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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Snyder proves he's as big a coward as Fleming

Governor Snyder proves he's is like Fleming -- voting against his OWN BELIEFS from the 42 North Blog on Bridge Magazine.

42 North Blog— 22 December

By Derek Melot/Bridge Magazine
Gongwer just reported that Gov. Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that bars local governments from making their own decisions on whether to offer benefits to adult partners of their employees. (No link; Gongwer is paywall protected.)

He did this even though he said he didn’t want the bill to apply to universities and some of its legislative backers say it does just that. Apparently, Snyder’s desire for clarity was getting in the way of his departure for his holiday break.

All snark aside, there are two ways to look at this:

1. Rick Snyder believes it is a bad idea for local governments to offer domestic partner benefits — a practice that is common among America’s most successful corporations. To my knowledge, Snyder has not offered any data or evidence for why Fortune 500 firms are being so foolish on this issue.

2. Snyder doesn’t like this idea, but he signed the bill because he’s afraid if he doesn’t, certain individuals in the Legislature who want gay public employees and their families treated as second-class citizens will not support his tax, regulatory and budget agenda. This is in spite of the evidence that the Legislature is not exactly eager to please Snyder — DRIC, transport funding come immediately to mind.

I’m not sure which explanation is worse for Snyder’s reputation.

I am sure this is bad news for Michigan.

1 comment:

  1. Snyder is pandering to the lunatic fringe in his party.

    Gone are the days of where moderate Republicans ruled and wanted to be the party of small government. Now, these loons want to tell people who to love, what they can do with their bodies, and then preach that they are protecting moral purity.

    Meanwhile, they put an end to public projects that protect businesses, help the unemployed and foster long term economic interests.

    These lunatics want Government so large that it can dictate my relationship, but small enough to ignore me if I lose my job.