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The Wall Street Journal Takes on the Reiner Scandal and Prop 82

Tuesday, February 28, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Today’s lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal takes on Rob Reiner, the scandal surrounding the misuse of Prop 10 funds and the lousy economics and education theory behind Prop 82.

The editorial also calls on Arnold to come out against 82. It also notes that Arnold could immediately appoint a new chair of the Prop 10 Commission, known as “The First Five” Commission, which Arnold can do before the sun sets if he chooses to.

Key graphs from the editorial:

By the way, Mr. Reiner serves on the board of the Children and Families Commission, which oversees the expenditures of the tobacco trust fund. That Commission approved spending $23 million of tobacco taxes to finance TV ads that promote his own new tax-and-spend-on-pre-school scheme. This use of taxpayer dollars to lobby for more taxpayer dollars may violate state law preventing taxes from being used to finance campaign activities. And the Los Angeles Times reports that some $200 million of the children’s education fund has found its way into the bank accounts of public relations and advertising firms, some of which are run by friends of Mr. Reiner.

The lesson: Beware liberals promising to tax someone else in the name of helping “children.” They’ll end up taxing you, while they and their friends benefit. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is now under pressure to oust Mr. Reiner from the Children and Families Commission, and it’s amazing he hasn’t already. While the Governor is at it, how about taking a stand against the June tax-increase initiative?

The editorial may prompt some new interest in the scandal, and The O’Reilly Factor is getting the mail necessary to clue Bill O into a story perfectly made for his program. ( is the program’s e-mail box if you want to join in the effort to encourage scrutiny of the Reiner scandal.)

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