Drop the Cap

Michigan has a spending cap?   Most voters don't know that -- but, taxpayer advocate Richard Headlee's landmark amendment to the Michigan Constitution (Article IX, Section 26) - sets a limit of 9.49% of personal income as the absolute spending limit on our State Government.

The problem is that recent acceleration in spending could make government expansion a key problem down the road.

My "Gelineau Plan" has three key parts:

  1.  "Drop the Cap" from the current 9.49% to 8.55% - a 10% reduction. ----  Since state spending is now hovering around 8.1% - this is not a radical proposal.   But, it is an important proposal to ensure state spending does not revert to the problems we had in the past.
  2. Eliminate the Michigan Strategic Fund.
  3. Legalize marijuana use.

Businesses should hot be subsidized by the taxpayer.    Profitable businesses don't need and should not get taxpayer subsidy.    So-called future businesses should develop their own markets without taxpayer subsidy.


Come Together Michigan

It’s not a slogan – but rather a promise to change the political tone in Michigan.    Check out our campaign video:  Here

Like what has happened in so much of our public life, too often our elections are about personalities, and perceived “sides” of our political divide.

As a candidate for Governor of Michigan, I hope to inspire conversations about solutions.   Many of our problems are not Right/Left, or Conservative/Liberal.   In fact, one of the most important aspects of my campaign is to explain the concepts and ideas behind the Libertarian movement.  Whatever happened to good old-fashion debate?   And respect for competitive ideas?   And civility?    I will do my best to be a candidate of decency and solutions.

I don’t pretend to be the best champion for the Libertarian ideal.  In fact, I hope you’ll evaluate what those ideas might mean to you.   And the best way to do that is to read it for yourself.  You can do that at MichiganLP.org .  But, I will advocate for common sense and use FACTS instead of merely spouting the Party line.

Here is the immediate challenge.   The Libertarian candidate for President in 2016, Gary Johnson, received enough votes to allow the Libertarian Party to be considered a “major party” for the first time.    This really is quite an achievement – one equaled only a few times since our new Constitution was adopted in 1963.    And each time (the last being the Reform Party in 1996), two years later that Party was unable to maintain their status.

The two older parties don’t like competition.   Maintaining status as a major party is not easy – and that’s why we will be THE FIRST to accomplish that feat this year.

We need your help.   The first step for a major party candidate to become qualified for the ballot for Governor is that they must obtain 15,000 signatures.   But, there are all kinds of special rules about who and where.    Not a big deal for the two old parties, since their nominee will receive over $1 million taxpayer dollars.    They buy the signatures they need.

We’re going to do it differently.   With organization and the help of our citizens, we hope to be the first “3rd party” to qualify for the ballot a year ahead of time.

Why should we succeed when so many have failed?   First and foremost, the public has come to see how many programs and proposals are just a mess right now.   From our schools to our roads – from our increasing stressed environment to an overcrowded and dilapidated prison system – Michigan is falling behind.

Let’s follow Gary Johnson’s simple formula.    First, we should recognize a few truths:

1.   Government tries to do too much.

2.   Many of the things we do now are outdated and need reform.

3.   Small businesses and entrepreneurs drive growth in our State and we make it harder than needed for these job creators to succeed.

With your help, we will join the conversation.   This petition drive will ensure an independent voice – not beholden to either Party or their lobbyists.    Help me take another step toward giving Michigan a competitive 3rd voice.

Let’s Come Together Michigan /  #MichiganLibertyRising

For our families - For our friends - For the Future ............... 

 

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Endorsements

Proud to have the endorsement of the last three candidates of the Libertarian Party for Governor:

2014 - Mary Buzuma
2010 - Kenneth Proctor
2006 - Gregory Creswell

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Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan

I hope you take time to read my personal bio. That can be found here: http://liberty4gov.org/about/
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 days ago
One of the most troubling aspects of our current politics is the demonizing of others on the basis of race, religion, cultural background, and socioeconomic status. If Michigan is to ever become the best version of itself, we MUST teach our children to work, play, and live with others not like ourselves. In a few months, we'll note the 50th year since the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. And while I was only 9 years old, I remember it very well. A family friend was involved with the SBLC - and he explained to me the importance of the ideas of Dr. King.

While I certainly don't ascribe to the solutions he advocated (and we’ve all come to see how government has failed to help), I've come to respect his words and, perhaps, more importantly, the vision of how we can all become better people.
If you’ve not seen the film of the speech, I would encourage you to not only listen and watch the entire speech – but, to imagine what you can do – now, to make that vision of America become real.

