Well, there were a few other folks there but I was the only one with this sign:
DeFazio has been in national news because of the large amount of secret corporate money funneled into Oregon to defeat him. Peter calls his “very own” Wall Street fat cat (Robert Mercer) “Bob”. Bob unwisely spent $400,000 trying to unseat DeFazio who won reelection with 83% of the vote in 2008. Peter (who is running against a tea party wingnut who wants to abolish public schools) is being reelected again by a comfortably wide margin.
DeFazio said the reason that “Bob” does not like him is because Peter supports the securities and derivative transaction tax of 0.25%, which would result in a tax of $250 on a $50,000 stock buy. He also supports raising the capital gains tax to normal income levels. Both of these proposals would diminish Mercer's earnings.
As DeFazio puts it, all he wants is for Bob to “pay taxes like an American”.
After the rally, I asked DeFazio if he was going to press forward with his investigation into articles of impeachment against Supreme Justice Roberts. He told me that he was committed on this course of action and was putting out the word to attract lawyers to argue the case.
Apparently, Bob is homeless and lives in two post office boxes: one in the Bahamas for tax purposes and one in New York:
P.O. Box 1507
Stony Brook, New York 11790
As an Oregon voter, I am going to write him a letter telling him how I do not appreciate him trying to subvert the democratic process in Oregon.
I am also going to tell him that I heard Santa was not bringing him any more cars for his train set.
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