The American model of democracy is the envy of the entire world. One person, one vote, the pursuit of happiness, free speech, you know that sort of thing. Here we have the chance to vote on issues that matter without fear that money or greed would influence our system, we can always rely on truthful information from all sides and gold at the end of every rainbow.
Well at least we have some of those things.
With the election rapidly approaching, I feel compelled to weigh in on Proposals 5 and 6. In my view, the impact of a yes vote would be devastating. In case you have elected, no pun intended, to tune out to the messaging surrounding the proposals let me give a quick overview. Proposal 5 would permit a minority in the legislature to prevent any change in taxes no matter the need or reason. Proposal 6 would ensure that the only viable international trade crossing between Southeast Michigan and Canada is privately controlled held by a single individual. Frankly one needs only follow the money to figure out who benefits and who doesn’t.
Proposal 5 is simply put the let minority rule proposal. It boils down to this, even if 135 members of the Legislature voted in favor of closing a tax loophole, ending a special interest tax break, or raising or lowering a tax, just 13 senators could block it. How hard do you think it would be for a billionaire to control the votes of just 13 state senators? Sadly not very. Imagine the power well funded special interests could wield if just 13 legislators could block a policy supported by the other 135 members of the House and Senate. Scary stuff! Not exactly what the founding fathers had in mind.
Proposal 6 seems so simple, let the “people” decide. In reality this is the billionaire full employment act or the international free trade restriction proposal. The “people” in this case are a single family that have made a fortune controlling this international crossing. In a post 911 world, how can we rely on the whims of a single family to manage this critical trade route, which by the way was built 83 years ago? More importantly the economic impact that would be provided by an additional crossing would be extraordinarily positive for southeast Michigan, just not for the ruling monarchy. This region stands to benefit greatly from expanded import/export capacity in the form of jobs and investment. There is only one beneficiary from not building an additional crossing, and it’s not you.
I think the choice is abundantly clear. VOTE NO on Proposals 5 & 6