It is generally a given that, as members of the human race, we are possessed of five senses:  sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.  Thomas Paine asserted that we should also be possessed with the additional aspect of common sense which is defined as good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.  Synonyms would include:  good sense, sense, native wit, sensibleness, judgment, level headedness, prudence, discernment, canniness, astuteness, shrewdness, wisdom, insight, perception and perspicacity.

Following hard on the heels of an election in which California voters opted to tax themselves even more when it served no real demonstrable purpose, I  have to question just how well common sense is represented in this state.  Specifically, I’m referring to Proposition 6 wherein Californians chose to keep the most recent legislatively passed gasoline tax increase which is targeted to grow precipitously.  Adding to all of that Cap and Trade will return in 2020 to make the pain even worse.  Numbers which I have seen indicate that the eventual cost will be 78 cents per gallon.  That’s on top of the highest prices in the nation.

Additionally, we managed to elect several candidates whose credentials and agenda (if any) are truly inexplicable.  Money flowed into this area from the outside.  That alone would make the voter suspicious of the motives.  At least one seasoned candidate with a record of achievement was replaced by a novice who, frankly, I believe would have a hard time telling you why they were even running.  To a degree, the California situation was mimicked in New York where a bartender is being sent to The United States House of Representatives with a demonstrable lack of knowledge of the job.   All this happened while others were returned to office who have absolutely no record of accomplishment during their lengthy tenures.

The financing of campaigns and the presence of special interest groups are dead giveaways to the reason for supporting or avoiding some candidates and initiatives.  One can easily establish if the interest is in our local area or it is strictly financial and self-serving.  Make no mistake about it, there are many who would like to take control of this tiny sliver of the state that is the remaining conservative voice in California.  What happens if we were to lose the remaining thread of conservatism and sanity in the entire state?

While we are speaking of common sense, can anyone explain to how, after almost a week after the election, states like Florida and Arizona were continuing to find entire boxes of uncounted votes in some pretty obscure places.  It reminds me of the year when the Democrat party found a box of ballots in the trunk of a car which turned out to be instrumental in Al Franken’s election to the Senate from Minnesota.

Making the “discovery” of those ballots even more extraordinary would be the fact that the initial count in the state might have been 51% to 49%. The newest addition breaks 70% to 80% Democrat.  Now, I know that anything is possible but it sure as hell strains credulity that the divergence from the norm is so great.

On another note, an adult, somewhere, is going to have to stand up and apply the law to bring an end to the homegrown terrorism currently being employed by disparate groups like ANTIFA is stopped.  We see freedom of the press being defended so fervently while the right of individuals and others to speak their mind is subject to threat of bodily harm.  Thank you Maxine Waters, a product of California, and others for advocating the spread of the spore for hatred.

Over the weekend I took time to read an analysis of the election in another newspaper.  Their conclusion that the failure of the current offering of a water bond went down to defeat because of “bond fatigue” on the part of voters.  I see it a bit differently.  There have been none water bonds on the ballot since 1990 and all have succeeded.  Unfortunately, without regard for how they were worded, not a single one seems to have improved the water situation here in The Valley.  Bureaucrats and environmentalists seem to take complete control over any additional availability of money and completely overlooked the needs of the farming community which is the very heartbeat of the economy in our valley.  There are only so many times that politicians can pull the wool over the eyes of voters.  The old saw which goes, “Fool me once, shame on you; shame me twice, shame on me” comes to mind.

True resentment arises over Proposition 6, which we strongly believe was intentionally incorrectly and misleadingly worded when it appeared on the ballot.  The wording was such that the voter was lead to believe that by voting yes, they were taking away the repair of our roads.  Truth is, your no-vote allowed the state to continue with the 12 cents per gallon which they had passed earlier.  There is money for the repair of roads in our previous system, had it been used correctly.  They simply must stop “stealing” road repair money is assist in the High Speed Rail project, which is neither viable nor will it ever be finished.

Money taken from the economy and the individual taxpayer for use by a governing body has a very poor shelf record.  They blow through it like a “drunken sailor” and inflict great economic harm on the goose which is busy laying the golden egg.

But, as always, that’s only one man’s opinion.

Fred Hall is publisher of the Dinuba Sentinel

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