And the Forest Fires Rage On

Recent headlines dealing with the explosion of wildfires in Northern California, including the deaths of over eleven people and the destruction of over 1500 residential and commercial structures, reminded me of the incompetence of the environmental community in general and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Waste, Liberalism, Natural Resources, Progressivism, Timber | Leave a comment

The Republicans Cannot Repeal Obamacare

Republicans announced that the United States Senate will vote this week on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.  I doubt it, but it they do it will fail.  The Senate may then vote on just the repeal of Obamacare.  Again … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:35 | Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform | 2 Comments

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

Draining the Swamp Ain’t Easy

In an area just southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona maintains Biosphere 2.  It is an attempt by man to create a self-sustaining closed ecosystem.  While not perfect, it has largely succeeded with little adjustments necessary to maintain … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Corruption, Ethics, Federal Government, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Media Bais, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama | Leave a comment

Schrader votes with party bosses to give slush funds to liberal activists

Colm for Congress Salem, OR — On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016 (HR 5063). This legislation ensures that money acquired by the Department of Justice for settling cases will go … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congress, Congressional Races, Federal Government, Government reform | Leave a comment

“When in the Course of Human Events…”

—A Declaration That Never Goes out of Style By Steve Buckstein Two hundred and forty years ago this July 4, the world was gifted with one of the most significant political documents ever written. It began with these words: “When … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Overreach, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged | 16 Comments

Please, don’t ‘Call the Feds’ to ‘Stop Bad Prosecutors’

by Stephen Cooper In a convoluted crackpot of a column called, “To Stop Bad Prosecutors, Call the Feds” (June 6), The New York Times proves that the ideas of journalists, however well-meaning, are not likely to ever be the panacea for meaningful and lasting … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:38 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government | Leave a comment

Step in the right direction in preventing wildfires

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The season for northwest wildfires has arrived, with two major forest fires already occurring in Northwestern Washington. Catastrophic wildfires have become progressively more destructive, causing enormous damage to both public and private forest and range lands, … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:18 | Posted in Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Timber | 4 Comments

Almost half of states violating federal drug law

by Dan Lucas A recent report on the Status of Oregon Marijuana Programs from the State of Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office contained this interesting note “There are currently 24 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.” … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government, Marijuana | 21 Comments

Enjoy the illusion that you’re not really paying taxes, when you cash that expensive refund check

By Steve Buckstein Are you happy getting three extra days to file your income tax returns this year? For nearly eighty percent of us, it doesn’t matter much because we are expecting refunds. No check writing for us. Why? Because … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Taxes | Tagged , , | 27 Comments

Counties will sue BLM over new management plan

Association of O&C Counties The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its latest proposed management plan for 2.5 million acres of timberland in western Oregon. Tuesday, 17 Counties in western Oregon announced they would challenge the plan in federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 16 Comments

Unhealthy Oregon forests, continued rural poverty ensured under BLM’s latest plan

American Forest Resource Council Portland, Ore– Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for 2.5 million acres of forestland in Western Oregon, including over 2 million acres of unique “O&C” lands. These … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Federal Government, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | Leave a comment

BLM’s proposed forest plan will fuel more frustration in rural Oregon

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Gov. Kate Brown Must Stand Up for Counties and Communities Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management’s final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 3 Comments

Free Money from the Federal Reserve

The path to good intentions is littered by governmental corruption, incompetence and unintended consequences. Anonymous The stock market reacted positively to speculation that, based on the minutes from the last Federal Reserve System, the next rate increase would not occur … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Economy, Federal Government, Federal Reserve System, President Obama | 6 Comments

How Much of the Year Do Your Taxes Cost?

By Kathryn Hickok If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, Americans would have to work until the middle of April just to cover their tax bills. Tax Freedom Day … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 33 Comments

The Trump Effect

Political pundits and media elites (all cut from the same cloth) are wringing their collective hands over the fact that despite Donald Trump’s blow torch rhetoric and overblown (often internally contradictive) promises to deal with America’s major problems, he still … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Leadership, U.S. Senate | 13 Comments

Is DeFazio calling for fed crackdown on marijuana in Oregon?

by NW Spotlight It seems that NOW Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in Oregon. DeFazio recently “gave a fiery speech on the U.S. house floor” on the “armed militia protest … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, Oregon Attorney General | 2 Comments

Media missing real story with Hammonds in Burns, Oregon

by Katie Eyre The take-over of a federal building by an offshoot of Saturday’s peaceful rally in Burns, Oregon is taking over the real story. The real story, best I can piece together: Two men were convicted of setting federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government, Government Overreach, U.S. Supreme Court | 68 Comments

Storage projects can solve man-made droughts

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It would appear that both the 2015 drought and the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) have come to an end. Wet winter storms are once again dominating Oregon weather patterns. Many Oregon streams and rivers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation | 4 Comments

Donald Trump and the OMG Chorus

I am not a Donald Trump fan. He doesn’t even finish in my top three candidates. (They are, in alphabetical order, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Marco Rubio). Still, I am fascinated by Mr. Trump’s unerring ability to tap into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Leadership, Media, President Obama | 5 Comments

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