Measure 97 taxes would even things out

Every so often, Oregonians experience an Elvis Presley moment—when almost everyone is “all shook up” and these shake ups almost always take place over proposals to raise taxes. Our illustrious legislature cannot come to grip the matter with any consequences, mainly, because they are too often more concerned about keeping their capital jobs than behaving like statesmen. Hence, in recent years all they can agree on is to try to take money away from those former state workers who kept things going and are now retired PERS’ beneficiaries. What happens in the vacuum is that Oregonians who want to realize progress in this state must use the initiative process to stop the hemorrhaging in critical areas such as public education, health care and services for seniors.  At the same time, the observer wonders how it is that grown-up voters in Oregon fail to realize that they subsidize the large corporations, their customers and stockholders, that realize big profits in Oregon. These corporations use our roads, bridges, and so many other publicly financed services but make almost no contribution by taxation to the care and maintenance of these and other public facilities and services. Further, they expect well-educated and technically-trained people here to employ and create a good place to live but do not want to help pay the costs. Does Donald Trump represent all these corporate types throughout the nation? Trump says he’s smart not to pay taxes and apparently sets the pace by modern day American corporations...

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