Alan Korwin’s AZ Ballot Proposition Analysis

Alan Korwin, Arizona’s expert on gun laws, has made it really easy to decide how to vote on the propositions this year. Vote yes on all the 100’s, and no on all the 200’s. About the only ballot proposition that conservatives are a bit split over is Prop. 200, regulating the Pay Day Loan industry. Do you vote for it now, knowing that the legislature will otherwise pass a law with more drastic restrictions, or do you vote against it on principle, since it’s still voting for more government regulation of private industry? It’s funded by the Pay Day Loan industry, which is trying to reform itself before the heavy hand of the legislature takes draconian measures. Alan comes down on the NO side, but says it was the toughest ballot proposition to decide. The PAChyderm organization supports it; AZ Federation of Taxpayers opposes it.

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I have studied the AZ ballot props at length and asked knowledgeable
friends for their input. Here’s the result. If you like Page Nine and my
other work, we’re likely on the same page on these. The descriptions and
titles are simplified but fair. Don’t miss the notes at the end.

100 YES Stop a Big Tax Increase Plan (Protect Our Homes)
100 YES Stop a Big Tax Increase Plan (Protect Our Homes)

Government would like to create new taxes and take more of your money, by
charging you for transferring ownership of your home or land. Our homes and
land already suffer under heavy taxes, taxing transfers amounts to double
taxation. Passing this amendment to our state Constitution would stop
unfair tax increases. This one was easy.

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101 YES Freedom of Choice in Health Care
101 YES Freedom of Choice in Health Care

Government is getting ready to require you to use the health care they
pick for you. You could still choose their medicine if you want under this
proposal, but they could not force you to, or prevent or penalize you from
picking your own if you prefer. They hate this deal, which is supported by
doctors, and it protects your freedom. It prevents socialized medicine from
being forced on you (and you could still take that if you like). This was
an easy choice too.

Note: In a story on 10/23, consistently deceptive Arizona Republic
reporter Scott Wong mentioned how “costly” the plan would be, and in the
“billions,” seven times, before mentioning near the very end (on an inside
jump page) that the state’s budget analysts found, “the proposition is not
expected to have a fiscal impact on the state.” Such sorely twisted
reporting gives an unfair advantage to the media’s cohorts — this one led
by the governor, who would get free reign to socialize your health care if
she can defeat this excellent proposal. No ethics charges are expected (the
paper has no ombudsman).

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102 YES or NO Marriage Is Between One Man and One Woman
102 YES or NO Marriage Is Between One Man and One Woman

This depends on your morality. If you believe the traditional family unit
with two parents, a man and a woman, is important, sacred and a basis for
civilization, you must vote YES. If you believe people should be entirely
free to “marry” whomever they please, you must vote NO. The homosexual
agenda is helped by a NO vote, and plural “marriages” would be possible
down the road.

This issue is deceptive because the correct term is “holy matrimony.”
Marriage is a function of religion, which should have absolutely no
connection to government that causes all the problems. Churches should
marry whomever they wish, and secular laws should not apply. Because
government manages society with tax policy, and has latched that onto
marriage and child rearing, we find ourselves in this mess. A YES vote puts
a religious-based view into the state Constitution.

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105 YES Make Tax Increases Require a Majority
105 YES Make Tax Increases Require a Majority

The way we’re set up now, a ballot proposition can create gigantic tax
increases that never end, and be made into law by a small group at the
polls. (A “majority of people voting” is usually a tiny minority of the
public that will be burdened with the tax.) What happens is that special
interests spend a fortune convincing people to vote for an (often
deceptively worded) plan, and just enough people vote aye, saddling
everyone with more taxes. Too often, your tax dollars then pour right into
the pockets of the groups that sponsored and paid for the campaign. That’s
just wrong. This amendment to the Constitution says that if taxes are to go
up, a real majority of voters in the state must approve it. This will make
it very hard to raise taxes deceptively, and all we’ll have to watch out
for is our legislature.

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200 NO Regulate the Pay-Day Loan Business
200 NO Regulate the Pay-Day Loan Business

People freely use these services so much that payday-loan type offices
have sprung up everywhere. People using them are struggling financially,
and must pay high amounts to get their hands on badly needed cash right
away. Banks do nothing to help these folks — this is banking outside the
bank system. Government seeks to regulate the businesses, which admittedly
have some questionable loan practices (the payday loan debt trap), and high
(but usually short term) rates.

If regulation is needed to curb abuses or help stop endless cycles of
personal debt, let the market or the legislature act. Expiration in 2010 of
the current law allowing them to operate will force that action (though
expect no further action if Prop 200 passes). There’s also a suggestion I
can’t resolve fully that says these outfits are the “banks” for illegal
immigrants, and transfer huge sums of off-the-books cash to Mexico. The law
of unintended consequences is at play on this one, my least confident
choice. Hmmm.

