Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Paying Attention!!

In this week's New Yorker is an important comment in Talk of the Town.  It is by Hendrik Hertzberg, and is titled Votescam.   It seems the people who elected Schwarzenegger, are also behind this, the people who "specialize in initiatives that are the opposite of what they sound like - The Fair Pay Workplace Flexibility Act of 2006, for example.  It would have raised the state minimum wage slightly - by a lesser amount than it has since been raised - and, in the fine print, would have made it impossible ever to raise it again except by a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature, while, for good measure, eliminating overtime for millions of workers."

Many of us question the electoral college and whether it currently provides equal representation,  but what is being put through as No. 07-0032, Californians for Equal Representation, could hand the next presidential election to the Republicans.  It splits up the electoral votes, so the winner does not take all in California.  That sounds reasonable, if that were happening in every state, but doing it just in California will skew the election results.  "The bottom line is that the initiative, if passed, would spot the Republican ticket something in the neighborhood of twenty electoral votes - votes that it wouldn't get under the rules prevailing in every other sizable state in the union."

"California Initiative No. 07-0032 is an audacious power play packaged as a step forward for democratic fairness. It's the lotusland equivalent of Tom DeLay's 2003 midterm redistricting in Texas, except with a sweeter smell, a better disguise, and larger stakes."

So, Californians, let's pay attention, and make sure this doesn't pass, even though its backers have the money to put up the dollar or two per signature for 400,000 people.  

We know the Republicans fix computers to steal elections.  This is a new plan, and we really do have to stay alert and pay attention.  It takes the New Yorker to point out what we should know.  Awareness Ho!


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