Okay, okay, I know that I miss the voting age minimum by eight months. And I know that means I can’t vote. But I still took one of those California General Election booklets (which is where I will cite all my evidence) and read it with my Dad. I believe that is what every voter should do, instead of just voting no on every proposition and missing out on something good. Those of you who can vote, take advantage of it. I’m pretty bummed that I can’t.
Proposition 1A: The Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond
I heard about this one on my country radio station. Vote yes, because building a high speed train creates jobs and eliminates traffic! Sounds cool, right? I love jobs and I hate traffic. But it’s going to cost taxpayers 20 billion dollars, which I don’t like, because I don’t want to pay for something I won’t use. My Dad also advised me to look at who is supporting what. Tom McClintock, a state senator, is against it; I’ve met him and I generally agree with him on the issues.
So … NO on Proposition 1A.
Proposition 2: Standards For Confining Farm Animals
This one requires that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pigs have a space to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, and turn around freely. Not doing this would result in a penalty (fee or jail). Okay, protecting animals’ rights, I like that. But arguments against the prop call it “unnecessary, risky, and extreme.” We’d have to get eggs from Mexico and there would be an increase in risk of diseases like bird flu. Plus, the Association of California Veterinarians is against the prop and wouldn’t they want to stop the animal cruelty?
So, I’m, again, a NO on Prop 2.
Proposition 3: Children’s Hospital Act. Grant Program
This one authorizes $980,000,000 in bonds to help construct, expand, remodel, renovate children’s hospitals. All of these props sound so darn appealing at first glance! My Dad told me bonds are bad, because I am just going to have to pay them back with interest in the future.