I just stumbled on what perhaps might be the dumbest editorial I have ever read.
From the Oregonian's guest writer Jim McDermott who chairs the litigation department of a Portland law firm and is a founding member of Equity Alliance Oregon comes this "opinion":
Now I don't know about you, but I don't know too many "Millionaires" and I sure don't know what "millionaires" have to do with family farms in Oregon. Once again, city dude trying to explain country life to other city dudes. Please, Portland, for the love of the rest of the state, SECEDE!
Here are the "millionaires" who want to end the Death Tax in Oregon: End Oregon Deathtax
You tell me: do they look like "fat cats" to you?
Why the "death tax" needs to end:
- Makes people pay to die — imposed at most vulnerable, emotional time
- Unfair, double tax
- Tramples on Oregon’s pioneering spirit by preventing families from building a better life for their children and grandchildren
- Forces families to break up long-term Oregon businesses
- Causes out-migration of businesses and jobs; motivates successful business people to leave the state
- Weakens us — Oregon is one of only three states west of the Mississippi with a death tax
- Makes up less than 1.5% of the general fund; while the phase out would draw new investments and revenue to the state