Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It is he who commands you! It is he who flung you from the gates of Heaven to the depths of Hell!

Just in case anybody is interested here's how I voted on the important stuff---

President: Are you kidding?

U.S. Senator: There are lots of reasons to despise sometimes-moderate Gordon Smith but in my own estimation Gordo showed he was unfit for office years ago when he voted to impeach President Clinton over a peccadillo. I proudly voted for Jeff Merkley.

A couple of ballot intititives I support---

Measure 54: (Voter Eligibility) Fixes a portion of the Oregon Constitution that says voters need to be 21-years old and pass a literacy test. We'll have no literate voters here.

Measure 56: (Kills Double Majority) I've hated the double majority measure which voters put in place in 1996. Essentially it's one of those deals where over 50% of registered voters have to vote for any property tax to pass, regardless of whether it pulls a majority of votes. 1) Non-voters shouldn't get as much of a say as actual voters and 2) Vote by mail has made the original arguments for the double majority obsolete.

A measure I was sympathetic to but voted against---

Measure 65: (Open Primaries) The measure opens primaries up to all registered voters regardless of primaries with the top two vote-getters going to the general. This was a tough one but I do think this opens the primaries up to a lot of mischief that will hurt moderate-leftists more than those on the other side. I would like to see instant runoff voting instead. Having said all that I can see why progressives are voting for the measure, I'm just worried about the consequences.

Most of the other measures are the typical anti-state government nonsense that wind up on the ballot every election. Every state seems to have a resident loon who makes a living getting these things on the ballot. In Oregon that loon is Bill Sizemore. I will never vote for a Bill Sizemore inititive. He makes that declaration easy by throwing the worst sort of crap on our ballots.

No on measures 57,58,59,60,61,62,63 and 64.

Happy election everybody!

8 comments:

Randal Graves said...

President: Are you kidding?

I'm glad you're siding with Mama Peacock on this. Go, Bill Sizemore and Real America®!

Swinebread said...

Yup

FranIAm said...

No early voting here... wah!

You did good!

Lockwood said...

Agree that I will never support any Sizemore measure. Hate to admit it, but I haven't really looked at the measures too much yet- a few I've heard enough to know I'm voting against them, but I can't say which they are by number. My general attitude toward measures is I'm voting against them unless I'm -really- convinced they're a good thing.

pissed off patricia said...

I voted last Thurs. and I swear I got a buzz just from marking the circle by Obama's name.

Dean Wormer said...

randal-

I'm glad you're siding with Mama Peacock on this.

I've always been a sucker for a pretty face.

swine-

Yup back.

franiam-

Vote by mail. It's da bomb.

lockwood-

I think we're lucky in that a lot of Oregon voters have the same attitude as you do with regards to ballot measures.

Pop-

In seriousness I've been trying not to think about the actual vote for Obama because the gravity of history is hanging over us and it's a little bit overwhelming when you sit back and reflect on that fact.

Pilar Penobscot said...

Is Matt Slick still on the scene? I remember him telling me that he knew someone who worked at the Nordstrom's in Salem where Gordon Smith bought his wigs. Guys who wear wigs are insecure, and insecure guys should not be in charge of stuff.

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