Citizens of Michigan have been bombarded by two years of advertising in opposition to the proposed second bridge from Detroit to Canada. Coincidentally, this advertising has been paid for by the Moroun family, who gains its considerable wealth from ownership of the Ambassador Bridge.
As a result of this media onslaught, bolstered by generous political campaign contributions by the Moroun family, Michigan government denied legislation to authorize construction of a new bridge. This bridge was strongly supported by Michigan’s former Democrat governor, our current Republican governor and by the Canadian government.
Have we become so jaded about our elected leadership (on both sides of the political spectrum, and internationally) that we prefer to put our faith in the propaganda of the one and only entity with direct self-interest in this controversy?
Michigan is fortunate to have the geography necessary to become a significant import/export hub for the nation via the one country that is most reliably stable, democratic and “friendly.” Improving on this geographic advantage is key to the economic health of our state and for the city of Detroit, which is in economic crisis.
The Moroun family is now funding a ballot initiative to stop construction of this second bridge. Unfortunately, there has not been an effective information campaign explaining why this bridge is important, and why it is not – as the public has been led to believe – another costly, unnecessary government boondoggle. Accurate and transparent information on the new bridge is available, though not in a jazzy 30-second sound bite. Too bad. For those of you interested in making an informed vote, visit www.michigan.gov/buildthisbridge.
Understanding the pros and cons of this issue will cost you 10 minutes of concentrated thought and a willingness to believe that published government information is at least as trustworthy as a TV advertising campaign funded by a family whose sole interest is preserving its private golden goose.