Your IP Voting Guide

I thought I'd do my part to help out those of you out there who haven't quite been able to make up your mind for tomorrow's election. But there are also a whole bunch of other propositions on the ballot out here in California, some of them are confusing (on purpose) and the ads aren't helping.

So here we go. You probably won't agree with me on everything and that's alright. If you want to try and change my mind, leave a comment with why. Keep it civil though as this is not Free Republic or Talking Points Memo.

President: Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin
Vote: Obama/Biden
Reason: Have you been paying attention for the last eight years? McCain is nothing but more Bush. Palin is wholly unqualified to be on the ticket and has an inverse relationship to the truth. Obama is brilliant, has a plan and our country is desperate need for a change for the better.

Proposition 1A: Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act
Vote: Yes No
Reason: If not now, when? High speed rail is a long term win and solution. Yes, money is tight now but a high speed rail system will save money and the environment in the long run.
[Update: After getting an email forward from Amy (and thanks for sending it), I've reconsidered this proposition and have decided to oppose it. The obstacles are too great, the cost is too high and the route is too indirect.]

Proposition 2: Standards for Confining Farm Animals
Vote: Yes
Reason: From what I can understand, this proposition will make life a little less awful for animals being raised for food. And I don't see that as a bad thing at all.

Proposition 3: Children's Hospital Bond Act
Vote: Yes
Reason: I'd rather build hospitals than prisons. The list of organizations and public officials endorsing this proposition makes it pretty clear to me that this is a good one.

Proposition 4: Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy
Vote: No
Reason: This is the third go-round for this proposition. It was defeated twice before for good reasons. None of those reasons have changed.

Proposition 5: Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentences, Parol and Rehabilitation
Vote: Yes
Reason: Our prisons are stuffed full of people convicted for non-violent crimes which makes truly dangerous felons more likely to serve reduced time which puts you and me at greater risk. I'm all for rehab for drug offenses and for longer sentences for the truly dangerous.

Proposition 6: Police and Law Enforcement Funding, Criminal Penalties and Laws
Vote: Yes
Reason: I live in a town being overrun by gang violence. I am sick and tired of having to constantly be on the watch for jackasses with doo-rags looking to make a name for themselves. Gang bangers should be punished more severely, they are, in my estimation, domestic terrorists and it is about damned time we took our streets back. Yes, I know the proposition is opposed by the Democratic Party and the California Teacher's Association. More info here.

Proposition 7: Renewable Energy Generation
Vote: No
Reason: If both the Democratic and Republican parties (as well as the Green Party and the Sierra Club) think this one is crap then its pretty well assured that its crap. Plus, the idea that one guy donated more than $7 million to this proposition smells like a big fat rat.

Proposition 8: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
My vote: NO!
Reason: This isn't about gay rights, this is about legislating discrimination and I have no interest in bigoted religiously based intolerance.

Proposition 9: Criminal Justice System, Victims' Rights, Parole
Vote: No
Reason: Most of what Prop 9 offers is already in place. And the opposition endorsements are overwhelming. More info here.

Proposition 10: Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy
Vote: No
Reason: T. Boone Pickens is strongly in favor of it. T. Boone Pickens is the asshole who funded the Swift Boaters in 2004. If T. Boone Pickens is in favor of it then you can rest assured that its a polished up turd designed to make him a big pile of money.
Here's a quote: The SF Chronicle is opposed, writing, "The chief backer and bill payer for the measure is T. Boone Pickens, the folksy Texas oilman and apostle for energy independence who founded a firm that just happens to supply natural gas for cars and trucks".[19]

Proposition 11: Redistricting
Vote: No
Reason: I'm deeply skeptical of any redistricting and even more so when the proposition is endorsed by Schwarzenegger. Plus there's the whole non-accountability to the taxpayer angle. This isn't an easy decision though since many newspapers endorse the proposition including the Chronicle and our local Santa Cruz Sentinel. More info here.

Proposition 12: Veterans' Bond Act of 2008
Vote: Yes
Reason: The way our veterans have been mistreated is shameful. This should be the first step in treating them like the heroes they are. Yes, the proposition has loopholes that can be exploited but the bottom line is to try and help out our vets. A little more info here.
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