Kermit Is Wrong – Being Green Is Easy!

I am pretty sure anybody reading this is familiar with Kermit The Frog and his theme song, “It Ain’t Easy Being Green.”

Frog has it wrong! Being a Green candidate is easy – because we answer to YOU, the voters. We are here to put the political power back in the hands of the people, where the very first words of the Michigan Constitution tells us it belongs:

“All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security, and protection.” Art 1 Sec 1

Being Green is easy because we are not going to make a bunch of promises that we KNOW we cannot keep. Being Green is easy because we do not have to remember what we told which group of people or PAC when we were trying to get their money! Being Green in office will be easy, because we are not going to spend any of our time “dialing for dollars” and trying to raise PAC and Corporate money – No, you put me in Lansing and I am going to do the work you sent me there to do. Green candidates will not be wasting time, and your tax dollars, taking lobbyists phone calls or going out to dinner with some PAC representative trying to sway our votes.

Nope, you put a Green like me in office and you will get your money’s worth. Send me to Lansing and I will work hard – you will not see me spending the whole two years campaigning for the next election. I want to let my efforts do the talking for me. At the end of two years if you think I did a good job, then re-hire me. Easy-peasy!

One of my campaign goals, and I know I have this in common with all the other 32 Green Party candidates in Michigan as well as Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, is that I (we) want to be the type of representative that you are PROUD of.

Might not be easy being a Green Frog, but being a Green Party Candidate is just grrrrr-eat! (to quote another cultural icon!)

I had a little fun with this subject here: Being a Green is Easy.

 

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Arcadia Power Makes Green Energy Easy

How about we take a brief break from all the politics to talk about something near and dear to our Green hearts – clean energy? My wife and I own a little mom and pop jewelry store in Lowell. We have been here since 2002. Nothing would make me happier that to have a solar array or a couple wind generators on the roof of our 3 story building – built in 1868. That is simply not in the cards right now.

However, I am pleased to tell you that our building is now a Certified Clean Energy Partner with Arcadia Power. We are basically buying RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) from Arcadia to offset the amount of energy we use in an average month. Arcadia looked at the past 12 month of bills and came up with a monthly average of kilowatts used. Then they gave us an amount that represents the difference we would pay to have our electric be provided directly by a wind farm. For us it works out to $10 a month. Continue reading

PACs Are Killing Michigan: Green Party Candidates Are PAC Money Free

Political Action Committees (PACs) are the major stumbling block to political progress in Michigan and nationally. PACs allow the wealthy to pour massive amounts of their fortunes into politics – here in Michigan one single family spent 1.5 million just in our recent primary election. Read that again – THE PRIMARY election!

Public Schools are being de-funded and Charter schools advanced because of PAC money.

Pipeline #5 continues to threaten two Great Lakes because of PAC money.

Our roads are a disgrace and funding is withheld because of PAC money.

Here is a great graphic that a friend made for me (thanks Mary) to illustrate my point.

Pac Man Redux 1

There is hope! Green candidates are NOT allowed to accept PAC money. Not even from a PAC that might be in total harmony with our 4 pillars. None. Zippo. That means when you put a Green in office, he or she will not be basing their votes and efforts based on which ever group wrote them the biggest check. We will work for the people of Michigan, not the PACs or the uber wealthy who fund them.

Mary helped me with this one – the Universal Sign for NO PACs in Michigan. Put Greens in office and we can make this image a reality.

Pac Man 2

 

I am running for the 86th District Michigan House of Representatives and I, like the other 32 Green Party candidates running for various offices around the state, are all 100% Certified PAC Money Free!

PAc Free

Green Party Candidate Contends Current Spending Violates Michigan Constitution

If you have talked to me or read my campaign literature, you have probably heard me reference the opening words of the Michigan Constitution:

All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security, and protection.” Article 1, Section 1 emphasis added.

I am not a lawyer, but I do not believe one needs a law degree to realize the intention of our Constitution here. The power lies in the hands of the people of Michigan. This means ALL people of Michigan, not certain people – not ultra rich people, everybody.

Furthermore, the equal benefit, security, and protection portion does not require an advanced degree to comprehend. We are all supposed to benefit in an equal manner.

There are 32,090 households in the 86th District. My job as a Representative is to see that these promises of the Constitution are applied to all of those households in an equal manner. Right now that is impossible because of the massive spending of one household. One household in my District spends millions and millions of dollars to see that their political power is represented in Lansing. That this one household benefits is without question.

This is directly opposed to what our Constitution promises.

I do not want ANY one household to have that kind of power in Michigan. Even if everything that household believed in and promoted was in total harmony with my ideas. Every household in Michigan should matter to their legislators – not just the wishes of one.

My purpose here is not to malign or disparage this single household. My purpose is to compare the reality of our current political system to the promise given to all of us in the Constitution. We are promised equal benefit and it is time to make that promise a reality.

Green Party Candidate Vows Bill to Lower Legislative Pay to Michigan Median Income

In my opinion the fact that our legislators in Lansing pay themselves 43% more than the median annual pay in Michigan is WRONG.

One of my campaign promises is to introduce a bill to make the pay for all 110 Representatives and 38 Senators tied to the median income for the State.

This will make us more “representative” and provide incentive to work together for the collective good of everyone in Michigan. If we can raise that Median – we get a raise.

This short video spells it out:

Cliff’s Plan On YouTube

Three Campaign Promises From Cliff Yankovich – Green Party Candidate for the 86th District Michigan House

From the outset my intention for this campaign was to make it different. I wanted to avoid making promises I could not live up to. These are three promises I can and will keep if elected.

Big 3

1. I will put the best interests of the tax payers of Michigan as a whole, and the 86th District in particular, ahead of my own interests and ahead of the interests of large corporations and companies.

 

2. I will STRONGLY support the existing effort by State Senator Rick Jones (R-24th District) to shut down Pipeline #5. The 63 year old pipeline that runs almost a million gallons of crude oil an hour underneath the Straits of Mackinac. Owned and operated by Enbridge Oil. If that legislation has died away, then I will introduce a new bill with the same goal in mind: Turn off the pipes NOW and then come up with a solution.

3. Introduce a bill that will tie the paychecks of all 110 State Representatives and the 38 State Senators to the median (average) pay in Michigan. The pay checks of our 148 legislators are 43% more than the average wage of the people they are supposed to represent.

 

Making the pay of a Representative/Senator linked to that of the average person will make us more “representative” of the people of Michigan, but it also provides for all 118 of us to create a climate in Michigan that lifts the income for everyone – because if the average income rises, then so would ours.

 

Frankly, I believe this idea should have traction with both major parties. Democrats claim to represent the common man – so then let your compensation reflect that. Republicans claim to be interested in job creation. Great, so lets all work together for the people we represent and create better paying jobs for everyone and then enjoy a pay raise ourselves.

There are solutions to the problems in government. The first part in reaching many of them is to eliminate the blinders created by money.