The Reverend Jesse Jackson is reportedly heading to Benton Harbor, Michigan, today, the first city to have its elected officials sat down under the state's new emergency financial manager law. Local people tell us they're expecting Reverend Jackson to speak at noon, at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, about what's happening in Benton Harbor.
Last night on the show, we heard from Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who ran against Governor Rick Snyder last year and lost. We opened the mic, and he just started talking:
Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves at what's happening in Michigan. It is dire, and it is sad -- a sad day for democracy. It's really everything you said. It is taxation without representation. You know, it is the corporatization. We're seeing the corporatization of our Democratic process.
Today, in Michigan, they trained something -- the government is training 200 EFMs, emergency financial managers. This is an industry now that the administration is going to be in. They have lowered the bar for taking over cities.
It used to be -- EFMs were very rarely used. Their powers were circumscribed. They were to go in and deal with the finances and work with the powers that be.
Now, they are in charge. Now they can fire elected officials. It is unprecedented in Michigan and I think in America and it's dangerous.
More on the emergency manager training here.