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Republicans offer treats, deliver tricks


With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s a perfect time for us to admit that the Oregon House Republicans have become devilishly-good at masking their failed leadership in the Oregon House. During the Republicans sixteen-year reign, the Oregon House has resembled a haunted house rather than a democratic institution of governance.

Why have Oregonians stood for this? How have House Republicans repeatedly convinced voters to give them another chance? The answer is easy.

House Republicans have paid millions of dollars to political spin-meisters to develop their version of “Trick or Treat”—slick one-liners that offer “treats” to voters in the form of campaign promises that “trick” them into casting votes for House Republican candidates.

In fact, in the 2005 legislative session, there were no “treats” for the voters of Oregon. The House Republicans broke every single one of their promises.

Let’s pull the disguise off of the top four campaign promises made by every House Republican candidate in 2004:

House Republican Treat #1 - "Fund education first."

The Trick – Sounds simple, right? Promise that education will be given first priority over other spending, by simply approving the education budget before all the rest. Pretty straight forward, right?

The House Republican leadership couldn't even deliver on the simple promise of funding education first. By the time the House Republicans got around to pushing through their inadequate schools budget, more than 140 other budgets had already been approved!

Even worse, House Republicans proposed a schools budget that under funded Oregon schools by more than $250 million. Further, they proposed a funding scheme that would have chopped more than $2.6 billion from school budgets had it been law during the past decade. Not surprisingly given their corporate special interest backing, their plan would also have eliminated corporate responsibility for funding Oregon schools.

House Republican Treat #2 - "Create a rainy day fund and establish a spending limit."

The Trick - The House Republicans did neither. They actually defeated, on a party line vote, a Democratic proposal for a responsible rainy day fund. The only spending limit the Republicans passed actually cut and capped spending on our schools! The House Democrats proposed a spending limit that would have actually gone after the biggest area of waste in state government - tax giveaways and loopholes. This proposal would have limited growth of the approximately $12 billion monster that the state spends every biennium on wasteful tax give-a-ways. This proposal was rejected on a party line vote by the House Republicans.

House Republican Treat #3 - "No new taxes."

The Trick - The House Republican policies of pushing through massive tax give-a-ways for the wealthy and large corporations, in fact, have created hundreds of new taxes for middle and working class Oregonians in the form of fees. In 2005, the Oregon House passed more than two dozen new fees, which, by in large, are paid for by regular Oregonians who need the vital services government provides. Parents with kids in school are forced to pay new taxes in the form of fees for sports, band, theater and even books. This is just one example of the new taxes being created by the House Republicans. In the meantime, the House Republicans proposed a new $500 million tax give-a-way for the wealthiest Oregonians -- that's a sum bigger than the budget for the entire community college system.

House Republican Treat #4 - "Make sure tax dollars are spent in the classroom."

The Trick - This may be the most disingenuous of all House Republican promises. The House Republicans teamed up with the lobbyists for school bureaucrats to kill two major Democratic proposals that would have guaranteed that our precious tax dollars are spent educating our kids and not on red tape. The House Republicans killed the creation of a statewide teacher health insurance pool that would have put up to $100 million more into the classroom. They also voted down, on a party line vote, a House Democrats proposal to eliminate golden parachute buy outs for school administrators. These golden parachutes can cost tax payers millions of dollars just to bring in more competent school principals and superintendents.

October 27, 2005 by Jon Isaacs, Executive Director
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yur folks don't seem too jazzed 'bout yur blog. ('cept buckley who's problee awake) zzzzzzzzz

Posted by: Sally | Oct 29, 2005 5:03:54 PM


Thanks for the post. The problem with this Tricks or Treats info is that none of it is surprising. After five years of the Bush administration saying one thing and doing the opposite, and a number of years of the Oregon GOP doing the same, people read this info and place it in the well established catagory of Republican deception.

It's going to be a huge breath of fresh air for Oregon in 2007 when we regain the majority in the House and we have a legislature that works openly and honestly in the interests of all Oregonians.

