I promise this is the only time I'm going to get preachy about the election. Are you registered? Some states require your registration to be postmarked by October 4. That is this Saturday. I'm not reposting the cheesy video. Just register
In Massachusetts, there are three binding ballot questions this year. This means that if the proposal is voted in at the
general election, it becomes law
in 2009.Question 1
would eliminate 40% of the state budget for towns and schools by reducing state personal income tax for 2009 and eliminate for 2010. Where are they going to find that monr\ey? Property tax? Increased corporate taxes? Cutting schools and town public health, roads and safety programs? There is no allowance for this in the wording of the bill.
would decriminalize possession of less than 1oz of marijuana, replacing the criminal charge with forfeiture of the marijuana and a $100 fine. Under 18 year olds have to undergo drug awareness couselling.
Under the proposed law, possessing an ounce or less of marijuana could not be grounds for state or local government entities imposing any other penalty, sanction, or disqualification, such as denying student financial aid, public housing, public financial assistance including unemployment benefits, the right to operate a motor vehicle, or the opportunity to serve as a foster or adoptive parent. The proposed law would allow local ordinances or bylaws that prohibit the public use of marijuana, and would not affect existing laws, practices, or policies concerning operating a motor vehicle or taking other actions while under the influence of marijuana, unlawful possession of prescription forms of marijuana, or selling, manufacturing, or trafficking in marijuana.
outlaws dog racing. Boo hoo.
I'm not telling you how to vote, I'm not even asking you to vote
. Most of you don't even live in my state, But even if you don't care about who becomes president, or who represents you in Congress, even if you live in a state that always carries democrat or always carries republican, and you think that there's no point in voting anyway, even if you're so disgusted with this campaign that you leave your ballot blank,
Find out what your questions are, find out if there is anything on your ballot that you really do need to speak up about.