Everyone’s favorite University of Oregon mega-booster Phil Knight has a letter in today’s Oregonian blasting Measures 66 and 67, and he sounds a lot more like Uncle Scrooge McDuck than regular ol’ Uncle Phil:
Measures 66 and 67 should be labeled Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law II.
They will allow us to watch a state slowly killing itself.
They are anti-business, anti-success, anti-inspirational, anti-humanitarian, and most ironically, in the long run, they will deprive the state of tax revenue, not increase it.
We are way too anti-business as we are now. The state in past years was headquarters for The First National Bank, US Bank, Pacific Power, Willamette Industries, Georgia-Pacific, Jantzen, White Stag, G.I. Joe’s, Monaco Coach, Meier & Frank, among many others. They are now headquartered elsewhere, are controlled by non-Oregonians or no longer exist.
One Fortune Global 500 company remains. But its founder and chairman is not merely an economic man. He has webs between his toes. But he, too, has some limits.
Is Phil obliquely threatening to take his vaults of gold doubloons elsewhere if Oregon gets too tax-happy? I wouldn’t put it past him. Phil’s made it pretty clear over the years that he expects to get his way just by virtue of being obscenely rich. Of course, I can’t really blame him either. I’d be pretty pissed too if, after giving hundreds of millions of dollars to various philanthropic causes, I was accused of “not paying my fair share.”