Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4.20.11 Bee-otch of the Day: Rick Snyder

Name: Rick Snyder
Age: 53
Occupation: governor of Michigan
Last Seen: Ann Arbor, MI
Bee-otched For: turning into a dictator


It's official: Michigan's getting some change.

And change ISN'T good.

As reported by Rachel Maddow, the city of Benton Harbor here in Michigan is now under attack by this state's newly-elected Republican governor Rick Snyder. Last week, the town of 10,000 souls was stripped of all its elected officials, including its mayor and city commission and replaced with an unelected Emergency Financial Manager named Joseph Harris. Benton Harbor is the first town affected by Gov. Snyder's new law that allows the state to take over failing communities with an appointed EFM, even stripping people of their union rights.
Benton Harbor is a twin town to St. Joseph in southwest Michigan near the Michiana border. The two towns do have slightly similar populations - St. Joe's is 8,000 - but St. Joe is predominately white while Benton Harbor is mostly black. Looking at the satellite map of the two towns on Maddow's show, St. Joe has a rural-like feel with lots of trees while Benton Harbor is a concrete jungle.

But sadly, Benton Harbor has had its major share of problems, mainly tied to its biggest manufacturer Whirlpool sending most of its jobs overseas and leaving acres of unused land where factories used to be. For years, developers have wanted to redevelop the land into condos and a golf course, and it would also include a public park that's been around since 1917.

Apparently, the main reason for Snyder and his goons taking over the town is so this rich white man's land could take over the town, whose average citizen only makes $10,000 per year. Not to mention, its schools are falling apart.

But, if Snyder can take over Benton Harbor, he can do the same for other predominately-black towns such as Flint and Detroit. He can fire their elected leaders and appoint his henchmen to tell those niggers who live there that they don't like their kind. The truth is, I understand. Flint and Detroit suck. But, it's not the black folks' fault. It's because of the severe downfall of the auto industry, caused by greedy rich white people who are all against giving their employees a fair shake and for busting the unions.

Detroit hasn't had a black mayor in over 40 years. I could only imagine if Snyder fired Dave Bing and replaced him with some Republican jackass. It'll be 1967 all over again.

Also, SHAME on the mainstream media for virtually ignoring this story! I Googled the info to do this BOTD and all I saw was Maddow, Daily Kos and Democracy Now! Thankfully, the South Bend media's talking about it, but I don't hear much about it elsewhere.

Folks, we need jobs, not country clubs. We need to convince companies to stay in America and not go overseas. Sadly, however, we're too damn stupid to find the "Made in America" label when we shop. Instead, we've been made into fools thinking that price is better than quality. This is why Whirlpool's jobs in Benton Harbor are now limited to a call center and corporate offices.

But in the end, don't blame me, I voted for Virg Bernero.


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