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red_bike_roadI believe that people work harder and invest more when they can keep a larger portion of what they earn.  I don’t believe this concept is unique to the left or right.  I also believe government should promote work; savings and private investment; and stable sensible policies to facilitate the efficient exchange of goods and services.  Good tax policy promotes balance between livability and livelihood.

In Oregon the gas tax revenue maintains the state highway system. Because it’s getting squeezed by rising cost of materials and labor along with a decline in revenues due to improved fuel efficiency and people driving less due to the economy the frantic lawmakers are proposing a mileage-based tax system.  You’ll be required to attach a GPS to your motorcycle and it will track miles traveled in Oregon.  Service station pumps will have electronic reading devices to collect mileage data from the motorcycle and you’ll receive a tax bill in the mail.  Never mind privacy issues.

This from a state where voters couldn’t pass the “no brainer” measure 59 which would allow a taxpayer to deduct from Oregon taxable income the entire amount of federal income taxes the taxpayer paid on the income subject to Oregon income tax.  At the same time there was pure genius from the Oregon Zoo management who paraded out an endearing baby elephant just as voters were being ask to pay more property taxes via a $125M bond measure to enlarge the elephant reserve.  I’m not anti-zoo, but paying more $$ to make an inadequate elephant exhibit a litter bigger in the middle of the Portland metro area seems anti “peta-ish.”

If that wasn’t enough elephant Haathi Chap for you there is the Oregon governor, Ted “Sleepy” Kulongoski.  He seems to be clueless in coming up with one idea after 6 years in office other than to propose building a 2000-room hotel by the convention center and open it as a state-owned casino.  How ironic because Kulongoski was the most vocal opponent of video poker back when the state economy and budget wasn’t in free fall.  If this is his best idea of dramatic state government restructuring and leading Oregonians through a recession that has forced over 12% of the residents out of their jobs — then Ted your cheese has slid off your cracker!  All he talks about is raising taxes (property, mileage, lotto, cigarettes, gas, sales, and the list goes on) — gimme, gimme, gimme and nothing about downsizing incompetent government.  In a very recent interview Kulongoski said,

“When you do not have enough revenue,… a lot of the fun leaves.” 

A true mark of a real loser is to whine when the going gets tough!

There are TEA Parties and tax revolts being held all over the state.  Join in and have a voice.

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1973_vetteI have a weakness for muscle cars.  

A Ford Hybrid Escape just doesn’t do it for me.  Over the years I’ve spent a fair amount of time wrenching a ’67 Camero, but these days it’s been on a mid-sixties Vette.  Given my experiences and looking over parts receipts I can expertly state that vintage auto’s are primarily a money sink hole.  None the less, it’s my sink hole and it’s how I elect to spend my hard earned $$.

But, along comes the BART riding ideals of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who views the world through some hybrid reality-distortion field, imagining it as some sort of amazing green technology and will not rest until she has saved the planet for all of us!! 

It’s a misguided attempt to spur new car sales and help create jobs by the Washington lawmakers.  They have determined “we” need a nationwide automobile scrap program which would give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in older cars to have them crushed.  On the surface it sounds like a reasonable idea, but the unattended consequences of the bill will threaten vintage enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and part-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. The programs also risk destroying classic, historic and special-interest vehicles that are part of our American heritage.  Once passed how long do you think it will be before they amend the law to include vintage motorcycles?

Pelosi introduced a bill as part of the Economic Stimulus Plan and is looking for President Obama to sign it into law.  If you oppose the use of U.S. Taxpayer $$ for “Cash for Clunkers” then I suggest that you contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi IMMEDIATELY.  You can call: (202)225-0100 or send an email HERE. To help guide any conversation below are a few talking points:

  1. I am [calling/writing] because I oppose the use of U.S. taxpayer $$ and urge lawmakers not to include a “Cash for Clunkers” provision in the economic stimulus bill. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a “minimal” payment to purchase a new car. This is a misguided attempt to spur car sales and claim that the country’s air quality or fleet fuel mileage is being improved.
  2. “Cash for Clunkers” programs threaten enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. The programs also risk destroying classic, historic and special-interest vehicles in our American heritage.
  3. Cars turned in for scrap often barely run, or are rarely-driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy or emissions.
  4. “Cash for Clunkers” programs will reduce the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts used by low-income drivers. It will also compete with the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart and other charities that rely on vehicle donations to raise money.

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