If you have talked to me or read my campaign literature, you have probably heard me reference the opening words of the Michigan Constitution:
"All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security, and protection." Article 1, Section 1 emphasis added.
I am not a lawyer, but I do not believe one needs a law degree to realize the intention of our Constitution here. The power lies in the hands of the people of Michigan. This means ALL people of Michigan, not certain people - not ultra rich people, everybody.
Furthermore, the equal benefit, security, and protection portion does not require an advanced degree to comprehend. We are all supposed to benefit in an equal manner.
There are 32,090 households in the 86th District. My job as a Representative is to see that these promises of the Constitution are applied to all of those households in an equal manner. Right now that is impossible because of the massive spending of one household. One household in my District spends millions and millions of dollars to see that their political power is represented in Lansing. That this one household benefits is without question.
This is directly opposed to what our Constitution promises.
I do not want ANY one household to have that kind of power in Michigan. Even if everything that household believed in and promoted was in total harmony with my ideas. Every household in Michigan should matter to their legislators - not just the wishes of one.
My purpose here is not to malign or disparage
this single household.
My purpose is to compare the reality of our current political system to the promise given to all of us in the Constitution.
We are promised equal benefit and it is time to make that promise a reality.
The Pink Arrow Project was the brain child of Noel Dean, the football coach at Lowell High School. It began nine years ago and has helped many people in the Lowell community battle cancer (including me!). Compassion is the driving force behind Pink Arrow.
Elect Cliff and send some Pink Arrow Thinking to Lansing.
Above you will see my kick drum - below you will see my friend Fran Shor.
I am drumming up support for Fran. (hyuck hyuck hyuck)
I spent the day with Fran at the State Convention in East Lansing. He wants to be on the Wayne State University Board of Governors - take a look at his CV below, he is qualified for sure. He taught there for 40 years. Anyway - all of us in Michigan get to vote for this position, so no matter what District you are in, please give Fran your vote in November.
He has been a Green since the inception of the party.
Hey has an official Facebook Page for his campaign.
You can get there by clicking the link below.
Stop by, hit the "like" button and let Fran know you will be voting for him.
They voted themselves a huge pay increase at a time when Michigan had the 2nd worse economy of all the 50 States. Even after reducing it 10% after the housing crash, the $71,685 salary is still 43% more than the median salary of $49,384.
Put me in office and the first bill I will propose will tie legislator pay to the median pay.
From the outset, I determined NOT to make a bunch of promises I cannot keep.
Well here are three campaign promises I will keep.
1. I will put the best interests of the tax payers of Michigan as a whole, and the 86th District in particular, ahead of my own interests and ahead of the interests of large corporations and companies.
2. I will STRONGLY support the existing effort by State Senator Rick Jones (R-24th District) to shut down Pipeline #5. The 63 year old pipeline that runs almost a million gallons of crude oil an hour underneath the Straits of Mackinac. Owned and operated by Enbridge Oil. If that legislation has died away, then I will introduce a new bill with the same goal in mind: Turn off the pipes NOW and then come up with a solution.
3. Introduce a bill that will tie the paychecks of all 110 State Representatives to the median (average) pay in Michigan. The pay checks of our 110 State Representatives are 43% more than the average wage of the people they are supposed to represent.
Making the pay of a Representative linked to that of the average person will make us more "representative" of the people of Michigan, but it also provides for all 110 Reps to create a climate in Michigan that lifts the income for everyone - because if the average income rises, then so would ours.
Frankly, I believe this idea should have traction with both major parties. Democrats claim to represent the common man - so then let your compensation reflect that. Republicans claim to be interested in job creation. Great, so lets all work together for the people we represent and create better paying jobs for everyone and then enjoy a pay raise ourselves.
There are solutions to the problems in government. The first part in reaching many of them is to eliminate the blinders created by money.