by John Eberhard

Here are my recommendations on how to vote in the elections next month.

Vote Republican at all levels
President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the heavy Democratic Party Congressional majorities in both the House and Senate, have gone all out over the past 19 months to move the country toward socialism and significantly increase the power of the federal government. They have taken over health care, the auto industry, large parts of the financial services industry, and student loans. They have done this by excluding Republicans from most bill writing, have used bullying and bribes, and have shown a complete arrogance and disregard for the wishes of the American people. As an example, every poll showed a majority of Americans were against passage of Obamacare, and it was passed anyway, without a single Republican vote in either the House or Senate.

So while Republicans are far from perfect, they are united in opposition to Obama’s socialist “transformation” of America, and the Tea Party movement has been moving the Republican Party towards smaller government, lower taxes, no more bailouts, no more stimulus spending, repealing Obamacare, and lowering budget deficits, which all fits with a classic politically conservative viewpoint.

But the overriding action of vital importance in this election is to take away Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, which will slow down Obama’s light-speed ride toward socialism.

Prop 19 – NO
Legalizes marijuana for adults over 21. First of all this legalizes a person smoking marijuana for as long as he wants and then climbing behind the wheel of a car. Second of all I think this opens the door to lots of abuse, from people being stoned at work (it’s harder to detect than alcohol) to being a gateway drug to harder drugs. Just because prohibition of marijuana has not been totally successful is no reason to make marijuana legal. Sheriffs, police chiefs, firefighters and district attorneys oppose.

Prop 20 – YES
Removes Elected Officials from Process of Establishing Congressional Districts, Transfers That Authority to Recently Authorized 14-Member Commission. Prop 20 and Prop 27 are opposites and whichever gets more votes will go into effect. Vote Yes on 20 and No on 27, because I think Prop 20 will tend to lessen gerrymandering.

Prop 21 – NO
$18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs. I am one of those people who thinks we are taxed enough already and that politicians are particularly susceptible to the disease of un-controlled spending. So unless something is really urgent I always vote no on props that propose new taxes or borrowing more money.

Prop 22 – YES
Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects. At issue are state fuel taxes and local property taxes which currently the state can take. This is good because the current situation gives the state too much power.

Prop 23 – YES
Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year (5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters). After the recent Climategate scandal it should be clear that global warming advocates have been cooking the data, more than greenhouse gases have been cooking global temperatures. The law that this proposition suspends was a bad idea, based on at best questionable data, so this proposition is a good idea. It basically says we’re not pushing global warming regulations to the degree they crash the economy.

Prop 24 – NO
Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Lower Their Tax Liability. Since the state unemployment is currently 12.8%, we need measures that will increase jobs, not increase the tax burden on small business. This prop would repeal a tax break for businesses. Nuff said.

Prop 25 – NO
Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from 2/3rds to a Simple Majority. This proposition would allow the majority party to just pass a budget with whatever they want in it, without having to even work with the minority party. That in itself would be bad enough. But remember the recall election a few years ago when voters threw out Governor Gray Davis? The reason for that recall election was that the Democratic Governor plus the heavily Democratic controlled state legislature had practically bankrupted the state. Well the legislature is still heavily controlled by Democrats and this proposition would give them more power, power with which they have proved they can’t be trusted.

Prop 26 – YES
Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to 2/3rds for State Levies and Charges. This forces the majority party to work with the minority on passing any new hidden taxes. That makes it harder, which is good.

Prop 27 – NO
Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting, Consolidates That Authority with Elected Officials. Vote No on Prop 27 and Yes on Prop 20. We can’t trust elected officials with redistricting, because of gerrymandering.

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