from November 2016, Government
That might seem like an odd question. First, how can I claim Oregon is “conservative” when we just elected a Democrat governor, several Democrat state officials and a Democrat majority to the State Senate and State House? Simple, I believe most Oregonians are conservative by nature — meaning they live their lives in a conservative fashion. I believe there are very few, if any, who pay additional money in taxes because they believe government is best institution and manner where to invest their money in order to create a better Oregon. I also believe most Oregonians are fooled by compassion pleas by the left:
- More money for public safety means a safer community;
- More money for public education means a better future for our children;
- More money for public transportation means better roads and bridges.
Much of Oregon’s geography is conservative, including Klamath County. However a disturbing trend is occurring in Oregon — these conservative strong holds are being invaded by liberal thought. Outside of Portland and Salem, think with me for a moment what the following cities below all have in common.
- Klamath Falls
These cities are all home to public universities. I believe that public universities are a strong political force that are changing these once conservative communities. These universities create strong liberal pockets inside of areas that would naturally lean conservative. There are several reasons why, but discussing that is not the point of my blog. Instead I wish to make the observation and correlation between strong public universities and the political influence they have on communities they reside within.
We are in the “silly season” of this election cycle. This is where the mud-slinging and wild accusations reach a fevered pitch... so much so it can often turn-off people to the political process — even good conservative voters. I would encourage you to look beyond the silliness and focus on your ballot. Now, more than ever, we need to put conservatives with common sense solutions into office. We also need to say “no” to all the crazy ideas on our ballot. Most of the ballot measures want to either raise your taxes or redirect how money is spent. Both of these ideas are bad.
First, Salem does not need any more of our money. They waste plenty of it each and everyday on programs that are failing our citizens. Before they get an additional nickel, we need to demand better accountability of what they have already been given. Second, dictating how money is spent by constitutional amendment is an amazingly poor idea. It makes it near impossible to change spending in the future when circumstances change. It is always best to leave spending decisions in legislators hands, because we can replace legislators far easier than we can change a constitutional amendment.
The founding fathers wanted Congress, specifically the U.S. House (and by extension the State House) to be the sole authority on spending, because they are directly elected by the people every two years. It is this direct and immediate accountability we lose when we dictate by constitutional amendment how money should be allocated at a particular time in history — which may not be appropriate in the future. Flexibility and accountability from a legislature is what we should want, not dictates by past elections which are rarely, if ever, overturned.