Home Archives December 2006 No protection from the laws of economics

No protection from the laws of economics

| Print |  Email
Friday, December 01, 2006

Marvin Kaiser’s column in the October issue [AN INVESTMENT LESSON], when stripped of all of the informative statistics and prophecies of doom, really boils down to a classic non sequitur: The Oregon University System is underfunded, therefore Measure 48 is a bad idea.

If the Colorado experiment proves anything, it may only be that governments are incapable of making tough choices and prioritizing which services they wish to adequately fund, even when a gun is held to their heads.

Professor Kaiser is simply one more spokesman for one more government constituency who believes that his branch/department/bureau/fiefdom sits on a much higher plane than all of society’s other little platoons and should be immune from the laws of economics.

All Measure 48 would do is force those who write our appropriations bills to make the tough decisions we elected them to make.

Sean M. Smith
Roseburg

 

More Articles

Shuffling the Deck

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JON BELL

Oregon tribes still bet on casinos.


Read more...

Political Clout

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Businesses spend billions of dollars each year trying to influence political decision makers by piling money into campaigns.


Read more...

Revenge Forestry

November/December 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

A flare-up in the Elliott Forest raises questions about détente in Oregon’s timber wars.


Read more...

Semiconductor purgatory

News
Monday, October 06, 2014
roundup-logo-thumb-14BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Intel's manufacturing way station; Merkley's attack dog; Diamond Foods gets into the innovation business.


Read more...

100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon [VIDEO]

News
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Screen shot 2014-10-02 at 11.17.21 AMMore than 5,500 employees from 180 organizations throughout the state participated in the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon project.


Read more...

Gone Girl

News
Monday, September 29, 2014
roundup-logo-thumb-14BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Wehby disappears, Kitzhaber fails to disclose and Seattle gets bike share before Portland.


Read more...

The clean fuels opportunity

News
Monday, November 10, 2014
111014-dirtyfuel-thumbBY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS