On February 3, Governor Granholm will present her eighth State of the State Address to Lansing lawmakers. Every year, the State of the State Address is a mini-holiday for Lansing´s government class. I´ve been to six State of the State Addresses as a former state lawmaker, so I know the routine: there are fancy receptions prior to the Governor´s speech featuring rich hors d´oeuvres and premium bars. Politicians dress in their finest clothes and bring their families and friends to the Capitol to attend the parties. Every state representative gets to bring a special guest - usually a big financial donor - to sit next to them in the House chamber during the governor´s speech.
It is all very nice. You are not invited. You see, the State of the State Address isn´t about you or your family. Much of the Governor´s speech is about the government´s budget, not YOUR budget.
When Governor Granholm talks about helping the economy, she means giving special tax breaks and subsidies to politically connected and politically-correct companies while raising taxes on every family and business that doesn´t have a solar-powered windmill and a healthy lobbying fund.
But what would happen if Michigan´s citizens decided that the State of the State should be about them - THE PEOPLE-and not about the government ruling elite-class? What would happen if hundreds-maybe thousands-of people drove to Lansing that evening and protested outside the Capitol Building? Let´s find out! Let´s seize the day of February 3rd away from Governor Granholm and the political class in Lansing. PS: The protest starts in front of the Capitol Building at 6:30PM and the ´State of the Citizen Address´ starts promptly at 7:00PM. Go to www.makelansinglisten.com for more information. For the full text of the letter from Leon Drolet please access this page: http://www.mitaxpayers.org/seize_the_day.html