Oct 08, 2018

McClintock on the November Ballot Propositions

Prop 1 - Unaffordable Housing Bonds: NO.  A hallmark of leftist governments is sky-high housing prices as regulations force up costs and restrictions choke off supply.  Instead of addressing the cause, California’s leftists are asking you to cough up $4 billion (about $700 per household in interest and principal) to make low interest loans to the very people they’ve priced out of the market.  (Or you can save the money, move to a Republican state and get twice the house at half the price.)

Prop 2 – Hopeless AND Homeless: NO.  California levies a surcharge on millionaires, because, hey, when you’re that wealthy you can afford the nice weather.  Right now, it’s used to fund mental health services for those of us crazy enough to stay in California.  This measure will take that money out of mental health services and use it instead to finance housing.  Result: fewer mental health services AND higher prices for housing AND the beat goes on.

Prop 3 – Lucy and the Football: NO.  Remember the last water bond that was supposed to go to new reservoirs?  It didn’t.  So here comes another, this time for almost $9 billion (about $1,500 per household in interest and principal).  This one doesn’t even promise reservoirs – much of it is for water systems in “disadvantaged communities,” which are becoming harder and harder to distinguish from the rest of California.  Meanwhile, Brown has already signed legislation mandating year-round water restrictions of 55 gallons per person per day – about the per capita water usage of Uganda – effective in two years, even if you’re bailing floodwaters out of your living room.

Prop 4 – For the Children’s Sake Don’t: NO.  This burdens our children with $1.5 billion in additional debt (about $260 per household in interest and principal) for construction of “children’s hospitals.”  Who’s supporting it?  The eight hospitals that are getting the money.  Why?  Because the $7,549 PER PERSON Californians are already spending EVERY YEAR for health care just isn’t enough.

Prop 5 – Let Prop 13 be Prop 13: YES.  Proposition 13 capped property taxes at one percent of your home’s purchase price, plus two percent per year.  One problem: people held on to homes they no longer needed to keep their low property tax.  Prop. 60 partially improved this, allowing seniors (older than 55) to keep their lower assessment if they moved into a smaller home.  This measure says they can keep it wherever they are moving. 

Prop 6 – Stop Paying Through the Nozzle: YES.  This stops the massive gas tax increase that Democrats imposed “to stop global warming.”  When fully phased in and combined with previous taxes, you’ll be paying $2 per gallon in taxes before you buy your first drop of gas.  And the planet will continue to warm and cool as it has for billions of years.  Californians already pay one of the highest taxes per gallon for gas, but we’re always at the bottom in per capita spending for roads.  That isn’t the fault of taxpayers for not paying enough taxes.

Prop 7 – The Sun Doesn’t Care: YES.  If you are tired of the utterly pointless “spring-ahead-fall-back” ritual, this prop’s for you.  It would allow the legislature to adopt daylight savings time in California year-round.  King Canute couldn’t command the tide to stop and government can’t command the sun to rise.  It was a stupid idea at the time and hasn’t gotten better with age.

Prop 8 – Bringing Venezuelian Heath Care to Dialysis Patients: NO.  This is price control for dialysis – it purports to limit dialysis prices to 115 percent of costs.  Dialysis prices – in fact, all health care prices – are far too high, but the reason is too much regulation that stifles competition – not too little.  This proposition assures that new investments in dialysis care won’t be made in California – leaving patients with fewer options to get treatment.  That’s why this measure, which promises to help kidney patients, is opposed by the National Kidney Foundation.

Prop 9 – (Not forgetting it; the courts struck it off the ballot).

Prop 10 – Rent Control with Nothing to Rent: NO.  There’s an old soviet-era saying, “What good is a free bus ticket in a city with no buses?”  The same is true of rent.  Rent controls are very effective at drying up the supply of rental housing in any community where they’re imposed. Those currently renting do very well, but they hold on to their old apartments and landlords stop building new ones.  Presto: nothing to rent – but at a very affordable price.

Prop 11 – Dying for Lunch: YES.  California’s idiotic labor laws forbid ambulance crews from responding to an accident during lunch and other breaks.  This measure simply says that they can remain on call during their lunch so they can save you if you end up choking on yours.

Prop 12 – Tiny Houses for Food: NO.  Here’s the latest from the “animals are people too” crowd.  Back in 2008, Californians foolishly passed an initiative forbidding caging livestock and poultry in spaces smaller than their behavioral preferences, because, after all, who wants a grumpy steak?  Among other things, California egg production dropped, prices surged 33 percent and it still sucks to be a chicken.  This makes matters worse by imposing square footage requirements – think of it as a “Tiny House” mandate for your dinner, paid by you.

Tom McClintock
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