-politically active mega-wealthy like the DeVos clan and Snyder’s personal business cronies.

FULL POST with more from Hightower and on Snyder policy in Michigan on Kos.

Related POST: Hightower: Sneaking the Plutocratic Agenda Into (Michigan) State Law (June 2011)

More on ALEC on BFM:
Michigan Needs ALEC Accountability Act NOW (Bonus: Who is Richard McLellan?)ALEC in Michigan: Full Report w/ Executive Summary by Progress Michigan, Common Cause, & Michigan Citizen ActionWalmart Wants ‘Out’, Michigan Goes ‘All-In’ – Will Detroit 3 Dump ALEC Too?Cyber schools: A for-profit model designed to destroy our public school system & benefit corporationsNRA/Florida ALEC Gun Model Most Closely Matches Michigan Bill & more OMG Gun Stuff

RECOMMENDED for more information on ALEC – LINKS:
INVESTIGATION of ALEC in Michiganlong history and background
REPORT on Michigan ALECcurrent bills/laws and members
BILL to stop ALEC in MichiganALEC Accountability Bill

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