A rather shocking suggestion from the last place you’d expect a revelation of this kind.
SUNY Professor Helmut Norpoth:
As I have said on numerous prior occasions, do not focus on one or two aspects of a thing, particularly with regard to politics.
Stand back and attempt to acquire the big picture.
These days one must now factor in any number of other variables, to include the purposeful skewing of various polls on behalf of coordinated efforts by not only Demorats, the DNC, but Hillary Clinton herself.
Also note what Professor Norpoth is saying with regard to the “pendulum.”
That said, let’s examine each proposition with a bit more detail. Tom McClintock and I vary on only a few of them.
Prop 51: NO
Right. Let’s just add $1,400 to your debt with one swipe of a vote. Sound borrowing be damned. Our children will pay off these “educational” bonds. They will not benefit from them.
Prop 52: NO
This is essentially a tax extension for Medi-Cal. Hospitals like it because it passes taxes to the patient, not them. It’s a permanent tax on sick folks.
Prop 53: YES
This is a public vote for revenue bonds. General obligation bonds are repaid from the state’s general fund; revenue bonds are repaid by users of a project (e.g. tolls to repay a bridge bond). This measure requires revenue bonds over $2 billion to be approved by voters, and is backed by taxpayer groups across the state. This is called accountability for your tax dollars. Uh, yeah.
Prop 54: YES
This primarily says: “read the damned bill first before you vote on it.” How could anyone disagree? This forbids the legislature from voting on a bill until it has been in print for 72 hours and available to both legislators and the public to read. It stops the dangerous practice of having to “pass a bill so we know what’s in it.” Duh.
Prop 55: NO
In 2012, Californians made a mistake in approving the highest personal income tax rate anywhere in the country on the “very wealthy people” who make over $250,000 a year. It is due to be phased out in 2018. This proposition would make it permanent. What’s wrong with soaking the rich? For openers, a lot of these “very wealthy people” aren’t wealthy and they aren’t even people. They’re struggling small businesses filing under Subchapter S. The really rich folks just re-arrange their schedules so they’re not legal residents and don’t pay the tax. As Arthur Laffer has often said, “There’s nothing in the world more portable than money and rich people.” Bingo. Thank you.
Prop 56: NO
Good God, another tobacco tax that just gets schluffed off into the CA general fund? Are you Fornicalia voters really this stupid? Apparently yes, you are, according to your Leftist rulers. Excessive taxation increases the incentives for black markets. Permanent spending programs are being funded with a declining revenue – and eventually taxpayers will end up funding the difference. Hello? You? Me? You imbeciles — shall I remind you — are the dimwits who voted for the “train to nowhere.” Hey, it’s not “your” money anyway, right? Except that, yes, you ignorant morons, it is. Taxes? Hello? Oh yeah. Except taxes on the illegal.
Prop 57: NO
Not just NO, but HELL NO. This is “clever” beyond belief. It is Leftists wanting to minimize the definition of a “violent crime” so that those who have committed — wait for it — manslaughter and rape can be considered “non-violent.” This is Jerry Brown’s — who has onset dementia(go ahead and ask Jerry Brown what day it is) according to people who work around him — latest measure purporting to release only non-violent felons from prison. But as the law works, this would include rapists, child molesters, gang-bangers, arsonists and human traffickers to name a few – and not to mention violent criminals who plea-bargained to lesser crimes. What in the holy hell?
To my mind this is the most craven, disgusting and abominable proposition suggested in the history of this state.
Let me make something clear: whilst Jerry Brown and Leftists throughout the state make their finest attempt to kick criminal felons out of prison — actually trying to keep violent felons out of the system in the first place — simultaneously they are the first to restrict your First and Second Amendment freedoms. You, the law-abiding, legal, tax-paying citizen. The politicians of this state have their own well-armed personnel as escorts — but you do not. The CHP protects the primary politicians. The Sgt At Arms protects other appointees in Fornicalia. That’s because they matter and you do not. You need to be disarmed for your own good. But wait; there’s another proposition (63) coming to address that specific issue. Might it go well for you? Likely not.
Perhaps you might ask: how’s that Proposition 47 and AB 109 working out for you right now? Property and violent crimes skyrocketing? Perish the word. Clearly it’s time — like Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe — to let felons vote here in Fornicalia. I wonder how they’d vote? Demorat, perchance?
Prop 58: NO
In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227, which forbade the practice of segregating Spanish-speaking children and teaching them in Spanish-only classes (a practice with the Orwellian title, “bi-lingual education.”). It didn’t work. It wasn’t enabled in reality. The measure would stop this vital assimilation program and return classrooms to Spanish-only instruction. Goodbye English, hello Spanish. NO.
Prop 59: NO
That damned First Amendment has simply got to go. Right? This proposition calls on elected officials to overturn the Citizens United decision and in so doing repeal the First Amendment. Most of our elected officials are leftists who are doing so anyway. I‘m not and I won’t. Remember: Leftists abhor free speech. Unless it is theirs.
Prop 60: NO
Here we have condoms and porn. Excuse my bias, but it isn’t about “porn.” This is about the minutiae of a controlling state government. Expect that “Little Lending Libraries” will be targeted next. Oh wait. They already are.
Prop 61: NO
Price controls for drugs sound great, right? Except that price controls always sound good in theory – but in practice they always create shortages of whatever commodity is being controlled. Calling common sense. What occurs with shortages? Oh, right. Prices skyrocket. On top of insurance costs.
