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The shape of things to come …

Lots of interesting things happening as we head toward January 20, 2017.

You’ve likely been reading about the down-ballot success of the GOP in gaining control over state legislatures and governorships.  In fact, only 4 states now have both blue legislatures and governorships – CA, OR, HI and RI.  By last count, 2/3rds of the legislative branches of state government belong to the GOP.  That, much more than the election of Donald Trump, should be giving props the vapors.  This has all happened under Obama’s watch.  Anyone who doesn’t realize that this signals a repudiation of the blue model generally and Obama’s agenda specifically, is simply in denial.

All of this apparently slipped under the DNC and progressive radar screen.  Or if it didn’t, they simply chose to ignore it. Afterall it just wasn’t consistent with the narrative.  Any sane person would have interpreted this steady decline as real trouble for the national campaign as well.  But, then, bubbles are bubbles, especially when the media helps construct and maintain the bubble.  Result?  Shock and disbelief last Tuesday night.  All earned.

So what is the DNC’s comeback plan?  Well it appears they’ll double down on stupid and move further left if they can. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Bernie backing, Harry Reid endorsed, back bencher is pushing for the job and seems to be the leading contender:

Ellison is a favorite for the position among liberal advocacy groups and lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the runner-up in this year’s Democratic presidential primaries. Reid’s backing is the latest sign that support for Ellison is broad. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Reid’s likely successor, endorsed Ellison for the job on Friday.

In a word: wonderful.  And I mean that in the most positive of ways.  This sort of far left leadership will allow the Dems to become extremely familiar with the “wilderness” since they’re likely to be wandering it for years. Gotta love it.

I’m sure you’ve seen the Van Jones nonsense asking what he was going to tell his children.  Pitiful, but right in line with the cult of the victim he and his ilk have helped develop and nurture.  Well, Nicki has helpfully provided an answer:

You know why your children are scared, you whining ignorami? Because YOU are scaring them. Yes. You.

It’s YOUR refusal to be a grownup and a parent and provide rational guidance rather than foolish histrionics that is scaring them, and will eventually facilitate their development into swooning members of participation trophy-hoarding Generation Cupcake!

It’s YOUR failure as a parent and as a role model that’s frightening them, and YOUR refusal to provide objective direction that’s giving them angst, because apparently you’d rather impose your irrational hatred of your fellow Americans on them than guide them through challenging times.

It’s YOUR inability to provide impartial, balanced narrative, because you’re so busy projecting your utter hatred, that is scaring your gay kids, who thanks to your histrionics about Trump’s alleged “homophobia and transphobia,” don’t even know that despite Trump’s significant faults, he was vocal in his support of transgender individuals using whatever bathrooms they felt appropriate during a time when the issue was at its contentious height, and put his money where his mouth was.

It’s YOUR inability to discuss real issues, rather than focus on vagina politics, it’s YOUR ineptitude at objectivity and failure to admit that it wasn’t sexism or misogyny that tanked Hillary Clinton, but rather the fact that she was a venal, corrupt, entitled, dishonest cheater who looked down her nose for years at the same people who handed Trump his victory.

If you want to know why your children are scared, upset, and angry, you have only to look in the mirror and your failure to adult as the reason.

But, but, “whitelash!”

When the press gets over its shock and dedicates itself to bringing the Trump presidency to a halt, any bets on how they’ll attempt it? This guy has a few:

(T)he press will suddenly awaken topics like to:
The elderly and the paltry return on CD’s and other fixed income;
The homeless;
The huge numbers on food stamps and other forms of welfare;
The shrinking real income of working stiffs;
Every job relocated over seas; and
The real unemployment rate.

My guess is they’ll also rediscover the Constitution, limiting executive power and the filibuster.  Oh, and the antiwar movement?  Gearing up as we speak! Bets?