Some years ago, I heard a really interesting mix of a song with MLK’s speech. Failing to find that anywhere, I’m offering the following link to Peter Gabriel’s “In your eyes” My suggestion is that you listen to the song and then quietly read the words of Dr. King’s speech.

Try to imagine that day in 1963 – warm, muggy Washington. It was every bit “the swamp” it is often portrayed to be. Thousands have gathered for what scholars generally agree is one of the significant examples of oratory in the history of our country. I hope that you, too, have a dream of a better America.

Here is the link to: In your eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9CD4_3wChM

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Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech August 28, 1963

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?"
We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.

We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.

We can never be satisfied as long as our chlidren are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "for whites only."

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exhalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan4 days ago
It's such a great thing to see a NEW AFFILIATE for the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Folks at the tip of the Mitten are very Libertarian. I look forward to working with them to bring our message to a wider audience.

Best wishes to Andy Evans and the team of the Strait Area Affiliate!!

Bill
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan7 days ago
Friends. I wish to give my very strong endorsement to Libertarian Tyler D. Palmer, who is running for State Representative in the 93rd District.

Tyler is a man of strong character - family man and business operator - who will enhance the freedom agenda. I look forward to working with him and others on essential changes needed to make Michigan the best it can be. Mostly, by getting government out of the way.

I hope you might consider doing what I've done -- put my money where my mouth is -- which you can do easily on his website. We're the $5 and $10 guys who promise to give you value by working REALLY HARD with the resources we have.

Together, we can change the world. I know that Tyler will give 100% to ensure real freedom for Michigan citizens. His knowledge of major issues like auto insurance reform and industrial help is 2nd to none.

I'm proud to give him my endorsement and hope you will help him. Bill Gelineau #MichiganLibertyRising
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan1 week ago
There are lots of issues to discuss.....and we'll cover them all. But, given the CRAZY weekend and the broad coverage of the expanding footprint of legal marijuana, I hope you'll take time to read my announcement of last Friday.

Moreover, it's time to get off the couch and take a stand. Consider getting involved in the active petitioning campaign. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/AbrogateMichigan/
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
The news from Washington regarding the decision by the Trump Administration to change course on prosecuting marijuana cases is cause for a clear statement of our intent in this campaign.

There are numerous news reports available. Here is but one: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/states-with-legal-pot-vow-to-fight-attorney-general-sessions-marijuana-memo/

I'm encouraged that even some Republicans are voicing opposition. This is particularly relevant to the course Michigan is heading. We are going to legalize marijuana in Michigan because a vital and growing majority demand their freedom back.

As I've vowed to remain positive, rather than characterize the distressing statements of derision aimed at American citizens by the U.S. Attorney General, I hope we use this as a point of policy to talk about what we in Michigan plan to do.

First and foremost, I hope our allies in Abrogate Michigan Timothy Locke and MI Legalize Jeff Irwin will encourage their supporters to challenge both Democratic and Republican candidates for the State Legislature about two key things. 1) Do they support legalization; and 2) How will they work with and/or demand that the new Governor oppose this shocking affront to the will of Michigan voters.

Let me be clear. As Governor, I will defend the right of our citizens to use their natural right and freedom to responsibly use marijuana and related products. Our team of legislative candidates stands with me in defying the federal government's intrusion on this issue.

As previously stated in our policy statement, it is my intention to pardon ALL non-violent offenders whose names and careers have been besmirched by decades of an ill-advised war on marijuana.

Lastly, I want to reach out to Michigan voters who may have historically opposed or been systematically taught that marijuana is bad. Please take time to do some research that is readily available.

Prohibition is a losing public policy. Beyond a simple unacceptable violation of the freedom of peaceful people, we've deprived people of a natural and low-cost remedy that is PROVEN effective for any number of ailments. The cost of courts, police, and rest of the criminal justice system alone is an attack on our ability to effectively support the needs of our citizens.

The wave is coming! California going online means that an enormous number of Americans will join us in the fight.

Let's stand together for freedom. We must look back and know that 2018 is when the tide changed. We're on the right side of history. The Age of Prohibition is nearly over.

www.ComeTogetherMichigan.org #MichiganLibertyRising
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
The cold weather statewide has had a serious effect on the blood supply in Michigan. Accidents, surgeries, and cancer patients could have difficulty being served.

I'm encouraging citizens to step forward. Find out where to donate at MichiganBlood.org

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