Friday, June 10, 2011

Is that the sound of chickens I hear?


Back on May 27, I wrote that as much as I dislike Rick Snyder, I thought it was unwise to waste time, money and energy trying to recall him and it made more sense to go after Republican state legislators.

Now I read that 20 of ‘em are in the crosshairs being targeted at risk of being forced to join the other 483,578 people looking for work in Michigan.

The official paperwork hasn’t yet been filed in some cases and the proposed wording for recall petitions is still being reviewed in others but at least Snyder isn’t the only SOB from the GOP in hot water for attacking democracy, robbing from the poor to give to the rich or other political shenanigans designed to please greedy conservatives at the expense of the rest of us.

The smug pundits and know-it-alls are blabbering about what liberal organizations are behind the campaigns and how exceptionally difficult it is to recall entrenched politicians. Let’s hope the dedicated men and women organizing in legislative districts throughout the state don’t get daunted by the opinions of the Lansing-based, often-as-surprised-as-everybody-else talking heads. Sometimes dismissive comments mask true concern.

Snyder himself told reporters earlier this week that the wave of recalls is "part of democracy." He said, "As a practical matter, to be recalling people…I know in my case I'm just following through on what I said I was going to do."

I paid close attention to the gubernatorial campaign, you lying sack of...er, potatoes, and you never said anything about installing emergency financial managers in predominantly black communities or taxing pensions or killing consumer protection laws or removing the requirement that businesses pay taxes in Michigan. In fact, you didn’t say anything substantive; you relied on clich├ęs and platitudes and a lazy press corps that wouldn’t know a follow-up question if it bit ‘em in the ass. (Note to Tim Skubick: being bombastic and interrupting a lot doesn’t make you a hard-nosed reporter.)

It’s because Snyder’s opponent, Virg Bernero, rubbed people the wrong way and the media decided the election two weeks before it happened that Snyder found himself in the position to plunder and pillage. Thankfully, some of those who supported his misguided machinations will now have to work a little harder to maintain the GOP’s lock on Lansing. They include:

  • House Speaker Jase Bolger (63rd House District), Marshall
  • Kurt Damrow (84th House District), Port Austin
  • Jeff Farrington (30th House District), Utica
  • Anthony Forlini (24th House District), Harrison Township
  • Nancy Jenkins (57th House District), Clayton
  • Joel Johnson (97th House District), Clare
  • Andrea LaFontaine (32nd House District), Richmond
  • Rick Olson (55th House District), Saline
  • Mark Ouimet (52nd House District), Scio Township
  • Al Pscholka (79th House District), Stevensville
  • Mike Shirkey (65th House District), Clarklake
  • Pat Somerville (23rd House District), New Boston
  • Dale Zorn (56th House District), Ida
  • Sen. Majority Leader Randy Richardville (17th Senate District), Monroe
  • Tom Casperson (38th Senate District), Escanaba
  • Judy Emmons (33rd Senate District), Sheridan
  • Mike Green (31st Senate District), Mayville
  • John Moolenaar (36th Senate District), Midland
  • Mike Nofs (19th Senate District), Jackson
  • Howard Walker (37th Senate District), Traverse City

If these recalls are successful and Democrats win the seats, it tips the balance of power in the Legislature, giving the minority party power to influence or block legislation.

I love it when chickens come home to roost.



Sources: Detroit News, BloggingforMichigan.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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