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|Korwin's AZ Ballot Proposition Picks|
Friends and fans,
I was totally confused by all the ballot propositions so I studied them, and
made this checklist for election day. If you like my work you'll probably agree
with most of these (2006). For complaints, please place finger in electrical
socket. Permission to circulate the list granted.
After the checklist is my brief description of why I made my picks, and a link
for more details if you want. Plus judges, and an amazing conclusion.
A friend said, "Just vote no," but you may need a yes to get a no (Stop a tax?
Yes.) If you voted early like a dope, you denied yourself this and more.
Alan "I vote" Korwin.
100 YES Limit bail for illegal alien felons
101 YES Limit local property tax levies
102 YES Limit illegal alien lawsuits
103 YES Official business in English
104 NO Allow more municipal debt
105 NO Change state trust lands law
106 NO Give school trust land to teachers
107 YES Protect marriage amendment
200 NO Lottery for voting
201 NO Ban smoking (the worse one)
202 NO Minimum wage commission
203 NO Tax tobacco for kids benefit
204 NO Restrict animal farming/ranching
205 NO Close polling places
206 NO Ban smoking (the better one)
207 YES Stop eminent domain abuse
300 YES Only legals may get public services
301 NO Prevent probation for meth
302 State legislators $12K raise
Judicial retentions: See end of report
Get fired up before you go to the polls, read about over-the-top government
abuse in Arizona and nationally with wit and a searing spotlight:
Breaking From The Herd by Craig Cantoni:
100 YES Limit bail for illegal alien felons. Would deny bail to illegal
aliens charged with very serious felonies. The state Constitution already allows
denial of bail for three other serious categories, and this rises to that level.
The U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 said bail can be denied in limited extreme cases,
even under the 8th Amendment requirement of bail for anyone, so this is a close
call. Bail can easily be set high enough to match the risk, but soft judges
sometimes release offenders regardless, who zip back to Mexico which will not
extradite them. That should be stopped.
101 YES Limit local property tax levies. Clamp down on greedy
localities' desire to tax without restrictions. New levies will be limited, must
be based on real numbers from the past. Only slows the rate of growth, not a
service-stopping budget cut as scare mongers say. Could go further, exercise
more controls, but a good first step.
102 YES Limit illegal alien lawsuits. Prevent illegal aliens from suing
us for punitive damages in our courts. How dare they even ask? You can't do that
where they come from if you snuck in illegally.
103 YES Official business in English. Borders, language and culture
issue. We can't make special cases for every foreigner who arrives, they need to
adapt and assimilate instead. Encourages immigrants to join us. This is an
illegal immigration, Aztlan issue. What's Aztlan? Google it.
104 NO Allow more municipal debt. A tax increase in disguise. Allows
cities to exceed their debt limit by 20% for selected causes (good ones of
course), which then have to be paid for with more taxation, later, when it's too
late to object.
105 NO Change state trust lands law. Allows turning over 400,000 acres
of state trust lands to localities for permanent preservation and development,
to deal with explosive growth. Monies continue to go solely to support schools.
But there is nothing wrong with the Arizona-New Mexico Enabling Act of 1908,
which has worked fine for 98 years. Let it be. Preserve the trust.
106 NO Give school trust land to the teachers union. Gives control of
700,000 acres of state trust land to a politically appointed commission of
mostly teachers, who could use money generated almost any way they like.
Supported by enviro groups, a huge grant of power and public money to private
interests. Put on ballot to oppose the more reasonable (and also unnecessary)
measure (105) proposed by legislature. A truly terrible proposal.
107 YES Protect marriage amendment. If people want gay unions, polygamy,
bestiality or whatever, I say let them, but not under government sanction and
funding. I'd like to see us return to "holy matrimony" without any government
involvement. Getting married for tax breaks is so wrong.
200 NO Lottery for voting. Humiliating affront to American values,
bribing disinterested people into voting so they might get a prize. No
legitimate authority exists to take a million dollars from the public treasury
and award it to one person by raffle.
