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Sep 16, 2020

McClintock on the Ballot Propositions: 2020 Edition

McClintock on the Ballot Propositions - 2020

Proposition 14 – Brewster’s Billions: NO. “Brewster’s Millions” tells the story
of a fictional character in 1902, who, in order to inherit $7 million, must first spend
$1 million in a year and have nothing to show for it. In 2004, California voters
were convinced to spend $3 billion on Stem Cell research – or about $260 (plus
interest) for every family in California. A recent report found that $2.1 billion
went to beneficiaries with links to the board that doles out the money. That money
is now all but spent, with nothing to show for it. So, they’re back with another
bond, this one for $5.5 billion (about $478 per family). This is amusing only as
fiction.

Proposition 15 – How Not to Succeed in Business: NO. From the “How Tone
Deaf Can They Be” file comes this proposal to reassess businesses annually in
order to hike their property taxes. That’s because the state-ordered lockdowns, the
arrests of shopkeepers trying to keep their businesses going, combined with
California’s highest-in-the-country income and sales taxes and anti-business
regulations, have left California’s small businesses flush with cash. It is still
possible to build a successful small business in California, as long as you start with
a successful large one. And remember, businesses don’t pay taxes: YOU pay
business taxes, as a consumer through higher prices, as an employee through lower
wages or as an investor through lower earnings (think 401k).

Proposition 16 – Judging People by the Color of their Skin and Not the
Content of the Character: NO. In the Parents Involved Case of 2007, Chief
Justice Roberts noted that “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race
is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” California voters had come to
the same conclusion when they passed Proposition 209 in 1996, which
forbids state government from discriminating or giving preferential
treatment “on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in
public employment, public education, and public contracting.” Prop 16
repeals this civil rights protection for all Californians and opens a new era
of official discrimination based on race.

Proposition 17 – Bank Robbers for Biden: NO. If there were any
doubt of the Democrats’ contempt for the electorate, this should dispel it.
This bill gives felons on parole the right to vote. Enough said.

Proposition 18 – High School Voters: NO. Wait, there’s more!
Here’s a proposal to give 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary and

special elections. Democrats are counting on their good judgment,
experience and common sense to counter the influence of their nagging,
annoying and totally unreasonable parents.

Proposition 19 – Fire Sale: NO. Right now, parents can leave the
family home to their family without a crippling property tax hike. This bill
ends that exemption, purportedly to add more money for firefighting. It’s a
good bet that more family homes will be lost in fire sales than in fires.

Proposition 20 – A Step Back from the Abyss: YES. Long version:
This measure repairs some of the damage of Jerry Brown era laws that have
made California less safe. It increases penalties for many theft and fraud
crimes that Brown reduced to misdemeanors, requires convicts to submit
DNA for state and federal databases and restores the ability of parole
boards to keep dangerous prisoners behind bars. Short version: Jerry
Brown opposes it.

Proposition 21 – 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.

Proposition 22 – Let My Uber Go: YES. One of the worst bills ever enacted by
the California legislature (and that says a lot) is AB 5, that essentially ended
independent contracting in California. This measure exempts app-based drivers,
meaning independent contractors put out of work by AB 5 can still take an Uber to
a free state.

Proposition 23 -- Bringing Venezuelan Heath Care to Dialysis Patients: NO.
Two years ago, SEIU tried to impose price controls on dialysis. They lost and are
back with this measure that imposes onerous and expensive requirements to have
physicians on duty at dialysis clinics and prohibiting them from going out of
business without state approval. This will help dialysis patients by assuring higher
prices and will help encourage new clinics to open by forbidding them ever to
close. Makes perfect sense. 

Proposition 24 – When in Doubt, Don’t: NO. This measure purports to expand
consumer privacy, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a consumer privacy

group, calls it “a mixed bag of partial steps backwards and forwards.” Here’s what

is crystal clear: it will unleash a new regulatory agency with vast powers to
prosecute businesses that run afoul of the increasingly intricate consumer privacy
laws in California. Another nail in the coffin of the once “Golden State.”

Proposition 25 – Catch and Release: NO. When suspects are arrested, they’re
jailed until posting bail to assure they show up for trial. Surprisingly, many
suspects don’t want to; go figure. Jerry Brown and the lunatic legislature did away
with this process in 2018, replacing cash bail with “risk assessments.” This law
was temporarily suspended pending this referendum, but the leftist Judicial
Council did away with bail for most crimes during the COVID scare, resulting in
the arrest, immediate release and subsequent re-arrests of criminal suspects the
same day for different crimes. A NO vote would repeal this insane law.

Tom McClintock
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