Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Power to Fire Elected Officials

Umm. I really would like to hear one of you conservatives explain what all this is about.

Gov. Snyder’s extraordinary law became all too real this week when Emergency Financial Manager, Joseph Harris, appointed by the Governor to take charge of Benton Harbor, Michigan, issued an order which took away all powers of the city’s elected officials.

Yes, this has really happened right here in the United States of America.

Because, after all the talk about tyranny and fascism for the past couple years, that might appear to be at least a tad bit disingenuous.

(HT: First-Draft.



Dante said...

There's no separation of power between the state and municipalities in any state I'm aware of. If the state legislature approves such a thing, the governor very much has the authority to do it. As to whether or not he should do it, that's between the governor and the state. Unless the governor made a really good case, I'd personally be crossing him off my "People to vote for" list if I lived there.

alli said...

If I'm not mistaken, the bill also says that an entire municipality can be put into receivership of a corporation. So Benton Harbor could soon be completely owned by Amway.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

If the state legislature approves such a thing, the governor very much has the authority to do it.

Unless expressly prohibited by the state constitution, or struck down by the judiciary, you're probably right.

(Now I guess I understand why New Orleans thought it was important to establish a home rule charter. Especially section 2-101.)

Of course, I'm sure the state supreme court has to uphold such measures. But again, unless expressly forbidden in the state constitution, this appears perfectly legal.

Though I don't know if the US Justice Department could overturn such decisions based on the Civil Rights Act. I don't know if Michigan and Wisconsin are states where such modifications would fall under DOJ jurisdiction.

Wow, this ties together a lot of stuff:

1. Elections have consequences.
2. Especially local and state elections.
3. Legacy of the Civil War and Civil Rights Era as practiced in law.

Dante said...

Or OCP can take over Detroit...

Suck it, Robocop!