More Campaigns to Circumvent Democracy
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Today let’s talk about Oregon’s Special Election scheduled for January 23, 2018. This special election is about a proposed 1.5% assessment on Oregon insurers and a 0.7% tax on some hospitals. The proceeds from this penny and a half fee on the dollar for insurers helps alleviate the shortfall in health services for the poor.
The actual ballot measure isn’t really the issue at stake. The problem is that big money is trying, again, to influence Oregon voters. We Oregonians have been suckered before by nice sounding ballot measures submitted by billionaire pacs that turned out to be quite harmful to the state.
This ballot measure is being opposed by a secret group called, “Oregonians Against More Healthcare Taxes” that is funded by secret donations. The figurehead for this group is a Republican politician Julie Parrish.
As we always see with billionaire attempts to interfere with the will of the voters, their frame is misleading, the argument is being called a “tax” and they pretend it’s going to affect kids and puppies, and little baby kittens, oh, and did I say, puppies.
If you noticed a little sarcasm in the last paragraph, you’re right. But the lies and misconceptions are very real. Here are some of the actual arguments they frame deceptively:
Don’t Hide a Tax by Calling it Something Else
In other words, if it’s a business expense that gets filtered down to the customers, it’s a tax so we should never expect businesses to pay anything or it’ll be a tax somehow. No, really, that’s the level of integrity and forethought these notes of opposition express.
…Because politicians are pricing us out of an affordable education.
Following this silly logic, if we tax any business that deals with education we’re “pricing us out of an affordable education.” No, seriously, that’s about how silly these arguments are. If these businesses can’t afford to pay $0 .015 on the dollar to repay the communities that make them rich, then shut them down. Businesses like this leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Middle Class Oregon Families Can’t Afford a Healthcare Sales Tax
I can’t believe that the billionaires funding this disinformation campaign are really this ignorant. This is not a tax on “middle Class Oregon Families.” It’s not a tax at all and even if it was, it’s not a tax on the people. I would classify this one as a blatant lie, just the kinds of lies we’re accustomed from the other billionaire propaganda campaigns. How many years have you heard them lie to us saying there’s no global warming while our world melts around us?
And, now comes my favorite and most obvious propaganda piece of the bunch:
Racist, Bigot, Hateful, White Supremacist, Extremist, Heartless, Evil
Wow, that convinces me. Either I’m in one of those groups or I like hearing the words, or I’m emotionally immature or Mars is in retrograde or something. What, exactly do these labels have to do with a 1.5% assessment? Well, nothing, really, but, hey, like any real propaganda, it made you look, didn’t it?
It’s time we took big money out of our elections and especially here. In Oregon we have been the brunt of many of these “measures” that have been passed due to billionaire marketing for weeks before the vote. Eventually many of us vote against the best interests of our community when we hear the billionaire talking points often enough. That’s why marketing works.
We should demand to get this type of corporate and big money influence out of our elections, and not just here in Oregon but everywhere in this great nation.