Propositioning the Electorate

Proposition 19: Legalizes Marijuana
Vote Yes.
Although I am not fan of drug use, the War on Drugs is very expensive and has lead to a militarization of local police.  As a fan of liberty, I cannot be a fan of the War on Drugs.  Your neighbors will not suddenly become stoners!  In California anybody that wants marijuana can already get it.

As a scholar of the US Constitution, I have yet to hear any elected official provide a Constitutional explanation of the current drug prohibition.  When the people decided to prohibit the citizens from using a single drug, alcohol, an amendment to the Constitution was required.  To remove the prohibition, another amendment was required. Yet those in Washington tell us now that somehow the regulation of all drugs by the Federal government does not require an amendment to the Constitution.

Proposition 20: Citizens Redistricting Expanded
Vote Yes.
Gerrymandering of congressional districts has been common practice since the US was formed.  It has always been reprehensible.  Prop 20 should reduce the practice.

Note: A vote for Prop 27 is a vote against Prop 20!

Proposition 21: Car Tax for State Parks
Vote No.
This is yet another tax increase.   The tax will raise about $500 million, but it only costs $250 million to run the parks.  The rest goes into the general fund to be misspent.

Proposition 22: Fight Fungibility
No opinion yet.

Proposition 23: Suspend AB 32
Vote Yes.
There is no such thing as Man-Made Global Warming, there never was any such thing, and it is unlikely there will ever be any such thing.  The earth has been warming slowly since the end of the last ice age, and it continues to warm very slowly.

Carbon dioxide is a plant food, not a pollutant.  Cold climate is much more detrimental to human health than warmth and sunshine.

Proposition 24: Raise Taxes
Vote No.
Taxes are unfair to those that work!  The more you work, the more unfair taxes are.  Miserable poverty for all is certainly fair, but not what any rational person wants.  We do not need another method of raising taxes.

Proposition 25: 2/3 Budget Vote
Vote No.
California already taxes us too much and spends too much.  Passing a law that makes it easier for the Legislature to spend more is not going to fix the chronic overspending in Sacramento.

Proposition 26: Taxes are Taxes, not Fees
Vote Yes.
The California Legislature would like to rename every tax as a fee, and then declare the tax rate in the state to be zero.  Prop 26 calls a tax a tax, and requires a 2/3 vote of the Assembly to raise taxes.

Proposition 27: Citizens Redistricting Eliminated
Vote No.
We need less gerrymandering, not more of it.  Prop 27 is a vote to let the politicians continue to draw district boundaries so as to ensure their own re-election.
Note: A vote for Prop 27 is a vote against Prop 20!

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