| This is the worst ballot I've ever seen. It's deceptive and the campaigns for most things are stocked by bad money. The weapons behind many of these issues are textbook disaster capitalism.
The following order is from most- to least- important to me.
3A Mill levy increase to restore enrichment programs, provide technology and expand early education Vote NO
I'd vote Yes on 3A because it provides (a measly) increase in some programs that actually benefit working class families, but I feel manipulated. The little that goes to the working class was tied on because the rest of the deal is so awful, that there was nothing to bring out the desperate-but-informed-vote, which is needed to sway every municipal measure in Denver. Even the poor teacher's union was duped into supporting it because it provides the shred of a chance that they might get a break. It's sad, because they're going to be very unsatisfied with their scraps in the face of what's going to go down with--
3B Issuance of bonds to repair, renovate, and improve and construct school facilities. Vote NO
I'm voting NOOOO! on 3B because it primarily funnels half a million in tax dollars to the coffers of a few companies who happen to have an in with the people who designed and approved 3B.
For brevity's sake, the biggest example of how 3B is corrupt is in the question of why would Oakwood Homes give more than $50k to the campaign to pass it if they weren't guaranteed a return on their investment? The biggest expense in the bond is to build an unneeded high school at Stapleton around which Oakwood Homes will build their shitty houses. The contracting company to build the unnecessary high school (Forest City, Inc.) employs the HUSBAND of the president of the Denver Public School Board, Mary Seawell. Forest City Inc also donated more than $50,000.00 Can you say "cronyism"??
Of course, voters and the campaign supporting 3A/3B know that the schools are struggling, public education is broken, and that education in Colorado is disgustingly underfunded, therefore, in typical disaster capitalism-style, the campaign is playing on this, and the voters will support it because it's being presented as an emergency and as innovative, and ANYTHING is better than what we've got, right?
On a side note, I do very much look forward to watching people (especially intellectual chickenshits in the non-profit industrial complex) wake up to how they've been screwed and how they have contributed to screwing the working class. But in this not-too-distant reality, by the time they come around, Oakwood Homes, Forest City, etc., will have their money and will have gotten away with it. But in the future, it will become harder and harder to pass education funding measures because more and more voters will see how they've been tricked, and they will lose trust.
Either that or the people won't catch on to it, and we'll all live in a dissociated hell of zombies.
How much money does it take for a campaign to gain trust? Is the non-profit industrial complex becoming less and less relevant?
The campaign supporting 3A/3B has more money than the formal opposition by over 300:1