In a few days’ we will be asked to consider amending the New York State Constitution. Short of a miracle, it is not likely to happen.
Why? A short list. One, media emphasis has been lacking and most individuals are unware of it even being a ballot issue, possibly minimizing support. Two, opponents i.e. organized labor groups’ across the board, have spent millions to secure a “No’ vote fearing the loss of benefits and entitlements that are currently protected in Article V Section 7 of the constitution stating “Membership in any [public] pension or retirement system . . . shall be a contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
Three, broaching absurdity, special interest groups argue approval would benefit billionaire’s, result in loss of ‘voting’ rights, protection of clean drinking water, forever wild forest’s, all at a cost (to taxpayer’s) of $100’s for millions. Four, least but not last, the New York Civil Liberties Union firmly opposes holding a convention on grounds it would endanger our states current protection “for civil rights and civil liberties.”
As a bit of a subject matter expert I have been asked to state my position on the ballot question? My answer, ‘Yes’ approve Proposition #1. Again why? We have no other choice. An examination of need is required, and as taxpayers and residents we can no depend on our broken legislative process to accomplish anything of meaningful value. Hopefully you agree.
I’ll close taking a page from President Franklin D. Roosevelt Annual (1936) Message to Congress, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. That is as true today as it was in 1933. But such fear as they instill today is not a natural fear, a normal fear; it is a synthetic, manufactured, poisonous fear that is being spread subtly, expensively and cleverly by the same people who benefit from the largess evident today.”