As Rachel Maddow so eloquently put it, Michigan is ground zero for politics in this country. A man who ran as a friendly nerd has pulled off his mask to reveal a megalomaniac who has passed a law that gives himself the power to appoint emergency financial managers and to usurp the elected officials of any town he deems to be in a state of financial emergency. This is the most blatant power grab by a governor in our nations history. He is attempting to sell off our state to corporations and give those same corporations more tax breaks while he cuts programs and tax credits for the elderly, children, women, families and basically anyone who isn’t a member of his rich network of elites. If you thought Scott Walker was a nut, meet Governor Rick Snyder, if you haven’t already.
This man mounted a campaign for governor where he saturated the airwaves with ads portraying himself as a friendly, tough nerd that featured his teenage daughter fawning over her nerdy dad and painting him as this nice moderate guy. This nice guy very soon showed us what a con job his campaign really was.
The mayor of Benton Harbor and the City Commission are taking a stand against this unprecedented power grab by the most extreme governor our nation has ever seen. From Eclectablog…(emphasis mine)
Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article I §1, which states that all political power is inherent in the people and that government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection.
Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article I §3, which allows the citizens of Benton Harbor the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article VII §22, which affords Benton Harbor citizens the the power and authority to frame, adopt and amend its charter, and to amend an existing charter of the city or village heretofore granted or enacted by the legislature for the government of the city or village. Each such city and village shall have power to adopt resolutions and ordinances relating to its municipal concerns, property and government, subject to the constitution and law.
Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article VII §34, which states that the provisions of this constitution and law concerning counties, townships, cities and villages shall be liberally construed in their favor.
Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article IX §2, which provides the citizens of Benton Harbor the right of taxation with representation.
Resolved, The appointment of an Emergency Manager is in direct violation of the Michigan Constitution and therefore demands the removal of said Emergency Manager immediately.
Resolved, That the Benton Harbor City Commission is hereby directed to forward copies of this resolution to Governor Rick Snyder, State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, State Senator John Proos, and State Representative Al Pscholka.
And the gall of this man knows no limit. More from Eclectablog about the shamelessness of this horrible man.
This Saturday, May 7, 2011, is the Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade. As I previously reported, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be the “Grand Marshal” of the parade. I have also learned that Representative Al Pscholka, the father of Michigan’s odious Emergency Financial Manager Law, will also be in the parade. The appearance of both of these men in the parade is an audacious display of arrogance and chutzpah. It smacks of a conqueror reviewing the lands recently vanquished.
The arrogance and hubris of Governor Rick Snyder has no bounds. He is clearly governing as a one term governor, intent on privatizing as much of our state and selling it off to his corporate friends as fast as he can. He has wasted no time in going after the poorest people in our state, those with the least amount of political power, those with the least of everything, the people he can kick while they are down with no fear of them getting up and fighting back. He is the definition of a bully. I don’t think he bargained for the rest of the state fighting back against him.
We need everyone’s help in this battle to save our state from being sold off to the highest, or lowest bidder. It’s time to STAND UP! Show your support for the people of Michigan and turn out on Saturday, May 7 in Benton Harbor, Michigan – 1 pm. Eclectablog has a map of the parade route.
WE MUST ELECT DEMOCRATS IN 2012 TO STOP THIS MAN FROM THE PRIVATIZATION OF OUR GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN.