Top state Democrat looks to punish Michigan over right-to-work vote

posted at 6:09 pm on December 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Ed’s already noted that, with the likely passage of right-to-work legislation in union-heavy Michigan next week, we can pretty much expect that things are going to take a turn for the crazy really quickly — and it’s already starting. Reports the Washington Times:

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday, to push back on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder by holding back federal money for a new international bridge project to Canada and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

“We are hoping that when President Obama comes to Michigan next week, that this is going to be on his radar screen, that he’s going to say Michigan doesn’t care about their middle class, [so] why should we be bending over backwards to make sure that this governor is able to deliver on his promise,” said Mrs. Whitmer in an interview with local radio station WWJ.

So, Whitmer — who is considered a Democratic possibility to challenge Synder for Michigan’s governorship in 2014 — wants President Obama to use the federal government as leverage to intervene in an entirely states’-rights matter? Because Michigan, perfectly legally and democratically, has decided to pass legislation already adopted by 23 other states and brought said states greater economic growth and opportunity, to which Democrats happen to object because it undercuts the power of a union stronghold? Wow, that doesn’t sound like cutting your nose of to spite your face, at all.

But, I suppose these “petty and vindictive” politics are worth it, because the Michigan Republicans passing right-to-work legislation actually is a lot like the Japanese attacking Pearl Harbor during WWII… or something?


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Whitmer is a petty whiner. Unfortunately, so is the president.

KS Rex on December 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Do these idiots ever listen to themselves, or take a moment to look around at their formerly lovely state and consider that they might be the problem?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’m sure some court will find these laws violate some superseding authority and throw them out anyway.

besser tot als rot on December 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

Why would you throw money at a badly needed mass transit program for Detroit, when they are going bankrupt, there are no jobs there and everyone has left?

JPeterman on December 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

IIRC, I heard bho is going to MI in few days? Will he get those union thugs all bent out of shape for more krap? bho is good at plowing up snakes when it come to those he just loves and funds him?
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letget on December 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Everything to these people is a means to an the end.

beatcanvas on December 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Wow … all I can say is there is no dealing with these people. They want their way all the time and if they don’t get it they want to punish you.

It’s pretty obvious who owns the democrats in Michigan … unions. Sick, corrupt, traitorous bastards.

Synder should tell her to eff off, take the money … he’ll raise it privately and charge a toll on the bridge.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Gretchen Whitmer?

Part of the problem.

Will never be part of the solution.

Delusional do-gooder…but on others peoples dimes, never her own.

Hey, Gretchen, why is it that Detroit now has 700,000 residents, and when you graduated high school/entered Michigan State it had well over 1 million?

Might want to look into that.

Meanwhile, allow citizens of Michigan to find employment where they want without having to fork over “bribe money” to the unions for the privilege.

coldwarrior on December 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

The mass transit program in Detroit is a just a way to throw away money and the Bridge to Canada is something we can live without…both projects are just welfare handouts to Detroit, so yeah please punish us

halfbaked on December 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Synder should tell her to eff off, take the money … he’ll raise it privately and charge a toll on the bridge.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Agreed. And shouldn’t he do that anyway?

beatcanvas on December 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

LOL. I’m sure Governor Synder was going to get ***lots*** of votes in Detroit before this happened.

Realist on December 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Corrupt democrats: “Republicans are taking your rights away by letting you decide whether or not yo want to join a union. True freedom is forced unionization and dues”.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hold back funds for a mass transit project in Detroit? MORE PLEASE!!!

Rixon on December 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

From the empirical evidence I’ve seen, it is clear that Democrats are whiny, moronic fools.

rplat on December 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Agreed. And shouldn’t he do that anyway?

beatcanvas on December 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I would think.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I think a mass-transit program to help what’s left of the population flee Detroit is overkill.

EddieC on December 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Like most “tough” legislation passed by republicams this “right to work” bill is pretty weak tea

halfbaked on December 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

Ha!! That is what Detroit needs!!!
Just like High Speed Rail for California!!

Yep – we are being governed by communists.

What Detroit needs is a 20 Megaton Nuclear Blast…….

redguy on December 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Mass transit and bridge projects are pork for construction unions.

Wethal on December 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Evil rich republicans piss on the poor haven’t you heard?

Ed Asner approves of this union message.

Forward….

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

This episode proves again that these democrats are not our countrymen, but our enemy. They should be dealt with as you would deal with any individual trying to rob you of your life or property, with extreme prejudice.

djtnt on December 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Just think. If we can pass right to work in every union state, we might actually be able to cut some spending!!

besser tot als rot on December 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

“Michigan acted stupidly”

President Empty Chair/President Revenge

22044 on December 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

And I agree…….it’s time too to drop the mask….

The Democrat leaders in this nation are just Americanized Communists.

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

“petty and vindictive politics,”

And forcing people to join a union isn’t!?

OldEnglish on December 7, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I think President Obama should hold back federal funds on mass transit in Detroit. Then again, I don’t believe the federal government should pay for local transportation to begin with, so my thoughts have nothing to do with right to work.

On that latter note, I have never figured out why the GOP doesn’t present itself as more of a freedom party instead of branding itself as conservative. The issue of right to work is only one of several issues the GOP is on the side of free choice whereas the DNC is on the side of constricting choice. How the electorate doesn’t view the disparity between the two parties in such a manner is beyond me.

Chad_ on December 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Detroit and other URBAN areas are hosed because rich whitey left the cities to live on the suburbs.

THAT is what Agenda 21 is going to help fix. Force rich white crackers back into the hood into the hellholes they fled decades ago.

Forward Crackers!!!

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

If they won’t move back, Obama will institute “regionalism’” in which rich ‘burbs are part of a “region” with the inner city and must “share” revenues to get federal funding.

IIRC, this kind of regionalism passed on a referendum in CA.

Wethal on December 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Hubby visited Michigan today on business. He called and said he’d forgotten how nice most of the state is (…just not the inner cities). There’s hope if the state is beginning to be managed by fiscally responsible people. I wish we had been so lucky in Illinois.

Fallon on December 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Oh, so now the libturds get outraged and indignant and get their panties in a really constricting tight wad when laws they don’t like get passed–legitimately in this case, unlike the ObamaScare/RobertsTax–and den dey gon’ call Papa Obamuh to fix it fo’ dem. And what Detroit need a transit system fo’ anyway, dey ain’t no people dere anymore.

BTW, msg to b-witch Whitmer–it ain’t none of Obamuh’s bizness but I’m sure he’ll make a bigger stink about it than you have cuz stink follows wherever libturds go, ‘specially when dey don’t like sumthin.

stukinIL4now on December 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

So he would withhold and not spend federal funds on a worthless project in a failed and disappearing city?

Oh no Br’er Bear, don’t throw me in that briar patch.

Over50 on December 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Meltdown hilarity: Michael Moore calls for ‘revolt’ against Mich. GOP ‘political serial killers’
http://twitchy.com/2012/12/07/meltdown-hilarity-michael-moore-calls-for-revolt-against-mich-gop-political-serial-killers/

Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 07, 2012

Is there any time Michael Moore isn’t revolting?

Galt2009 on December 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

How totalitarian of her.

John the Libertarian on December 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

can’t have a thread without rember charlie leduffs interview with the “coon man” of detroit http://www.detroitnews.com/videonetwork/79027338001/Charlie-LeDuff-goes-Racoon-hunting

rapid transit to coonsville LOL

renalin on December 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Detroit has lost 41% of its population or about a half a million people in the last 30 years. Let them collect union dues if the unions insist. Pretty soon they will just be collecting the dues from the same people that are paying themselves to do their jobs.” When entropy finally wins, there will be nothing left in detroit but a union boss transferring his dimes from one pocket to the other.

Old Country Boy on December 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Top state Democrat looks to punish Michigan over right-to-work vote

Once again, Democrats prove me correct when I say that they are only pro-choice when it comes to uteri, rectums and pot.

Resist We Much on December 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Meltdown hilarity: Michael Moore calls for ‘revolt’ against Mich. GOP ‘political serial killers’
http://twitchy.com/2012/12/07/meltdown-hilarity-michael-moore-calls-for-revolt-against-mich-gop-political-serial-killers/

Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 07, 2012

Bet he tweeted that from his luxury brownstone in Manhattan…

Realist on December 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 07, 2012

Wouldn’t that make you an EXTREMIST, Michael?

Resist We Much on December 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

We don’t need that bridge. We have a privately run bridge there already.

I am so damn proud of the state GOP to hit this issue now and getting it passed quickly. Those of us on the west side of MI want to tell Detroit to go pound sand anyway.

Our guv is a very rich man so the threat of a whiny dem state senator to challenge him in 2014 , meh. If anything, the guv will get more votes. He ran as a moderate anyway, so taking this issue on is a nice bonus for conservatives. He is the former Gateway CEO and this is his first political office. He ran to make the state more biz friendly and fiscally solvent. He has been very pragmatic in his cautious approach towards the unions. When they stuck their finger in his eye over that ballot initiative to put forced unionization in the state constitution, he took the gloves off.

