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I WANT TO VOTE "NO" ON EVERYTHING OMG [20051004|15:51]
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I recently received my absentee ballot for the November 2005 California Special Statewide Election.

Oh boy is it special!

Proposition 73: This measure would impose a waiting period and require parental notification for termination of a minor's pregnancy.

I don't think I need much help deciding how I'm going to vote on this one. California law doesn't currently require notification or consent for a minor to obtain an abortion. During my last visit to the States in January, a guy in a Home Depot parking lot asked me to sign a form to put this proposition on the ballot. I handed him his pen and said, "No, I don't think so." My father was with me. He leaned toward the man conspiratorially and said, apologetically, "I think she's a feminist." Thanks, Dad!

I also really love that the Legislative Analyst's Office, the nonpartisan body that provides summaries for these propositions, says, "Some minors might also avoid pregnancy as a result of this measure, further reducing the number of abortions for this group." Right, because legislation is such a demonstrably effective contraceptive.

Proposition 74: This measure would increase the probationary period for permanent status from two years to five years for public school teachers. Somebody explain to me why the fuck this change is necessary, other than the fact that it would allow school districts to refuse to rehire teachers annually once they started to work their way up the pay scale. Someone also explain to me why the proponents of this measure found it necessary to spend eleven million ($11,000,000) on it.

Proposition 75: This measure would require public employees to provide written consent on a yearly basis for their dues to be used for political contributions by labor unions. Presently, nonmembers can opt to declare that their fees may not be used in this specific way, but union members can't.

The text of this measure is rather short. It provides for the protection of personal information (address, phone numbers) of members who choose to use their fees for political purposes, which is a factor that would have swayed me towards the nay were it not included. However, I really can't see the point of making this law. If union members want more control over the way the fees they pay to the union are used, why don't they take up that issue within the union? Why does this need to be state law?

Proposition 76: This measure is supposed to fix California's broken budget by putting limits on state spending and school funding. Hang on, I seem to remember a proposition that was passed LAST YEAR that was supposed to do this. You mean you assholes still haven't fixed it?

Proposition 77: Redistricting. This is probably one of the most important propositions on them ballot, and I don't understand it, like, at all. What's wrong with the current re-districting system? Why do we need to do it before the next scheduled re-districting plan is due in 2010? If it's so goddamned important, why do we need to put a spending cap on it? If this measure is supposed to be so very beneficial to us wee voters and not to the politicians, why did politicians - including my favorite, our Governator - spend two point five million ($2,500,000) on it?

I don't even have the strength to go on right now. There are three more measures on the ballot for me to get steamed up about and I don't have the energy left. I hate this whole stupid proposition system. Most private citizens don't have the time, energy or necessary education to wade through hundreds of pages of legalese to try to determine whether or not the text of a proposition adequately represents their views, to find out whether there's some other hidden measure being included in the text that's not being widely discussed (read: Prop 76) or even to discern what the impact will be on him/herself or on the state. And if private citizens do have the resources to make informed choices, then why the hell are they paying legislators if those legislators are going to hand the responsibility for passing legislation back to them?


This crap is enough to turn a girl into a raging libertarian.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2005-10-04 15:31 (UTC)
Assholes!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 15:53 (UTC)
Exactly!

Oh, and someone explain to me why Milton Friedman, Champion of Laissez-Faire Government and Deregulation of Like, Absolutely Everything is backing Prop 75. *boggle*
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2005-10-04 19:32 (UTC)
There are some people who believe that unions because of their cartel nature are aberrations of laissez-faire (I still can't spell this term without a reference) economy.

They are also wrong.
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[User Picture]From: thirdbird
2005-10-04 15:52 (UTC)
At first glance and with my current library-school-addled brain I read that last phrase as "raging librarian." Yeah! I wanna be a raging librarian, too!

Is it just me or are California's state politics way, way more fucked up than any other state's?

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 16:18 (UTC)
Aren't you on your way to becoming a raging librarian? :-D

I can't comment on California's politics compared to other state's. My nascent political consciousness doesn't permit educated commentary on the subject. Although, doesn't Texas have that whole gerrymandering problem? Of course, if the rank smell I'm detecting from Prop 77 is any indication, California may be striving to add that to its list of fuck-ups.
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[User Picture]From: communistgnome
2005-10-04 15:55 (UTC)
One good thing is it is pretty easy to know how to vote on this stuff by who is supporting it. Unfortunately, stuff does occasionally get through. Which makes me sad.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 19:59 (UTC)
Yeah, the links to and summary of the money-trail info are part of the reason I like to use the CalVoter site.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-10-04 16:21 (UTC)
I face the same confusion/anger every voting time, as well. I read and read and read and still often have no idea whether I'm voting the "right" way according to my values. I end up abstaining on the more confusing initiatives. In fact, you've reminded me to do some googling about when the next polling is cause I stupidly forgot to change my voter reg. address and am signed up as an absentee. There's some super important stuff on the ballot this go-round. I hope I haven't missed it.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-10-04 16:25 (UTC)
Yay, still have four days to change my address with voter reg!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 19:57 (UTC)
Good! Can you do it online?
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-10-04 21:00 (UTC)
I can email them, but I don't trust 'em to process it properly or on time. But I can do it by phone, which is just as good. :)
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-10-04 16:36 (UTC)
Right, because legislation is such a demonstrably effective contraceptive.

