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November 24, 2005

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Fleischman misses one HUGE point. Both Prop 75 and the upcoming union initiative have one thing in common. They are attempts to impose a restriction upon one group from another group that is totally outside. I don't recall a huge groundswell of support coming from within union ranks for Prop 75. In fact just the opposite. Despite the hundreds of thousands of union members, not even 200 endorsed Prop 75. So it is with the union initiative on corporate PACs.. No one is asking for it. But it's coming.

Has anyone else noticed that Fleishman and "Jared" from the "Subway" commercials look the same. Have you ever seen them in the same room together? Me either. HMMMM

Jason

Both Prop 75 and the upcoming union initiative have one thing in common. They are attempts to impose a restriction upon one group from another group that is totally outside.

You may be right about the authors of the measures, but not about the effects. If Prop. 75 would have passed, it would have been an action of the voting taxpayer telling a government agency (which those taxpayers fund and, by representation, run) what it must do with its payroll disbursements on their way to their employees. If this new measure is passed, it would be an action of the voting public telling a private corporation how it must conduct its relationships with its shareholders and how it may spend its revenues.

For Prop. 75 to fail was an indicator that a plurality of the people who fund and run the government agencies didn't want to make any changes to those agencies. For the new measure to pass will be an indicator that a plurality of regular people want to make new rules on how somebody else can run their business. Some might like the fact that Prop. 75 failed and that's perfectly fine, but it's hard to make a commonsense argument that the SEC and FEC don't already have too many rules on what a business can and can't do.

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