Monday, March 14, 2011

Michigan - Beware the Power Grab

This is the kind of thing you would expect to see in 1984 -
Michigan lawmakers are on the verge of approving a bill that would enable the governor to appoint "emergency managers" -- officials with unilateral power to make sweeping changes to cities facing financial troubles.

Under the legislation, the Michigan Messenger reports, the governor could declare a "financial emergency" in towns or school districts. He could then appoint a manager to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, eliminate services - and even eliminate whole cities or school districts without any public input.

The measure passed in the state Senate this week; the House passed its own version earlier. The two versions of the bill are expected to be reconciled next week, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has said he will sign the bill the bill into law.
The Real Effect
I have, to a degree stayed out of the political discussion surrounding Wisconsin at present time because I wanted to see exactly where both sides were coming from. It is akin to watching the Nazis and the Communists argue, either way you are not going to be more free when it's all over.  My fears were that the sort of thing mentioned above would happen in due time. Tyrants love a good emergency and this bill would create a contingent of unelected tyrants.

Unilateral appointments that override the vote of the people in a given area flies directly in the face of a supposed representative government. It is my sincere wish that the people of Michigan don't buy into the paradigm of either managed faux-democracy or brutal fascistic leadership. Either way, the result is the same - A loss of liberty and prosperity.

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