ERROL PUTMAN: Herding versus serving

To the editor:

Sen. Judy Emmons, you must be the shrewdest career politician in Lansing. To parlay Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s 2006, signing of the first law making human trafficking a crime, through the extensive research conducted by Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, into the sole foundation for your reelection campaign was sheer genius.

And I have to say, you’ve certainly selected a safe cause. I doubt you’ll find a single reasonable person in favor of human trafficking, an obviously horrendous practice often likened to modern day slavery.

But why now, Senator? Why do you choose to champion the cause of human trafficking on the eve of your reelection campaign? After all, you served three terms in the State House of Representatives and are currently completing your first term in the State Senate. Why did you wait so long?

All mocking aside, Senator, I understand your plight and why you do what you do. If I had your voting record I would attempt to run away from it as well.

You see, Sen. Emmons, I am convinced that if you were “to come out from under your shroud of secrecy” and make an effort, any effort, to defend, rather than run from, all the votes you have cast while serving in the State House and the State Senate you would encounter severe reelection problems.

Without sounding too insensitive to your human trafficking efforts, the harsh reality is that there are far more of your constituents who have been adversely impacted by your votes—and believe they are victims—than any number currently ensnarled in human trafficking you could possible hope to rescue.

How many votes, for example, do you think you would lose if you were forthcoming and explained why you voted to cut $1 billion from our schools?

Or why you voted against Medicaid expansion—a vote that denied many citizens proper medical care—and cost Michigan $6 million per day in lost federal dollars?

But the contradiction—and contrast—that is most telling regarding your years in public office is how you voted for huge tax breaks for corporate Michigan, followed by your vote to increase taxes on pensioners.

And now you’re trying to tell me you’re in the human trafficking crusade because you’re a person with a strong conscience. I’m sorry Senator, your record doesn’t show it.

By the way Sen. Emmons, speaking of human trafficking, what do you propose to do if you encounter a recently rescued 13-year-old victim that is found to be pregnant since you voted to make an abortion almost impossible to obtain? I’m reasonably certain that one so unfortunate would not possess “rape insurance.”

Errol Putman

Blanchard

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