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Political Truths: Republicans Starting To Codify Policies For Corporate Takeover of Local American Governments
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03-10-2011, 05:08 PM #1
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Quote:Corporate control of America is the Republican Party’s ultimate goal. The Citizens United Supreme court case ensures that their will be an unlimited amount of corporate dollars to launch the indoctrination engine. It is imperative that we remain informed. The destruction of our real Freedom is being destructed by a group, the Tea Party under the auspices of the Republican Party, claiming that those of us who really are protecting America’s freedom and the well-being of the middle class American are abrogating America’s real freedom.

It is imperative that though Progressives lack the resources to match the corporate juggernaut, that we use our individual power of persistent activism to effect change beneficial to the individual and the middle class.[quote]

Watch the Maddow video in the link


An Article on the issue

Hostile Takeover: Michigan Will Strip Local Governments and Corporatize Them!


This is what’s afoot in America Right Now: Corporatization

[quote]Corporatization refers to the transformation of state assets or agencies into state-owned corporations in order to introduce corporate management techniques to their administration. Corporatization is sometimes a precursor to partial or full privatization, which almost always refers to a process by which formerly public assets or functions are sold or given to corporate entities by listing the shares of the state-owned corporation on publicly-traded stock exchanges.

This a very serious situation in Michigan. Democracy is being undermined. This is a very dangerous trend developing. Please share this post with as many people as possible. This my friends is what corporatization looks like.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will cut aid to local towns and cities so drastically that he can then declare them in a state of fiscal emergency and then strip the local governments of their duly elected officials and inserting his own appointed financial managers with specific authority. His bill will authorize the emergency manager to reject, modify, or terminate the terms of existing contracts or collective bargaining agreements.

Additionally the Michigan Messenger reports:


State officials estimate that dozens of local governments and school districts will soon be unable to pay their bills and the Treasury dept. is on record supporting a bill — passed by the House last week — which would recast Emergency Financial Managers as Emergency Managers and give them unprecedented new power to fire elected officials, dissolve labor contracts and reorganize or dissolve cities and school districts.

Supporters of the measure say that it is needed because the leaders of some towns and schools have been unable to muster the political will to take unpopular budget balancing steps.

Because the bill establishes no process for how appointees can carry out their new powers and specifically lays out that Emergency Managers need not consult with a community’s elected representatives, some worry that corporate managers, appointed by the governor, could liquidate community assets to cover debt and leave towns no better off than they were.

From the Michigan Messenger:
The Michigan Senate has been called into session with an expectation the body will pass a controversial set of bills that would create broad new powers for emergency financial managers.

Over 1000 labor union members and supporters are gathered on the lawn of the Capitol, while some can be heard from the hallways chanting “kill the bill.”

Labor officials say the legislation will give “dictatorial” powers over municipalities struggling with financial issues. They say Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget which has severe cuts to local revenue sharing and K-12 school fund per pupil rates will drive local units of government closer to financial insolvency, causing a need for financial managers. Those managers would be empowered to nullify any bargaining agreements in effect, and upon doing so it would stand for five years.

ALSO: the Governor’s budget will impose tax hikes on seniors and low-income workers to the tune of $1.7 billion AND then he will give $1.8 billion in tax cuts to businesses; Governor wants to take over the right to appoint local government rather then allow local citizens to vote in their officials. The Governor’s emergency manager will be able to disincorporate or dissolve municipal governments.

I have a feeling Michigan citizens will be leaving the state in droves.[quote]


Another article - Barnett: Bill means 'wholesale takeover' of local governments


Quote:State Representatives Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) on Wednesday voted against a plan that will substantially increase the powers of emergency financial managers appointed to assist local governments and school districts determined to be in a financial emergency.

The plan, which passed the House Wednesday despite bipartisan opposition, now heads to the Senate.

Quote:Under the plan, if a financial emergency is declared, the state treasurer would appoint an emergency financial manager to act in place of the democratically elected governing body and chief administrative officer of the local government or school district.
The appointed individual or firm would have the sole authority to enter the municipality or school district into contracts, dissolve existing contracts, order millage elections, issue bonds and sell off assets without the approval of the voters or local officials. The proposal also makes all actions of the emergency financial manager binding and immune from any legal action arising from their actions.
03-10-2011, 05:21 PM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Social services like education and policing will be privatized and illegal immigrants earning min wage (or cash, untaxable) will be teaching American kids and policing US cities. Welcome to Corporatism.
03-10-2011, 05:26 PM #3
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Quote:Corporate control of America is the Republican Party’s ultimate goal.

Corporate control of America has already been firmly established, look at the policies of the Democrats as well as the Republicans, both parties are rubbing legs with big oil, big pharma, and too big to fail ponzi's not to mention an embarrisingly healthy dose of Bernanke protein shake. 12.gif

When I grew up there was a separation between the two major parties, If anyone could convince me that there is a difference between the two now, I'd love to see the reasoning laid out, because after 9 11 the two parties became flip sides of the same evil coin in terms of policy both at home and abroad.

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03-10-2011, 05:44 PM #4
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(03-10-2011, 05:21 PM)Shadow Wrote:  Welcome to Corporatism.

corporatism is a google friendly pretty url for fascism.com
03-11-2011, 08:58 PM #5
yankees skier
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Obama isn't exactly making smart moves either, to prevent it.

03-12-2011, 04:00 AM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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(03-10-2011, 05:44 PM)Anonymous Kritter Wrote:  
(03-10-2011, 05:21 PM)Shadow Wrote:  Welcome to Corporatism.

corporatism is a google friendly pretty url for fascism.com

corporatism may be google friendly but seriously I think fascism.com is the pretty url chuckle.gif
03-13-2011, 04:43 AM #7
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the nation

At a time when Citizen’s United has made it possible for corporations to dominate the political arena, unions serve as the last line of defense against the privatization of the public sector and as one of the few remaining voices for the working class. That's why the right is trying to take labor down. The Nation’s Naomi Klein joined MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about how the GOP has manipulated the current financial situation to push through unpopular policies that would have never gotten them elected.

Wisconsin isn't alone in their fight against the GOP's attempt to end collective bargaining for public workers: sixteen states currently face similar assaults. A particularly egregious bill that recently got an OK from Michigan’s House of Representatives would allow the governor to declare a state of emergency on any city, town or school district, in which the governor could then appoint an emergency power that could dismantle contracts and dismiss elected officials. The most frightening thing about this proposal: it could be used to put a corporation in charge of a whole city. According to Klein, conservatives are trying to consolidate power so that they can begin auctioning off public services, and in Michigan's case, entire municipalities.

“What this fight is really about is not unions vs. taxpayers, as we’ve been told. It’s a fight about who is going to pay for the crisis created by the wealthiest elite in this country,” Klein says. “Is it going to be regular working people? Or is it going to be the people who created this crisis? That’s the debate we need to have.”



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