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

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

Don’t Steal the Kicker

By Steve Buckstein Would you like to pay $284 less in Oregon personal income tax next year? That’s what the average taxpayer may save if Oregon’s constitutional kicker law is allowed to take effect. The kicker law requires that if … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Oregon Government, Oregon House, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Caution: Avoid ‘irrational exuberance’ over revenue forecast

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously used the phrase “irrational exuberance” in 1996 to describe conditions in which the stock market becomes overvalued. His comments came a few years before the crash of the dot-com … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Budget | 3 Comments

Oregon facing $3 billion budget crisis next biennium (2017-19)?

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The big news this week was the revenue forecast, which is up an additional $463 million. This means there is an additional $1.75 billion in this budget cycle. On the front end we should keep … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:49 | Posted in Government Spending, Obamacare, OR 78th Legislative Session, PERS, State Budget | 9 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

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

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

By John A. Charles, Jr. During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed payroll tax increase will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Cascade Report Exposes $2.6 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities

By Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated with non-pension benefits promised to current and future retirees. Referred to as “Other … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:14 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Spending, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Equal Outcome Is the Wrong Goal

By John A. Charles, Jr. In Governor Kitzhaber’s final inaugural address last week, he focused on the themes of equality and community. Specifically, he wants to reduce the gap between rich and poor. He also believes that only through collective action … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , | 451 Comments

The Governor’s Budget: Much More Than Beer Money

By Steve Buckstein Governor John Kitzhaber released his proposed 2015-17 budget this week. Critics were quick to argue that it’s either too much or too little, depending on their point of view. Media reports focused on his General Fund budget … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Spending, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 625 Comments

Scare Tactics Not Working in Road Tax Debates

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently issued a report describing the deteriorating condition of Oregon highways. The authors estimate that the cumulative cost to the state economy from poor roads will be $94 billion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 29 Comments

Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

By Steve Buckstein Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Voting | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

New Monica Wehby ad on govt spending, $17 trillion debt

Posted by at 06:37 | Posted in 2014 Election, Federal Budget, Government Spending, U.S. Senate | 16 Comments

Highway fix built on false funds, gas tax dreams

By Tom Butler Taxpayer Association of Oregon Former State Rep. & County Commissioner.  Board Member Taxpayer Association Oregon. “The Federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money”… so, what else is new in the government budget business? After decades … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Taxes, Transportation | 10 Comments

Obama and the General Motors Cover-up

General Motors Company (ruefully labeled Government Motors) has issued recalls for over 17 Million cars in the United States alone. Some 2.6 Million of those involved the faulty ignition switch that has been blamed for over fifty accidents and some … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Ethics, Government Spending, Leadership, President Obama, Scandals, Unions | 6 Comments

Oregon ranks 31st in long-run solvency

by NW Spotlight In January 2014 the Mercatus Center at George Mason University released a study titled State Fiscal Condition – Ranking the 50 States. It included a Ranking of States Long-Run Solvency using data from FY 2012. Oregon ranked … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health Care Reform, PERS, State Budget | 233 Comments

Obama’s road & bridge repair scam

by NW Spotlight Yesterday, the White House sent out notice that “America’s Roads and Bridges Are Crumbling.” There’s even some great infographics on the White House web site, and this dire warning “The funding to fix our nation’s roads and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, President Obama, Transportation | 2,576 Comments

Wealth and Mobility

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Liz Hoffman about Pfizer Inc.’s pending offer to buy AstraZeneca for nearly $100 Billion dollars. The essence of the article is found in the first paragraph: “Pfizer Inc.’s nearly $100 billion offer … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:20 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Leadership, Liberalism, State Government, Unions | 291 Comments

Oregon increasing its appetite for federal money

by Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog Oregon is gorging itself on the the federal pie. The money it gets from the feds rose to 6.1 percent — to $16.4 billion — in 2013-15,  as compared to  2011-13. The Oregon Health Authority got … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Government Spending, State Budget | 351 Comments

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