Giant pink hog shows up on Main Street
An 18 foot long, 800 pound, neon pink hog showed up at the corner of Main and Broadway in downtown Lowell on Friday, Dec. 20.
The hog, a.k.a. “Wasted Wilbur,” was part of a traveling protest against the possible repeal of Michigan's term limits law.
“We have some politicians and some lobbyists who are ganging up to strip the Michigan voters of their term limits,” said Grand Rapids resident Scott Tillman, the giant hog's owner and the coordinator of a group called 'Don't Touch Term Limits!' “On Nov. 20 a group of former politicians and current lobbyists filed a lawsuit to overturn Michigan's term limits.”
Since they were created in 1992, Michigan has been one of 15 states that puts term limits on its legislators. Six additional states used to have them, but they were overturned. In Michigan, the limit is three two-year terms for house members (six total years) and two four-year terms for senate members (eight total years), and the governor is limited to two four-year terms of office.
“A lot of voters got together and gathered signatures, and we amended the Michigan constitution for that,” Tillman said. “It was done by a lot of people. It's extremely self-serving that they would gather together like that to go against the will of the voters. It is astounding to me, the self-serving nature of trying to do that. These politicians and lobbyists need to get it into their heads and understand that these are permanent. You can't go against hundreds of thousands of people. Term limits are what we want.”
Wasted Wilbur the giant hog also showed up in Ionia and Sunfield on Friday.
According to a poll conducted by Pulse Research this October, 69 percent of Michigan voters oppose changes to term limits. The issue crosses party lines, 75 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independent voters said the current limits should remain in place.
“Lee Chatfield, Mike Shirkey and the [Michigan] Chamber of Commerce are only coming after term limits to get more time at the trough,” Tillman said. “Reps Albert and Calley should make it clear they are citizen legislators, not career politicians, by standing up for the voters. We will do everything in our power to stop this undemocratic power grab and defend the will of Michigan citizens.”
Despite his massive size, Wasted Wilbur is surprisingly light.
“It only weighs 800 pounds,” Tillman said. “There's a metal frame under there that was welded into the general shape, then we added expanding insulating foam and we had an artist in Grand Rapids turn it into this. It's very representative of the politicians and lobbyists feeding at the trough. If they stay there longer and longer, they're just going to get more fat and bloated.