"Con-Con" might be a "con," but what's the alternative?
"Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, ACORN's Working Families Party and the unions would dominate, writing a Constitution to suit their own needs, not those of the taxpayers."
--George Marlin, "The Con-Con con," New York Post, September 21, 2009.
I understand George Marlin's objections to a State Constitutional Convention, but I respectfully disagree. George, those parties control things now!
Doing nothing is not an option. Elections are a joke.
Identify the problems. Establish principles. Find solutions. Do a Constitutional Convention. Get the media behind it. Add lots of sunlight all around.
Let's say that it doesn't work and those same parties dominate the Con-Con. The voters can always vote down the Con-Con's proposals!
"New Yorkers can't afford a Constitutional Convention that would further empower the Legislature's tax-and-spend addicts."
George, it's already the end of the line. Something must be tried. Elections are a sham and the legislators are all bought by the special interests.
If you don't like this, what's your plan? Do you have a plan? Do you think anything besides term limits will unseat Sheldon Silver?
A Con-Con is the only effective way to reign in tax-and-spend.
The only other way, of course, is to become as bankrupt as California.
That's coming soon.
The Con-Con con
Beware a NY Constitutional Convention Silver: Would likely be the power in a convention.
Last Updated: 3:55 AM, September 21, 2009
Posted: 2:03 AM, September 21, 2009
EVERY time the fiscal excesses of Albany pols catch up with them, they point the finger of blame not at themselves, but at the state Constitution -- and call for a convention to fix it. We're seeing just that now.
Yet the woes of our state government aren't the Constitution's fault; they rest at the feet of an accidental governor and a spineless Legislature controlled by municipal and health-care unions, lobbyists and big-government leeches.
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