If you are a schlub about repairing your car, you logically would go to your favorite mechanic for help. Finding an expert is the only sensible thing to do.
So when it comes to governmental issues, why do common folks willfully ignore and even berate the "experts" when it comes to knotty issues that frankly the common folks don't understand?
Not only do they ignore the advice of those on the inside, it gets even worse. When those experts declare this or that, the public says, "Well if they are for it, there must be something wrong with it and therefore, I'm against it."
The bigger question is WHY the common people don't trust the supposed experts on government. There's a reason for it. Politicians aren't trusted. Too many of them don't do a good job. If I have a bad mechanic, I do elsewhere.
Clint Eastwood's speech at the RNC convention wasn't that good IMO, but he had the best line of the night. "Politicians are our employees." They are not our leaders. They are not our statesmen. They are our employees. We are the shareholders of this company, called the State of Michigan. We choose a board of directors as well as some of the officers of this company. If they do not obtain the right results, they can be fired, just as our bosses can fire us.
Just maybe these so called "experts" aren't the experts they and their echo chamber think they are. Here's my message to the "experts." You give me your case and your reasons, and I'll make up my own mind. That's what my clients do when they inquire about my services. They make up their own mind.
Two exhibits sit out there today.
A battle over how to raise taxes may be in the offing. The Michigan Alliance for Prosperity, incorrectly identified here last week as the Americans for Prosperity, is suggesting that all future tax hikes be passed with a two-thirds, rather than a simple majority vote.
All of official Lansing has come unglued with the prospects of this passing, but the louder the opponents cry out, the bigger the smiles get from the Alliance. It knows this is going to pass if it gets on the ballot.
I signed the 2/3rds petition. If it is on the ballot, I will vote for it. Easily. Government too often screws up and asks the taxpayers to bail them out instead of making the tough choices needed. I opposed the pension taxes awhile back. I still have the same complaint. Too many of these budget fights are over 9 Billion of the 45 Billion or so that is part of the actual budget. 36 Billion supposedly can't be touched. That's unacceptable.
This 2/3 petition would have stopped the pension tax. Joe Hune was right. We didn't need it. It hurt us. Badly.
Exhibit B is term limits.
Ever since the voters said yes to that in 1992, official Lansing has groaned a collective ""ugh." You've heard all the arguments against term limits, so no need to regurgitate them here, but regardless, the polls suggest the general public still loves the law as much as the insiders detest it.
Now to the latest wrinkle in trying to change it.
Former GOP House Speaker Rick Johnson in 2004 came "this" close to launching such a move. He had a GOP lawmaker, former Rep. Larry Julian (R-Owosso) and former Detroit Democrat Rep. Ken Daniels, more than interested, but Johnson reports, they concluded "they did not want the hassle."
Yet Johnson, now a multi-client lobbyist, says he's talked to lots of "friends" and they agree, the courts are the only path to repeal.
Mr. Johnson says you would need three or four former lawmakers from each party and from all corners of the state to make it work. He also thinks you need conservatives, liberals, and independents to give it more voter appeal. And he thinks he can find the recruits among former lawmakers and perhaps some current folks who are on their way out the door in December.
Frankly, Rick Johnson is not the posterboy I'd like to see doing this. I don't think he did all that good of a job and gave Granholm almost everything she wanted during his term as speaker. I agree on repealing term limits, but not so someone like Johnson gets another term. I agree with repealing them so there aren't lame ducks for two years. Term limits did have their good points. Joe Schwarz is gone. Harry Gast is gone. Laura Baird is gone as a state rep. They open up seats for good people like Tom Leonard (although Opsommer's a good guy who was termed out), and Joe Hune. Unfortunately, some good folks were or will be termed out as well. Leon Drolet, Paul Opsommer, Bruce Caswell, Joe Hune, and Cindy Denby are reasons to oppose term limits. One of the biggest reasons why the GOP took over in the 90's was due to term limits. It's also a reason we lost a lot of spots in 2006/2008.
I also fully realize that term limits aren't going away unless you have a superstar governor and legislature with the popularity of a George Washington. That's not likely going to happen. The best way to get them changed however is to the best job you can do, and have the voters mad that you're gone. Don't start feeling entitled, and getting a big head.