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Always nice to see the unemployed neer-do-wells given a chance to shine!  But yeah, these are the usual suspects doing their usual thing.  ANSWER, Soros and the Occupy crew.  And I guess that they still don’t understand that everyday they keep doing this destructive nonsense is another day of validation for those who voted for Trump.
And they are nothing but thugs.  A recent flyer handed out in Portland OR makes that point.  It was a warning to the media covering the riots (and they are, indeed, riots).  All they needed to end it with was “Have a nice day!” and a smiley face.
Finally, on a hopeful note:

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he expects a flurry of repeals of Present Obama’s regulations by the next Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.

“You’re gong to find that we are going to repeal a half dozen or more regulations in the first week of Congress, and I’m excited about it because I think the regulations have been killing our jobs and making us less competitive with the world,” the Kentucky Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

Nothing like a little deregulation to spur economic growth.  And, a good early signal to business that the government is going to be looking for ways to back off their oppressive and intrusive regulatory march under Barack Obama and the Democrats.

~McQ

May you live in interesting times …

I think we’ve got “interesting times” covered right now, don’t you?

I’ve been reading a lot the last few days because I find this election to be endlessly fascinating.  Oh, it’s like any other election cycle in the sense it has now devolved, on one side, to finger pointing, mea culpas and “I told you so, but you wouldn’t listen” articles where the author attempts to avoid blame for his or her side losing. Oh, and the “it wasn’t the message.  It was the messenger” crap you always see. And, on the other side a series of “this is why he won” pieces where the author is sure he has hit upon primary reason we now await a Trump presidency.

The childish temper tantrums by the special snowflake brigade are new, but not particularly surprising given who is throwing them.

I still feel that, with a very few exceptions, neither side has figured it out completely. Nor will they.  They are, and remain, to out of touch to do so.   The party hacks dearly want to figure it out because they think it will assure victory the next time (assuming they properly “message”). And they honestly believe that in the long run, if they have the right data, manipulate it properly and positively focus group the resultant message they are sure to win.  Each side wants to discover and repeat whatever the magic formula for victory was this time and the other side wants to discover why their current magic formula didn’t work so they can avoid it next time.

As usual, neither will be successful.  Why?  Because they still won’t have a clue about what the people want (and really don’t do much to find out).  And if they do, they’re likely ignore it because it really isn’t what they want.  Hey, the GOP did it for three election cycles until they finally had Trump forced on them.  And, while they have a vague idea why, they still haven’t quite put their finger on it. Thus all the “why he won” articles.

Like this:

Trump won because of a cultural issue that flies under the radar and remains stubbornly difficult to define, but is nevertheless hugely important to a great number of Americans: political correctness.

More specifically, Trump won because he convinced a great number of Americans that he would destroy political correctness.

Yeah, no.  While PC is odious and totally un-American, it isn’t the reason Donald Trump won.  Oh, sure, his supporters would love to see it destroyed and appreciated him confronting it, but it is hard to believe this was the single-most important reason people voted for DT.  In fact, I’m sure it was barely on anyone’s radar screen.

Then there is the article headlined “Trump won because college educated Americans are out of touch“.  Well, again, no.  They were just as out of touch when Barack Obama won, but he still won.  The fact that the author is finally noticing that is a plus (btw, read the article, he really makes some good points about academia’s cluelessness and its inability to assess it’s own obvious shortcomings.)

No, it’s a combination of frustration and anger at being ignored and, frankly, being left behind while government catered to all of these whiny special interest groups and called those who were frustrated and angry names – you know, like “racist” or “homophobe” or “xenophobe” if they had the temerity to think differently than the in-power political culture thought they should think.  And if they said anything, if they spoke up,  they were given the added label of “fascist”, the irony completely lost on the bomb throwers.

You could see the anger and frustration building for years.  For years.  It wasn’t hidden. About immigration.  About the economy.  About jobs. About government intrusion.  About unemployment.  Taxes.  Regulation. Corruption. The healthcare fiasco.  About all sorts of issues.

Our betters simply ignored or refused to do anything  meaningful about any of that.  Or they tried to paint a rainbows and unicorns picture of what anyone could see was a crap sandwich.  Or they simply lied to us. All of it aided and abetted by a corporate media with an agenda.

So now they get to deal with a Trump presidency.

