By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Proposition 27: Voluntary Congressional Term Limits
ABSOLUTELY. The latest effort to limit the terms of federal legislators, Prop. 27 would permit congressional candidates to sign a voluntary pledge to limit their terms and would place these pledges on ballots and voter-education material. The logic of Prop. 27 is simple and compelling: voters have a right to know if congressional candidates have pledged to limit their own terms and whether that pledge is kept. It's amazing how many pro-term-limit candidates, once entrenched in office, renege on their pledge to leave office after a promised number of terms. Our own Bob Dornan served nine terms in Congress, all the while raging against "career politicians" and claiming he supported term limits. Perhaps the most infamous pledge-breaker is George Nethercutt (R-Washington), who beat former Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley in '94 by pledging to serve just three terms, in contrast to Foley's opposition to term limits. Surprise: Nethercutt is currently seeking his fourth term in the House. Prop. 27 should and will be passed.WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good" (Titus 3:1). MAGIC 8-BALL PREDICTION:"Yes, definitely."
Proposition 28: Repeal of Tobacco Surtax
HELL, YES. In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, unfairly taxing cigarette smokers in order to pay for well-meaning public-health programs for kids. Two years later, we're still trying to figure out the connection.WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?"When evening came, Jesus arrived with the 12" (Mark 14:17). MAGIC 8-BALL PREDICTION:"Without a doubt."
Proposition 29: Indian
STILL NO, AND DON'T ASK AGAIN OR WE'LL REALLY GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO CRY ABOUT. Remember Prop. 17 above, the one decried by the Committee for Moral Concerns? They're at it again here, supporting Prop. 29 because it attempts to limit gambling to a few California tribes. Why are they afraid of freedom? We're not.WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? "After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them and baptized" (John 3:22). MAGIC 8-BALL PREDICTION:"Most likely."
Proposition 30: Insurance Claims/ Civil Remedies
YES. This one is a no-brainer, especially in a state with more bad drivers than almost anywhere else. Last year, the Legislature passed the Fair Insurance Responsibility Act, a bill that would allow accident victims to sue the insurance company of a bad driver when it refuses to pay the victim in a traffic accident. Governor Davis signed the bill into law, but moneygrubbing, out-of-state insurance companies are hoping to void it through their usual trickery. To that end, they drafted Prop. 30, which mimics the state law—and then set out to defeat it. The powerful U.S. insurance lobby apparently hopes to confuse California voters with an ongoing blitz of slick television advertisements that suggest the only people who would benefit from the passage of Prop. 30 are trial lawyers and swarthy con artists who commit insurance fraud. Don't be fooled: 350 complaints reach the state Department of Insurance each month, almost all of which stem from cases in which insurers have unnecessarily delayed accident payments out of good, old-fashioned financial greed.WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?"Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh" (1 Peter 3:18). MAGIC 8-BALL PREDICTION:"Without a doubt."
Proposition 31: Insurance Claims/ Civil Remedies Amendments
NO. This one is a little murkier. The insurance companies oppose this initiative, but it's not clear why. In fact, Prop. 31 would benefit insurance companies by allowing only drivers who are physically injured to sue the insurance company of the other driver. Under Prop. 31, if someone rear-ends you on the freeway and you're not hurt but your car is ruined, you won't have any real protection if that driver's insurance company drags its feet on paying your auto-repair bills. The measure would also prevent small businesses—such as pizza-delivery outfits—from suing the insurer of the at-fault driver in cases where that driver's insurance company won't pay up. We never thought it would happen, but we're with the insurance industry on this one.WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4) MAGIC 8-BALL PREDICTION:"It is certain."
Measure F: Safe and
YES. This would require all construction/ expansion of jails housing 1,000-plus beds, toxic-waste dumps and airports to get a two-thirds vote in a special election. Written by the anti-airport crowd, it all but ensures that planning on the county's proposed El Toro International Airport will end. The main argument against Measure F is that it would force police to release criminals early because law enforcement can't find any new jail space. That might be significant if not for the fact that Sheriff Mike Carona predicts jail populations will fall in the next several years.WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?"From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised" (Acts 13:23). MAGIC 8-BALL PREDICTION:"Without a doubt."