March 17, 2020

My Approach to Taxing and Spending

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Politicians often scoff at the idea that government agencies should budget the way that businesses and households do. We’ve seen the disastrous consequences of that approach at every level of government, from the trillions of dollars of federal debt right down to the local level here in Clackamas County. Think about the way you balance your checkbook every month. You…

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March 12, 2020

A Common Sense Approach to Transportation

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Are you getting tired of sitting in traffic for longer commutes while watching politicians do literally everything but build and fix roads? I am, and it’s one of the reasons I’m running for chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. I’ve always considered transportation one of the most important functions of government at all levels. It’s critical that people…

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March 10, 2020

How to Handle Homelessness

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Everyone knows that rampant homelessness is a huge issue in the Portland area. But what people don’t know is that there is a solution available that Clackamas County can use immediately to help solve it. The current Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is blaming the area’s growing homelessness on budget cuts. This is, unfortunately, just an attempt to hold taxpayers’…

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March 5, 2020

Standing with Timber Unity

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The legislative Super Majority continues to show its clear contempt for Oregon’s rural residents, with an ill-conceived cap and trade bill being proposed in Salem. Fortunately, Senators and Representatives in the Legislature have walked out of the session to prevent its passage. Also helping in the fight is that 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties, representing the vast majority of its…

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October 1, 2019

Tootie Smith sets sight on Clackamas Commission seat

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Published in Molalla Pioneer Tootie Smith officially filed paperwork to run for the chair of the Clackamas County Commission Tootie Smith officially filed paperwork at the County Clerk’s office to run for the chair of the Clackamas County Commission, a position currently held by Jim Bernard. Smith said that the Clackamas County Commission inability’s to balance its checkbook while receiving…

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September 12, 2019

Tootie Smith Officially files for Chair, Clackamas County Commission

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Oregon City, OR:  Life-long Clackamas County resident and community activist, Tootie Smith, filed official paperwork today at the County Clerk’s office for Chair of the Clackamas County Commission.  Clackamas County Commission inability’s to balance their check book while receiving record revenues,$1.22billion, from taxpayers is just one reason why Smith is running for Chair. Smith also cites the Clackamas County Commissioners…

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July 10, 2019

Oregon State Government is Your Titanic

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Oregon state government has become its own Titanic heavy with taxes, guns and vaxx. Soon to sink under the stupidity of its own ideas. $26 billion PERS retirement debt. Originally started as an incentive to give retirement to people to work in government back when the jobs paid little. Today through shrewd union negotiations for higher and higher wages and…

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June 15, 2019

Catch-22 Dilemma of the Measles Vaccination Debate

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To vaxx or not to vaxx. You may have the right not to vaxx, but you do not have the right to infect. The debate exploded when HB 3063 was sent to Oregon Senate after quickly passing in the House of Representative.  Thanks to Senator Kim Thatcher who pointed out the absurdity of mandating the Oregon Health Authority to forcibly…

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April 24, 2019

8 Oregon Laws That Will Wreck Your Way of Life

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By Tootie Smith Oregon state government soon to sink under the stupidity of its own ideas.  1.      $26 billion PERS retirement debt. Originally started as an incentive to give retirement to people to work in government back when the jobs paid little. Today through shrewd union negotiations for higher and higher wages and willing elected officials who gladly accepted tons…

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