Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?????

We had a statewide election yesterday in Michigan.  The proposal on the ballot was defeated 79% to 21%.  Do you think the Legislature and Old Squeaky (what I call the Governor) have gotten the message?

Here was and is the deal:  Our roads suck.  Nothing new because they have always been bad.  For as long as I have been driving it seems.  The public consensus seems to be that it is because road contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder.  And you get what you pay for.  Plus, our brutal winters wreak havoc with the roads, so we need to build them for cold weather so that they do not break up in a year's time.

The Legislature has been dickering around with the issue for years.  Hey, it's tough to get stuff done when you are always on recess, campaigning, or busy proposing to your girlfriend on the floor of the House (our local rep who I did not vote for).

So, the Lansing 'brain?' trust decided to put a complicated proposal on the ballot that involved roads, school funding, changing the constitution, sales tax, and the existence of extraterrestrials (OK, I made that last part up).  It was DOA from day zero.

The general public was furious that these bozos who work part-time for full-time pay could not craft a plan to just FIX THE ROADS!!!  Their attitude of "If the public wants better roads, let them vote to pay for them cause I do not want to raise taxes and get voted out of office" is despicable.

All anyone wants is a fee or a tax or some way to JUST FIX THE ROADS.  They were supposedly elected to make the hard decisions.  Instead, the majority of them, i.e. mostly Republicans, are useless.

America beware:  this Governor may be thinking about running for President.  Believe me when I say you do not want to see him in the White House.  I don't even want to see him in our State House. Consider this my public service announcement for the month.

Tomorrow I will return to my regularly scheduled blogging.


8 comments:

  1. Be it brassiere for an outfit or roads for a government, it's all about the foundation. One of the first things the Roman's always did when they took over was t build a good road. Ours are currently being updated. And while it is a blessing, in the meantime it makes matters a little crazy with detours and traffic backups.
    Stopping in from Life & Faith in Caneyhead.

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  2. On the other hand, lately round here they have been rebuilding all kinds of stuff including bridges and underpasses. Driving everyone crazy. They have just started on the main street. Extremely busy place and the road on which most of our hospital traffic travels. (we have 2 hospitals) The businesses on that street are tearing out their hair, I hope they can all survive. Some of our roads are being patched, others are being pulled up and rebuilt completely. We have a saying here, 7 months winter, 5 months road works. That sure applies this year.

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    1. Well, they are spending millions to construct yet another roundabout in our community. We already have three. Seems they have money to build what nobody wants but none for fixing potholes.

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    1. At least I didn't destroy a tire yet this year. There is still time of course.

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  4. Good for you! Roads are a concern no matter where. I had to laugh with Toronto. When Mayor (hiccup) Ford was still there, people were complaining about the Gardiner Expressway saying it is old, archaic and dangerous. I am unsure which yahoo said the Gardiner was aok but about a week or so after a big piece underneath literally fell onto the street. Thankfully no one was hurt. After that, more pieces fell off. They are now looking at fixing it but it will screw up traffic big time. I say fix it!

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    1. Well, after the ballot defeat which the Governor was supporting he announced he is not running for President. Watching our yahoos try to figure out how to fix the roads should entertain us for most of the summer. Oh, wait, they do not work from July 4 to Labor Day.

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