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201 NO Restrict Homeowner’s Options for Defective Construction
201 NO Restrict Homeowner’s Options for Defective Construction

Some of the things in the so-called Homeowner’s Bill of Rights are not bad
(it’s a loooong proposal), but the bottom falls out because the only option
you would have if you have a lemon or any problems is to hire lawyers and
go to court. It’s a trial lawyer’s dream, and would raise the costs of home
ownership. It even allows “prospective” homeowners (folks who haven’t even
bought a home) to attack builders in the courts, a real nightmare
suggestion. Builders aren’t perfect, but this is not a solution.

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202 NO Amnesty for Illegal Alien’s Employers
202 NO Amnesty for Illegal Alien’s Employers

The destruction Arizona suffers from illegals pouring into the state is
monumental. Arizona just pushed through a very strict law against employers
who hire illegal aliens, a model for the rest of the nation, and it’s
already reduced our attractiveness to the flood of illegals sneaking in
here. It’s got real teeth, and has driven illegals out of the state. This
would gut that law and make it nearly impossible to prosecute employers who
profit from using illegals. The folks promoting this item call it the
stop-hiring-illegals law, and that’s exactly opposite of what it would do.
Disgraceful.

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300 NO Give State Legislators a 25% Pay Raise
300 NO Give State Legislators a 25% Pay Raise

Are you nuts? We’re flat broke. No, it’s worse, we’re swimming in debt.
The budget’s been hopelessly mismanaged (by many in the legislature, not
all). The malfeasance, violations of oaths of office, immorality and hubris
of many legislators is a total embarrassment. The argument that for another
six grand we’d attract better candidates, they would act better,
responsibility would improve, and reliance on special interests and
lobbyists would go down is totally infuriating BS. People making that
argument are either brain dead, ignorant, or your mortal enemies. Don’t you
realize what the system is — these are people willing to spend hundreds of
thousands of dollars to get a job that pays 24K? Throw the bastages out,
don’t give them raises. Sheesh. I have to tell you this? (Apologies to the
few good legislators I consider friends.)

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Judicial confirmations
Judicial confirmations

Since virtually the entire judiciary takes a negative view of the bedrock
freedom principle of fully informed juries (http://www.fija.org), I think
they all deserve to be removed, vote NO down the line. What a message that
would send to the nation. (In an act of supreme unfairness, the coven votes
for its own published approval ratings and gets nearly 100% approval all
the time; many this time were actually identified by the powers that be as
“unfit”). Typically, they’re all retained by a 2/3 margin anyway. I know
one judge who breaks the mold, John Buttrick, he’s worth retaining.

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Summary:

Centrists and conservatives will vote YES on the 100s and NO on the 200s.
(Leftists and socialists will likely vote the opposite.)

These choices will lower taxes, shrink government, enhance freedoms:

100 YES Stop a Big Tax Increase Plan
101 YES Freedom of Choice in Health Care
102 YES or NO Marriage Is Between One Man and One Woman
105 YES Make Tax Increases Require a Majority
200 NO Regulate the Pay-Day Loan Business
201 NO Restrict Homeowner’s Options for Defective Construction
202 NO Amnesty for Illegal Alien Employers
300 NO Give State Legislators a 25% Pay Raise
Judicial confirmations Retain Buttrick, NO to the rest

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I heard one dope on the radio last time bragging he voted NO to everything
’cause he was gonna show them! So the idiot, without looking, took a
question like, “Should we lower your taxes, reduce government waste, and
increase your freedom?” and basically just shot himself in both feet and
the groin. Choose wisely.

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A conservative and a liberal blog have assessed the judges in fine detail,
check it out if you’d prefer to cast a more precise ballot:
http://www.azjudgesreview.blogspot.com.

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EARLY VOTER’S DILEMMA: The nation is supposed to rise up as one on
election day and sweep through the legislatures, making changes. The
introduction of “early” voting dilutes this effect and introduces serious
problems:

1. You might cast your vote before new information arrives (like this
report);

2. Your candidate might be dead by the time election day arrives, and it’s
then too late to vote for a live person (it happens);

3. Your candidate might be in prison or indicted and in hindsight, be a
pretty bad choice (and prisoners can’t hold office);

4. You don’t get to rise up as one with your neighbors, enjoy their
company for a brief while, and elect new officials across the board.

Absentee ballots present a similar issue but are mitigated by their value
as a tool for people who will not be present to cast a vote on the
prescribed day (the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November).

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Comments

  1. Korwin incorrectly states that 102 writes religion into the Arizona Constitution. This is absolutely false.

    The reason governments have a vested interest in marriage is because it:

    1) adds value to communities, states, the nation

    2) strong, stable families lower the amount of taxpayer-funded state agency costs

    Where marriage is usurped by same-sex “marriage,” in Europe and Canada, the number of heterosexual marriages declines. Cohabitation rises. Poverty and domestic violence increase sharply. Government must use taxpayer funded agencies to clean up the mess in this heightened welfare state.

