Euphemisms and American Revolutions


Former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh just testified in Salem about fixing the state’s tax system-that’s a euphemism for increasing taxes. He told legislators, “We are not elected to make only the easy decisions.”

First things first, Oregon government has a spending problem, and legislators have already made the easy decisions that led to this budget morass. They went on a spending binge during the boom years; when the party came to an end, the bill exceeded what was in the till.

Now, legislators, editors and the government class are beating the drum for leadership- that’s a euphemism for increasing taxes. Now, a former tax-increasing governor is pushing a heretofore irresponsible body to make a hard decision.

Some 46 other states have spending problems; many of them have sales, income, and property taxes. “Broadening the tax base” translates into more government spending, which ultimately means greater government control over our lives. That is, less liberty.

The Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Among the charges against the King of Great Britain: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Take a few minutes to reread the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps the Kings of Oregon need a refresher course about why we celebrate July 4.

Kurt T. Weber is vice president of Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland, Oregon based think tank.

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