The latest anti-union initiative petition isn’t even close to gathering signatures yet, but already the right-wing propagandists at the Oregonian editorial board are jumping into the ring, ready to fight for the interests of corporate CEOs and billionaires.
Today, the Oregonian editorial board came out with supportive words for Initiative Petition 9, which is the exact same kind of so-called “right to work” effort we’ve seen in other states led by right-wing politicians, like Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. They’re peddled by the corporate lobbyists at ALEC, and funded by billionaires like the infamous Koch Brothers.
Oregonians have watched those other states fall into the Tea Party abyss, and now it looks like the fight is coming here. IP9 is part of a concerted national effort by large corporations and billionaires to take away the voice of middle-class families. Initiatives like these are used to make sure that the rich keep getting richer, while the middle-class pays the price.
Nevada multimillionaire and amateur sex hypnotherapist Loren Parks has funneled at least $6,000 into IP9, and tobacco lobbyist Mark Nelson’s Signature Gathering Company of Oregon collected the sponsorship signatures for the effort.
Loren Parks has funneled millions of dollars into initiatives in the past decade and a half, primarily through Bill Sizemore and Kevin Mannix. Most of his initiatives would have slashed taxes for the rich and cut funds from schools and basic services. Public employee unions have been the main opposition to Parks’ and Sizemore’s agenda to cut taxes for the wealthy and drain money from Oregon classrooms.
The last time a “right to work” initiative was proposed, its chief sponsor was… you guessed it: Bill Sizemore. It was 2008, and it didn’t qualify for the ballot.
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