Let us now revisit the issues involving the California Propositions …
Basic Philosophy …
“With California in financial trouble, let’s spend even more money on social engineering programs that will produce little or no results … but are of great interest to the special interests that are promoting them.”
[X] NO -- Proposition 1 Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century
A bureaucratic boondoggle that invites waste, fraud, mismanagement and corruption plus the opportunity to divert bond funds into other unfunded initiatives. For more detail see my blog entry:
[X] NO -- Proposition 2 Treatment of Farm Animals. Statute.
While this law plays on the public’s emotions and requires that an enclosure or tether confining specified farm animals allow the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up, and turn around, the law would drive business from the State of California, raise overall meat and poultry prices, encourage the importation of Mexican-raised meat, poultry and dairy products which may put us at risk from contaminated or disease-related food.
The major issue here is the “Bambi” syndrome where Americans are taught by the media that all animals are cute, cuddly and should be treated as well as we treat our pets. The harsh reality is that these animals are raised for food, much in the same manner as our forefathers raised animals on the farm. While I am dead set against animal cruelty, what a person thinks is animal cruelty based on their media-driven preconceptions is often far different from the realities faced by farmers, ranchers and others who are charged with producing a clean, safe food product. If we need to spend money in this area, let us place our money into the inspection process which keeps our food and families safe.
[X] NO -- Proposition 3 Children's Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program. Statute. Authorizes
I am tired of the liberal “its for the children” argument when clearly the issue is about special interests and social engineering. This issue would provide $980 million in bonds which must be repaid and obligates the taxpayers to pay $2 BILLION dollars over 30 years – including hefty commissions to the Wall Street Wizards who package and sell these bonds.
Note this discrepancies in the title and the actual use of the proceeds … Designates that 20 percent of bond proceeds go to University of California general acute care hospitals. These hospitals have built or are building new facilities – often downsizing the number of beds they offer the community.
This bill also exacerbates the illegal alien health care issue by requiring that qualifying children's hospitals provide comprehensive services to a high volume of children eligible for governmental programs. Sort of an unofficial reimbursement plan for taking care of illegal aliens.
This is a special interest bill which was tried before in 2004 at a cost of $750 million – and now they want even more.
[X] NO -- Proposition 4 Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Constitutional Amendment.
“Amends California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent, legal guardian or, if parental abuse reported, an adult family member. Provides exceptions for medical emergency or parental waiver. Permits courts to waive notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor's maturity or best interests. Mandates reporting requirements, including reports from physicians regarding abortions on minors. Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation. Requires minor's consent to abortion, with exceptions. Permits judicial relief if minor's consent is coerced.”
“Emotionally charged abortion bill which requires a 48-hour waiting period after a minor’s parents are notified. This is a trial lawyer’s full employment opportunity act to go after deep-pocket physicians, institutions and others – all based on the word of a emotionally distraught teenager. I noticed that they never ask the “father” what he might think.”
This places teens who come from abusive homes at grave risk – and I am not willing to sign on to a measure which will harm teenagers.
[X] NO -- Proposition 5 Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute.
Requires State to expand and increase funding and oversight for individualized treatment and rehabilitation programs for nonviolent drug offenders and parolees. Reduces criminal consequences of nonviolent drug offenses by mandating three-tiered probation with treatment and by providing for case dismissal and/or sealing of records after probation. Limits court's authority to incarcerate offenders who violate probation or parole. Shortens parole for most drug offenses, including sales, and for nonviolent property crimes. Creates numerous divisions, boards, commissions, and reporting requirements regarding drug treatment and rehabilitation. Changes certain marijuana misdemeanors to infractions.
For more detail see my blog entry:
“Get out of jail early for drug offenders… this is the ultimate do-gooder legislation. Full of dangerous precedents that will enable drug offenders to commit additional property crimes with impunity. More divisions, commissions, boards for paid political appointees to dominate. Further decriminalizes marijuana. “
“If they were going to decriminalize marijuana, I have always thought that they should specify that the marijuana be grown in the United States as a cash crop to avoid giving additional money to the foreign drug cartels and their corrupt politicians.”
