Saturday, March 15, 2008

Michigan Senate Springs Into Action

Undaunted by the nation's worst state economy, budget shortfalls, rising unemployment, a failing public school system, and its largest city in political shambles, the Senate leaders of Michigan have taken the lead in a gallant effort to heal the state's numerous woes.

From Michigan Votes with a hat tip to Right Michigan:

Introduced by Sen. Glenn Anderson on March 13, 2008, to estblish [sic] that henceforth and forever more (or at least until a future legislature and governor see fit to declare otherwise), the official Scottish tartan of the great state of Michigan shall be the one described by the Scottish hand weavers and textile designers "thread count" denoted by the phrase "BG18* W2 BG8 W2 T8 DG2 T4 DG24 DR4 DG4*," where the symbol "*" denotes 1/2 the total threads at the turning points. The bill is cosponsored by Senators John Gleason, Michael Prusi, Martha Scott, Deborah Cherry, Dennis Olshove, Michael Switalski, Raymond Basham, and Patricia Birkholz.
  • Referred to the Senate Local, Urban, & State Affairs Committee on March 13, 2008.
That is right Michigan, if your state Senate has anything to say about it, at least as you flee this dying state you can paste some official Michigan tartan to the side of your moving van.

It would be great to pin this whole thing on sophomoric Democrats if the charge applied, but last on the list of cosponsors is Republican Patricia Birkholtz who, apparently, has learned the true meaning and purpose of governance.

Good job Michigan Senate. You make me a proud Michigander.

Though I'm wondering how we'll fit the words '"BG18* W2 BG8 W2 T8 DG2 T4 DG24 DR4 DG4*," where the symbol "*" denotes 1/2 the total threads at the turning points' into the state song. I don't know, maybe you morons should form a bipartisan committee.


Mary David said...

It's beyond me why you would take the time to trash such a simple and uplifting proposal as a state tartan. The proposed Michigan tartan stands for so many things that are important to Michigan Scots, among them education, political leadership, and family.
Your ignorance of taratn weaving is evident in your objection to the way it is denoted in the proposal. Try to educate yourself before you take a stand.
Due to the fact that you are at least marginally literate, you should thank the Scottish belief in compulsory education that was later adopted by the leaders of the USA.
The proposed Michigan tartan is the Scots gift to the State of Michigan.

The Rougman said...

Thanks for noting my marginal literacy, perhaps the product of that compulsory education we are both so proud of.

My problem with this proposal, as simple and uplifting as it is, is
that I think our Senate should have more important things to do, or they should stay home. I'm personally in favor of a part time legislature and this sort of measure does nothing but help to cement my opinion.

Do you think we should have the Michigan legislature recognize something "official" for every ethnic and religious group that has been of value to our state? If you do, that is fine. I disagree.

That I should waste my time commenting on something like this should not be as startling to you as seeing your state Senate do so. I can comment on it for free. When legislatures do so, we taxpayers are the ones that pay for it.

Thanks for posting.