Youth Essay Winner — Downfall of a Portland Liberal

xanderThis is the Honors Award winning essay in the 2015 Next Generation Essay contest sponsored by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon.

Portland, Irony & the Downfall of a Liberal
By Xander Almeida

My pilgrimage in worldview can be described by a desire to relocate into Portland which became the final tipping point.

When I turned 18, I registered, bleeding heart in hand, Green Party. I resided in Santa Barbara, worked under the table, didn’t pay taxes and my living expenses were subsidized through living comfortably off of my parents. In 2003, I registered Democrat so I could support the presidential ambitions of Dennis Kucinich. Continue reading

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Hundreds rally in Beaverton to call for defunding Planned Parenthood

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by NW Spotlight

Several hundred pro-life supporters rallied in front of the Planned Parenthood building in Beaverton yesterday. It was part of the “Women Betrayed” nationwide rallies calling for state governments and the federal government to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, and calling on all 2016 presidential candidates to pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.

The pro-life supporters gathered respectfully and peacefully on all four corners around the front of Planned Parenthood to avoid blocking traffic. The Beaverton Valley Times referred to the rally as a “peaceful protest” and The Oregonian reported that Beaverton was chosen over Portland in part because Beaverton had a “quick turnaround for a permit.” Continue reading

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Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (2nd Edition)

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This in an update to a column I wrote in April of this year. The italics reflect the previous column while the updates are in regular type:

During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would give them a working majority in both Houses of Congress, they would stop Mr. Obama from unilaterally striking a deal with Iran and releasing the economic and trade sanctions previously imposed against Iran and the ayatollahs. We gave the Republicans a landslide victory in both houses of Congress and the result to date has been NOTHING. Continue reading

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Portland ‘tolerant crowd’ anything but tolerant

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by Jeff Anderson

Sunday afternoon we attended a local area street fair.

It was billed as a celebration of local culture and diversity.

First off, I really enjoy local events. We often attend festivals and events around the area or wherever we travel around the globe. I have been the minority where simply by skin color I stood out like a sore thumb. I have been many places that I did not speak the language and I have attended events where my belief system was not in line with the others in attendance…..heck, I even spent a day in Rajneeshpuram just out of curiosity. I have never been made to feel unwelcome and some of the strangest situations became some of my fondest memories. Continue reading

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Will “Free” Tuition Make College Cost More?

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On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon students. With college tuition having increased ten-fold over the last three decades, Oregon lawmakers clearly have good intentions, but that doesn’t make the Oregon Promise legislation good policy. Unfortunately, Oregon Promise will do little to solve the problem of tuition affordability. In the long run, it could actually cause education costs for students to increase because government-subsidized tuition is a major reason why tuition costs are so high in the first place.

Essentially, “free” education actually ends up costing more. It doesn’t just affect the student directly. Tuition costs don’t go down; instead, it only diverts the cost from the student to the taxpayers. Rather than making college more affordable, Oregon Promise will encourage colleges to increase tuition. Government loans and grants enable a guaranteed demand for services that ensures colleges can raise tuition and increase their spending. The government even admits to these unintended consequences with a recent Federal Reserve study that showed that government grants and loans have caused a 65% increase in tuition.
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Recent tragedies underscore misguided gun control efforts

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by Dan Lucas

Several recent tragedies have underscored flaws and falsehoods inherent in gun control efforts in the U.S.

The first is the horrific murder of four Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by Kuwaiti-born Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Abdulazeez first attacked an Armed Forces recruiting center and then a Navy and Marine reserve center. A sign on the door of the first location reads “Federal Installation – Firearms Are Prohibited In This Facility.” Photos now show that door riddled with bullet holes.

Being a gun-free zone and having a gun-free zone sign didn’t stop Abdulazeez. What did protect personnel at the recruiting center was likely the recently installed bulletproof glass. The four Marines and the sailor were killed at the second location, where the Navy Times reports “it is against Defense Department policy for anyone other than military police or law enforcement to carry weapons on federal property.” Continue reading

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U.S. House passes bill for voluntary labeling of GMO foods

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Bill will preempt states from requiring additional and inconsistent GMO labeling standards

Oregonians for Food & Shelter

Agriculture, biotechnology and sound science had a win this week. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.

This legislation seeks a federal solution to the labeling of foods derived from modern biotechnology. H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would provide a national framework for the voluntary labeling of GMO foods. Importantly, the bill will preempt states from requiring additional and inconsistent GMO labeling standards. Continue reading

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