They can’t recall him because then the Lt. Guv takes over and he is a tea party GOP type and Snyder picked him to secure the conservative vote.

Personally, I believe the unions tried to pick this fight in MI to form a rust belt firewall against right to work laws. It has massively backfired on them.

He is not trying to outlaw collective bargaining for public employees, so the unions don’t have that big of a case to take back to the voters with any degree of sympathy. Again, Snyder is quite the pragmatist. He knows that probably half or more of current union members will drop out on e they can and over time that will dramatically reduce the union power overall.

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Synder should tell her to eff off, take the money … he’ll raise it privately and charge a toll on the bridge.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

the only way to get between Canada and Detroit is to pay a toll aready.

RonK on December 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

funny ….go ahead and kick Detroit again ….. LOL

Aggie95 on December 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

This born/raised gander could not be happier to watch these developments !
Praying that Snyder holds his own and gets things on the opposite track than MI has been for decades !
Appreciate your reports, Karen.

pambi on December 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 07, 2012

Wouldn’t that make you an EXTREMIST, Michael?

Resist We Much on December 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

No, that makes him a Revolting EXTREMIST.

Galt2009 on December 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Top state Democrat looks to punish the Empire of Japan Michigan over attack on Pearl Harbor right-to-work vote, December 7th, 1941.

Akzed on December 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

holding back federal money for a new international bridge project to Canada and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

And I think the reason for the mass transit proposal in Detroit is because that’s where the money has to go, public transportation. Actually Detroit’s sucks big time and it’s nothing new. Detroit has relied on cars and expressways forever and allowed their public transportation to be non-existant, even when it was booming. Not saying we should spend money on this but I can see the need.

The bridge, now that’s a whole other story. For some background, it’s opposed by the owner, largest stake holder Moroun in the Ambassador bridge. Now he has given lots of money to Repub candidates and has gotten the support of the Koch brothers. But I’m skeptical of whether he really supports the Tea Party or is just using them to get his way. Actually I’m not skeptical, I know he’s only in it for the money. He’s pushing the idea that the bridge should be privately owned.
I mean, come on, since when do bridges not receive some public funding? And before everyone goes all small government on me, this bridge isn’t just for Detroit.

Few would deny the traffic jams on the Ambassador are anything other than epic. One-quarter of the truck freight between the U.S. and Canada and more than 7 million vehicles a year traverse the bridge, according to the Public Border Operators Assn. Delays at the crossing cost Ford alone $13.7 million in lost productivity in 2010, concludes a forthcoming report by the Center for Automotive Research.

Snyder wants Michigan and Canada to hire a contractor to build and run another Detroit River bridge just two miles south. The project would generate 10,000 construction jobs, the Michigan Transportation Dept. forecasts. While the contractor would be responsible for cobbling together the $950 million in financing for the bridge, Canada has offered to lend Michigan up to $550 million to build connecting roads. “This is Canada’s No. 1 national infrastructure priority,” says Roy Norton, the nation’s consul general in Detroit.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/will-another-bridge-cross-into-canada-from-detroit-09152011.html

Deanna on December 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

That woman should be tarred and feathered and driven out of public office.

rayra on December 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Aaaaand as Detroit teeters on the brink of a “structured bankruptcy” with legitimate oversight and monitoring, criminal investigations of fraud, theft, graft and corruption burbling up for the next decade or so…

Hey! Let’s kill some projects that might actually make a buck for the city!

Yeah!

That’ll show’em!

heldmyw on December 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Is there any time Michael Moore isn’t revolting?

Galt2009 on December 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

…when he’s eating?…………oh wait a minute!…never mind…

KOOLAID2 on December 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen

…yep!…Gretch !

KOOLAID2 on December 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Someone needs to remind this Gretchen Corruptocrat that some of the women who support having the right to choose whether they should have the right NOT to be forced to join a union……..may also have vagynas as well.

FlaMurph on December 7, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I heard from someone that was at the capital the day the vote was taken, that the people controlling access to the building were allowing protesting union thugs in who were clearly there to cause trouble.

There were people wielding knives who were permitted entry, and several people in business suits were accosted. He went home without conducting his business.

These people are f-ing vermin, and need to be dealt with accordingly.

