Seems to me that even though this idea was shot down Paul Ryan and the Virginia legislature - all Repugs of course, I don't trust them at all at all at all. So stay vigilant. They are almost comical - until you realize how unscrupulous they are.
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I spent most of the past decade and several years before in Wisconsin, and we have/had that Scott Walker fiasco -- the anti-teacher / anti-union crap, corruption, etc. -- and it appears that the Rethuglicans there might try the same as in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
What's amazing in this post-Koch-brothers era is not the policies they're pursuing, but how brazenly and cynically they're pursuing them.
"Habe nun, ach! Philosophie, Juristerei und Medizin, Und leider auch Theologie Durchaus studiert ..." (Goethe, "Faust")
Watching this right now here in Michigan. Our hope is that the Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who is sort of a moderate, will reject it. Or maybe there are at least a few sane GOP legislators left who will vote against it.
If all else fails and the nuts running our state approve this, we may be able to defeat it after the fact with a referendum or initiative. Thankfully, we do have a mechanism for direct democracy here.
The bald faced manipulation is simply amazing. The GOP is relying on their jaded belief that voters don't pay attention or won't be offended by this. I sincerely hope they are wrong.
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