My Votes in November 2012

Here is how this California resident will vote in the 2012 general elections this coming Tuesday:

Rommney/ Ryan ticket.

Pres. Obama should not be re-elected.

He did not keep his promises even to his own supporters, not even in the two years when he had nearly absolute power. Item: The extra-territorial prison at Guantanamo is still open for business. He replaced troops on the ground with an international assassination program of suspects that does not even bother to issue arrest warrants.

There is no economic recovery. It’s time for plan B and team B. That’s true irrespective of how much Pres. Obama “inherited” the economic crisis.

US Senator: Elisabeth Emken

I vote for the Republican although I don’t think the incumbent, Feinstein, is especially awful.

US Representative: Jeff Taylor

I heard incumbent Sam Farr speak. It confirmed mys suspicion that he is an old-fashioned, mindless liberal. He has been part of California’s fiscal problem for too long.

State Senator and State Assemblyman: straight Republican. It’s plan B. I heard Tom Walsh speak. I was impressed by his intelligence.

Santa Cruz City Council: It’s a discouraging situation. I am grateful
to anyone who spends his time on guidance of the civic project. But, but, for many years, the city of Santa Cruz has been administered by coalitions of liberals and leftists in varying proportions. Together, they have managed to invade my privacy, waste my money on experimental projects that belong in the private sector, and offend my sense of fairness and of the inviolability of basic human rights (such as sleeping). They have done all this without registering tangible progress regarding our main municipal problems. I mean mostly attracting and retaining businesses to create more local employment, public insecurity in general, and limiting the damage the large homeless population do to themselves and to their fellow citizens.

I am hoping that voting for people who have any experience running a business may inject a dose of realism in the Council. I will vote for: Pamela Comstock, Cynthia Matthew. Micah Posner, Richelle Noroyan.
I will pretend that none made silly pro-environemt noises in their presentation of self.

In voting for California propositions and for measures and other initiatives,I am guided by the general following principle: Incompetence and criminal stubbornness should not be rewarded at the ballot box.

Prop 30: NO, NO. NO!

Prop 31: Yes

Prop 32: YES! YES! YES!

Pop 33: Yes or Pass (I don’t know enough).

Prop 34: Yes. Too many false-positive in death penalty cases. Too many convicted “murderers” cleared by serious DNA analysis.

Prop 35 : Yes

Prop 36: Yes. When I voted for the three-strikes law several years ago, I did not realize that shoplifting by a man with two felony drug dealing convictions on his record could land him a in jail forever, at my expense. I want a new three-strikes law limiting the three strikes to violent offenses.

Prop 37: No. I am for transparency in general but this prop smells fishy. Why so many tortuous exemptions? The ads supporting it seem to come from people who dislike science and rationality.

Prop 38 and 39: No.

That Johny can’t read is not for lack of money. I went through a school system that spent 1/10 as much as Santa Cruz, in real money. I could read well at 14, in two languages.

40: Pass. Not explained well enough.

N. P. and Q: NO. We don’t need more taxes to be misspent by the same people.

I owe a lot to Charley Freedman of KSCO radio in Santa Cruz. Nonetheless, he is not responsible for my choices, of course.

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About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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21 Responses to My Votes in November 2012

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    “…I am guided by the general following principle: Incompetence and criminal stubbornness should not be rewarded at the ballot box.”

    This is obviously not true unless you fibbed about voting for Romney/Ryan.

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  3. Bruce says:

    Incompetence and criminal stubbornness. Let’s see….
    How do you spell Benghazi? Solyndra $535 million, UAW union pension bailout- $26 billion, vast increases in the number of Americans on federal dependency programs, Obamacare, Biden, all the way down to the Obamaphone Lady.