Mr Galt on December 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Meltdown hilarity: Michael Moore calls for ‘revolt’ against Mich. GOP ‘political serial killers’
http://twitchy.com/2012/12/07/meltdown-hilarity-michael-moore-calls-for-revolt-against-mich-gop-political-serial-killers/

Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 07, 2012

Bet he tweeted that from his luxury brownstone in Manhattan…

Realist on December 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

..or from his enormous lakeside compound on Torch Lake, Michigan.

slickwillie2001 on December 7, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Mass transit… to all those companies no longer in Downtown Detroit???

phreshone on December 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Actually I haven’t seen that much backup when crossing the Ambassador bridge and I have done that during the traditional rush hours. Granted, I haven’t done it in the past year, but I doubt that traffic has increased that much in this Obama economy. The bridge is not widely supported outside of the governor’s office and perhaps those at the public trough in the Detroit area. The rest of us in MI don’t want to be saddled with the debt to pay for this bridge. They complain about the traffic to get to the ambassador bridge, but that problem exists because the state has refused to connect the freeways to the existing bridge. There is some sort of huge pi$$ing match between the state and the private bridge owners. It would be cheaper to fix that problem.

The whiney Dem Senate leader was just on Greta and was spinning like a top. She kept complaining about the process, trying to make this sound like it is similar to the WI debacle, rather than focusing on the substance of the issue.

She keeps saying we need to have a “conversation” about the right to join or not join a union, and is open to listening to all sides. When Greta pinned her down on does she support choice for union membership, she said she was totally opposed to this choice. So Greta asked her why she wanted to have a conversation if she is totally against the bill, what would it accomplished. The whiny Democrat then began the tap dance spin again, complaining about the process of the legislation.

Greta didn’t call her out on this. The whiny dem then complained that the police and fire fighters were exempt from the bill. She said that the GOP is against women because teachers, nurses, and social workers were not exempt from the bill and that is the traditional woman work force. Wow, what a victim mentality.

And again she is a total hypocrite about choice for women. The Dems want to give women the choice to kill babies in the womb, but NOT have a choice to pay union dues and be forced to be in a union to keep a job.

How do they justify such insanity?

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

More on the guv here. When he first ran, he was picked because he had really effective ads about being “the nerd” (making fun of his computer company background), and why it might be a good idea to send in a CEO nerd instead of a long term politician to turn the state around. He was a former consultant for one of the big firms, thus had an extensive business turnaround pedigree.

He sailed through the primary in spite of running against Pete Hoekstra and someone from the SE part of the state with a lot of clout. He handily won against a rather weak Dem opponent in the general election. The Dems had no bench strength, and they still don’t.

He avoided all social issues in his campaign and kept the focus on how the economy sucked in MI and how the state government was broken. He promised to fix the way the government was run. And he promised to fix the structural deficits.

When he assumed office, he cut a lot of the budget but also put in some small tax increases that were not permanent. And they did something with the state retirement medical benefits because my mother, a retired school teacher, has more copays with her Rx and doctor visits now. She had a totally golden medical retirement plan before, barely paying ANYTHING, even for some very expensive brand name drugs.

I didn’t keep up with any other entitlement changes they may have made with the public union employees, so I don’t know what kind of progress they are making in that direction.

So while WI was in chaos, and IN had disappearing Dems, and OH unions pushed back and beat down the GOP reforms, Snyder just kept focusing on fixing the broken government and balancing our budget. It helps that we gave him a GOP majority in both houses, and enough of a majority that the Dems can’t flee to avoid votes.

So as the unions began to get defeated in WI and IN, and with the successful push back in OH, I really believe the national unions wanted to start a rust belt firewall to prevent right to work from spreading north. Since MI had ignored the issue, I think the unions believed that our governor would be a pushover and they mistakenly believed that the unions had more support in the general population than they really do.

These union morons here no longer represent over 30% of the workforce and of the blue collar, a majority of the workers in manufacturing and other “hands on” type of work. Those days are long gone. When I was an engineer at a GM plant in the south, MI had car plants everywhere, both assembly, fabrication, and supplier plants. Now MI has empty buildings and these empty buildings also represent all of the lost union jobs. These empty buildings are all over the state, not just in the SE part of the state. They just finished tearing down a facility 6 miles from my house that used to employ 4,000 union workers. It was shut down when Obama “saved” GM. Now it is a bare field.

Unfortunately, I am the only conservative in my family. Reagan inspired me and I turned my back from my blue collar, union roots as I learned about freedom, liberty and how conservatism protects both. However, ALL of my family members voted against that ballot proposal that the unions tried to shove down our throats last month that would have put union mandatory membership into our constitution.

