Heartside Pride Cleansweep Rock at Aquinas College
Those wacky Catholics, with their springtime tradition of roaming the woods and painting big rocks to look like Easter eggs... and this morning, I'm trying to remember the part in the Bible where Jesus dropped marshmallows from a helicopter. Maybe they have revised it again...
Ah, but I'm such a heathen, and cannot comprehend the deep meaning of such things. Most of the time I'm very grateful for that. On with the news, three bullet points that tie-in to the EFM law and the controversy surrounding it...
All of this may not match the pledge of limited government a lot Republicans ran on, but if you’re now running the government, why limit yourself?
They certainly didn’t with emergency financial manager legislation that a new non-partisan study makes clear does allow for the ripping up of collective bargaining contracts, the neutering of local elected officials and, with approval of the governor, the wholesale dismantling or merger of communities.
The point is to make the prospect of an emergency financial manager so frightening elected officials and labor unions will be forced to agree to a balanced budget solution. And if they refuse or can’t, then the state has an obligation to step in. It’s not a new concept, as the takeover law has been in place for decades. This one is just more tough. And more likely to face legal challenge.
More rural Republican lawmakers who don’t represent cities or schools under takeover threat -- yet -- are starting to raise questions as to how far Lansing should go.
In other words, karma's a bitch - and the Pastor Martin Niemöller quote is appropriate as a warning for the expanded powers of this new law. Here is a link to the study from the Citizens Research Council that Luke mentions above, give it a read.
This next point may be a better place to take a stand, for Snyder's budget cuts to the schools can certainly be used for this case, even if the problem started well before...
Closing the Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant girls is THE heart-wrenching story in Detroit, and the portrait of how such drastic measures are going to hurt the people who have found great solutions to the issues facing kids - and this one I will tip my hat to Rachel Maddow for highlighting. Watch this must see video:
CFA is a monster success story - and now it's going away. And that's wrong. Just wrong. Look, losing part of a park is one thing, losing the positive pathway for a human life? That is something else entirely. While both are important issues that tie into the really big issue, I sure wish this had been the story that received the attention first.
Stay tuned folks, this is far from over.
Happy Easter to you all. May you find peace in the power of love, forgiveness and rebirth that surrounds this day.