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...and on Chiristmas Eve, too. How sweet.

Think that they're a little embarassed about doing this?

Posted on Treasury removes cap for Fannie and Freddie aid on December 25, 2009, 8:58AM

Where's the story that Jeff Mapes originally wrote entitled "Big union money flowing into tax campaign" ...?

Doesn't fit The Oregonian's preferred narrative...

Posted on Union money flowing into Oregon tax campaign on December 23, 2009, 9:42PM

It's the first real effort by a state in this recession to come up with a progressive tax plan.

...because every other state isn't stupid enough to create a "progressive" tax on employers and small businessmen in the middle of a recession.

Posted on Union money flowing into Oregon tax campaign on December 23, 2009, 9:32PM

So are you part of the demographic I mentioned? Thought so.

And I weep with shame every night, Elvis63...

Merry Christmas!

Posted on Oregon's Budget Nightmare: How You Can Help on December 23, 2009, 5:53PM

So spoiled, fat, white and old. Sometimes I think this town needs a good catastrophe to wake up again.

Ah yes, the famous compassion of the Left. Well, while elvis63 is praying for a catastrophe to smite all the evil, spoiled, fat, white, old people; isn't it true that we could raise about the same amount of money as the proposed taxes by taking two steps:

1) making Oregon government employees actually pay for their half of their PERS contributions (that they should have been paying for in any case)

2) Getting rid of Governor Ted's "Green" and "Sustainable" subsidy giveaways

Problem solved, and no need to cut law enforcement!

Oh, and speaking of "spoiled, fat, white and old", the Oregonian did take a picture of the young, fit, multiracial rainbow that apparently comprises Oregon SEIU membership:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/politics_impact/2009/05/seiu.JPG

Posted on Oregon's Budget Nightmare: How You Can Help on December 23, 2009, 5:38PM

I'm looking forward to the day Congress enacts a law that controls how much monopolies like Powell's can charge for hard to find books.

LOL. Ever heard of this "internet" thingy? Or this company called Amazon? You know, you can contact just about any rare book dealer on the "internet", and get a quote. Or are they part of the monopoly too?

It's miraculous that a city the size of Portland has a bookstore the size of Powells. Congressional price regulation is just what we need - we obviously have too many independent bookstores, and price regulation would be just the ticket for shutting them down.

Posted on Interchange fees: an unfair charge with every swipe on December 23, 2009, 3:55PM

It's a little misleading to claim that the bike infrastructure represents only 1 percent of transportation spending.

Among other things, doing things like repaving streets benefits both cars and bikes (bikes are more sensitive to road imperfections than cars are), but none of the cost of normal repaving is considered "bike infrastructure".

The writing is on the wall, America is on the verge of a major paradigm shift. As the baby-boom generation heads for retirement, younger people are evaluating the results of a cultural landscape dedicated almost entirely to single-occupant automobile use built by their parents generation, and we don't like what we see.

That may not break the way you think. Despite all the publicity regarding hipsters moving to Portland, the average age in Portland is about the same as the rest of the United States (just over 35). As the population ages, that will tend to reduce the demand for bicycling. For a lot of people, bicycle commuting at age 25 is really keen - at age 55, not so much.

Posted on Just how boldly will Portland go into bike future? on December 23, 2009, 12:21PM

Good news - there's a new retail chain Portland leftists can finally get behind!

President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday announced a new chain of government-run, cut-rate retail stores that will sell everything from food to cars to clothing from places such as China, Argentina and Bolivia.
"We're creating Comerso, meaning Socialist Corporation of Markets," Chavez said at the opening of a "socialist" fast-food location for traditional Venezuelan arepas (cornbread).

"They'll see what's good. We'll show them what a real market is all about, not those speculative, money-grubbing markets, but a market for the people," said Chavez in his drive to change Venezuela from a market-based economy to a socialist one.

hardly think Mastercard and Visa are benevolent forces in the economy but they are the one's who get to decide what price they are going to charge for their products

Mastercard and Visa have a considerable amount of monopoly power.

If Mr. Powell wants to limit his exposure to interchange fees, he should consider giving a discount for using cash and checks.

Mastercard and Visa prohibit giving discounts for cash.

