Ray Ring’s "Taking Liberties" shows how easily the initiative process can lead to unintended and unpleasant consequences (HCN, 7/24/06: Taking Liberties). Most people rarely take the time to fully inform themselves on the issues they’re voting on. It reminds me of something the journalist H.L. Mencken said almost a hundred years ago: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." I hope that the opposition can get the word out successfully on how ordinary people will be screwed by big money interests in any state that passes one of these.