How much does Molly Munger, the force behind Proposition 38, care about California's public schools? A lot, to be sure; she has put millions of her own money into the campaign to raise taxes for them via her ballot initiative. But enough?
It's time for Munger to sacrifice more than her money if she wants to prevent difficult-to-even-contemplate cuts for the schools. She should swallow her pride, give up on her initiative and throw her votes to Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's better-constructed plan for saving schools as well as helping with the state's budget deficit.
It was bad enough when, in an effort to boost Proposition 38, Munger mounted an expensive attack-ad campaign against Proposition 30. Widely criticized for that move, she withdrew the ads, but the damage was done. (And similar ads by her conservative brother, wrongly claiming that "politicians" would get their hands on money intended for schools, continue.) Proposition 30 is still hanging in there, sort of, but its chances for passage have weakened considerably.
Meanwhile, if polls are to be remotely believed, Proposition 38 doesn't have a chance. The most recent surveys showed it with 34% support. Yet her initiative continues to pull support away from Proposition 30. (If both initiatives pass, the one with the most votes wins.)