SB 1534-B: Last minute tax attack!
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
SB 1534-B has been amended to increase taxes on small business by changing the out-of-state income rates for business. Not only is this a back-door tax but a paperwork nightmare for businesses who would have to identify the geographic location of their income with some income being taxed differently. Do you know which of your customers come from Vancouver versus Portland? The fact that this is happening during the last few days (or hours) of Session means there is a real-life risk of a swift tax attack on Oregon business to steal away their tax relief set by the 2013 Legislature. This tax would help boost government coffers (maybe to fund their 13% growth and $11 billion PERS crisis). David Gomberg tried a few weeks ago to hit small business with a tax increase with his bill HB 4067. Gomberg’s tax plans may succeed in a different form with SB 1534-B. Continue reading
Right From the Start
It is difficult to determine which is more tragic: Justin Bieber trying to act like a “hardass” to prove he is grown up, or President Barack Obama trying to act resolute to prove he is a world leader on the international stage. Both are transparently fatuous. One can understand, but not forgive, the outrageous conduct of Mr. Bieber who is trying to make the transition from child to adult with a “posse” instead of a parent advising him.
But for Mr. Obama there can be neither understanding nor forgiveness because of the cost in human lives and suffering that his incompetence and refusal to learn has caused and is continuing to cause.
I hate to repeat myself, but in January of 2013 I wrote a column on precisely the same thing. Fourteen months later, every word remains true – as true as it will for the remainder of Mr. Obama’s term: Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The Nobel Committee announced in October 2009 that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama was nominated for the Peace Prize less than two weeks after becoming President. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, and the nomination deadline for the Nobel Peace Prize was February 1, 2009.
The Huffington Post reported in October 2009 “The announcement drew gasps of surprise and cries of too much, too soon. Yet President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday because the judges found his promise of disarmament and diplomacy too good to ignore.” Continue reading
Gun control proposals are part of a grander scheme
by Dan Lucas
Oregon’s “universal background check” gun control bill, SB 1551, is being promoted as a reasonable step toward ending gun violence. Gun control advocates have learned to use safe sounding words to mask their incremental drive toward their long term goal. Like progressives whose true end goal is a U.K. style single payer, government-run health care system, gun control advocates are constantly pursuing an end goal they rarely name: U.K. style complete gun control. A U.K. which the BBC says “has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world,” but also a U.K. that Bloomberg News notes has a violent crime rate more than double that of the U.S.
And so gun control advocates have learned to use terms like “common sense gun law”, “responsible gun ownership”, “closing loopholes” and “sensible laws and public policy that address gun violence”. Continue reading
Rep. Jason Conger
Jason Conger for U.S. Senate
State Rep. Jason Conger Shares His Story in Compelling Web Video
Portland, Oregon – With a remarkable life story, State Representative Jason Conger of Oregon, currently running for the Unites States Senate, has released a new video detailing just how far the conservative candidate has come. Starting with his early days living in a trailer park, the video details how a once homeless young teenager found his way to Harvard Law and to the halls of the Oregon state legislature.
by NW Spotlight
A little over a month ago a new group, Freedom Oregon, announced that they were supporting changing the Oregon Constitution to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon. The group identified itself as a “coalition of Republicans and center-right Independent and non-affiliated voters who are committed to helping pass Oregon’s Freedom to Marry initiative in the 2014 election cycle.”
State Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) was listed as one of the leadership team of Freedom Oregon.
That’s a change for Rep. Thompson. Continue reading
By Steve Buckstein
When Phil and Penny Knight announced last September* that they would offer $500 million to OHSU for cancer research if the public matched their gift, it understandably led to an outpouring of positive comments and support. But then, OHSU wanted state taxpayers to come up with $200 million of the match through a building bond. That resulted in much less positive press and some outright criticism. Continue reading