Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. ~Benito Mussolini
On March 16, 2011, Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican dominated House and Senate of Michigan passed a law. This law stated that if Gov. Snyder declared a financial emergency in any given Michigan city at any given time, he then had the authority to appoint an Emergency Financial Managers (EFM) to take over the town. This EFM has the authority to
"cancel or modify contracts (including with unions) and even to fire the municipality's government."He basically now has the authority to declare FINANCIAL MARSHAL LAW! And if you think this is one mans insanity, one mans desperate bid for total power think again. As I write this good ol' Scott Walker is trying to seize this power for himself as well. One of Wisconsin's largest law firms; Foley & Lardner, is in the process of drawing up the language now.
So what is this NOT about? As Rachel says "this is not about the budget" as Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio exposes in this video:
(If you would like to watch the full hearing click here.)
Walker claimed before his push to bust the unions that he was doing it for the sake of the budget but SURPRISE! That was bullshit.
So what is this about...really? Well, I know many are going to call me a conspiracy theorist for this but, I think this is a plan that has long been in the works. To understand this we must go back to the Reagan era. Reaganomics/Trickle-down economics is based on a theory that if markets are completely deregulated and the wealthiest untaxed they will reinvest their riches in our country creating jobs. In other words, trust the richest among us to be infinitely generous and ethical. To that all I can say is
SARCASM WARNING: Yea, and the BP oil spill is TOTALLY cleaned up & all those who helped do it have full coverage for all the health problems that resulted from the work. Just ask the P2S workers that are now dying with no help in sight.
Now lets look at the facts. According to Willamette Week's 9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes, Reaganomics has not only failed but it has almost completely brought economic growth for the middle, working and poverty class of this country to a halt.
"Since 1980, when Reagan won the presidency promising prosperity through tax cuts, the average income of the vast majority—the bottom 90 percent of Americans—has increased a meager $303, or 1 percent. Put another way, for each dollar people in the vast majority made in 1980, in 2008 their income was up to $1.01.Does anybody else feel like they've been scammed?
Those at the top did better. The top 1 percent’s average income more than doubled to $1.1 million, according to an analysis of tax data by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. The really rich, the top one-tenth of 1 percent, each enjoyed almost $4 in 2008 for each dollar in 1980."
Is this all a ploy to ruin our economy so corporate puppets like Snyder & Walker have a reason to declare Financial Marshal Law in their states and appoint ANYONE; even those affiliated with major corporation creating a major conflict of interest, dictator of the town? And is it only Republicans? Anyone else notice that President Obama has been oddly quiet about this assault of our Democracy? Is this simply a case of "good cop, bad cop?" I don't know but I do know this; many of those Wallstreet fools that drove our economy into the ground and got bailouts were major contributors to the Obama presidential campaign.
I voted for President Obama. I may do so again even though I live in Texas and a Democratic Presidential vote in this state is worth about as much as an ice maker is to an Eskimo...but I may not. I just know he'd better start showing where his loyalties lie and quick! The Justice Department should be all over this EFM business by now.
I guess we'll see.
Benton Harbor conflict of interest exposed