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Vote NO on California Proposition 16!

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” – H.L. Mencken

PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) is COUNTING on it! They call Prop 16 “The California Right to Vote Act” :-) Yeah. Right. Do you think for a minute that PG&E cares one bit about your right to vote? Do you? :-)

Stupid is, as stupid does.” – Forest Gump

I am writing a second blog entry tonight because, frankly, I am irritated that a number of “Vote YES on Prop 16” ads are appearing on my Web site from Google Adsense (I’ll look into blocking them after I am through writing this).

For those who have not heard: PG&E is the major supporter ($46.1 M through May 25) of the CA “YES on Prop 16” campaign, which would discourage competition from municipalities by requiring an unlikely 2/3 majority vote for municipalities to compete. Municipalities could generate electricity by wind, solar, geothermal, wave action, etc. Who knows? PG&E might be required to buy the excess power generated! Do you really think that PG&E cares about your “right to vote?” When I hear expensive TV commercials, I start reading the list of supporters rapidly, upwards from the bottom!

You have to ask yourself, “Who is spending all of this money for ads on TV, ads on Facebook, and ads on Cheshire Cat Photo!” 😉 The simple answer… PG&E.

Then, you have to ask yourself, “Why?”

According to Mindy Spratt of the Utility Reform Network, “This is the worst kind of special interest ballot proposition. Something that would basically benefit one corporation at the expense of everybody else.”

So please… show PG&E that you are more intelligent than they think you are….

Vote NO on Proposition 16.

(Note added June 10, 2010: Well, it looks like intelligence prevailed. (Intelligence prevailed with regard to Proposition 17 as well!)  “With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 52.5 percent of the electorate voted No on Proposition 16 while 47.5 percent voted yes,” according to I really dislike misleading ballot issues, perhaps even more than I dislike legislation names (like the “Patriot Act”) that do not reflect the purpose of the law. Now, both the electorate and PG&E can reflect upon the $46 million that PG&E spent on this proposition, and what it bought for both parties.)

-Bill at

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