Nevada Seniors Coalition
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State of Nevada
The ballot questions are the closest we get to direct democracy. Let's take a look at this year's lineup.
Q1. Gun sales background checks
Every debate about gun control is never about guns. It's about control. It's the "cancer of
gradualism." The insatiable hunger of a faction within every society to control the actions
of the mass of people -for the "greater good" of course. With guns it's always safety, what
could be more important than your safety and the safety of your family and of society in general?
Q1 is only a small trade off. Just a small step from where we are now. Besides, have you really
missed the freedom you've already lost?
Q2. Recreational Marijuana
As a near zealot when it comes to individual freedom of choice and a strong believer that the right
to be wrong may be the most important freedom of all my natural tendency is to support Q2. There are
3 things about Q2 that turned me around:
Q3. Electric Utility De-regulation
This is a real beaut. Talk about your numbers game. Reminds me of the line about; "lies, damned lies
and statistics." In some ways it's funny. In some cases, has deregulation worked in New York, Connecticut
and Texas? YES, it has and here are the references and numbers to prove it. Has de-regulation worked in
New York, Connecticut. and Texas? NO it hasn't and here are the references and numbers to prove it.
Q4. A proposal to exempt durable medical equipment (oxygen, wheelchairs etc.) from taxation.
As you probably know I am a passionate believer in the core principle of taxation in "Wealth of Nations",
"Do not tax the necessities of life." If the items in Q4 don't fall into that category I don't know what
does so I went into the Arguments with a strong "Yes" mindset. I got slowed down a bit by the first item
in the Argument Against which states the question is vaguely worded without clear definitions of which devices
we're talking about. This concern was completely eliminated by the first item in the "Rebuttal to Argument
Against" which reads, "Durable medical equipment is already defined in Nevada law."
Q5. The Gas Tax
This is the ballot question in which I had a hand. I read in the paper that not one single person had come
forward to write the "Argument Against." Under Nevada law the job was delegated to the Clark County Registrar
of Voters, Mr. Joseph Gloria. I called him and was pleasantly surprised when he said I could offer my ideas.
Realizing my part in the process was totally unofficial and dependent on Mr. Gloria's goodwill, I kept my
proposals simple and to a minimum.
Observation on Elections:
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." --Daniel Webster
N.B. The opinions expressed by Knight are his own and do not necessarily express the opinion of Nevada Seniors Coalition.