2018 Oregon Special Election

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.

Year’s End Letter to the Democratic Party

Dear Democratic Party

“Something’s happening here”

The Democrats won Alabama. Revel in the glory. But, stop, take a breath, and look at it in perspective:

You lost to the worst president in the free world and the worst example of humanity that we’ve seen ever in our presidency. Got that? You lost to TRUMP! Really? Would you even stand a chance against Hitler? I question it.

But, hey, you won Alabama. You won against someone suspected of and accused of child rape on multiple occasions, hatred, bigotry, misogynist, racism, and who really knows how low it goes? It took everything you had to beat an opponent as lowly as this.

Think about that for a moment. If you don’t come away realizing you’re in a world of hurt, you’re just not paying attention. You might win a seat or two but no matter how energized you get your new voters, they’ll all give up on you if you don’t go back to your roots and start standing for things that matters to Americans.

As much as Hillary will blame others for her loss, the problem is that she represents the same old song and dance that has gotten the Democratic party where it is today.  It appears, though, that she is waking up. Will the rest of the DNC be able to wake up?

Take a look at what the Republican party looked like 50 years ago and you’ll see that the Democratic party is now far to the right of that. You have lost your way.

Go back to your roots. Go back to Progressive issues that affect everyone. Here are just a few, in case you’ve forgotten:

  1. Free healthcare for all
  2. An end to the huge separation of wealth by:
    1. Implement a 92% tax on billionaires
    2. Implement a wealth tax to bring the monied gods back earth. I suggest 100% on anything over one billion dollars. No one needs any more than that.
  3. Clean up the media. We are, today, suffering from the loss of the Fairness Doctrine. Pass something that gets the teeth out of any propaganda like the GOP machine. This also includes fully funding public radio and make it more difficult for the future GOP to poison it.
  4. Get money out of politics. This is a no brainer.
  5. Rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
  6. Require unions in businesses

I can already hear your moans, “oh we can’t do that.” That moan is exactly what has helped get you were you are, almost losing to the Moores of the country. We CAN do anything we set our minds to do. Do it!

But, you know that the GOP courts (as they have packed almost all the courts throughout the country) will shoot down anything serious you propose. This means you will have to pick which of these issues are important enough to exclude the court from interpreting. You have the power to pass laws while forbidding the courts from interfering. Do it.

The GOP will do everything in their power to destroy anything good you do for this country. This means you will have to temporarily nuke the filibuster. It is being abused so it must go.  Nuke the filibuster for 10 years, to fully reinstate after that time unless passed by a continuing vote of a simple majority.

But will you do these things? It will mean that the monied interests will oppose you. What is more important? Standing to your principles or caving to the money? You’ve been doing the later for 35 years now and see where it’s gotten you.

Wake up! Do it now!

The Cruel New Tax Bill

I can’t believe they’re still trying to sneak through, the tax bill that gives trillions of dollars to GOP doners and members of Congress while taking that money directly from our treasury – and some people are naive enough to believe that it will help them.

Who do you think is going go have to pay back the national debt after this? Congress? Their owners (doners)? No, it’ll be you and me and worse yet, our kids and grandkids.

If it’s not illegal for Congress to pass bills that enrich themselves at our expense, it should be and what’s more, it is immoral. But one party doesn’t really care so much about what’s right, legal, or moral.

What else could we be using that money for? How about fixing up our infrastructure so our bridges and trains don’t come crashing down? But, no, Trump expresses his fake concern and touts how someday, real soon, they’ll do something about it. But, not today, they’re busy taking away our healthcare, and robbing our treasury and removing money from our infrastructure. Obviously, we know what is most important in their eyes.

So, let’s get this straight, those getting rich are our Congress, their owners, billion dollar corporations, billionaires, and Big Pharma. And who loses? Our treasury is raided, money for our infrastructure is reduced by this tax giveaway bill. Our deficit will take a trillion dollar hit that you and I will have to repay. And they pretend you and I get a couple bucks out of the deal

Who really makes out on this deal?

Call your Congressman today and tell them you know what they’re up to and they better vote no. DO IT TODAY!