California Propositions: Billions For Special Interest
Stewart A. Alexander
California Lieutenant Governor
Peace and Freedom Party
The propositions on the California November ballot appears to be the super jackpot for special interest groups; and if Californians vote to approve the various taxes and bonds, special interest groups will be the big winners and our children will be paying the bills for decades.
For years many Californians spoke unfavorably regarding welfare programs in California; however the taxes and bonds presented to voters on the November ballot are high society welfare programs. The propositions and bond measures are detailed so poorly that Californians will be lucky if 10 to 15% of the funds will ever be spent on the programs that will appear on the ballot.
Today, when voters go to the polls, they will need to take an attorney because you must read the fine print; and in the fine print the goods are not evident. These bonds and tax packages provide illusions of good things to come, and services we all need; however the goods are lost in the details.
Proposition 1B; Highway safety, traffic reduction, air quality, port security; $19.9 billion, true value of goods, maybe $3 billion.
Proposition 1C; Housing and emergency shelter; $2.85 billion, these are critical needs, true value of goods, maybe $500 million.
Proposition 1D; Kindergarten-University public education facilities bond; $10.4 billion, another critical need, true value of goods, maybe $2 billion.
Proposition 86; the tax on cigarettes, and Proposition 87, the gasoline tax, has special interest written all over these two propositions. Special interest groups have taken two major issues of concern to voters and have devised sophisticated schemes to grab billions of taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers will be lucky if they receive $300 million in benefits from these two propositions.
When Governor Schwarzenegger ran for office in 2003 he promised to work for the people of California and not for the special interest, now in 2006 Arnold Schwarzenegger has become the champion of special interest groups. The 2006 bond and tax package, presented by the governor and the state legislature, is the worst package ever offered to California voters in the state’s history.
Unfortunately the price tag is too high and the potential waste is too broad; and even worst our kids will be paying the bills into the middle of this century.
The most intelligent decision California voters can make on the November bond and tax package is to vote “NO” and send a message to the governor, state legislators and special interest groups, that the people of California have reached the limits on wasteful spending and special interest. Californians will support those programs that are clearly defined and will benefit the entire State of California.
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