clark suprynowicz 
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Re: “Kaplan, Bates, deHaan, and Roy, Plus No on 8

I'll confess that I use the Guardian endorsements as a surrogate for research and fact-checking. I suspect I'm not alone. Still, I've gotten just a bit wiser with the years. Ladies and gentleman, these endorsements are a decidedly mixed bag, and in at least one instance exhibit pure bias, rather than thought, logic, or consistency.

To be specific, what exactly is the justification for bleeding home-owners who will (or would like to) sell in the coming years. You write:

"We also support Measure P, which more than doubles the tax rate on property sellers and buyers. The tax rate would go from $5.40 to $12.00 per $1,000 of value."

But only a few paragraphs earlier you disparage Measure OO (the "Kids First" initiative)

"We see this as a classic example of budgeting from the ballot box. We think it's bad policy to hamstring the city council by forcing it to spend a specific amount of money each year on kids' programs."

So ... it's okay to budget from the ballot-box, as long as you get to decide whose pockets are picked?

If your readers were primarily home-owners rather than renters, would you still be supporting Measure P? It's easy to gang up on home-owners until you become one.

Clark Suprynowicz
Berkeley, Ca.

Posted by clark suprynowicz on 11/02/2008 at 8:46 AM

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