Working families are taking to the streets, the shopping malls and to Lansing to protest the attempt to enact a law that conveys no rights and provides no work.
The past few days of action are only the
opening salvo in Michigan's civil war. It is a fight between
billionaires who want to turn the Midwest into Canada's Mexico and
working people trying to save Michigan's middle class.
want this war, but Gov. Rick Snyder went ahead and provoked it. Knowing
what would happen, he jammed through the Legislature a bill that will
increase poverty, lower wages and weaken workplace democracy.
and his fellow anti-worker Republicans know right to work for less will
harm Michigan's working families. And they know most people know that.
Small business owners are speaking out against this attack on their
customers. They know lower wages for workers mean less business for
them, and that they will go down with the communities crumbling around
That's exactly why Snyder and radical Republicans spent two
years lying about their intentions. They were too cowardly to tell the
voters what they really planned to do — the bidding of their
In the end, the likes of the Koch
brothers, Dick DeVos and Ron Weiser stiffened their spines with enough
money and PR support. Politically active billionaires spent $18 million
over the past four years to create a propaganda machine to allow them to
On the day that Snyder announced his about-face
on right to work, a brand new group linked to DeVos launched a $1
million radio and television campaign to support it.
brothers' phony tea party group, Americans for Prosperity, set up a
heated tent outside the Capitol and bussed in supporters. Business
lobbyists began spewing DeVos' Mackinac Institute's dishonest talking
Still, all the propaganda in the world couldn't hide the
gutless way legislators passed the bill: During a lame-duck session.
They did it in the course of a few hours with no committee hearings and
no public input. They surrounded themselves with reinforcements of state
police, who just for good measure were exempted from the bill. And they
locked the statehouse doors.
If you think the past few days have
been difficult for Michigan, just wait. The next two years will be like
nothing you've ever seen. Snyder's attack on the middle class is worse
than Gov. John Kasich's in Ohio, worse than Gov. Rick Scott in Florida,
worse than Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
It is truly a betrayal
of the voters to turn Michigan into a battleground while destroying the
middle class — just to pay back some political enemies.
we will win this war. Voters are waking up to the dangers of this
extreme, divisive brand of politics and more and more are rejecting it.
The anti-worker wing of the Republican Party is getting weaker, not
stronger. That's why they voted the bill in a lame-duck session —
because they don't have the votes next year.