Daily Archives: November 10, 2010

Portland’s Champagne Tastes Slam Into Our Beer Sized Wallets

And it’s only getting worse. Future Library taxing zones,  Historical Society bail outs, Fire Engine Funds, leaf taxes, the last legislature’s $1.6 billion in tax increases along with piling $1.2 billion in more bond debt on top of a $3.3 billion (if not larger) budget hole. California here we come! 
Who’s going to pay for all that? You are. Sucker.
And what ho! now the Portland Public Schools have their collective hand out for more than a half a billion in bonds (the first of several “sustainable” ones we’re warned) to REBUILD 8 schools. Property owners will, as usual, bear the brunt of it.  School officials are octupling (?)-down on 19th century education styles consisting of bricks and mortar buildings equipped with smart boards and theater upgrades, while the rest of the world ops for virtual schooling. But I digress because the real purpose of this post is the show you what will be happening to the property owners who will get the $300/year bill.    
See that graph over there? Yeah, that one. That’s the graph pointing to 12 metropolitan areas  whose housing values have been tanking and will continue to tank well into the foreseeable future. 
Holy Michael Mann, batman, now THAT’S a GENUINE hockey stick!
And whaddaya know? 
Portland’s on the list! 
How do you ask people whose main asset is their home to shoulder even more debt from the moronic choices of our “leaders?” When these electeds should have been saving they were spending. If you could spend your way out of this depression like malaise from which we’re suffering we’d been well shod of it by now. We ain’t. And THIS report says it will get even worse. Here’s an excerpt:

While not unexpected, the unceasing declines in home values signal that we’re in for a long, bleak winter of continued troubles for the housing market. The length and depth of the current housing recession is rivaling the Great Depression’s real estate downturn, and, with encouraging signs fading, will easily eclipse it in the coming months.”

The President and his advisers like to talk about the ‘new normal.’ The new normal exists for everyone but the government/planning class. Here’s another example.Yesterday I spent four hours of my four hour program highlighting the amount of money schools (and fire and police for that matter) are deprived of because of Portland’s obsession with planning and “paying” for it with “Tax Increment Financing” under Urban Renewal. The long and short of it is this: The government declares a place “blighted” (even if it’s not such as south water front, the airport, GOVERNMENT CAMP) and declares it an urban renewal area and begins skimming off the top any “more” property taxes that may come in because the area is nicer. Sometimes it’s nice if the government steps in and starts the ball rolling but they’ve abused the process routinely. Under normal circumstances, that money should go to public safety (cops and fire) and schools. But the money is stolen and given to the planning class to design their utopias complete with silver unicorns and pink ponies. 

The city’s planning and over use of urban renewal starve the very things government is supposed to be used for. 
In the next five years, schools will be deprived of the use of an estimated $163,000,000 according to figures given PPS by the Portland Development Commission. Untold hundreds of millions of dollars have already gone into bike paths, projects and street cars that SHOULD have gone to the core functions of government. When they run out of money because they spent it on their favorite projects—not the core functions of government— they come to you for more. It’s like your layabout brother who lives in the basement chain smoking pot and playing video games all day who only emerges when he wants you to give him a little scratch for a carton of milk.
It’s not just unfair,  it’s unethical bordering on criminal.
We need to stop it.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

235th Birthday of the US Marines. Semper Fi. Thank You.

From the Shores of Tripoli to the Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood. From the heights of Mt Suribachi and over the walls at Inchon. Hail to the Chosin Few. From the streets and hills of Khe Sahn to Phantom Fury in the doorways of Fallujah. You have stood and fought for freedom and country. Now as you stand at the rock pile at Marjah we vow not to forget you. We honor you and thank the US Marines for being first in for 235 years. Semper Fi.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Clackamas County Dedicates its First Veterans Memorial Today. You’re Invited.

I hope you can support this dedication. 

A couple of years ago a very small group of private business people, along with a couple of county employees realized that there was no Veterans Memorial in Clackamas County, so we rolled up our sleeves and got one!
It is called the Circle of Honor Veteran’s Memorial and it will be unveiled and dedicated tomorrow, Nov 10th, at 11 am right between the fairly new five story county buildings on top of the hill in Oregon City.  The actual address is 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

The Circle of Honor Veteran’s Memorial, as the bronze plaque says, “is an area of reflection to honor all Veterans of Clackamas County,” so please, invite one and all to join us in the dedication ceremony. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland’s Champagne Tastes Slam Into Our Beer Sized Wallets

