California voters are presented with a biased view of Proposition 23 on the ballot. (Actual Prop 23 ballot expression is shown in the picture.) Sordid speculation mixes with only a few facts on the ballot. Here’s how to recognize the difference between the two:
Fact: Passage of Prop 23 will indeed suspend AB32, the disastrous cap-and-tax bill that would tax energy extraordinarily and raise the cost of everything made with energy in the state.
Speculation: AB32 requires reporting and reducing the emissions that cause global warming. Oh really!
Facts: The science is not settled. We’re not sure there even IS global warming. Whether emissions cause whatever warming there might be is simply not known. There are no catastrophic effects. Recent science points to a small human contribution and is poised to be net positive as agricultural production increases.
More facts: Your YES vote on Prop 23 will help get California‘s unemployment down to 5.5%! A vote otherwise will skyrocket the current 12.4% unemployment rate further.
Speculation: Fiscal impact is likely a modest net increase in overall economic activity.
Fact: Passage of Prop 23 will save California from sure demise, the direction its economy is currently headed. If Prop 23 fails, hundreds of thousands of jobs, perhaps a million, will be lost or leave the state, continuing the exodus that has already begun.
A better expression for Prop 23
As Californians read the biased expression of Proposition 23 on the ballot, this is what should be understood instead:
Proposition 23 suspends the implementation of AB32, the law that requires unnecessary reporting and reduction of emissions that may or may not have any effect on climate. Proposition 23 will suspend such emissions requirements until California unemployment lowers to 5.5%, which Proposition 23 will help to achieve, at which point California can reinstitute emissions control laws that have little effect, if any, on the purported warming. Fiscal impact of Proposition 23 is likely to increase economic activity significantly and boost state and local tax revenues from a return to revitalized economic conditions and business activity, without deliterious effects on the environment.
Who wrote the biased ballot expression for Prop 23?
Voters should know that the titling and description appearing on the ballot were written by Attorney General Jerry Brown and his office. As you may know, Brown is running for governor, and a vote for him will ensure continued economic decline for California.
After all, in his previous stint as governor, he began the process that has led to today’s dire conditions. Brown has a vested interest in seeing AB32 go into effect, since it will bring additional taxes on those already burdened and more power to the state government of California.
Sources: Cited and embedded in the text of previously published AC articles on California Proposition 23;
California ballot for November 2, 2010, elections.