Do you remember how the passage of Measures 66 & 67 would be a major impediment to economic growth and employment growth? Remember how passage of these measures will result in wealthy tax payers hightailing out of the state, resulting in a continually diminishing revenue base?
Do you remember how a vote for John Kitzhaber over Chris Dudley would be a vote for increased taxes over job creation? Do you remember how John Ktizhaber will continue with failed policies that will continue to stifle Oregon's economy until they are reveresed?
Do you remember all these things?
I'm only asking these questions as a response to this week's report released by the state's Employment Department Workforce and Economic Research Division which indicated a gain of 9,800 jobs throughout the state in February 2011.
Wait- what's that? The increased job-killing taxes under Measure 66 & 67 coupled with a continuation of the failed, job-killing policies of passed by Democratic Governors were supposed to, um, be job-killing. Or something like that. Let me rub my eyes and double-check those numbers....
Yep, I was not mistaken. The numbers are as clear as day: 9,800 jobs decidedly NOT killed in Oregon during the last full month of recorded data. This number is the total of seasonally adjusted, non-farm payroll jobs not killed around he state during the month of February. Before anyone suggests that of course job growth occurred shortly after Kitzhaber was sworn in, as he expanded the state payroll to find cushy jobs for all of his buddies, the report indicates that only 1,600 state government jobs were added during the month of February. This current trend of job growth- indeed, February marks the fifth straight month in which jobs are not getting killed around the state- is being fueld by the private sector, opposed to the public sector. In other words, the "job creators" are decidedly NOT flocking in droves to Camas, but are instead staying here in Oregon, creating jobs.
The only question I have is how the sly tricksters over at NW Republican are going to put their cynical and pessimistic spin on this bit of good economic news for the state of Oregon.