I was planning on writing up a summary of how you should vote on each of the propositions on the California ballot in the upcoming election. Steve Friedl beat me to it though, and since I agree with him, in general, I'll limit my comments mostly to where I disagree and the emphasis of points I concur with.
Yes - public disclosure of government actions is good.
Yes - American elections are broken in general. The current system
makes it almost impossible for third-party candidates to be elected. We really
need to move to a system in which voters can vote for multiple candidates such
as approval voting or even better, Condorcet voting in
which voters rank the candidates.
Prop 60 does nothing to improve the situation, but, at least, keeps third-party candidates on the ballot.
Yes - Requires the government to pay off debt when they have a garage sale. I'd prefer they give me back my money, but this at least puts it to good use.
No - Steve's right
The first thing I do when evaluating a bond measure is to look in the argument supporting it: if it says in capital letters "DOES NOT RAISE TAXES", I automatically vote no. This is like saying that using your credit card DOES NOT TAKE CASH OUT OF YOUR WALLET, and if they will be intellectually dishonest on this, I won't believe anything else they say either.
Politicians are idiots. They think they can borrow money without any way to pay it back.
No - I'm not opposed to open primaries. If political parties want to nominate candidates in a closed matter, they can figure out a way to do so not at public expense. I'm against 62 because it limits general elections to two candidates. (The opposition's repetitions about the Klu Klux Klan are absurd, though.)
No - Tax the rich to pay for others' medical problems? No thanks.
Yes - This will require plaintiffs to show actual damages in order to sue for "unfair business competition". There are probably lots of things other than fraud encompassed by "unfair business competition" that shouldn't be illegal, but that will have to wait for another election, I guess.
Yes on both - I don't know that local government is any more fiscally responsible than state government, but I suppose they can be held accountable easier.
Yes - It doesn't get the people in prison for victim-less crimes out, but, at least, keeps me from paying as much for their incarceration. As the opponents point out, it would let out some nasty criminals who are currently imprisoned for less serious crimes, but who have already served their time for their more serious felonies. If their earlier sentences weren't long enough, sentence guidelines for such felonies should be changed. This proposition does double the sentences for sex crimes against children.
No - There is already a 10% city tax on my phone. I don't want to pay 3% more. I pay for my medical care. If you came to my door saying I had to pay for your medical care, I'd tell you to get lost. If doctors aren't being paid, they should find a new job, new customers, or start a charity to raise money for them.
Yes - I have mixed feelings about this one. Since Indian reservations
aren't really sovereign nations, in that their "citizens" are also U.S.
citizens and are, as far as I know, entitled to the same tax-payer funded
benefits, they should pay the same taxes imposed on the rest of us. This
initiative doesn't impose the same taxes, but would collect significant
Alternatively, it loosens the restrictions on gambling, but not in a free market way, granting rights to some existing enterprises.
So, 68 gets an unenthusiastic Yes.
No - I don't think this is terribly prone to abuse, but I don't like the idea of treating people who are arrested the same as those convicted.
Yes - Another anti-free market initiative that gives Indians a monopoly on gambling in exchange for, apparently, unaudited tax revenue.
No - Stem Cell research should be done by private enterprises using private funding.
No - Employees should negotiate with employers for health care benefits that they want.
The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else. - Frederic Bastiat