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Being a business theatre producer has allowed Brian the opportunity to meet and work with some very fascinating people from a variety of backgrounds which, in turn, has helped shape his knowledge and his opinions. His blog will not always be political, it will be about a lifetime of subjects, and nothing is off limits. “Few people have original thoughts, we are shaped by the people we know and meet” he says.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Michigan Constitutional Convention

The last time a state Constitutional Convention was held, it was 1961/62. Things have changed since then. We were the ones who protested the Viet Nam war. We burned our bras (well not me personally). We had long hair, now we are balding. We have mellowed somewhat since the 60s and hopefully gotten wiser. So now our kids should be take the lead because many of us will not be around in 16 years.

The current vote "NO" ads about costing $45 million are somewhat misleading. The last Constitution Convention cost about $928,000, adjusted for inflation that would be $6 million in today's dollars. It didn't tie up our legislators for two years as stated. The entire convention took a little over 4 months.

So why are they fighting for a "NO" vote? Because that want to keep the status quo. They want to keep the power where they have control of it. They don't want younger or newer or even better ideas to emerge because it is all about the money. They want to keep the ball and let us play when we can't do any harm.They like the size of our government and are afraid that we may force it to be smaller and more responsive to the times.

There has never been a better time or more of a need for a Constitutional Convention than there is today. Michigan is hurting and its citizens are hurting with it. The question of can we afford it should be just the opposite. Can we afford Not to?

There are pros and cons to any convention. One of the Cons is that it removes all tax caps and places them in jeopardy. One of the Pros is that it remove all the tax caps and places them in jeopardy.

Whenever a Constitutional Convention is convened there is always risks but without risks, there are no rewards. We need to take this risk. If we don't do it now, it will be another 16 years before we can attempt it again.

People will say the time is not right. The time is never right if you are standing on the sidelines! Get involved.

That is my stand.


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