The Problem with PAYGO

By Bill Street

There are some in Clackamas County who believe that all government spending is bad. They seem to think that tax dollars once collected are piled on the floor of the Red Soils campus and lit on fire while our commissioners dance around, reciting ancient Celtic incantations. We know from firsthand knowledge that our commissioners can dance, but that does not prove they know any Celtic chants.

Now a group of Blue Dog Democrat congressional representatives have signed a letter decrying that the PAYGO guideline was ignored when passing the Dreamer Protection Act. So what is PAYGO, and should we care?

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LOOKING AT SALEM: Ah, the Noble Martyr Dodging the Bullet . . . For Now

By Peter Toll

“What we’ve got here,” said the hard-boiled Southern prison captain with an ominous pause, “is failure to communicate.” What we have here, said the weathered observer of Salem’s political machinations, is not a failure to communicate. Instead, it is a failure to acknowledge defeat, admitting when you’ve lost, you’ve lost.

And that is a breakdown of the social contract by which we all live every day.

The prison overseer in the movie, actor Strother Martin, was the hard guy authority figure. The target of his nasty tone was actor Paul Newman playing a dedicated loner who drank too much and got caught taking a big-ass bolt cutter to a parking meter. 

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Democrats Fare Very Well in Non-Partisan Clackamas Races


Clackamas Democrats don’t sit on their hands in so-called non-partisan elections. They know candidates have values, and they work for and support those candidates who share their values. (Endorsed candidates in bold.)

In the case of Tuesday’s special district elections with 77 overall races, Clackamas Democrats won eight of the 11 contested races they worked on. Many races were uncontested but worth mentioning is Betty Reynolds, of West Linn. She won election to the Clackamas Community College board; she was appointed a few months ago to a vacant slot and was unopposed.

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