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Michael Moore writes, "The call has gone out and I'm asking everyone who can to take Wednesday off and head to the State Capitol in Lansing to protest the cruel and downright frightening legislation currently being jammed down our throats. What is most shocking to many is that the new governor, who ran against the Tea Party and defeated the right wing of his party in the primaries - and then ran in the general election as 'just a nerd from Ann Arbor' who was a moderate, not an ideologue - has pulled off one of the biggest Jekyll and Hyde ruses I've ever seen in electoral politics."

Portrait, Michael Moore, 04/03/09. (photo: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty)
Portrait, Michael Moore, 04/03/09. (photo: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty)

Letter to My Fellow Michiganders

By Michael Moore, Reader Supported News

14 March 11

RSN Special Coverage: GOP's War on American Labor

riends and neighbors,

The call has gone out and I'm asking everyone who can to take Wednesday off and head to the State Capitol in Lansing to protest the cruel and downright frightening legislation currently being jammed down our throats.

What is most shocking to many is that the new governor, who ran against the Tea Party and defeated the right wing of his party in the primaries - and then ran in the general election as "just a nerd from Ann Arbor" who was a moderate, not an ideologue - has pulled off one of the biggest Jekyll and Hyde ruses I've ever seen in electoral politics.

Governor Snyder, once elected, yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from Wall Street.

In just 8 short weeks he has:

  • Gotten the House and Senate to pass bills giving him "Emergency Management" powers such as the ability to appoint a corporation or a CEO who could literally dissolve town governments or school boards, fire the elected officials, nullify any local law and run your local governmental entity. That company then would have the power to immediately declare all collective bargaining contracts null and void.

  • Proposed giving business a whopping 86% tax cut while raising everyone's personal taxes by 31%! And much of that tax hike he believes should be shouldered by - I kid you not - senior citizens and the poor! He says these two groups have not been "sharing the sacrifice" the rest of us have been burdened with. So his budget proposes a $1.8 billion tax CUT for business and a $1.75 billion tax INCREASE for the rest of us, much of it from the poor, seniors and working people - even though the top 1% in Michigan ALREADY pay a lower state tax rate than everyone else does!

  • Together with the legislature, introduced over 40 anti-labor bills in just the first two months of this session! They have wasted no time and have caught most people off guard. Much of this is being rushed through right now before you have a chance to raise your voice in objection.

These actions are breathtaking when you realize they will drive our already battered state straight into the ground. What we needed right now was an inspiring leader to help us reinvent Michigan and to find creative ways to create new jobs and lift us out of our economic depression. The rest of the country may call what they're experiencing the "Great Recession," but few argue that Michigan is suffering a "one-state Depression."

I know many of you are filled with a great sense of despair and a justifiable loss of hope these days in Michigan. But you must not let things get even worse. You must stand up against these Draconian measures and this outrageous attempt to rip our democratic rights from us by turning our state over to well-paid hacks from Wall Street and corporate America. They see our state as one big fire sale - and they are licking their chops to get their hands on what is still a state rich in natural resources and industrial infrastructure.

Please show up at noon on Wednesday for our first mega-rally against this insanity. Hundreds of groups are already organizing car pools and buses. You can right now just declare yourself an organizer and get your friends and neighbors committed to being in Lansing. If ever there were a day to call in sick, Wednesday is it (because this IS sick). Students, if ever there were a day to cut class and become a participant in your democracy, Wednesday is it. This event needs to be HUGE - and I believe it will be if you will simply be there and take a stand.

Much attention has been paid to Wisconsin in recent weeks. Well, they got nothing on what's going on here in Michigan. Rick Snyder is Scott Walker on steroids. There's never been what even the AARP calls "an all-out attack" like this on us. Trust me, you will rue the day you sat home and did nothing while thieves posing as politicians stole your Great Lakes State from you.

Don't let it happen. Be at the capitol by noon on Wednesday for the largest demonstration the state has ever seen.

Go Spartans! Go Wolverines! Go Everyone Else In Between!


