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“Congress shall make no law...abridging ... the Right of the People peaceably to Assemble and to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances.
“No person shall be deprived of ...liberty, or property, without due process of law....”
“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain Rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the People.”
Genetski, Heartland Institute policy adviser, offered research that showed Michigan's decline from being one of the healthiest economies in the nation in the 1960s to the poorest in the nation the past five years.
"Michigan ranks 50 out of 50 states," he said.
Although many blame the state of the manufacturing industry for the state's tough economic position, Genetski disagrees.
"Poor governance creates poor policy. That's what we have," he said.
He said Michigan governance is moving away from classic principles of a strong economy: low tax rates, free markets, protecting individual property rights and stable prices.
He held up the Michigan Business Tax, which passed quickly last year in a marathon legislative session, as an example of poor public policy. The MBT is the third highest tax in the country, he said, behind California and New York.
"Eliminate this tax entirely," he recommended.
He also blasted so-called "corporate welfare."
So too with the petition clause. I have argued elsewhere that whenever a
majority of voters so petitioned, Congress would be obliged to convene a
constitutional convention, just as it would be when presented with "Application
of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States" under Article V. 116 The
key textual point here is that the Amendment explicitly guarantees "the right
of the people" to petition -- a formulation that decisively signals its connection
to popular sovereignty theory and underscores Gordon Wood's observation that
the ideas of petition, assembly, and convention were tightly intertwined in
eighteenth-century America. 117 The precursors of the petition clause suggested
by state ratifying conventions had obscured these connections. Each of the
four conventions spoke of the "people's" right to "assemble" or to alter or
abolish government (and as we have seen, these two rights were closely
linked); yet each convention described the right of petition in purely individualistic language -- a right of "every freeman," "every person," or "every
man." 118 Under these formulations, petition appeared less a political than a
civil right, akin to the right to sue in court and receive due process. 119 The
language and structure of our First Amendment suggest otherwise. As with
assembly, the core petition right is collective and popular.
To be sure, like its companion assembly clause, the petition clause also
protects individuals and minority groups. Stephen Higginson has persuasively
shown that the clause was originally understood as giving extraordinary power
to even a single individual, for the right to petition implied a corresponding
congressional duty to respond, at least with some kind of hearing. 120
Automakers such as Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Mercedes-Benz (DAI) have predicted for years that a technology called "clean diesel" would overcome many Americans' antipathy to a fuel still often thought of as the smelly stuff that powers tractor trailers. Diesel vehicles now hitting the market with pollution-fighting technology are as clean or cleaner than gasoline and at least 30% more fuel-efficient.
Yet while half of all cars sold in Europe last year ran on diesel, the U.S. market remains relatively unfriendly to the fuel. Taxes aimed at commercial trucks mean diesel costs anywhere from 40 cents to $1 more per gallon than gasoline. Add to this the success of the Toyota Prius, and you can see why only 3% of cars in the U.S. use diesel. "Americans see hybrids as the darling," says Global Insight auto analyst Philip Gott, "and diesel as old-tech."
None of this is stopping European and Japanese automakers, which are betting they can jump-start the U.S. market with new diesel models. Mercedes-Benz by next year will have three cars it markets as "BlueTec." Even Nissan (NSANY) and Honda, which long opposed building diesel cars in Europe, plan to introduce them in the U.S. in 2010. But Ford, whose Fiesta ECOnetic compares favorably with European diesels, can't make a business case for bringing the car to the U.S.