Is politics a â€œblood sportâ€? Itâ€™s not supposed to be. But Detroitâ€™s Channel 4 reports that folks called â€œblockersâ€ are harassing voters who want to sign a petition.
The petition is to recall Michiganâ€™s Speaker of the House Andy Dillon over his massive tax increase. People are hurting in Michigan. But legislators â€” led by Dillon â€” decided taxpayers should hurt more, so that spending could grow more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.
At The New Media Journal, Warner Todd Huston writes that â€œblockers scream at petition signers, calling them names, and hover menacingly over them making them feel threatened and intimidated.â€ Rose Bogaert of the Wayne County Taxpayers Association says, â€œTheyâ€™re literally behaving like thugs out there.â€
Who are these brutes? It turns out many of them are on the state payroll. In fact, they work for none other than Speaker Dillon.
Dillonâ€™s office claims the blockers on his staff are doing this all on their own, taking vacation time. Yeah, right. Maybe now that theyâ€™ve been caught.
Leon Drolet, the head of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, isnâ€™t buying that. Instead, heâ€™s offering $250 a pop to identify each of these thugs.
Dillonâ€™s tax increase was a travesty. The use of state workers to violate citizensâ€™ most basic constitutional rights is, well, serious enough that you ought to find out more at MichiganRecalls.com.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.