Hazel M. Wheeler

wrote, two hours ago

It isn’t surprising that corporations are circling their wagons; here in Oregon we have the lowest corporate taxes in the US, and corporations want to keep it that way. In fact, that tax rate is abysmally low, and we can see that in our communities: our schools are underfunded; many of our citizens– both young and old– have unmet health care needs; demand for senior services is growing and yet these corporations fail to acknowledge their responsibility to contribute to the lives of the communities around them.

The fact that big corporations are already leaning on the non-profits they donate to by trying to silence their support for Measure 97 is indicative of what we are going to see in the future months. Mega-corporations will pay millions to fight this measure rather than pay their fair share and support the human beings in the state they exist in. We Oregonians work for you. We Oregonians deserve better. I’m looking forward to this measure passing, for everyone’s sake.

It is the considered policy, since the latter part of last year, for the Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, to support the ballot measure which imposes a new minimum corporate tax; we [the Imperial We: me, myself, and I] gathered signatures, at least 20 or 30, and turned the pages in to Herschel Soles, the at that time elected vice-president of the so-called Eastside democratic Club.

The reason for Ms Wheeler’s comment was the revelation that the large corporations (at least one of them) are leaning on the Non-governmental organizations of the State of Oregon [“leaning” is defined by “not giving any further contribution to”]. That is what we citizens of the North American Corporate Shill Country have come to expect.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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