Politics & Prejudices
Lessenberry's 2014 Michigan Predictions
What's in store for 2014?
Published: December 30, 2013
Odds are that Democrats will make gains here — somewhere in the two-to-four seat range. But that would enable them to do little more than prevent the most outrageous bills from taking effect immediately.
Incidentally, I could be wrong about this. Nothing says we’re certain to keep electing the people who are destroying the middle class. Someone could start a citizens movement to take back our state, which turns out hordes of voters who are educated, focused and angry at what they’ve lost.
But it won’t happen by accident. If you want change, you have to work for it — hard. Gov. Snyder and his friends are betting their opponents won’t want to work hard enough.
Mental Health Milestone
VERY FEW PEOPLE PAY as much attention to mental illness as, say, a mindless sport like football. But severe mental illness afflicts more than 11 million Americans every year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association.
We provide hardly enough resources for treating them, but now there’s a real chance to do something. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has partnered with U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, on a bill called the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which would give community health centers funds to provide a full range of mental health services, including round-the-clock crisis care.
That bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate floor for a vote. Hopefully, it will pass this month and arrive in the House. Everyone in the country ought to tell his or her congressman to support it. This bill would save lives.
It was, in fact, inspired by the massacre of all those little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Imagine if just one community center had somehow reached one of the insane people who headed to a school with a gun. That would more than justify this bill’s estimated $160 million a year annual cost.
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