Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: Republican RoboCop

Source: User:Major.guy2012
Source: User:Major.guy2012

RoboCop was a sci-fi shoot-em-up from the late 1980s. The sequel explored the damaging effects of the drug trade at length, but for the sake of comparison, the first film will suffice. The setting of the movie takes place in a future dystopia of Detroit, where gangs run rampant in a Detroit burned out and turned out. The background for the movie focused on a Detroit police officer, killed in the line of duty, who comes back to life, sort of, as a cyborg. Designed by a major computer company, where one of the leaders has entered into corrupt collusion with dirty cops and criminals, RoboCop takes on the scene to bring law and order back to a scandal-plagued city.

The dystopia of the movie resembles all too closely the current economic and cultural malaise of Detroit, Michigan. Of course, a computerized police force does not patrol Motor City, although mechanized security may be the only way they city can maintain law and order without breaking the bank with lavish pensions and benefits. Newly-elected Mayor Duggan should consider the idea. RoboCop would never enter into collective bargaining, and he would follow orders without demanding pay raises, overgenerous benefits, or threatening work-actions.

However, a different RoboCop has made a comeback, but instead of taking on Detroit, this new RoboCop has moved to Lansing, Michigan. Instead of metal and machine, he has mettle and a mission. His name is Rick Snyder, a successful businessman, computer entrepreneur, and now model leader.

Unlike his predecessors, Snyder is standing up to the special interests in his state. Despite the storied origins of the labor movement in the Wolverine State, a new leader of the pack is stepping up and rallying Michiganders: pushing tax cuts and business credits, giving credit to businesses as the source of wealth, well-being, and welfare for all residents. The top RoboCop taking on population decline and economic malaise, Snyder instituted an innovative policy, emergency managers, who would supervise bankrupting cities and rearrange debts and spending. Since elected leaders, city councilmembers, mayors, school board members never make the hard decision, lest they lose their jobs. The most famous emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has taken on Detroit, steering the bankrupted city which has kicked the can of unsustainable debt into dust.  Public sector unions, like rampaging gangs stealing from residents through collective bargaining, have met their match, and despite the creditor status of untold thousands, the union leadership has shot itself.

Despite the slight setbacks of 2012, Republican Robocop Synder’s party controls all statewide offices and both houses of the state legislature. Taking cues from the brave examples of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (comprehensive reforms to collective bargaining rights for public employees) and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (tax cuts, privatized roads, and budget surpluses despite the Great Recession), Snyder stopped standing to the side and moved for bolder reforms for his state. “Workplace fairness and equity” became the watch-word mantra, yet Snyder was slyly dressing up in progressive language a comprehensive legislative change for his state: a right to work law. Right to work in Michigan? Michigan has one of the largest labor presences in the United States, the home of the unionized auto industry.

Making his case to the Michigan populace, and by extension the national polity, Snyder asserted that instead of forcing workers to join a union and pay dues to keep their jobs, every union should earn the respect and financing of every member. Opportunities for work should not mean forcing workers to associate against their will (and in violation of the First Amendment), let alone lose funding into a political compact which supports candidates and causes contrary to the individual views and values of the employee (a further violation of a worker’s rights).

The union bullies which had swarmed the state capital in Wisconsin harnessed their efforts all the more in Lansing. Union thugs attacked Conservative reporters, and national media affiliates recorded as violent labor rebels tore down tents which protected and promote the supporters of Synder’s right work legislation. Labor unions were facing lower numbers and lesser influence, yet their dystopian behavior in the name of protest cemented the inherent immorality of force and fiat which defines the modern labor movement.

Taking advantage of the final weeks of the 2012 legislative session, Republican RoboCop Snyder and his fellow Republicans passed RTW, and businesses began moving to Michigan once again. A state which suffered population decline for decades, the Great Lakes state is now shoring up opportunities for the first time in a long time. In cooperation with his fellow enforcers of financial prudence, Synder has taken laser-like aim on cutting medical costs, reforming statewide financing, bringing down the costs of doing business, and demonstrating that pragmatic focus on proving one’s mettle and accomplishing the mission of restoring law and order, prosperity in perpetuity, can be done once again in the Midwest, in the face of globalization and the radicalization of the modern labor movement.

Republican RoboCop Snyder is the model for every American Governor: serve, protect, provide, enforce, and subdue every obstacle to economic growth and individual liberty.

