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Aug 14

Jerry Lee Wilson, Write-in Candidate for Oregon Governor

Posted on Saturday, August 14, 2010 in Issues, Opinion, Political campaign

Occupation: Founder/CEO, Soloflex, Inc.

Occupational background: Airmail Pilot; Airline Transport Pilot; Organic CSA Farmer.

Education: Attended New Mexico Military Institute, South Texas College, Eastern New Mexico University; Flight Safety International.

Candidate Statement

Oregon’s Constitution grants its Governor Executive Power. By Executive Order I will:

End government-for-sale. Money is the root cause of every ailment in our body politic. No contributions or gifts will be allowed to those seeking or holding public office. Candidates for office can publish their resumes and ideas in an expanded voter’s guide and participate in televised and other public debates. This is a truly revolutionary thing I will do if you elect me. Both major party candidates in this election have accepted contributions from unions and corporations, a clear violation of the law (Ballot Measure 47, passed by Oregon voters in 2006).

Establish a State Bank. This bank would make 2% loans to municipalities, private companies and individuals to repair and expand Oregon’s transportation and renewable energy infrastructure, to make our factories, offices, homes and schools more energy efficient and to rebuild our manufacturing base. We need this bank to create long-term, living-wage jobs. And we need it now!

End the drug war. It hasn’t worked, we can’t afford it and we can use that money to help create an economically viable future for the next generation.

While I have never run for elective office, I have been a Chief Petitioner on two statewide Initiatives, one to close the Trojan nuclear plant, another to decriminalize hemp. I served as a member (dissenting) on the 2004 National Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee. I have been a long-time anti-war activist, Executive-in-Residence at the University of Oregon MBA Graduate School and twice a keynote speaker at Willamette University’s Entrepreneur Conference. I have created hundreds of jobs and brought to Oregon about $1 billion in sales.


Without Jerry Wilson in this race, important issues like campaign financing, the war on drugs, and state-supported, broad-scale economic development would be quietly swept under the rug by the two major candidates. Why vote for the lesser of two evils when one has the opportunity to vote for the better candidate with better ideas and the courage to state them.

John Platt

See more such comments and read the latest news: One Alternative to Kitzhaber and Dudley, by Hank Stern, Willamette Week, August 16, 2010

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Jul 26

Three good reasons why we MUST get money out of politics.

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 in Issues, Political campaign

  1. Elected officials stay so busy keeping their jobs they have little or no time left to actually do their jobs.
  2. Every contribution implies a contract to do what the contributor wants. What contributors want is seldom (if ever) in the public interest.
  3. Almost all of the money given to politicians gets spent on advertising. This distorts the media reporting.

If elected I will issue an Executive Order to ban contributions of any kind to office holders or those seeking office. This will cost the media millions in ad revenue and is why my campaign has been mostly ignored by the media in this election.

I do not believe advertising is a fair or proper way to inform the voters about candidates or issues. An expanded voter’s guide could do this job much better. Candidates for office can simply publish their resumes and ideas without cost. And you wouldn’t have to watch or listen to those phony ads anymore! Good idea, eh?

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Jul 11

A State Bank of Oregon

Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2010 in Political campaign

Using Fractional Reserve Lending, an Oregon State Bank (OSB) would make loans to Oregonians at much lower interest rates than privately owned banks. For $100 in deposits, the OSB can create $900 in new money by making loans. The Oregon State Bank would offer 6 percent credit cards and 6 percent Certificates of Deposit. The OSB can pay 6 percent for CDs to make mortgage and other loans at 2 percent. For $6 per year in interest paid to depositors the OSB can earn $18 by lending $900 at 2 percent!

The state would earn $15,000 per $100,000 of mortgage at a cost of about $1,700, while the homeowner would save $88,000 in interest – and pay for their home 15 years sooner! “This bank will save people about seven years of their income over the course of 30 years, just on interest costs.

The state could earn billions yearly on these loans, while saving hefty sums for consumers. It could also refinance its own debts and those of its municipal governments at very low interest rates. Interest composes 30 percent to 50 percent of everything we buy. Slashing interest costs can make projects such as low-cost housing, alternative energy development, and infrastructure construction not only sustainable, but profitable for the state while at the same time creating much-needed jobs.

I want money completely out of Oregon’s elections and law making. I don’t accept contributions, so the only way I can be elected to do things like this is if you help spread the word to vote for me. That’s not so difficult – just forward my blog to your family and friends. Maybe print off a yard sign too…

Watch Ellen Hogsdon Brown’s State Owned Banks: Fixing the Economy

And How to Abolish the Federal Reserve, a clip from the video “The Money Masters”