2012 General Election Post-Mortem

How It Went Down
Prop Mad Props
Said
The People
Said
30 YES YES
31 NO NO
32 NO NO
33 NO NO
34 YES NO
35 NO YES
36 YES YES
37 YES NO
38 NO NO
39 YES YES
40 YES YES

Well Californians, the results are in, and y’all did a rather splendid job. You followed Mad Props’s suggestions on eight of the eleven measures. That’s about 73% correct, folks, which would normally earn you a “C” grade, but we’re grading on a bit of a curve this time, and are awarding you a “B”. The main reason for this is your wise and proper vote to pass Prop 30, which pulls our beloved Golden State back from total fiscal ruin (and thus deserves some extra weight in our grading). This vote might also portend an end to the era during which the Howard Jarvis zombies consistently got the voters to put the state’s schools directly into the shitter for the sake of lower taxes. We’re hoping those days are finally over. Along with teachers and all other manner of state workers, Mad Props rejoices in this historic vote!

We admit that we are not surprised at all by the passage of Prop 35 — the phrase “human trafficking” gets a lot of people to ignore fine print. Nor are we shocked that roughly 53% of the electorate wants to hold on to the death penalty (Prop 34), but we are a little shocked that the result was so close. A couple more election cycles, and a repeat of that vote will go the other way. You heard it here first!

Finally, we’re a little disappointed that so many Californians voted to protect Big Agribusiness by rejecting Prop 37, the GMO labelling initiative. All those commercials Monsanto bought seem to have done their job. It’s a shame the measure had so many inconsistencies and weaknesses; it made it easy for the other side to demonize the bill. Oh well. Mad Props will bypass the whole matter by continuing to buy organic food whenever we can. We’ll see you back here in a couple of years, kids! Till then, stay Golden!

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