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 of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” It’s still up on the White House web site.
Like so many other promises from President Obama, the reality has been almost the opposite of his promise to the American people. Not surprising from someone who accepted a 2011 transparency award in a closed-door meeting. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Oregon’s Republican primary race for U.S. Senate made the Wall Street Journal late yesterday. The article by Fred Barnes, with the subtitle “Republicans in Washington [D.C.] picked an ‘electable’ primary candidate. They may need to rethink what that means,” describes the race between the two high profile candidates Rep. Jason Conger and Monica Wehby.
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The national employment report for March was both encouraging and misleading.
On the positive side, the rate of unemployment held steady at 6.7 percent. The report stated that nearly 200 thousand net new jobs had been created in the last month.
Are happy days here again? Perhaps we should delay the start of the celebration.
On the negative side, the rate of employment remains at only about 59 percent. The employment rate is the ratio of those who are working as a share of the total population of potential workers. This means that more than two of every five potential employees currently do not have a job. Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
It appears Elizabeth Furse supporters shamelessly attacked County Commissioner Bob Terry for not being a veteran when he indeed is. Instead of asking Bob Terry to verify his veteran record, a Furse supporter decided to to file a state ethics complaint helping to set the standard for all veteran candidates that “all veterans are guilty until proven innocent!” The KOIN-TV news clip shows how the Elizabeth Furse supporters acted recklessly and vindicated County Commissioner Bob Terry when Terry showed his military credentials. Bob Terry and all veteran office holders deserve better than a slander-first-apologize later attacks by the Elizabeth Furse supporters. If you are outraged over this veteran smear then join Bob Terry for a walk this Saturday.
by Lars Larson
The Attorney General certainly didn’t appreciate it – being challenged by Louie Gohmert, member of Congress. He went as far as to say that it was racism that led the Congressman to ask those tough questions.
It’s actually kind of a good thing when you hear Eric Holder, Attorney General, accuse somebody like Louie Gohmert of racism. Do you know what it says when a Democrat or anybody else stoops to playing the race card? It says that they’ve run out of sensible arguments, they’ve run out of facts that support their point of view, and all they can do is reach in and say it has to be my skin color. Continue reading
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
Have you heard that the Administration has proposed transferring control over internet domain names from the United States to another entity? I join those who are concerned about any change that could leave the internet vulnerable to power grabs from international governments.
That’s why I led a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology—which I chair—about this proposal. Click here to watch coverage of this hearing from Fox News . Continue reading
Right From the Start
Recessions are a natural phenomena of a free market. In the simplest terms recessions result from an over supply and they recover when the excess supply is eventually consumed. Left alone, a recession will cure itself over an abbreviated time line. Governments can make a recession worse, or the recovery slower, by virtue of interference in the marketplace. In the latest recession, the policies of President George W. Bush and the Democrat controlled Congress made the recession worse and the policies of President Barack Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress made the recovery slower. (For most working men and women, despite the “technical” end of the recession, recovery is clearly invisible and their opportunities for employment are demonstrably limited.)
But what is in plentiful supply is hypocrisy.
This weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Jeffery Sparshott noting that we had reached a milestone – America, under Mr. Obama, had finally regained the record 116.09 million private sector jobs set by Mr. Bush in January of 2008 immediately before the economic crash. You would think we should be celebrating. Continue reading