Molalla sends the Miracle Team to save the economy!

I  posted an article outlining why Molalla’s nutty urban reserve and its faith-based fake economic growth “facts” make the city look dumb and dumber by the day. Now comes an even more telling article which outlines that MULTNOMAH COUNTY!- the big kahuna of Oregon’s economy!!! – is failing badly compared to the rest of the West.

Multnomah County’s wages are far below those of other American cities – yet the cost of living is far too high. Most of all, (pay attention, because this is the death knell for MOLALLA’S insane and unfounded “We’ll GROW OUR ECONOMY 5.5% IN 20 YEARS” claim) the chart  shows that JOB GROWTH in Multnomah County is off about 20%!

Time to call in the experts, Multnomah County!  Molalla would, I’m sure, be willing to send in the insane, faith-based, “what’s a little lie between friends?” Molalla Miracle Team of Mayor Clarke, “manager” Atkins, Plannin’ Potter, and that especially miserable excuse for a lawyer, Crean. They’ll spread their heavenly wings, fly up to Multnomah County, form a prayer circle and start chanting for the miracle of loaves, fishes and economic growth for Multnomah County.

You can’t go wrong with the Molalla Miracle Good Ole Boys! They’ll take your public monies and tell you anything  – and that is literally ANYTHING! – to try to fool the regulators. And if that there Molalla Miracle Team can predict job growth of 5.5% for a sleazy little failed timber berg, just wait till they start to talk in tongues to tell “god” to grow Multnomah County’s economy.

I smell 100% job growth for Multnomah County if you hire them there hillbilly miracle experts to do that there pre-dictin’. They’ll writhe and chant and spew them big fake numbers around because “god” did tell them it can be done. A lightin’ bolt will hit Multnomah County and the sad facts and figures from today’s grim Oregonian article will go POOF! A new day will dawn, the streets of PDX will be paved with gold and houses will again represent an “economy”.

That’s the way Mayor Clarke thinks an “economy” should function – “building houses” without collecting SDCs  is his claim to fame! “God” told him “houses good, Mike, don’t sweat them there details like quality, jobs, roads, parks, sewers or the need to hire professionals for important jobs like urban planning”. And Mike said “Thanks, “god” we don’t need no stinkin’ pro-fessionals in this here town.”

With Mike’s Miracle Team, a new world economic order will dawn, Metro will attract jobs and growth and will flourish, just like the weeds a sproutin’ in the polluted abandoned mill site brownfields in Molalla.

Jobs will pour in just like the Molalla’s nasty waste water spews into the Molalla River!

Then, the Molalla Miracle good ole boys can move on and save Ireland and Greece – anywhere “god” listens, they’ll work miracles with the economy. I guess tired ole burned out crumbling Molalla will have to wait for that 5.5% economic growth  until the Molalla Miracle Team fixes the world-wide economy – or at least until Multnomah County gets that good ole boy miracle revival tent up and running smoothly.

I doubt if anyone with a functioning brain who is able to read English (like the below article) will accept the current Molalla “economic growth” predictions as they now stand, but maybe “god” will strike down us doubters. In the meantime, I’m willing to throw in a positive thinking city councilor or two to sweeten that Multnomah County deal to get the Miracle Team out-of-town asap!

Maybe Multnomah County would PAY Molalla to “borrow” those MIRACLE  “leaders”? That would be sweet – we could generate an economy by renting out our faith-based positive thinking scoff law economic dream team. Win- win here we come! We get the nut cases out-of-town – and Multnomah County gets some comic relief in hard times. You can’t beat that deal! LOL for all!

Read the below article with a grain of salt because, I’m sure, once my secret about the Molalla Miracle team hits the net, the lightin’ bolt of riches will jolt Multnomah County out of its bad economic times. Quick – what’s Mayor Clarke’s phone number…..? A mission is callin’ and a great big revival tent is goin’ up at PDX waterfront park, right where they have the carnival….!

Portland area wages, job creation lag most Western regions, report says

Published: Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 6:00 AM     Updated: Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 9:15 AM
Richard Read, The Oregonian Richard Read, The Oregonian
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Metro Portland’s jobs, wages and investment income have tumbled for more than a decade compared with other urban areas, imperiling Oregon’s public services and vaunted quality of life.

That’s the stark conclusion of a report being issued today by the leaders of five Oregon business entities, who plan a jobs summit Jan. 21 to address what they see as an economic crisis.

