Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in 1989. They became the first noted supporters of the school choice initiative that I helped place on Oregon’s 1990 general election ballot. It was the failure of that measure at the polls that led us to form Cascade Policy Institute in January 1991 to carry on the work of educating Oregonians about liberty, including the liberty to choose your child’s school. Years later Milton and Rose formed what is now The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

I was honored when The Oregonian asked me to pen the following op-ed which was published the day after Milton Friedman passed away in 2006. His views, insights and compelling way of promoting Capitalism and Freedom live on to the benefit of everyone interested in building a better, freer world. Continue reading

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We know the name of the lion, but not of our troops

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Tom, Carson, David, Skip & Randy.

They had children, parents, spouses and loved ones.

They were victims of domestic terrorism, soldiers serving our country, hunted down and executed in a gun free zone on U.S. soil, right here in our back yard. They had no ability to protect themselves or others.

They were unarmed soldiers, slaughtered in a place where self-protection for our protectors is forbidden.

They had names, but we never spoke their names out loud.

Cecil was a lion that was killed in Zimbabwe, a half a world away. We all know Cecil’s name, we have all seen Cecil’s picture and we have been bombarded with stories on TV and social media about the atrocity of our friend Cecil being killed. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Media, Military, President Obama, Terrorism | 2 Comments

Walker, Bush, Rubio lead our 2016 GOP presidential picks

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by NW Spotlight

We are now 467 days from the next presidential election on November 8, 2016, to elect the 45th president of the United States. In just 7 days, on August 6th, Fox News will be holding the first debate for Republican presidential candidates – in Cleveland, Ohio.

Politico reported that there will actually be two Fox News debates on August 6th: a 5PM debate for all 16 announced candidates and a 9PM “main event” for “the 10 candidates with the highest average in national polls.”

In preparation for the upcoming debates, we asked some Oregon Republican political insiders to give us their thoughts on the GOP field so far. They were asked to rank the candidates by who they thought would be most likely to win the GOP primary nomination and who they thought would be most likely to win the 2016 presidential election against the Democratic nominee. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Voting | 19 Comments

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

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Abortion, Federal Government | 12 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (2nd Edition)

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, GOP, Government reform, Hillary Clinton, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Taxes | 6 Comments

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
Portland

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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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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Portland | 30 Comments

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