by Daniel N. White
March 19, 2010
I liked living in Portland some. It had its good parts–a living downtown, the remains of an industrial background to where you could get things useful done, but I didn’t care much for its inhabitants, far too many of whom were mentally constipated white people who were happy to do retarded white people things. Like pass their own property tax limitation measure in ’96, a knockoff of California’s Prop. 13, fully aware by then of how badly Prop.13 had crippled California’s schools and economic future, and had inflicted gross tax inequalities on the young at the benefit of their parents’ generation. Didn’t matter to those bozos. Portland is still coasting on its Tom McCall reputation from the ’70′s, and the longer I lived in the state the more I wondered how a progressive Republican ever managed to get political power there and do all the worthwhile things he did in his day. With its severe drawbacks (shitty weather and unpleasant inhabitants) I can’t recommend it as a place to live for very long. Oregonians are near as full of themselves and their state as Texans are, for a lot less reason. One of the state’s great drawbacks, one that isn’t apparent or ever talked about by the residents there, is how much the timber industry still runs that state. This despite the gross decline of the timber industry in size, employment, you name the measure timber is bad sick.
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