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on Tax Measures
There's been a shift if in the social language in this country in the past couple of decades. Perhaps it began with Reagan's presidency. The word "TAXES" has become a "dirty word" - like the word "Communist" used to be when we were kids in the 1950's, or "Liberal" has become in the past couple of decades. A "dirty word" is - an enemy; a danger- something to be fought against. A threat.
In tandem has been the legitimization of the "ME FIRST" thinking. It's become okay to be totally self centered. Those protected under the umbrella of "Big Government" and ... TAXES.... uh, the ones who who don't have a voice in social discourse: (the children, the elderly, the disabled) - they'll just have to fend for themselves.
So let's return to "US citizenship 101:"
"TAXES" are not some kind of "enemy" to be avoided and fought.
TAXES are a fundamental civic responsibility for ADULTS in a CIVIL SOCIETY. "Every man for himself" is NOT the credo this country was based upon! If we allow our emotions to be hijacked by those whose mantra is "Fight Taxation" as some kind of "evil" - the cost will be a depravation in the quality of life - FOR ALL!
To those who wish to threaten us by saying they'll take their money and run (elsewhere) - I say: "Good riddance! Take your "me first" mindset and addiction to consumerism with you!"
There will always be others ready to come here; ones who will appreciate the uniqueness of what Oregon has to offer- not monitarily based, that which should be cherished and protected. And, yes, that which deserves to be paid for: a decent education. (even if your OWN children HAVE finished THEIR schooling.)
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