MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has put Michigan's emergency manager law back into the national spotlight with a segment on her show Monday (April 2, 2012). Maddow called the law, which is the subject of a referendum attempt, evidence that Michigan had taken the hardest right turn of any state in the nation.
When you think about it, that's pretty amazing. If there is one thing that has made Americans Americans, it was supposed to be "No Taxation without Representation." The whole Boston tea party thing (the real tea party) was about a tax on tea that was imposed on the American colonies by Great Britain without any say by the residents here, after all. Discontent over that and other taxes was what sparked the American Revolution (along with other indignities such as quartering British troops in American homes).
So that's why Maddow can say the Michigan law is the farthest right of any measure enacted by Republican-led state governments in the last couple years. It strikes at the very foundation of our democracy, something Ricl Snyder thinks only people in wealthy cities deserve.