Spin it to Win it

A procedural trick can either save the public from a bad bill, or indicate a player who’s more concerned with winning than preserving the integrity of the game. But that’s how proponents of the unpopular illegal alien driver card bill passed in 2013 by the Legislature, SB 833, are trying to undermine the people's Veto Referral.

The referral’s title scrupulously conveyed its intent—to let the voter decide whether to uphold the new driver card for illegal aliens. In a beautiful example of government by the people, the voter, not the legislature, was slated to decide this matter.

But distrusting the voter to make the "right" decision, Reps. Vic Gilliam and Democrat Rep. Jessica Vega-Pederson, introduced HB 4054, to allow the Legislature to change the referral's title, erasing any mention of legal presence and instead, replacing it with a title so vague that even the most analytical voter may be confused by it.

Manipulated ElectionThe new title will be "to provide a driver card to applicant who is a resident, can prove some qualifications”. What are those? A utility bill? A pulse? The vague wording allows SB 833's advocates to create an illusion of safety-driven qualifications where none exist, leading an unwary voter to vote for it when he might have voted against it if he knew the “qualification” had nothing to do with legal presence in the U.S.

The poor sportsmanship inherent in hijacking the opposition's good faith effort after citizens followed all the rules creates two victims. One is the system itself, when the ruling class ignores the process. The other is public safety, as this claim is dubious at best. However, road safety is the hook that the driver card’s proponents need to grab unwary voters.

If SB 833’s advocates were as concerned with creating insured drivers as they profess, the bill would have demanded irrevocable pre-paid insurance for the life of the card. But SB 833 doesn’t do that. Instead, new card holders are as free to cancel their insurance as they were before 2008.

In fact, the insurance compliance rate among illegal aliens is so low that after new licenses were ended, the DMV admitted it didn’t notice any difference in non-compliance statistics. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering that illegal aliens are by definition, a law-breaking population.

Add to this glaring precautionary omission the boost a driver card will give foreign drug dealers. It will protect them from the automatic car searches that getting caught driving without a license would have triggered. SB 833 is in effect, a drug dealer’s business card. Given the fact SB 833 accepts the flimsy Matricula Consular I.D. card, a chronically dangerous illegal alien driver can get a new card whenever he needs to change his identity and start over, a trend law enforcement has noticed.

Aside from the nonsense of the driver card’s safety claim, the representatives’ contempt for the efforts of more than 74,000 voters should shame those who sponsored HB 4054. It passed out of the Rules Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and passed the House the next day.

--Lyneil Vandermolen, Clackamas County


Republican Family Values

Liberty In response to questions from Republicans around the state of Oregon, the Oregon Republican Party would like to remind everyone that the Dorchester conference is not an official Republican party event. It is an event founded and run by former Senator Bob Packwood. Senator Packwood explained that he designed the conference to try to pull the Republican party to the left on policy issues and that he originally set it up as a protest to exclude the official Republican party. The Oregon Republican Party welcomes everyone into our party to debate the issues, but we desire to make it clear that we have an official party platform stating our positions on relevant issues. The platform of the Oregon Republican Party is debated and modified at our Convention and is always available to view on our website.

Meet the One Percent, part 1: Heather Conroy and the SEIU Leadership

It's pretty clear by now.

"Income Inequality" is going to be the leftist squeal this election year. While these leftists kill jobs and opportunity with their anti-energy, environmental-extremist, regulatory regime, the unions, especially the public employee unions continue to carve out an elaborate economic exception for themselves. What's really sad is, as they clamor for an extreme increase in the minimum wage, the very people they claim to want to help will be cut off from training level jobs and basic employment. Raising the minimum wage, as is being proposed, is not only economically wrong, it's morally wrong.

He DID read the bill

Remember back to the early spring of 2010.  It was a gut wrenching time.  The tea party was just cutting its teeth at townhall meetings, holding Congress accountable for, among other things, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed during Christmastime by the Senate.  A common theme was outrage at politicians who pass bills, many of them thousands of pages long, without reading them.  Phones were jammed by both angered and supportive constituents giving an earful to whomever picked up the phone at their Congressional office.

A Question for Candidates for State Legislature

Every two years, all 60 State Representatives and half of the 30 State Senators in Oregon face election. You're likely to see them at a town hall meeting, Lincoln Day dinner, central committee meeting or to send them an email or post on their facebook. Each year, we citizens pepper them with questions about issues that we care about.

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