Now, the unthinkable is about to become a horrible reality with the next victim of this hostile takeover being Detroit:
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will officially declare a financial emergency for Detroit on Friday, paving the way for a state takeover of the city, a state government source said on Thursday.The article goes on to point out how this atrocity is rigged from the get go:
At a forum in Detroit, the Republican governor will endorse the February 19 findings of a six-member review team that concluded the city's dire financial situation constituted an emergency, according to the source, who asked not to be identified.
If the state decides to appoint an emergency financial manager, that person could decide the city's only course for survival would be a bankruptcy filing in what would become the largest municipal bankruptcy in the United States.What it really is all about is that the Republicans are really upset that there is money going to public sector workers and poor people, many of whom are minorities. To these corporate sockpuppets, this is simply unacceptable. That money, in their singularly obsessive way of thinking, should be going to give the wealthy more tax breaks.
The emergency manager would be officially chosen by a state board composed of the state treasurer, budget director, and licensing and regulatory affairs director - all of whom are Snyder appointees.
Snyder has publicly discussed qualifications he would seek in the manager and has said he had a short list of candidates for the job.
In order to make that happen, they are now about to shred any vestiges of democracy by usurping control of a city, removing the elected leaders and imposing martial law, regardless of what the citizens want.
This is simply unconscionable.
At the time that this fascist law was crafted, I pondered whether Scott Walker could or would do that in Wisconsin, with the likeliest target being Milwaukee.
Who'd have ever thought that it was Chris Abele that would prove to be the greedier, more power-hungry fascist?