Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Concessions Being Drafted Now

In a Very Special Election yesterday, Oregon voters passed two tax increases, and the votes weren't even terribly close as these things go: measure 66 passed 54% - 46% and measure 67 passed 53% - 47%, meaning the wealthiest households and businesses (respectively) will henceforth pay a little more to the state, and, more importantly, that Oregon will continue to have a functional public sector. It's good to know that somewhere, not far from here, a road might be repaired, a school might remain open for five days a week, and that someone will be there to answer 911 calls (and the someone won't be a contractor for Halliburton charging by the minute). This vote makes these eventualities slightly less likely for a while.

This assumes, of course, that the 41-member Senate GOP supermajority in Washington doesn't momentarily forget its principled passion for states' rights and overturn the vote. My expectation is that in tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama will outline the concessions that he and the Senate Democrats have already made to accede to the 41-Republican supermajority's mighty sway on this matter -- among many other matters, of course. Elections have consequences!

Well done, voters of Oregon.

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