Surprise! Portland politicians want another new tax.

It really does get old after a while. This time, the target is "greenhouse gas producers." No telling yet who that is. It could be everyone who breathes.

And whoever it turns out to be, the new city carbon tax would certainly be passed on to consumers. Making this an even more unaffordable place to try to live.

To pay for what? "Portland’s climate initiatives, which include investments in clean energy, public transit and parks or natural areas."

Wait, didn't we just vote in another property tax increase for parks? (Looking it up...) Why, yes, we did.

"Public transit"? If it's a city tax, that must mean the streetcar. The rest of public transit is not the city's business. Do we need more streetcars? 

"Investments in clean energy"? More handouts for the Vesta types, I guess. Like we haven't done enough of that.

Don't get me wrong, I know the planet needs saving. But if you think Portland City Hall is going to lead the way, I've got an aerial tram I'd like to sell you.

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  1. A caption for your picture:

    "Good evening and welcome to another episode of 'To Tell the Truth.' All three of these women are actual city commissioners in Portland, Oregon but tonight contestants must identify the Lyft ride from hell."

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  2. Looks like this time they're not even going to put this one before the voters. Guess they now how unpopular it could be.

    "The bureau is seeking a City Council vote on the proposal before the end of this year in order to align with the city’s tax calendar, Oliveira said. It would require three yes votes from the five-person council for the proposal to take effect."

    And, if what they article says that they will be taxing what few manufacturers are left in Portland, I can already so those companies planning to move out of the area. But I also found it interesting that this tax could apply to hospitals. So much for holding down the cost of heath care.

    Unless the Portland city Council has the juice to go after the real contributors, China and India, thee effect of this will be like pissing in the ocean.

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  3. One, two, three, four, one, two
    Let me tell you how it will be
    There's one for you, nineteen for me
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don't take it all
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
    If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat
    If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    Don't ask me what I want it for
    (Ah ah, Mr. Wilson)
    If you don't want to pay some more
    (Ah ah, Mr. Heath)
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    Now my advice for those who die (taxman!)
    Declare the pennies on your eyes (taxman!)
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
    And you're working for no one but me (taxman!)
    Source: LyricFind
    Songwriters: George Harrison
    Taxman lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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