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Journal of No. 118


April 25th, 2012

Twin Prop Plain @ 05:28 pm


Just two propositions on the lame CA primary.

Prop 28: Changes term limits so that legisthings can spend 12 years total in either assembly or senate, as opposed to current system in which legisthings can spend 6 years in the assembly and 8 years in the senate, for a total of 14 years. Amusing primarily for the arguments between the proponents and the proponents of the old system. We're promoting tougher term limits because 12 is less than 14! No, you're weakening them, since 6 and 8 are less than 12!

Verdict: I still think term limits are dumb(*), so I lose either way. Basically, I doubt it'll make a fly's fart of difference. So who cares?

(*) I like the response to the Con argument: "We hoped the [current term limit] law would bring a new type of 'citizen legislator,' who would serve for a short period and return to private life, giving others opportunities to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to government.
It hasn't turned out that way."
Yes, and this tinkering isn't going to fix that, now is it?

Prop 29: Increase cigarette tax by $1.

Currently tobacco excise taxes are $0.87, so this will more than double it. In fact, prop 99 (1988) added 25 cents. Prop 10 (1998) added 50 cents. So it's in keeping that this new one will add a buck. We'll keep doing this until people stop smoking (or buy all their cigarettes online).
The raised money, expected to be close to a billion dollars a year, is devoted to scientific research grants and laboratory construction grants for treating tobacco-related diseases, and a few other 'tobacco-abatement' programs. It's somehow Solomonically fitting, and at the same time kind of odd that all this money (and it's a lot) gets channelled into this one research area. I think I'd be happier if it went into the General Fund. At least it would be honest: "We hate you smelly smokers, so fucking pay for our sidewalk repair and parks. And by the way, fuck you."

Verdict: Hellifino. But I think no. But who cares?


It's also amusing to see Orly Taitz on the ballot for Senator.
 
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From:britgeekgrrl
Date:April 25th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I object to "sin" taxes because they're a damn sight more punitive on the poor than the middle class & wealthy, and because too many damnfool govt's become totally dependent on the monies raised - while simultaneously mouthing 'It's for your own good' blandishments - and then, when people actually *do* quit smoking (or, as you mentioned go elsewhere to but their cigs/booze) and the tax revenues drop, oh, the wailing and howling there is from the institutions that have become dependent on that money.

It's just bloody nonsense.

But thank you for reminding me that it's time to go review what's coming up on the ballot for this year in CA. ;)
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From:alex_victory
Date:April 25th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
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It's also amusing to see Orly Taitz on the ballot for Senator.

You misspelled "embarrassing".
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:April 25th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
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You laugh now, but take a look at the other Republican contenders. I bet you don't recognize a single one other than her. I give her even odds of being the Republican nominee.
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From:alex_victory
Date:April 25th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Isn't this race using the new primary procedures though, where there might not even BE a Republican in the general election race? Or is that just for state offices?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:April 25th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
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'Tis true, this will be a "top-2" election. And in a recent poll, Feinstein gets 51%, and the next best vote-getter is at 2%!
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From:jimkeller
Date:April 25th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
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I've not yet had a chance to read the props myself, but one thing to bear in mind with the term limits is that when we vote for "new" term limits every 4 years or so, it has each time in the past reset the clock for those currently in office.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:April 26th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
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I believe it states that the current limits remain effect for current incumbents.

Journal of No. 118