NO on Proposition 100: Protect Our Homes
Every once in a while, there’s talk about overhauling Arizona’s increasingly outdated tax system by, say, decreasing the overall sales-tax rate but extending the tax to cover services and goods that are now free of taxes. (The conversation never goes beyond talk, because any changes would require a two-thirds vote of the GOP-dominated Legislature, so reform remains an academic exercise.)
One of the ideas that comes up occasionally is a real-estate transfer tax that would essentially be a sales tax on the purchase of property–homes, commercial properties and vacant land. Although the talk never goes anywhere, Arizona’s real estate agents have decided that they’re tired of even hearing about the threat of a new tax, so they’ve put Prop 100 on the ballot to block it from ever coming to pass.
We’re not eager to see a 5 percent tax put on a home purchase–we fear that home ownership will be out of reach of too many people for a long time to come–but we’re still against this one because a small tax, if it were implemented properly, could help diversify the state’s tax base. Plus, in general, we don’t like special interests junking up the state Constitution. Vote no.
NO on Proposition 101: Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act
Here’s a prop that purports to protect your freedom to choose your own doctor, blah blah blah. That’s a smokescreen. The real aim of the proposition: to make it more difficult for the state to ever implement any kind of universal health care. With the private health-care system quickly degenerating into a disaster for anyone who actually gets sick and needs help, we don’t think this is a step in the right direction. This initiative would protect nothing while prohibiting many potentially good things. Vote no.
NO on Proposition 102: Marriage
We remain mystified by the argument that amending the Arizona Constitution to limit marriage to being between one man and one woman will “protect” marriage. If marriage is indeed under assault, the problems stem from hetero couples who can’t work things out, not from gays and lesbians who want to make lifetime commitments to one another so they can have their own families. This is bigotry, pure and simple. Vote no.
Hell No on Proposition 105: Majority Rules
This is the absolute worst proposition on the November ballot. Its very name is a bald-faced lie; it has far more to do with minority rule than majority rule.
Prop 105 would require any proposition that includes a tax increase to pass with a majority of all registered voters–not just the voters who happen to cast a vote in the election. In other words, everyone who stays home–or who remains on voter rolls after dying or moving elsewhere–gets counted as a “no” vote.
We’ve seen a lot of cynical and deceptive campaigns, but never have we seen a campaign so full of bullshit. The people behind this are foul greedheads who care for nothing besides the almighty dollar. And because they know that a majority of voters are sometimes willing to raise their taxes when they have a chance to pay for improvements in education or health care, they want to change the rules so a minority can enforce its will on the majority.
Don’t be fooled by these assclowns.
NO on Proposition 200: Payday Loan Reform Act!
We can buy, almost, the payday-loan industry’s argument that they fill a niche that banks don’t by offering small loans that help folks who are living paycheck to paycheck cover unexpected expenses, such as car repairs. That said, we’re also well aware that payday loans trap too many people in a disastrous cycle of debt. And this particular reform comes from the payday industry itself, which means Continue reading
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