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      Sorry Bruce, you’d best get used to fewer asshats in government….“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

  4. Bruce says:

    Was that the race card you just pulled? We’re not breeding enough haters like me? How about just an Angry American? It’s hard for me not to be mad and frustrated watching the greatest nation in the world in rapid decline. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. I think our Founding Fathers would be angry too. I’m not falling into the race trap, it’s about much broader based conservative ideology.
    I will say this though, things don’t always get better after the so called angry white guys are kicked out. Detroit to South Africa. Are you a Canadian? I suppose you don’t have anything to be angry about. How are the Muslims working out for you up there? They started showing up around 20 years ago from Lebanon, Bosnia, Somalia, Albania, Yemanm and Bangladesh. They’re 2% of the population now, and their fertility rate is significantly higher than other Canadians. The day may come when you will be an angry Canadian.
    Appreciate your concern about my ability to adjust, I will be fine, it’s my kids and grand kids I worry about.

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      “Are you a Canadian? I suppose you don’t have anything to be angry about. How are the Muslims working out for you up there?”

      No, I’m an American citizen. I have lots to be angry about, mostly the result of neo-cons, teapublicans, and the Christian version of the taliban doing their best to ruin the U.S. The Muslims are working out well in Canada. So are the Confucians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Orthodox Christians. I know it’s hard for xenophobes to grasp tolerance but it’s working well up north.

      I should apologize for implying that I care about your ability to adapt. People like you don’t adapt. I’m just patiently waiting for demography to work its inexorable way. Your ilk won’t disappear but you will become politically insignificant. In the meantime the teapublican meltdown provides me considerable schadenfreude

  5. Bruce says:

    Don’t hate on me! I understand your position, but be patient, there’s always room for one more angry white American guy. It would be great to have another intelligent, well rounded guy join our ranks.
    As an aside, I have our great nation to thank for having the resources to make my becoming politically insignificant more than tolerable.

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      There will have to be a major restructuring of the Republican party before I will rejoin. My view is that I didn’t leave the Republican party, it left me. I started voting in 1968 and didn’t vote for a Democratic presidential candidate till 2004. Demography could work well for Republicans. There’s a huge and growing ethnic population tailor-made for them; extremely religious, family values second to none, a work ethic second to none, and very entreprenuerial. They even have Jesus as a common first name…

      • Bruce says:

        Terry, I think you’re absolutely right on this. I too feel abandoned by the check-pant country club big government Republicans. Most of the work that has been done on the home I’m building has been done by Hispanics. They work their asses off, they bring their lunch to the site, they start at dawn and quit when it’s too dark to work any more. They do quality work with an old school work ethic others seem to have lost. These guys are not stealing jobs from the Florida white folks. They are better and cheaper, and show up ready willing and able to finish the job. You’re right about family values too, they send all their money back home. My general contractor told me he does not know any non-Mexican’s who hang drywall or do stucco work in north Florida. This personal experience has changed the way I look at things quite a bit. I was there. It’s also important to note that the Cubans in south Florida know what it’s like to live under Castro and can be more anti-Communist than any Tea Party person. That said, there is still an enormous problem with illegals who commit crime, fill our prisons, and others who burden our generous entitlement opportunities.
        We have a polarized country right now. Maybe the results of this election will cause the GOP to get it’s head out of the sand. Marco Rubio 2016!

  6. I am stunned and it’s too early to count and tell but I keep wondering if the primitive and completely unnecessary inflamatory language about illegal immigration cost us (Rep) the election. It was inflamatory because the problem of illegal immigration form Mexico, such as it was, had solved itself much before the election. PS I too am pro-Mexican.

    • Nah. You old farts don’t know what you’re talking about. Nobody cares about the culture wars anymore except for old dudes and 20-year-old bimbos. Obama won because the economy picked up enough for him to win re-election. That’s it! That’s why he won re-election! If the unemployment rate had been 0.6% higher yesterday then Romney would be the new president. I know presidents don’t have a direct impact on the economy because the legislative branch controls fiscal policies and the central bank controls monetary policy. Doesn’t matter. The president takes the credit or the blame for the economy.

      • Brandon: I think you should avoid that kind of language completely. You should avoid any vulgarity that’s not funny, in fact. You should also avoid giving the impression that you are pulling rank entirely on the basis of the ignorance associated with youth. (You may well have other grounds from which to pull rank.) Being right with the current fad is not often something to brag about.

