Prop 31 Social Engineering

Russ Steele

During the discussion on Prop 31 by the Board of Supervisor, Supervisor Nate Beason kept saying that the County was already doing most of the planning and budgeting process required by Prop 31 except the Strategic Action Plans which are voluntary. Right!

Wayne Lusvardi writing at the CalWatchDog has some interesting insight. The SAP maybe voluntary, but the golden rule applies, he who holds the gold makes the rules.  See the text highlighted in bold red below.

Regionalism Will SAP Revenues from Suburbs to Cities

Urbanologist Wendell Cox writes that “regionalism” is an emerging policy of the Obama administration, as described in Stanley Kurtz’s new book, “Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.” Kurtz is a social anthropologist from Harvard.

Prop. 31 will not result in new regionalized governments. Rather, it will end up in what Cox calls “fiscal regionalism” run by a committee.  The tax-sharing facets of Prop. 31 are:

  1. “Granting counties, cities, and schools the authority to develop, through a public process, a Community Strategic Action Plan for advancing community priorities that they cannot achieve by themselves.”
  2. “Granting local governments that approve an Action Plan the ability to identify state statutes or regulations that impede progress and a process for crafting a local rule for achieving a state requirement.”
  3. “Providing some state funds as an incentive to local governments to develop Action Plans.”
  4. “Implement the budget reforms herein using existing resources currently dedicated to the budget processes of the State and its political subdivisions without significant additional funds. Further, establish the Performance and Accountability Trust Fund from existing tax bases and revenues. No provision herein shall require an increase in any taxes or modification of any tax rate or base.”

According to Cox, regionalization strategies are “aimed at transferring tax funding from suburban local governments to larger core area governments.”  The Prop. 31 version of regionalization would not amalgamate city, county, special district and school district governments. Nor would it create new taxes. But it could authorize the state to withhold or divert taxes from local governments unless those governments adopted a “Strategic Action Plan” to distribute the revenues from the suburbs to the large urban cities.

In essence, a Strategic Action Plan, or SAP for short, would sap the wealth out of suburbs. SAPS might also sap the bond ratings from suburban communities.

After my post on Prop 31 discussion at the BOS,  I have received multiple e-mails expressing voter concern.  I highly recommend that everyone read CalWatchDog article, which covers many of the issues.

  • Governor Would Become “Emergency” Czar
  • Why Democrats and Unions Oppose Prop. 31
  • Why Republican Party Wrongly Endorses Prop. 31
  • Tea Party Rightly Opposes Prop. 31 Despite Paranoia
  • California Forward Hides Tax Sharing Part of Prop. 31
  • Commentariat Mislead About Prop. 31
  • Prop. 31 is Ripe for Abuse 

The Agenda 21 Elephant is still in the room, but Supervisor Beason is having a hard time seeing it, after all it is only voluntary!  Right!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Prop 31 Social Engineering

  1. Paul Preston says:

    Thanks Russ for posting this information. All of us need to get the word out about Prop. 31. If you have not studied Prop. 31 then do so immediately. Prop. 31 was quietly approved for the Nov. ballot with no opposition in part because of the big names who say they support it. Once people started to read the document they realized Prop. 31 is an Agenda 21 inspired ‘law’ that would be placed into the California Constitution. The passage of Prop. 31 would be the crowning moment for the Agenda 21 folks that would literally allow them to seize California. Once they get California they get the nation. We all know the issues with the California legislature, our overall system of failed government that over regulated, chased business out of our state, collapsed our economy and we all know the rest of our problems. These are our problems…the people of California’s problems and we the people must be allowed to correct these problems not an ‘elite’ group of people from Bonn, or Berlin, Germany who answer to no one.

    Paul Preston
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