Yet Another Dumb Ballot Initiative
As always, there is yet another bad idea floating around the state in the form of a petition for a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution. This one would require local governments to hold election for the approval of comprehensive land use plans. It is called "Hometown Democracy" and it is, to get to the point, dumb.
I support giving the little guy a voice. On major issues like the marriage amendment or the sales tax proposal I like the idea of having an election to determine what policy stance the state will take. But I also recognize that we have a Republican Democracy which places the responsibility of policy decisions in the hands of our elected government. The reason for this? Most of us don't want to go to the polls every time the Government wants to change something.
I can understand the desire to preserve as much of the natural state of Florida as we can. I can understand some being upset about the ever increasing development of our state. I can understand folks wanting to restrict development in some areas. These positions should certainly be open for discussion and we have local government avenues to address these concerns. However, an election over every major change is only going to complicate the process beyond repair.
Can you imagine the burden of having campaigns and elections over land use proposals? It is a logistical nightmare that can only, and will cripple Florida's growth and business.
The idea is still in the petition stages, so if you are approached by an individual looking for your signature, feel free to use my description of the idea; dumb.