    Cohabiting women in the U.S. and Canada are 9 times more likely to be killed by their live-in boyfriend.

    Same-sex parenting is extremely harmful to children, who do worse in school, are more likely to engage in juvenile delinquency, drink, do drugs, ponder suicide.

    By far, the safest place for children is in the home of married biological parents. This traditional family unit benefits government, communities and employers. Married people also are more productive and more dependable in the work place, are absent less, and engage in fewer risky behaviors like alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as violence.

  2. Glendale GOP says

    Would Mr. Korwin point out a single legislator who spends “hundreds of thousands of dollars to get elected”? Even the Speaker of the House hasn’t spent more than $200,000 as far as I can tell. In fact, I’m not sure that anyone EVER has, in the history of Arizona. If all of his decisions are being made according to a knee-jerk generalities and stereotypes, then I would be suspect.

    But he’s great on guns!

  3. Why would Mr. Korwin favor women to choose any health care like an abortion?

  4. Dennis, you wrote, “Same-sex parenting is extremely harmful to children, who do worse in school, are more likely to engage in juvenile delinquency, drink, do drugs, ponder suicide.”

    Documentation?

  5. GOP Boomer Gal says

    101 has nothing to do with abortion. It’s about being free from government coercion in choosing our physicians and health care options.

  6. Hey Dennis:

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    Sincerely,

    FDS

  7. BE WARNED, PROP 202 IS A LIE

    By Bob Haran;

    Prop. 202, the deceptively named Stop Illegal Hiring act, will do just the opposite of what it says. The greedy employers that have done everything in their power to obstruct enforcement of employer sanctions, have now resorted to out-right lying to the public to escape any punishment for illegally hiring undocumented workers. Make no mistake, if Prop. 202 passes, there will be NO enforcement or punishment for knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

    Don’t believe the TV and radio ads, Prop. 202 is one big lie. The availability of jobs is the biggest magnet causing people to illegally enter the United States. Some of those poor people have died in our desert attempting to fill underpaid jobs for the greedy employers backing Prop. 202. The business interest backing this proposition couldn’t care less about those people, they just want to profit from the cheap labor they provide, and let the taxpayer pick up the slack.

    Look at those numbers, over $898,000 to obstruct enforcement of a law that was passed with bi-partisan support by the legislature and signed by the governor. Only $15, 315 to try to get the truth out about this deception. Read the proposition yourself, it doesn’t do what they say it will.

    Please contact everyone in your address book, let them know the truth about Prop. 202. The only weapon we have to counter these big money interest is word of mouth. Talk to your friends and neighbors, don’t let them get away with this deliberate deception.

    The illegal immigration issue has divided the people of this state for too long. Those that have demanded enforcement have been unfairly characterized as racist and the Hispanic community has become the scapegoat for people’s frustration with illegal immigration. We are about to go into a terrible recession or possibly worse, a complete economic breakdown. Those jobs they say Americans don’t want, Americans will need. Now is the time for the greedy employers that have caused the problem of massive illegal immigration to pay the price for their greed. Allow the law to be enforced, say NO to prop. 202.

    The greedy employers opposed to employer sanctions have organized themselves into a group called Wake Up Arizona, these are their members;

    • Mac Magruder, owns McDonald’s franchises

    • Ray Arvizu, owns Arvizu Advertising & Promotions, a Hispanic marketing firm

    • Tom Barnett, owns Good Egg and Eggery restaurants and Burger King franchises

    • Steve Chucri, president, Arizona Restaurant Association

    • Jim Click, Tucson car dealer

    • Jerry Colangelo, former owner, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks

    • Brian Day O’Connor, owns a commercial real estate firm and a carwash; son of former U.S. Supreme Court justice

    • Nicole Dreier, representing Burger King franchises

    • Barry Goldwater Jr., son of former U.S. senator

    • Danny Hendon, owns Danny’s Family Car Washes

    • Steve Hilton, chief executive, Meritage Homes

    • Gordon James, owns public relations firm

    • James LeVecke, owns Carl’s Jr. franchises

    • Jeff Moorad, general manager, Arizona Diamondbacks

    • Mary Rose Wilcox, Maricopa County supervisor, owner El Portal restaurant

  8. Capo di Tutti Capo says

    You Got Prop 105 ALL WRONG! VOTE NO
    Initiatives are the one way we keep Janet and future Governors like her in check – if they don’t act in the public interest, we can take it to the streets.

    Vote no on prop 105. The Taxpayer and Citizen protection Act would not have passed it Prop 105 were in effect. That means that we’d still have people voting at the polls without the need to produce ID, and illegal immigrants taking advantage of tax-supported programs.