In any case, paying cash for things is a good idea - you are much more aware of how much you are spending when you pay cash, and you benefit your local merchant.

Posted on Interchange fees: an unfair charge with every swipe on December 23, 2009, 10:03AM

The opposition played a cynical political game all along, whittling away at proposed reforms through the summer and fall until little is left, and now opposing the final bill anyway. We were played.

LOL - the "opposition" that you refer to are Democrats - the D's never tried to seriously negotiate with the Republicans. Several Democratic Senators got huge bribes for their states in exchange for supporting the bill.

"There are 100 senators here and I don't know that there's a senator that doesn't have something in this bill that isn't important to them," Reid said. "If they don't have something in it important to them then it doesn't speak well of them."

I guess Oregon's inadequate Medicare reimbursements just weren't important to Wyden and Merkley - but I do think that Reid shouldn't have been so critical of them. Heckuva job!

Dr. Gorman should carefully consider profrando's comments - I suspect that after the health care bill passes, and the country faces bankruptcy, due to the resulting huge deficits, that we will have a "national conversation" about the level of compensation of physicians in this country, and why physicians in the US are so much better paid than physicians in other countries. Be careful what you ask for...


Posted on Health care reform: We can do better on December 23, 2009, 8:06AM

No freakin' Wal-Mart there. A Costco would be appreciated, though.

The average person shopping at a Wal-Mart has half the household income of the average person shopping at a Costco.

The love the Portland political class and liberals have for Costco and IKEA, and the hatred they have for Wal-Mart, is pure class warfare against the working classes.

Jim Just is a farmer but also an activist. So are you saying farmers cannot be activists?

Well, it is a bit disingenuous for the Executive Director of an environmental organization to identify himself simply as a "farmer" in an op-ed piece.

Estimates put the cost of health-care reform at about $1 trillion over 10 years, to be covered by tax and fee increases and Medicare spending cuts.

...and everyone in Congress knows that the Medicare spending cuts will never happen, just as everyone in Congress knows that the cuts in physician reimbursements will never happen (another key source of funding for the bill). This is "accounting" with smoke, mirrors, and pink ponies - a cynical exercise to hide the full cost of this monstrosity from the American people.

Posted on On the verge of health reform on December 22, 2009, 2:52PM

"I don't know if there's a senator that doesn't have something in this bill that was important to them, and if they don't have something in it important to them, then it doesn't speak well of them," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev

I guess that inadequate Medicare reimbursement rates in Oregon just aren't important to Senators Wyden and Merkley. It was rude of Senator Reid to be so critical of them, however...

Posted on Senate health bill set for pre-Christmas vote on December 21, 2009, 6:02PM

There are only 58 Democrats in the Senate.

Right, because Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is such a right-winger. And for all the screaming about Lieberman (I-CT), Joe didn't seem to require one of the explicit bribes handed out to about a half-dozen Democratic Senator's states to vote for cloture. But we don't blame those half-dozen Democratic senators, for some reason - it's all Lieberman's fault.

Posted on Progressives: Don't scream, organize on December 21, 2009, 12:57PM

Speaking of participating, Tass how much do you get paid per post?

Ha, ha, ha - you figured it out! My fascist reptilian overlords pay a pretty penny for each of my posts, let me tell you!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Posted on Progressives: Don't scream, organize on December 21, 2009, 12:41PM

Last week, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., introduced legislation that he called "C.I.R.A.S.A.P." (Comprehensive Immigration Reform As Soon As Possible)

Anyone familiar with Gutierrez's political career knows that what Gutierrez is after, of course, is complete amnesty.

Seriously, why do we even bother with having immigration laws at all?

Why do we require that legal immigrants to the United State jump through expensive, lengthy, complex bureaucratic hoops to legally immigrate, when we turn around and tolerate anyone who can sneak into the US? Why not simply have a law stating that if you can physically get to the United States, you're in? It would be a lot fairer - much of the United States would rapidly become a Third World country, but that is the direction we are currently headed anyway.

Posted on What part of 'illegal' don't you understand? on December 21, 2009, 11:11AM

A bill with a public option can be achieved in reconciliation with the House version, where the Repiglicans and insurance shills (wait! I just repeated myself) can be reminded of their minority status, and the Lie-bermans can be relegated to irrelevance. No more Repiglican / Lie-berman filibustering. Time for majority rules, even if the trust-ridden health insurance industry doesn't like it.

