Friday Follow-Up: CA Propositions

We had thirteen brave attendees.  I say brave because ballot propositions can be mind-numbingly technical and misleading, often by design.  That the public has to make these kind o decisions is just crazy.  Aside from the complexity and deceptive millions in advertizing, to me the big problem with government-by-initiative is that the public only has two choices: Yes, and No.  Voters cannot weigh priorities or negotiate differences among themselves — That’s supposed to be the legislators’ jobs.

Anyway, we made it our job for 2 hours.  Thanks to all who came (inc. Danielle, Adam, and Carol) and who did a little research beforehand, too.  I learned a lot, especially about marijuana (that came out wrong),   For follow-up, first, here’s a pretty good description, from Salon.com,  of why CA is so screwed by a right-wing GOP, the crazy rules (e.g., supermajority requirements), and the voters themselves.

Second, in a few minutes I’ll update my earlier posts on prop. 23 and 20/27 to reflect stuff I learned from Chris and the rest of you last night (i.e., 23 won’t repeal all of AB-32’s energy efficiency standards, and the process for a citizen to qualify for the redistricting commission sounds pretty rigorous).

Finally, later today I’ll do a separate post on old topic updates that will cover privacy, immigration reform, and government spending, the future of conservatism, and other topics.  I only save really good articles for these updates, so give some of the links a try!  The spending-related link will be pretty cool.  It’s a website with a calculator that will tell you what your personal taxes (the amount you paid) actually got used for.  It basically is equivalent to a receipt for what you purchase with your taxes.  The state of CA might have one, too, and I’ll try to find it.

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One response

  1. Today, I found out that Proposition A in SD is actually very controversial and heard a passionate defense of opposing it from several people whose opinions I value. It seems like the more information you uncover about any given proposition, the more complicated choosing any one side of it gets.

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