1A: Bond for high-speed train from SoCal to NoCal and Sacramento. Dems: YES. Pubs: NO.
Enthusiastic yes. 2.5 hours and fifty bucks from SF to LA? With the commute to the airport, that is faster than flying. We’re going to have to do this eventually, so we might as well do it now. It’s good for business, good for tourism, good for the environment and good for me.
2: Requires enclosed farm animals to have at least minimal movement. Dems: YES. Pubs: NO.
No. I hate animals. But really, why is this on the ballot? I do like the counter-argument though- OMG we are going to have to ship eggs from Mexico and we’ll all get bird flu!
3: Bond for children’s hospitals. Dems: YES. Pubs: NO.
No. I hate children. Lets have some real health care reform instead of random patchwork stuff with emotional appeal. I think adults need hospitals just as much as kids do.
4: Requires minors to notify parents before having abortions. Dems: NO. Pubs: YES.
God no. I hate fetuses more than I hate children.
5: Increases drug treatment programs, shortens some paroles. Dems: YES. Pubs: NO.
Yes. It seems like a good step towards reigning in the excesses of our war on drugs.
6: Requires minimal budget expenditure on law enforcement. Dems: NO. Pubs: YES.
No. Let the people we pay to write budget write the budget.
7: Increases renewal energy requirements of electrical power generation. Dems: NO. Pubs: NO.
No. Don’t you love it when everyone is against something?
8: Eliminates right of same-sex couples to marry. Dems: NO. Pubs: YES.**
9: Increases victims’ rights at parole hearings. Dems: NO. Pubs: YES.
No. Call me cold hearted and evil, but I find victim’s rights advocates to be the most grating of special interest groups. Justice isn’t about individual emotions, the “nobody will ever understand our pain” thing is smug, obnoxious and probably not a great part of a healing process. Making new laws isn’t going to give these people what they are looking for.
10: Bonds for subsidies and research of fuel-efficient vehicles and technology. Dems: NEUTRAL. Pubs: NO.
No. I’d much rather see us beef up our public transportation system using technology that exists today (see 1A.)
Fuel efficient vehicles would be nice, but wanting something to happen doesn’t mean it will. We’ve been looking for a vaccine for AIDS for decades and still- nothing. We have plenty of tools on our hands to start fixing our transit problems, and I think we ought to exploit those to their fullest before we start spending money on technology that doesn’t exist and may never exist.
11: Creates non-legislative redistricting commission. Dems: NO. Pubs: NEUTRAL. Arnold: YES.
12: Bond for home and farm loans for veterans. Dems: YES. Pubs: YES.
No. I really like how they promise this will benefit (among others) WWI vets. Are there even any of those left, much less any that are, uh, buying any farms?