Congressman Tom McClintock and Vice Chair of L.A. County Republicans at odds over Props on Nov. Ballot

Congressman Tom McClintock, who had represented Ventura County in the State legislature, is known to be one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives. Recently he sent out an email with his ballot recommendations.  Some are the complete opposite of those recommended by Gary Aminoff, former Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles Republican Party.  We had previously published  his recommendations;  asked Mr. Aminoff to review Mr. McClintock’s ballot measures recommendations.  Aminof’s response is in red below alongside McClintock’s.

Prop 1 – Water Bond: YES. This is a long way from a perfect measure, but it’s as good as it gets in California these days: a $7.5 billion water bond that spends $2.7 billion for new water storage. If that sounds breathtakingly underwhelming, remember that’s $2.7 billion more than the multi-billions of dollars of water bonds that we’ve spent in recent years. Sadly, it doesn’t overhaul the environmental laws that vastly inflate costs and it squanders a great deal more that won’t be used for storage, but it is a step away from the lunacy of the green left (that adamantly opposes it) and this alone merits support.

Tom:  “Sadly, it doesn’t overhaul the environmental laws that vastly inflate costs and it squanders a great deal more that won’t be used for storage, but it is a step away from the lunacy of the green left (that adamantly opposes it) and this alone merits support. “

Me:  That isn’t a justification for voting for it.  This is a boondoggle that will actually waste $7.5 Billion.  After spending the money we will not have any more water than we do now.  Also, the language of the bill is that $2.7 Billion is allocated for dams and water storage, but there is no language that compels the state to actually spend the money on those items. It is a horribly drafted bill that will add nearly $8 Billion in debt and require California taxpayers to spend $560 Million a year in principal and interest.  For what?  I haven’t changed my position.

Prop 2 – Stop Us Before We Screw Up Again: YES. This repeals Prop 58, a vat of Schwarzenegger snake-oil sold to voters as the panacea to the state’s budget woes. It wasn’t. (My I-told-you-so moment). Prop 58 promised an iron-clad reserve, but in reality, the governor could suspend it any time he wanted. He did. (Oops, I did it again). What I like most about Prop 2 is that to raid the required budget reserve, both the governor AND the legislature must agree and then, only for a specifically declared emergency. In a nutshell, it requires the legislature and governor to do what they did voluntarily during the Deukmejian era. Still plenty of loopholes, but better than what we have today.

Tom:  “Still plenty of loopholes, but better than what we have today.”

Me:   Not a reason to vote for it, because it is better than we have today.  I am opposed to it principally because it takes away reserves from local school districts, which Tom doesn’t even address.

Prop 48 – Freedom Works: YES. This ratifies Indian Gaming compacts for two tribes in economically depressed regions of the state that will be an economic boon to the struggling local communities there. It also cuts through environmental red tape that would otherwise delay these projects for years.

I disagree.  Although this prop isn’t as significant as Prop 1 and 2 in terms of cost to the California taxpayers, I don’t like this proposition for two reasons.  One, it is the first casino to be built outside of reservation land, which sets a precedent for casinos all over California.  Secondly, this affects only Madera County.  This shouldn’t be voted on by voters in Los Angeles or other areas, this should be a local Madera County vote.

Gary Aminoff, Vice Chair Los Angeles Republican Party

Gary Aminoff

 

Gary Aminoff founded the San Fernando Valley Republican Club in 2003, and formerly served as Vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.  He currently serves as President of Alliance for Liberty.http://www.aminoff.com/

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One Response to Congressman Tom McClintock and Vice Chair of L.A. County Republicans at odds over Props on Nov. Ballot

  1. david Koszela October 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I agree. No on all props!

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