Wednesday, November 07, 2007

This means something. This is important.

Wormer's Oregon election scorecard-

WINNER: Measure 49 Supporters - A convincing win like yesterday is great but we need to remain vigilant. The pro-sprawl, anti-Oregon land use knuckleheads Oregonians in Action have already promised they'll be back. They won't rest until the entire state consists of Ikeas so let's not forget that.

LOSER: Kids Without Health Insurance - the constitutional amendment issue raised by Measure 50 proved troubling even to progressives. I'm sympathetic but as far as I'm concerned that ship has sailed. The constitution's already a mess and we aren't going to fix it without rewriting the whole damn thing.

WINNER: Smokers - although I still get offended when they refer to themselves as a minority. Smoking, like religion, is a choice.

WINNER: $$$ in Politics

LOSER (S): People Who Watch Television in October/ November - We had our own little version of the Harry and Louise ads sponsored by the tobacco industry and I don't think I'm alone in saying they were supremely annoying. I don't know about you but any couple that spends every waking moment sitting at a laptop worrying about baloot initiatives needs to face 30 lashes with a wet noodle. In order for a commercial to be effective it would have to invoke empathy and I HATED that couple too much to identify with their tobacco-industry message.


Don Snabulus said...

I am in Philly at the moment so I am happy to say I get my local news from the Dean.

I am very glad 49 won. Not sure how it affects existing BS claims, but at least it brings some sanity back to the developer tax fraud money giveaway.

I voted Yes on 50 mainly because of the tobacco funding against it. Not the best reason I guess, but the Constitution argument talking point was BS. No tax in Oregon can change without changing the Constitution, so the argument is specious. It took a Constitutional amendment to limit property tax increases, but nobody worried about "messing with the Constitution" then, much to all our detriment.

Our medical situation in the USA is disgusting. Something permanent and lasting needs to be done.

Swinebread said...

I was glad about 49, sad about 50.

ladybug said...

God, someone else who hated those "we're rich because we don't have kids" folks! They WERE annoying! and with all the stupid tax scare can just see how suburbanites were "afeered" for their 401k/403b's - sheesh.

At least 49 passed...I sure don't want our coast to turn into California's!

Dean Wormer said...

Have fun in Philly, Snab.

Agreed, Swine.

Annoying as hell, ladybug. Annoying as hell.