Growing Greener II
Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2005. On the ballot is an initiative, dubbed Growing Greener II.
The ballot question states: “Do you favor authorizing the Commonwealth to borrow up to $625,000,000, for the maintenance and protection of the environment, open space and farmland preservation, watershed protection, abandoned mine reclamation, acid mine drainage remediation and other environmental initiatives?”
The PA Game Commission supports it.
So does the Governor.
Here’s a surprise, so does the PA Fish & Boat Commission.
The Churches support it too.
Is there anyone who doesn’t support this?
I for one do not. Now, before you go jumping down my throat, please read a couple of simple lines. I certainly support anything that helps our environment in a logical, rational way. I think this should be a priority for us. So much a priority, that other fill-in-the-blank pork barrel projects should come way after it in terms of funding. So my logic is simple, let’s spend our existing funds on “Growing Greener II” type stuff, and put the bullsh*t stuff on the ballot. Ask the citizens of the Commonwealth whether we should incur debt to fund some not-so-beneficial, pork-filled project. Of course, the politicians won’t do that, because they know no one in their right mind would support such crap. Instead, they take something like the environment, which everyone loves (and needs) and asks us to swallow hard and suck up more debt.
Well, it is time to say “No.” Stop wasting our money.
OTB may or may not support this.
UPDATE: This measure passed, Statewide Totals, “Yes” Votes: 601,179, “No” Votes: 375,253.
Hmmm, wonder why most of the counties that are already green voted “No” and without exceptions, those counties that have large poplutions voted “Yes.”