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Era - July 25, 2012 LOCAL POLITICS Page 5 "cks 1 ng pad I s race By Sean C. Morgan ial, though they do need leadership. Of The New Era "We don't like to be told what to Bruce Cuff has announced hisdo, and they've been telling us what candidacy for governor in 2014 and to do," Cuff said. he kicked off his campaign in Sweet And, Cuff said, he is the "Tea Home. Party Guy" to do it. Armed with a "liberal idea "I've got a million ideas, and smacker," a flannel-clad Cuff made together, we can fix it. I'm hoping to the announcement in front of Bud- fix a lot of things in the state." dy's Barber Shop on Long Street on Among them are the salmon July 14, Sportsman's Holiday, and fisheries. the birthday of his late father, Roy California sea lions are one of Cuff, a barber who would have been their problems, he said. The state 77. needs to turn to scientists for a re- "Enough is enough, it's time for commendation on how many to kill Bruce Cuff," he said. and turn into Oregon products. Cuff, a real estate agent from "There's too many of them," Lyons, ran twice against incumbent Cuff said. Their population needs to Rep. Sherrie Sprenger for House be reduced to a more eco-friendly District 17 in the Republican prima- number. ry after Sen. Fred Girod moved to the He tried to go fishing for floun- state senate, der in Newport, Cuff said, and the Oregon has a governor who has folks there laughed at him because insulted the state, Cuff said: "He said the sea lions eat all the fish. While Oregon was ungovernable." . crabbing, the sea lions jump and take "The reason I'm running is I'm the crabs out of the nets. tired of people ripping on Oregon," Cuff wants to reduce the in- Cuff said. "Oregon is the best state. I come tax rate from 9 percent to 4 am sick and tired of John Kitzhaber percent and the corporate excise tax standing in Oregon saying Oregon is from 6.6 percent to 4 percent over ungovernable. He needs to go home. 10 years and repeal measures 66 Why would you vote for this guy and 67, which created a tax on busi- again?" nesses' gross revenue and increased CuffsaidhebelievesOregonianstaxes on households earning more are individualistic and entrepreneur- than $250,000 or individuals earning more than $125,000 per year. The voter-approved measures were re- ferred to the voters by the legislature and governor. "We have a. long-term plan of making Oregon become the least- taxes state from one of the most- taxed," Cuff said. Cuff wants Oregon's roads mod- ernized, like many European trans- portation systems, with roundabouts installed and stop signs removed so traffic rarely has to stop moving, he said. The roads need to be fixed any- way. That will actually decrease pol- lution, Cuff said. "Sitting and idling, that's when you're smogging things up." Oregon needs to get its natural resource base back into balance, Cuff said. One place to start is the burned forestland in the wilderness around Marion Lake. He wants to send a crew of inmates there with loggers and guards to cut it down, turn it into firewood and replant it. It's been there too long to salvage, but it can still be used, and the forest replanted to restore its natural beauty. In education, Cuff wants to cre- ate a voucher system to introduce the benefits of competition. The state will pay half of whatever it pays dis- tricts per student to parents for use in education, creating an incentive to reduce spending while reimbursing home schools and private schools for their expenses. He would cut the governor's salary 20 percent immediately, Cuff said. State salaries should not exceed two times the average pay in Oregon, he said, and he would aim to cut su- pervisor salaries to that level. If the average pay is around $35,000, then the state limit would be $70,000 per year. He doesn't want to touch the rank and file, which are under con- tractual obligations. "As Oregon prospers, the people in the public sector prosper," Cuff said, so when the ecor/omy and the people suffer, state employees suf- fer the same way, connecting their prosperity to the rest of the state's citizens. That's how retired public em- ployees can receive the benefits of a 20-percent return even when they lock in on an 8-percent guarantee, Cuff said. "They made a mistake. That's because everyone making de- cisions is in the PERS system." Legislators and judges, elected officials, must be removed from the Public Employees Retirement Sys- tem, Cuff said. They're in PERS, and they've been making senseless Photo by Sean C. Morgan Bruce Cuff with his "liberal idea smacker" announces his candida- cy for governor. decisions managing the system and its liabilities. Elected officials should have a 401(k) instead. The state is facing difficulty paying for PERS, but it could cover the cost, Cuff said, as long as it gets the pri ate sector going again. "We can do that if we lower taxes," Cuff said. Cuff's website is time4cuff. com. Robinson makes two-SH stops after laying out views in book By Sean C. Morgan be defended and courts were neces- Of The New Era sary, he said. Art Robinson, who ran against Now, Congress has a 10-percent Democrat Peter DeFazio for Or- approval rating, and 90 percent of egon's Fourth Congressional District congressmen running for office this seat two years ago and lost by nine year will be re-elected, Robinson percentage points, is challenging De- said. Fazio again, this time with a book The people have one job in this outlining his views that has been government, and that is to vote, Rob- mass-mailed to many local voters, inson said. "We haven't been doing and in two local appearances, our job, apparently, because these Robinson, 70, who has a Ph.D. people are out of control." in chemistry and lives in Cave Junc- Each of those congressmen will tion, has visited Sweet Home twice spend $13 billion as a share of the in July - a town hall meeting the eve- national budget over their next term, ning of July 5 and an appearance in he said. the Sportsman's Holiday Parade July They're elected with very