Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

By John A. Charles, Jr. State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate rises, it encourages people to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Smoking Bans, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 251 Comments

A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

By Steve Buckstein Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 37 Comments

Politics and Public Liars

In the aftermath (or it may simply be the middle) of the Brian Williams scandal, we should take a look at public liars. It appears that these public liars fall into three categories: The first group includes those who inflate … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, President Obama | 11 Comments

2015’s Forward-Looking Celebration of School Choice

By Kathryn Hickok January 25-31 is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan way.” Planned by a diverse coalition … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , | 2,595 Comments

Christmas –2014: A Season for Hope

In a year filled with so much tragedy, conflict and antipathy we sometimes have to search hard for optimism. I went back through my columns over the past decade to remind me of the goodness of man and the reason … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Christmas, Ethics, Individual Responsiblity, Progressivism | 3 Comments

Let’s Talk Turkey – with Uncle Sam

By Steve Buckstein On this Thanksgiving I have to give credit to The Blaze for alerting me to a serious issue of public concern. Apparently the U.S. government, in its collective wisdom, believes that Americans need its help to purchase, … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Progressivism | Tagged , , , | 32 Comments

A Time for Choosing

By Steve Buckstein Did you choose between a left or right in last week’s election? If that phrase sounds familiar, perhaps you watched an emerging leader utter it 50 years ago last month. In 1964 an actor named Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Voting | Tagged , , , | 43 Comments

Dissociative Tendencies of President Obama

There is a dissociative element to President Barack Obama. It occurs between what he says and what he does contemporaneously, between what he says in scripted remarks and unscripted responses made contemporaneously, between what he says is fact and what … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, President Obama, Transparency | 3,429 Comments

American Prestige in Decline

American Prestige in Decline What a mess! As the prestige of America declines conflicts in all parts of the world accelerate. Russia is threatening an actual – as opposed to a proxy – invasion of the Ukraine. The entire Middle … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton, Individual Responsiblity, Israel, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Terrorism | 3 Comments

Can Obama Reset Our Foreign Policy?

This weekend’s Meet the Press edition brought a remarkable comment from the network that is President Barack Obama’s chief apologist. The assertion was that the train wreck that is Mr. Obama’s foreign policy is to be expected as America searches … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Afghanistan, Economy, Individual Responsiblity, Iraq, President Obama | Tagged | 770 Comments

Free Speech vs. Collective Bargaining (Non-legalese)

Last week’s column dealt with the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harris v. Quinn. This is the case in which the court ruled that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could not require individuals who received public funds … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Free Speech, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 577 Comments

Word Gets Around: Obama’s Promises Ring Hollow

In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Gerald Seib writes: “Of all the lessons one might draw from Russia’s bullying of Ukraine, this may be the most coldblooded of all: If you want to behave badly, it helps to have a lot … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, President Obama, Ukraine | 702 Comments

The Crimea: What Would You Do Different?

We were at a gathering last week and the discussion moved from the plight of Malaysian Airline Flight 370 to the fiasco in the Crimea.  As the discussion evolved and criticism of President Barack Obama rose, someone (probably one of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Afghanistan, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Individual Responsiblity, Iraq, Leadership, President Obama | 26 Comments

America’s New Royalty

America’s New Royalty Tuesday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal carried an article confirming that Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney had withdrawn from the Republican primary for the United States Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mike … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Ethics, Individual Responsiblity, Iraq, Leadership, McCain, President Obama, Voting | 306 Comments

Obama’s Lies Tear at the Fabric of the Presidency

During a trial, a lawyer is permitted to test the veracity of a witness by demonstrating prior inconsistent statements.  The lawyers can also challenge the witness’ character for truthfulness and thus demonstrate the witness’ propensity to lie. President Barack Obama … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama | 402 Comments

AP: Cover Oregon Is ObamaCare’s “Biggest Failure”

By Kathryn Hickok More than seven weeks after launch, Oregon’s online health insurance exchange Cover Oregon still hasn’t enrolled one person, surprising out-of-state onlookers who would have voted Oregon “most likely to succeed.” An Associated Press story puts it this … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Obamacare, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Government | Tagged , , , | 346 Comments

Avoiding Responsibility at the Presidential Level

  In 1945, a serial killer, subsequently identified as William Heirens, left a message in the home of one of his victims – scrawled across the mirror in lipstick was the following: “For heavens sake catch me before I kill … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Individual Responsiblity, IRS Scandal, President Obama, Privacy, Terrorism | 20 Comments

Why the Lorax Loves Forestry

By Todd Myers “From outside in the fields came a sickening smack of an axe on a tree. Then we heard the tree fall. The very last Truffula tree of them all.” –From The Lorax, Dr. Seuss This spring, a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Global Warming, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Land Use Laws, Natural Resources, Oregon Government | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Portland – the city that works (over consumers)

The slogan “Keep Portland Weird” was reinforced recently when the city threatened to fine two local companies a total of $895,000 for—get this—offering to charge prices the city deems are “too low.” You see, a 2009 law requires that limousine … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Oregon Government, Transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 393 Comments

To Know the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

Democratic adviser and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen caused widespread offense April 11 by saying that Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “never worked a day in her life.” Rosen’s remarks suggested that because Ann Romney was a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1,548 Comments

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