Prop 62: NO
Let’s eliminate the death penalty, shall we? Makes sense, right? Uh, no. Here is the sum total of the Leftist ballot measures on crime: release dangerous felons from our prisons (Prop. 57), disarm law-abiding citizens (Prop. 63) and provide old-age retirement plans for murderers (Prop 62). Yes, California’s liberals really are out of their minds. Insanity rules. Next question?
Prop 63: NO
This measure requires a PERMIT from the state of Fornicalia to purchase ammunition within its realm. In other words, the time and background check required for a firearm would equate to the time and background checks required for ammunition purchases.
The Heller decision infuriated Leftists, Obama and Hillary Clinton. This is the first step – requiring a permit (renewable every four years) to purchase ammunition, accompanied by fees and background checks (of people who have already passed background checks to purchase their firearm in the first place).
Prop 64: NO
Here, in terms of marijuana legislation, Tom McClintock votes yes. I stridently disagree. As a recently-retired peace officer of 41 years here in Fornicalia, why haven’t the DUI stats been checked of both Washington and Colorado? The collision rates? The death rates in traffic accidents? Hello? Going up. New and facile ways to craft a FST — or not? The persons and children overdosed on THC? Does the word “gateway” mean anything? Tom, you got it way wrong on this one, buddy. Please check how the marijuana laws are currently negatively affecting people in Colorado and Washington, sir. All this does is make not only people but government beg like doggies for their own piece of the lucrative cash pie. That’s not what government should be about.
Prop 65: NO
Grocery bags. Those terrible, terrible grocery bags. What to do? The law was part of a corrupt bargain that imposes these charges on grocery store customers and lets the grocery stores keep the revenue as extra profit. What part of NO does the average American Taxpayer not understand?
Prop 66: YES
This is a pro-death penalty measure sponsored by law enforcement and victims’ organizations that streamlines California’s death penalty and puts it back in play. The overwhelming preponderance of evidence is that a death penalty, consistently applied, suppresses the murder rate and saves innocent lives. And it has a guaranteed ZERO rate of recidivism. Guess what? Once convicted, twice shy.
Prop 67: NO
Your nanny state strikes once again. Tom sums it up wonderfully: A yes vote means no more disposable plastic bags at the grocery store (with certain exceptions for meat and other perishable items, and paper bags will cost you 10-cents each). A NO vote means much more than just preserving this one little convenience – it means repudiating the nanny state that California has become. Voting this down means saving yourself from the aggravation of cans rolling around in your car. But saying no to the nannies? Priceless.
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, exists my recommendations for Fornicalia’s propositions.
Thanks to Tom McClintock for his original thoughts.
Some persons may think me daft but, as opposed to prevalent thought, I still have a few connected and functioning neurons within the Brain Housing Group remaining despite the best intentions of Ketel One.
That said, I fully recognize this election has been like no other in my decades extant upon our rotating sphere of rock. But, as a bottom-line kind of individual, I do in fact think of the election as binary. I know that Stein is as Left as they get and Johnson, with open borders, open drugs and potential abject removal of our carrier groups, is an absolute no-go for me. I am a “little L” libertarian, not of the “big L” variety.
I view November 8th as the most perilous election I’ve ever faced, for this reason. The country is on a tottering precipice. One wrong gust and we may find the nation truly unrecoverable. Leftists are pushing like never before. That is why my pushback is like never before; why I AM PUSHBACK. I must be, now. There is no alternative. The days of “gray” and “compromise” and “bipartisanship” are clearly over. Dead and gone. Killed outright by the Demorats and Leftists.
It’s make-or-break time for the nation. The stakes are indeed that vast and dynamic.
I will vote for Donald Trump because to stay home is to allow Hillary Rodham Clinton to win. To not vote for president is to allow Hillary Rodham Clinton to win. To vote for Johnson or Stein is to allow Hillary Rodham Clinton to win. A vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton is, well, you get the picture.
Voting, this time around, is like your worst-case scenario of Russian Roulette. Except, with Hillary Clinton, you’re actually using a semi-automatic pistol. With Donald Trump you have some chances; you can at least spin the cylinder.
And you want this lying maladroit to be your president?
Watch fully please, and learn how remarkably systemic, convoluted and careless her abuse of America’s secrets is truly.
ORCON = Originator Control. ODNI = Office of Director of National Intelligence. OIG = Office of the Inspector General. That means this: the attorneys for Hillary Clinton discovered a legal “workaround” in which, because of security, her emails cannot be revealed due to privacy concerns — though she herself originally violated said security protocols.
Ladies and gentlemen, what happens when even Congress can’t find the truth?
Barbs were tossed, as expected, at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner on Thursday night — but the most telling were cast by Donald Trump. Because they were true.
First watch this. Then look very carefully at just who is sitting next to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Why, that would be Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic who was speaking in the top video. I’m sure Cardinal Dolan leaned over and asked Hillary “who is this Brazile and what does he mean about Haiti?” Hillary replied: “Donna Brazile is my first floor maid at Chappaqua and she’s from Haiti; pay no attention to that.”
You can clearly see that the astoundingly-delicate elitist Leftist New York sensibilities were vexed when Trump addressed the dinner. It’s not cordial, you see, to speak such blatant truth to peoples’ faces. It’s much more acceptable to plunge the machete deep into the organs of your enemy from behind when he or she isn’t paying attention.
Julian Assange asks one question, however.
Some may say that Donald Trump was massively out of order for conducting himself in this fashion at the Waldorf-Astoria dinner. I suggest, however, that he pulled so, so many possible punches available.