Today there was a special vote in Alabama. There was only one item on the ballot. It was another one of those annoying amendments to the State Constitution. In the past I’ve said, “Vote ‘No’ on all the amendments to precipitate the re-writing of our racist Constitution.” You can see me rant about it here on YouTube, if you have a few minutes to spare. It is my supposition that the Alabama State Constitution is racist. It’s all in the video, but back to today’s ballot.
Against my own advice, I went to the poll tonight with the intention to vote “Yes.” A yes vote would move money from the State’s trust fund to the general fund. In theory, it would fund the integration of the new Medicaid requirements that Obama-care is bringing. It was all explained very succinctly on Marketplace this evening. After reading the ballot, I almost voted “No.” Here, you can read it for yourself. How do you feel about it?
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide adequate funding for the State General Fund budget, to prevent the mass release of prisoners from Alabama prisons, and to protect critical health services to Alabama children, elderly, and mothers by transferring funds from the Alabama Trust Fund to the State General Fund beginning with the state’s 2012-2013 fiscal year and concluding with the state’s 2014-2015 fiscal year; to provide a new procedure for distributions made from the Alabama Trust Fund beginning 2012-2013 fiscal year; to create a County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund advisory committee; and to provide further for distributions made from the County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund. (Proposed by Act No. 2012-490)
Yep. That’s how I felt, too. The scare-mongering language made me think, “Just who is going to benefit from this that they want it passed so badly?” I read it again. I read it a third time. The more I read it, the longer it got. I swear the words morphed on the ballot before my eyes. The third time through, I saw, “to prevent the mass release of prisoners from Alabama prisons, and to protect critical health services to Alabama children, elderly, and mothers. If you vote no, those poor, old folks in the nursing homes will be put on the curb with the trash. Those released prisoners will come to your house and rape your pets. Tens of thousands of bats, all infected with rabies, will be released and there’s no money for rabies shots because you voted ‘No’, you stone-cold bastard. Why would you do that? Why would you take school lunches away from kids for whom that is the only meal they get all day because their mama is too busy working as a stripper and constantly beating them with a curtain rod to feed them. It’s not going to get any better when the rolling blackouts and gasoline rationing start. You just think about that, mister. A ‘Yes’ vote ensures the continued well-being of the community, free puppies, kittens, balloons, and fireworks for all Alabamians and a few rednecks in Mississippi, too. Now what’s it going to be, punk?”
I was afraid to read it a forth time. Lord knows what it would say then. I just checked “Yes,” and said a prayer for all those poor mothers, kids, and old folks. Deep in my heart, I knew I had prevented some poor, single mother from having to marry a released prisoner so they could use their combined stripping and meth-dealing incomes to use the food stamps they got each month.
But on the serious side, what good is the money doing just sitting in a “rainy day” trust fund? It started raining on our economy back in 2008 and there are no signs of it letting up. If we can’t use the money now, what has to happen before we do? That and I don’t want my pets raped.