201 NO Ban smoking (the worse one). A basic freedom issue -- government
has no legitimate authority to act as your nanny, free markets and individual
choice should govern. If a majority can ban this disliked but legal activity,
there will be no stopping them. Government wants to tell a person who owns a
business that he can't smoke in it himself -- it's his place, his health, his
choice, not if this passes. Includes a $5 million tax hike.
202 NO Minimum wage commission. Has little to do with wages, that's just
a carrot on a stick. The other 2,000 words set up an expensive appointed
commission with no term limits, that makes its own rules which can be used by
anyone against you. Commission is not answerable to legislature, destroys
business privacy and exposes your personal records on request (medical, banking,
SS number). Gives rights to illegal aliens to bring suit, empowers unions and
special-interest groups (who are its backers). Even a
guilty-unless-proven-innocent rule for homeowners for record-keeping mistakes.
One of the worst measures on the ballot.
203 NO Tax tobacco for kids' benefit. Singling out a disfavored group
for taxation is a totally unconstitutional terrible step. Requires smoking so
tax funds can flow, counterproductive, since any program that could reduce
smoking will hurt kids by reducing funding. Biggest tax hike on the ballot.
204 NO Restrict animal farming/ranching. Arizona is state-of-the-art in
raising farm animals. Pens for sows are restrictive to protect the young from
being crushed while feeding, not to be cruel. 204 is a vegan-style animal-rights
step towards no more hot dogs or chicken soup -- no meat for people. We raise no
veal, so the supporters -- out-of-state greenies -- figured we're an easy target
for a veal (and hog) law. They've failed everywhere else they've tried. "Stop
animal cruelty" is a smoke-screen for "Stop animal farming." Adds up to $60
million/yr. to costs with no benefit to consumers.
205 NO Close polling places. See my statement in the official pamphlet
all voters receive. You already have vote by mail now -- this just closes
virtually all polling places "to increase participation." Yes, it makes no
sense, eliminates our great tradition of voting in public. They say decrease
fraud by forcing the post office -- the post office -- into the voting
process... say what? You won't even know if your ballot was delivered. Cost
doubles since government must supply return postage too, and cost is transferred
from the state to counties and cities.
206 NO Ban smoking (the better one). See 201. Would allow smoking in
bars and selected places, but you already have that if you want.
207 YES Stop eminent domain abuse. Cities and counties hate this, are
fighting it tooth and nail. They want power over you and your property, want to
take it from you if they decide to. Don't let them. Protect private property
rights. Make them pay you fairly for your home or land if they want to take it
from you, or if they try to force its value down -- a neat trick to coerce you
into selling cheap, the bastages. Responds to Supreme Court "Kelo" ruling.
Probably the most important measure on the ballot.
300 YES Only citizens and legal residents may get public services or
resident tuition rates. Illegal-immigration activists want the horde of illegals
sneaking in (one million last year alone) to get social services without paying
for them -- to live off your taxes. Immoral and detestable proposal.
301 NO Prevent probation for meth. Makes the corrupt war on some drugs
worse by letting judges ban probation as an option for first or second time
offenders (not dealers). Meth is bad, but the war on some drugs is horrendous,
jails are overloaded with people instead of perpetrators, and this is more
government in the drug business.
302 State legislators want a raise from $24K to $36K. You decide.
Since fully informed juries are banned by these black-robed dispensers of
justice, I say NO to all of them, except Buttrick, the only Libertarian in the
entire system. With such an egregious blot on their records -- juries cannot be
told they have the power to decide if a law is good or bad -- how did so many
"earn" 99% quality ratings? Their peers do the ratings.
My amazing conclusion:
I have a ballot list from a group of democrats and they are OPPOSITE ON EVERY
ISSUE! So this isn't a list of individual policy choices, as it seems, it is an
expression of partisanship across the board, the polarization of American values
on a platter. (Technically, they do agree on two points, but only to favor the
one they prefer where we have two choices, on smoking and trust lands.) Seeing
this dichotomy made my jaw drop. But I've recovered.