Rethinking the Filibuster

In Monday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) called for the elimination of the filibuster in the United States Senate. Mr. Biggs may want to rethink his position although his complaints are absolutely valid. Mr. Biggs … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Filibuster, Government Abuse, Government reform, Republican Party | Leave a comment

The Republicans Cannot Repeal Obamacare

Republicans announced that the United States Senate will vote this week on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.  I doubt it, but it they do it will fail.  The Senate may then vote on just the repeal of Obamacare.  Again … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:35 | Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform | 2 Comments

Congress should pass permanent net neutrality rules unburdened by Title II public utility regulations

By NW Spotlight The internet is an engine of innovation, generating billions in economic activity and millions of jobs. This technological revolution has transformed our economy and changed the way we work and communicate. This makes the July 12 net … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Congress | 1 Comment

Government Investing Social Security Funds

Monday’s Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2017) carried competing opinion pieces regarding “Should the Social Security Trust Fund Be Allowed to Invest in Stocks.”  It is an interesting debate that surprisingly finds the left supporting stock market investment and the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Spending, Social Security, Transparency | 4 Comments

Gorsuch and the Filibuster: A Teachable Moment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this weekend that the Senate would confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch by Friday.  He stated that it is up to the Democrats to determine whether they will filibuster Mr. Gorsuch’s nomination … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Filibuster, Government Abuse, Leadership, Neil Gorsuch | 1 Comment

Trimming the Budget While Trimming Taxpayer Funds for Democrats

All hell has broken loose amongst the OMG chorus as President Donald Trump has proposed a series of cuts, including elimination of a handful of federal programs, as an offset to needed increases in military spending.  Eight years of President … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Government Spending, Government Waste, Liberalism, Military Spending, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions | 2 Comments

No Real Tax Reform Plan Now and Probably Never

Last week Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that the House would take up consideration of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its replacement right after the latest Congressional recess.  He also noted that once … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, President Donald Trump, Tax Reform, Taxes | Leave a comment

The Economy:  Where Do We Go From Here?

The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal dutifully reported that new employment figures showed an additional 227,000 jobs created during January – a healthy but not spectacular level of growth that stands in marked contrast with the final three … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Congress, Economy, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Leadership, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | Leave a comment

In the Aftermath of the Inauguration

President Donald J. Trump noted in his inaugural address: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Congress, Crony capitalism, Economy, Environment, Free Trade, Hillary Clinton, Natural Resources, Obamacare, President Donald Trump, President Obama | Leave a comment

Can the Government Ever Tell the Truth

I’ve told this story before but it is worth repeating.  Last spring a census taker appeared at our door to conduct an “interim” census in order to boost federal welfare spending in our area.  It was one of those days … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Corruption, Ethics, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, President Obama, Social Security, Transparency | Leave a comment

Real Tax Reform is Not What the Republicans are Talking About

Remember when the Democrats talked about “tax reform” but they really meant tax increases?  With the election of Donald Trump (R) as President and control of the House of Representatives and Senate still in the hands of the Republicans that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Public Employee Unions, Tax Reform, Taxes | Leave a comment

Schrader votes with party bosses to give slush funds to liberal activists

Colm for Congress Salem, OR — On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016 (HR 5063). This legislation ensures that money acquired by the Department of Justice for settling cases will go … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congress, Congressional Races, Federal Government, Government reform | Leave a comment

Jacking the Trump Train

The other day I was asked whether I was on the “Trump Train.”  I had to think about that for a minute or two.  NO, I am not on the “Trump Train” but YES, I am going to vote for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Corruption, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Liberalism, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Republican Party | Leave a comment

Hypocrisy from Dem Oregon House Majority Leader over DC ‘Sit in’

by Rep. Bill Post As America has watched this week, the U.S. House Democrats staged a “sit in” on the House floor. Now I am not debating the issue but rather the hypocrisy of our own Oregon House Majority Party … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Oregon House | 58 Comments

Willis calls on Schrader to denounce stunt

Colm for Congress Democrats’ Partisan point-scoring over-rides good government Stayton, OR — Yesterday, a group of Democratic Congressmen staged a “sit-in” on the House of Representatives floor that disrupted the proceedings and forced Speaker Ryan to adjourn the House. In … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:59 | Posted in Congress | 23 Comments

Unifying the Republican Party

So this past weekend, the politicians and political pundits dominated the headlines with questions as to whether and how presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could unify the Party. Before you get all nervous about this let’s remembers a couple … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, President Obama | 27 Comments

Republicans on the Path to Self-destruction

When it all began, there were sixteen candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Of that sixteen, eight (Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), business woman Carly Fiorina (R), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Gov. Rick … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Congress, Crony capitalism, Donald Trump, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Ted Cruz | 10 Comments

The Trump Effect

Political pundits and media elites (all cut from the same cloth) are wringing their collective hands over the fact that despite Donald Trump’s blow torch rhetoric and overblown (often internally contradictive) promises to deal with America’s major problems, he still … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Leadership, U.S. Senate | 13 Comments

Is DeFazio calling for fed crackdown on marijuana in Oregon?

by NW Spotlight It seems that NOW Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in Oregon. DeFazio recently “gave a fiery speech on the U.S. house floor” on the “armed militia protest … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, Oregon Attorney General | 2 Comments

Donald Trump and the OMG Chorus

I am not a Donald Trump fan. He doesn’t even finish in my top three candidates. (They are, in alphabetical order, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Marco Rubio). Still, I am fascinated by Mr. Trump’s unerring ability to tap into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Leadership, Media, President Obama | 5 Comments

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