The Bible, Taxation, and Measure 104

 

A Tax is A Tax – Vote Yes on Measure 104

 

This week we are addressing Oregon’s five ballot measures. We hope to generate some discussion of these as we prepare our 2018 Biblical Ballot Measure Voters Guide. We will be mailing the guides in early October. We’d like to hear from you before we finalize our comments. We also ask that you please request a copy of our VG by clicking the Subscribe button, and to volunteer to help us get them distributed, particularly to churches. You might also want to use your political action tax credit to divert some tax dollars you would send to the State of Oregon to instead help fund this project. Just click the Donate button.

Vote Yes on Measure 104

In 1 Samuel 8, an oppressive ruler is characterized as one who would tax the people at a rate of 10%. Currently, government takes about 45% of our productive labor. Each of us, on the av average,  work entry half of our week just to pay for taxes, both seen and unseen.

Why do most households today require two wage-earners? Why can’t most of us afford private schools for our children and grandchildren, more in keeping with our values? Why do Americans have so much debt, which tends to reduce our liberty? Too high a tax burden is surely one of the most significant reasons

Proverbs 30:15, 16

The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

Let’s add a fifth to the list – liberal politicians.

Someone once said that the art of taxation is to get as many feathers off the chicken as possible with he least amount of squawking. One of the major struggles in politics is between lawmakers who want more and more taxes, and voters, who want to pay less and less. Money is the lifeblood of government, and the more they get, the more control they will exercise.  It’s a double whammy – we have less money and more government control. Tax receipts have never been higher, but it’s just not enough, we are told.

In 1996. voters approved a ballot measure requiring a three-fifths supermajority vote in both House and Senate to raise taxes in Oregon. It wpas not a close vote. Since then, state legislators and the Oregon Supreme Court have found creative ways around the restriction.  Just this year, federal tax changes were passed, resulting in one billion dollars tax savings for 250,000 small businesses in Oregon. But by a simple majority vote, Oregon’s liberals kept this money as state revenue.

Measure 104 fixes the ambiguity, mandating that any increase in state revenue requires a supermajority vote. And it’s a Constitutional amendment, meaning it could only be altered by a vote of the people.

We urge your Yes vote on Measure 104.

 

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