By Kelly R. Hubbard:
I’ve reviewed the only two propositions we’ll be voting on this June! On June 3rd, in addition to voting for candidates, we’ll have to decide whether we want to approve another Bond Measure and perhaps create a new state constitutional amendment to require local governments to pay for abiding by open-government transparency laws! I strongly encourage you to do your own homework and review the information carefully! Read below.
PROP.41 (Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014)
This Bond Act has the emotional attachment of providing housing and services for our Veterans. Taking away the emotional aspect of this being for the benefit of our beloved Vets that we all love and admire and stipulating that we all agree that our country should supply every need for those who’ve served our country in uniform, I would like to speak just in terms of the fiscal impact of this and I would like to make the common sense argument that this should be the obligation of the federal government, NOT the state of California!
We all agree that our Veterans should be taken care of and we agree it’s a disgrace that any man or woman who has served our country in uniform would find themselves homeless! Having said that, why is the state of California picking up the slack for what the Feds, under Obama, should be doing? The obligation to tend to the needs of our disabled Veterans should solely be the obligation of the Federal Government, under the Veteran’s Administration! It’s not up to individual states to be carrying these burdens, no matter how small the fiscal impacts are to those individual states!
We need to also realize that any new Bond initiative like this is susceptible to waste and mismanagement! The state of California, especially under this current administration, has not demonstrated that they can appropriately and efficiently direct money where it needs to go! We’ve seen waste and abuse before from these Bond measures!
In addition, A Bond Measure such as this is basically borrowing money that we must eventually pay back with interest! Even though the amount is said to be around $50 million over a 15 year period and represents a very small percentage of the overall budget, the point is we’re already obligated to pay back many different Bond initiatives for many different programs and services. Do you remember the embryonic stem cell Bond? What benefit has that had for our state? As far as I’m concerned, all that initiative did was require the destruction of human life and it has amassed hundreds of millions of dollars in debt so far according to recent reports! Enough is enough!
If there is any need for our Veterans, it should be handled by the Federal government, Families, Churches, and Veteran’s Groups! States such as California shouldn’t be required to supply those needs at the expense of taxpayers!
I love our Vets just like the next guy and my late Father was a Veteran of the Air Force! I realize that this is a very unpopular position that I’m taking and this Proposition will likely pass big because of the emotional title of it being for homeless Vets, etc.! In fact, I would be shocked if this thing doesn’t pass with at least 60% support!
Having said that, we have to draw a line in the sand on these Bond measures and look closely at the overall cost-benefit impact of each one! It’s also important to require the Feds to do their jobs and force Obama’s administration to take care of our nation’s Veterans! If there is an epidemic of homelessness and mental illness among our Vets, Obama’s administration should spend less time going after Ranchers and suing states over voter I.D. laws, and spending more time and resources tending to the needs of our military heroes!!
I recommend that you vote NO on Prop. 41!