The Ugliness of Those Bent on Violence

  “Yes, in the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate” Mahatma Ghandi On August 12, 2017, a group of white supremacists, neo-nazis, and allied thugs and … Continue reading

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Portland:  Groupthink and Violence

Portland – not Oregon, just Portland – is one of the most liberal cities in America. Portland (Multnomah County) has about 515,000 registered voters – nearly 54% are Democrats and less than 13% are Republicans.  Many of the remaining 33% … Continue reading

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Political Correctness Driven to the Absurd

Rigid adherence to any political ideology will ultimately produce foolish results.  For instance the accepted norm for conservatives is to oppose abortion on demand while supporting imposition of the death penalty.  I have been a conservative all of my adult … Continue reading

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Bad Consequences of Public Policies Aren’t Really “Unintended,” Just “Unacknowledged”

By Steve Buckstein Decades of research and experience tell us that raising the government-imposed minimum wage results in fewer younger and lower-skilled individuals being hired, and in some of them losing jobs they previously held at lower wages.* Decades of … Continue reading

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How Much Is the Elliott State Forest Worth to Oregon Schools? (Don’t Forget the Value of Compounding)

By John A. Charles, Jr. Advocates of public schools frequently complain about the need for more money, yet many of them are now objecting that the State Land Board is on the verge of selling off the Elliott State Forest, … Continue reading

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Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy Claim Is “Greenwashing”

By Allison Coleman In 2001, the Portland City Council declared that by 2010, all electricity used by city agencies would come from renewable energy. However, by 2010, only 9 percent of Portland’s power was renewable. Undeterred, in 2012 Portland leaders … Continue reading

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Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

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MAX at 30: Portland Transit Needs a New Plan

By John A. Charles, Jr. September 5 marked the official 30th anniversary of the opening of TriMet’s light rail system. Like many Portland residents, I took a free ride that day and felt that this was a big step forward … Continue reading

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Saving Bend

We were in Bend last weekend. We love being in Bend. What’s not to like? The setting reminds us of Whitefish, Montana, where we were married forty plus years ago. Few places can rival Bend for its rugged natural beauty, … Continue reading

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If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Google’s War on the Poor

By John A. Charles, Jr. Google announced recently that it would no longer run ads for payday loans, the short-term loans that typically have high annual interest rates due to the poor credit of customers. Google’s decision is significant because … Continue reading

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Who Profits from Gambling?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant … Continue reading

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Where Did President Obama Stay in Cuba?

By Steve Buckstein Last week, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President in nearly 90 years to visit the country of Cuba. While security concerns may have prevented him staying in a private home rented through Airbnb, he would have had … Continue reading

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Portland Chases Another Dream

By John A. Charles, Jr. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build … Continue reading

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WES at 7: Still a Financial Train Wreck

By John A. Charles, Jr. February marks the seven-year anniversary of the Westside Express Service (WES), the 15-mile commuter rail line that runs from Wilsonville to Beaverton. While the train’s owner, TriMet, promotes WES as a transit success story, the … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is an Idiot

On this past Thursday evening, Edward Archer shot and critically wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett, a Philadelphia police officer, in an unprovoked attack. Mr. Archer proclaimed that he was a disciple of the international Islamic terrorist organization known as the Islamic … Continue reading

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