Dear Governor Snyder: What's The Point In Voting?

Dear Governor Snyder: What's The Point In Voting?

How Michigan has become an oligarchy.

What’s the point in voting?

I have always strongly believed that my right as a voter is the ultimate smackdown in this democratic society. When I say no, I mean it, and the others who vote with me are a voice to be reckoned with.

But it’s hard to keep this faith when my vote is thrown in my face.

Last week, the Michigan legislature passed a bill that is going to increase the gas tax and vehicle registration fees in 2017 and beyond. Governor Rick Snyder signed it into law.

Our registration fees, one of the highest in the nation, will bump up by 20 percent. The gas tax, already one of the highest in the nation, is set to go from 19 percent to 26.3 percent, and then rise even more either by 5 percent or inflation, whichever is less. All of this to raise more money to fix the roads in Michigan, but also take vast amounts of money from the general fund and cut from other areas as well.

Yes, Michigan roads are among the worst in the state. But as of right now, people in the state of Michigan do not understand where current money taken from the gas tax and registration fees goes. It doesn't all go towards the roads and paying people to fix them. So in May of 2015, Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted no on a proposal that would increase the gas tax and set into action other amendments to the state constitution.

And now, they’ve passed a bill that did it anyways.

This now causes me to strongly reconsider my fundamental rights as a citizen. Where did they have the power to make these kinds of decisions? How did this happen?

I’d heard the term "oligarchy" used before, but never before had I seriously considered it. Now I think it’s the truth. An oligarchy is a small group of people having control over a country, institution or organization. This is what the United States is, because obviously our votes don’t count for anything. And even if we don’t want to stretch it as far as the United States, then we can at least say that Michigan is.

Big businesses lobby for votes. The people in power do not take into consideration the people they are supposedly representing and ignore what the people say. Why, there's been instances in presidential elections were the general vote has been upsurped by the electoral votes.

I challenge Rick Snyder to tell me I’m wrong and explain why he stabbed the voters' backs in the state of Michigan.

No means no.

Tell us where all your money is coming from, why you’re okay with cutting education and other benefits for state workers, why you can’t seem to grasp that running a state like a business is not how you do things.

We are people. Not assets.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was as big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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