Letter to the editor of Herald and News by
Werner Reschke, Republican for State Representative 9/10/16
Our country was founded on the
truth of a Creator who gave humanity the unalienable rights
of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The Founders then constructed a
constitutional government of, by and for the people to
protect those natural rights.
The Founders continued with
the Bill of Rights which included free speech, freedom
of religion, freedom of the press, the right to bear
arms and so forth. Then the 10th Amendment assigned the
rest of the responsibilities, not expressly written in
the Constitution, to two groups: state governments and
Fifty-one of the 55
founders (93 percent) held a Christian worldview. This
overwhelming super-majority believed in a higher power
over government. They also believed the only fair
government is one limited in size and scope, subject to
the people it serves.
In Oregon this is not the
case. State government cranks out thousands of new
regulations each year.
In addition, over the past
nine years state revenue has increased 28 percent to
record levels. Oregon’s government continues to grow and
yet this is not enough.
Case in point is Ballot
Measure 97 which plans a massive increase to state
revenue by $3 billion a year. Measure 97 will tax the
sales of corporations generating $25 million or more
each year. This means grocery stores, gas stations,
pharmacies and utilities will pay this new sales tax.
These business will then pass those increases along to
the rest of us. In the end, Oregonians will be worse off
— $3 billion worse off each year.
Enough. As your state
representative I will say “no” to tax increases and bad
ideas such as these generated by liberals in Portland,
Salem and Eugene. Instead, I will champion the rural
Oregon values of liberty and personal responsibility,
not more government.
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