California Recall Election Voter Guide – Prop. 53

California Recall Election Voter Guide – Prop. 53

I wanted to get a little more information on Prop. 53, and as I suspected, it’s another bite of the General Fund pie.

Spending on infrastructure projects is good.

But here’s the big problem: we the voters have NO CLUE what else we’re spending money on and therefore HAVE NO RIGHT to mess with it.

Here’s an analogy:

Kweisi and Laetitia have three kids, A, B, and Q. For some reason, these parents have given the kids the power to lock-up money for spending.

A decides they ought to spend 10% on video games, growing by 1% every year until it reaches a max of 20% so that the family can keep up with video game culture.

B decides that ice cream is essential to the family’s happiness and mandates that no less than 20% and no more than 25% of the money should go to ice cream and ice cream type products.

Q and A decide that 40% should go to trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios.

And so on, and so forth. These kids have no concept of money or expenses. Meanwhile Kweisi and Lavinia find that they have a smaller and smaller percentage of the budget to pay for rent, food, and clothing.

When you let the voters lock up pieces of the budget like this, it might sound like a good idea at the time, but without looking at the whole budget, you have no idea what you’re locking up. Why was there a budget crisis? Initiative-locked spending coupled with a sagging economy coupled with tax cuts (affecting state revenue) coupled with the energy crisis coupled with soaring medical insurance costs. With over 2/3 of the budget tied up in these initiatives, Sacramento has no wiggle room. There’s a reason why we have representative democracy. Our representatives are supposed to look at the entire budget and determine the right mix of spending. You and I and our mothers do not have that perspective when we are voting.

So vote NO on Prop. 53.