How I’m Voting in November 2020
We have our election coming up on November 3rd! I hope everyone is enthusiastic about voting for Liberty!
Step 0: VOTE! If you can’t get to a polling location in person, don’t forget to make your vote happen in some other way! Even if that means sending your ballot through the mail.
Step 1: VOTE IN PERSON. People keep saying that those who suggest there might be election fraud are undermining the integrity of our electoral process. Well, count me among that number! Personally, I believe that those who are COMMITTING FRAUD are probably a greater threat to electoral integrity :) But hey, maybe that’s just me.
Step 2: Vote for Liberty Candidates! I’m not going to presume to tell you which candidates are best in that regard, but please consider the Libertarian in your local race - or check your representative’s report card at Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT), or your favorite government watchdog group.
If you’re in House District 22, vote Margot Herzl!
Step 3: Vote for Liberty on the ballot issues! I’ll give you my take - but as always, use your own mind and your own judgment.
*Keep in mind: Any initiative delinieated with a letter was referred by the legislature, while an initiative deliniated with a number originated with the people.
|Initiative Title||How I’m Voting||Why?|
|Amendment B||NO||Amendment B is a full repeal of the Gallagher Amendment, which determines how CO property taxes are calculated. Gallagher has led to a 2/3 reduction in residential property taxes, without any increase to non-residential property tax. Amendment B is a blank check - whatever you believe about the government’s funding situation, a blank check to the government is never a good idea. Property taxes will increase for everyone without limit if Amendment B passes.|
|Amendment C||No||I am of two minds with regard to the issue of easing restrictions on bingo and raffles. On the one hand, any loosening of regulaitons is a step in the right direction - on the other hand, since bingo and raffles are reserved to non-profit organizations this measure actually constitutes the expansion of a legal privilege, rather than greater freedom and equality under the law. I would like to see bingo and raffle “privilege” expanded to all Coloradans.|
|Amendment 76||Yes||I, like many Libertarians, believe that we should have more or less free travel across internaitonal borders (through legal ports of entry) for the purposes of labor. However, I do believe that voting rights should be reserved to citizens only. I don’t see that this measure will have any legal ramifications, per se, but it is a strong political statement - and one which I support.|
|Amendment 77||No||See reasoning on Amendment C. So long as gambling is an activity reserved to a privileged few municipalities, expansion of that privilege exacerbates unequal treatment under the law.|
|Proposition EE||NO||I don’t think I have the right to vote for a tax which I myself will not pay. I don’t use tobacco products, so to my mind I’m not eligible to vote to tax them. This is a case of trying to get a majority of voters (non-smokers) to take money from a minority (smokers).|
|Proposition 113||NO||The US President should not be elected by popular vote. There are ways in which we could improve our electoral system, but this is not one of them. See my extended response to this issue here.|
|Proposition 114||No||I have two issues with this bill: first, it affects primarily residents of Colorado’s western slope. I don’t live on the western slope! I don’t think Denverites have the right to vote on this, as we don’t have to live with the consequences to nearly the same degree. Second: the species of wolf proposed is actually a foreign Canadian wolf species which has never lived in Colorado.|
|Proposition 115||YES||Currently Colorado permits elective abortion through the 40th week of pregnancy, by which time the infant has been viable for over 3 months. 70% of babies born at 22 weeks go on to have good developmental outcomes and live healthy adult lives. These babies deserve a chance, and they cannot speak on their own behalf. We must speak for them.|
|Proposition 116||Yes||I support reducing the state income tax rate.|
|Proposition 117||Yes||This closes a loophole in TABOR. Under TABOR, the government is supposed to ask permission before taking our money, and our government has been getting around that requirement by using state-sponsored enterprises.|
|Proposition 118||No||The payroll tax for this provision is essentially a 25% increase in our current income taxes. This would also be a somewhat regressive tax, as most single, low-wage workers wouldn’t be taking advantage of “family leave,” while many middle class families would. Paid leave is a great thing when done in the private sector - it is not the purview of government.|
|Ballot Issue 6E||No||We approved higher taxes for the purposes of paying off a debt. That was a good decision! Now the debt is paid…and they want to keep the higher tax rate. No, thank you.|
Thank you for reading! And feel free to email me with comments.
Until next time,