Yea, I know … we’re not Oregon

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . .Yea … I know .. we’re not Oregon … but it just might be worth looking at what they are doing …

Oregon’s Tax the Wealthy and Corporations measures win big … by David Safier … excerpted …

Oregon voters passed two tax hikes Tuesday: one to raise taxes on people with taxable incomes over $125,000 ($250,000 for couples) and the other to increase taxes on corporations. The margin was 54-46.

In case you’re thinking this is typical of “progressive Oregon”: The double-barreled victory is the first voter-approved statewide income tax increase since the 1930s. . . . Voters rejected income tax increases twice in recent years.

And, though the biggest margins were in the urban areas, Even in more conservative areas, support was stronger than expected.
The strategy employed by the supporters of the measure was geared toward creating an emotional reaction that would offset the “job losses” meme Republicans use every time they fight against corporate taxes.

Tuesday’s strong support also validated a strategy by Democratic lawmakers to single out the rich and corporations for targeted tax increases.

Campaign ads by supporters highlighted banks and credit card companies and showed images of well-dressed people stepping off private jets. They also hammered on the $10 minimum tax that most corporations have paid since its inception in 1931.

Those messages helped counter warnings by opponents that the taxes would lead to job losses, worsening the state’s 11 percent unemployment rate, and prompt wealthy residents to move elsewhere.

Read entire article at …
http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2010/01/oregons-tax-the-wealthy-and-corporations-measures-win big.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlogForArizona+%28Blog+For+Arizona%29

I realize this is difficult when our state senate leadership consists of Russell Pearce, the divide and conquer, flame throwing, red-meat baiting advocate of the East Valley Republicans.

Difficult but not impossible … he can be given an exit by either voting him out or a recall vote … but in either case it requires us to get off our butt.

… “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

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