POLITICS & PREJUDICES
MICH. State GOP Hates the Poor
State Sen. Joe Hume thinks women and children suck.
Published: October 8, 2013
No. Today’s Republicans have vowed to stop the one thing they hate most of all: democracy. Rule of the People.
Remember that, will you, if you are ever tempted to vote for any of them — for any office — ever again.
TRUE, MOST MEMBERS of the president’s party don’t want to deny poor people health care. However, some Michigan Democrats are happily willing to vote for something that will kill more people on the roads.
State Sen. Virgil Smith of Detroit is an interesting piece of work. If he senses that taking sides on an issue could mean some money for him, he’s there. He refused to vote for the new Detroit River bridge two years ago — and took campaign money from Matty Moroun. Now he has a new cause:
He’s introduced a bill to allow downtown bars and restaurants to keep serving liquor till 4 a.m. — just what we need to make sure there are more drunk drivers on the road for morning rush hour.
Nico Gatzaros, owner of Fishbone’s, loves it. “In Detroit, we have so many things going on this could help,” he told a state senate committee. “Casinos, hotels, limousine and taxi industries.” (Not to mention his well-lubricated wallet,)
For some reason, he forgot the funeral industry. Michigan had “only” 255 drunken driving deaths in all 2001. We can kill more of our loved ones than that, and if our lawmakers listen to Virgil and the liquor lobbyists, I just know we will.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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