Friday, January 26, 2007

Making Michigan’s Tax Woes Personal

As the governor struggles with the enormous deficit caused by the Republicans and a struggling economy, it is easy to point fingers and raise our voices in arguing over fault and solutions. On the other hand, lowering voices and initiating a conversation that makes complicated issues personal and understandable is more difficult. Eric Barren, writing in today’s (January 26) Morning Sun has done just that: made the issue of government’s role in civic life personal and understandable.

Eric’s editorial centers around his beloved son’s health problems and Eric’s struggles to care for him on very limited resources. As we partisans roll up our sleeves and prepare to throw our brickbats, we should stop and read this touching and insightful account to understand why we are fighting. Politics are, indeed, personal.

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