STAFF ED: Overview of confusing propositions explained
October 31, 2012
Filed under Opinions
There are plenty of issues to be decided on Nov. 6, the official general election day. The Rip’s editorial board has broken down some important issues and is giving slight direction to those who are looking for it.
These choices are being made based off information from the official voter guide, and the political debates, and disregard the numerous campaigns on television, radio and wherever else.
First, the most important issue for all community college students is Proposition 30. If the proposition passes, those making over $250,000 a year will have higher taxes for seven years. In addition, there will be a sales tax increase of ¼ cent for four years. This money will be used to fund schools, meaning all schools from kindergarten up to the universities, unlike Prop. 38, which only funds K-12.
Proposition 30 deserves a yes vote for the future of Bakersfield College and California education.
Another issue is brought by Proposition 37, which calls for labeling of all genetically engineered foods sold in California to state they are genetically engineered. This deserves a yes vote for the simple fact that we all deserve the right to know what we consume. This isn’t going to ban the food. It’s only a label, and it’s nothing extreme.
Proposition 39 requires multistate businesses to pay income taxes based on percentage of their sales in California, meaning potentially higher taxes on some companies.
According to the voter guide, half of the revenue would be used on new energy efficient projects and schools.
This plan sounds like a win all around for our state.
If a company has enough power to choose their own taxable income, then there should be a law preventing it.
And this money will go to new progressive projects and education.
Finally, the choice on who will be the next president. Although corporate media has done a terrible job in presenting all candidates, a choice still has to be made.
The majorities are looking at Obama and Romney, although if third party candidates were given more exposure, the anti-war, pro democracy, pro-green movement that Jill Stein has put forward would truthfully appeal to the masses, but that’s not the case.
Obama and Romney are who the people will be deciding over, and because of that we believe Obama should be re-elected. Mitt Romney has made a fool of himself more times in a few months than the three stooges have in their whole career.
Barack Obama has already felt the experience of the White House.
Obama knows foreign policy, which Romney clearly showed in the final debate he does not, and what may be most important to all students is that Obama was the only one constantly pushing for education.
Replay the presidential debates, and you will hear Obama mention education numerous times, even when he wasn’t supposed to.
That is a good thing. Regardless of who wins, and what propositions pass, these next four years are going to be one hell of a ride for all people.