Hide the women and children. The zombie son of Referendum O is back and eager to haunt the citizens of Colorado. Like any piece of zombie legislation, this new version of Ref O feeds on brains bipartisan support. If you can remember back to 2008, Referendum O was defeated by voters. It would have made it much more difficult for citizens to petition their government. In other words, it would have changed nothing for rich special interests, only the little guy who wants to restrain government. (Like us).
Since Ref O went down, the legislature has been itching to bring back a similar amendment. Fast forward to today and we’ve got the zombie son of Ref O getting cooked up and ready to be delivered to a ballot near you. It is officially called, “Senate Concurrent Resolution 11-001,” or “SCR-001″ if you prefer. If passed “we the people” would never again be able to vote in a change to the state constitution.
SCR-001 would, among other traps against the petition process, require a super-majority of 60% to pass a citizen’s initiative to amend the constitution. If such a requirement were in place before, we would never have had passed Term Limits, which elected officials hate. Not to mention the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), which amazingly enough, politicians also hate. Catching a theme here? Just for fun, check the initiative history and try to find some Amendments that passed with a 60% vote. SCR-001 kills the citizen amendment.
How, in this Tea-Party-ish year, our elected officials can strip away the people’s ability to keep their out-of control government in check simply befuddles me.
Prediction – this bill, SCR-001, which will take away the safety valve “we the people” have over run-away government, will shoot through the Colorado legislature like a ham sandwich through Oprah.
Further prediction – it will fail at the ballot box and politicians who have benefited from the Tea Party movement but voted to put it on the ballot might have some interesting townhall meetings in their future. Get ready for what politicians always say whenever they put a tax increase or power grab on the ballot – “Oh, I’m not necessarily for it, I’m just for asking the people how they feel about the issue.”
Last thought – ever notice that the General Assembly has NEVER put a tax decrease, or term limits, or spending cuts, or an amendment to stop Obamacare on the ballot, just to see how “we the people” feel about it? Only “we the people” have done so, at our own expense.