Through the Proposition Propaganda
Tune out the special interests…
[J. F. Kelly, Jr.] 10/19/05
If you are
like me, you hate the arrival of the political campaign season,
especially those TV ads with all the hype, misinformation,
corny dramatizations and just plain deception, endlessly repeated.
After awhile, you want to vote against the positions they espouse,
regardless of any possible merits. For the worst TV political
ads this season, I nominate those in opposition to California
Propositions 74, 75, 76 and 77, all supported by Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger and opposed generally by supporters of big government,
and continued spending beyond our means; in other words, business
as usual in Sacramento.
the worst of the worst stars a soft-voiced, sad-eyed, photogenic
teacher identified as Lisa Dickason, gently scolding the governor
for blaming her for California’s financial woes, turning
the people against her and asking pleadingly, “if Proposition
75 passes, who will speak for the teachers and the students?” Prop.
75 would ban public employee unions from using employee dues
for political purposes, like this campaign, without the employee’s
J.F. Kelly, Jr.
Kelly, Jr. is a retired Navy Captain and bank executive
who writes on current events and military subjects.
He is a resident of Coronado, California. [go to Kelly index]
if you want your union to be your political voice, just sign
Of course, the union doesn’t want
you to have that right because you may not always agree with
what they are saying or doing. They would rather not have you
speak with your own voice, except, of course, on TV, spouting
the union line. As for who will speak for the students, please
don’t insult the intelligence of voters by even suggesting
that the unions speak for our students. The students don’t
It is, to many, unseemly
and unsettling to see policemen, firefighters and teachers,
people entrusted with our safety and the future
of our children utilized as political props by their unions.
It may be somewhat naïve, but many people like to feel that
these worthy people, upon whom we are so dependent, are above
politics and union lobbying efforts. I believe that most citizens
revere these professionals and want them to be fairly compensated
and treated with the respect they deserve. People may not, however,
feel that well disposed toward their unions who many believe
are too opposed to reform and higher standards, especially in
the area of education. People may also feel intimidated when
their political views happen to be at odds with those of their
kids’ teacher, especially when they are publicly proclaimed
on TV, surrounded by children who are presumably students.
In a recent editorial,
The Wall Street Journal commented on Gov. Scwarzenegger’s
announcement that he would seek a second term and that he supported
Prop. 75. The latter was even
more important than his intent to seek a second term, the editorial
said. The governor is staking his political future on the outcome
of these propositions in the Nov. 8 special election. Indeed,
the future of the state is at stake and because California and
its fiscal problems are so large, the rest of the nation is watching
closely. The governor is trying to break the grip of special
interests upon state politicians who derive much of their support
Prop. 74 would lengthen the time required before teachers could
be granted tenure, making it more difficult for substandard teachers
to achieve permanent status. Prop. 75 has already been discussed
in the preceding paragraphs. Prop. 76 limits state spending and
changes minimum school funding requirements. Prop. 77 would take
the power to redraw state senate, assembly and congressional
districts from politicians who have used this power to facilitate
their re-election and give it to a panel of retired judges who
would make proposals for voter approval.
was elected to replace Gray Davis by voters who were fed up
with the fiscal irresponsibility shown
by their state leaders. He said that if his attempts to restore
fiscal responsibility were thwarted by Sacramento’s entrenched
career politicians and the special interest groups that supported
them, he would take his initiatives straight to the people under
California’s unique referendum process.
He has done so and it is time now for the voters to judge.
Every voter should read the propositions, tune out the misleading
TV ads and vote with the future of their state in minds, not
that of the special interests. tOR
2005 J. F. Kelly, Jr.