Skip to comments.CA: Tom McClintock on the Propositions
Posted on 10/20/2008 8:53:46 PM PDT by calcowgirl
Prop. 1A High Speed Rail Bond. NO
This is the most outrageously expensive boondoggle in Californias long history of outrageously expensive boondoggles. The ultimate cost of this project could end up exceeding $90 billion or $10,000 per family all for a train that goes from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours longer than it takes to fly. Its brought to you by the same folks who botched Bostons Big Dig. (Im one of the official opponents of this measure.)
Prop. 2 Farm Animals. NO
Sorry, but farm animals are food, not friends. Plan on somewhat happier cows and much higher grocery bills if this one passes.
Prop. 3 Hospital Bond. NO
Heres a rather cynical measure that uses children as a front in order to lavish taxpayer funds on private hospital corporations.
Prop. 4 Parental Notification. YES
Parents must give written consent before their teenage daughters use a tanning booth or get their ears pierced. This measure simply requires them to be notified if their daughter is having an abortion.
Prop. 5 Non-violent drug offenses. NO
The fatal flaw in this otherwise decent measure would allow criminals to use their drug offense for leniency for other non-drug-related crimes.
Prop. 6 Police and Law Enforcement Funding. YES
This is a tough call. My favorite provision is prohibiting the release on bail of illegal aliens charged with violent crimes. Its principal purpose is to lock up an increasing portion of the state budget for local law enforcement. Law enforcement should be governments top priority, but I dont like auto-pilot spending or using state resources for local programs. I also dont like its weakening of the hearsay rule. On balance I think it does more good than harm, but its a very mixed bag.
Prop. 7 Renewable Energy Subsidies. NO
This will send electricity prices through the roof. It requires the most expensive energy generation to comprise 20 percent of our electricity needs. Government should get out of the way and let simple economics determine the mix of energy generation in this state.
Prop. 8 Defense of Marriage Act. YES
Marriage is a unique institution in which a man and a woman summon a child into the world creating a unique tapestry of responsibilities. Our marriage laws are designed to support those responsibilities and are simply inapplicable to any other kind of relationship. Lincoln asked, If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? The answer is four. Calling a tail a leg doesnt make it one. And calling a homosexual partnership a marriage doesnt make it one.
Prop. 9 Parole Reform. YES
This requires the victim to be considered when a suspects bail is being set or a criminals parole is being determined. About bloody time.
Prop. 10 Fuel Subsidies. NO
This $5 billion bond will cost taxpayers $10 billion with interest to subsidize alternative fuel vehicles and renewable energy. Im all for alternative fuel vehicles and renewable energy as long as the consumers who want them pay for them. But dont reach into my pocket to pay for somebody elses choice.
Prop. 11 Redistricting. YES
This should be the all-time no brainer: voters should choose their politicians and not the other way around. This measure takes redistricting out of the hands of the legislature, removing an obvious conflict of interest.
Prop. 12 Veterans Bond Act. YES
This is a self-liquidating bond (meaning taxpayers arent on the hook) to assist veterans with home purchases. The state has done this for many years and it has never cost taxpayers a dime. I co-authored this one.
The summary: Prop. 1A High Speed Rail Bond. NO Prop. 2 Farm Animals. NO Prop. 3 Hospital Bond. NO Prop. 4 Parental Notification. YES Prop.5 Non-violent drug offenses. NO Prop. 6 Police and Law Enforcement Funding. YES Prop.7 Renewable Energy Subsidies. NO Prop. 8 Defense of Marriage Act. YES Prop. 9 Parole Reform. YES Prop 10 Fuel Subsidies. NO Prop 11 Redistricting. YES Prop 12 Veterans Bond Act. YES
Thanks cowgirl! This helps make things easy.
Schwarzenegger's wholesale endorsement of this makes me nervous.
My husband and I just did our absentee ballots and scored 100% with McClintock’s suggestions.
I think I only missed Prop 12...and I am a veteran!
it’s good design.
Very nice to have this. I’d add the animal one in as a yes, but keep the rest as McClintock says. It’s unhealthy to eat mistreated or sick animals.
I only disagree with prop 6
I read that the police unions want to attach their pay increases to the budget like education...
correct my please!
that’s the way i voted!
i used the los angeles times as a guide—i voted opposite.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
I’m probably voting No on Prop 11. Same with Prop 6.
I definitely lean in Tom’s direction but don’t alwasy agree.
I don’t agree with him on the animals, otherwise right on.
Copied and saved. Thanks for posting.
Please add me to the McClintock list.
Yeah... there is good stuff mixed with nasty stuff. The good does not outweigh the bad, IMO. I'm voting NO.
After checking out who disagree with prop 6...
I aggree with Tom 100%
you actually read that rag? ;-)