        There is always an important culture war going on although it may not be called that. Right now there is one going on between those who have heard of Adam Smith, the moral philosopher, and those who think he is a rocker so obscure that he is not worth knowing.

        Thank you. I feel marginally better.

  7. Bruce says:

    I think Rush summed it up by saying that it’s hard to beat Santa Claus. As for the unemployment percentages, the EBT crowd would not care if unemployment was 40% as long as there was still government money on their cards. Another factor is the pro-statist conditioning by the government schools. It might also be in part that Romney refused to run a similarly dirty campaign like Obama did. I worried about our chances when Romney let the Chicago thug get away with mocking his wife’s multiple sclerosis. Still, I do agree with you that people do vote their pocketbooks. The problem arises when half the voters depend on Uncle Sugar to put money in them. Like Keywanda:

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      You guys keep telling yourselves that stuff. The more isolated from reality you become the quicker the current GOP will go the way of the Whigs. When the teapublicans get replaced by sensible, pragmatic conservatives America will be a better place.
      @Brandon. I for one don’t see ‘old dudes’ as a vulgarity.

      • Thanks. I think somebody is a bit “butt hurt” after the election results, and it’s not you or I.

      • Brandon: Important things first: Placing a vulgar word in quote marks does not make it any the less vulgar. It just makes you sound like a teen-age girl with a filthy mouth.

        Second, it’s “…you and me.” Otherwise, it would be “…like you and she.”

        You are welcome.

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  9. --Rick says:

    I have to side with Brandon over delacroixjacques in this debate. The winning edge was the appearance of an improved economy. I say appearance because so many indicators still point to the unemployment number being cooked. Bigotry, xenophobia and outright nutty religious positions have no place in government and too many Republican candidates choose to go this route only to be routed in the election. Americans believe in fairness and equal opportunity – even in marriage and candidates espousing extreme views scare the hell out of them when they state they intend to incorporate those positions into law.

    As to the culture war, it may or may not exist, but it certainly has no place in the Federal government’s quiver. This is a local issue to be handled by towns, cities and states with the help of schools and churches depending upon one’s leanings. The purpose of the federal government is to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” as well as the exercise of those powers specifically granted. Otherwise, the states need to step up and work with citizens to resolve societal conflicts.

    And as a 63 year old citizen, I agree with Brandon’s assessment that the old dude and 20 and under crowd see a culture war as an imperative, while, most rational people see federal usurpation of power, corrupt and xenophobic expressions of power through the guise of faith as the greater threat, and therefore, the specific reasons why the Republicans lost and are loosing more support by the day.

    • Hi, old dude (Rick): I don’t have much of a quarrel with what you wrote. Perhaps it’s because I don’t quite understand your last sentence. I am just wondering if you think many in d teh democratic party havew ever thought of your reasonable words and would approve of them in the main:

      “As to the culture war, it may or may not exist, but it certainly has no place in the Federal government’s quiver. This is a local issue to be handled by towns, cities and states with the help of schools and churches depending upon one’s leanings. The purpose of the federal government is to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” as well as the exercise of those powers specifically granted. Otherwise, the states need to step up and work with citizens to resolve societal conflicts.”

      I have this unpleasant feeling that many people who believe what you expressed well don’t know what happened last Tuesday. I guess, I am going to have to pick up the pen again!

      I am also hearing cries of massive electoral fraud. I don’t know that I should pay attention to them. Is anyone else a hearing them? Please, respond here and give your evaluation.

  10. Terry Amburgey says:

    “I am also hearing cries of massive electoral fraud. I don’t know that I should pay attention to them. Is anyone else a hearing them? Please, respond here and give your evaluation.”
    I don’t think you should pay attention. Where are you hearing these cries? Consider the source. If these cries are sandwiched in between cries that the President’s birth certificate is a forgery and that he is a secret muslim I’d class them with assertions that Hillary Clinton had Vince Foster murdered. I’d say it’s yet another crackpot conspiracy theory.

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