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Taxpayers of Troy January 08, 2014 at 12:07 AM
When it comes to Michigan politics, why should I care about the opinion of a someone who lives in Torrence, California? Hey, Arty, I don't care about what you think. BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIVE IN MICHIGAN. So please go away.
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 08, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Rick Snyder's example emboldens conservatives across the country. Therefore, I have no reason not to share what good he is doing. Thanks for reading!
Taxpayers of Troy January 08, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Who said I read this tripe? I didn't. I recognized your name and immediately dismissed anything you had to say BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. Once I read your title, that Snyder is somehow comparable to a character in a bad science fiction movie, I recognized that you should be dismissed out of hand. Because you are operating without a clue.
Richard Gyolai January 08, 2014 at 05:08 PM
How about "ROBO-JOB-OUT-SOURCER . What did he do at Gateway? When he was there they were bleeding cash, laid-off thousands of people and outsourced the work. Sold the company and his stock options made him $10-$15 million dollars. This guy has done more harm to Michigan then any other governor this state has had.
Dale Murrish January 08, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Nice blog, Arthur. Wouldn’t give Gov. Snyder quite so glowing a review. He is a moderate Republican on some issues, conservative on others, but I think the Michigan legislature watched Wisconsin before passing RTW. Doubt if this law will have much effect on industrial workers in Michigan one way or the other, but we do need to compete with neighboring states like Indiana. Some of the strongest protests came from public sector unions like teachers. Many schools were closed because teachers took the day off to protest.
Dale Murrish January 08, 2014 at 05:13 PM
More Patch reader’s opinions about Gov. Rick Snyder in this article: http://troy.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/some-patch-readers-rave-about-gov-rick-snyder-others-rake-him-over-coals_a9e5c1cb-troy
Jay Charles January 08, 2014 at 05:52 PM
Dale Murrish January 08, 2014 at 05:13 PM ... but we do need to compete with neighboring states like Indiana. ________________________________________________ If you are in charge of locating a business, all you have to do is drive 10 miles on Michigan's roads before deciding that Indiana is a better choice, regardless of Right to Work or tax structure.
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 08, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Thanks, Dale. ------------------------------------------------------------------------I do agree that we should never give politicians too glowing a review. Still, the kind of results, decisions which Snyder made NEED to be made in California! ------------------------------------------------------------------------Governor Brown is more like RoboFlop. Even Rob Schneider, liberal San Francisco based actor, has become a GOP and endorsed the conservative candidate for Governor. ------------------------------------------------------------------------I hope that Snyder wins reelection, along with strong fiscal conservatives throughout the Great Lakes State. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Thanks again for reading, Dale!
Richard Gyolai January 08, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Maybe you should see if Snyder will move to Cal. then you could vote for him, he's a FLOP here to the middle-class. The Koch brothers got to him.
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 08, 2014 at 06:34 PM
"Koch Brothers bashing" has become the Left's only remaining form of argument and it's a bust.
John David January 08, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Snyder is much more of a moderate Republican than a conservative. He vetoed the bill that restricted inclusion of abortion coverage in Michigan health insurance, resulting in a sparate citizens initiative. Much more business oriented than ideological. Emboldening conservatives might be an overstatement. Some might consider him a RINO
Richard Gyolai January 08, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Bust........... The Koch Brothers have raised $400 million built around a group of nonprofits backed by a donor network organized by the billionaire brothers. The system was designed so you couldn't find out where the money was coming from or where it was going. They have raised more money then "Crossroads" Carl Roves group. If you want "transparency", as stated by Gov Snyder, why count on The Koch Brothers? Bust. I think not. Unless you're talking about Snyder.
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 08, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Tell me about George Soror, or Organizing for America, or other left-wing astroturf groups. When you can identify the corrupting influence of these pols, then freely attack the Koch Brothers. For the record, there is nothing wrong with large or small donors paying into interest groups, as long as individuals do so voluntarily. By the way, have you not noticed that campaign dollars and political funding are having a diminishing marginal return from election to election?
Richard Gyolai January 09, 2014 at 05:07 PM
When you have that much money going into a system that is there for know other reason, no matter what side you are on, you are "buying" government. When government is "owned" by corporate America, corporations are people to, (as the Supreme Court announced) it should be a transparent group. That way you know who your government really is. When you have 230+ lobbyists for every one congressman in Washington, it's time to repair and replace a system that is being "bought". What is going on is not democratic.
Dale Murrish January 09, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Good points, Arthur and John David. My take on Gov. Snyder is that he’s a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Why do you think campaign financing is having a smaller effect each election? I thought the price of running a campaign keeps going up. I’m for freedom for everyone on both sides, but full disclosure. Newt Gingrich got a lot of funding from gambling interests, a negative in my book. Would still like to know who was behind the Michigan Citizens for a Brighter Tomorrow hit pieces on our state representative Martin Howylak and his family.
Dale Murrish January 09, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Don’t you pay American taxes and care about the future of our country, TofT? Or are you one of those provincial people that only cares about Troy?
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 09, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Americans spend more money on chocolate, potato chips, and other day to day items than politics. I have witnessed at best a hit and miss effect when it comes to money in politics, too.
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 09, 2014 at 05:58 PM
The real threats to democracy are not the people with big money, necessarily, but the interest groups who get their money without the permission of the recipients: unions, specifically public sector unions. They are the real corporate threat, along with the crony capitalism which has marred our political culture.
Richard Gyolai January 09, 2014 at 07:51 PM
So let me see if I get this right. In the 70's the top 1 percent made 25 times what an average middle case family made. Now it's 250 times. In the 50's a full 1/3 of the working class was in some kind of union, today about 7%. The "outsourcing of jobs" has eroded the middle class, and so has tech. Corporate profits have been on the raise, 18% last year, and the payday for middle America has stalled or gone down. The tax system is set up so the top one percent pay less tax then the middle class. Also the richest 1 percent own 35% of the stocks on the U.S. market and the top 10% own 80%. And you feel that The Unions are the problem, that they have SO MUCH MONEY AND PULL that they carry an unreasonable amount of political power. But, you do know where that money is coming from when the unions are supporting someone, can you say that the transparency is also on the other side? If so, then why did Gov Snyder just sign into law the bill that does not disclose who is funneling money into campaigns in Michigan.
Dale Murrish January 30, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Hi Arthur - If you're interested in posting your articles on our club website, too, please contact Marcus Chen at marcus@USAmeltingpot.org. http://troy.patch.com/groups/dale-murrishs-blog/p/layoffs-at-patch-changes-coming


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