That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

By Steve Buckstein One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Washington’s War on Millennials

By Jared Meyer Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and achieving success will be more difficult for these so-called Millennials than it was for young people in the past. This is because politicians … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Liberalism, Life, Obamacare, Right-to-Work | Tagged , , , , , | 5 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

Our public lands must not go up in smoke

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies. Our … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Waste, Natural Resources, Timber | Leave a comment

Will Washington State drugged driving fatalities trigger fed intervention?

by NW Spotlight Data released recently from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission showed that “Fatal crashes involving marijuana doubled in Washington after legalization.” The Oregonian reported “The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for active … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Marijuana | 8 Comments

Hundreds rally in Beaverton to call for defunding Planned Parenthood

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 … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Abortion, Federal Government | 24 Comments

The Crisis of Common Sense

By Steve Buckstein I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste | Tagged , , , , , | 2 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

Federal Education Carrots Turn into Sticks

By Steve Buckstein The debate over Common Core educational standards and the new Smarter Balanced high-stakes tests is heating up in the state capitol. The carrot of better educational outcomes is being overshadowed by the stick of losing lots of … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:25 | Posted in Education, Federal Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

June 1st Public Debate: Do Citizens in a Free Society Have a Right to Privacy in Charitable Giving?

By Steve Buckstein Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Marijuana, Marriage, Oregon Government, State Government, Transparency | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The complexities and risks of Oregon’s marijuana legalization

by Dan Lucas Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998 with Ballot Measure 67, and last year Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana with Measure 91 – which will take effect July 1, 2015. Even though marijuana use will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session | 6 Comments

America’s 2015 Tax Bill? It’s 31% of the Work Year

By Kathryn Hickok Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 24, six days later than it was two years ago. Tax Freedom Day is a calendar-based measure of Americans’ cumulative tax bill. It is calculated as the day on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Government Waste, Jobs, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Feds still struggle to care for Oregon veterans

Willamette University College of Law Federalist Society Despite last year’s well publicized VA scandal, the federal government continues to provide our nation’s veterans with inadequate access to healthcare. Veterans – in many cases as a result of being tragically overinsured … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Veterans | 3 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

Up to 75% of Oregon medical marijuana goes to black market

by NW Spotlight Jeff Mapes at the Oregonian wrote an article on Friday that reported the chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission estimates “as much as 75 percent of the medical marijuana in the state winds up going to … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:30 | Posted in Federal Government, Marijuana | 29 Comments

Are ObamaCare’s Insurance Subsidies Legal?

By Kathryn Hickok Last Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not have the authority to circumvent … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Meet “The Man Who Could Bring Down ObamaCare”

Would you like to meet the man the media says could bring down ObamaCare? You’ll have that opportunity next Thursday evening, February 26, when Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute speaks in Portland. Cannon is an architect of the legal strategy … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Obamacare, Progressivism | Tagged , , , , | 351 Comments

“Tax the Rich,” Reprise

In President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, he apparently will advocate for more taxes on the rich. It’s a tried-and-true political platform aimed at gaining support from those who think that some people make too much money … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Progressivism, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 3,970 Comments

Real Tax Reform

This column is about tax reform. But first a didactic press moment. The Phoenix newspaper (Arizona Republic) carried a series of stories last week designed to rev up interest in the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX to be held in Phoenix … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government reform, Taxes | 408 Comments

Feds buying off states with money that increases debt

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our nation’s founders were more apprehensive about creating an all-powerful central government than they were fearful of intervention by foreign states. For that reason, they created a federalist Constitution designed to check and balance the powers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Oregon Government, State Budget | 23 Comments

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