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McClintock on the propositions

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Each election, California's favorite conservative makes recommendations on the spate of state ballot propositions. Tom McClintock's recommendations are as follows:

 Prop30: NO. McClintock says higher taxes will hit "many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs."

Prop 31: NO.  "The purpose of government is to provide basic services, not to pursue utopian four-year plans."

Prop 32: YES.  "It's about time."

Prop 33: YES. "No-brainer."

Prop 34: NO. "This abolishes the death penalty for first-degree murder. Enough said."

Prop 35: YES. "On balance, though, the good outweighs the bad."

Prop 36: NO. "When it ain't broke, don't try and fix it."

Prop 37: NO. "This is the latest effort of the Nanny Left to tell us what to eat."

Prop 38: NO. "No doubt these dollars will be as well spent as the staggering fortune that we're already shoveling into the sclerotic school system."

Prop 39: NO. "Prop 39 might be bad news for California's employees, consumers, and investors, but it's great news for the Nevada Chamber of Commerce."

Prop 40: YES. "This is a monument to the stupidity of some Republican Party leaders..."

Here is his complete commentary

Counterpoint: GOP conservatives might not be "hyperpartisan zealots"

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Tom McClintock represented a major part of Ventura County in various roles from 1982 to 2008. I don't think anybody would describe him as wild or crazy. In fact, most people say the opposite. The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters wrote that McClintock has "consistently been one of the very few legislators who has been right about what California is experiencing." The Wall Street Journal said he was "about the only man in California who has consistently projected correctly the magnitude of the budget crises of the 1990s." The OC Register noted he's "consistently been among the most accurate forecasters of the effects of state tax and spending policies." The Washington Post calls him, "one of California's most prominent conservative politicians since the 1980s."

He "graduated", so to speak, from the minor leagues of budget messes of Sacramento to the major leagues of national debt crises when he was elected to Congress in 2008. Not one to compromise on his conservative principles, McClintock--a Tea Party leader--fit right in with the Republican wave that swept into Congress in 2010.

With many freshmen Congressmen last year, Rep. McClintock voted against raising the debt limit, which he called, "the biggest explosion of debt in American history."

In an editorial called, "No experience necessary to write U.S. laws," the Star implied that such congressmen are "confrontational, hyperpartisan zealots who don't feel they have to learn anything because they know with total certitude what they know" and they "came close to driving the national into technical default" as "we revert to a nation of dirt roads."

Since McClintock is a leading figure of those "zealots" (The Hill refers to him as a "leader of GOP budget hawks"), agrees with them ideologically and votes with them, then he must be just as guilty as those Republicans the Star editorialized against.

He too, must be a hyperpartisan zealot who doesn't feel he has to learn anything--he who was reelected multiple times by the same people who are currently serviced by the Ventura County Star. He who is noted by multiple major publications as being a public budget expert. He who voted the same way Americans wanted their congressmen to vote by a 2-to-1 margin.

And if he's granted an exception--i.e. ok fine, they're all crazy but Tom McClintock--then one has to wonder that maybe freshmen GOP congressmen know more than we give them credit for if McClintock is one of their leaders and they vote the same as him and think the way he does.

It could just be--just maybe--that they (along with many other experts that follow the government debt problem) see it as a huge problem and are trying their best to slam the brakes on overspending before it's too late, even if it means getting called less-than-flattering names by respected publications.

McClintock's ballot recommendations

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"Let's see what Tom McClintock says."

If you're like most Republican voters in Ventura County, a couple days before you cast your vote you sit down with family members or friends and try to make sense of your ballot and campaign advertisements--and someone utters those immortal words.

You have a general idea that every ad you see on TV, radio, and in the mail is a lie, but it's not obvious who the good and bad guys are. Most of the names you've never heard of. The propositions are deliberately worded to be confusing, and you know they're misleading. You have a vague sense that something is wrong with all the slate mailers.

But you know good ol' Tom is the only politician who tells it like it is.

If he endorses a candidate, or says to vote yes or no on a proposition, you can take it to the bank. He knows who the crooks are and who the trustworthy guys are.