little 14. information, Robinson said. Cam- Calling for a return to liberty and paign managers identify the top three common sense, Robinson stopped in or four issues voters are interested in Sweet Home July 5 to discuss issues, and campaign on them. including what he termed a mon- "If you're in office, a while and strously large national debt and the you're unprincipled, like most of career politicians who have caused them are, you do favors," Robinson them attempting to hang onto their said. They receive campaign contri- jobs. butions, and they can run more ad- "I'm here for the same reason vertisements on television. most of you are," Robinson told For example, DeFazio received about 40 visitors at the Jim Riggs donations from beer companies, Community Center. "We're up to our Robinson said, adding that the con- ears in debt." tributions are used to run ads against The nation owes some $650,000 Robinson, while DeFazio and others per family, Robinson said, and since sponsored a bill to reduce taxes on DeFazio took office in 1987, the fed- beer makers who produce less than 6 eral government has spent $40 tril- million barrels per year. lion while raising only $30 trillion in "I don't mean to imply that he's revenue, corrupt and that others aren't," Rob- The collateral for that debt is the inson said. "That's the way Congress labor of children who haven't been works." born yet, Robinson said. That's in- Only a small group are ethical voluntary servitude, enough to avoid this behavior. "That's been illegal since the The information that voters Civil War," Robinson said. have to work with is minimal, Rob- He said DeFazio wants to spend inson said. more, increase the debt further and That's why Robinson wrote a increase the number of regulations, book for this election, and as of the When this nation was found- beginning of the month, it has been ed, the "individual stood above the sent to approximately 60 percent of state," Robinson said. "They knew the Fourth Congressional District. governmefits always tyrannize their Anyone who finishes it will citizens." know all about Robinson, he said. They feared government, but The book is intended as a dialogue they also knew that the nation must on topics ranging all over the board. "It is that dialogue that gets peo- ple elected, not me giving speeches," Robinsons aid. "We're trying to inject more information into that discussion. We're trying to inject information into the congressional campaign." Among the themes included is indivdiual liberty. "People should be free," Rob- inson said. "Free people take care of themselves. That's what this country was founded on." The tax code numbers some 70,000 pages, Robinson said. Those pages aren't necessary to impose a tax. Rather, they describe decades of tax gimmicks for special interests, the campaign support for incumbent congressmen. During the first hundred years of the United States, the average tenure of a congressman was two to three years, Robinson said. They served a brief time then went back to their lives. Now the average is 10 to 12 years, Robinson said. DeFazio has been there for 25 years. "Consequently, you have your career on one side of the desk and the nation's interests on the other," Rob- inson said. Thousands of decisions are made between a politician's self- interest in his career and the nation's interests, and it drives the country downward. Robinson said he plans to stay in office for a term - maybe two if he's getting things done in his effort to restore the United States. Robinson discussed the toll he said govenrment regulation has tak- en on American business. He talked about his father's petrol chemical business, something he said that, by the 1980s, couldn't have been built. His father's string of chemical plants employed 1,000, but he said his father never talked about the gov- ernment while Robinson was grow- ing up. When he was born, 10 to 12 Art Robinson, left, signs a copy of his Anastasia Lawson. percent of people worked in manu- facturing, logging or mining, he said. That was down to 6 percent by 2000 and now is at about 4 percent. Manufacturing has gone over- seas, he said. "A country that does not make things is going down." The root of that problem is regu- lation, he said, and he argued against protectionism as a solution. "The housing problem is de~ struction of the economy by Con- gress," Robinson said. "We were complacent." A dollar buys what a nickel did when Robinson was born, he said. Every time a !'do-gooder" said Con- gress should do this or that, everyone said "we can afford that." Do that thousands of times, and "here we are." These problems can be solved, . he said. "Congress has'to be willing to stand up to the bureaucracy it cre- ated." To restore jobs, it must get rid of what's costing the United States the jobs in the first place, he said. That's over-taxation, over-regulation, over- indebtedness and a runaway federal government. "This killed your jobs," Rob- Photo by Sean C. Morgan book for, from left, Russ, Lena and inson said. "Get rid of it, so it stops killing your jobs." Each congressman should be fighting for more economic freedom for his district, Robinsonsaid. Robinson plans to work his of- fice a bit differently than other con- gressmen, he said. Offices are staffed with aides. He would use about two regular aides and then staff his office with experts on a temporary basis. Those experts, scientists and oth- ers, atmospheric physicist Richard Lindzen, for example, would have better access to CongresS, testify- ing and informing the congressmen, pumping a lot more information into the building. Serving as aides, they have all of the privileges of congressmen except the ability to vote, Robinson said. The reason is that congressmen also lack information. "They don't know anything about our logging industry," Robin- son said. Half of them think Oregon is cutting its last tree. For more information about Robinson, visit his website at art- forcongress.com. His book also may be read by clicking on a link at the top of his home page.