A Guide to the Ballot of 2014

i-voted-stickerThe time has come to cast the ballot, to take part in the democratic process and let your voice be heard.  Interestingly, the “undecideds” generally wait the longest to cast ballots, I suppose that’s why they’re called Undecideds.  The ideological political junkies are not to be swayed by the last minute attack ads and tend to vote early.

Here is my assessment and recommendations for the statewide races and propositions/amendments in both California and Colorado, where the majority of my readership will cast ballots.  There are also local issues in each electorate.  Read those thoroughly and make informed decisions.  Remember that party trumps person, particularly in legislative races and reflect on the proper role of government when voting on the propositions/amendments.

State names link to Ballotopedia for more election info

CALIFORNIA

Governor- Neel Kashkari

NO on Proposition 1– $7.12 billion bond for California’s water system

– Expands the debt of California, encouraging the further fiscal profligacy of elected officials.  The proverbial “we must do something” action of politicians

YES on Proposition 2– Increase amount of potential savings in the state ‘rainy day’ fund from 5% to 10% of the General Fund

– Encourages fiscal responsibility and accountability.  Supported by both Reps and Dems of California.

NO on Proposition 45– Public notice required for insurance company rates initiative

– Leads us further down the road to a single-payer, government run health care system.  This places a further burden of health care changes and costs onto insurance companies and consumers

NO on Proposition 46– Increase the cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million

– Will increase health care costs while encouraging even more frivolous lawsuits.  Parts of this prop could work well but taken as a whole it is no good

NO on Proposition 47-Reduces the classification of most nonviolent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor

– Basically, reducing the penalty for any crime is not going to deter anyone from committing criminal acts.  This is not the solution to the burden of incarceration

NO on Proposition 48-Ratification of gaming compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe

– Personally I do not cherish the idea of more casinos, I don’t frequent them.  However, this ‘NO’ vote is a vote against the continued partnership between business and government that has become a virulent relationship, detrimental to a vibrant economy.  Admittedly, this is more symbolic than anything else.

COLORADO

Governor- Bob Beauprez

U.S. Senate -Cory Gardner

NO on Amendment 67-Recognizes unborn children as persons in the Colorado Criminal Code and Colorado Wrongful Death Act

While I do believe in certain limitations to a woman’s “right to choose”, this amendment, which has seen it’s place on the ballot before, attempts too much

NO on Amendment 68-Establishes a K-12 education fund to be funded by expanded limited gaming at horse racetracks

– Everyone wants to help the kids.  However, any funds set aside for education primarily go to fund personnel costs which in turn help the teachers union.  Until that monopoly in public schools is abolished, this would simply be throwing good money after bad

YES on Proposition 104-Requires open school board meetings for collective bargaining negotiations

– This option will aid the public to limit the power of the teachers union.

NO on Proposition 105-Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms

– The price of food will needlessly increase.  GMOs are the modern day DDT.  Safe for consumption.

Go Vote!

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The Campaign Trail

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Less than two weeks out, the political atmosphere is as squalid as the back room of a strip joint in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.  The tension is palpable with both major parties attempting to grasp the reins and steer the country during the last years of the degenerating Obama administration.  Spokes-persons for each party have made competing, unequivocal claims and when the cloud of murk subsides, the elusive governing power will rest in the hands one or the other.

“I think it is far more likely than not that we will retake the Senate,”- Sen. Ted Cruz

“We are going to hold the Senate,” – Debbie Wassermann Schultz, leader of the Democratic National Party.

The forecasting falsities of Miss Cleo hold not a torch to the false bravado of political prophesiers like Miss Wassermann Schultz.  Mr. Cruz, while speaking to probability not certainty,  is certainly boosting the hopes of his republican base.  But boastful claims are not the extent of the malignity of this political atmosphere.  The depths of that swamp could swallow the Titanic with a chaser of Lusitania.

Here are my favorite claims that have arisen during the past few weeks (all headings link to stories):

Republicans For Ebola

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” – ex-chief-of-staff Rahm Emmanuel

Nothing says campaign season like the condemnation of one’s opponent for the spread of a deadly virus.  Democratic strategists decided to blame Republicans for a lack of funding at the CDC.  This claim has been utterly dismantled by the Washington Post fact checkers and rated 4 Pinocchios, ranking the Dems with the lyingest liars to ever lie.

