As we know, it can be quite confusing to decipher the disingenuous arguments put forth by both proponents and opponents of the myriad of propositions on the November ballot. And that’s the point. The big money interests who support or oppose these ballot propositions could care less if they confuse, deceive, or outright lie to the voters, as long as their side wins.
Take, for example, Proposition 56 in California, which simply would impose an additional $2 per pack tax on the purchase of cigarettes, in order to deter both new and existing smokers. This tax would ONLY affect smokers—NO ONE ELSE. Yet, BIG TOBACCO has spent upward of $100 million in phony television commercials to conceal their real objectives. READ THE SMALL PRINT on these TV ads. Major funding for opposition to Proposition 56 comes from PHILLIP MORRIS and R.J. REYNOLDS. Cigarette smoke (whether primary or secondary) is a KNOWN CARCINOGEN. BIG TOBACCO, as usual, is just blowing smoke (literally and figuratively). That is why we should vote YES on Proposition 56.
Then, there’s Proposition 61, the purpose of which is to stop greedy pharmaceutical companies from continuing to gouge users of prescription drugs. Proposition 61 prohibits the state of California from buying any prescription drug from a manufacturer at a price higher than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs. It would NOT raise the price of drugs for veterans (or anyone else, for that matter) despite the blatant lies spewed by BIG PHARMA. But it would cut into the obscene profits of BIG PHARMA, and that’s why they are spending over $100 million to defeat Proposition 61. READ THE SMALL PRINT on their TV ads. Major funding for opposition to Proposition 61 comes form MERCK and PFIZER. Guess whose interests they are protecting! That’s why we should vote YES on Proposition 61.
Now, let’s look at Proposition 53, which requires STATEWIDE VOTER APPROVAL before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. That’s a good thing. Voters have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to say how our money should be spent! But guess who wants to deny us that right. READ THE SMALL PRINT. Yep, it’s the corrupt and morally bankrupt California Democrat Party. That’s why we should vote YES on Proposition 53.
Two additional propositions on the California ballot, Propositions 62 and 66. need to be addressed. Proposition 62 would abolish the death penalty in California. This proposition is put forth by those whose sympathies lie with the mass murderers, the serial sexual predators, and the terrorists—in other words, the worst of the worst. If Proposition 62 passes, the people of California would have to forever support the likes of Charles Manson, Rodney Alcala, and the two Islamic terrorists (had they not been themselves killed) who assassinated 14 people in San Bernardino. That’s why we must vote NO on Proposition 62 , in order to support the VICTIMS, and not the PERPETRATORS of heinous crimes.
By contrast, Proposition 66 would see that death sentences for convicted murderers are carried out in a just and timely manner, instead of allowing the appeals process to go on indefinitely and thwart the will of the people and deny the families of murder victims the justice they rightfully deserve. Proposition 66 will assure public safety by guaranteeing that perpetrators of the most heinous crimes will NEVER AGAIN roam the streets. Capital punishment is indeed a proven deterrent NO ONE who has received the death penalty and has been duly executed in accordance with the law has ever committed another murder! That’s why we must vote YES on Proposition 66.
The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
“A Voice—Not An Echo”