And they have richly earned every single day of it.

~McQ

 

 

Peace, love, tolerance and the left

“I refuse to be lectured on “peace”, “tolerance” and “embracing differences” by people who are wrecking cities and beating people in the street”. -Declan Finn

Finn has it right and I agree.

Watching the children that comprise the left in this country throwing a tantrum because the election didn’t go their way is simply to watch what comes naturally to them. When they win an election its all “we won”, “get over it” and “elections have consequences”.

Well, karma’s a bitch isn’t it? And here, given the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their principles, they do – riot, protest, cry, whine, demand safe spaces, refuse to cooperate and refuse to acknowledge the validity of the election process. Disgusting, infantile display … but not surprising.

Oh, and Leftyfornia wants to secede.  Please, take Oregon and Washington with you.  Once the three of you go bankrupt because no federal money is keeping you afloat, we might think about taking you back – if you renounce the blue model of governing.

Meanwhile reality called and it is giving the left a post-mortem that will likely make them very uncomfortable:

The truth is, most of Trump’s voters voted for him despite the fact that he said/believes awful things, not because of it. That in no way excuses it, but I have to admit I’ve spent eight years quietly tuning out news stories about drone strikes blowing up weddings in Afghanistan. I still couldn’t point to Yemen on a map. We form blind spots for our side, because there’s something larger at stake. In their case, it’s a belief that the system is fundamentally broken and that Hillary Clinton would have been more of the same. Trump rode a wave of support from people who’ve spent the last eight years watching terrifying nightly news reports about ISIS and mass shootings and riots. They look out their front door and see painkiller addicts and closed factories. They believe that nobody in Washington gives a shit about them, mainly because that’s 100-percent correct.

Pretty good points made.  The final line is the clincher.  That’s why.  The “political establishment” on both sides has let the majority of Americans down for decades.  To quote the incompetent occupying the White House’s favorite preacher, those “chickens have come home to roost”.  This was as big an anti-establishment vote as was Brexit.

For those who claim there is nothing good that can come out of the election of Donald Trump, I beg to differ.  Something already has.  The Clinton’s have been pretty much permanently retired from politics.   Thank you, Lord.

And of course, the joker who would be King only has a few months left to further wreck this country.  Like most would be kings, he “govern(ed) as though his opinion was the only one worth considering.”  You can see the result for yourself. More of that sort of thinking is likely to be put into action with a “pen and a phone” in his (thankfully) closing months..

“Look out for the executive orders, the ‘midnight’ regulations and, perhaps most controversially, the pardons,” The Washington Times warns. “As President Obama runs out the clock on his eight-year tenure, analysts say, he still has plenty of business left undone, and they expect him to follow the lead of other presidents and issue a series of rules, to add to his list of executive orders, to continue his record-setting pace of commutations and perhaps add a controversial pardon or two into the mix.”

Frankly, I think you can count on all of this. His legacy, such that it was, is in the crapper anyway, so, why not?  Hillary is counting on him. And, of course, the left will support everything he does.

But what will they do when the shoe is on the other foot?  Ann Althouse’s son says:

“Democrats have been arguing for years that President Obama should have the power to get a lot done on his own, without going through Congress: executive orders, going to war, etc. If President Trump exercises similarly broad powers, remember: Trump didn’t build that!”

~McQ

 

Danger – exploding heads!

I’m still laughing over the stunned looks on the MSNBC hosts faces last night.  The elite were steamrolled and they’re still trying to figure out why?  Let me give you two quick reasons:

