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Wednesday, June 03, 2009


The voice of California voters

I wrote after the last statewide election in May about the intentional misinterpretation of the "voters' message" as "no new taxes." In the strange way of elections in this country, yesterday was yet another election day (god only knows why) in four cities and counties. In each of those votes, there was a landslide in favor of higher taxes - 60%, 78%, 73%, and 62% in the four elections. Now with the undemocratic form of such elections, in which a 2/3 vote is required for passage, only two of those four tax measures actually passed. Nevertheless, the "voice of the voters" was as clear as can be, as it was on May 19 - higher taxes used to pay for desired services (like education) are favored by a huge majority of people.

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