Posted by: Rep. Peter Buckley | Oct 30, 2005 9:31:23 AM


I suppose yur idea of a "huge breath of fresh air for Oregon in 2007" means;
1. tax increases
2. defiance of federal real ID bill so that ILLEGAL Aliens can continue to get drivers licenses in Oregon
( http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/)

WAKE UP buckley>>


ya gotta understand what's goin' on buckley, and
quit bein' such a dang partisan HACK

4.Sanctiioning the CORRUPT SOS
5.Deny us "Jessica's" bill---AGAIN.

Ya see buckley---if you think for a minute that yur party is clean and pure we're gonna expose all of your dirty laundry. (unless Issacs removes these posts ---That's CS Issacs)

What the heck are you proposing buckley that you folks have that's gonna make us so better off wit you in power?

Higher taxes, abortion, loss of property rights, corrupt judges, corrupt SOS, another KW who votes against the Meth bills>>> Illegal aliens blledin' us dry?

I could go on & on.

Posted by: Sally | Oct 30, 2005 8:36:00 PM

This ones fur you buckley


Tell me you knew 'bout this corruption allowed by lorna youngs, bruce warner, kuongowski, bradbury, et al.

Posted by: Sally | Oct 30, 2005 8:40:36 PM


Jeez, what's the color of the sky on your planet? I guess you can go on and on, but why don't we go on and on about things that actually make sense?

Why don't you ask why you are shouldering a higher tax burden now than you were 16 years ago and getting less in return, and why don't you follow the money to the GOP tax cuts and loopholes that reach into the billions in the tax expenditures listings for our state government?

Are you better off now than you were before the GOP took control of the budget in Oregon and the US? If so, you are part of a very, very, very small percentage of people here.

And don't even start on corruption unless you want to start with Bush, Inc. on the national level and the stranglehold that special interests have with the House majority office in Salem. Come back when you want to discuss issues that actually have an impact in our state.

You're worried about illegal workers? Great. Let's set out to increase the penalties on the companies that employ them. I'm up for that, are you? You're worried about abortions? Great. Let's go after the PROVEN methods to reduce abortions, such as access to contreceptives and fact based sexual education.

You want to talk property rights? Great. We backed and continue to back the right of people to build homes on their own property--the lot of record proposal--that has been shot down over and over again by high powered developers who want all land use laws thrown out in our state so they can profit, no matter what the effect is on the rest of us.

You want to talk about the rights of gays and lesbians? Be glad to. Every Oregonian deserves the same civil rights, that's why we back civil unions. You don't believe every Oregonian deserves the same civil rights? Why? And why do you think you get to decide that?

I'll talk about any issue you want, but please try to stay in the realm of reality.

I love it when folks who disagree with me go for cheap shots and attempted labels like "partisan hack." To my mind, that's always a clear indication that they have nothing substantial to back up their points of view.

I'm a proud member of the Democratic Party, and I use my full name when I state my views on this blog and every other public forum. Your last post, like many other posts that have been placed on this blog since we started, represents the politics of tantrum that we're going to end in Oregon. You can join in the discussion and work for solutions with us anytime you want, you're more than welcome. But if you just want to rant, rave, slash and burn, I don't know what we can do for you. We're moving forward, and you are welcome to join us at any time.

Posted by: Rep. Peter Buckley | Oct 30, 2005 10:03:19 PM


By all means continue to post on this website. Your angry posts provide the perfect validation to the House Democrats' promise to bring civility, integrity, moderation and cooperation back to the Oregon legislature. Your extreme views and your extreme rhetoric have dominated the legislative agenda for the past 16 years. The House Democrats will put an end to the nastiest reflected in your comments.

Posted by: Jon Isaacs | Oct 31, 2005 9:59:23 AM

Let't all 'pretend' that anyone who broadcasts on KXL or KPAM is promoting hate speech. Our way of responding could be to remain silent and refusing to legitimate their rhetoric by responding. The purpose of such institutions is to pollute the media with noise, true or not. Every time we continue to 'refute' their propaganda we are participating in the destruction of intelligent discourse.

Posted by: bryan | Oct 11, 2006 6:37:18 PM

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