I just sent in my absentee ballot today. First time I went absentee, figured the whole process was going to be so painful I might as well suffer without witnesses. Voting in general is a disappointment, mainly because in the land of the heathen (SF Bay Area) I am always downvoted and am rendered impotent. As least they have dispensed with the pretext, most races (US Senate, State Senate, State Assembly) I am given the choice between 2 democrats, yippie.
This election there was more than the usual amount of propositions. California, always considering itself trailblazing or trendsetting, just loves to fiddle with things, thus they lead the country in placing initiatives or propositions before the people. If the vote is agreeable to the leftist legislature, they pat themselves on the backs ushering themselves (and us) even closure to their European model. If it somehow goes astray, like prop 8 in 2008 (outlawing same sex marriage) they go judge shopping, and get the results declared unconstitutional.
As usual, most propositions involve either raising my taxes for their pet projects, or layering more governmental regulations in areas they wish to exert more control. 2 things, obviously, I am dead set against.
A cursory examination of my property taxes reveals 8 different school bonds that my dopey neighbors have voted for over the years, the earliest dates back to 1991. Low and behold, there are 4 more (2 state wide and 2 local)initiatives on this ballot proposing 3 more bonds and a quarter cent raise in the sales tax (already 8.625%), all for the children, these suckers never learn. Factor in that we pay the highest state taxes in the country (13.3%)and it gets to be ridiculous.
Some interesting propositions on this year’s ballot;
Prop 56, a $2 increase on the cigarette tax (already $.87, this would put is into New York/Connecticut territory)
A yes vote supports advising the state’s elected officials to use their authority to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, potentially through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
What, no prop. encouraging the overturning of Heller?
Prop 62, abolishing the death penalty (yet again). I am voting “yes” on this, not from some squishy position of morality, but just from a fiscal POV. It is too costly, delays the outcome way too long, and makes a mockery of anything resembling justice. Life without the possibility of parole, and save some bucks.
Prop 64, marijuana for everyone, hot dog!!
My wife showed me a flyer we got in the mail yesterday from the Independent Party of California, recommending choices for the propositions. As a lark, we went through them one of one. On every one (except the death penalty prop) they were counter to my ballot. Yep, land of the heathen.