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Politics on the radio

Man, the political discourse is getting nasty. Today was apparently the day for radio ads related to Michigan's ballot propositions.

Opponents of proposal 3, which would allow a hunting season on mourning doves, accuse supporters of being heartless toward cute birds with pretty voices, saying that it could eventually lead to hunting seasons on cardinals, warblers, and Jill Jack*. Supporters say that opponents are extreme animal rights activists who have gay sex with evangelical leaders or quite possibly with mourning doves.

Opponents of proposal 5, which would guarantee state funding increases for education tied to inflation, said that teachers didn't care about sick people, underemployed road construction workers, or crime victims, and certainly not about mourning doves. Supporters said it's obvious just who graduated from an underfunded school district, "the morons."

Supporters of proposal 1, which would permanently establish certain funding programs in the Department of Natural Resources, say we have to get ours before the mean, evil, money-grubbing teachers get it all. Opponents allege that the DNR flew the planes into the Twin Towers on 9/11/01.

Proposal 4, which would restrict eminent domain for privately-owned purposes, is seen by supporters as the only way to keep corporate barons from raping the common people, figuratively and quite possibly literally. Opponents call the supporters all "little Hitlers" and accuse them of conspiring to keep Michigan's shoreline from reaching its "true potential" and wanting to keep Michigan's unemployment rate slightly higher than, say, Iraq's.

And then there's the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, aka proposal 2, which would end racial quotas in hiring, admissions, and government contracts. Supporters accuse opponents of wanting to keep black Americans enslaved in chains, while opponents say that voting for the initiative will keep black Americans enslaved in chains.

OK, I'm overstating things, but only by a little bit.

*Jill Jack is a local performer of some note.



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Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ballot initiatives
Don't ya just love 'em?

As a former Traverse City resident, the best reason I can think of for NOT allowing mourning dove seaon is that the gun-crazies would not likely confine their blasting of birdies to those places with few people (if, indeed, there are any such left in the great white north).

Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Ballot initiatives
There are still a few places with few people way up north -- especially where 200 inches or more of snow falls each year. Somehow snow isn't all that popular.

The mourning dove hunting issue is something I just shake my head at. For one, I don't know why they're amending the state constitution for this -- is every species listed in there with a note saying whether we can hunt them or not? It seems like something the DNR could decide, or the state legislature at worst, but it doesn't have to be a constitutional question. But maybe that's just me.

I agree that it's possibly dangerous to add more opportunities to fire guns near people. But I also just don't see a big demand or need for hunting mourning doves. I don't buy any of the hunting lobby's arguments for hunting them. The (real, live) commercial I heard today said something about "restricting our hunting rights." Well, we already don't hunt doves in Michigan, so defeating the proposal will not restrict current rights. I just think it's pointless to hunt them, and I'm not going to vote for pointless things.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm going to read some information from the Citizen's Research Council (are they fairly bi-partisan?) on Prop 2 & 4 this weekend. But I'm actually leaning towards supporting #4...in part because it shifts the burden of proof to the government seeking to take the property and excludes "economic development and tax base enhancement" as reasons to take property. (And if they take your primary residence, they have to pay a minimum of 125% of the value...not sure that's a good idea, though).
Nov. 3rd, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I think the Citizen's Research Council is bipartisan. I checked it out a couple of days ago and it looked like a good source of info. It even gives you the pros and cons without all the annoying spin. For anyone else interested, it's at http://election.crcmich.org/

I'm not sure what to think about Proposal 4. One of the things I've heard is that Michigan citizens are already pretty well protected against "bad" eminent domain takings through existing laws and court decisions. But I'd have to look into that more to feel completely comfortable with that.
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