Here’s a frightening thought for those involved in the sales of food in California. According to the website No on 37, “at least three major law firms, with offices in California and worldwide, are warning their grocer, food company, and farmer clients that if Prop 37 passes it will set off a flood of lawsuits to the benefit of trial lawyers, much like Prop 65.”
In a deja vu sort of moment, Proposition 37 seeks to create a similar sort of labeling law that purports to merely inform consumers about genetically modified organisms used in the production of their food, when in fact it appears to be nothing more than the Trial Lawyers Financial Improvement Act of 2012.
All that aside, as a long-time resident of California I’ve often wondered why California needs a legislature anymore if many of the laws and constitutional amendments passed have been approved not by the legislature, but by the voters through direct democracy. That wasn’t how the founders envisioned it when they signed the US Constitution.
California is living proof of government run amok; it’s also become a test tube for direct democracy movements that have been allowed to flourish. While direct democracy initiatives and propositions are nothing more than the idea of two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner, the results are as legion as they are obvious: California businesses and those paying the taxes in what was once the world’s 5th largest economy are fleeing for more business-friendly climates. While not entirely the fault of these direct democracy initiatives, it’s easy to see where a combination of anti-business legislation and policies put forth by the liberal legislature and dumb ideas such as Prop. 37 have caused such an exodus.
Aside of hoping that voters shut down Proposition 37, which guarantees only to further line the pockets of the trial lawyer lobby and the politicians they own, it’s time Californians learn a greater lesson from all this experimentation and stop the idiocy of these voter-led, direct democracy initiatives. The unintended consequences are too costly.
Given that much of America’s food supply comes out of California, we simply can’t afford all that Proposition 37 will cost America.