How much of that is true? I don't have much firsthand knowledge--I've never met the man. I arrived on the scene after he moved up north. But I know a lot of people who know him, and the worst criticism I've heard of him is, "I wish he'd play ball with the party more."

That should warm the heart of any principled conservative.

The only other anecdote I've heard is that he won't lend his voice to robo-calls because they're beneath politicians, as if that were possible.

So far, I have no reason to believe the growing McClintock legend isn't true. Here are his ballot recommendations:

On the Propositions:

Prop. 13.  Seismic Retrofits. YES:  Earthquake proofing your house shouldn't trigger a tax increase until you're ready to sell.  Any questions?

Prop. 14. Distorted Primary. NO
: This was the result of the corrupt deal for the tax increase engineered by Abel Maldonado that included this measure to by-pass party primaries in a manner Maldonado believed would enhance his future election prospects.  Instead of voters of each party putting their best candidate forward, this jerry-rigged system is designed to disguise the difference between the parties and force those pesky third parties off the general election ballot entirely.  

Prop. 15. Taxpayer Funded Elections.  NO
: The real purpose of this measure is to allow the legislature to tap taxpayers to finance political campaigns.  Jefferson said it best: "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

Prop. 16. Utility Elections. YES: Cash-guzzling city governments have been taking over the territory of utilities through eminent domain and PG&E wants to put it to a vote.  This measure gives you the choice upon whose mercy your future electricity bills will depend: the monopoly of city hall or the monopoly of your utility.  Here's a better idea: restore the freedom of individual consumers to choose among competing providers who actually have to earn their business.  Alas, that part was left out by the suits at PG&E.

Prop. 17.  Insurance Rates. YES: A simple question: should drivers be able to take their "continuous coverage" discount with them when they change insurance companies?  A simpler question: why are our laws such a micro managing mess that we have to vote on something as self-evident as this in the first place?


On the statewide races:

For Governor, Steve Poizner
: Steve had the courage to support Arizona's decision to enforce our immigration laws when Meg Whitman cut and ran.  He opposes the bank bailouts, rampant borrowing and environmental extremism that Meg Whitman embraces.  And unlike Whitman, Steve Poizner was never "a huge fan" of radical leftist Van Jones.  This time, let's have a governor from the Republican wing of the Republican Party.

For Lt. Governor, Sam Aanestad: Sam was my seatmate for many years in both the Assembly and the Senate.  He never wavered from his devotion to Republican principles of limited government.  Abel Maldonado broke his signed taxpayer pledge and bears responsibility not only for the biggest tax increase in California's history, but also the budgets that ran California off the fiscal cliff.  No single race on the ballot more clearly defines the difference between the Party of Reagan and the Party of Schwarzenegger.

For Attorney General, John Eastman
: I worked with John Eastman at the Claremont Institute - a public policy think tank devoted to restoring American founding principles to the public policy debate.  John is a nationally renowned Constitutional advocate and scholar whose leadership is desperately needed in the Attorney General's office.  Imagine having an Attorney General who not only respects the Constitution but who understands and reveres it.

For Insurance Commissioner, Anybody But Villines.  Mike Villines was another of the sell-out Republican votes on the massive tax increase that crushed what was left of our state's economy last year, after signing a no-new-taxes pledge.  Liars don't belong in government.

For U.S. Senate, Chuck DeVore
: Chuck is a conservative's conservative who has always stood on principle, even when it has meant standing virtually alone.  I've never heard him give a speech without thinking "I wish I'd said that."  I rank him up there with Sam Aanestad as one of the finest people I've had the opportunity to serve with in the legislature.  He would become an instant leader in the United States Senate.


Draft Tom? McClintock goes viral

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Every California conservative's favorite politician has topped over a million views in his response to Mexican Presidente Calderon on the House floor.

Tom McClintock, the longtime Ventura County Assemblyman/Senator went to Washington about  two years ago--and he's turning heads. There's even a website, drafttom.com, that urges him to run for president in 2012.

McClintock has many years of experience fighting against insane California regulations and fiscal insolvency. He's a perfect fit for Washington now that they are dealing with many of the same problems.
This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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