Rachel Maddow presents evidence that Michigan Republicans are illegally ignoring the votes of their Democratic counterparts in the Michigan House of Representatives. The evidence points to a clear and purposeful disenfranchisement of people of color, as well as anyone opposing the mass-privatization of public goods.
Americans love small-C conservatism, Rachel argued last night on the show, but now they’re discovering that the freshmen Republicans who promised it actually prefer big government. In Michigan, new Governor Rick Snyder is taking the power to declare entire towns economically distressed and then dissolve them. In Florida, new Governor Rick Scott just ordered quarterly drug testing for state employees.
“Is that small, leave-me-alone government, or is that big, intrusive government?” Rachel asked. The question, of course, is rhetorical, and the consequences of centralizing authority are real.
In Florida, a woman has sued the state over Governor Scott’s plan to make the rules himself now. Mr. Scott suspended the power of state agencies to craft procedures, giving himself those privileges instead. Rosalie Whiley of Miami says Mr. Scott’s order blocked a new and simpler system for applying for food stamps online, which Ms. Whiley had been counting on because she’s blind. Her lawyers describe it as an overreach. “Unless the Supreme Court acts immediately, Florida law will be suspended by a branch of government with no authority to do so,” Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, former president of Florida State University, told the local press. Ms. Whiley put it her own way. “That’s not right,” she said.