McClintock on the Ballot Propositions

It is time for organizations, activists and voters to find out how to vote on the Propositions.  As usual, the Attorney General misrepresents ballot measures, refusing to note that massive destruction of the economy if Prop. 15 passes, for instance.  In this article are the recommendations of Congressman Tom McClintock.  Happy to note I 100% agree with him on each measure.

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“Proposition 17 – Bank Robbers for Biden: NO. If there were any doubt of the Democrats’ contempt for the electorate, this should dispel it. This bill gives felons on parole the right to vote. Enough said.

Proposition 18 – High School Voters: NO. Wait, there’s more! Here’s a proposal to give 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary and special elections. Democrats are counting on their good judgment, experience and common sense to counter the influence of their nagging, annoying and totally unreasonable parents.”

Please forward this to your church, PTA, Chamber of Commerce, GOP groups and activists.  California is in a Depression.  Passage of Prop. 15 and 19 add to the tax burden.  Passage of Prop. 16 would make the KKK proud and make California in 2020 look like Alabama in 1950, for instance.

McClintock on the Ballot Propositions

Congressman Tom McClintock, Flashreport,  9/21/20  

Proposition 14 – Brewster’s Billions: NO. “Brewster’s Millions” tells the story of a fictional character in 1902, who, in order to inherit $7 million, must first spend $1 million in a year and have nothing to show for it. In 2004, California voters were convinced to spend $3 billion on Stem Cell research – or about $260 (plus interest) for every family in California. A recent report found that $2.1 billion went to beneficiaries with links to the board that doles out the money. That money is now all but spent, with nothing to show for it. So, they’re back with another bond, this one for $5.5 billion (about $478 per family). This is amusing only as fiction.

Proposition 15 – How Not to Succeed in Business: NO. From the “How Tone Deaf Can They Be” file comes this proposal to reassess businesses annually in order to hike their property taxes. That’s because the state-ordered lockdowns, the arrests of shopkeepers trying to keep their businesses going, combined with California’s highest-in-the-country income and sales taxes and anti-business regulations, have left California’s small businesses flush with cash. It is still possible to build a successful small business in California, as long as you start with a successful large one. And remember, businesses don’t pay taxes: YOU pay business taxes, as a consumer through higher prices, as an employee through lower wages or as an investor through lower earnings (think 401k).

Proposition 16 – Judging People by the Color of their Skin and Not the Content of the Character: NO. In the Parents Involved Case of 2007, Chief Justice Roberts noted that “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” California voters had come to the same conclusion when they passed Proposition 209 in 1996, which forbids state government from discriminating or giving preferential treatment “on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.” Prop 16 repeals this civil rights protection for all Californians and opens a new era of official discrimination based on race.

Proposition 17 – Bank Robbers for Biden: NO. If there were any doubt of the Democrats’ contempt for the electorate, this should dispel it. This bill gives felons on parole the right to vote. Enough said.

Proposition 18 – High School Voters: NO. Wait, there’s more! Here’s a proposal to give 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary and special elections. Democrats are counting on their good judgment, experience and common sense to counter the influence of their nagging, annoying and totally unreasonable parents.

Proposition 19 – Fire Sale: NO. Right now, parents can leave the family home to their family without a crippling property tax hike. This bill ends that exemption, purportedly to add more money for firefighting. It’s a good bet that more family homes will be lost in fire sales than in fires.

Proposition 20 – A Step Back from the Abyss: YES. Long version: This measure repairs some of the damage of Jerry Brown era laws that have made California less safe. It increases penalties for many theft and fraud crimes that Brown reduced to misdemeanors, requires convicts to submit DNA for state and federal databases and restores the ability of parole boards to keep dangerous prisoners behind bars. Short version: Jerry Brown opposes it.

Proposition 21 – Rent Control with Nothing to Rent: NO. There’s an old soviet-era saying, “What good is a free bus ticket in a city with no buses?” The same is true of rent. Rent controls are very effective at drying up the supply of rental housing in any community where they’re imposed. Those currently renting do very well, but they hold on to their old apartments and landlords stop building new ones. Presto: nothing to rent – but at a very affordable price.

