Kulongoski: Health care plan on tap; sales tax not
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said Friday he is planning to unveil a health care plan that could provide coverage to every child in the state, as well as poor and middle-class families.
Kulongoski, addressing a sold-out Portland Business Journal Power Breakfast crowd, also said that he supports "a consumption tax," but stopped short of saying that he'd back a statewide sales tax.
A "consumtion tax" is a sales tax, so he didn't "stop short" of saying anything. And he certainly won't stop short of taking your money.
Talking about Vermont and ex-governor Dean:
"He made it his objective that every child from prenatal to (the age of) 18 have access to health care," Kulongoski said. "And they now cover almost 100 percent." Dean subsequently rolled out the plan to middle-class families, Kulongoski added.
"So now every family in Vermont has some identification with someone in this plan," he said. "And none of the legislators want to cut the program because it isn't perceived as a public welfare program, it was a program all citizens had access to.
Democrats never do try to hide the fact they are are manipulative in their ways to fool the American people. Kulongoski is saying that we would never accept socialized medicine under one name but that they can slowly incorporate it into people's daily lives until we become numb to it. Kind of like boiling a frog.
"I do believe you need a consumption tax, but how do you get citizens to make that change?" he said.
Translation: I want a sales tax, how can I fool Oregon citizens into supporting it?
On the tax front, Kulongoski noted that because 70 percent of the state's revenues come from personal income taxes, recessions hit Oregon particularly hard.
Translation: Just because you have less money doesn't mean that government should have less money.