  1. Hillary Clinton was a deplorable candidate (thought I’d toss the word “deplorable” at her since it was one she used to characterize the half of the US voting population she despises).  I cannot think of a worse candidate for any major party.  She almost lost to a back bench socialist, and would have, had the primary not been rigged.  She’s never, in her political life, had an approval rating above 48%.  Drop on the email scandal, the appearance of Justice Department manipulation and collusion in the investigation, not to mention Wikileaks and she was destined for the mat and a 10 count.
  2. Donald Trump, like Obama 8 years ago, was the beneficiary of the perfect political storm. How so?  This revolution on the right has been brewing for over 10 years.  The GOP was absolutely deaf to it.  The Tea Party really kicked it off and it worked hard to put GOP politicians in office that would take on the size of government and the out of control spending at a minimum.  Well it did that and what did these politicians do?  Nothing. They gave it lip service for a while, but in the end, they didn’t even try. Obama and the Dems, on the other hand, were expanding both the size and intrusion of government by every means available and continued to spend us into the poor house. The Republicans essentially colluded in this travesty.  Enter the primaries.  The constituency that makes up the right made it clear that establishment GOP members need not apply.  Donald Trump had figured that out and understood their frustration (Paul Ryan finally figured it out and said in remarks today, “Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard.” – Duh!). He appealed to that frustration.  The establishment GOP was clueless.

Result?  President-elect Donald J. Trump.

The Republicans – and the Democrats – got exactly what they had earned by ignoring the “deplorables”.

Certainly there are lots of other reasons that can be tossed on the pile.  But the obvious “demand for change” that was blithely ignored by the GOP is one of the majors.  Horrible Hillary was just the cherry on the top of the cake.

Then there’s this:

To suggest that Trump voters are worried about anything real is to invite scorn from certain corners of the mainstream media. The “economic anxiety” tweet, a special brand of sarcasm that mocks the suggestion that Trump supporters are buttressed by economic forces, has entered the online lexicon. Many cannot stomach the fact that people are driven to Trump by anything besides racism.

Yet the decline felt in certain corners of the country isn’t just about economics; it’s about every element of life — from family to life expectancy to the drugs that have infected communities. The feeling that so many of America’s opinion leaders see your concerns as the product of stupidity at best, or racism at worst, confirms the worst fears of many. They already worry that the coastal elites don’t care about them, and many among those elites seem happy to comply.

This was a total and complete repudiation of what are commonly known as the “ruling elites”.  They have been rebranded as the “out-of-touch elites” with this election.  They are as stunned as anyone.  Why?  Well the title to the article cited is “Life Outside the Liberal Bubble”.  It details why this victory by Trump has caught the left completely off guard.

And you ought to scroll through the rest of the NYT opinion pieces you’ll find on that linked page.  All full of gloom, doom, hate and angst.  Trump hasn’t even taken office and the world is ending.  If you think “Chimpy McBush Hitler” was bad, wait until the leftist hate machine gets over their shock and focuses on their newest target.

Oh, and Paul Krugman?

So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened.

Because, you know, things didn’t turn out as another elite expected.  Whatta maroon.

Why were the elites so wrong?  Because people see the results of their meddling and are finally angry enough to do something about it.  And not just here.  Trump is just a beneficiary of that anger.  The anger has been boiling for quite some time:

What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest of us 1) what to do, 2) what to eat, 3) how to speak, 4) how to think… and 5) who to vote for.

But the problem is the one-eyed following the blind: these self-described members of the “intelligentsia” can’t find a coconut in Coconut Island, meaning they aren’t intelligent enough to define intelligence hence fall into circularities — but their main skill is capacity to pass exams written by people like them. With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers (or Montaigne and such filtered classical knowledge) with a better track record than these policymaking goons.

People are simply tired of the prescriptions of the self-described “intelligencia” with no skin in the game and no accountability for the usually dismal outcome of their prescriptions.  And they are deathly tired of the 1-5 listed above.  But they’re stuck, for the moment, with this group. They also know that government, because of its size and intrusiveness, is a problem not a benefit.  They hold these nabobs responsible and want out from under their “guidance” backed by government.  It’s not a far fetched wish and certainly not one I’m at all unsympathetic with.

However, the IYI still hold sway today.  We have one that shows up here every now and then to lend us his “expertise”:

The Intellectual Yet Idiot is a production of modernity hence has been accelerating since the mid twentieth century, to reach its local supremum today, along with the broad category of people without skin-in-the-game who have been invading many walks of life. Why? Simply, in most countries, the government’s role is between five and ten times what it was a century ago (expressed in percentage of GDP). The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely seen outside specialized outlets, think tanks, the media, and universities — most people have proper jobs and there are not many openings for the IYI.