And it’s only getting worse. Future Library taxing zones,  Historical Society bail outs, Fire Engine Funds, leaf taxes, the last legislature’s $1.6 billion in tax increases along with piling $1.2 billion in more bond debt on top of a $3.3 billion (if not larger) budget hole. California here we come! 
Who’s going to pay for all that? You are. Sucker.
And what ho! now the Portland Public Schools have their collective hand out for more than a half a billion in bonds (the first of several “sustainable” ones we’re warned) to REBUILD 8 schools. Property owners will, as usual, bear the brunt of it.  School officials are octupling (?)-down on 19th century education styles consisting of bricks and mortar buildings equipped with smart boards and theater upgrades, while the rest of the world ops for virtual schooling. But I digress because the real purpose of this post is the show you what will be happening to the property owners who will get the $300/year bill.    
See that graph over there? Yeah, that one. That’s the graph pointing to 12 metropolitan areas  whose housing values have been tanking and will continue to tank well into the foreseeable future. 
Holy Michael Mann, batman, now THAT’S a GENUINE hockey stick!
And whaddaya know? 
Portland’s on the list! 
How do you ask people whose main asset is their home to shoulder even more debt from the moronic choices of our “leaders?” When these electeds should have been saving they were spending. If you could spend your way out of this depression like malaise from which we’re suffering we’d been well shod of it by now. We ain’t. And THIS report says it will get even worse. Here’s an excerpt:

While not unexpected, the unceasing declines in home values signal that we’re in for a long, bleak winter of continued troubles for the housing market. The length and depth of the current housing recession is rivaling the Great Depression’s real estate downturn, and, with encouraging signs fading, will easily eclipse it in the coming months.”

The President and his advisers like to talk about the ‘new normal.’ The new normal exists for everyone but the government/planning class. Here’s another example.Yesterday I spent four hours of my four hour program highlighting the amount of money schools (and fire and police for that matter) are deprived of because of Portland’s obsession with planning and “paying” for it with “Tax Increment Financing” under Urban Renewal. The long and short of it is this: The government declares a place “blighted” (even if it’s not such as south water front, the airport, GOVERNMENT CAMP) and declares it an urban renewal area and begins skimming off the top any “more” property taxes that may come in because the area is nicer. Sometimes it’s nice if the government steps in and starts the ball rolling but they’ve abused the process routinely. Under normal circumstances, that money should go to public safety (cops and fire) and schools. But the money is stolen and given to the planning class to design their utopias complete with silver unicorns and pink ponies. 

The city’s planning and over use of urban renewal starve the very things government is supposed to be used for. 
In the next five years, schools will be deprived of the use of an estimated $163,000,000 according to figures given PPS by the Portland Development Commission. Untold hundreds of millions of dollars have already gone into bike paths, projects and street cars that SHOULD have gone to the core functions of government. When they run out of money because they spent it on their favorite projects—not the core functions of government— they come to you for more. It’s like your layabout brother who lives in the basement chain smoking pot and playing video games all day who only emerges when he wants you to give him a little scratch for a carton of milk.
It’s not just unfair,  it’s unethical bordering on criminal.
We need to stop it.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

235th Birthday of the US Marines. Semper Fi. Thank You.

From the Shores of Tripoli to the Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood. From the heights of Mt Suribachi and over the walls at Inchon. Hail to the Chosin Few. From the streets and hills of Khe Sahn to Phantom Fury in the doorways of Fallujah. You have stood and fought for freedom and country. Now as you stand at the rock pile at Marjah we vow not to forget you. We honor you and thank the US Marines for being first in for 235 years. Semper Fi.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Clackamas County Dedicates its First Veterans Memorial Today. You’re Invited.

I hope you can support this dedication. 

A couple of years ago a very small group of private business people, along with a couple of county employees realized that there was no Veterans Memorial in Clackamas County, so we rolled up our sleeves and got one!
It is called the Circle of Honor Veteran’s Memorial and it will be unveiled and dedicated tomorrow, Nov 10th, at 11 am right between the fairly new five story county buildings on top of the hill in Oregon City.  The actual address is 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

The Circle of Honor Veteran’s Memorial, as the bronze plaque says, “is an area of reflection to honor all Veterans of Clackamas County,” so please, invite one and all to join us in the dedication ceremony. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

How Nice, Pelosi “Receptive to Republican Ideas”

In an op-ed piece written for USA Today, disastrous outgoing Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D Ca), after boasting of all they accomplished under her tutelage in 111th Congress, such as massive ongoing unemployment, the two largest deficits in history destroying any semblance of “fiscal discipline,” cramming unwritten legislation down the throats of the American people, denying the opposition party any independent voice and alienating even her own party members, now declares, “As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas…”

“As we go forward,” Mrs. Pelosi?

Remember what retiring fellow Democrat Brian Baird said about Mrs. Pelosi in his book, revealed in the Wall Street Journal op-ed, Requiem for the Pelosi Democrats

“It’s been an authoritarian, closed leadership.”

And, that fiscal responsibility she boasts about? “Now we’re authorizing programs for three years instead of five in an attempt to pretend we’re saving money.”

And, that healthcare reform she’s so proud of? “What the hell were we doing voting on this?”

Most telling, I believe, is when Baird said, “Democrats will also have to recognize why they lost touch with voters.”

Not only that, maybe he and the other Democrats left can help the old crone Pelosi “recognize she has lost touch with reality.”

Mrs. Pelosi is in no position to state, “As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas,” since with the 112th Congress, she will no longer be the Speaker of the House and if many Democrats have it their way, her “authoritarian, closed leadership” will ensure she does not have any position of leadership in her party.

Perhaps she didn’t receive the memo sent out by voters across America November 2, 2010.

Mrs. Pelosi, you lost!

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com