Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (2nd Edition)

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 … 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 | 2 Comments

Dodd-Frank: Solving the Wrong Problem

The past week marks the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act allegedly designed to protect against another financial calamity like the precursor to the 2008 market collapse and the attendant Bush-Obama recession that for many continues today – seven years … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Congress, Economy, Government corruption, Obamacare, President Obama | 7 Comments

Rewarding Consistent Bad Behavior

Psychologists, economists, criminologists and parents routinely tell us that past performance is the best predictor of future behavior. Only in politics is that adage routinely ignored – and no more so that when liberals/progressives find past performance an inconvenient barrier … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Iran, John Kerry, Liberalism, President Obama, Progressivism | 9 Comments

Free Speech vs. Compulsory Union Dues

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, I wrote the following column. Last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. CTA which will deal precisely with the issue discussed in my column. There … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Ethics, First Amendment, Free Speech, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 19 Comments

The Welfare Mentality and Dealing With Greece

According to European financial markets managers, the “bail out” of Greece began in 2009. In fact Greece has been sliding into bankruptcy for decades. That’s what happens when, in spite of weak economic growth you continue to grow the size and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Economy, Government Spending, President Obama | 6 Comments

Our Most Overestimated President

This past weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried an article entitled “Our Most Peculiar President” which reviews two new books on former President Richard M. Nixon. The reviewer concludes that Mr. Nixon was an extreme introvert in an extreme extrovert job. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Foreign Relations, Leadership, President Obama | 6 Comments

Preying on the Misery of Others – Part III

I am a lawyer by education, training and practice. My father was a lawyer. I have a brother and a sister each of whom is a lawyer. I am proud to be a lawyer (even though I have not practiced … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Class Action, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership | 4 Comments

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