Hostility toward business
I read with dismay the recent guest opinion by two local councilwomen, unsure if their hostility toward business is ignorance or willful disregard to secure votes.
Case in point: At a recent Phoenix City Council meeting reviewing the “Road Diet” social experiment that has devastated Phoenix businesses, numerous business owners, one of whom tearfully announced she is forced to shutter, discussed their struggles with the ludicrous lane configurations. The overwhelming anti-road-diet testimony was outright disregarded by Councilwoman Westover the minute she seized the microphone to bloviate.
Despite the wisdom of seasoned business owners, Westover had the impudence to state what Phoenix needed to do was “attract new businesses.” Brilliant — force established businesses out and new ones will magically appear astride unicorns.
Merely a local example of what the controlling leftists want to do statewide with out-of-control spending, social engineering and tax increases, despite Oregon’s record revenue and persistent double-digit government growth.
This is the face of anti-business, anti-liberty progressivism in Oregon, creeping out of the Willamette Valley and Ashland and relentlessly metastasizing one neighborhood at a time. Conservative voters can ignore it and lose our great state, or push back to keep Oregon vibrant, employed and prosperous.
DeBoer's political games
The article, "DeBoer can stop big cuts to schools and health care," reported that the share of income taxes paid in Oregon by big corporations has dropped from $1 in every $5 paid to $1 in every $16.
That means the rest of us are paying the price, either through cuts to schools and seniors or through higher individual taxes.
Around the time that information was reported, I received an email from Alan DeBoer, who is our state senator until 2018.
He said he is opposed to the plan before the Legislature to start making big corporations pay more of their share.
Instead, he said he favors ending the "kicker" — the practice of reducing income taxes when state revenue is more than expected.
In the May 4 Register-Guard, DeBoer said he knows that ending the kicker won't pass.
Oh. So he is against the education funding proposal that has the most support in the Legislature and that would correct some of the imbalance between individual taxes and taxes on big corporations. And instead he favors something that would almost entirely tax individuals and that he knows won't pass.
Is that leadership? Or is that political game-playing?
Walden's blind obedience
Walden's blind obedience to Trump and party is having devastating effects on the people and the environment in Oregon. But he's paid handsomely for it. According to Open Secrets, $1,003,881.
He has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He has voted for health care that is available only if one can afford it. He is generously supported by insurance companies, Big Pharma, health professionals, HMOs, hospitals and nursing homes. He is for medical savings accounts. That's fine if you're wealthy; otherwise you die because you can't pay. Donations from these organizations: $650,856.
He pushes Trump's slashing the EPA by one-third of the budget. This means no bees, no food, toxic Pacific Garbage Patch, no marine life, dirty energy, no solar and no health protections for water and air to the tune of $610,989. Donations from electric and telephone utilities, gas and oil, law firms and accountants.
We need to support someone with goals that fulfill the needs of our people, someone to represent us, not the rich or corporations that are only interested in their bottom line. Walden does not support low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits. It is obvious why.
Shirley R. Hatlestad