Can government ever divorce politics from its actions?: Requests to cut off aid to Michigan over Right-to-Work law

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 Skubicktold 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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Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

This is typical politics here in Michigan.

A small and vocal minority wants to be highly paid, and underworked at the expense of others. Too bad that the majority can't get a job because businesses do not want to move to Michigan because of Unions militant behavior.

There was once a time that Unions were a much needed remedy to a bad workplace enviornment. That time has passed and now it is Unions that are the problem. Absurd rules that prevent an efficient workplace, high wages/low productivity, nepotism, and very high pension costs.

Why is it that all those in Michigan who really want and need a job, must suffer because a few wish to obstruct the one thing that will bring work to Michigan.

Right to Work is a proven method to increase jobs so why fight it? Could it be that the few are so fearfull that other, better employees might put them out of work?

Greed, Money, and a confused concept of Power. Welcome to Michigan!

12/12/2012 11:02 AM  

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