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Michigan Taxpayers Alliance Updates: Politicians to citizens: "Stop lying!"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Politicians to citizens: "Stop lying!"

"Put not your trust in princes."
The Bible
Psalm 146 .3.

"I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live."


A group of state lawmakers want to imprison citizens who lie to politicians for up to ten years, according to a recent Associated Press article.

A bi-partisan group of nine state House members have sponsored a bill that would make it a crime for a citizen to mislead a politician during legislative panels. The lead sponsors are Representatives Dudley Spade (D-Tipton) and Lee Gonzales (D-Flint).

The proposed law would impose felony penalties on a citizen who provides information to politicians in a committee meeting that the citizen "knows is materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent."

Rep. Spade explained his reason for introducing the legislation by saying, "The decisions we make are too large, too important, not to have them based on accurate information." Rep. Gonzales is quoted saying, "...no one should be misleading."

Of course, the proposed legislation does NOT criminalize lies told by politicians to citizens. Broken campaign promises would still be legal. The bill also allows any politician serving on the legislative panel to lie at will to citizens during committee hearings.

It's business as usual in Lansing. The government class wants you to do as they say, not as they do.

Leon Drolet
Chairman, MI Taxpayers Alliance

"Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
George Orwell