Sunday, Oct 23rd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Editorials Alex Baer: Good Thing We Still Have One Left

Alex Baer: Good Thing We Still Have One Left

E-mail Print PDF

Pot to cook inRepublicans control the Michigan state legislature.  It was the perfect opportunity to push through laws limiting union power and labor rights for public-sector workers.  So, they did. Michigan is now the 24th state out of 50 designated as a "right-to-work" state.

For critics, this act translates into a "right-to-fire-and-treat-workers-anyway-we-want" law. Critics will also know that Republicans and their fat cat constituents are no doubt all smiles with today's action in the House of Representatives, a push they began last week in the Senate.

The BBC quoted Republican state senator John Proos in a story:  "As they say in sports, the atmosphere in the locker room gets a lot better when the team's winning."  Republicans like to talk about teams.  Proos means his team:  Republicans, corporations, the wealthy, the privileged, the well-connected -- the people for whom the words plenty and cornucopia were coined.

As for everyday people, police say 12,000 protesters showed up at the state capitol, despite freezing temperatures.  Inside, people chanted, "Shame on you."  One protester, Valerie Constance, a member of the American Federation of Teachers,  said, "I do think this is a very sad day in Michigan history."

John Proos, who backed the bill, say he's certain public anger will fade away, especially when people see all the new jobs brought to Michigan.  Opponents of the bill say the change will lead to lower wages.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Bob Alexander: Say Goodnight Gracie Part III

Trump clownIt appears that unless the Universe has a couple of extra tricks up its sleeve, we're...

Alex Baer: The Excellence of Less

El-cap-oIt was a complete surprise when I got word from the Trump campaign that I had...

Bob Alexander: Say Goodnight Gracie Part II

Monster caterpillarLast month looking South I saw another bad day brewing. Not surprising. It was preceded by...

Alex Baer: Let's Pretend Words Still Have Meaning

words have meaningWhen there are no major upheavals on the scene, and things are percolating along on a...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!