Republicans on the other hand have made repeated attempts to connect the disease to the poor governance of the Obama administration.  While you cannot blame Obama for Ebola, there is still much to criticize regarding the response: travel bans, or lack thereof, and an Ebola czar who is a political spinmeister.

The Conscienceless Handicapped

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis went after her opponent Greg Abbott for his lack of sympathy for others who share his condition.  He received money from a settlement after he was injured and now requires a wheelchair.  Supposedly he has worked to limit the amount people may receive from similar settlements while the Attorney General of Texas.  Seems to me that the wheelchair criticism should be no man’s land.  However, in her defense, she has stuck to her critical ads and there is some merit to the criticism of hypocrisy, if it is indeed a valid criticism.

NAACP 

Judicial Watch, a right-of-center political watchdog group has found that:

“According to a letter from a lawyer for the State of North Carolina to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a speaker at a recent NAACP conference in North Carolina urged audience members to mislead the NAACP’s own members into believing they do not need to register to vote in advance, or that they do not need to vote at their assigned polling place. Why?  The letter alleges: To create confusion and animosity during the upcoming mid-term elections in North Carolina, and to use the evidence of that confusion in the ongoing litigation between Eric Holder’s Justice Department and North Carolina and to show that North Carolina’s election integrity laws are discriminatory.”

This is right in line with Rule 138 of the canon of modern progressive politics:

If discrimination, prejudice and racism do not, in fact, exist… Make it up

Impeachment and/or Lynching (Pictured at top)

In North Carolina, a flyer forecasting the loss of Democratic candidate Kay Hagan went on to predict the impeachment of President Obama.  Oh, and in the background the flyer used a dated, blurry picture of a mob lynching a black man.  Nice.

Cook-ing Up Some Voter Fraud

Right off the bat, state-of-the-art electronic voting machines in Cook County were already demonstrating their liberal bias.  Votes cast for Republicans were being automatically changed to votes for Democrats.  My favorite anecdote of this situation is when state representative Jim Moynihan tried to vote for himself and found he had cast a vote for his opponent.

While these evil shenanigans may be business as usual in Chicago, in Colorado voter fraud is still a fledgling enterprise.  In CO, where mail-in ballots are the standard, Democratic supporters are advocating for the improper and illegal use of unused ballots:

…and Obama Can’t Shut Up

In the midst of the heated rhetoric, the commander-in-chief, with all his supposed political savvy, just could not leave well enough alone.

(on Democrats who DO NOT want to be connected to Obama)- “The bottom line is, though, these are are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress.”

Even if this is true, why say it and risk the political backlash when your approval numbers rival those of W (not in a good way)??

I agree with the assessment of Charles Krauthammer.  Barack Obama cannot believe that he is being cast aside.  Outside of Gwyneth Paltrow’s home, he is no longer the rockstar deity, No-Drama-Obama, who exerts cool and provokes helpless fawning by the masses while compelling the oceans to recede.  He is a wavering president, racked by his own inaction, whose gravitas no longer causes Americans to gravitate to his presence.  This man, who has been worshipped by sycophants and praised by mentors, is being left home on a Friday night and his ego just can’t take it.

Almost there.  In a couple weeks, no more ads.  As a side note: one of the nice things about living in occupied LA county is that the progressive forces are so dominant that no ad money is spent here.  Gotta find the silver lining.  It is also very easy to become cynical towards the process, disenchanted with our country and lose all hope for the future.

I provide these examples both to inform as well as counter such a bleak outlook by offering some semblance of a brighter tomorrow.  At this point, these actions taken by progressives demonstrate a certain level of desperation.  Progressivism cannot win on its own merits as it fails time and again. (See: war on poverty, Obamacare rollout)  Sometimes the zeitgeist favors a voter-swing to the left and not much else is needed to win other than, “We’re not George W. Bush!”  However, six years later, that dog just don’t hunt.  These stories display the progressive candidates and their supportive groups in their true colors.  Voters can see that truth and will answer with their ballots.

Vote!

As it is easy to criticize, not easy to live, I will put myself into the arena  and make some predictions about the races of this election cycle:

– Republicans keep control of the House

– Jerry Brown, aka Governor Moonbeam, remains at the helm of the executive in California, Andrew Cuomo in New York

– Bob Beauprez will defeat incumbent John Hickenlooper to become governor of Colorado

– Senator Mark Udall will lose his seat to Cory Gardner

– Republicans will win enough senate seats to gain a majority, not enough to make it filibuster-proof