Look past the deceptive labeling on Proposition 6

When it comes to protecting consumers, the federal government comes down hard on companies that engage in deceptive labeling on things we consume.  The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), enacted in 1967, directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations requiring that all “consumer commodities” be labeled to disclose net contents, identity of commodity, and name and place of business of the product’s manufacturer, packer, or distributor.”

If only such rules applied to California ballot measures, and especially for Proposition 6.  Prop. 6 would do two simple things.  First, it would repeal the wildly unpopular increases in the gas and car taxes imposed by the Legislature last year.  Second, it would require that, in the future, any increase in the gas or car tax be approved by the voters.  That’s it.

Polling on Prop. 6, when described simply as to what is does, shows that it is very popular and should easily prevail at the polls. Voters see last year’s tax hikes as horribly punishing to the middle class and, while all Californians desire good roads, the passage of 6 would simply mean a return to the status quo where California has the fifth-highest gas tax in the nation. Opponents of Prop. 6 have never satisfactorily answered the simple question of why is that not enough.

Because repeal of the car and gas tax is popular, opponents have engaged in blatantly illegal activity as well as mounted a campaign of lies so brazen even Pinocchio would blush.

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