Report from Holiday Day Road, DCA to PDX

By December 22, 2010Around the States, Taxation

Breakfast in Washington, lunch in Portland, Ore. It’s amazing time we live in. Thanks, manufacturers!

Your correspondent underwent the full Transportation Security Administration pat down at Reagan National, for some reason having set off the metal detectors. Was it the zinc lozenge I was sucking or the metal rod in my leg?

In any case, the inspections are indeed intrusive, personal, unpleasant and gratuitous. Why two passes through the upper inner-thighs? You could see how most people would prefer subjecting themselves to the more sophisticated and revealing scanning machines.

On the Delta flight to PDX, I sat next to a sergeant returning from Iraq on his way to Fort Lewis. He relates that one of his army mates just spent a half-hour going through the TSA inspection, pat downs, etc., because HIS ARTIFICIAL LEG SET OFF THE DETECTORS! Frustrated, the soldier finally removed his prothesis and ran it through the scanners. We hope to see the photos on the web soon.

The sergeant confirmed: Soldiers who served in Iraq regard “The Hurt Locker” as ridiculous, having little to do with reality.

Arriving in Oregon, we learn that the state ballot measure to raise taxes on higher-income individuals failed to live up to the promises made by its backers. Eugene Register-Guard, Dec. 16, “Measure 66 raising less tax revenue than forecast: State collections are coming up about $50 million short of predictions, with fewer wealthy people to tax“:

SALEM — The tax increase Oregon voters passed earlier this year on high-income households is producing less revenue than originally expected — largely because the Great Recession has knocked about 10,000 households out of the class of “high-income” taxpayers who are subject to Measure 66’s higher rates, the state said Wednesday.

Or they emigrated to a low-tax state? The lines for planes bound to Texas cities seemed long today. In any case, on Jan. 5, 2010, we blogged, “Unemployment at 11.1 Percent, and Oregon Would Raise Taxes?“: “With all its natural resources and human talent, Oregon could be a growing, thriving place, but instead too many of its leaders work to make it poorer.”

Oregon’s unemployment rate in November was 10.6 percent, compared to the national average of 9.8 percent.

But at least the weather’s nice — 42 degrees and rainy.

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