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|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] (fwd) HB 2892 (Oregon)
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Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 21:30:58 -0400
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Subject: [hangout] (fwd) HB 2892 (Oregon)
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From: "Adam Kosmin"
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On Friday 11 April 2003 12:46, Adam Kosmin wrote:
> Thanks for keeping us up to date. My favorite part of the
> meeting was the "breakfast cereal" analogy. Unfortunatley, I
> don't believe the opportunity was grasped since the simple
> answer of "When you buy from the Posts and Keloggs of the
> software vendors, it's like not being able to have a list of
> the ingrediants used to create the cereal" would have really
> driven the point home.
I don't know if ANYTHING would have helped Rep. Mabrey grasp the=20
concept. Unfortunately, we then had some local geeks who took it=20
upon themselves to email him with explanations that confused the=20
poor old gentleman even further.
I finally had to put out a call to leave him alone. Rep. Barnhart=20
is going to talk to him. They're both older gentlemen. They=20
both represent rural (farming interests) districts. Barnhart is=20
a warm, affable man who is instantly likeable (AND holds a Ph.D.=20
Everything is going to be all right.
> Am I correct to assume that the follow-up is scheduled for the
I wouldn't make that assumption; that is just the deadline that=20
the committee Chair gave us. =20
We had the requested meeting-of-the-minds two days ago. I'm not=20
at liberty to give details, but the upshot of it is that the bill=20
is still very much alive (sssshhh, our opposition believes it is=20
dead), it has the enthusiastic support of the leadership (ssshhh=20
again), and the State's IT bureaucrats are now on our side! =20
(double ssshhh, they think the bureaucrats are still on their=20
When you see the amended bill, DON'T PANIC. It isn't what it=20
looks like. There was a back-room deal made, and it's one hell=20
of a tale that I hope I get to tell some day.
As to when the committee will take up the bill again, I cannot=20
predict. There probably won't be much warning.
"Men who accept as an ideal an irrational goal which they cannot=20
achieve, never lift their heads thereafter--and never discover=20
that their bowed heads were the only goal to be achieved."
-- Ayn Rand, "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal"
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