Taking issue with stand on Prop. 89
Contrary to the Union-Tribune's Aug. 24 editorial,
â€œNo on Prop. 89/It's badly written,
unconstitutional and futile,â€ Proposition 89
is not an infringement on free speech. It is instead just
the opposite: a proposal that would increase free speech.
If California were to move to a clean money system where
candidates (on a voluntary basis) could run for office
using public money, then big money donors and personal
fortunes would not be required for political campaigns.
This would allow more people to run and more ideas to enter
the marketplace. That's precisely what happened in both
Arizona and Maine where clean money is already successful.
Not only did more candidates vie for office, the races were
more competitive, the political advertisements more
substantive, and the voters were more interested. Elections
became exactly what they are supposed to be â€"
contests of ideas, not money.