[X] NO -- Proposition 6 Criminal Penalties and Laws. Public Safety Funding. Statute.
“Requires minimum of $965,000,000 each year to be allocated from state General Fund for police, sheriffs, district attorneys, adult probation, jails and juvenile probation facilities. Some of this funding will increase in following years according to California Consumer Price Index. Makes approximately 30 revisions to California criminal law, many of which cover gang-related offenses. Revisions create multiple new crimes and additional penalties, some with the potential for new life sentences. Increases penalties for violating a gang-related injunction and for felons carrying guns under certain conditions.”
Yet another measure which supports programs that are filled with waste, corruption and mismanagement. This is the vehicle for the prison guards to get their outrageous salary increases. The changes in the statute law can be done quickly and easily by the legislature and do not need to be tied to a spending bill which would benefit the politicians, bureaucracy and special interests.
[X] NO -- Proposition 7 Renewable Energy. Statute.
“Requires all utilities, including government-owned utilities, to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010, a standard currently applicable only to private electrical corporations. Raises requirement for all utilities to 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. Imposes penalties for noncompliance. Fast-tracks approval for new renewable energy plants. Requires utilities to sign longer contracts (20 year minimum) to procure renewable energy. Creates Solar and Clean Energy Transmission Account to purchase property or rights of way for renewable energy. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of up to $3.4 million annually for the regulatory activities of the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, paid for by fee revenues.”
“Until somebody proposes how to make wind and solar more reliable, how to transport this electricity over current electrical grids and how to do it profitably without government subsidies and increased prices, then we will talk.”
“ Please hike my utility bills to fund special interest alternative energy source to mitigate global warming. Another bureaucratic boondoggle on behalf of certain special interests.”
[X] YES --Proposition 8 Limit on Marriage. Constitutional Amendment.
Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
I switched positions on this proposition after finding that the education of California’s children would be impacted in such a manner as to severely impinge on parental rights. For more detail, see my blog entry:
“I do not believe gays should have any more rights than any other individual. I also believe that the “civil union” procedure covers all of the necessary bases including inheritance, acting in medical emergencies, sharing spousal employment insurance and other spousal privileges as well as other legal issues regarding such matters as joint financial and property matters. Marriage is a traditional term with common usage antecedents.
[X] YES -- Proposition 9 Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Requires notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole. Establishes victim safety as consideration in determining bail or release on parole. Increases the number of people permitted to attend and testify on behalf of victims at parole hearings. Reduces the number of parole hearings to which prisoners are entitled. Requires that victims receive written notification of their constitutional rights. Establishes timelines and procedures concerning parole revocation hearings.
“Hallelujah … a bill the recognizes victims instead of increasing the privileges of perpetrators.”
[X] NO -- Proposition 10 Bonds. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Statute.
“Authorizes $5 billion in bonds paid from state's General Fund, allocated approximately as follows: 58% in cash payments of between $2,000 and $50,000 to purchasers of certain high fuel economy and alternative fuel vehicles; 20% in incentives for research, development and production of renewable energy technology; 11% in incentives for research and development of alternative fuel vehicle technology; 5% in incentives for purchase of renewable energy technology; 4% in grants to eight cities for education about these technologies; and 3% in grants to colleges to train students in these technologies. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State costs of about $9.8 billion over 30 years to pay both the principal ($5 billion) and interest ($4.8 billion) costs on the bond. Payments of about $325 million per year. Increase in state sales tax revenues of an unknown amount, potentially totaling in the tens of millions of dollars, over the period from 2009 to beyond 2018. Increase in local sales tax and VLF revenues of an unknown amount, potentially totaling in the tens of millions of dollars, over the period from 2009 to about 2018-19. Potential state costs of up to about $10 million annually, through about 2018-19, for state agency administrative costs not funded by the measure.” For more details, see my blog entry:
“Automobile industry subsidy … from your pocket and Vehicle License Fees – No way, Jose! Just what type of vehicle would qualify you for a $50,000 cash payment? Read the bill and you would see that it is a alternative energy truck subsidy which would allow truck buyers to milk the California taxpayer for large CNG-fleets to be operated outside of California. This is a T. Boone Pickens’ initiative.”
