Sunday, August 5, 2012

American Feudalism - The First Experiment

Wikipedia describes Rick Snyder thus:

"Richard Dale "Rick" Snyder  (born August 19, 1958) is an American business executive, venture capitalist, and Governor of Michigan.  A member of the Republican Party, he assumed office as the 48th governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Snyder served as the chairman of the board of Gateway, Inc., based in Irvine, California. Previous to his election as governor, he was chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Ardesta LLC, a venture capital firm based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Snyder has been mentioned as a possible pick to be the Republican Party candidate for Vice President of the United States (VP) in 2012.  Snyder's business executive background and positive style have been cited as assets, with his accomplishments seen as strengthening the case for electing Mitt Romney as President.

Another description would describe Snyder as a Mitt Romney clone, but with an important difference - Snyder oversees the first experiment in the American Feudal Empire, as the overseer of  the so-called "Emergency Manager Law," the subterfuge to:

"...allow a hand-picked crony of the gov­er­nor to fire local elected offi­cials who were cho­sen by the people.
These polit­i­cal appointees would be given sweep­ing new power to sus­pend col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing, order elec­tions to raise or extend prop­erty taxes, dis­solve munic­i­pal gov­ern­ments and fire pub­lic employ­ees with no input from voters.

"What it does

"Specif­i­cally, these new laws give Emer­gency Man­agers the power to:
  • Ter­mi­nate col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agreements.
  • Over­ride approval of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agreement.
  • Strip local elected offi­cials of all decision-making authority.
  • Dis­solve polit­i­cal struc­tures such as coun­cils, com­mis­sions and school boards.
  • Force con­sol­i­da­tion of ser­vices in schools, town­ships, cities and counties."

Two days ago, the Michigan Supreme Court mandated a referendum on the state's emergency manager law to appear on the November ballot.  "The court ruling means voters will decide whether to keep or kill a law that sends powerful emergency managers into distressed communities and school districts to fix their finances."

And what should Michigan's voters do?  In Pontiac, Conservative Feudalism is blatant:

"(The Emergency Manager) outsource(d) as many city services as possible. He (outsourced) building permits, water and sewer operations, income tax collection, payroll, trash pickup, IT and cemetery operations, among others.  Indeed, walking through City Hall...(which might be sold, by the way) an unusual experience. The city’s payroll has been reduced from about 600 to 60 employees. The building is largely empty, and those who remain perform city work but get their paychecks from the private-sector companies that employ them."

Conservatives have laid their cards on the table: this Conservative experiment in American Feudalism is a harbinger of things to come.  First decimate the middle class, then institute political measures to relegate everyone except for the 1 percent and their political lackeys to poverty, to the serfs of the Middle Ages.

Only by criminalizing Conservatism can we avoid that inevitable fate.


"I listen to Reagan and I want to throw up."
Henry Fonda