Amendments? Why?

by Ed on October 22, 2006

We had a voters night the other night, and we went through all the propositions on the ballot. It amazes me that so many of these propositions want to amend the state consititution. It doesn’t make any sense. All but one of the items had no place in our constitution. Most are things to do with fiscal issues, taxes, spending, etc. In my mind, they shouldn’t be proposed as amendments.

The other things that gets me are most of them are bond issues. Bonds cost us all insane amounts of money in the long term. They always mention how they won’t increase taxes. Well, sure, right now they won’t, but after all this debt kicks in, they’ll have to get the money to pay them back from someplace. I’m guessing taxes. So anything that wants to amend the constitution and funds whatever it is with bonds is a double no-no to me.

I never really looked too deeply into these propositions before we started attending these voter nights. You learn so much about how these things are crafted. They are often not what they appear to be on the one-liner in the ballot book. I urge everyone to take the time to read each one and really look at the for and against arguments. Lots of interesting stuff comes out of that. The thing that really gets me is that often times they make it sound so good, but if you read what’s really going on there’s some nasty baggage that goes along with it.

I can’t believe I blogged about election stuff.

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Jonathan October 22, 2006 at 7:51 pm

I promise I won’t make too much fun of you at work tomorrow 😉 I actually worked in state politics (in New Jersey, of all places) back in the day, and it is shocking how much power is wielded at the state and local levels with little or no real oversight by the citizenry. Tip O’Neill said, “all politics is local.” And when you think about the day-to-day impact of the decisions that are made in city halls and state capitols across the country, you realize that most people’s interest in national politics is really as more of an entertaining sideshow (except for that whole war thing). Good on you Ed for taking enough interest to actually read the fine print. And to everyone else, I’d like to close with the immortal words of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz: “I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams…”

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