Have you seen what is happening in Wisconsin? Public workers are standing up for their rights. For thirty years, the middle class has been under attack. The result is exactly what we see today: fallen wages, people losing their homes, health care putting people in the poor house, college students stuck with huge loans when they graduate.
For thirty years now, the rich have been getting richer, the poor poorer, and the middle class has been shrinking. I have been wondering when someone would stand up and say "enough." That is exactly what is happening right now in Wisconsin. Thousands are descending on their capital, standing up to Governor Walkers' quest to destroy their bargaining rights.
Those protesters are determined, bright and persistent. They found their courage and found their voice. We will never be the same again.
Meanwhile, we in Michigan are facing our own challenges. Our governor has proposed a new budget. He ran as a moderate, but there is nothing moderate about this budget proposal. He wants to raise taxes on our poorest families and senior citizens. There are hundreds of millions of dollars of loopholes he could close. There are services and graduated income tax. Instead, he proposes raising taxes on the poor to protect the rich.
Right out of the Republican play book. Shameful!
He wants to cut the foundation allowance to students, cut revenue sharing,and eliminate the film credits. Unbelievable! All this while his State Budget Director, Mr. Nixon, gets paid $250,000 a year, approximately $100,000 more per year than our last budget director. I think someone needs to explain to Governor Snyder what shared sacrifice actually means.
It seems like perhaps Gov. Snyder did not learn his lessons. At Gateway he paid too much for the people in top management, then ended up sending his company to China. I hope the same thing does not happen to us in Michigan.