No On Proposition 75 In The Special Election
Usually, in California, more Republicans turn out for a special election than Democrats. This is one reason why Republicans have traditionally favored a special election. as Ronald Reagan did and as Arnold Schwarzenegger does.
In this blog, I've endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Los Angeles mayor, and one City council candidate, Bill Rosendahl. both of whom won, and in the special election called for Nov. 8 statewide, I'm prepared now to come out against Proposition 75, and may have other endorsements later.
Proposition 75 is a trick by the governor to disarm his opposition in the public employee unions, while giving greater influence to business interests which support the Republicans most of the time.
I do not always agree with the public employee unions, including the teacher and police unions. But very clearly I do not think it's a good idea in a democracy to disarm one side while empowering the other. Therefore, there is no way I would support this proposition.
The governor has tried to fool people by arguing it is democratic to require that union members give their specific consent before their dues and other contributions can be used to influence the electorate. But no one goes to the employees of big business to see whether they agree with the positions the businesses are taking. The business lobbies traditionally fight any move to require health coverage for their workers, to pass environmental legislation of any kind, and the list goes on. It is unfair to restrict the unions' from speaking out, while not putting similar restrictions on business.
SChwarzenegger often tries to cloak himself in the garb of a reformer and a man who is not beholden to the special interests. But he has been raising a lot of money on the right and he supports business most of the time. This makes him a phony, and the polls indicate many people have come to realize that.
Yet, as L.A. Times political columnist George Skelton writes this morning, there is a real danger the governor may prevail in the special election, because many opposed to him are so disgusted at the idea of even having the special that they might not vote in it.
Skelton quotes political observers who believe the outcome is liable to be close.
But quite a bit is at stake here, and it would be a shame if a minority of California voters, simply by showing up at the polls, was able to disarm, let's say, the teachers unions. This could lead to less state money for an already inadequate public education system in the primary and second schools, and it would hurt the University of California, the state universities and the community colleges.
As I say, this is a trick, and the governor must not be allowed to prevail. For now, I say , vote no on 75, and be skeptical of the others.