Dear Readers: As this is now June 1st, I wanted to roll out some of my personal picks for the election that will be held next week. As a Democrat, I am removed from the more public internecine battles in the Republican primaries. The bad news: my choices for Governor are dismal. The good news: It looks like I will be able to vote against Babs Boxer — TWICE!
My greatest joy on June 8th will come when I select Mickey Kaus to be the Democratic candidate for the US Senate. Kaus is a well known pundit and blogger who began his efforts to unseat Senator Barbara Boxer in an effort to take the Democratic Party back from the interest groups that now control its agenda. These interest groups include the public sector employee unions, who are responsible for much of the pension-related budget woes we Californians face.
Look at this video, and tell me Kaus isn’t the quintessential Tea Party candidate:
Please check out two sites for other information, both of which I have found useful: Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition election site and the San Diego News Network 2010 Elections site. After reviewing much information, these are the stands I am taking on the suite of propositions being offered:
- 13 – YES: The proposition places limits on property tax assessments after seismic retrofitting of existing buildings, which I think is sensible, as to do otherwise will punish citizens with higher taxes for making needed safety improvement?”
- 14 – NO: Passage of this proposition will lead to a system that tampers with the will of people registered and involved with a specific party while hindering the ability for third party candidates to compete. Furthermore, additional elements of the proposition will prohibit write-in candidates in the general election and allow candidates to conceal their party affiliation from the voter (undermining the transparency needed in a healthy democracy).
- 15 – NO: This proposition is the essence of political chicanery. More than 20 years ago, voters clearly said no to the use of tax dollars by politicians for their political campaigns; this proposition is a legislative trick to undo the will of the people. Furthermore, Proposition 15 nonsensically forces lobbyists to fund the campaigns of candidates for Secretary of State, the same official who regulates lobbyists.
- 16 – YES: Given how unsuccessful our California political leaders have been in promoting economy-building measures (e.g., the Chief Executive’s s places California 51st — DEAD LAST — in business climate ), there is no way a public agency could enter the retail power business without the consent of the governed.
- 17 – NO: Though the advertising sounds good, as it seems to allow auto insurance companies to base their prices in part on a driver’s history of insurance coverage, Proposition 17 is a rate hike in disguise because it permits insurance companies to surcharge people who have not been previously insured — even if they are perfect drivers who weren’t insured because, for a time, they weren’t driving. Proposition 17 also penalizes anyone who had to drop coverage for more than 90 days during the last five years, or missed just one insurance payment.
My San Diego Proposition choices are as follows:
- Proposition A – YES: A new recycling/landfill center makes sense if the citizens want the geater San Diego area to grow and prosper.
- Proposition B – YES: Term limits seem the only feasible way to reign in the power and ego of public servants.
- Proposition C – YES: This proposition allows veterans who have not been drafted and who have served during recent conflicts preference points for civil service jobs.
- Proposition D – YES; After the City Council’s asinine rebuke of Arizona, I want a strong mayor. It is easier to target one individual, citywide, should the strong mayor start implementing policies striving to make our city the southern version of San Francisco.
My only other specific recommendation is for Kevin Beiser , who I had the pleasure meeting at the Tierrasanta Patriots Day Parade. He was campaigning the old-fashioned way, face-to-face with individual voters. He is the Math Teach of the Year, has business management experience, and wants to trim wasteful spending and bureaucracy. In other words, he is everything that I want in a candidate at the local level. I will follow the same selection template for all other candidates on the ballot.
I would like to thank fellow blogger, W.C. Varones, for the inspiration for today’s post. As he has a slightly different take on some of these issues, I will direct you to his thoughtful analysis: Varones voters’ guide to the California propositions.
Speaking of fellow bloggers, my San Diego friends have been putting out some awesome material through the holiday weekend. Please check out these links, too:
- Acta non verba* (Act, don’t talk) from Beers with Demo
- Tea Party Christianity by The Liberator Today
- Nancy Pelosi Channels Jesus by Left Coast Rebel (hey, I thought only Obama could do that, LCR!)
- Take a Hint, Mr. President — by Charles Caesar; Here in San Diego we had a Tea Party in February of this year during a rare downpour of rain. A tsunami from Chile threatened to land on our harbor during the Tea Party. As the Tea Party began, the rain stopped and the tsunami subsided. Cut to today, our imperious leader shirks his responsibility at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Memorial Day
And, my personal pick for best analysis of the week:
And just because I haven’t done one in a while, here is a tasty science update:
A volcanic eruption near the Pacific’s Northern Mariana Islands shot clouds of ash and vapor nearly eight miles into the sky, federal scientists said.
The eruption occurred early Saturday and appeared to come from an underwater volcano off Sarigan, a sparsely inhabited island about 100 miles north of the U.S. commonwealth’s main island of Saipan.