Let's see - do I have thie right? The Federal Government said that there was no cost of living increases, therefore, no adjustments in Social Security, yet the state of Oregon saw it fit to increase wages 3% because of COLA. Then they provide employees an 8% guarantee return on their retirement funds which, if not met, will be adjusted through taxes, and if more is earned, provide state employees a stipen adjustment. And then, even though they might not directly benefit from the tax increase proposals, TriMet recently provided employees the most generous health care increase imaginable (I know of no private program even equal to it). Need I talk about police and firemen pensions. And yet, the state wants even more money. Yah - I'll vote for it when the government decides to be a bit more frugal, but short of that, voting for tax increases only encourages more of the same type of legislation. There is a concept called "might makes right" which means that government, being as large as they are, can get away with this nonsense because they are bigger than those opposing them. Some day we'll realize that there is a limit to excessive spending, and that will come when our financial system "implodes". Also - figure it out. The proponents say that the tax will be small - $10 to what? $130 or $150? Then they tell you how much money this will raise. Do the math! The taxes collected will simply be much larger. Yah - lets discourage entrepreneurialship and business in Oregon. Why else do you think this state has problems. My friends and clients are moving to Vancouver.
Scanners at airports an invasion of privacy? I agree, but I do not believe that an individual's right to privacy transcends the collective rights of ALL OTHER PASSENGERS to a safe flight. Come on- if you need to, put a mask over your face if you believe your exposed body will be recognized by others.
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