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10,000 Protestors At The Capital In Michigan!

Here in Michigan, we have been fighting a battle with our wingnut Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican state legislature as he sticks it to the poor, seniors, children, women…you know, all the people Republicans hate so much. That is a lot of voters that were thrown under the bus and I firmly believe that Michigan will swing back to the Democratic Party in the next election cycle. As we all know, there are consequences for your actions. I’ve never seen people so fired up in my state, it is very much like Wisconsin, which gets most of the attention. Check out this post from PoliticusUSA about the protests in Michigan yesterday, they have some great photos and video, here is a snippet from the story…

In the largest protest yet against Gov. Rick Snyder’s war on the American dream, 10,000 patriots have gathered in Lansing, Michigan so that their collective cries for freedom can’t be ignored.

Teamsters Nation reports, “This is what solidarity looks like: a huge crowd of 10,000 people, including Teamsters, teachers and construction workers, on the Statehouse lawn right now in Lansing.”

According to Al Young of Teamsters Joint Council 43 organizer, “It’s a nice sunny day for a rally. We had an opening prayer and we’ll hear from 10 speakers or more. We’re going to have a break this afternoon so people can visit their legislators. We’ve got Teamsters, teachers, building trades workers and people not affiliated with unions here to show their support. There are about 60-65 buses that brought everyone in. Everyone here is united!”

The protesters are speaking out against Gov. Rick Snyder’s imposition of financial martial law in the state through a budget bill gives businesses a $1.7 billion tax cut while slashing $900 million from education, taxes pensions. Snyder intends to raise taxes on and cut vital services for the poor and middle class. Snyder implemented the first phase of his agenda last month by cutting unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks.

The backlash of the Tea Party on Republicans hasn’t really been felt yet. As everyone knows, the midterm elections bring out the hard core of both parties. With the Tea Party in the mix in 2010 and with the effort by the “Benedict Arnolds” on the left to get people to sit out the election, we ended up with a whole bunch of crazies elected to office and they are coming out of the woodwork. Shit, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) alone was a huge gift from the soundbite gods.

I’m confident that Democrats will win big in 2012. There is going to be a lot of ups and downs alone the way, but I’ve never felt better about a coming election than 2012.

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April 14, 2011 - Posted by | Democratic Party, Politics |

3 Comments »

  1. Hundreds of students at two suburban Katy high schools walked out of class today after the district announced the elimination of 550 school district employees, 350 of them being classroom teachers. Some losing jobs will be higher-paid veteran teachers keeping lower-paid young rookie teachers. With no teachers’ unions, there are no seniority rights.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/facebook/7521611.html

    http://www.chron.com/news/photogallery/Cinco_Ranch_High_Schoo_students_protest_teacher_layoffs.html#25965457

    Katy is a Republican area of West Houston (Represented by Rep. Michael McCaul, BTW son-in-law of right-wing Clear Channel owner, and Rep. Ron Paul). However, Republican-voting parents there are upset with what the Republican thugs in Austin are doing at the Capitol.

    Gov. Perry and his gang are trying to balance the state’s budget on the backs of educators, children, senior citizens’ healthcare, public safety (police), etc. It is estimated that over 300,000 will lose JOBS soon in Texas under the Republican hatchets, and may raise the state unemployment back up to nearly 10%. Maybe HIGH unemployment is what the GOP wants UNTIL after the 2012 election.

    Opinion writer in the Houston Chronicle said that laid off teachers should NOT return to their districts as very low-paid substitutes (which may be part of the scheme of things). The writer said teachers should take jobs at places like Walmart or just collect unemployment and work just enough temporary job hours to get by. But they should not become pawns in the political games that are trying to ruin public education.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | April 14, 2011 | Reply

    • As far as “Until after the 2012 election” goes…and then we’ll have the midterms in 2014. There’s always another election…well actually, with cable news they all just flow together. Opinion poll governing…the perpetual elections.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | April 14, 2011 | Reply

  2. More union workers making money for their companies so they stay in Michigan. The employed labor force is down 17% in Michigan and they parade to stop new jobs coming to Michigan. Great move

    Comment by atlanta ralph | April 15, 2011 | Reply


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