By all means, get out and vote. You all need to look around to understand the effect of each of these constitutional amendments. The League of Women Voters website is pretty informative to help understand the issues. Personally, I oppose anything that gives any governmental entity more money because they tend to mishandle what they already have. I like things that help veterans because we owe them so much for our freedom and anything that makes enlisting more attractive is good. The ability to deny bail to spousal and family abusers who violate protective orders is good, too. I am voting against all of the bond amendments or any of them that authorize the issuance of bond money. They have enough; they need to stop wasting what they have.By the way, Proposition 8 is a measure to let the government micromanage your lives by controlling how you handle your own money. They don't need any more power over our lives. We need to be free from government power; we don't need to give them more.
While I agree that Bond Money is another fancy word to pretend that it is not asking taxpayers to pay more. Article III, section 49 of the State Constitution prohibits State Debt. I respectfully say that we have already had way too much of the Bushites borrow and spend philosophy. Raising State Funds byselling bonds is nothing more than a way for legislators to avoid responsibility and passes the buck onto future generations to pay back WITH INTEREST! This also allows the Republican Majority Controlled Congress to tell voters, "I didn't increase spending and I lowered taxes so re-elect me" Tell that to our Grandchildren who will have to pay back those interest loans when we are likely gone or living on fixed incomes and can't afford the new taxes to cover the spending. However, I am always willing to pay my fair share of taxes to go towards a good and worthy cause such as Prop 16 that would authorize the Texas Water Development board to sell up to $250 million worth of bonds to expand an existing program to assist economically impovershed areas in obtaining clean and safe water. I can not vote no on something that will enable persons to have a necessity of life such as water. This is unlike Prop 12 that will give TxDot the authority to sell 5 BILLION DOLLARS worth of bonds. Remember, this is the same agency that is using our tax dollars in a high pressure marketing campaign, designed by a political consulting firm, to convince us that we want toll roads. This is a complete disregard of the saying, "For the people, by the people" and allowing For Profit business to control the government. So A million times I say vote "NO" ON PROP 12
Speaking of Chico, is that the armpit of Wise County or is it still Newark?
Since when is Prop 16 a "good and worthy cause". It's just more pork barrel money. The League of Women Voters website gives an explanation of this so you will actually know where these funds are going and how much has already been spent on this:The Texas Water Development Board administers the Economically Distressed Areas Program established in 1989. The EDAP provides financial assistance in the form of grants to bring water and wastewater services primarily to colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. $500 million in state and federal funds has already been spent and the problem has not been resolved. Why authorize more? Bonds are just a form of debt that will get handed off to the future. Why make the debt bigger? Moving water to unincorporated areas is costly, and enlarging this program could only serve to encourage people to move to these areas that are more expensive to provide with water services. It is a another form of welfare because, I suspect, the people benefiting from this will get their water services at the taxpayer's expense. This is another illustration of the propensity of the government to reach into the pockets of the working taxpayers and to allocate money to anyone they deem worthy. Why would we want to subsidize the formation and expansion of colonies along the border? Those people likely aren't legally in the country, and yet we are throwing American tax dollars in their direction to encourage them to stay?
Are you making a decision about the service of Good clean water based on the color of your skin? What if your potable water becomes unusable because of Contamination of your Private water well or god forbid it runs dry, What then? Are you to say you can afford W/O water bonds to be able to bring water lines from a nearby municipality all by yourself? This water bond is for Rural areas of Texas, I understand your shortsided view of border towns and read you saying they aren't viable Texans and don't deserve Good clean water either. If that be the case, then we should just save our tax money and give those border towns back to Mexico (Give up Texas land) and let the development be their problem. Would that solve the problem and then I assume you would support this prop? Correct me if I am wrong PLEASE!
Another good Prop to watch for passing is Prop 11. This prop would ammend the constitution to require the Legislature to conduct a record vote most of the time on votes for final passage of bills. It is very wrong that in a Democracy we would not have the ablility to know how our elected officials have voted on laws. Adopting this amendment to show that the final passage votes are recorded is a much needed first step towards accountability and responsibility of our lawmakers.
I am always opposed to taking tax money, which is money coercively taken from my pockets, and reallocating it to help a relatively very small segment of population. The government has too much authority to take from me. Any time I can vote against socialistic reallocation of financial resources, I will.
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