In earlier posts, I covered the statewide ballot questions in Oregon and the local ballot questions In Portland. As the title indicates, this post is about some of the interesting ballot questions around America.
This post will not contain any opinion or commentary; furthermore, this post does not indorse nor discredit any political candidate. The purpose of this post is to give Oregonians information about Knute Buehler’s voting record during his time in the Oregon Legislature.
The verdict for this episode is: if the citizens of Washington, DC and Puerto Rico were overwhelmingly white evangelical Christians, they would have Congressional representation.
In this post, I discuss the questions on my ballot that aren’t statewide questions. I will tell you how I’m voting and why I’m voting the way I’m voting.
This post will tell you how I’m voting on each of the five statewide ballot questions in Oregon. In order to hopefully help you understand the often deliberately misleading ballot questions, I will also explain why I’m voting the way I’m voting. If my tendency to be nerdy is too much for you, I have included a bulleted list of key points to know for each question. If you find this information useful, please share it.
I voted for Bernie Sanders in 2016. I may vote for him in 2020. Mr. Sanders deserves a ton of credit for bringing progressive issues to the mainstream of American thought. His Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing out Subsidies bill (Stop Bezos Act) is a political stunt that would hurt many poor people.
Recent teacher strikes in places like Oklahoma and West Virginia have shown many how underpaid and unappreciated America’s teachers have become. Stories about teachers having to purchase basic school supplies have demonstrated the dedication of teachers, in spite of the constant disrespect. Stories of teachers having to take second jobs to pay their bills have highlighted the seriousness of the personal problems faced by those doing what may be the most important job in society. Stories of school districts going to four-day weeks to save money make it clear the current system is failing way too many of our students.
As the title indicates, here are a few quick thoughts about current political stories:
The verdict for this episode is: everyone involved with the disability community should learn about ABLE accounts.
The Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) allows people with qualifying disabilities to establish tax-free financial accounts. I’m going to answer the questions I had about ABLE accounts when I began researching them. When I discovered what I am going to share with you, I couldn’t wait to create my own ABLE account.
I will take the questions in the order I believe makes the most sense. If you have any comments about ABLE accounts, feel free to share.