Has Hell frozen over yet?

It nearly slipped under the radar until I recieved the letter from Peg yesterday. That’s Peggy Browne from the “Browne Family Farm” out near Baker City. Peg wrote to warn me that Bill Sizemore wants to raise my insurance rates.

It nearly slipped under the radar until I recieved the letter from Peg yesterday. That’s Peggy Browne from the “Browne Family Farm” out near Baker City. Peg wrote to warn me that Bill Sizemore wants to raise my insurance rates.

For those of you who don’t know Oregon politics, Bill Sizemore is a right-wing populist whose ballot measures are responsible for much of the tax-cutting havoc which has benefited the rich while destroying much of our state’s infrastructure in recent years.

Now I once said … you know … hell would freeze over before I would support one of good ole Bill’s BMs. So I was all set to get all firey mad when I saw my pal Peg’s letter.

Then I read it a second time.

Ballot Measure 42, said Peg, would stop insurance companies from using credit information to establish your rates. So, if it passes, 60-70% of Oregonians, “those of us who have worked hard to establish good credit” would have our premiums increased to subsidize those deadbeats with bad credit.

Now, that we should discriminate against an entire class of folks because they haven’t been able to establish good credit doesn’t seem to be very fair to me. In fact, it seems like another move by the “I’ve got mine, so fuck you” class to screw the poor.

So, who are these “No on 42” people? I asked myself. They must be good guys, because isn’t the enemy of my enemy my friend?

A quick check of their website turns up Oregon Beer and Wine Distributers Association, Oregon Metal Industry Council, Oregon Restaurant Assn., Oregon Timber Assn., Professional Insurance Agents of Oregon, and a long list of insurance companies, automobile and related businesses, and big agribusiness. Also in that list is Oregonians for Food and Shelter, a right-wing pro-pesticides group tied to the Oregon Farm Bureau.

A reading of the ballot measure finally confirms it. Nothing tricky here. It seems to do just what it says, stop discrimination based on credit rating. Then the truth hit me: Hell must be freezing over.

Go get ’em, Bill!

Portland, Oregon

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