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Oregon Progressives Call for Bird Brained Outdoor Taxes That Will Absolutely Ruffle Some Feathers

For self described ‘progressives’, known here for their real impact on society as ‘Oppressives’, they just never have enough of your money.

They always believe they can spend your money better than you–for the good of the ‘collective’, you understand.

If they’re tough, punitive taxes, so much the better, to their way of thinking.

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Enter the new taxes these Oppressives are calling for: Bird seed, hiking boots and binoculars.

Mike Strickland of Progressives Today captured the moment when this self satisfied looking chick from Oregon Wild proposed new taxes on all of the above without any note of irony.

Bicycling groups also called for a change in the constitution (!) in order to redefine bike paths as roads so they could get a share of the gas taxes.

In effect they do now through a manipulation of all the pots of money sought and used for Oregon transportation.

Instead of the back room deals using gas tax and other tax money for bike paths routed through DC, these guys want a clear path to get their hands on the money.

The one refreshing aspect of this is the recognition–which should be touted from the roof tops–that these people don’t pay for anything they require the rest of the motorists, hunters, etc. to pay for. Remember that. However, in order to salve their vestige of a shadow of a frisson of guilt for being free riders, they want everyone else to pay, too. So much for virtue.

Also, because they know they’ve been drafting on the taxpayers all these years, they want to pay a little to get a seat at the table so they get a lot more.

Read the rest of their bird brained ideas and some reaction from a sane former legislator here.

Tom Del Beccaro: California’s present tells nation’s future. It ain’t pretty.

 “High debt, high taxes, high regulations & high poverty”


You have heard it before: “As California goes, so goes the nation.”  If that is the case, the national economy will be harmed for decades to come because of California’s misplaced priorities today.  Indeed, by emphasizing high-speed rail over water and failing to deal with its debt crisis, California poses a long-term threat to our national economy and is on an economic collision course of increased immigration and lack of water.

Despite a much-heralded recovery in the media and by Governor Jerry Brown, California still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates.  Also, more than 30% of the nation’s welfare recipients are Californians – even though California has just 12% of the nation’s population.  It is not surprising, therefore, that California is ranked number one in poverty.

The cause for those bad statistics is bad government policy.  California is the most regulated, highest-taxed, most in-debt state in America.  

Beyond debt, Governor Brown recently signed a huge tax increase featuring a top rate of 13.3%.  Overall, California taxes are 42% higher than Texas. 

Read the rest of Tom’s piece at Forbes: 


Sharpe: Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity

“Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity”

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10) Only in America … could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

9) Only in America … could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black. 41% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

8) Only in America … could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

7) Only in America … can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

6) Only in America … would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

flag gif5) Only in America … could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

4) Only in America … could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check, buy alcohol, get served in a bar, ship by UPS, buy an airline ticket, but not to vote.

3) Only in America … could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

2) Only in America … could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

1) Only in America … could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

Victor Sharpe is a writer, musician and expert on the Middle East. This is reprinted by permission.