Elections 101

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Smart Man decided to sit down and go through the ballot initiatives this evening in preparation for early voting.

He's a conscientious voter, and likes to know what's going on with each amendment and proposition before he votes.

So he grabs the information booklet and starts to look through it. His response:

"Fuck! Why do we have to modify the Colorado Constitution for every little thing! It's supposed to be a broad stroke document, and you make laws to address the little shit!"

::pause, while he goes through the list of amendments::

"FUCK! Why do we need 14 fucking amendments on a single ballot?! The founding fathers had to start from scratch, and they only thought of TEN. Fuck!"

::pause, while I get him a Hefeweizen::

"FUCK! The people aren't even in this book!"

7 comments:

Thordr said...

What's up with Colorado? There were exactly 0 amendments on the Kansas ballot this time (as it should be)

MWT said...

Georgia always has a zillion stupid little amendments on every ballot too. Apparently, every time we need to tax or give a tax break to another group of people, it has to be an amendment. You'd think the state founders could've written up the constitution in a more sensible way...

Janiece Murphy said...

They Amend the Colorado Constitution at the drop of a hat.

Thankfully, there's a referendum on the ballot that would make it more difficult to propose an Amendment this time.

Anne C. said...

I found it extremely amusing that it's the amendment to make it harder to make amendments is the last amendment on the ballot. Kinda stacking things against it.

"Shit, there's a ton of amendments... Oooh, one to reduce the number? Hell, sounds good to me!"

vince said...

We only have one amendment on the ballot here in Minnesota, and it has to do with raising the sales tax and spending it on environmental, etc. Now I'm all for tax money being spent on environmental, but NOT amending the constitution for such things.

I'm personally glad it's so hard to amend the US constitution. This reduces the odds of getting stupid amendments.

Steve Buchheit said...

Ohio does that as well. One, it's because our state constitution is set up stupidly. This is something our Republican held houses promised to fix eight years ago (but they had to help their insurance company friends first). Two, it's to avoid a court challenge. I have difficulty voting for issues I agree with just because they're set up this way. Although I will be voting yes on Issue 5 to reduce pay-day-loan services to 29% interest per year (instead of the current 375%), and while I'd like to vote for Issue 4/Gambling Casino, I detest that it's a constitutional amendment.

Janiece Murphy said...

I think the Constitution should be harder to Amend, too.