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09 November 2005

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Gil.

"You just can’t trust those Republicans with money."

No fair.

All the way on the right coast looking on, I've noticed that the opponents of the propositions Arnold was sponsoring spent "way" more money than he did. Two or three times as much.

And quite frankly, from the squibbies I read about them, I don't know why some of those propositions didn't pass. Why wouldn't union members want a say in whether or not their big shots spend money for political purposes, for instance?

Christie Keith

I've noticed that the opponents of the propositions Arnold was sponsoring spent "way" more money than he did. Two or three times as much.

But the special election was his baby. Opponents of his propositions wouldn't have had to spend a red cent if he hadn't insisted on the election in the first place.

Why wouldn't union members want a say in whether or not their big shots spend money for political purposes, for instance?

Because they already had that right. This was an etremely deceptively worded proposition. It sounded so reasonable ... but when you really read the analysis, it wasn't what it seemed to be. From the Sacramento Bee analysis (they recommended opposing the measure in their editorial pages):

* Public employees already have the right to opt out of having any of their dues money or fees go into political spending, and tens of thousands of government workers already exercise the option.

* It unfairly targets one side in the political debate while allowing political fundraising and spending by business groups to continue unfettered. It doesn't impose the same restrictions on corporations that spend shareholders' money on politics.

* The initiative is designed to silence nurses, teaches, firefighters and law enforcement officers who have opposed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's government overhaul agenda.

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