As we draw closer to election day it's critical that we keep talking about the issues before us as a State and as a people. A State that needs to be fiscally responsible and as a people that don't want to be viewed as doormats for the lazy.
The official ballot language for the measure reads:
To protect the will of the people of Arizona for fiscal responsibility through true majority rule, any initiative that imposes additional taxes or spending must have support from a majority of qualified electors in Arizona. Currently, initiatives that increase taxes or spending can pass with approval from only a minority of qualified electors. In the past, big money, special interest groups have pushed higher spending and taxes. Arizona now faces one of the largest deficits of any state in the country. We must protect the will of the people and let a true majority of the voters decide.
So let's dissect the important parts of the message above:
1. "To protect the will of the people of Arizona for fiscal responsibility through true majority rule...(to end of sentence)"
The keyword in the first sentence is: Majority = and it is defined as the Full count of ALL registered voters.
Essentially this translates to ALL registered voters would have a vote counted, regardless whether they stayed home or actually went to the polls and cast their vote. A registered voter who did not actually go and vote would be counted as an automatic NO vote.
2. "Currently, initiatives that increase taxes or spending can pass with approval from only a minority of qualified electors."
From the year 2000 through 2008 there were five initiatives passed that this double majority law would have defeated. All five were passed with a MAJORITY of votes from those who took the time to actually go and vote. None of these measures would have passed under Proposition 105.
|Year||Prop.||Description||%Pass||2000||200||Tobacco settlement money; health insurance||58.1%||2000||204||AHCCCS; funding; health; nutrition and prevention programs||62.9%||2002||202||Tribal-state gaming compacts||50.8%||2006||201||Smoke-free Arizona||54.8%||2006||203||Early childhood development; $0.80 increase of tobacco tax||53.2%|
The next two sentences of the Proposition are just political posturing so I won't even bother addressing them.
The keys really are in the True Majority aspect and if we want a bunch of people to lazy to get off the couch or make time in their day to vote - to have the preponderance of the say. I say no. Not only NO but HELL NO.
I have voted in EVERY election from the time I turned 18 on. To give you an idea how long that's been Reagan was on the ballot for my first vote. I am not willing to give up my voice to anyone. Let alone someone who won't participate in the process.
VOTENO on Arizona Prop 105
You have been given a voice, use it. Go out and
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