Friday, January 29, 2010

California majority rule initiative

Initiative campaign for majority rule
This would change the budget for schools and for the universities. Please join. 
The  California Majority Rule campaign is presently circulating petitions to place an initiative on the  California ballot for majority rule- that is for democracy.  And, we invite you to join us.  Author George Lakoff spoke in the last week at the University of California; S.F., Castro Valley, Santa Rosa, the North Berkeley Senior Center, the North Bay Labor Council and other sites recruiting people to join the campaign to qualify the initiative.
California is in deep trouble because it has a anti democratic limits on the legislature.  Lakoff  sent to the Attorney General a ballot proposition for the 2010 ballot called The California Democracy Act,  which simply says,
All legislative action on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.
It’s just  this one sentence.  It would change two words in the Constitution, turning "two-thirds" to "majority" in two places.
Democracy is the main issue in  here.  More democracy  is required for progress on the budget.  The two-thirds rules have an anti-democratic effect. Our legislature is currently under minority rule. One-third plus one -- only 34% -- of either the Assembly or Senate can and do  block the will of the majority.  
 Readers of the California Progress Report know well that minority rule has produced a  stalemate in the legislature and regressive budgets.   Changing the vote requirement to a majority for budget and revenue will allow  the  budget to  meet the state's needs and be passed on time.
Can this work? It can, with your  support.  Qualifying this initiative requires  a serious campaign making the case for democracy  and allowing the voters to see that minority rule is the root of the problem.
The campaign  needs county and precinct workers, fund raisers, and media workers.  All work is volunteer.
If  your are willing to help, if you want to bring more democracy to California,  go to
Duane Campbell,
Sacramento County. Majority Rule Campaign

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