Forrest Gump and CalPERS

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is in financial trouble.  It’s nothing new.  CalPERS, like the public employees retirement systems in big spender states (e.g. Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and others) have succumbed to the escalating wage and benefit … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government Waste, PERS, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 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

Subsidizing Healthcare for the Poor

The bill establishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is 906 pages long.  There are over 13,000 additional pages of regulation that accompanies the bill.  Because Obamacare touched so many other areas of the law including taxation, licensing, and welfare estimates … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Spending, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, President Donald Trump, Welfare State | 6 Comments

The Filibuster and Its Abuse by Senate Slackers

The “filibuster” is the least understood and most abused parliamentary maneuver in the United States Senate.  It has a rich historical pedigree that dates back to ancient Rome where Cato the Younger, a Roman senator, was said to have used … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Filibuster, Government Abuse, Leadership, U.S. Senate | Leave a comment

Added Trouble for PERS

What is an annuity cash flow calculator?  What is the net present value of a stream of income?  Why are the public employee unions so concerned about it?  Okay, if you were forced to endure a teachers union led education … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Abuse, Government corruption, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Forbes Magazine calls out Brad Avakian abuses

by NW Spotlight Oregon and its arrogant one-party rule by Democrats has once again drawn negative national attention. This latest national attention is on Oregon’s Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, who is now running for Oregon Secretary of State. Yesterday, Forbes … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:25 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government Abuse, Government reform, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner | Leave a comment

Twenty-Five Years Litigating for Liberty

By Steve Buckstein How many attorneys do you know who make their living defending liberty? Well, 43 attorneys work full-time at the national public interest law firm Institute for Justice. They protect school choice, economic liberty, the First Amendment, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in First Amendment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Leadership | Leave a comment

Free Speech and Liberal Repression

One of the pillars of freedom is free speech. Without it a democracy becomes an oligarchy (rule by the elite) and from there devolves to a kakistocracy (rule by the least competent). Free speech only exists when the public has … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Abuse, Hillary Clinton, Liberalism, Obamacare, Oregon Supreme Court, President Obama, Progressivism, Transparency | 39 Comments

Full Employment Act of 2016: Dealing with Cheats

I like to think of myself as a rational human being. But there are a few things that drive me to irrationality simply by their frequency, duration, and in-your-face public display. In this case we are talking about the abuse … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Government Abuse, Liberalism, Portland, Progressivism, Satire | 5 Comments

New website on scandals & pay-to-play politics of Salem Democrats

Promote Oregon Leadership PAC Salem, Ore. – Promote Oregon Leadership PAC launched a website and ad campaign highlighting the scandals and pay-to-play style politics of Salem Democrats. The website, www.SalemDemocrats.com, includes the release of a digital ad featuring ex-Governor John … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption | 4 Comments

Sen. Betsy Johnson’s bill to hold state agencies accountable

by NW Spotlight Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week is reporting that Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) is introducing a bill in the upcoming Oregon legislative ‘short session’ to create a Legislative Committee on Accountability. The bill is SB 1577 (LC-0052), and … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:11 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Government Abuse, Government reform, Green Energy, Health & Human Services, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 7 Comments

Ending state agency abuse of attorney-client privilege

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Attorney-client privilege is an uninfringeable pillar of our legal system. That system rightfully and unambiguously protects disclosure of those communications. Further, attorneys are specifically excluded from being compelled to testify regarding most communications with their client … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Oregon Government, Transparency | 1 Comment

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