Sunday, November 15, 2009
A hunting we will go….come hell or high water. When it comes to tradition, if lawmakers were smart, they would leave it to the Fiddler on the Roof and not practice it themselves. For time in memoriam it's been the tradition in this town to take time off for hunting season and years ago, a hefty number of hearty souls in the house and senate actually went up North to hunt Bambi and her relatives. But that was then and now there is a school funding crisis, a stalemate on how to pay for education and a classic battle of government philosophies and last time anyone checked, there was no resolution…yet off to the woods they go. Get a load of this schedule, which of course is subject to change if public pressure were to materialize: The house and senate are off this Monday and Tuesday and set to come back on Wednesday. But word on the street is, there won't be any bills debated or voted on and so there is no good reason for anybody to show up.
Then the senate is not due back until December first, second, and third and supposedly the house will be in as well. And if conflict resolution is going to be "resoluted," it will likely be then because for the two weeks after that, the leaders report session days will be "tentative" which is code for "we don't want to come back, but if we absolutely have to, we will reluctantly hold session."
You'll recall last summer, the full time Michigan legislature held a grand total of three sessions after July 4th. The pace was down right…lethargic. And here we go again. The lip service lawmakers pay to putting the public first is just that. If they were really serious about this economic and school crisis, they would chuck all the time off, let the dozen or so who want to hunt go and the rest should stay in town to at least give the appearance they are concerned. It surely doesn't look like that is the case right now.