These family members represent retired GM workers on the east side of the state, several retired teachers, a retired postal union member, a doctor who is in full support of Obamacare, etc. None of them wanted this in our constitution. I suspect that half of them would support closed shop, mandatory union membership if they got to vote on that separately, but not in the constitution. The rest of us are totally against mandatory union membership mostly because it is just a money laundering scheme to elect democrats and further bring socialism into our society.

So MI is, in its own modest way, carving at the beast that we need to tame to prevent total tyranny and begin to regain our liberty.

Don’t think that because this state voted for Obama TWICE (head smack), and have 2 completely awful Harry Reid butt kissers as our Dem Senators, that we are a lost cause.

The tea party here went to work after 2010 and began at the local level. We have tea partiers in local and regional offices, as well as in the state legislature. We have a strong bench coming up.

My Congressman, until January, is Justin Amash. Good grief, his conservative voting record got him kicked off his committee by Boner and his corrupt RINOS. My city and the adjacent city got moved over to Pete Hoekstra’s old district and that House rep is also a tea partier.

We have 9 GOP reps and 5 Dem House peeps going to Congress in January. Because of the majority minority rules, we will always probably have at least 3 Dems from this state, but maybe if the GOP can ever get its act together and find more Allen Wests, we can fix that too. However, just give up on Detroit. All of those politicans there are just down right looney tunes. The crazy ones manage to stay in their office and the other ones end up in the slammer.

Snyder is preparing to take over the Detroit finances, but he knows there is small tolerance for using our money from the west side of the state to bail out those morons in Detroit.

And back to that whiny Dem telling Obama to withhold mass transit money. I ask you, who needs mass transit? No one who works is left in Detroit. They have blocks and blocks and blocks of empty houses, to the point where they want to shut off 75% of the street lights!!!

It would be cheaper to just tear down all of the neighborhoods to bare land, move everyone to one area, and put them all in housing there. Have farmers grow stuff in the rest of the city. That is how far gone the Detroit area is due to complete irresponsible mismanagement by liberals.

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

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FlatFoot on December 7, 2012 at 11:34 PM

You have some mooches on the Detroit city council demanding that the rat-eared wonder reward them for being selfish greedy parasites that voted for him. Now you’ve got the top political parasite in the state demanding the rat-eared wonder punish Detroit to get back at Rick Snyder or something. You can’t make this stuff up. Also shows how much this move hurts the filthy Democrats of Michigan. Not the workers, the political party’s ability to do stuff like declare anybody getting paid for daycare has to join the union. Bottom line- the unions got a little too greedy.

Happy Nomad on December 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

FlatFoot-

You make a good point. I was at a Pearl Harbor commemoration dinner tonight. Mostly older folk including some WW2 vets and Some who were actually at Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. I have to wonder how many Americans, let alone the parasites that supported Obama even wondered why the flags were flying at half mast today.

As to your comments about web sites… I think you are somewhat off base but not entirely.

Happy Nomad on December 8, 2012 at 12:36 AM

“Republicans are taking your rights away by letting you decide whether or not yo want to join a union. True freedom is forced unionization and dues”.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Sounds like one of those fantastic bits out of “1984″ or something, don’t it?

GWB on December 8, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Tarred and feathered.

rayra on December 8, 2012 at 3:35 AM

JPeterman on December 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Not to mention, it wasn’t all that long ago Detroit’s bus drivers refused to drive out of terror of being murdered. Funding mass transit in a hellhole seems a strange priority.

DrMagnolias on December 8, 2012 at 6:38 AM

One of these days, the Republicans are going to figure out the Democrats are in this to win for their unions. They don’t care about being nice, they don’t care about being liked, they don’t care about what it does to the country, they only care about winning.

They have a media wing which will give them all the cover they need to do what they want and it’s a huge advantage. Right now, every single Republicans in Michigan can explain why this is good for the State of Michigan and its citizens, even the union citizens. With the Democrats media wing, the only thing that will be heard is that Republicans are being vindictive and that is because of the sycophant media.

If the Republicans don’t deal with this problem, they aren’t going to win on the issues. The unions and the Democrats were awakened by Wisconsin and won’t be caught napping for a long time. Luckily, they were such jerks in Wisconsin, the reforms had a chance to take place and the citizens got to see the tangible results before they had to vote. I can not recall any positive stories, in the MSM, about Scott Walker or the Republican reforms, in the MSM. The Republicans can’t win with only Fox News and Talk Radio and the forces against them are amassed to ensure their defeat.

If you don’t believe me, watch the MSM coverage of the fiscal cliff. Is Boehner trying to negotiate in good faith, or is he saving tax cuts for the top 2%?

bflat879 on December 8, 2012 at 8:23 AM