Beware the semi-erudite who thinks he is an erudite. He fails to naturally detect sophistry.

Sound like anyone we know?  Time for a purge.  Will a Trump presidency be the beginning of such a purge (and I mean purge in the most benign sense)?  Who the hell knows?

Finally, stay tuned for an avalanche of hypocrisy on the left as they start to gin up their opposition to all things Trump.  Executive orders, an Obama staple?  Taboo.  They’ll begin yammering about the sanctity of Congress … and the Constitution.  And they’ll be as obstructive as they can … that’s already the declared stance of one “progressive” group.  And you have to love those out there on the left claiming Trump has “no experience”!  Yeah, and the last guy just had a mountain of it, didn’t he?  At least Trump has “run something and done something”.  All Obama has “done” is head this country down hill in a free fall.

But enough.  Disclaimer – I did not vote for Donald Trump, nor Clinton, but I did vote.  My candidate of choice wasn’t especially attractive politically either.  But I could not find it in myself to enable either of the two top contenders.

Water under the bridge.  Georgia went exactly as expected – to Trump.  Now, given the fact that the country has spoken pretty emphatically, I wish him the best and hope like hell he can rise to the job.  Just as importantly I hope he can begin to unite and heal the divide this country now suffers – if the left will let him.

~McQ

*yawn* Another “election”

Sorta.  For those who choose to vote for either of the major two party candidates it is truly a choice of the lesser of two evils … with emphasis on the last word.  What I’m wondering is whether or not this will be a Brexit.  There’s an odd sort of rumble out there that says it’s possible.

When is the last time you’ve seen people reluctant to show who they were voting for with yard signs and bumper stickers?  Most odd.

Lots of questions to ask at the conclusion of this mess.  The biggest being “how did this happen?”

Like many people along the Lincoln Highway, she wonders how it came down to Clinton and Trump: “You’d think, I mean you would really think, [we] would have picked better choices.”

You’d sure would think so … but here we are.  And much of that is the fault of the ossified major parties and the out-of-touch elite who manipulate as much as they can in their own favor.  Government is, of course, their favorite instrument.  And that’s left most of America wondering.  They look around and find:

“We have had a good life. We’ve worked hard, we’ve tried our best, and that is the good of this country,” she said. “The bad is how hard the government makes it to do just that.

And government continues to even make it harder.  It’s called a corrupt government which enables crony capitalism.  Rent-seeking.  You name it, we now have it.  And we also have a government that is essentially out of any politician’s control.  Unless, as a body, they decided to do something about it.

But that’s not how you show up as a poor representative from Iowa and thirty years later go home a millionaire is it?  That’s not how the game is played.

The problem isn’t the corrupt politicians we are considering today.  They’re just a symptom of a far worse problem.

~McQ

Time to punch back?

In some places they riot in the street when corruption at the highest levels is uncovered (I’m thinking Brazil at the moment, and then there’s Venezuela). They protest government tyranny (Turkey). We just seem to sit placidly and watch the world go by as it is uncovered here.  Not only that, millions are planning on or have already voted for the corruption to be elevated to the White House where a “for sale” sign can then be firmly planted in the front yard. I mean, what will stop them?

Victor Davis Hanson characterizes the Clinton Mob very well, I think:

For the Clintons, power is the narcotic of being sought out, of being surrounded by retainers, of bringing enemies to heel and enticing sycophants with benefits. Liberalism and progressivism are mere social and cultural furniture, the “correct” politics of their background that one mouths and exploits to obtain and maintain political clout — and to get really, really rich without guilt or apology.

If she manages to slip all of these crimes she’s involved in and somehow snags the presidency, we will have officially arrived … at Banana Republic status.

I was stopped at a stoplight today and saw a guy behind me just singing away with a song.  He looked older than me.  I immediately thought of my dad singing to a 40’s or ’50’s classic.  Then I realized he could just as easily, in this day and time, have been singing along to “Stairway to Heaven”.  Argh.

