Proposal 15-1 died as it was supposed to, but there is still work to be done.
If anyone thinks it ends here, they have forgotten the lesson of 2013 when we eased up pressure, (if only temporarily) and the governor slammed us with Medicaid expansion. In fact, when looking at the way things happen with this progressive mess in Lansing, scales put it this way to me directly:
“The gross underestimation has only brought a hike in the State Income Tax, Medicaid expansion, retirement pensions being raided, Common Core, 300+ Ghey *marriage* licenses, a quarter of a billion to the Ilitch’s ice rink who vote Democrat, a Detoilet bailout for the DIA, a recapture of control of the state Party via his pal Baird from Chicago and the Rockefeller-wing Romneys, a monolith of a Health Department, a NAFTA Bridge, a cousin with furniture contracts, more slightly faster Amtrak railcars, driver licenses for illegal alien anchor brats, a H1-B visa center operating out of his MEDC, the launch of moonslime Day at the Capital, Boji payola buildings, no-bid Medicaid contracts with moonslimes, a pending abomination of energy policy waiting in the House and Senate, and this goddam ballot proposal, of which, you notice the Nerd ain’t wooing anybody who falls within the Right side of the political spectrum, yes?”
His point can be taken to the bank.
And it will earn interest.
In fact given that many in the state have forgotten half of these things, its amazing we can keep up. The full time legislature has unfortunately required a match with full time activism, and frankly some of us are getting tired. Its bad enough fighting the progressive disorder in places we expect, but the party many of us relate to based on a reasonable platform has been corrupted by a progressive disorder as its flag bearer.
Its enough to make one easily sympathetic to CS’ overt pessimism; It can be quite contagious.
The defeat in this case is of the caliber that marks the disgust Michigan taxpayers have for those who would think of them as ‘farm animals.’ NO NEW TAXES is clearly written upon the end of this boondoggle which by all measures had a little something for everyone. The Christmas tree package crafted by lame legislators and pushed at a cost of $10,000,000.00 of taxpayer money by a lame progressive governor has apparently found its ‘Grinch.’
So now we all settle on our hands and pretend we’re done, right?
This abuse of Michigan’s electorate with its lies and promises that had no basis is only over as long as our legislature does not resurrect other failed financing schemes that come at a cost. As long as the cause of our road conditions are not properly recognized, we will continue to experience substandard driving conditions. As long as ‘transportation dollars’ are siphoned for subsidies to trains, paths, smart streets, and cities that cannot manage their already bloated budgets we will see the MDoT and local municipalities cry poor.
And as long as the governor thinks we are sated, you can count on additional dollars being sought from somewhere. CS’ pessimism is earned and warranted.
We laugh for now at the folly of those who tried to foist such treachery upon us. They have earned the embarrassment delivered in spades by the voting populace, but we cannot expect so much to be different when so many of the same players are still in the game.
Its only just begun.
Count on it.