Wrong - if the bill is modified in conference, then it goes back to the Senate as a brand new bill (albeit with no amendments allowed). Sixty votes are still required to vote for cloture on the new bill. If the bill moves significantly to the left in conference, then we get to see how many Democratic Senators from conservative states are willing to commit political suicide by supporting the bill.

I will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, siski, in working to defeat this bill.

Aux Barricades!

Anyone who wants to change or even abolish the Senate has my full support.

EJ has lost his mind.

I agree with CommonSense - the D's have sixty votes to override a filibuster. What on earth are they complaining about?

Posted on Progressives: Don't scream, organize on December 21, 2009, 8:30AM

With an unemployment rate that hit 11.3 percent, many Oregon families are simply not able to make ends meet.

...and taxing employers and owners of small businesses will ensure that yet more Oregonians "are simply not able to make ends meet".

But we can't ask government employees to actually pay their share of their PERS retirement contributions, of course. It's not the Oregon (SEIU) Way!

Posted on Measures 66 and 67: Protect the hardest-hit Oregonians on December 21, 2009, 8:16AM

This bill could have been a lot better but you get what you can get when dealing with these Republican obstructionists in the Senate.

Laurelwood. You have the Presidency, 60 votes in the Senate, and a big majority in the House. The Democrats can write and pass any bill they want - if the bill is bad, it is entirely the fault of the Democrats. Stop blaming Democratic failures on the Republicans.

On the bright side, just imagine the screaming when all the hipsters figure out that their PBR money will now be going to pay for mandatory health insurance (priced artificially high so the hipsters can subsidize old people's health care).

Thanks for voting for Obama, suckers!

Hmmm... the Oregonian suddenly seems to be running a number of letters to the editor complaining about the 60 vote rule in the Senate needed to overcome a filibuster.

Was the Oregonian running similar letters when the Democratic Senate minority was using the threat of the filibuster to block Republican judicial nominees?

Didn't think so.

Posted on Hung up on health care on December 21, 2009, 7:48AM

A bill that no one voting on it has read, voted on in the middle of the night - for a measure that wouldn't go into effect until 2014 (well, except for the new taxes, which go into effect immediately). What are they so afraid of?

Shameful. Utterly shameful.


Sam survived the savage attacks on his character by right-wing conservatives and sexual puritans

Not sexual puritanism, but equal enforcement of the laws. There are teachers in prison for fondling 17 year olds - Sam deserves no less. Just last month, a guy got four years in state prison for convincing a 17 year old to take some sexually suggestive pictures. Laws are for the little people...

Posted on Portland Mayor Sam Adams' 2009 in review: a tough year on December 20, 2009, 9:39AM

John Cushman plans to antagonize other drivers this holiday season by refusing to allow them to pass (letter, "Avoid breakneck speed," Dec. 11).

My attitude is that somebody has to be caught by the speed traps, and if someone is volunteering to drive ahead of me at high speed, more power to them...

Posted on Sunday letters: Impeding merits ticket on December 20, 2009, 8:31AM

Hey, he got in a lot of taxpayer-paid foreign travel last year!

Life is good!

Posted on Portland Mayor Sam Adams' 2009 in review: a tough year on December 20, 2009, 7:50AM

Even the tards in Texas do not use it. Even they can see a stupid idea when they see it.

Uh, the fact that Texas doesn't have an income tax may have something to do with that...

Posted on An Oregon definition of insanity: the tax kicker on December 20, 2009, 7:23AM

I wonder how much our dumbos from Oregon got for their vote? They should have screamed for something oh I am sorry they are Obama"s sheep.

Yeah, they're idiots for not holding out. Landrieu in Louisiana, Nelson from Florida, and now Nelson from Nebraska got huge payoffs for their states for supporting the bill; while Wyden and Merkley continue to whine about Oregon's low Medicare reimbursement rates (about which nothing will be done, of course, since their votes are guaranteed for whatever bill Reid comes up with).

Epic Fail.

Posted on Abortion coverage battle on health bill continues on December 19, 2009, 1:46PM