From Chuck Sheketoff's op-ed in today's Oregonian recommending the suspension of Measure 57 to help solve Oregon's budget problem:
Meanwhile Steve Duin writes that Democrats in the Oregon legislature are offering little more than a "tepid response" to the budget crisis. They've done nothing about the "kicker", failed to raise beer taxes, and have only talked about the possibility of raising much-needed revenue from corporations and wealthy individuals.
And prisons? Legislators are
Sheketoff warns cuts to education and the social safety net may backfire:
Let's see. Oregon has a Democratic Governor and Democratic majorities in both the state House and Senate. Haven't we been told --repeatedly-- that if we liberals only elect more Democrats to public office, our problems will be solved?
That brings me to Barack Obama and health care. As a state legislator he pronounced:
"We may not get there immediately, because first we've got to take back the White House, and we've got to take back the Senate, and we've got to take back the House."
"We" means Democrats. Well, the President is a Democrat, and both the House and the Senate have been "taken back", overwhelmingly, by the Dems. Just like in Oregon.
So what's standing in the way of implementing a single payer system of national health care? The Democratic chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, along with scores of other Congressional Dems in thrall to the private health care industry
There's a lesson to be learned there by all partisan Democrats.