If you read nothing else in the Oregon Voter’s Pamphlet, be sure to treat yourself to a smile and check out the last “argument in favor” of Measure 37, the horribly ill-conceived attempt to trash our land use laws and Californicate Oregon. This is an inspired use of humor to reveal the ghastly truth about Measure 37, cleverly infiltrating the “for” section of the arguments for and against.
The sponsor of this “$$$ Make Money Fast With Measure 37! $$$” is Peter Bray, who promotes a must-see “Get Rich Quick With Measure 37!” web site in his argument. It’s clever, funny, and right on the money, so to speak.
With just a few carefully chosen photos and some pithy well-written commentary, Bray cuts to the core of what Measure 37 is all about: allowing a few landowners to make lots of money by screwing the environment and the interests of most Oregonians.
If Measure 37 passes, god forbid, Oregon citizens will be footing the bill (hundreds of millions of dollars a year, likely) to implement a law that will turn farmland into subdivisions, open beaches for all into gated vacation spots for the wealthy, wetlands into wastelands.
If you need more convincing to vote against Measure 37, head to the “Take A Closer Look” committee website: www.takeacloserlookoregon.org. Don’t confuse this with the www.takeacloserlook.com URL that I initially tried, as this redirects you to a site that urges you to take quite a different sort of closer look. Interesting and intriguing, surely, but definitely unrelated to land use issues.