The Corner

Public Sector v. Private Sector

An Oregonian responds to my piece on the recent tax increases there:

As a lifetime resident of Oregon, small business owner and one of the earners this new tax increase will affect I read your article and thought something is missing.

What is missing is that Oregon is one of the states that is at the forefront of turning the Public sector against the Private sector. As the private sector has continued to shrink here, the public sector has continued to grow. What we are left with is a continual monopoly of liberal democrats in power at the state and local level and a populace that is dependent on the income of the few to pay for the expenses of the many. Every year or two a new tax is proposed, sometimes they pass, sometimes they don’t, but mostly they pass. It is so frustrating as a person that works 60-70 hours per week to see this. I see this latest vote as the final proof that the public sector now has control of this state.

That’s the trend, and not just in Oregon. As our editorial on the SOTU noted, “The proposal to forgive student-loan debt on special terms for people who go into ‘public service’ typifies this administration’s attitude toward the economy: Producing wealth is less noble than rearranging it.”

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