Portland Oregon Secretary of State, Democrat Kate Brown, is catching some heat in the wake of the revelation that she signed a letter to the FCC that was actually written by Comcast representatives in support of the company's planned merger with Time-Warner cable.
She doesn't seem to much like the attention; understandable, since she has aspirations to be the state's next governor. Fortunately, most Portlanders have short memories and even less info, and they like it that way. So Korrupt Kate will likely skate.
But what she signed in support of is just more of the same:
Take the “triple-play” packages—cable, phone, and high-speed Internet access—that tens of millions of Americans buy from companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In France, a country often portrayed as an economic and technological laggard, the monthly cost of these packages is roughly forty dollars a month—about a quarter of what we Americans pay. And, unlike in the United States, France’s triple-play packages include free telephone calls to anywhere in the world. Moreover, the French get faster Internet service: ten times faster for downloading information, and twenty times faster for uploading it.
Kate's telling the FCC that Oregonians are really happy with Comcast's offerings and rates, and she really has no business speaking for us in this regard. So why do Oregonians keep putting up with Kate and her ilk? One answer can be found in what passes for our educational system, which churns out low-info "graduates" at an astonishing rate (although over a third of students never actually do graduate).
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A report released by the U.S. Department of Education shows Oregon at the bottom of the list when it comes to the percentage of kids who graduate from high school in four years.
Oregon's rate was 68.7 percent in 2013, making it dead last among states.
Hey, we're number one in "Green&Sustainable" and we're number one in losers.
Dropouts and those too lazy to graduate on time can't be expected to be informed voters. And that's the way Kate and company like it.