Oh, I Agree! There’s Just One Little Thing…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, February 8, 2010

This actually ties in nicely with the recent announcements of some sane/sensible congress folks (Representative Vern Ehlers of Michigan, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana) to not seek re-election. Yes, yes, the government, the system, the elected officials, the MAN all have a big hand in the dysfunction. But if you are an incumbent with some grasp of reality, would you want to bother trying to convince voters likes this little old lady to do the right thing? Me neither.


  1. Tyler said,

    February 19, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    What’s the phrase? You don’t get the Government you want? You get the Government you deserve?

    I was a little surprised when two local levy’s passed with 60+% of the vote to raise money via taxes for schools here in Bellevue. Of course we have been luckier here in WA state in terms of the recent downturn, but still a surprise. A nice one.

  2. John said,

    February 19, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    This morning I did a cartooning workshop up at Grandville East Elementary school. And if I had any feelings before that more money should be cut from public education, they are long gone now. Takes a lot of energy to match those kids’ energy! Schools need more help, not less.

  3. Kris said,

    February 20, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    Amen to that brother! Our school committee is counting how many Kids participate in activities/clubs/athletics to ‘assess how to fund them’. Hmmmm. We already have participation fees which I don’t disagree with but if they’re going to extort parents for facilities maintenance and other peripherals, the entire system looses value (and participation). I see the downward spiral, do they?

  4. Tyler said,

    March 1, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    I don’t have kids yet, but those “participation fees” never made sense or seemed right to me. What the heck are my tax dollars going to if parents have to pay EXTRA for the clubs their kids want to join? Special field trips aside of course.

    I’m not sure how I feel about those retirements. It kind of sounds like “this job is hard. I don’t like to do hard.”. What did you think being a politician meant?

    Of course I’d never get elected in the first place. I have way too much of a problem being honest – well with other folks at least. 🙂

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