Oregon’s EnviroCrime Gangbangers

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Posted in category EnviroCommunism

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has established the new Environmental Crimes Enforcement Unit (the “ECEU”). The purpose of this unit is allow the state to get more aggressive in pursuing “criminals” guilty of environmental non-compliance. After all, Kroger was elected after promising to increase the prosecution of environmental crimes. From the article in Oregon Business Report:

Mr. Kroger’s plan to dramatically increase the number of criminal prosecutions for environmental noncompliance is a departure from past practices. Historically, most of the environmental noncompliance in Oregon has been punished by way of civil and administrative penalties. Criminal prosecutions, which have been handled by harried county district attorneys, have been spotty and reserved for only the most egregious violations.

So now, people who don’t perfectly conform to arbitrary laws created by special interests – the people-hating EnviroCommunists and businesses that profit from such laws -will be deemed criminals and will serve jail time.

In fact, Kroger has said that big business will not be his main prey – he intends to go after small businesses, who he believes “have a competitive advantage because they are not paying the costs associated with compliance.” So now, Mr. Kroger is a CFO and a cost expert, too? Impressive! Except that Mr. Kroger has already failed the test. Small businesses are always at a disadvantage wherever regulation and associated costs are concerned. And big business lobbyists understand this fact. Congratulations to Oregon’s wealthy and powerful business lobbyists who have helped establish this evil brainchild and the plans for driving up costs and increasing the likelihood incarceration. More business competition destroyed, and that’s the plan.

Now ….. remind me why you want to remain a business owner in Oregon?

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4 Responses to Oregon’s EnviroCrime Gangbangers

  1. Sal says:

    December 6th, 2009 at 8:02 am

  2. Chris says:

    December 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Not only that, but if you want to operate a business in Portland, you get to pay a 3% income tax (they call it a Business License Fee) for the priviledge. Small wonder my profitable clients choose to move to the burbs when I point that out…..

  3. Ollie says:

    December 6th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    The personal income tax in Oregon is now over 10%. Plus Portland tack on fees like TRI-MET.

  4. liberranter says:

    December 7th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Now ….. remind me why you want to remain a business owner in Oregon?

    Or, for that matter, in any other oblast of Amerika. For all of the prattling nonsense published in Establishment news outlets and academic textbooks about how “entrepreneurs and their small businesses make up the bulk of economic activity in the nation” (which might have been true at one time, but certainly is not now), it is clear that all levels of government have been waging incessant warfare on the entrepreneurial class for quite some time and that the environmental/green scam is just its latest manifestation. Why the hostility toward the productive class? Because entrepreneurs tend to be independent and creative visionaries, people who are not easily cowed or lied to and who believe that the fruits of their own labor are their own property. In other words, entrepreneurs are the very type of people the State loathes because they are so difficult to control. If it weren’t for the fact that the parasites needed a host off of which to live, the State would deal with entrepreneurs the way that Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin dealt with races, ethnic groups, and political classes they despised.

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