Good!  It’s about time this sort of “journalism” paid a price!

A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus that included a debunked account of a fraternity gang rape.

The 10 member jury concluded that the Rolling Stone reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was responsible for defamation, with actual malice, in the case brought by Nicole Eramo, a U-Va. administrator who oversaw sexual violence cases at the time of the article’s publication. The jury also found the magazine and its parent company, Wenner Media, responsible for defaming Eramo, who has said her life’s work helping sexual assault victims was devastated as a result of Rolling Stone’s article and its aftermath.

We covered this a bit when the article first came out and the story began to collapse.  This is what should happen when “agenda journalism” defames people and lies about events to make an agenda point. Agenda journalism is characterized by shoddy work since inconvenient facts are simply ignored in favor of the approved narrative.

We all understand and agree that “rape is bad” and must not be tolerated.  However, it doesn’t have to be lied about and sensationalised to make that point.  “Rolling Stone” already had a reputation for shoddy agenda journalism that had landed it in hot water before.  Whatever was left of any integrity and reputation they had was left shredded on that federal courtroom floor.

One of the things severely lacking in our political process is accountability.  About all we ever hear is an “oops” and “sorry about that”.  A perfect example?  Obamacare:

Michelle Harris, a 61-year-old retired waitress in northwest Montana, has arthritis in both shoulders. She gets a tax subsidy to help buy coverage under Obamacare, though she still pays $338 a month for the BlueCross BlueShield plan. Yet with its $4,500 deductible, she says she’s doing everything she can to avoid seeing a doctor. Instead, she uses ibuprofen and cold-packs.

“It hurts, but we don’t have that kind of money,” Harris said in an interview. “So I deal with it.”

Harris is one of many people with Obamacare plans that feature high out-of-pocket costs that can put health services out of reach. That’s because the insurance coverage Harris and others like her have purchased is designed not to kick in until patients have spent thousands of dollars.

Welcome to the new world where “you can keep your insurance and you can keep your doctor. Period”, don’t mean what you think it means. And accountability for screwing up a system that was working? “Oops, sorry about that.”  What’s even worse is those that screwed it up are now telling us they’re going to “fix it”.

Okay, I’ll eat my words … there is some accountability.  But unfortunately it’s rare. Remember Chris Chrisitie’s “Bridgegate”?

Two former officials linked to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office were found guilty on all charges Friday in connection with the closure of lanes in 2013 on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution, the fallout for which has come to be known as Bridgegate.

Again, good!  More please!  Lots more.

And finally in the “world gone mad” department, we have this:

Millions of Spanish children have been called out on strike this weekend, with families and teachers asked by a national parents’ association to say no to homework.

Because Spain is so, uh, competitive in the world today.  Uh huh, yeah, this’ll fix that. For good.

~McQ

2016 California Ballot Propositions

Once again, it’s time to look at the ballot propositions the special interests…er…voters of California have gotten on the ballot for the Voters to approve.

PROP 51: SCHOOL BONDS. 

Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities.

NO. California voters are suckers for every single school bond issue, even though it takes up most of the state budget, and we spend loads on schools. Which, essentially, graduate illiterates.

PROP 52: MEDI‐CAL HOSPITAL FEE PROGRAM.

Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.

NO. This is a sleight of hand deal that keeps the fees, but removes the requirement that the $3 billon collected be spent on health care.

PROP 53: REVENUE BONDS.

Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.

YES. Not that it’ll do any good, given the voters’ propensity for approving bond measures, but ineffectual fiscal constraints are better than none.

PROP 54: LEGISLATURE. LEGISLATION AND PROCEEDINGS. 

Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Authorizes use of recordings.

YES. The CA Democratic Party opposes it, so I assume it’s an unalloyed good. Also, it’ll stop last minute gutting and amending.

PROP 55: TAX EXTENSION TO FUND EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE.

Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K–12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare.

NO. These increased taxes were supposed to sunset in 2018, but Democrats, being good Democrats, think they can spend your money better than you can. Beside, if you’re rich, you probably don’t deserve it anyway. Well, I say, screw the commie bastards.

