Vote yes for both Props. 30 and 38
The two dueling education tax revenue measures on the ballot, Propositions 30 and 38, are about to shoot each other in the foot. Is one better than the other?
Maybe, but it doesn't matter because unless voters pass one of these measures by a majority vote, neither will become law and the starvation funding diet that schools are on will continue.
Here's how: Voting yes for one measure and no for the other measure vastly increases the probability that both measures will lose. If education supporters split the pro-education vote, both measures are almost certain to lose.
For example: Assume 60 percent of voters want to increase education spending but, influenced by myriad campaign mailers, their votes are split -- 30 percent for Proposition 30 and 30 percent for Proposition 38 -- and both will lose.
The best way to increase funding for education this election cycle is to vote for both propositions. Since only the proposition with the most votes will become law, this is way better than both propositions losing. Make sense?
We need reform, not higher taxes
Proposition 30 will not bring reform to California's high tax rate, liberal entitlement benefits and excessive regulations. Public unions have overrun the statehouse and the most powerful of those is the California Teachers Association.
Proposition 30 is being presented as a benefit for our schools. In actuality it is a backfill for the teachers union insolvent pension fund, which is projected to be $65 billion over the next 30 years.
The California School Boards Association said, "We want to make it clear to the public that the governor's initiative (Proposition 30) does not provide new funding for schools. Instead, it bolsters the General Fund with new revenue."
The Legislative Analysts office report on Proposition 30 stated, "The new tax revenues would be available to fund programs in the state budget."
If Proposition 30 passes, schools are in for a $3 billion to $5 billion windfall. Those moneys will not reinstate canceled programs. Instead, the schools will use the money to cover their pension and retiree health care benefits.
The bigger issue is Proposition 30 is not going to solve California's long running fiscal problems. "Without reforms, tax hikes will not only be permanent but will form a new base from which even higher taxes are demanded." A quote from Economic Professors Boskin and Cogan at Stanford University.
We need meaningful reform not increased taxes. Vote no on both Propositions 30 and 38.
Romney's binders with labels attached
When Mitt Romney made his infamous comment about women in binders, several images took shape in my mind.
The first image is of a diverse group of women throwing binders at a glass ceiling. The second image is of Romney's chief of staff being removed from her binder at 9 a.m. and tucked in again at 5 p.m., when it is assumed she would be removed again at home just in time to cook dinner.
The third image is of a stack of binders, with women's arms and legs flailing from underneath the edges, and a huge weight sitting on top of the stack with a title that reads "Equal Opportunity."
The last image is of a man sitting in front of a bookcase lined with binders, each with a different label. Sample labels, "Romance," "Cook and Clean," "Sports Enthusiast," " Bills," "Mother" ... you get the idea.
I doubt these are the images Romney meant to convey, but guess what? They are stuck in my imagination.
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