Friday, October 24, 2008

All Hail Bloomberg

Today's novel progress: 708 words

For those outside the New York area, our beloved mayor has managed to bully and coerce the city council into doing away with term limits, for them and himself. Making no bones about it, he's decided we need him more than ever, and that the law should be changed. The problem is that voters decided in 1993 and 1996 to keep term limits, and Bloomberg says we CAN'T have another voter referendum on the subject because... um... it wouldn't be fair to um... apathetic minority voters who um... don't go out and vote. Yep. It's a load of bullshit. The Daily News sings his praises, that this is a great moment for democracy - because the people should have more choices come November. How? How when 89% of New Yorkers want the voters to decide again, and Bloomberg decided that no, he and the council know what's best for us? Isn't it nice that the will of the people can be taken away just like that, if someone powerful enough decides so?

I'm sure everyone from time to time has said "if I could go back and change the constitution, I would..." Well, one of the nifty things the founding fathers thought up was the system of checks and balances. The government is divided into three parts, and they're supposed to check each other. The problem was that the government "of the people, by the peolple, and for the people," stupidly left the people out of the loop. So, if I could change the constitution, I would say that the people would have to vote every four years on anything that had to do with the employment of the represenatvies themselves. All salaries, term limits, beneftit packages, gift regulations, lobbying, etc, would be decided by the voters. This way, there would be some small accountability to the citizens of this represenative democracy. Oh yeah, and while I was at it, I would have the constitution guarantee the right to privacy as well. Wouldn't that be nice?


PS - A side note - were there any other Monty Python fans who saw W. and found themselves singing "Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, dum dum dum the night..."?

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