Renewing Labor’s Moral Sense

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a speech Tuesday expressing concern about Americans’ shifting attitudes toward work and government. “We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society,” he said. “That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally….We’ll … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Food Stamps, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 38 Comments

Obamacare: Pain or Prescription for College Students’ Ailing Futures?

By Rebecca Phillips Have you ever heard of someone waiting 18 months to get an MRI? It’s a frequent scenario in Canada, a country that is noticeably free in most respects. The exception is health care, which is controlled by … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , , , | 887 Comments

A Supreme Court Precedent Against ObamaCare

When federal and state law conflict, under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) federal law often takes precedence. But it doesn’t always. Oregon was in the forefront of what could be a very relevant exception. In Gonzales v. Oregon, … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:15 | Posted in Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform | Tagged , , , , | 2,072 Comments

Federal Health Care Reform: A Two-Year Report Card

by Dr. Roger Stark Major health care reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) became law two years ago. The legislation passed with only Democratic votes and totaled a massive 2,700 pages. The Medicare and Medicaid programs, by contrast, were … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , , | 26 Comments

Cold Medicine Prescriptions Have Not Reduced Meth Lab Incidents or Use in Oregon

The production and use of methamphetamine—a highly addictive drug often made with store-bought ingredients—continues to be a serious problem for many states around the country, including Oregon. Curbing meth’s negative impacts on communities, individuals, and families is an important societal … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Economy, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Oregon Government | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Lars Larson: Obama violates religious beliefs

by Lars Larson Would you rather go to jail or violate your most closely held religious beliefs? The President of the United States has cooked up quite a mess. His Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius, has ordered that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, President Obama | 916 Comments

Government research says nicotine a gateway to cocaine

USA.gov – National Institutes of Health (NIH) A recent study in mice showed that nicotine had an effect on certain genes in the brain that could make them more susceptible to cocaine addiction. Brain Research Shows how Nicotine can be … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:12 | Posted in Health & Human Services | 27 Comments

“We Have a Year to Figure out How to Violate Our Consciences”

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience,” stated Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2012 Presidential Election, Federal Budget, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, President Obama, Religion, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5,304 Comments

Come laugh! It’s for the children!

Do you have the winter blues? Are you looking for a good laugh? You are in luck! The Liberi Foundation has chosen three local children’s charities to benefit from the proceeds of its first annual “Night of a Thousand Laughs.” … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Government Anesthesia

Nobody likes pain, but we need it. This may sound counterintuitive or cruel when you are suffering with an injury or illness, but severe dangers accompany a life without pain. A rare genetic disorder renders some people incapable of feeling … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Food Stamps, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 1,787 Comments

Kitzhaber’s friend Don Berwick steps down

by NW Spotlight Yesterday was Dr. Don Berwick’s last day as the top administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Boston Globe reported that “Berwick was a controversial figure among Republicans mainly because of his praise … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:39 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Health & Human Services | 5 Comments

Health Care’s Newest Epidemic: Red Tape

By Douglas A. Perednia, M.D. Here’s a riddle: What costs Americans over $12 billion per year, generates more work than the nation’s thirteenth largest employer, drives millions of doctors and patients crazy, and is growing so fast it makes kudzu … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, President Obama | Tagged , , , | 30 Comments

Personal Health Accounts Empower Medicaid Recipients

As Michael Sherraden pointed out 20 years ago in his book Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy, the key to getting ahead is not income but assets. People play better and smarter when they have a stake … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government, Social Security, State Budget, State Taxes, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged , , , , | 250 Comments

A Health Clinic by Another Name…

Will the Oregon Health Plan “Transformation” Work? By Douglas A. Perednia, M.D. Here’s a question for you. If you quietly take thousands of Oregonians hostage and then release them with great fanfare, does that make you a kidnapper or a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

Real Health Insurance Reform

The day after the Oregon legislature finished voting to create an Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, as required by the federal Affordable Care Act, a three-judge federal panel in Atlanta heard arguments from 26 states seeking to have the federal law … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health & Human Services | Tagged | 285 Comments

Oregon’s Anti-BPA Packaging Legislation May Jeopardize Public Health

By Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. The Oregon Senate recently voted in favor of SB 695, which would ban BPA use for children’s food containers, baby bottles and sippy cups starting in January 2013. The Oregon House has yet to vote on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

The ABCs of Environmental Hysteria: Activists, Bisphenol-A and Children

Spreading like wildfire, more attempts have been made to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) at the state level in 2011 than in any previous year. More than 50 bills have been introduced in legislatures across the country to ban a chemical that … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:45 | Posted in Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Don’t Make Nicotine a Prescription Drug

If you thought that nothing could be more hazardous to Oregonians’ health than plastic grocery bags, just wait until the health police make nicotine a prescription drug. Think I’m kidding? House Bill 2233 is already in the pipeline in Salem. … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

President Obama, Why, Sir, Why?

Washington DC’s school voucher program for low-income students is in danger. Despite the program’s clear success, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is preventing new vouchers (Opportunity Scholarships) from being awarded, and he is rescinding scholarships before Congress has decided whether to reauthorize the program. You can read more about this in yesterday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal or watch this video, which features a woman who was an ardent Obama supporters prior to the Opportunity Scholarship Program coming under attack:

“Let’s see if it works”¦and if it does, whatever my preconceptions, you do what’s best for kids.”
Barack Obama
February 2008


Christina Martin is Director of the Asset Ownership Project and a policy analyst for the School Choice Project at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Health & Human Services | 545 Comments

A Way Out of the School Problem

Wages and Benefits are out of control. We must confront the teachers union and make the changes that make students the winners. With substantial change of how schools are run a $50 million local levy would easily pass.

The salary schedule for Portland is not much different than others but Portland spends far more on salaries because the bulk of the teachers are in the top brackets. The shrinking number of students and blind seniority promotion has left too many high priced teachers. Portland is top heavy.

Posted by at 07:36 | Posted in Health & Human Services | 1,385 Comments

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