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Thom Hartmann talks with Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, President of the Detroit Chapter of Rainbow PUSH & President-Highland Park, MI NAACP, about a mock funeral to bring attention to the appointment of emergency managers in Michigan cities and school districts has made the people of these cities votes null and void. They also state that Michigan Republicans illegally passed Public Act 4.

“This is a mock funeral, but the death of democracy in Michigan is all too real. The appointment of emergency managers in Michigan cities and school districts has made our vote null and void. The Michigan Board of Canvassers recent decision to deny Michigan citizens the opportunity to determine the future of Public Act 4 is a blatant form of voter suppression. Since the vote in Michigan is meaningless, we will symbolically bury democracy.” – D. Alexander Bullock

What does Governor Snyder think of this?

“The law upgraded the powers afforded emergency managers under Public Act 101 of 1988 and Public Act 72 of 1990, both passed to give the state some rights over governmental bodies facing bankruptcy. Public Act 4 increased the ability of the governor to intervene, and granted appointed emergency managers the power to break collective bargaining agreements, fire elected officials and privatize or sell public assets.

The governor argues desperate times call for drastic measures. “For too long in this state, we’ve avoided making the tough decisions,” Snyder said when he signed the law on March 16, 2011.” – Huff Post Detroit

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