We ought to trust the legislative process and the governor enough to feel comfortable that they have come up with the best plan that is achievable under the circumstances. Not a perfect plan, but the best plan achievable. But we also have to proceed with the knowledge that the flawed legislative process cannot achieve this plan by itself, because of the factors mentioned above. Therefore the voters need to ratify this plan by voting yes on proposition 30. It's as simple as that.
It's also as simple as this: if proposition 30 is defeated, further cutbacks, on top of draconian cuts already put in place, will take effect, about $6 billion in cuts overall. Almost all of those cuts will hit hard at public schools, community colleges, and the state university system. But a lot of other services will be affected. California needs more money for schools. Therefore, again, the voters need to support Proposition 30. Another way of looking at this is that we have the choice between on the one hand, asking everyone (but mostly the very wealthy) to pay a little bit more, or on the other hand, asking not very well off community college and university students to pay more, and depriving every kid in K-12 public schools of needed school days, teachers and other resources. Sounds like a no brainer to me.
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But proposition 38 creates confusion, and it was not conceived as part of a democratic process, as was the proposition crafted by our elected governor. And now the backers of proposition 38 are waging war on proposition 30, which is only going to spread negativity and even more confusion, and will therefore likely doom both propositions. To top it off--and this is the part that is so unbelievable you couldn't make it up if you tried--Molly Munger's brother is waging his own war on proposition 30 from the conservative side. What both Mungers have in common is a distrust of our legislature, a lot of money, and a desire to substitute their personal judgments of how to solve our educational and fiscal problems for the judgment of our elected governor, whose plan is supported by the majority of our elected legislature. If the two campaigns financed by these two wealthy individuals (brother and sister!),who come at this effort with supposedly opposite goals, are successful, the losers will be every student attending any kind of public school or college in California.
This is where I could launch into a tirade about where do two rich people get off having the gall to screw up our democracy so badly. But I'll refrain from doing that. All I need to remind people is to ignore all that noise, and just vote YES on 30.
There are some other propositions on the ballot worthy of consideration, and others not so worthy. To help sort out the merits and lack of merits, check out this LA Times voter guide, as well as these LA Times endorsements, Also check out this progressive voter guide, which lists the recommendations of a whole bunch of progressive organizations on all of the propositions on the ballot. Note that they all agree on one thing: YES ON PROPOSITION 30.