Gotta love it! I cry as I laugh, enjoying a delicious melange of conflicting flavors of salty sweetness. It's just like eating chocolate covered pretzels.
It's about a bridge and a billionaire, and another bridge.
It's almost a love story. Well, it is a love story, between a billionaire and his bridge, which brings him lots of money. The billionaire doesn't love the bridge, just the money. I'm just guessing here. Maybe the two have something more that I don't know about, some secret psychic love connection.
The Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit, Michigan, USA to Windsor, Canada, was built in the last century, completed in 1929. Billionaire Matty Moroun is the owner. Twenty-five percent of the merchandise exchanged between the US and Canada travels on this bridge (h/t to wikipedia.org).
Canada and the US wanted another bridge. The bridge, built in 1929, doesn't cover their needs any more.
Michigan wasn't so sure. Times are tough economically. No sweat, Canada replied. We got you covered. We'll front Michigan's $550,000,000 share. You can repay us through the toll revenue.
The people of Michigan are upset and worried, though. Suspicious. Sounds too good to be true so it must be too good to be true. No sir, we all know that if it sounds too good to be true, it must be too good to be true, therefore, it must be false! There must be hidden costs which we can't afford. We don't need another bridge. That money can be better used for other things. They rejected the money.
No, Canada says. Read our lips. There are no hidden costs. There are no costs to Michigan. We're paying for it.
Despite Canada's assurances, some Michiganders remained convinced that this is too good to be true or that the money should be used for something else.
A few Michiganders remained beset by other nefarious worries and fears which are true only in their small slice of lunacy. Matty streamed the disbelievers them a steady misinformation diet (tastes good, less filling). He spent $31,000,000 for a constitutional proposal 'for the people to have the right' to disapprove of the bridge's construction.
The Daily Show and Al Madrigal does a great take on it.
This screenshot from the video show Daily Show correspondent Al Madrigal interviews Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panthers of Detroit group.
The Detroit Free Press covered the Daily Show's coverage of the Prop 6 bridge proposal in an article titled, "Daily Show makes fun of Detroit, new bridge to Canada debate".
Billionaires' crying, abetted by millionaires with goals of becoming billionaires, drives many American political and economic decisions. They have money, want to keep it and want more money. The best way to ensure that happens it to keep others from making money through alternate paths - like second bridges. Billionaires and millionaires love using mis-information to feed people their doubts, manipulating people with trigger words, depending upon them to use their biases and not their critical thinking.
Fortunately some other voters were thinking more clearly. The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) bridge also was supported by many business leaders who didn't own the one bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor. Labor unions supported it. America's 'Big 3' auto manufacturers supported it. The governor supported it, as did the two living past governors. The dead governors couldn't be reached.
NITC will be built - and opened. Unless the billionaire cries more. Then we'll see.
The bridge may be called something else by then. They're talking about naming it after Gordie Howe.
Maybe they should name it the Matty Moroun Bridge. Bet that would make him happy. Don't you think?
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com