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Dems look to Obama to punish Michigan over labor vote
The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | Andrea Billups

Posted on 12/07/2012 2:39:00 PM PST by jazusamo

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, to push back on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder by holding back federal money for a new international bridge project to Canada and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

“We are hoping that when President Obama comes to Michigan next week, that this is going to be on his radar screen, that he’s going to say Michigan doesn’t care about their middle class, [so] why should we be bending over backwards to make sure that this governor is able to deliver on his promise,” said Mrs. Whitmer in an interview with local radio station WWJ.

Her remarks, amid calls from other Democrats and union leaders to use all legal means necessary to stop the bills from becoming law, drew a stern rebuke from WJR host Frank Beckmann, in Detroit, who wondered on his program Friday if Mrs. Whitmer, considered a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014, might want to reconsider her words.

“This should immediately disqualify her for any consideration to run for governor,” Mr. Beckmann said. “Taking the interests of the entire state of Michigan, the entire region of Detroit, holding them hostage because you object to legislation that has passed in 23 other states and has caused great economic growth?… That’s outrageous.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: biglabor; corruption; democrats; michigan; obama; righttowork; unions; unionthugs; whitmer
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To: danielmryan

I don’t know if marijuana is legal there but it sounds like Whitmer is smoking lots of it.


51 posted on 12/07/2012 7:43:54 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If Michigan is smart, it will be happy for obama to pull his fiat out of the state. The less a state relies on federal fiat, the better.


52 posted on 12/07/2012 7:52:57 PM PST by gotribe
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To: jazusamo
I don’t know if marijuana is legal there but it sounds like Whitmer is smoking lots of it.

I was wondering about the voters. The woman certainly has a talent for shocking.

From what I recall, Teddy Kennedy secretly conspired with the KGB to trip up President Reagan in 1983. But he never was so, er, "bold" to publicly call upon the United Nations or GATT to punish the United States.

53 posted on 12/07/2012 8:05:04 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: jazusamo
...called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics...

Freaking amazing - calling a lawful event "petty and vindictive politics" then asking the Chicago thug to act in an illegal, petty, and vindictive way in retaliation for a State exercising its rights.

54 posted on 12/08/2012 4:20:38 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Truth2012

They sure are, but they might be wise, which they are not, to temper their hubris.

People can be pushed too far and fate has a way of slamming the arrogant.


55 posted on 12/08/2012 4:25:43 AM PST by dforest
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To: what's up

“If conservatives are serious about getting power back they will say “go ahead and pull the money”. They will then work to be self-sufficient since freedom has always required that.”

I agree with you 100%.

Another dimension of the terrible legacy of Richard M. Nixon is the power the federal government holds over state and local governments as the arbitrary dispenser of federal tax dollars for local programs. Nixon was a big proponent of “revenue sharing” with state and local government. Instead of reducing federal taxes and spending, Nixon preferred building a federal infrastructure to distribute taxes collected by the central government to local government. Obviously decisions as to how to allocate the funds would be made in Washington, and those political decisions gave power to the president and his staffers making the allocation decisions. Nixon falsely asserted he was giving power back to the states and localities.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=3636


56 posted on 12/08/2012 6:23:02 AM PST by Soul of the South
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To: jazusamo

It’s all about R-E-V-E-N-G-E with these turds.


57 posted on 12/08/2012 8:01:37 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Oh, no you can’t scare me
I’ll stick it to the Union
I’ll stick it to the Union
I’ll stick it to the Union
Oh, no you can’t scare me
I’ll stick it to the Union
I’ll stick it to the Union
Until it dies.
Michael Moore: Yesterday’s solutions causing tomorrow’s problems.


58 posted on 12/08/2012 8:23:50 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: trebb

Yep, she sounds like a pretty dim bulb, much like some Dems in the US House.


59 posted on 12/08/2012 9:31:09 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: justiceseeker93

There have been lawsuits against that gasbag POS by his crew, as he oftenforgets to pay them. One day, God willing, he will, due to his adiposity and hot gas, simply explode..


60 posted on 12/10/2012 11:33:08 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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