PROP 56: CIGARETTE TAX TO FUND HEALTHCARE, TOBACCO USE PREVENTION, RESEARCH, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.

NO. Go back to 1670, you self-righteous Puritan jerks. I don’t what’s worse, the Puritanism, or the greed to extract every possible cent they can from the populace. Oh, also, only 13% of the money goes to smoking cessation programs. The rest goes to health insurance companies.

PROP 57: CRIMINAL SENTENCES. PAROLE. JUVENILE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AND SENTENCING.

Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult.

YES. But kind of an ambivalent yes, because some “non-violent” offense classifications actually…aren’t. Overall, though, I’m not sure why non-violent offenders need to be kept in prison, so I’m for it, on balance, even though I know the CADoC will find some way to screw it up.

PROP 58: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.

Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual–language immersion programs for both native and non–native English speakers.

NO. Basically everything the paragraph above says is untrue. What it actually does is eliminate all of the restrictions on the legislature to alter California’s English-only policy. In other words, under the guise of preserving English-language instruction, it gives the legislature the power to repeal it by a simple majority vote.

PROP 59: CORPORATIONS. POLITICAL SPENDING. FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS.

Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

NO. Basically, this a proposition that authorizes the CA legislature to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United. California Democrats love this, because they’re stupid.

PROP 60: ADULT FILMS. CONDOMS. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS.

Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites.

NO. Both the California Democratic Party and California Republican Party oppose this measure, because no one wants to see porn ruined. Oh, and also, no one wants to lose that nice porn tax money to Florida.

PROP 61: STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PURCHASES. PRICING STANDARDS.

Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi–Cal.

NO. In the real world, what will happen is that the price cuts the VA gets will simply disappear, and medicine prices for veterans will increase, rather than prices decrease for all Californians. The VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, and Vietnam Veterans of America all oppose it.

PROP 62: DEATH PENALTY.

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution.

YES. I have no objection, philosophically, to the death penalty. But we do an awful job in California of imposing it. I don’t trust this state with the power to kill me.

PROP 63: FIREARMS. AMMUNITION SALES.

Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large–capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice’s participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

NO. This is another attempt to effectively repeal the 2nd Amendment. I will never compromise on this.

PROP 64: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION.

Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.

YES. Being of a libertarian bent, I don’t think it’s any of the government’s damn business if I want to smoke vegetable matter. Oh, and the war on drugs has been a practical failure, and has done much to restrict liberty.

PROP 65: CARRYOUT BAGS. CHARGES.

Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects.

NO. So, this is confusing. In an effort to reduce plastic bag sales, the Legislature mandated that grocery stores sell paper carryout bags, but allowed them to keep the money from these sales. A “Yes” vote on this proposition would keep the bag requirement, but take away all the sales revenue and give it to the general fund. It’s another money grab by Commies.

PROP 66: DEATH PENALTY.

Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods.

NO. The opposite of Prop 62, this initiative will make killing convicts a bit easier and quicker. So, I guess we’ll see if Californians want the state to stop killing people, or do it faster. Or—and this is possible—both. (Though, obviously, if Prop 62 passes, this proposition becomes irrelevant, even if it passes.)

Prop 67: BAN ON SINGLE–USE PLASTIC BAGS.

A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single–use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

NO. I use these plastic bags to clean dog poo from my back yard.  A “Yes” vote means each bag will cost me ten cents. Screw that. Oh, and food poisoning from reusable cloth/paper bags will kill some number of children and elderly people each year.

That’s this election’s ballot measures, and glimpse into what political life is like in California.

An update to my discussion about our presidential candidate Hildroid Clintabot

Four days ago, I gave my unserious take on our presidential election, including the explanation that I couldn’t support the android candidate for the Democrats. I mentioned that her honesty and humor modules seemed to have problems.

