133: That’s the total if you add the numbers 66 and 67 together, as in Measures 66 and 67. Two hotly debated bills that Oregon voters will decide by tonight. I’ve heard plenty of arguments for each, and a few against, but one stance against was worthy of expounding upon.
“They are just going to waste this money like they do all the time. 720 million and we won’t have anything to show for it.” “Hmmm, quite interesting.” I usually shy away from the political rhetoric since it’s daily conversation around the office, and certainly am careful to avoid the criticism and bashing, but somehow that theory has some weight, maybe even a little traction.
While few can argue with the need for our schools and public safety entities to be better funded (which is where this whole thing started, remember 57?) I had to give some credence to this concept (read: fear) of us rushing into this fight with the wealthy and business communities only to see no real, tangible difference in the areas of most need. Where could the money go you ask? Great question! I have no idea, but let’s not elect to reside in the foggy abyss of fiscal and political confidence. I mean, some strange things have happened over there. The ballots will trickle (or pour) in over the next few hours, but what we should really be focused on is more accountability and higher expectations. With or without more money, if we don’t steward it properly we will find ourselves in the same boat we floated in on, and it will continue to sink.