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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Quick Cheer to Oregon
Deep in the weeds with teaching duties -- the Tuesday fourteen hour marathon is pretty obliterative, and Wednesdays I have MA Theses to read, so I suspect mid-week is going to be pretty low posting volume this Spring term -- but I did want to offer up three cheers to Oregon, who have turned the tide of faux-populist anti-tax neo-feudalism that has prevailed so idiotically and catastrophically for a generation, and scored a first victory for true populism, and progressive taxation to pay the price for the general welfare and better government without which modern civilization is impossible. The stunts (among them a stunningly stunted Democratic campaign) that put Naked Scotty Brown into a Massachusetts Senate seat for a couple years, shrinking by one seat the control by significant majorities of Democrats in both Houses of Congress and the White House might be what passes for The Big Story among millionaire Washington insiders and vapid punditocrats, but those who are looking at Massachusetts rather than Oregon to read their tea leaves in have some real shocks coming.