Every week I report on more depressingly weird stuff in my native state of Oregon. I was born in Salem (the capital), raised in Bend (Central Oregon High Desert country), and had/have a whole passel of Norwegian relatives in the hills of Silverton (the Willamette Valley, an hour southeast of Portland).
Central Oregon was not only a sportsman’s paradise with, as I wrote in 2012, “the nation’s finest fishing, skiing, boating, hunting, golf and other recreational activities.” It’s also cowboy country, with ranches far and wide. The Willamette Valley is home to some of the best agriculture — strawberries, filberts (hazelnuts to you yuppies), pear trees, grass seed, and even vineyards.
Oregon was home to a successful logging industry until the environmental whackos took over and wanted to protect spotted owls and refused, in spite of repeated warnings, to eradicate the pine beetle with low-concentration spraying. Now the owls and beetles are plentiful, and loggers in Oregon are nearly extinct, or at least as rare as the mythical Sasquatch.
Pretty much every negative change in Oregon, economically and morally, has been at the hands of leftist legislators. I cringe weekly as more horrible stuff is reported in Oregon. Like the Hillsboro School District that “recently banned all ‘religious-themed Christmas decorations’ .” Or the article that touted, “Oregon Wins Prize as Worst State to Raise Children.” If there are Occupy Wall Street riots, Black Lives Matter Riots, or other lawless, anti-free market, anarchist riots — you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll find them in Portland, Oregon.
Just yesterday Neil Cavuto interviewed Portland Commissioner Steve Novick, who was bragging that the Portland City Commission had passed a surtax on CEO’s making too much money. As written at Fortune:
In an effort to combat income inequality, the city of Portland, Ore., has voted to tax companies that pay their CEOs more than 100 times what they pay their average workers.
The new surtax is the first of first-of-its kind in the U.S., Portland officials first told the New York Times. It will be added to the city’s business income tax, which about 550 publicly traded companies currently pay there.
Chief executives who earn 100 times what their median worker makes will pay an additional 10% tax, while others with a CEO-worker pay ratio of 250-to-1 will pay an additional 25%, the Times reports. Overall, the new tax is estimated to generate $2.5 million to $3.5 million a year for the city’s general fund.
Just let that sink in. Karl Marx, were he alive, would be applauding. Portland, and Oregon statewide, are already too confiscatory, chasing businesses from our state like lemmings to the sea. And now some genius, or geniuses, has decided that wealth redistribution is a good thing. Marxism, thy name is Portland.
Well, now that I’ve given you a sampling of the depressing daily news that is my world as I fight to restore sanity to my beloved state, let me share a story that will cheer you up.
You see, if you visit my beautiful state, by all means have a wonderful meal at one of the top-tier Portland eateries. After which, get the heck out of dodge!
Travel south, travel west, travel east, and encounter not only some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States of America, but also meet salt of the earth, common sense conservative people. They’re baffled by the loons in Multnomah (Portland) and Lane (Eugene) counties, but they keep on living quiet, solid lives.
And one such everyday hero is 28-year-old cowboy Robert Borba. Borba works on a ranch outside of Eagle Point, Oregon — about 280 miles due south of Portland. Watch this video and feel a little bit of the nostalgia and pride I take in my home state. Beneath the horrible veneer of the imported Progressivism is a state chock-full of decent people. Enjoy!