To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
"It got voted down by 80% of the populace!
posted on 03/19/2003 3:34:25 PM PST
by Sam Cree
To: Sam Cree
Speaking of Oregon, here is a recent editorial in this weeks Barron's financial magazine....
Oregonians made their own decisions about school funding
IF IT WEREN'T for the cartoon strip "Doonesbury," we might never have heard that an indifferent cowboy hat in the White House is responsible for the death of public education in Portland, Ore. By the time news from Oregon reaches our corner of the Eastern Seaboard, it is usually drowned out by the incessant clamor generated in California. It took a comic strip to let us know that, for lack of funds, Portland would have to close its schools five weeks early this year.
"Mr. President," the cartoon hat is asked at a cartoon press conference, "how do you justify a costly, discretionary war when we can't even afford to keep our schools open." The hat replies that it's all part of his education policy, which is "Leave no child behind, except in Oregon and a few other loser states."
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau milked the situation for laughs at the hat's expense in nine daily strips. Imagine our surprise when we found that his hat's description of Oregon was on target. Loser state, indeed.
The crisis in public funding for education in Portland and most of the rest of Oregon was deliberately constructed and approved by the voters, who made the state income tax the source of 70% of school funding and limited local property tax rates to 0.5%, who turned down a state referendum for an emergency income-tax increase when times got tough, who have made a sales tax anathema in the state, and who have decided that being 17th in the nation in total dollars expended per pupil is good enough, and maybe a little too good.
They made their choices. If the hat fits, Oregonians should wear it."""
END of editorial
Looks like people in Oregon still have a few things to learn.
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