The Decline of the Port of Portland

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article about the trials and travails of small ports in an age of increasingly larger supersized cargo ships. The article highlighted Portland and the fact that it is a “river port” more than a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government Abuse, Jobs, Land Use Laws, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions | 9 Comments

Rewarding Consistent Bad Behavior

Psychologists, economists, criminologists and parents routinely tell us that past performance is the best predictor of future behavior. Only in politics is that adage routinely ignored – and no more so that when liberals/progressives find past performance an inconvenient barrier … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Iran, John Kerry, Liberalism, President Obama, Progressivism | 9 Comments

Free Speech vs. Compulsory Union Dues

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, I wrote the following column. Last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. CTA which will deal precisely with the issue discussed in my column. There … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Ethics, First Amendment, Free Speech, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 19 Comments

The Duplicity of the Obama Foreign Policy

As this column is being written, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to address the United States Congress. I have no idea what is in that speech but I do know two things about the speech. First, it is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cuba, Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Israel, John Kerry, Leadership, Liberalism, President Obama, Terrorism, Ukraine | 13 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

BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

By Larry Huss, Monday’s Eugene Register Guard carried an article about the new biogas power plant just north of Eugene. Apparently it is mired in a controversy between its former CEO and its primary shareholder. But the real story is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 479 Comments

Can President Obama Negotiate with the Republicans?

Almost immediately after witnessing the crushing defeat suffered by President Barack Obama in last week’s congressional elections, the political pundits began to ask how Mr. Obama might bargain with the newly elected Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Let … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Congress, Leadership, Liberalism, Obamacare, President Obama | 27 Comments

Dem hypocrisy on Citizens United

by NW Spotlight In the Washington Post this week: Wealthy Democratic donor group Democracy Alliance admitted to the Washington Post they were not pleased to see their dark money list made public – they now vow to be more transparent in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:19 | Posted in Liberalism | 318 Comments

Solar Industry’s Snarky Advertisement

For the past couple of weeks there has been an ad playing on the radio by one of the companies that sell, lease or install solar panels. That ad asks the question as to whether solar power is now so … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Federal Government, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 12 Comments

Are You Better Off Under President Obama?

A little over a year ago I wrote a column in which I declared, facetiously, that I had decided to become a liberal Democrat in the mold of President Barack Obama: “I have decided to become a Barack Obama Democrat. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Liberalism, President Obama | 12 Comments

Banning Smoking on Oregon’s Beaches

The do-gooders of Oregon’s Nanny State are at it again. Recent news articles detail a proposal by the Oregon Parks Department to ban smoking on Oregon’s beaches. The alleged purpose is to reduce the amount of litter and debris on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Liberalism, Marijuana, Public Employee Unions, Smoking Bans | 440 Comments

Iraq: The Epic Failure of Incompetence and Naivete

There are no good choices remaining for dealing with the collapse of Iraq and the ensuing brutality those people will now suffer – particularly the women. Five and one-half years of ineptitude, inaction and incredible naivete by President Barack Obama … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Hillary Clinton, Iran, Iraq, Liberalism, President Obama | 313 Comments

The High Cost of Liberalism

The high cost of liberalism continues to increase. Tuesday mornings Oregonian reported on another “green energy” fantasy slipping into failure at considerable cost to taxpayers. An article by Molly Young stated: “Portland’s SoloPower Systems has missed another monthly payment on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism | 21 Comments

The Oregon Supreme Court Simply Makes It Up

[Mr. Huss is traveling this week.  We have resurrected one of his favorite columns that first appeared in the Medford Mail Tribune in October 0f 2005] The Supreme Court of Oregon has just released its newest opinion on “free speech.” It … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, First Amendment, Liberalism, Oregon Supreme Court | 289 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

Can Republicans Win on Obamacare? Only If They Can Fix It

Last week Republican David Jolly beat Democrat Adelaide (Alex) Sink in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.  Mr. Jolly cast the election as a referendum on Obamacare while Ms. Sink, who supported Obamacare, chose to try to scare the bejezzus out of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Congressional Races, Health Care Reform, Liberalism, Obamacare, President Obama | 22 Comments

Twisting the Political Process in Crook County

Each Spring at the annual meeting of my golf club, somebody stands up to propose rule changes.  In virtually every instance it is because the person proposing and/or his golfing buddies aren’t winning and they believe a change in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Leadership, Liberalism, Non-partisan elections, Public Employee Unions, Transparency, Voting | 10 Comments

Cover Oregon Adds to a Long List of Democrat Failures

Recently a friend asked why, given my consistently unkind comments about President Barack Obama’s singular legislative achievement – Obamacare – had I not opined on Governor John Kitzhaber’s homegrown version of Obamacare – Cover Oregon?  I told him that these … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Waste, Liberalism, Obamacare, Portland Politics, President Obama, State Government | 427 Comments

A Lost Opportunity for Tax Reform

According to the national media, the opportunity for significant tax reform is all but dead for another two years – if not forever.  If you recall, the extreme partisanship between the Democrat Senate and the Republican House and spurred on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Green Energy, Leadership, Liberalism, President Obama | 470 Comments

The Columbia River Crossing Takes Another Blow

Early in comedian Steve Martin’s career, while he was still performing on Saturday Night Live he created a bit that has become part of cultural history: “You say, Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?” Martin’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Public Transportation | 428 Comments

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