Democrats in Salem are bankrupting Oregon

I cannot resist the fodder in tonight’s Observer, Sept. 29, 2017. “Deficit climbs to $25,300,000,000” by Ted Sickinger of The Oregonian. (Editor’s note: An abbreviated version of this story also was published in the Sept. 29 issue of the Baker City Herald.) When politicians put a ‘B’ for billions and a ‘T’ for trillions, behind dollar amounts it dilutes the subject. In this case folks, we are talking billions! Here in Oregon!

First paragraph, “… They (the government) will need to drain an additional $1,400,000,000 from their projected budgets to feed the beast.” Drain means tapping every public budget in Oregon, state agencies, as well as special service districts. The beast is PERS and the public employee unions that own Oregon because they own the Democrats that control Oregon, and the budgets under attack are any and all community based service related entities in Oregon: schools, fire departments, etc., any entity with a public employee. OK, here’s the insult to injury, Oregon’s revenue was up $200,000,000 this year.

I know retired public employees that are today making twice the amount they made while working, and four times what they made when they first started. Democrats tend to get riled over public land allotments that generate revenue as well as resource base economies that support rural middle income families in Oregon but are mum over this assault of the taxpayer. All the while adding more public employees with each new piece of legislation as we watch billions of dollars of timber resources go up in smoke.

One of the greatest economic fallacies of government, especially under progressive democratic control, is that government creates wealth. It does not. People generate wealth. Oregon’s current leadership, Kate of Portland, Tina of Portland and Peter of Salem have failed to tame or control the beast. Why? Because the beast owns them, and through their myopic vision of Oregon, they only see what constitutes .04 percent of Oregon’s land mass. Oregon’s royalty has no desire, nor the knights in their court with the fortitude, to contain or slay the beast.

Oregon is going bankrupt, at the taxpayers’ expense.

Grant Darrow


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