Well. This is interesting. Bucking a long long trend around the country, voters in Oregon have just said YES to new taxes. They don’t want their schools to close early. They don’t want to lay off their teachers.
They seem to have snapped out of that all-American certainty that all we’ll flourish if we just keep cutting those taxes. Could this, like Scott Brown in Massachusetts, signal a new trend in voters’ preferences? Could it be that the day approaches when we will accept that roads and bridges and armies and school and hospitals and ‘stuff’ like that cost real money? A single vote does not a trend make, but perhaps a door has been cracked open.
“The double-barreled victory is the first voter-approved statewide income tax increase since the 1930s. Other states, facing similar budget woes, are watching the outcome closely because Oregon, after all, is a state that capped property taxes and locked a surplus tax rebate program into the constitution. “
That’s not unlike the situation California voted themselves into 25 or so years ago with Proposition 13, which began a nasty process that nearly took the job of governing out of legislative hands and into the hands of the ‘people’, allowing direct democracy, otherwise known as mob rule. That worked out so well for California, that it destroyed what was the finest public university system in the world. One they’ll not get back anytime soon.
Something to keep an eye on. If it happens again, expect all hell to break loose.