Saturday, June 21, 2008

Can the Con-con

Rep. Rosemond B. Santos' proposal to have another Constitutional Convention is a lousy idea.

The lawmaker claims it would be cheaper than changing the Constitution 'piecemeal' because of the 25 initiatives (including hers?) that have been proposed.

Santos said this number indicates that the Constitution is in need of change, according to the Saipan Tribune.

Of course, it might also indicate that people are fed up and don't know how else to make changes.

And the argument that $25,000 was requested for education on only one initiative? (Implying 25 X $25,000, I think) That's a lot like bragging about how much you saved when you bought more than you needed because it was on sale.

Let the pros and cons have their say in the media: the newspapers are always looking for an excuse to do a special feature.

The current initiatives (including hers)will be 'educated' to us and put up for a vote before there can be a Con-con. Do we really want to spend money on another election, and on the building, power, supplies, staff and stipend for conventioneers?

Will they amend the amendments, or come up with a new batch?

Ah well, the CNMI Constitution says "The legislature, or the governor in the event the legislature fails to act, shall submit this question to the voters at a regular general election no later than ten years after the question was last submitted and as provided by law."

She's right about that part. So pass the resolution. Educate me. Then I'll vote no.


Lil' Hammerhead said...

Totally agree with you on this one.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

A waste of time unless each of the proposed amendments is voted on individually. Otherwise the end result will be the same as last time. Nothing accomplished. Lot's spent.