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View Diary: Vote No On California Proposition 35: Human Trafficking (34 comments)

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  •  Are you the only person (2+ / 0-)

    who is voting no on both 35 and 36? Kind of a weird combo there.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 01:24:33 AM PDT

    •  You should vote no on most propositions. (0+ / 0-)

      There are exceptions - you can vote yes on propositions involving moral issues (e.g. the death penalty, abortion) in which a legislator is no more well informed than the average Californian.

      You should also vote yes on propositions on issues which can't be solved through the normal legislative process (e.g. majority vote to pass a budget, independent redistricting commission).

      And of course you should vote yes on propositions solving a crisis (Proposition 30 is a good example of that).

      But on almost everything else you should vote no. The proposition system has done enormous damage to California, especially with the explosion of propositions after the passage of Proposition 13. In general, propositions use a hatchet to do the job of a scalpel.

      by Inoljt on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 03:11:57 AM PDT

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      •  whatever happened to (1+ / 0-)

        evaluating each proposition on the merits? As pointed out in a prior comment:

        the diary's odd "experts should make all laws" argument.
        I agree. Legislators are subject all kinds of influences that are not in alignment with the good of society.  As a voter you would have me just say no to most propositions in a kneejerk fashion. Not buying it - I choose to be an informed voter and cast my vote accordingly.

        And then we have logic fail:

        there are only 18 individuals convicted of human trafficking in state prison, as of March 2012. So this proposition handles something that's not the state's responsibility.
        These 18 cases demonstrate that on some occasions it is the state's responsiblity.

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