Proposition 22 – Let My Uber Go: YES. One of the worst bills ever enacted by the California legislature (and that says a lot) is AB 5, that essentially ended independent contracting in California. This measure exempts app-based drivers, meaning independent contractors put out of work by AB 5 can still take an Uber to a free state.

Proposition 23 — Bringing Venezuelan Heath Care to Dialysis Patients: NO. Two years ago, SEIU tried to impose price controls on dialysis. They lost and are back with this measure that imposes onerous and expensive requirements to have physicians on duty at dialysis clinics and prohibiting them from going out of business without state approval. This will help dialysis patients by assuring higher prices and will help encourage new clinics to open by forbidding them ever to close. Makes perfect sense.

Proposition 24 – When in Doubt, Don’t: NO. This measure purports to expand consumer privacy, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a consumer privacy group, calls it “a mixed bag of partial steps backwards and forwards.” Here’s what is crystal clear: it will unleash a new regulatory agency with vast powers to prosecute businesses that run afoul of the increasingly intricate consumer privacy laws in California. Another nail in the coffin of the once “Golden State.”

Proposition 25 – Catch and Release: NO. When suspects are arrested, they’re jailed until posting bail to assure they show up for trial. Surprisingly, many suspects don’t want to; go figure. Jerry Brown and the lunatic legislature did away with this process in 2018, replacing cash bail with “risk assessments.” This law was temporarily suspended pending this referendum, but the leftist Judicial Council did away with bail for most crimes during the COVID scare, resulting in the arrest, immediate release and subsequent re-arrests of criminal suspects the same day for different crimes. A NO vote would repeal this insane law.

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Comments

  1. Trump proves that lower taxes and fewer regulations allow the economy to flourish. California far left loonies are hell bent on proving their way is better. Sacramento politicians are constantly figuring how to get into more pockets and are oblivious to the stream of producers leaving the state. Texas is loving it.

    • William Hicks says

      YES HANS
      They have NO example of the merits of their “way” has ever worked for anyone but the elitists.

      • Chris Renner says

        The “merits of their way” has resulted in a bottom five performance in education, crime, road quality, homelessness, taxes, and one way UHaul rentals. If you think 2020 is a bad year, 2021 may be worse and 2023 is sizing up to be a banner year for municipal bankruptcies!

  2. William Hicks says

    Well worth reviewing if you ave any doubts about these propositions.

  3. Almost all 58 Republican County Central Committees in the state are making these same recommendations – Vote NO on all propositions except vote YES on 20 and 22.

    On Proposition 19 the CAGOP Initiatives Committee couldn’t get enough votes, Support or Oppose, so they made “No Recommendation”. Fortunately the Republican County Central Committees had no problem recognizing a “pig in a poke” and recommend a “NO” vote on Prop 19. It is opposed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and is little more than a back-door attempt to whittle away at Prop 13 property tax protections.

    • I am amazed to sift through so many conservative group endorsements to find Prop 19 as a “no position” or not even a mention? Did the Ca realtors pay off some conservative voices? Prop 13 and property tax protection was a GOP stronghold issue! VOTE NO on 19!

  4. Chris Renner says

    I’m not going to miss voting NO on every proposition on the California ballot only to end up disappointed the next day. It’s not my problem and watching the quickening pace of California’s destruction is not something I relish. However, moving out of California 13 days ago was one of the happiest days of my life!

  5. William Gaumer says

    Congressman Tom McClintock is correct about NO on prop 19, but “purportedly to add more money for firefighting” is a massive understatement! If you read Section 2.3, you will find that the money is designated exclusively for Fire Suppression STAFFING. Fire prevention, forestry management, infrastructure, and equipment are excluded! Just throw more firefighters into harm’s way — great for Unions, but not for reducing or preventing the disasters. We’d be just as well off using the cash to start backfires!

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