Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tap Tap, Is This Thing On?

I've been a bit busy lately tending to my offspring. But more on that later. In fact, probably a whole 'nother site on that later - once I sort out Blogger's no-more-FTP business. Because I have time to migrate a bunch of websites. Whatevs.

In the meantime, you might have noticed there's this whole statewide election thing going down right now - or soon. The upside of maternity leave is much more time in front of the tube. The downside, however, is the truly awful number of political advertisments I must watch - for one candidate in particular. Getting through an episode of Jeopardy is very difficult.

There won't be any commentary on that race here, however, as much as that pains the holy living hell out of me. It doesn't take a tremendous amount of thought to predict what I'd be saying, of course, but I like to think I say it so much more entertainingly than other similarly-minded folks. Oh well.

So I'll toss out a placeholder complaint about the Prop 16 ads: Thanks so much, PG&E for protecting my right to vote on municipal entries into the electricity market. I just didn't know you cared. I'm touched.

Why do people sign any initiative petitions? Why do people vote for them? Not. Democracy. Y'all.


Pazzer1 said...

April 6. Here in Britain countdown has started for a General Election on May 6. Just get that statewide voting out of the way. I am soon to take refuge in Sac, thankfully clear of uk tv electioneering, right up until my return just in time to vote.

Andrew Greenstein said...
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Catherine said...

Oops...ha ha. That wasn't posted by Catherine. I didn't realize I was signed on as my bearded counterpart. :)

Catherine said...

Welcome back! I actively seek out petitions of causes I care deeply about, for example the effort to repeal Prop 8 and the prop to restore a majority vote on taxes. Those issues can only be resolved through the ballot box, so I think it is important to help the campaigns. However, I never sign petitions for initiatives I don't know backwards and forwards. I would never sign something based on a 10 second pitch by a stranger I have no reason to believe.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations of course.

Sisyphus said...

On Prop 16, I have actually read the initiative, and that reading caused me to switch positions. While I normally oppose government providing services already offered by the private sector on principle, there's a weird little unintended consequence of some bad drafting in Prop 16 that no one is yet talking about. The initiative is written so broadly that local governments probably can't provide even limited subsidies to private utilities without having to go through a vote. And I'm not talking about tax breaks or other egregious corporate welfare. I'm not even sure a local government could provide targeted infrastructure to incentivize a private utility to come in to compete with existing power providers, or sell or lease land at marginally below market value to do the same. That's a bridge too far for me.