WHAT IS WRONG WITH “DEMOCRACY” – 2012 CALIFORNIA CASE STUDY
I gathered this information from various sources, regarding the voting results on various things in the People’s Democracy of California in this month’s elections. My comments follow each.
- Voters approved Proposition 30 “temporarily” increasing the state sales tax and income tax on individuals making over $250,000.
The classic wolf and sheep voting on lunch was repeated here. This is as temporary as the phone tax to pay off the Spanish-American War or the ban on owning gold (which lasted some 40 years, as I recall). The democratic way is to allow the majority of voters to steal what they want from the minority.
- Voters defeated Proposition 31 that would have allowed the governor to cut the budget in fiscal emergencies.
Their heads are so deep in the sand that they could (and should) be buried that way. Once up on a time, the idea behind republics (and constitutional monarchies) was that the legislature didn’t let the king (or executive) have everything he wanted to cause trouble and live lavishly. California’s Democratic People’s Democracy has (along with others, I admit) reversed this: it is now the elected governor that suffering taxpayers and lenders have as a thin reed of hope against the greed and spendthrift legislature: but no more!
- Voters defeated Proposition 32 which would have prevented unions from stealing members’ dues to make campaign donations.
If you thought that the power of union (bosses) was waning, this should be a wake-up alarm. Union members, unlike the rest of us, are enslaved not just by the government, but by their unions – in cahoots with government, of course. And the donations are generally used to “persuade” legislators to raise spending and taxes, so the vicious circle continues.
- Democrats picked up two more votes in the state legislature giving them a supermajority, capable of passing any tax hikes they want.
Perhaps the best way to counter this is L. Neil Smith’s hyperdemocracy: UNANIMOUS CONSENT by the voters and in the legislature: throw their “democracy” back in their faces. Ain’t gonna happen, of course: the way it is going to happen is that more and more people will leave California for any place with more liberty. (The big problem with that is, except for a few notable exceptions like our esteemed publisher, they bring the socialism and democracy and all the rest with them, and make life miserable for their new neighbors.)
Supposedly the Democratic Party leadership in the State Assembly says that they will not use this supermajority to raise taxes (be sure and visit their website for listings and photos of all the bridges that they are selling: London, Brooklyn, Bay, and Golden Gate). Even if they leave taxes out, expect them to pass more and more California-style socialist and humanist edicts taking away the liberty of Californians, families, businesses and voluntary institutions.
Summary: California will continue its downhill slide for the next two years: it will continue to endorse all the evils of spending, taxing, forced cultural conformity, over-regulation, murderous thug government at all levels, and democracy in general. As a case study, I think we can accurately say that California is a failed state, just doing everything it can to speed up the inevitable collapse into chaos.