Recomendations for the California conservative…
[Thomas G. Del Beccaro] 10/28//05
73 – Parental
Notification – Vote Yes
no getting away from the fact that this proposition is part
of a greater cultural war over abortion. Nevertheless, this
Proposition cannot and should not be judged solely within that
It is also begs the simple question of whether we, as a society, believe in
the importance of the family and parents. My 13 year old daughter is required
by her school to obtain my written permission to take even the most common
medicines. Presumably, beyond the liability issue, that permission is needed
because, well, she is a child – not capable of making certain decisions
for herself. Moreover, her school requires my phone number and permission to
treat her if she is hurt at school.
Thomas G. Del Beccaro
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In other words, as a society we require parental involvement
for her injuries and the taking of medicine, deny her the right
to vote, the right to drink and the right to go to war and kill
others. If she is to be denied the right to do those things and
otherwise needs my permission to take an aspirin, regardless
of what overlay is placed on a contentious issue, there can be
no satisfactory logic that she, or others, are capable of making
arguably the most momentous decision affecting her body that
she could ever make.
Prop 73 is a simple acknowledgement of all of the above and
is a clear statement that we do not want villages bringing
up our children but instead - parents.
It is that simple. Vote yes on Prop 73.
74 – Teacher
Tenure - Vote Yes
The issue of teaching is not just about teachers. Indeed, it
is and should be primarily about children. They deserve our best.
Culturally, we are a country borne of individual initiative and
competition. It is a system that had produced the highest quality
and most abundant goods and services for consumers in history.
In the education system, children and parents are the consumers.
Yet, we have built a system that, as a practical matter, is
devoid of competition and rewards its participants, teachers,
the same regardless of their desire or performance. That flies
in the face of human nature and our culture. It is no wonder
our true heritage is not taught under such a system. Prop 74
delays giving permanent jobs to teachers from 2 to 5 years
and makes it possible to fire bad teachers.
When you realize that the massive Los Angeles Unified school
district only took one teacher all the way through the termination
process in a recent school year – you know the system
is a failure. Frankly, Prop 75 will do precious little in my
view to really change that system. Nevertheless, it is a step
in the right direction and deserves your support. Vote yes
on Prop 74.
75 – Paycheck Protection – Vote
There simply is no
shortage of good reasons to vote for this measure. The measure
merely asks that public unions ask permission
of employees before they deduct money from their paycheck to
use for political lobbying. Nothing more. Under the current system,
an employee who wants to keep their money for themselves - to
buy schools supplies for their students perhaps – must
opt out and incur the wrath of the union to do so. As a result,
it is a rare occurrence.
all of the money/union dues subject to this measure are tax
dollars paid by the public at large. You pay
taxes, the government gives those taxes to public employees in
the form salaries – but not quite – before they get
to those employees they are deducted out of their paycheck and
given to “public” employee unions and spent 97% (national
avg.) on the causes of the Democrat Party. It is a brilliant
system for unions and the Democrats and bad for the public. Given
that even a majority of union members find that partisanship
to be wrong, it should not be hard for the public at large to
see that as well or to understand that public money should never
benefit one party over the other.
Beyond that fairness
issue, it is also remarkable that the opponents of this type
of reform refuse to entertain the notion that individual
union members should not have a real choice when it comes to
their own money. Clearly the party of “choice” is
not. Oh, and as far as corporations spending shareholder's money,
those shareholders have the choice to sell their stock any day
of the week, union members whose families depend on their jobs
Finally, without question,
public employee unions have far too much influence over public
policy. The desires of the unions
actually play a greater role than the needs of the public. If
you are the least bit cynical about politics, or if you subscribe
to the “golden rule” - those with the gold make the
rules, then you know that such influence must be curbed. For
those reasons and others, Vote yes on Prop 75.
76 – Budget
Reform - Vote Yes
This modest measure
seeks to limit government growth to an average of the prior
3 years’ revenue growth and allows for mid-year
adjustments. California’s budget has no such controls at
present – no wonder the budget has had doubled since the
early 1990’s. We cannot afford to have the budget double
every 10 years lest we risk another Davis type fiscal disaster,
the loss of jobs and tax revenues which hurt education and the
ability to provide essential services.
The mid-year adjustment
option, contrary to the Left’s
commercials, requires the Governor to call a special session
of the Legislature to deal with budget shortfalls. If the legislature
does not act, only then can the governor act. That is a measured
and balanced approach.
Frankly, this measure
falls short of what is needed as well. California needs true
budget restraint consistent with the Gann
initiative – spending that increases the same as population
and inflation. In the meantime, Prop 76 is a step in that direction.
Vote yes on 76.
77 – Redistricting
Reform - Vote Yes
Which makes more sense:
(a) politicians choosing their voters or (b) voters choosing
their politicians? If you chose principle
(a) over power politics (b), then that is all you need know – vote
yes on 77.
If you need further explanation, know that contrary to comments
made by its detractors, the 3 judge panel has remarkably little
to do under this measure. They have little to do because the
parameters they must work under to create the new districts require
cities to be left in tact and counties as well wherever possible.
That means no more gerrymandering.
Some Congressional Republicans are against this measure because
they fear that if this reform bug spread to other states, Republicans
may lose seats in Congress. Excuse me, but I thought Republicans
are the Party of Principle not situational politics. Enough said.
Vote yes on 77. CRO
2005 Thomas G. Del Beccaro