And this will be the default situation in every city across the nation if Teflon Killary is elected the next President.
State Rep. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, used her three-minute address at the recent Democratic National Convention to boast about progressive advances embraced by the state and implore voters to empower Hillary Clinton to impose them on a national level.
“Just like Hillary,” Kotek said, “Oregon Democrats and Democratic state legislators across the country are proud to stand up for the hardworking people we represent. We have been leading the country by advancing progressive policies that level the playing field and create an economy that works for all Americans.”
Her address was vague on the details of this miracle because, in fact, unless you’re a well-compensated member of a government employee union, the liberal legislation advanced in this notoriously one-party state doesn’t work for all Oregonians, let alone all Americans.
Data compiled by Oregon economist Dr. Eric Fruits finds that on many measures of advancement, Oregon has fallen behind. The analysis, published by Freedom Foundation, titled “Oregon: State of Wonder, State of Failure,” highlights and documents the state’s slide under progressive policies. The report exposes Kotek’s hollow words and the devastation wrought by generations of liberal dogma passing for governance in the Beaver State.
Among Fruits’ findings in the report:
• Since 1986, “the U.S. Department of Education reports national graduation rates have improved by 10 percentage points to 82 percent. By contrast, Oregon’s 2014 graduation rates have stagnated. At 72 percent, Oregon has one of the worst graduation rates in the country.”
• “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports Oregon’s unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, which is just above the national average of 4.9 percent. This spot of so-so news belies the fact that over the past 30 years or so, Oregon has frequently been in the top 10 for having the highest unemployment.”
• “Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Oregon’s youth had roughly the same employment prospects as the rest of the U.S. As soon as Oregon’s minimum wage began rising against the federal minimum wage in the late 1990s, the state’s youth unemployment situation worsened.”
• “Oregon has had the highest rate of underemployment in seven of the past 13 years. Bottom line: Less than half of Oregon’s population is working. The state has fewer people looking for work.”
• “Since the Great Recession, the cost of living in Oregon has grown to be almost 30 percent higher than the national average, driven largely by skyrocketing housing costs, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. Over the past year, the BLS consumer price index reports housing prices and rents have increased by 6 percent.”
“Democratic leaders in the state are fighting to get it done,” bragged Kotek at the Democratic National Convention.
That’s the problem.
For the past 30 years, Oregon has turned its back on policies that work for all Oregonians in favor of a “progressive” agenda focused on playing favorites and settling scores.
Kotek wants to apply the Oregon formula to the nation as a whole? Imagine that report in 30 years.