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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Playing Golf



We live a few miles from an exclusive golf resort, Bandon Dunes, a huge complex for serious golfers who enjoy playing on links with ocean views and panoramas resembling Scottish links.

This picture was not taken there.

Most of the locals would love to play golf; but, we can't afford the fees and the clothing, and the caddies, and the entire experience of Bandon Dunes.  Most of us will hit the ball at a miniature golf place, or in our backyards, or at a less expensive venue.

The trouble Oregon will have in the election at the end of this month is convincing citizens to up the business tax base. Our initial business tax is $10-ten dollars. Yes, ten dollars.  Prop. 66 and 67 ask the voters to reform this ordinance by making the tax commensurable to the income the business generates.

Fair. Equitable. 

The opposition contends that passing these propositions, upping business taxes and upping the percentage of income tax for folks with income above 250,000, doing that would imperil job creation.

Our caddies at Bandon Dunes are part-time college students. The number hired is proportional to the number of players who fly in on their private jets to play for the weekend. These folks are dropping an average of $3,000 for a few days of golf in an unspoiled paradise.  Charging a higher tax base will have no effect on the number of golfers or caddies. It will, however, have an effect on the number of teachers Bandon School District will layoff. 

The State coffers have fewer dollars for education; schools are forced to cut additional days and additional staff if these propositions fail.

Politics is a game we all play.

39 comments:

Madison said...

I understand where you are coming from. It's half of an argument that goes like this: Businesses will pay a higher tax and will not adjust any of the salaries of their hard-working employees or raise any prices. People who make $250K will not adjust their behavior in any way as the taxes rise. They will continue to vacation and play golf and over-tip. Teachers will be hired. Education will improve. The world will be well. If true, you're right. There's a big 'if' in there.

Helen said...

I already have my ballot marked and ready to drop off downtown tomorrow ......... Your blog name looked 'so right' with your post title today ~~ and funny too.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Love the way you weave your political commentary with an analogy! You are such a pro!!! (sorry...couldn't resist!) ~Janine XO

Brian Miller said...

our politics bleed beyonf election day too in how we live our lives and decisions we make. giving more than mouth service...

Shadow said...

politics is a game i can make no sense of.....

Maggie May said...

Al those bare arms and cotton shirts made me shiver! It is SO cold here.
Lovely to see your photos!

Who needs politics anyway!!!!

Nuts in May

Monkey Man said...

Yes on 66 and 67 - for sure.

Eva Gallant said...

good luck with that. We seem to have so many taxes in Maine that it's discouraging!

Gran said...

Please keep us updated on this!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Is that the PGA golf course? My uncle owns tons of property adjacent to the PGA golf course in Bandon and they keep offering him more and more money and he keeps turning them down. I should really get up there to visit him, he owns beach front too.

potsoc said...

I hope it works out as you wish.

Velva said...

This was interesting post. I enjoyed it. You expressed your thoughts very well and I totally agree with you.
By the way, I loved the analogy too.

willow said...

My little town is a big PGA town, and taxes are pretty darn high here.

Gail Morellen said...

Catching up on your posts --- I offer this: One would think these measures would be a slam dunk (to use another sports analogy) but you and I know how things are in Oregon.
Keep the faith, and thank you for writing.

Sophia said...

It seems like there is a tax for everything and anything, and even that is not enough! Ugh! Frustrating and discouraging, no?

Hope you have a good week. :)

Ribbon said...

I have to be honest in saying that I don't completely understand what is going on here as I haven't ever followed American politics in a big way.
I gather by what you are saying is that greed is alive and well and the basics for a healthy life are being ignored.

best wishes for improvements
Ribbon

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

$250,000 seems like such a fortune to me (on my teacher's salery).

Great post.

Margo said...

go rosaria! Hope this works out in the way you would like. I think it's best for these things to be dealt with on the state and local levels. A course with caddies paying only $10 sounds pretty ridiculous!

Hilary said...

Wonderful analogy.

Jazz said...

Interesting. Politics and Golf. Those two go so well hand in hand.

I wore those pants on Friday.

RNSANE said...

This all sounds pretty outrageous to me, Rosaria. It doesn't seem fair to me that businesses earning $250K can get away with paying minimal taxes and while their time away enjoying their time on luxurious greens, with vistas of the ocean while lower income workers bear the brunt of the taxes!

Fire Byrd said...

It does make the ideology of communism seem appealing. Except as we all know when it's actual it is as corrupt as any other system. The world is such a place of haves and have nots. We need to see our world as one world.
xx

Beth said...

Politics... are there any honest politicians? Or is that an oxymoron?

Reya Mellicker said...

Oregonians are extremely opinionated about taxes. You still don't have a sales tax, do you?

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Good post. Hope your props pass.

Berowne said...

>>"Politics is a game we all play."<<

Sorry to disagree. I don't think of politics as a game. It seems to me to be rather like living in an never-ending junior-high school class. :-)

Renee said...

I burst out laughing when you said this picture is not taken there.

har har

Beautiful granddaughter.
x
xoxo

cheshire wife said...

We have to have a general election, here in the UK, by June this year. The electioneering has started already and the election has yet to be called. By the time we get to the election I am sure that we will all be heartily fed up of politics.

Jennifer said...

$10 does seem ridiculously low, and I do agree with your points. However, I'd just like to point out that not all businesses generate millions or make their owners "rich." I am a small business owner, and on top of my regular income tax I have to pay business profits tax both federally and on the state level. I sure can't afford to jet to some location for the weekend to pay golf. I'm just a regular income person like everyone, but I am paying about 10% more in taxes than evryone else salaried.

So, yeah, businesses should pay much more than $10 - but what IS fair and right to all?

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I'm thinking you need to send this to your newspaper. Perfect piece.

Nancy said...

And we all need to keep our eye on the players. I always vote yes on all of the school bond props, no matter where we live. But Oregon has some serious taxes. Our kids live in Multnomah county and pay close to 11% income tax. Of course they are no where close to the $250 K at issue.

Are they really only $10 for the golf course?? Now that's a crime.

the walking man said...

Them with the most amount of money at their disposal must now pay for the services they stole that money from need. we labored to make their wealth then they cut our jobs. Seems like fair to me.

NitWit1 said...

As a small city official I fully understand the dilemma. My town is a city of retirees, retired largely from very large cities with much higher taxes. Everytime any group proposes an increase in any tax, they rise up in arms and defeat it.

Fortunately for the school district, the district covers a large rural area and several other small communities. The general population usually overrides the negative vote of my town.

Lori ann said...

I hope your vote is heard Rosaria, it is the voice of most sense, your analogy made this post interesting for me.

PurestGreen said...

The school is a business? I am confused. Why should a school district be paying business tax. Perhaps I am missing something.

thanks for your great and helpful comment on my blog.

tattytiara said...

How do we always let teachers fall to the bottom of the food chain when we all know that none of us would know how to feed ourselves without them, eh?

Man of Roma said...

The stone is thrown, Rosaria. No way of stopping it ormai.

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