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+44 # PhilO 2011-03-14 22:17
Hang together, or certainly you will hang separately!

+45 # Gretchen Healy 2011-03-14 22:30
This is the scariest thing I have ever seen. These fascists have no shame!
+22 # Lynn Rosen 2011-03-14 23:48
Get out there before it's too late.
+27 # angelfish 2011-03-15 00:16
Michael, YOU are that "Inspired Leader"! YOU have the ability to galvanize the masses and get them passionate enough about their continued Rape by this new Governor and his minions of Mega-Billionair e compadres, who I'm sure, have sponsored him in his usurpation of the State House in Michigan! HOW can any of this be Legal? Aren't there Laws to protect the millions of working poor, from being continually "purged" by the 21st Century Robber Barons? Me-thinks they better look at the odds before they continue to horrify John Q. Public! There are only four hundred (400) of them, while there are three hundred MILLION (300,000,000) of us! Come on America, the Country you save may be ours!
+38 # RicKelis 2011-03-15 00:23
Michigan is one of the 18 states with a recall process. Recall the bastard, Michael!
+30 # Connie Jo 2011-03-15 09:53
I checked your recall laws, and your governor has to be in office only 6 months before a recall. Here in Wisconsin it is a year. Go for it!!! We will be following you shortly thereafter with a recall of Scott Walker. This is a national movement, and wherever we can replace these tyrants, we need to do it. It is the best way to send a message to the shills of corporate America all across the country! Good luck!! And thank you Michael for coming to Wisconsin!
+5 # alice 2011-03-15 15:33
I wish we had any hope at all here in South Carolina, where our new governor, Nikki Haley, declared upon being elected that she would make sure to keep any unions out of our state. She wants voucher systems for the schools, and lower taxes for corporations and property. What a joke. I wish we had unions, but even unions would not help me, one of the millions of self-employed people who have no benefits, no unemployment, no health care, no 401-K, no nothing. March to hang on to what you have or you will be in the same boat.
+4 # NT 2011-03-16 12:59
Hope you are successful. Keep in mind Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, et al.: you colossally messed up. I would use a different colorful metaphor besides "messed," but i would be censored. A lot of damage can happen in a year. I don't know if Michiganers or Wiscosinites realize this. Fascists march; they don't think or feel. Just march really really fast (does the term "blitzkrieg" strike a familiar note?) Plus whatever damage these tea nut bags do, will take 10 times more effort to undo. And, of course, Wisconsin will be known as the state that led the "scab" movement instead of the labor movement for decades to come. A state in which no teacher in their right mind would even think of working. Say adios to high SAT scores for a while. Economically, you will be lucky if you avoid a major depression as unionization is one of the major pillars that will be needed if you even hope to have a recovery. Reputation as a "scab" state will not exactly help this. Good luck with the recall, is like telling Chernobyl: "Good luck with the clean up." Kinda nice to avoid disaster rather than deal with the aftermath. Now that you have cheerfully created the disaster, good luck.
+28 # Johnny Elton 2011-03-15 03:25
Band together my Brothers and Sisters. The winds of change are starting to blow. It wont be easy but we can take back what is ours. In unity, strength and honor I am with you down here in Texas.
+22 # Momentary Times 2011-03-15 05:04
When they came for YOU.... was anybody there left to help? This is the forgotten group and they need a voice AFTER this mess:

