It’s that time again, when voting matters! And in NY State we have an even more fun time coming up with my favorite, the questions! The election is less than a month away, which means we don’t have much time to decide.
The thing is, unlike recent years where the questions were easy, this year there are three tricky ones. I’m not entirely convinced which way to go. Since enough people here live in NY State, and others like to talk shit even if they don’t, let’s figure out the “right” answers.
Also, I’m sure there are many flaws in my understandings of these questions, in which case, let’s get those misconceptions fixed! Making sure I understand the proposals properly is part of why I made this thread.
A NY State constitutional convention has the same problems has a federal one. ANYTHING can happen. As much as it might be exciting that they could rewrite the constitution to legalize weed or guarantee health care, they could also rewrite it to be evil! Anything that is within the limits set by the US constitution is up for grabs.
Of course, even if we have the convention, the constitution or amendments they come up with have to be approved in another direct vote by the people. So why not have a convention, and then just vote no if they come up with awful proposals? Well, what if they come up with evil and then the people of NY vote yes??? OH NO! Also, if we just end up voting no, do we really want to sit through all that convention stuff in the first place? We can just avoid the whole thing by voting no to begin with.
I’m also worried about who will have a say at such a convention. The last time we had one in 1967 it was people like RFK, Nelson Rockefeller and Jacob Javits. Who will it be this time? Rym’s boss Bloomberg?
If you look around, sentiment for or against the convention is really non-partisan. People seem to be going with yes or no based on whether their key issue is helped or harmed by the status quo. I do feel like I see more left leaning interests in favor and more right-leaning interests against. The NYPD are also against it, which really makes me want to vote yes.
The thing is, I’m a coward, and right now the fear of the results of a bad convention are outweighing the excitement of having a convention in the first place.
This is another tough one. On the one hand, it seems obvious. Someone who commits a felony during the course of their duties is most usually going to be referring to police officers. Though it could also refer to other public servants. Imagine someone embezzling state money or something. If they do something like that, shouldn’t their pensions also be forfeit? I mean, fuck 'em, right?
Then again, from a labor rights perspective, why should we? They paid into those pension funds. They served their time for their crimes in prison or whatever. That’s their money. They will probably need it when they are old, are presumably out of prison, and have learned their lesson. Imagine if I lost my 401k because I committed some computer crime at work. That would not be OK.
This is a tough one. I am slightly leaning towards no. But knowing that the cops want me to vote no, makes me want to vote yes. I could be swayed either way with a good argument.
This is another tough one. The environmentalist in us all immediately wants to vote no. Building on a forest preserve, no! Leave the beautiful trees and nature of NY alone please.
Then again, they are going to add 250 other acres to replace this, so the total amount of preserved land won’t change much. We just need to allow for projects on these specific preserved lands because they are in the way. There is also existing infrastructure on these lands we can’t maintain properly because it is preserved.
Also, it will only be for approved projects. This includes things like sewers, wells, and telco lines out in the sticks. It includes maintenance like crappy bridges and power lines already existing in the woods right next to highways. Also it includes bike lanes for me! Sadly, it also includes lots of skiing for Rym.
I am cautiously barely leaning towards yes. Even the slightest of good points would tip me over to no.
Other NYers, how should we vote? Non NYers, how would you vote if you were cool like us?