Today, a columnist for a
Michigan newspaper sarcastically
characterized the Mackinac Center's Freedom of Information Act request to
the labor policy departments of three government universities as follows:
"The right wing Mackinac Center
for Public Policy has embraced the concept of turning to Big Government for
In plain English, the
following is a summary of the specific request that
he characterizes as "Mackinac embraces Big Government":
"Can you assist us
by producing these specified public records, which
would demonstrate how you may be violating the law and working
against the interests of taxpayers and citizens?"
To this columnist's credit, aside from the gratuitous insults, the rest of his piece gets the
story right, correctly recognizing the principle of using open
records requests to explore potential government wrongdoing. In this
case, "to learn whether the professors were engaging in political activism
at taxpayer expense," which is a misdemeanor crime.
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