Common sense can be defined as simple good sense or prudent, sound and practical judgment not necessarily requiring specialized knowledge. It is the ability to be level-headed enough to understand a situation after a simple assessment of circumstances.
Examples of not having common sense might include shopping for groceries in the nude or signing your last will and testament with a yellow highlighter or bailing water from a sinking ship with a sieve.
I offer this clarification of what common sense is because so few in the Democratically controlled Oregon Legislature are demonstrating it or have indicated the remotest understanding of what it is.
A government receives its power from the consent of the governed. But the Oregon Legislature has ignored the will of those it governs to legislate a corporate gross sales activity tax on Oregon businesses after Oregonians have repeatedly voted against a state sales tax. This tax will inevitably have to be passed on to the public, which depends on those businesses for needed goods and services. Common sense says, "That's wrong."
A government receives its power from the consent of the governed. But the Oregon Legislature presses for a cap-and-trade tax on businesses that will once again have to be passed on to the public who depend on those businesses for needed goods and services. This legislation is so structured that it will never come before the governed for their vote of consent or disapproval. Common sense says, "That's wrong."
A government receives its power from the consent of the governed. But the Oregon Legislature treats Oregon businesses in a manner that forces them to relocate to other countries that are the worst offenders of the very environmental principles championed by Oregon's excessive and unfair taxation policies. When Oregon businesses provide the needed goods and services that at least in part define our culture, common sense says. "That's wrong."
A government receives its power from the consent of the governed. So when a representative of those who are governed recognizes a repeated violation of this principle, a principle that is woven into the very fabric of our society and says by that representative's actions, "I will not be a party to this," common sense says "That's right."
Sen. Thomsen, while it may be unfortunate that some Oregon legislation did not receive its merited attention because you and your Republican colleagues "left town in the middle of the work week," as it were, how much more unfortunate is the blatant violation of this basic principle of American governance left unaddressed. A government receives its power from the consent of the governed.
Thank you, Sen. Thomsen, for demonstrating common sense and acknowledging by your actions that the power you have to legislate in Salem comes from the consent of those who sent you there in the first place to represent them. Well done!
Terry A. Tipsord lives in Troutdale.
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