Philanthropic dollars from Koch, the Amway family, and the Blackwater family filtered through The Mackinac Center Think Tank, working in the public interest.
The Mackinac Center has long pushed for several of the controversial proposals put forward by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), including one which would allow state government to step in when local municipalities face financial crises and declare, as one supportive legislator put it, "financial martial law," including abrogating union contracts.
To get broke enough to advance this agenda tax cuts for the wealthy and for business are essential. From which further funding can flow in the public interest. From which, unions being broken further profits acrrue. From which flow...This is what we in the trade call catalytic philanthropy, with high social return on investment. So, in a just world, virtue is rewarded. Losers continue to lose worse and worse as God intended, until in a flat world they are starving in Madison, WI as in Calcutta. Nothing can be done, Sweetie, as my boss rightly says. Its what the market wants, Honey. The hidden hand of my good friends.