In the 2018 general election, Oregonians chose to continue down the path that the leadership of the Democratic Party of Oregon is taking us. More taxes are assuredly coming.
More resources will be available for schools, but no real reform of our educational system with better outcomes will happen.
No real solutions to our homelessness crisis will materialize, just sympathetic words for those suffering, and blame will be directed towards our federal government. No reforms allowing housing to be built affordably will occur, just the continuation of small-scale programs that build housing in an unaffordable manner, with subsidized affordability for the lucky few. No real efforts to treat the mentally ill will materialize.
No real efforts to help Oregonians understand what it takes to be healthy, such as a purposeful job or role in society, the avoidance of tobacco products, minimal use or avoidance of alcohol or mind-altering drugs, reduced obesity, and age appropriate physical activity.
Our bloated and inefficient health care delivery system is in need of real reform. Pricing transparency and competition in the delivery of services would be good places to start.
We will come to our crossroads when the next economic crisis befalls us. We will have to face our unsolved problems, and we will have to pay for the extremely expensive government that the Democratic Party leadership is creating for us. Their answer will be that we must raise taxes in a recession to pay for necessary government services. At that point, Oregonians will look for other solutions.
There is but one answer in times of both prosperity and in hardship, freedom. When government takes too much of the people’s hard-earned money, there is not enough left for innovation and entrepreneurship. Government inhibits the development of new goods and services through excessive regulations that tend to favor the established over the new. Powerful businesses and powerful state employee unions easily manipulate government, often to the detriment of the common good.
Good government is restrained, seeking to limit its own power and works very hard not to waste a single dollar of the people’s hard-earn money that are paid in fees and taxes. Good government sees itself in service of the people, not in charge of people’s lives.
In this forum, Oregon Crossroads, we will have honest discussions about the problems that we face, and how we can solve them. All manner of social, political, and economic problems will be discussed. There are no boundaries. Problems of local, state, national, and/or international nature will be our interest. We are interested in the ideas of the people, the people who live and work in the trenches of life.
The people are those who work day in and day out to provide goods and services, who toil in private sector or government jobs, who toil in non-profits, or who toil in the care of loved ones. We are not interested in this forum in the ideas of the professional politicians nor in the ideas of those who base their lives on the political process.
We are interested in the ideas that support liberty: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. We are interested in ideas that support ideas driven by the people, not by government leaders in Washington or in Salem.
We seek a new way, which is timeless. We trust in the people who from their experiences are fonts of innovative thought, creativity, and practicality.
Let us prepare for our crossroads…….
Bud Pierce, MD
Oregon Candidate for Governor 2016