“This makes more sense since RINO (Republican In Name Only) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provided Tesla Motors with government tax relief and subsidies to manufacture cars in the state. Hence we are actually subsidizing a private company with tax money – without our permission. To be noted, the Governator has one of the pricey $100,000 vehicles on order. No word about the actual delivery or price.”
[X] YES -- Proposition 11 Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Creates 14-member redistricting commission responsible for drawing new district lines for State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts. Requires State Auditor to randomly select commission members from voter applicant pool to create a commission with five members from each of the two largest political parties, and four members unaffiliated with either political party. Requires nine votes to approve final district maps. Establishes standards for drawing new lines, including respecting the geographic integrity of neighborhoods and encouraging geographic compactness. Permits State Legislature to draw lines for congressional districts subject to these standards.
“This is the way to keep the politicians from perpetuating ‘safe’ districts that guarantee certain politicians and parties an absolute majority before one vote is cast. Whatever the outcome, the battle will probably be fought for years in the courts until the political parties get exactly what they want.”
“The two questions I have: one, just who will these people be – high muckety-mucks or will some ordinary citizens participate and two, will they count illegal aliens in the redistricting mix? The last statement ‘permits state legislature to draw lines for congressional districts subject to these standards’ is what you are trying to avoid.”
[X] NO - VETERANS’ BOND ACT OF 2008.
“This measure authorizes the state to sell $900 million in general obligation bonds for the Cal-Vet program. These bonds would provide sufficient funds for at least 3,600 additional veterans to receive loans.”
“The money from these bond sales is used by the State Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase farms, homes, and mobile homes which are then resold to California veterans. Each participating veteran makes monthly payments to the department. These payments are in an amount sufficient to (1) reimburse the department for its costs in purchasing the farm, home, or mobile home; (2) cover all costs resulting from the sale of the bonds, including interest; and (3) cover the costs of operating the program.”
Although the emotionally charged word “veteran” appears in the title and is the subject of this bond measure, there are better ways of assisting those who have served our nation in securing loans. This is a perpetuation of a large bureaucracy and does not discriminate between those who put their lives on the line and those who never left the continental United States. This is an area which does need to be re-examined carefully within the context of an all-volunteer military and the impact of those who serve under the National Guard in domestic settings.
The importance of the State vote …
The California State propositions are every bit as important as our choice for a President – and there fiscal and physical safety effects will be felt on a more dramatic and personal level than may legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.
What can YOU do?
You need to vote. Your economic future and physical safety hangs in the balance. Discuss the issues with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Quote of the day: “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” -- P.J. O'Rourke
A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius
An ironic note: The Secretary of State often refers to the Voter Information Guide as the “VIG,” a traditional term for the interest charged by loan sharks.
From the California Secretary of State:
Proposition 1A - Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act.
Proposition 2 - Standards for Confining Farm Animals. Initiative Statute.
Proposition 3 - Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program. Initiative Statute.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Proposition 4 - Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Proposition 5 - Nonviolent Drug Offenses. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Initiative Statute.
Proposition 6 - Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws. Initiative Statute.
Proposition 7 - Renewable Energy Generation. Initiative Statute.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Proposition 8 - Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
Proposition 9 - Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Proposition 10 - Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds. Initiative Statute.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
Proposition 11 - Redistricting. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Proposition 12 Veterans’ Bond Act of 2008.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell