Hiram Asmuth 
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Re: “LIVE BLOG! The Street Fee! The Kobayashi Maru Edition!


With all due respect, when you say "it'll show how little respect the half dozen loudmouthed Portland Tea Partiers really have", you exhibit that you have no idea who is against this TAX because you are clearly for it.

I could say that it's possible you work for the City, but that wouldn't make it so. I don't know any of the Tea Partiers you refer to that vocally have opposed this, and I've been in opposition since day 1. There are conservatives and liberals alike that are incensed at this money grab for special projects.

This effort to bilk money from us to replace what THEY(the City) stole for special projects while ignoring BASIC MAINTENANCE for decades would be akin to you handing your teenager a credit card to go buy a cellphone for $200, and the young person coming back home after maxing out your card for $5,000 for a studio recording session with no phone, apologizing, and asking you for $500 for a cellphone.

You can harbor resentment towards Mr. McCullough all you want, but at least explain if you think HIS math is wrong, as massive errors throughout the City documents were brought up by Mr. McCullough and multiple citizens last night, WHY Mr. Hales or Mr. Novick did not defend those business tax estimates. They didn't even attempt to.

My guess is perhaps they are embarrassed about being off on tax estimates and miscategorizing thousands of businesses. If I had messed up that badly on an assignment, I would be concerned about keeping my job. And they should be. It's an insult to our entire city's intelligence they even proposed it without having the slightest clue if their calculations actually made sense!

As a bleeding heart, tree hugging liberal with Socialist tendencies, I can tell you I have no problem with taxation WITH represention, and no problem with paying for something in an equitable way that actually does benefit society. These ridiculous plans the City keeps coming up with are nothing of the sort! If you read the documents of these City plans, you will see that.

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 01/09/2015 at 8:21 PM

Re: “A Key Operative in Fluoride, Water Fights Says He's On Board for Recall Campaign


Based on your above comment, my guess is you haven't been living in Portland long enough to know what's going on. None of the above is a theory. This has all been documented and reported. But don't take my word for it. For your information, feel free to read:

"coincidentally the City announced rate hikes two days after": http://www.katu.com/news/investigators/Por…

"exorbitant water rates": http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.s…

"unnecessary pet projects": http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.s…

more unnecessary pet projects: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.s…

more unnecessary pet projects: http://bojack.org/2010/02/panel_blasts_usi…

more unnecessary pet projects:

"E. Coli boil notice (even though that was discovered a few days before the vote": http://mtna-landuse.blogspot.com/2014/05/b…

$2,000 office chairs: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.s…

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 07/20/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “A Key Operative in Fluoride, Water Fights Says He's On Board for Recall Campaign

Euphonius, did you actually read the article you linked above in your comment when you stated "Encore..used questionable tactics."?

"Hand them the board." is not questionable. It's how you get signatures. If you keep the board, and don't hand it to a voter, they don't sign.

Read the script and talking points. What's questionable about that? Everything in the script has been proven true multiple times.

AFTER the PPWD lost, coincidentally the City announced they were going to raise the roof on our already exorbitant water rates to pay for more unnecessary pet projects. And the E. Coli boil notice(even though that was discovered a few days before the vote). And the expose on BES overbudget spending($2,000 office chairs, anyone?).

This from the CRC loving Hales who also treats the homeless population with disdain, contempt, and disregard. Hales is a failure on MANY levels!

And now the street fee that is supposedly shelved only after Novick(not exactly the best pitchman) challenged Portland to challenge his authority, stating in his opinion(Novick's) they(Hales and Novick) have 6 years to screw us. Well I for one and many others would rather give them a few months.

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 07/17/2014 at 10:20 PM


And they're endorsing Nick Fish!!?? Make that doghouse lining. Seriously. Sharon Maxwell all day!

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 05/17/2014 at 4:21 PM


Well the Mercury also endorsed fluoride and ridiculed the 61%+ of Portland who voted it down. This paper is pretty good as bird cage lining though.

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 05/17/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “And Just Like That, Portland's Finally Talking About the Minimum Wage

If you're a commenter above ragging on raising the minimum wage, I urge you to drop your current wage(whatever it is) to $9.10/hr for one week and see how that works for ya.

Families can't afford to pay rent, food, car insurance, utilities, clothing, etc. with one 40 hr job at $9.10/hr.
College kids can't make any reasonable savings to pay off their loans without being indentured for years at that wage.

I'm an employer myself, own a small business, and would gladly pay my employees a living wage if that were the standard. When the minimum wage is raised, the spending capital of the community is also raised, meaning businesses can raise prices to accommodate what they need to pay workers.

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 03/15/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Hales' Anti-Water District Campaign Kicks Into Fundraising Mode

DePave gets thousands of dollars in City grants using money from the BES($10,000 to remove asphalt from a church parking lot= $$ paid for with your water bill). They are concerned about losing those grants.
This is recycling money.

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Posted by Hiram Asmuth on 02/27/2014 at 11:18 PM

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