LANSING, Mich. — A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after the GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nation’s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday,
Comments: Not just "Dems", as the headline states, but Michigan Dems. How ´bout them apples?
Snyder has started the process for Detroit to declare bankrupcy so having billions spent on mass transit in downtown Detroit is a total waste of money so Obama can keep it and if Obama withholds money for the new bridge, who cares?
Whitmer was on Greta last night. Greta described the right-to-work bill - that workers could not be forced to join a union and pay dues in order to keep their jobs.
She asked Whitmer numerous times why she opposed that. Despite saying she was absolutely against such a law, she never answered Greta´s question. That probably tells you about all you need to know - FORCED unionization means FORCED contributions to the Dems.
The comments by this mindless 41-year-old Michigan senator should come as no surprise to anyone. Many in her age bracket believe they just elected a president whose first duty is to The Union and his second duty is to ´go after´ Republicans who dare to practice free speech and to vote for the FREEDOM of employees to choose.
One can look at Michigan´s sorry condition to conclude what ´forced union´ membership has created.
If Whitmer has a problem with this bill passing the first hurdle towards signage, she should be directing her anger at Bob King of the UAW and Mark Brewer, MIDP. King & Brewer had an ally in Synder to do just about anything the unions wanted him to do, and then came Prop 2. The extended their reach and bit the hand that fed them. On another note, Michigan doesn´t need another bridge nor could we care less about mass transit coming to Detroit. There are far better things that need to be done than wasting Tax Payer Dollars on government pet projects.
The only transit needed in Detroit is the surveyor´s transit trying to decide which area of the city to level next. Detroit is a cesspool that needs to go away. Scatter those that live there and turn the area back into farm land. Do away with those idiots that are elected to Congress by the idiots that live in Detroit.
Obama is the most transparent president all right, he´s making it CRYSTAL clear that he is the president of the DEMOCRATS...all others get back! So there should be no whinning when a REPUBLICAN president shows open favoratism towards REPUBLICAN interests huhh??? When does the STUPIDITY end??? The Dems and the unions only care about the control of members and the collecting of union dues to give to the Dems political machine to get them even more power...and over and over...idiots. Your time has come and gone. Michigan is proof...
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