After that, the candidate admitted to having a short circuit. A surprising admission for a robot, but perhaps it was a side effect of an attempt to fix her honesty module. She also admitted to an intention to raise taxes on the middle class, which seems odd when many middle class taxpayers currently send almost half of what they make to various levels of government. I find it hard to believe that middle class taxpayers want to send even more. Again, perhaps the attempted fixes to the honesty module are responsible.

The reptilian alien candidate lost little time seizing on these admissions:

In addition to the earlier faults I mentioned in the android’s programming, it appears that the stair-climbing module is quite buggy:

It’s been a problem for a while, apparently:

 

HillaryFallingProblems

I’m sure the DNC’s has a team of programmers and engineers feverishly attempting to fix or hide these flaws.

Bern with Bernie?

Will Bernie become a write-in candidate?  Well, his supporters let it be known that they won’t vote for Hillary and many of them were thinking “write-in”:

Many took a different approach, saying they would not vote for Clinton, but would vote for Sanders as a write-in candidate.

That would split the left’s vote fairly significantly if they actually did that.  But, in reality, it is likely anger talking right now and many of them will fall in line and vote for the Hildebeest. But I would absolutely love to see this take off.

Others, though, are so mad they’re claiming they’d rather vote for Donald Trump than give Hillary the satisfaction of winning the White House.  Check out this reasoning:

A member of the group said: “I will vote for Trump as a f*** you to the stupid people that voted Hillary in. We are more likely to have a revolution with Trump in office and less likely to have a foreign war”

They have a point.  Well, at least about the “revolution” and their rather violent proclivities (see Trump rallies to find Bernie’s troops).

As for the “let it burn” crowd, they’re very well represented among the Bernie supporters:

Some said they would rather let the country ‘burn’ with Trump than let Clinton into the White House, with one person writing: “I’d rather Trump than Clinton. I won’t vote for him, but I’d be happy to see this country burn.”

If they weren’t such little fascists, I would be more sympathetic.  If they weren’t of the socialist mind-set, I could likely find more common ground with the sentiment.

But as it is, I hope they do what they say they’re going to do.  Neither of the candidates is worth warm spit and the more voters split away, the better this might all become.  No one gets a majority of either the popular vote or the electoral college?  Wouldn’t that be simply wonderful.

~McQ

So now what?

Now that it seems it will be Trump or Clinton – two sides of the same coin.  No.  Two of the same side of the coin.  What is America, you know the country that the Obama administration left badly listing to port and rudderless, going to do now with that … choice?

As I and many here have pointed out, it’s not the politicians fault that those are our choices, it’s the voter’s fault.  They do what is necessary to get elected and stay there – the voters enable both of those things.  And then don’t pay attention to what’s going on, become party bots and go to the polls to pull one lever or another … as instructed.

I’m also enjoying a bit of irony.  Mainly at the expense of those who, in the past, have always told me that a vote for a libertarian candidate or being not willing to vote for the prevailing GOP candidate is as good as a “vote for the other side”.  Now that it appears that Trump will be the GOP’s candidate, I’m hearing a completely different tune from many of them.

The GOP has been known for quite some time as the “stupid party” and that moniker seems quite accurate and appropriate at the moment.

As for the Democrats, well they have an equally disgusting choice as their candidate.  She’s a criminal and as big a con artist as is Donald Trump.  She is, in the parlance, a grifter.  She, like the joker in the Oval Office at the moment, has never accomplished a thing in her time of “public service”.  In fact, the only thing she has going for her right now is she’s a woman – for the first “woman president” vote.  Of course we’ve just suffered through almost 8 years of that sort of first and apparently the country has a masochistic streak that is yet unsatisfied.

I mean either one of these idiots is an abysmal “choice” so it is clear that if either is elected we’ll again be led poorly and ineptly right toward the abyss.

It’s the perfect ending for a once great republic – regardless of who wins, we’ll end up being led off the cliff by a NY liberal.  How … apropos.

In the meantime, the libertarian party’s membership is booming.  Of course those coming on board are no more libertarian than Donald Trump is conservative.  But then, its about the only reasonably agreeable and calm port the defectors can find in this political sh*t storm.

~McQ

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