    You know, the ONLY reason why illegal immigrants can’t receive welfare benefits any longer is because of the initiative route available t u sint eh futrue??

    Coe on – we’re going to count DEAD voters?? Maybe the Democratic Machine in Chicago does that, but don’t bring that to AZ!! Let’s be real!

    Let me get this straight – a ballot initiative that I might help put on the ballot would require this impossible to achieve super majority of those WHO DON’T VOTE.

    Come on, Republicans – vote NO on Prop 105. It is what WE are about. I don’t want the Legislature having any more power than the people. But that’s what this does and that is why I’m against it.
    If you are like me – a conservative against Prop 105, get on-line and right Korwin’s wrong assessment.

  9. East Valley Conservatives says

    Korwin, we TOTALLY disagree on every point.
    For starters, Prop 105 is NOT about taxes, it’s about voting. Every initiative requires some sort of funding, even if it isn’t about taxes.
    If this prop had passed 10 years ago, no initiative would have passed. Does anybody get the irony of this? Their signs say “Stop Special Interests.” The people behind this Prop ARE special interests: Carl’s Jr. owner Jason LeVeche, alcohol and tobacco companies. How can you get any more special interest than THAT? Here’s the other irony: They want to use the initiative process to KILL the initiative process. In other words, once they get what THEY want, they want no more initiatives EVER.
    Korwin, you’re wrong on this one. NO on 105. Keep the initiative process in Arizona.

  10. Korwin, there’s a good reason why the AZ Game & Fish Commission unanimously opposes Prop 105 which will remove the ability to protect wildlife and habitat. Remember the Heritage initiative that passed in 1990? If Prop 105 had been in place at the time it would have failed.
    And as for your comment that if Prop 105 passes “all we’ll have to watch out for is our legislature.” You mean the same legislature that attempts to raid the Heritage Fund every session???
    Anyone that cares about conservation of Arizona’s wildlife and land should vote NO on Prop 105.

  11. You have got to be kidding!!! Why would I vote for something that will limit my rights and give more weight to those who don’t even bother to vote? As conservatives, we need to be able to counter big government. The citizens initiative process is true democracy at its best. Prop 105 would defile that process by counting those who don’t even participate in the American right and responsibility of voting. Vote NO on Prop 105.

  12. Prop 105 is going stop the liberal tax & spenders by letting people who are dead, have moved, and are in jail vote. This seems more like a liberal idea of letting everyone vote, whether they deserve to or not. This initiative would also have killed all the illegal alien propositions, because they all needed funding. Trusting the legislature to be the only ones who can make laws seems like a giant step back from being accountable to the people.

  13. I cannot believe we are actually having a discussion surrounding Proposition 105. Where are all our veterans who gave so much to protect our democratic republic? Are we really willing to give up our votes to “Mickey Mouse,” deceased individuals, or to those who have moved on to other states? Are you telling me that the Sonoran Alliance would endorse a proposition that could let some of our identity stealing “undocumented immigrants” decide an election? Our state doesn’t even know what a majority of registered voters truly is, because our roles are innacurate! I am all for stopping taxes, but I do not want to give up my vote — that is truly a slippery slope. Our founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves on this one.

    To quote John Adams ~

    The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

    The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

  14. You are spot on about Prop 200! It’s one of the most deceptive campaigns surrounding the Arizona ballot this year!

    The kicker is that Prop 200 is being promoted by the payday industry – they’re using TV ads and mail fliers to tell voters to stop those bad payday lenders when they’re the ones behind it all.

    At the end of the day, these guys want to get around both the market place and the legislature and have voters protect their interest rates – regardless of what happens with the market.

    And they’re trying to convince everyone it’s “reform” when it’s really just tricking citizens into locking their interest rates in for them – forever.

    Please visit http://www.200isnoreform.com and learn what Prop 200 would really do.

  15. Give me a break….payday loan places are the “banks for illegal immigrants”? What a bunch of nonsense. Have you ever been INTO payday loan place and tried to get a loan? You MUST have a social security number, a steady job and a bank account! Before you dish out advice, you should learn the facts!

    People who borrow from payday loan places are making an economic decision that is right for them (let’s see, bounce a $100 check and pay over $50 in fees to the banks and merchants or borrow $100 from the payday lender and pay $15….hmmmmmm…what shall i do?).

    Smart Arizonans will VOTE YES ON PROP 200.

  16. All Arizonans will see through the confusion and deception supporting Prop 200!

    The TV ads and liar flyers (http://www.200isnoreform.com/liarflyers/) are just the industry attacking itself in attempt to confuse people into thinking Prop 200 is reform.

    But at the end of the day, a lie is a lie and Prop 200 is no reform. It’s way for the payday system to have voter-protected interest rates – no matter what happens with the market.

  17. The economy makes it so hard to make these choices.

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