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 commentary. Please request a copy 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 103
It’s a truism that government rulers never think they have enough money, and that voters always think the government has too much. Much of politics these days is the back and forth battle over the control of the citizens property, tightly connected to life and liberty. Measure 103 is a bit unique, being a preemptive strike, so to speak, in that battle. We like this new tactic. The best defense is often a good offense.
For years, Oregonians have successfully fought off attempts by liberals to impose a sales tax. That is largely because they believe that a sales tax will just be another way to increase total state taxation on our hard-earned money, no matter how they might message it.
If passed, this Measure would prohibit state and local governments from enacting taxes, fees, or assessments on the sale of groceries. Taxes on groceries are particularly objectionable, since food is necessary for simple survival. Grocery taxes strike hardest at the poor, since they spend a high proportion of their money on food.
Another good reason to vote for Measure 103 is the growing fad among taxing authorities to act like parents, manipulating what we should eat via high taxes on specific products. These attempts to dictate our food choices are particularly controlling, and highly restrictive of liberty. And, frankly, they are insulting!
Christians are urged to be wise as serpents (Matt. 10:16). As Israel entered the Promised Land, God taught them battle strategies, including feints, encirclement tactics, etc. (Judges 8). There were, of course, times when God miraculously destroyed her enemies. But for the most part, King Jesus wants us to be mature, wise, using good strategies and tactics to protect the resources He has entrusted to us. Manna ceased, and agriculture began when we entered the promised land.
Measure 103 is a preemptive measure, since there are currently no sales taxes in Oregon. It would put this ounce of prevention in the Constitution, meaning the Legislature could not enact such taxes without another vote of the people. This seems like a wise precaution, given our current Legislature, which seems to have an insatiable appetite for more and more money and. They are like the undisciplined man who must be “controlled by bit and bridle” (Ps. 32:8). This Measure, like Measure 104, is a bit in the horse’s mouth, ensuring future freedom from having even our daily bread taxed, eaten, by an out of control state government. We urge a Yes vote on Measure 103.