New Transportation Funding Bill: Going Nowhere FAST

By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this month, Congress passed H.R. 22, a five-year transportation funding bill known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST. Under the terms of FAST, the federal Highway Trust Fund will take in about $208 billion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (3rd Edition)

This is the second update to a column I wrote in April of this year and updated in July. It will also be the last because nothing has changed. Nothing is likely to change and the thought of revisiting the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congress, Foreign Relations, Government Waste, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, Taxes | 8 Comments

Hillary Clinton vs. the Benghazi Committee

For those of you expecting new revelations on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi disaster, or her use of a private email account and unsecured server for State Department business, or the convenient timing of donations … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Benghazi, Congress, Gov. Kate Brown, Hillary Clinton | 23 Comments

Better Leadership for Congress

The United States House of Representatives has set Thursday, October 8 as the date for choosing the successor to Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House. By all accounts Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the odds-on favorite to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Carly Fiorina, Congress, Hillary Clinton, Leadership | 3 Comments

Realigning the Priorities of Congress

Last week Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “stunned” the political world by announcing that he was resigning as Speaker and from the United State House of Representatives at the end of October. I’m not sure why the “political … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Congress, Federal Budget, GOP, Government corruption, IRS Scandal, Leadership | 11 Comments

Re-energizing the Authority of Congress

Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. For those of you expecting anything near the truth to be outed during this hearing, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Abortion, Benghazi, Congress, Federal Government, GOP, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Impeachment, President Obama, U.S. Senate | 3 Comments

Will Hillary Withdraw?

The hottest topics of conversation at the moment in circles that care about politics are two: Will Hillary Clinton (D) drop out of the presidential race in light of the criminal investigations relating to her use of a private email … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Congress, Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden | 21 Comments

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 | 7 Comments

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

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 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:39 | Posted in Congress, GMO | 1 Comment

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

Over one million Oregonians will be harmed by today’s Supreme Court ObamaCare decision

The U.S. Supreme Court decision today in the King v. Burwell case is a sad reminder that the President of the United States and his Administration can arbitrarily interpret laws passed by Congress to suit their own purposes. In this … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:28 | Posted in Congress, Cover Oregon, Federal Government, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, U.S. Supreme Court | 20 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

The Inaction of Congress Makes It Complicit in Obama Abuses

President Barack Obama has earned a reputation as an accomplished liar. It appears to be a trait that he shares with his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I must say that Mr. Obama has been far more successful at … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Hillary Clinton, Leadership, President Obama | 13 Comments

Waiting on the Promises of the Republican Majority

The mainstream media is fawning over President Barack Obama’s striking a deal with Iran to allegedly ban their development of nuclear weapons. And FOX News and the talk radio hosts are equally dyspeptic over Mr. Obama creating a pathway for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Employment, Ethics, Iran, President Obama | 8 Comments

Oregon Seniors Deserve Truth in Medicare Reform

By Steve Buckstein and Patrick M. Gleason If Congress doesn’t act by the end of this month, when payment cuts to Medicare providers are scheduled to hit, there will be a major health care crisis. Topping the to-do list is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Health Care Reform | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Greg Walden: Keeping IRS, EPA, UN, Obama excesses in check

by Greg Walden Plan to keep spending in check, rein in federal red tape Speaking at community meetings in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, I gave an update on the bill passed by Congress to fund most of the government through … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, President Obama | 387 Comments

Concerns with Oregon marijuana-related investments

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Despite the recent passage of Measure 91 in Oregon’s November general election, state laws allowing the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana are in direct conflict with the Controlled Substances Act that was enacted by Congress … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:29 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, State Government | 278 Comments

Can President Obama Negotiate with the Republicans?

Almost immediately after witnessing the crushing defeat suffered by President Barack Obama in last week’s congressional elections, the political pundits began to ask how Mr. Obama might bargain with the newly elected Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Let … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Congress, Leadership, Liberalism, Obamacare, President Obama | 27 Comments

Should President Obama Be Impeached?

I am a huge fan of Gov. Sarah Palin. No, I don’t think she should be president (or vice-president) but she certainly could not have done worse than the present occupants of those two offices. My enthusiasm for Ms. Palin … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Ethics, Impeachment, Leadership, President Obama, Sarah Palin | 48 Comments

Rep. Greg Walden: Permanently banning internet access taxes

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden The Internet is possibly the most important technological advancement since the printing press. Governments’ hands off approach has enabled the internet to rapidly grow into a powerful engine for our economy. At the beginning of the … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:57 | Posted in Congress, Internet Regulation | 11 Comments

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