This is part of a series of similar comments that I should keep track of. Here is what Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has been suggesting:
“If this works out the way the Democrats would hope, here’s the scenario: Governor, if you sign the legislation, kiss that money goodbye. And if you nix it and veto it, well, guess what? We’ll open up the wallets and get you the money,” [WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick] told CBS Detroit [when he described Whitmer's argument]. “Some people might call that blackmail. In politics we call it taking advantage of a situation.”
Detroit-based WJR host Frank Beckmann condemned Whitmer’s remarks, calling her plan “outrageous.”
“This should immediately disqualify her for any consideration to run for governor,” Beckmann said on the air. “Taking the interests of the entire state of Michigan, the entire region of Detroit, holding them hostage because you object to legislation that has passed in 23 other states and has caused great economic growth?” . . .
Obama interjects himself into the debate.
“I’ve just got to say this,” Obama said at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Michigan before a small crowd of workers. “What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. We shouldn’t be doing that.
“You know, these so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics,” Obama added to applause and cheers from the crowd. “What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” . . .
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