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MI Gov. Snyder’s “failure of leadership” on right-to-work: Detroit Free Press

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The Detroit Free Press, which endorsed MI Gov. Rick Snyder in 2010, sharply criticizes the governor for his flip-flop on so-called right-to-work legislation and his betrayal of the public trust.

Two years ago, a newly elected Rick Snyder told the Free Press editorial board he was determined to be a new kind of governor — a pragmatist focused like a laser on initiatives that promised to raise standards of living for all Michiganders.

And until last week, we believed him.

For two years, we supported Snyder as he took painful steps to restore Michigan’s fiscal stability and confront a crisis in which plunging tax revenues and mounting obligations to retired workers threatened to cripple the state’s cities and school districts.

We criticized the governor for signing legislation that burdened a woman’s right to choose, condoned discrimination against gays, and beggared colleges and universities to pay for business tax cuts.

But we also indulged many compromises Snyder maintained were necessary to advance his pro-growth agenda. And when ideologues on the right and left mounted campaigns designed to hamstring state government by limiting its authority to raise revenues, regulate labor relations, and fund critically needed infrastructure, we joined the governor in opposing them.

In short, we trusted Snyder’s judgment.

That trust has now been betrayed — for us, and for the hundreds of thousand of independents who voted for Snyder with the conviction that they were electing someone more independent, and more visionary, than partisan apparatchiks like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker or Florida’s Rick Scott.

Last week, in an abrupt about-face Snyder’s defenders said was born of his frustration with organized labor, the governor unleashed a legislative blitzkrieg that seems certain to bring a bill barring closed-shop contracts to his desk next week.

He has already promised to sign it.

Watching Snyder explain his right-to-work reversal was disturbing on several levels.

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  1. John Ames

    Why is it that the Republican party has declared war on the middle class and the poor. They constantly attack us on “gifts” like unemployment insurance, which by the way, we do pay into, Social Security, which we also pay into, but it okay to bail out financial institutions, who then bay large bonuses to their top executives who helped run their companies into the ground. The give large tax breaks to oil companies, who by they way are making record profits. The difference between the average bottom wage paid and the average CEO`s wage is over 400 times. If minimum wage had keep up with CEO`s wage increases the minimum wage would be over $23. I think it is damn time to recall Snyder and these Republican jerks, and it is way over due to have a strong third party.

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