Government Investing Social Security Funds

Monday’s Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2017) carried competing opinion pieces regarding “Should the Social Security Trust Fund Be Allowed to Invest in Stocks.”  It is an interesting debate that surprisingly finds the left supporting stock market investment and the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Spending, Social Security, Transparency | 4 Comments

Can the Government Ever Tell the Truth

I’ve told this story before but it is worth repeating.  Last spring a census taker appeared at our door to conduct an “interim” census in order to boost federal welfare spending in our area.  It was one of those days … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Corruption, Ethics, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, President Obama, Social Security, Transparency | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Transparency | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

By John A. Charles, Jr. In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Free Speech and Liberal Repression

One of the pillars of freedom is free speech. Without it a democracy becomes an oligarchy (rule by the elite) and from there devolves to a kakistocracy (rule by the least competent). Free speech only exists when the public has … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Abuse, Hillary Clinton, Liberalism, Obamacare, Oregon Supreme Court, President Obama, Progressivism, Transparency | 39 Comments

Why not increase transparency in the legislative process?

Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, OR – For the fifth time, Senator Alan Olsen (R – Canby) will introduce legislation adding transparency in the amendment process. “We have a governor who promised more transparency in her administration, but we keep hearing … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Scandals, Transparency | Leave a comment

Ending state agency abuse of attorney-client privilege

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Attorney-client privilege is an uninfringeable pillar of our legal system. That system rightfully and unambiguously protects disclosure of those communications. Further, attorneys are specifically excluded from being compelled to testify regarding most communications with their client … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Oregon Government, Transparency | 1 Comment

Rep. Mike Nearman calls for immediate DHS changes

Rep. Mike Nearman Salem, OR – On Tuesday, Representative Mike Nearman (R-Independence) called on Interim Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki to replace Public Affairs Director Gene Evans immediately. Rep. Nearman issued the call after learning that Director Evans … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Oregon Government, Oregon House, State Government, Transparency | 1 Comment

The Futility of Public Hearings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Leiken calls on Gov. Brown, Sec of State Atkins to improve transparency

Sid Leiken (candidate for Oregon Secretary of State) SALEM, Ore.- An audit, released this week by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, shows that Oregon’s public records system is in need of significant improvements. The findings reinforce concerns voiced by … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, Transparency | 5 Comments

Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, TriMet, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

June 1st Public Debate: Do Citizens in a Free Society Have a Right to Privacy in Charitable Giving?

By Steve Buckstein Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Marijuana, Marriage, Oregon Government, State Government, Transparency | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rep. Bill Kennemer working to reign in abuse of emergency clause

46% of bills used “emergency clause”, bypass the referendum process Rep. Bill Kennemer SALEM – Representative Bill Kennemer (R-Canby/Oregon City) has introduced House Joint Resolution 33, an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would require legislation declaring an emergency to … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:19 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Transparency | 7 Comments

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

The Petition to Request President Barack Obama to Resign

For the past several months my columns have detailed the damaging activities of President Barack Obama during his presidency and have stated that he is unfit to serve in the high office of President of the United States. At the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Benghazi, Ethics, Foreign Relations, Iran, Israel, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Scandals, Transparency | 403 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

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

Another broken Obama promise: Openness and transparency

by NW Spotlight Obama’s administration: “a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” Remember back in January 2009 when President Obama said in a memo to his administration “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:43 | Posted in President Obama, Transparency | 17 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

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