I haven’t written much about the situation at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, where the Republican-dominated legislature is ramming numerous pieces of vile and destructive legislation through in the last days of the legislative session, prompting mass protests. But I have to respond to this mendacious bit of poppycock in the Moonie Times by someone named Eric Golub.
The 2011 agitators who engulfed Wisconsin have now invaded Michigan. Republicans have the majority in the legislature, and they passed right-to-work legislation. Governor Snyder has promised to sign the measure. The liberal union response was typical, destructive, and violent.
Notice the dishonest framing. No one has “invaded” Michigan. The people protesting at the Capitol are Michigan residents. What did come from outside Michigan, though, was all the legislation being passed, most of which came straight from model bills developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Notice also that there’s no mention at all of the actions of the Republicans, who locked down the Capitol building to deny people their right to even speak to their representatives. And the violence amounts to one guy apparently getting punched by one out of the thousands and thousands of people protesting.
To understand this completely requires rewinding about a decade. Canadian Jennifer Granholm crossed the border and became Governor of Michigan. She tried to turn Michigan into a Western social democracy similar to her homeland. By most metrics, she was the worst Governor in the history of any American state this century. Upon leaving office, she took the only job she was qualified for after destroying Michigan. She went to work for Al Gore on Current TV. She left behind despair, personified by bankrupt Detroit.
Note the xenophobic framing once again. Granholm is a foreigner. Never mind that she moved to the United States when she was four and is an American citizen and a Harvard law grad. Notice also that she is somehow to blame for the collapse of the auto industry and the bankrupting of Detroit, over which she had no control at all.
The legislation exempts firefighters and police officers but not schoolteachers. This is because firefighters and police officers are vital to society. Teachers are not. Let them scream and holler. That’s all they ever do anyway. Firefighters rush into burning buildings. Police officers venture into dangerous areas most of us never know. These people risk death every day. If they strike, society risks breaking down.
If every public schoolteacher quit tomorrow, private schools, charter schools, and home-schooling would pick up the slack. Public schoolteachers mistake their own egos for societal significance. Teachers’ unions feed off this egoism to rake in dues, and no teacher can dissent. Perhaps this is why the same people preaching caring and sharing to children abandon those children, shut down classrooms, and partake in violent street riots. If non-essential people in Michigan want to strike, they should make their strike permanent. There are many others who will show up on time and do a better job. Nobody is indispensable, certainly not teachers.
This reveals one of the core contradictions in this whole thing. Snyder keeps talking about how the “right to work” legislation is good for workers and even good for unions. If that’s true, then why exempt police officers and firefighters? If it would be good for them, isn’t it wrong to leave them out? But they know it’s not true, that this legislation is incredibly damaging to unions. And that last paragraph is just a monument of dumbfuckery.
Obama critics note that of course President Obama is against right to work legislation. He doesn’t like to work himself, so why should his supporters have to do their jobs? The only reason Obama does not go on strike himself is that he knows his absence would make things better. Liberal unions going on strike is like the French going on strike. How you can tell?
More xenophobia. Funny, Golub doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that the newspaper he writes for is owned by the foreign-born family of fascist cult leader Sun Myung Moon.