The sobering report says Multnomah County, the state’s main economic engine, ranked second from last in private-sector job creation among 194 Western counties and five multicounty areas from 1997 to 2009. Per capita incomes in metro Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis exceed those in greater Portland by 16 to 21 percent, says the report, commissioned by the Portland Business Alliance.

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If metro Portlanders had per capita incomes as high as their Seattle counterparts, the greater tax revenues would yield another $87 million a year for Multnomah County schools, the business leaders said.

Their report, already disputed by an internationally known Oregon economist, places high-tech, green-oriented Portland in league with fallen Rust Belt cities.

“Where we were once virtually an economic twin to Seattle, our falling incomes now make us more like Pittsburgh and Cleveland,” the report says. “It is time to make private-sector job creation our immediate and top priority.”

Oregon’s incoming governor, pro-jobs Metro president and budget-stricken legislative leaders can be expected to use this blunt eight-page report as ammunition for economic action. Business leaders releasing the study say they’re refraining from drawing conclusions and prescribing remedies so they can inform Oregonians and invite consensus.

But Portland-based consultant Joe Cortright, who chairs the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, said the report uses selective comparisons and ignores the main determinant of income across urban areas.

“The critical factor you need to pay attention to is the educational level of your population,” said Cortright, who compares the percentage of metro-area adults who have college degrees or more. “All of the comparative metros have higher levels of educational attainment than Portland.”

And equating Portland with Cleveland? “I don’t buy that at all,” Cortright said. Cleveland is a bad comparison because the city’s population has shrunk by more than half since 1950, he said, and holds a relatively small share of its regional economy.

Questioning strategy

Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Port of Portland, and one of the people who signed the report, defended its methods and findings.

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“The principal economic strategy of our region for the last decade has been attracting the young creative class, which is really one of Joe’s themes,” said Wyatt, referring to Cortright. “To be honest, this really calls that into question.”

A mention of young creatives during an interview Monday also fell flat with Business Alliance board Chairman Roger Hinshaw and Chief Executive Sandra McDonough.

Hinshaw, president of Bank of America in Oregon and southwest Washington, said initial numbers on the economic trends surprised Alliance board members at a retreat in January, prompting the study.

“We were all alarmed, actually,” Hinshaw said. “We’ve got a jobs crisis in the Portland metro area that we need to address as a community.”

The report, to be released this morning, is innocuously entitled: “A check-up on the Portland region’s economic health.” ECONorthwest, an economic consultancy, conducted the study for the Business Alliance, the Port, Associated Oregon Industries, the Oregon Business Council and the Oregon Business Association. The organizations will hold their Jan. 21 job summit in Newberg for invited participants.

The report finds that in the early 1970s, metropolitan Portland’s wages corresponded with metro Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis.

“But since then, the metro areas have diverged on average wages,” the report says. “Today Portland-metro wages are 4 percent below the national average for all metropolitan areas, 10 percent below Minneapolis metro, 13 percent below Denver metro and 17 percent below Seattle metro.”

“Tax base is in peril”
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Such trends began long before the recent recession. During the 1990s, the metro Portland economy was growing and attracting capital investment.

But private-sector job growth stalled after 1997 and has declined since 2000, while so-called peer regions added new companies and industries, especially in knowledge-based sectors such as software and professional services. Because Oregon depends heavily on income-tax revenues, the report says, greater Portland’s comparatively low wages mean fewer resources for schools, police and other services.

“We have to realize that our tax base is in peril on a going-forward basis,” Hinshaw said.

The report says relatively low wages make metro Portland less affordable than Seattle, Denver or Minneapolis. “The cost of living, like housing, becomes more difficult,” McDonough said.

The Portland area’s per capita investment income is also lower than in Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis, the report finds, meaning less money for public services and business startups. Other cities have focused on improving their quality of life, as Portland has done, but they have simultaneously boosted wages and income.

“If we don’t have that revenue, we’re going to have a very hard time maintaining the services that we think make this region and state special,” said Tim Duy, a University of Oregon economist.

Duy is not surprised by the report’s findings. He’s the economist who broadly outlined the trends to the Business Alliance board in January.

Seattle, Duy said, has Bill Gates, the aircraft industry and the defense sector. Portland had high-tech manufacturing, which boosted the area’s economy from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s.

But tech went bust and many factories moved offshore.

“We didn’t have an industry to compensate,” Duy said.

Richard Read

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