Thanks for your help, Michael.
+18 # Jim Goble 2011-03-15 05:44
Can this man get by with this? I thought every state was guaranteed a republican form of government. But I suppose the Supreme (?) Court can do whatever it wants.
+11 # Connie Jo 2011-03-15 11:05
The Supreme Court can do whatever it wants only if we allow it. Although Supreme Court justices cannot be recalled (they weren't elected in the first place), they can be impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors." The law requires that the articles of impeachment must go through the House of Representatives , with the eventual trial in the Senate. With the current House membership, this wouldn't go anywhere. Following the 2012 election, however, if the House turns over to the democrats, an effort to impeach at least Clarence Thomas for failing to reveal his wife's financial connections to the "Tea Party" (among other charges) would be in order. There also may be grounds for impeaching Roberts. But even one impeached justice could lead to a court that would overturn the Citizens United decision that gives corporations the right to buy our elections. Taking the country back for the middle class and poor folks is in our hands; "they" have the money, but we have the numbers, and numbers = power. This class war should be engaged on every possible front!
+3 # lbarnett 2011-03-16 10:33
Great rant, Connie. You are not alone!!
+27 # Teresa Unger 2011-03-15 05:56
Perhaps it's access to one of the largest freshwater supplies on the planet they're after...
+3 # alice 2011-03-15 15:36
Alaska already gave theirs away to India and China through a water management company from a foreign country. I'll bet they did not have to pay any corporate taxes, either.
+29 # sark 2011-03-15 06:02
Fantastic Michael Moore! Now, would you please address the foundation of the problem, Electronic Voting Machines. If the public continues to ignore this very real problem, the thieves will continue to steal the states by controlling the vote count. These bought R politicians talk about voter fraud using smoke and mirrors to hide the real problem, electronic voting. These machines, manufactured by Republican supporting corporations, can never be made secure from those that make them. We must take back the vote to take back our states.
+9 # AML 2011-03-15 11:03
No one should leave a polling station without a receipt for their vote. If Deibold can manufacture all the ATM's in the country with less than 1% error, they should be able to do the same with voting machines.
That being said, they usually only rig in places where they know the vote will be close and therefore questionable. One of those vote rigging creeps was spotted in Ventura County in CA before the 2008 election in case the Latino vote was close. In that instance he failed in the mission, but it doesn't mean they won't try again.
+4 # sark 2011-03-15 14:14
I am thinking that you may not have followed what happened in the SC senate race in 2010 with candidate Greene and the Democratic Party let it happen. This should have been a wake up call for all but it barely got a nod. Sometimes 1% error is all they need to assure their candidate a win. It is amazing how many ways they can explain a win by a candidate behind in the polls. A receipt does nothing to assure that your vote is counted as you cast it.
+6 # alice 2011-03-15 15:40
Yes, this became a comedic circus in the news media, which tried to portray Greene's win as having to do with the fact that his name came first alphabetically. Nothing was done about it legally, and now I have to listen to Jim Deminted be described as "winning by a landslide" in his last election. What a joke. In spite of Greene's foibles, he received close to 30% of the vote, which I consider to be an indication of growing discontent with Jim Deminted. A viable choice would have seen a more significant inroad. But for now, we are stuck with the Waterloo idiot for 6 years.
+2 # smilinglady 2011-03-16 22:13
In Florida, they ran the voters around, claiming the registrations were sent to different districts. When the voter arrived where he was told to go, the registration was not there, either. They hoped after so much run-around, the voter would give up. Many did.

The other move was re-districting, creating a slant in favor of 'the' party.
+15 # HowardMH 2011-03-15 09:41
RECALL, RECALL, RECALL. MI has either got the dumbest House and Senate Lemmings in the world or they are totally in bed with the Governor. In either case RECALL, RECALL, RECALL.
+14 # Doctoretty 2011-03-15 09:54
The Republican Party is no more the party of Lincoln and TR. It now belongs to the dirty tricksters, the hypocrites, lunatics and mean-spirited. They want to destroy the two party system. Well, if they get their wish, I hope they are the Party to go!
-43 # I. B. Marshall 2011-03-15 10:24
I find it interesting that Michael Moore is fighting against what is going on in almost every state in the Union.... You would think that people would be smart enough to realize there is a reason this is happening everywhere in every country and almost every state in the US. Michael Moore is not only Ugly as a mudd Fence but he is also also a dumb as a mudd fence. He is the problem, he is making millions prying on the fear of people not informed enough to know better than to listen to the ugly duckling.... or is it a hog.... I am willing to do a lot of stupid things but I sure would not listen to a stupid Capitalist Pig like Michael Moore so he can do another special and make millions while causing serious problems and jeopardizing peoples lives..... TED
+17 # miss mary 2011-03-15 10:53
OK I.B. what is the reason that this is happening all over the country? it certainly can't be because it is just or good for the masses? forget Michael Moore for a are just making him your scapegoat. you arent even making sense.
+15 # EHopkins 2011-03-15 10:53
Michael Moore is not the problem, he is the solution, to mobilize people to put a stop to the GOP-Wall Street takeover of the USA.
If you have a middle class job, thank a union! It's the only form of trickle down that works.
Without unions, we would all be peasants.
That's why the GOP-Wall Street is targeting them -- to get the rest for themselves while others starve. Wake up!
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2011-03-15 12:36
Time to pull Money out of Banks who contribute to nd out about yours, family. Unions are starting..all with pensions should do the same.
If they have no money perhaps they can join us at Unemployment or Welfare Office!
+12 # AML 2011-03-15 11:07
Dear Ted,

