Over at Blue Oregon, Steve Novick draws a parallel between a "yes" vote on 66 and 67 and the golden years of former Governor Tom McCall, whom I (like McCall, a graduate of Redmond High School) allied myself with and knew as a friend when I was majority leader of the Oregon House of Representatives.
McCall’s tax reform plan in 1973, Steve rightly points out, could have been the philosophical twin of Measures 66 & 67. Unfortunately, McCall’s reforms went down to defeat at the polls at the hands of the same interests who today are trying to defeat 66 & 67. Thus began the long slide that has left Oregon with some of the shortest school years in the nation even as Oregon business taxes as part of total raised revenue are among the lowest in the nation.
I can vouch for parallel virtues between McCall and the tax reform measures before us today. Let’s not let those interests beat us again in 2010. I knew Tom MCall; no one loved Oregon more. And I loved him. If you love Oregon as Tom did, vote “Yes”on 66 and 67!
(I left a comment at Novick’s Blue Oregon post, giving some historical background about the 1973 McCall tax reform plan and some of the people involved in it and in today’s “No” effort on 66 and 67. It may surprise you. Check it out!)
All the evidence you need to dismiss self-serving Democratic “centrist” gas bags saying Massachusetts means Ds have to abandon the “left,” is this poll in Daily Kos. It shows that 45 percent of Democrat voters do not now expect that they’ll bother to vote in the November congressional elections. Forty-five percent!
Move closer to the Republicans–as Lieberman, Bayh and Baucus want to do? Oh, sure! The same poll–which documents disillusionment with congressional Ds (40% approve; 55% disapprove) also shows that they loathe congressional Rs (16% approve, 66% disapprove).
The first thing they teach you in practical politics is to remember your base. Flirt with the other side, and they’ll abandon you. Politics 101. Reagan understood. I fought him all the way, but his strength was he meant what he said and said what he meant. As Tip O’Neill used to say, politics ain’t bean bag. So stop already wooing Republican senators and congressmen. They want to destroy you and your party, Mr. President. Time to be the man and party that inspired the nation just a year ago but, incredibly, are now turning off that nation.
Pennsylvania Seventeen Hundred–what did you learn Tuesday?
Update: 1/20/09, 7:25 pm: The Mahablog says health care is probably dead, an observation with which I can’t disagree, especially since Obama has declared that Ds won’t work on health car until Republican Brown is seated and will not “jam” (jam!?) a bill through Congress. Just as importantly, the blog punctures the conservative hot air balloons who (predictably) are claim the “Left” is to blame for Massachusetts and that Ds must now move to the “center.” Excuse me? If “centrists” like Baucus and Nelson hadn’t ground the bandwagon to a stop and emasculated the bill, “doofus Democrats” would not have been the subject of the Massachusetts referendum.
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When I blogged that the Democratic defeats in this year’s New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections were an omen boding ill for the Ds, most Blue Oregon.com readers ridiculed me. They pointed to a blue pick-up in a historic Republican congressional district in upstate New York.
All I’ll say about the unfolding massacre in Massachusetts is, “Can you hear me now?”
Why Obama ever thought he could stop being the candidate for change after he was elected, I’ll leave to historians. Or a two-bit shrink.
(If you believe in prayer, say one for your country tonight. Hell, say one even if you don’t …)
It says here the Army’s court-marshaling a woman who didn’t show up for deployment to Afghanistan. What’s her sorry excuse? She’s a single mother and her child care arrangement fell through. Oh, sure! (Just what you’d expect your fifth columnists to say.)