Tax Payer Funded "Political Website" for PSU Planners Established to Drown Out "Loud Voices" & "Talk Radio"

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Portland State University has set up what’s described as a “political website” in an attempt to replace the dissenting “loud voices or talk radio” to find out “what Oregonians think.” Apparently blogs or programs voicing conservative ideas aren’t what real “Oregonians think.”

The website called, “The Kitchen Table” “launched by Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs aims to bridge the gap between Oregon lawmakers and their constituents.”  It’s funded by a bunch of lefty trusts and foundations and, of course, you. That’s right taxpayers, you’re funding a “political website” on behalf of a University program to drown out “loud voices or talk radio.”

FundersCircle Foundation
Ford Family Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs TAXPAYERSPSG Foundation
The State of Oregon (Department of Administrative Services) TAXPAYERS

As the Zero puts it:

“The plan is for the site to one day have enough members signed up to provide a true representative sample of Oregon. Till then, a hired company will create representative samples. The company will ask the same questions on the site.” [Emphasis mine]

In other words the website will consist of self selected individuals to whom the PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs will only listen. Put simply, they’ve set up their own echo chamber because the voices of dissent are too loud.

The leftists running the state are apparently seeing their efforts to bend the arc of the statist command and control planning narrative overtaken by conservative opposition to the Central Planner Class. PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs is the home base for the Professional Planner Class.

Why might they now be a little cranky about “loud voices” and “talk radio?” The Oregon Transformation Project is making inroads in changing the way people think about the way the state is run. This spring the Transformation PAC successfully backed candidates for Clackamas County Commission based on an anti Portland creep message. It was an arrow in the heart of the planner class.

The Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole is out with a new book about gridlock and the failure of central planning. He’s been at this for years. People are listening to him in greater numbers than ever before–including me. *The Bojack blog has been all over the Urban Renewal story for YEARS. And consider this: I’ve testified, spoken to groups, talked on the show and produced a ten + part series on Portland’s new urban renewal areas–the bread and butter of the Planner Class–and it’s been reproduced and heavily read. THAT MIGHT have something to do with it.  Ruh, roh.

Here are some of the titles and links of my recent posts and activities:
VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies: Portland’s New “Radical” Urban…/cash-for-cronies-portlands-new-rad…Mar 19, 2012 – Cash for Cronies: Portland’s New “Radical” Urban Renewal Program. The Professional Planner Class in Portland plans to declare seven areas VICTORIA TAFT: “Blighted” Lincoln High School: Cash for Cronies…/blighted-lincoln-high-school-cash-f…Mar 20, 2012 – “Blighted” Lincoln High School: Cash for Cronies II. This is blight. Those old enough will remember what urban renewal was intended to be.VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies III: Well Leave the Blight on For Ya!…/cash-for-cronies-iii-wellleavebligMar 23, 2012 – Cash for Cronies III: Well Leave the Blight on For Ya! Is Portland State University a blighted area in need of urban renewal? Official Portland 
PDX Council Votes to STEAL MONEY FROM SCHOOLS – Victoria…/pdx-council-votes-to-steal-money-f…Apr 11, 2012 – (See my previous posts on this Cash for Cronies here, here, here, here The main event is the urban renewal area called the “Education URA.VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies IV: PSU Goes From Verdant…/cash-for-cronies-iv-psu-goes-from….Mar 29, 2012 – Planners have come up with a new urban renewal idea that even one It’s cash. For cronies. And it’s corrupt. Here are the nuts and bolts of it.VICTORIA TAFT: Portland Planning Poohbah Says, “We Are Broke”…/portland-planning-poohbah-says-w…Jun 5, 2012 – Portland’s top Professional Planning Poohbah says the era of big urban renewal plans financed by “Tax Increment Financing” is over and Executive Club April 4 Speaker: Victoria Taft | The Oregon 3, 2012 – Currently, Victoria is lighting up the corrupt, wasteful tax scam which isUrban Renewal and “tax-increment financing.” Taft’s presentation, will 

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advice-in the City Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick ViewMay 17, 2012 – Comments of Victoria Taft before the Portland City Council May 23. The current urban renewal areas on the books between 2010 and 2015 

So I do this for free while working a day job and raising a family and they need to ‘jack money from your pocket and go grant hunting to drown me out? Sounds like we’re making a difference over here.

And, of course, we are. As one of The Kitchen Table fans, the estimable Dave Frohnmayer, says:

“Any time you have more information about the larger public reaction and ideas about the government process, it helps reduce mystery and increases trust,” said Dave Frohnmayer, a member of the site’s advisory board who brings his experience as former president of the University of Oregon and the state’s attorney general. “Instead of loud voices or talk radio, this has been designed with a lot of really scientific architecture. The more people participate, the deeper decision makers can probe into the cross sections of what Oregonians think.”

The Kitchen Table folks say theirs is a “bi partisan” group of people who only care about the future of Oregon. If they’d bothered to have conservatives on their project maybe I’d believe them.

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