OPINION: Glen Davis
When Proposition 100 passed three-years ago to raise taxes in Arizona hitting us during a time when people were loosing their homes, I told you that they would not get rid of it.
Well, I have to apologize to the politicians who are, indeed, letting it sunset.
The voters DID NOT OVERWHELMINGLY vote Prop 100 into law. 22% of Arizona voters that passed it the last time and that was because unions made sure people had the day off to vote. In Arizona, initiatives and referendums pass by a majority of votes cast; not by a majority of voters. This is why initiatives and referendums were not a part of our initial government and are unconstitutional in accordance with Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution. They are not part of a Republican form of government.
Proposition 204—the “Quality Education and Jobs Act”—will pass if you do not go and vote because the unions will make sure their people are given the day off to vote. You will have to go before or after work to stop it.
An article in the Western Free Press states that this Proposition will ham string Arizona legislators.
The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), the taxpayers’ watchdog group, says this form of “earmarking revenues outside the appropriations process” has done “considerable” damage to the
state’s budgeting process.
“Clearly, the most important and fundamental responsibility of the Legislature and Governor is to annually establish budget priorities within available revenues and economic conditions,” ATRA said in a report opposing Proposition 204. “Ballot box budgeting overrides their responsibility and handcuffs lawmakers’ ability to respond to the state’s changing demands.”
The Sonoran Alliance has an article showing where the funding for this proposition actually goes. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ll simply refer you to their site.
The problem with this crap is they use the same lines everytime. It’s for the children. Just like mercury-laden injections are for the children. Everytime we are told that throwing money at education will make the little birdies tweet and everything will be rosey. But it does not get rosey. It does not get better and more monopolistic businesses get richer.
As I was flipping through the channels, I happened to catch a glimpse of a “debate” on the subject on a CW-6 political show. I think it’s an AZ-Family Channel 3 affiliate and the program is Political Unplugged. The two leftest reporters were working with some lady who wants Prop 204 to pass (Sorry, I did no catch her name) against Doug Ducey who was opposed to Prop 204. The tired-old phrase “special interests” was bandied about. When they were loosing, they even threw in a clip of a democrat Eric Meyer complaining that the federal government is wanting to shut down the Department of Education which will take more education money from Arizona.
Really? Since the Department of Education is an unconstitutional organization—as is the Federal Reserve, the EPA, the National Forest Service and Parks Service, the Department of Energy, ad nauseam—and it should be shut down. And if the federal government would shut down all of these agencies and stick to the eighteen specific duties they are Constitutionally given, we would have more money for education right here in Arizona.
But the special interest group no one seems to want to mention is “union.” That is the special interest that backs this and Prop 121—the so-called “Open primary” system commonly called the two-tier system. Why do they support this two-tier system? Because it eliminates all choice of candidates at election time. You will have two democrats or two republicans or a democrat and republican to choose from for each office. There is no way the Libertarians or Independents can get enough votes to put anyone on the ballot.
There are teachers in my area that are good. Some have even told students that (gasp) global warming is a scam. There are teachers that sit in classrooms across Arizona disgusted with the crap they have to teach so the following statement is not directed to you.
The problem is not the money, but the way the money is spent. You buy posters with the Pledge of Allegiance to the UN or to “the Earth” and “Students Bill of Rights” on them. You teach them “Character Matters” but nothing about civics and their duties. You do not teach them anything that prepares them for their adult life. You do not teach them the truth about the Constitution and give a 90210 version of the founding fathers.
Let’s start using the money to teach kids about their rights. How to read. How to write and do math. They don’t need an Internet connection to do that. You can do that with a chalkboard and chalk. It worked before. Teach them vocational skills like you used to. Concentrate on the skills that they have an interest in and a knack for. That might interest them enough to—oh, I don’t know—graduate high school.