Rick Snyder Wants Michigan to be Indiana

In a press conference, Rick Snyder just urged the MI legislature to pass a right to work bill (after having said it was not appropriate for MI in the past).

There were a number of funny aspects about the press conference, particularly the way Snyder and House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville dodged repeated questions about whether Dick DeVos’ funding had some influence on this decision (they answered by pointing to all the conversations they had with UAW President Bob King, avoiding the funding question entirely). Given all that dodging, I think it safe to assume that Dick DeVos just bought the right to force down wages $1,500 for every worker in this state (as right to work legislation has been shown to do in other states).

But the funniest part of the press conference, IMO, was the way Snyder said he’s doing this because IN passed right to work last February. Over and over, he said we’re doing this because … Indiana! The governor of the beautiful, more diverse, and better educated MI now aspires for his state to be the less beautiful, more racist, and less well educated IN.

All that said, there’s nothing funny about this move generally. Republicans are adding an appropriation to the bill to make it impossible to overturn via referendum (all while preaching choice and freedom!). They mean to take that money out of MI workers’ pockets and they’re going to do it undemocratically to ensure the do so.

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emptywheel @J_T_Horowitz Yup. Most investigating officers wouldn't make that career damaging mistake.
emptywheel @BalkansBohemia Yes, I'm suggesting it may well be both. Still hard to target hospital as precisely the did based on "near" fighting.
emptywheel @Zvyozdochka Not necessarily, though that is poss explanation.
emptywheel @grizzleeman But you're assuming SOF knew the reason. They may or may not have. If no eyes on may not have vetted.
emptywheel @J_T_Horowitz Yes, but Campbell receives report & he 1) has claimed only "several" died and 2) claims he's being transparent when hiding ROE
emptywheel @DanaHoule Yup. But right now ROE is the shiny object hiding the underlying reason for request (and poss US complicity in that).
emptywheel In other words, possible 1) US violated ROE/procedure by not vetting Afghan request 2) Afghans deliberately targeted hospital (war crime)
emptywheel @J_T_Horowitz Yes. And when they're squawking as loudly as they are abt that, all the more reason. https://t.co/ZQzs4rkFbm
emptywheel @J_T_Horowitz Better yet independent one! Afghans want our air cover to stick around until 2017. Conflict high there too.
emptywheel @DanaHoule Golly, because that never happens when we fail to vet our targeting. Like in Yemen last Monday?!?!
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