I'm Voting on California State Propositions

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I don’t know about the rest of the nation, but there’s been a lot of discussion going on in the state of California related to a number of propositions coming up during this year’s election day. I put together a brief list below of how I am voting for each of the 12 propositions related to the state of California. If you have any reasonable information related to any of these propositions that you feel I should know about, feel free to share them.

Proposition 1A. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train — voting no — Pretty much everything I’ve heard regarding this rail system sounds like it would be a major waste of money for the state of California.

Proposition 2. Standards for Confining Farm Animals — voting yes — Even though I eat those chickens, cows and pigs, I feel bad that they are confined to such tight quarters. I believe that farm animals should be allowed to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around. Wouldn’t any chiropractor?

Proposition 3. Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program — voting no — As if we don’t already waste enough money on hospitals. I suspect this will go through, even though I have no interest in seeing it do so.

Proposition 4. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy — voting no — This one’s been a tough decision for me. Reason I’m voting no is I don’t see that we should have to change the California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minors. I don’t have any girls though so I can imagine parents having many different thoughts on this issue.

Proposition 5. Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation — voting no — There’s no way I’d want to see more money being allocated towards more drug treatment programs. Drugs are drugs, whether pushed or prescribed, and we’ve got to change our attitudes towards them.

Proposition 6. Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws — voting yes — I’m all for supporting the Po Po in the state of California. Lets get them some more funding.

Proposition 7. Renewable Energy Generation — voting no — I don’t trust the language on this one. Sounds a bit fishy in a wasting taxpayer dollars kind of way.

Proposition 8. Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry — voting no — I’ll be honest, I’ve seen some of those Christian commercials and paused to think about this one, but the reality is I really couldn’t give a rip who someone decides to marry. I’ve taken care of many same-sex couples in my chiropractic office and it really sucks that they don’t get the same rights as married couples in the state do.

Proposition 9. Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole — voting yes — I don’t have a lot of details on this one from what I’ve read so far it looks like I’ll be voting yes.

Proposition 10. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds — voting no — $5 billion in bonds paid from the state’s general fund to help research sound like a really bad idea to me. Going alternative has got to be a really lucrative industry and I imagine privately owned companies will compete to bring us the best products and services available.

Proposition 11. Redistricting — voting no — I’m currently voting no on this proposition but I’m not completely decided. Maybe someone else has more information.

Proposition 12. Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 — voting yes — I’ll be voting yes for $900 million in bonds to be issued to provide Farm and home aid for California veterans. I believe most veterans get a raw deal (at least that’s what it appears like to me) and we should be doing all we can to provide for them after their years of service to our state and country.

How did I do? 🙂