Local 898-- serving the Ford Rawsonville Plant

Musings From the Editor

I really miss Andy Rooney, the curmudgeon from 60 Minutes. He was pretty ornery, but he asked a lot of good questions. I find myself with lots of questions and very few answers.

Like, why are the same representatives in Lansing pushing for an end to motorcycle helmet laws at the same time they want to eliminate no fault auto insurance? As I have observed in my travels, if a state doesn't require helmets, then cyclists don't wear them. Not wearing a helmet greatly increases the odds of catastrophic injuries, but eliminating no fault would end our insured drivers having unlimited coverage. If the insurance change passes, motorists could opt for $500,000 to a maximum of a $5 million cap and many procedures now covered would not be covered any more. So why would they create a situation that has the potential to create greater need for our current no fault insurance and then just cut it off? Of course, this is the same bunch that gave a big tax cut to businesses and now want retirees, school teachers, and firefighters to pay for it.

Why, when Michigan still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, did the Republican controlled legislature pass a law to kick people off welfare? An AP story on Yahoo News related that: Gilda Jacobs of the Michigan League for Human Services said she expects about 41,000 people to lose their cash assistance payments on Oct. 1 when the state's new budget year begins. That includes 29,700 children, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services. We already didn't have enough jobs for our citizens, so why didn't they enact legislation to create more jobs, not more people looking for jobs? I don't even want to think about what these parents might do to keep their children from starving. What would you do?

Something that really surprised me about the election two years ago was how easily the medical marijuana law passed. I thought a lot of money would be spent to appose it, but no, that didn't happen. Why not? But now I almost feel like I have an answer. Sure we, the majority of the people of Michigan, agreed that cancer patients, people in pain, people with a medical problem eating, or other medical conditions helped by marijuana best or exclusively should be able to buy it, smoke it or eat it -- whatever works to give them a better quality of life. Little did we know that the newly elected Michigan Attorney General would wage war on the providers of the now legal-to-use drug and make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding sick people to get relief. Why spend a lot of money fighting a law you can later keep from being implemented. How clever is that?

I haven't been downtown yet to join the Occupy Detroit people, but I know I'm one of the 99%, and you are too. Do you think any of the actions above are helping us or do they help the 1%? Right, that's not really a question.

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