The Campaign For DA

5.30.2012

Those Propositions On The Republican Ballot aka Let Me Ask You A Loaded Question

You can always word a question to get the answer you desire, but that wouldn't happen on an official ballot, would it?  Let's check out the propositions on yesterday's ballot. (I'm sure there's an explanation of how these came to be, but I'm flying blind here.)


SCHOOL CHOICE:
The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child's school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars. Yes or No.


That was certainly  fairly worded. Are you in favor of educating a child by saving tax dollars or throwing money at a "bureaucracy"? I'll have to study that one.

REPEALING OBAMACARE:
Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor-patient relationship. Yes or No.

Let's see. Will your average Texas Republican want to repeal "Obamacare" (let's be sure to call it that) or do they want government "intrusion" between you and your doctor. I can't imagine how this one would turn out. 

PUBLIC PRAYER
Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer. Yes or No.
I didn't know this was a problem. Restricting "the content" of public prayer? Seriously? We have battles over when prayer can occur in government settings, but I'm not sure I know of an instance where the words of a prayer were regulated.
BALANCED BUDGET / COMBINING GOVERNMENT GROWTH
Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation without voter approval.  Yes or No.

You had me at "out of control spending." 

REDISTRICTING
The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities. YES or NO



There was actually a guy in my voting line who was asking about this. I know that the new lines (required after the census) were challenged by minority groups as being unfair and the courts eventually made them be redrawn. So this question tells the voter that  "court-imposed lines" are unfair. Who wouldn't want to remedy an "inequity"?