Definitely the best quote of the day. You are now Internet Queen for 24 hours.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 19:51 (UTC)
Fabulous. I shall wear a crown fashioned from the fingers of Final Fantasy fanboys. I will disable all content-filtering software, unleash the Grammar Nazi and arm her with the Chainsaw of Natural Selection. Finally, I will gather all bloggers to me, and we shall let out a Category 5 collective whinge, the likes of which the internets have never seen.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-10-04 19:59 (UTC)
Sounds great. I especially like the part about the Grammar Nazi.

While you're busy, I'm going to fashion an oragami chastity belt for the makers of Prop 73 from a printed copy of the state statues.

We'll see how effective the law is at preventing contraception or whether anyone can die from a truly unusual paper cut. Either way, I think this is going to be a great day.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-10-04 20:10 (UTC)
Bwaha!

Shame I'm not likely to be a resident soon enough to vote. The SpecialTM, it burns.
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2005-10-04 18:17 (UTC)
I know I registered to vote -- or I *think* I did, when I got my shitty-picture Driver's License (I look like I'm about to explode. I'm serious. I hate that picture.)

Since it's likely to be a low-turnout, I definitely want to vote on these measures. Spending limits won't help with the balanced budget -- going after criminal power authorities will. But I doubt that'll happen. :(
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 19:33 (UTC)
Too bad they wouldn't let you use your rock star picture on your DL. That would have been awesome.

I hate my DL picture too. Mostly because it reminds me of a really crappy time in my life. Marco loves showing people his California DL picture. It was taken just after he graduated from Tech. He looks like a serial killer.

The election hasn't exactly been well publicized, has it. Except maybe for Prop 74, with its $11m Vote-Yes advertising fund. :-P
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[User Picture]From: jinnyisms2
2005-10-04 18:39 (UTC)

i think i know you

i think we went to usc together and knew each other pretty well. yeah, i'm pretty sure we did. just wanted to say hello.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 19:24 (UTC)

Yeah, I think you do.

Did you find me through the Schools widget?
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[User Picture]From: jinnyisms2
2005-10-04 19:54 (UTC)

Re: Yeah, I think you do.

yep. was bored at work.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-05 14:46 (UTC)
I think that probably explains most of LJ.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2005-10-04 19:10 (UTC)
The special election makes me wish there was a way to vote 'fuck you'. Sometimes 'No' just isn't enough.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-04 19:22 (UTC)
Oh man. If they hadn't changed the ballots, I would be campaigning for a proposition to make hanging chads count as "fuck you."
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2005-10-04 19:35 (UTC)
Maybe inking both bubbles could be a bad word?

"Gave that measure the double-dotted salute."
"Double dot Proposition FMITA and get these jackholes to shut up!"
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[User Picture]From: taische
2005-10-04 20:10 (UTC)
... or even a fuming anarchocapitalist. :)

Maybe Milton Friedman needs to sit down for dinner with his son David a little more often.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-05 14:46 (UTC)
Curse you for making me spend hours reading Wikipedia entries.

Okay, not really.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2005-10-04 21:19 (UTC)
Please don't vote no....on my heart.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2005-10-05 05:12 (UTC)
It's okay. I've been getting a lot of that lately. : )
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From: clairedelune
2005-10-07 08:42 (UTC)
This crap is enough to turn a girl into a raging libertarian.
YES FREAKING YES.

here's what i'm doing, since this is costing the state a goddamn million billion dollars and i want to punch that fathead governor in his fucking pig-teeth face:

NO on Prop 73. like you, someone stopped me not too long ago to sign a petition. unlike you, though, i had a VERY strong outwardly expressed reaction: "I'M PRO-CHOICE, PRO-ABORTION, AND ANTI-TEEN PREGNANCY. I DON'T SIGN SHIT WITHOUT READING IT, AND WHAT KIND OF ASSHOLE ARE YOU TO BE SUPPORTING THIS BULLSHIT? DO YOU WANNA PAY TAXES ON TONS OF FUCKING ILLEGITIMATE BABIES WHO ARE BORN TO FEMALES WHO ARE NOT MUCH MORE THAN BABIES THEMSELVES? GO TO HELL."

"speechless:" a good word for their reactions.


Prop 74: YET ANOTHER NO, GO TO HELL.
Prop 75: Not sure...probably yes.
Prop 76: No. I'm not sure about this yet, but I'm thinking it's another way for Governor Jackass to siphon money from the BROKE AS HELL public system. Go to hell, once again.

Prop 77: Go to hell.

anything arnold supports i'm automatically opposing. and i sent him an email, too. do you know what it said?

"Go to hell."




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