Your ignorance is surpassed only by YOUR mean-spirited rant. Michael does not go 'prying on the fear of people' and you are far less informed than he.
+19 # Patch 2011-03-15 11:46
I.B. you speak exactly like a Republican. You blame the other guy for the sins you are committing. Michael is right on in his assessment, as he has been in all his films. YOU and the Right Wing are the problem. If you make less than $500k a year and vote Republican, you are voting against your own interests and that is colossally stupid. The Republicans are the party by the rich and for the greedy.
+11 # Connie Jo 2011-03-15 13:50
Ted, Please be specific. What "serious problems" is Michael causing? How is he "jeopardizing peoples (sic) lives"? What is the "this" to which you refer that is "happening everywhere in every country and almost every state in the U.S."? And what is the "reason that 'this' is happening?" I'm sorry; beyond trashing Michael Moore, I don't understand the points you are trying to make, and I'm interested in your views. I would appreciate it if you would elaborate by responding to these questions. P.S. I think Michael Moore is kinda cute!
+13 # bruapp 2011-03-15 12:00
I've pointed out to other blogs and response mills like this that we shouldn't forget the example of the greatest Fascist of them all: Hitler. When he built the concentration camps, it was not the gypsies or the Jews he first put in the camps---it was the trade unionists.
0 # George wells 2011-03-19 13:23
Distorted! The media moguls have heavily invested in the evils of Hitler but are virtually silent about Lenin-Stalin. Why is that? We know about the six million but nothing of the 66 million white-christian s sacrificed by communism.
+7 # Giuliana 2011-03-15 17:46
Michael, we will be there! Michigan nurses represented by Michigan Nurses Association/Nat ional Nurses United will be there in force. Look for our flatbed truck close to the Capitol. We are handing out hundreds of signs for anyone who wants one. We need to tax the rich and make Wall Street accountable for the economic crisis. Look for the Koch Brothers on our truck with their puppet. Guess who!
+5 # Jane Krikorian 2011-03-16 07:43
Back in November, my father and I watched with dismay the many states that turned "red" for republican; we sadly said to each other, "I hope the people know what lies ahead..." PLEASE...DO NOT VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS ANYMORE!! That party has been prostituted to the pimps who have cleverly masqueraded as somehow caring for the working people but all they care about is profit for themselves!! The mask if off! Thank you Michael Moore!
0 # sebouhian 2011-03-16 15:34
ORGANIZE and refuse to pay--simple, direct....
-3 # Monty Gee 2011-03-17 19:50
Jekyll & Hyde? From a couple of continents away, the guy in the White House is, to all appearance, increasingly doing his own Hyde act quite efficiently.

Not one promise he made has either not kept or not diluted to watery gruel. That A Rep should win against the Tea Party and then show his true colors has less to do with his politics than his personal ambitions. Recall him if you can - but enough people must have voted for him to give him the gall to pull off the act he's doing.
-1 # George wells 2011-03-19 13:20
Will Americans put up with state dictatorships as more and more political leaders come out openly as Marxist-Leninis t-Stalinist Communists?

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