Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Communication Director?

Chuck Oxley has an opinion published in the Statesman . Oxley doesn't like Otter's proposed tax on non-motorized watercraft. At least, I think that's the point he was trying to make.

Unfortunately, Oxley got carried away with trying to tell a story and write something amusing, and he buried his thesis way down in the piece. Noting that motorized boats are taxed, but non-motorized boats are not, Oxley writes
Seems to be a bit of a disparity, doesn't there? Not to worry, though. Gov. Butch Otter and his Republican Legislature are on the job. The problem, they say, is that they're not taxing enough watercraft. They have left out an entire class of boats - those without motors.
Mr. Oxley's argument comes across very weakly. He uses a lot of sarcasm, and the extended riff on Biff wanders all over the place. He complains about a problem but proposes no solution. He seems to criticize Otter's proposal yet ends up saying "I agree the system is out of balance."

Is he saying, don't tax non-motorized boats? Is he arguing for a tax based on market value, or something like what's in place for automobiles?

Oxley's argument also falls flat because he compares the tax on a boat and trailer with the tax on a large boat. You can sleep on the large boat, he implies, so it's okay to include trailer tax in the comparison. That doesn't make much sense to me.

Oxley is the communication director for the Idaho Democratic party. I hope he makes future arguments more aptly than this one.


Sisyphus said...

For a guy in a paid position we should be hearing quality material on a daily basis. Hey Chuck there are plenty of liberal bloggers out here in Idaho writing reasoned analysis for free. Write like your job depends on it.

Anonymous said...

Could not have said it better myself, same for your comment, Sisyphus.

alan said...

In Idaho, snarky attacks on Republican leaders aren't going to go over very well. Point out differences, suggest better alternatives, and criticize when appropriate are all valid approaches.

I liked Stallings being vocal with his criticisms, but I think he went a bit overboard as well.

I'd like to see Dems and party leadeship develop an overall strategy of building the Democratic brand as the party of tolerance, of balanced use of public land and resources, of individual freedoms, and of wise and FAIR use of taxes. Or something like that. Then stick to the talking points and build the brand.

Anonymous said...

Thanks ever so much for your insightful comments about my work. I've only been a professional writer since 1994, published globally in REAL paper rather than this fake computer stuff. I took a chance on a different approach, which you didn't like. I'm sooo sorry. Perhaps you would like me to use niggardly phrasing like "suck it" and be done?

buh bye.