Vote Yes on Proposition 32
Original post made by Hank Lawrence, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights, on Aug 23, 2012
According to the Legislative Analyst's office:
"A Yes vote on this measure means: Unions and corporations could not use money deducted from an employee's paycheck for political purposes. Unions, corporations, and government contractors would be subject to additional campaign finance restrictions."
Don Perata, the President pro tempore of the California State Senate from 2004 to 2008 said that the Union(s) are "the co-equal fourth branch of government."
It is ingrained in the California Democratic Party to give Unions a prominent seat at the legislative table and let the public be damned.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
"CTA (California Teacher's Association) is one of the biggest political spenders in California. It outpaced all other special interests, including corporate players such as telecommunications giant AT&T and the Chevron oil company, from 2000 through 2009, according to a state study. In that decade, the labor group shelled out more than $211 million in political contributions and lobbying expenses roughly twice that of the next largest spender, the Service Employees International Union.
Since then it has spent nearly $40 million more, including $4.7 million to help Brown become governor, according to the union's filings with the secretary of state."
Now the "Non-Partisan" League of Women Voters objects to Proposition 32 because it has a more adverse impact on the Unions. It does! Prop 32 does hurts the Unions more because they give more than companies and thus have more influence.
The League of Women Voters also complains that since companies don't engage in legalized theft (payroll deductions for political purposes) from their employees and the Unions do the it is somehow unfair to the Unions. The League of Women Voters is upset because Unions have an unfair advantage of the payroll deduction and it does not want the Unions to lose that unfair advantage. I like their logic.
As most people are aware the League of Women Voters is an unofficial arm of the Democratic Party. Its membership is heavily skewed towards women who are registered Democrats. It makes the specious claim that it is non-partisan because it does not endorse candidates. However, if you look at the measures they support they are almost always liberal causes supported by Democrats.