Kate Brown, Do What's Right: Get Back to Work
Scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day I spotted a sponsored post from Governor Kate Brown promoting an article she had written for the Huffington Post entitled "Republicans, Do What's Right: Disavow Trump." While I am not a huge fan of Trump, my immediate reaction was one of anger and disappointment. Where does an un-elected governor, whose leadership to this point amounts to rubber stamping whatever Tina Kotek and the leftist special interests put on her desk, get the moral authority to chastise Republicans on their reactions to Trump?
When Brown does something about Oregon's schools being ranked at the bottom, addresses the problems with our unsustainable retirement system, or even finds a fix for our transportation infrastructure problems, then she can lecture me and other Republicans all she wants about Donald Trump. But it seems like Governor Brown is much more interested in scoring political points than in doing any actual governing.
Instead of brokering a compromise to address our upcoming budget shortfall, Brown is more than happy to let the union-backed Our Oregon take the lead with the divisive Measure 97 that was crafted to be sold politically, not to be good tax policy.
Instead of doing something about the PERS crisis, it is clear that Brown would rather have us focus on passing "feel good" gun control measures. She made that very apparent when she said, "Rampant gun violence has pitted our constitutional right to assemble, to do the ordinary things of daily life, against the right to bear arms in ways our country's founder could never have predicted."
Brown lectures us that "Every Republican across the country, whether in support or sitting in silent anguish, please listen to that inner voice telling you to disavow Donald Trump."
She does have experience in this area, because she spent a long time herself in "silent anguish" regarding Measure 97 and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She seemed especially anguished when she dodged those questions on OPB last month. Brown finally was able to follow her conscious, after months and months of getting questioned on these policies, and ultimately came out in favor of the largest tax increase in Oregon's history.
How about this Governor Brown: why don’t you "do the right thing" and disavow Hillary Clinton for all the questionable foreign money she took in to her family's foundation during her tenure as Secretary of State or her reckless use of a personal email server.
But really, for the sake of our state, I would rather the governor just get back to work.