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

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Spending, Government Waste, Liberalism, Political Correctness, Portland Politics, Progressivism | 6 Comments

Forrest Gump and CalPERS

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is in financial trouble.  It’s nothing new.  CalPERS, like the public employees retirement systems in big spender states (e.g. Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and others) have succumbed to the escalating wage and benefit … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government Waste, PERS, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 1 Comment

Trimming the Budget While Trimming Taxpayer Funds for Democrats

All hell has broken loose amongst the OMG chorus as President Donald Trump has proposed a series of cuts, including elimination of a handful of federal programs, as an offset to needed increases in military spending.  Eight years of President … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Government Spending, Government Waste, Liberalism, Military Spending, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions | 2 Comments

“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knopp, Buehler decline legislative pay increase

By Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM- State Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Central Oregon, and state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, announced today they are declining the governor’s unilaterally directed 2.75 percent legislative salary increase. “Establishment politicians have said Oregon has a budget crisis. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Uncategorized | 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

BETC audit raises serious questions

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was formed by the Senate President and Speaker of the House after Rep. Gail Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls), other Republican lawmakers and I called for an investigation into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:14 | Posted in Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Government | Leave a comment

Sen. Alan Olsen calls for action on Department of Energy audit

by Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, Ore. – Last week, the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight discussed a recent audit of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program. The first independent audit of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:59 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

BETCs, Biofuels and Boondoggles

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregonians have endured unending cries from proponents of big government for more than a decade, claiming the State must have more revenue to run its operations. Those constant pleas, combined with Democrat dominance of both the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:27 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Measure 97, State Budget, State Taxes | 10 Comments

The Road to Economic Ruin Runs Through Obama/Clinton

The numbers were out Friday on the United State’s economic growth and it wasn’t good.  For the third quarter in a row the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was at 1.2% or lower.  (For those of you forced to endure an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bailout, Bush/Obama Recession, Crony capitalism, Employment, Federal Reserve System, Government Waste, Green Energy, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Welfare State | 7 Comments

Review of Oregon’s Department of Energy

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was created by Senate President Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) partially in response to a request by a group of Republican lawmakers who had … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, State Government | 3 Comments

Problems in many state agencies likely to continue under Gov. Kate Brown’s tumultuous administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Prior to the start of every Legislative Assembly, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) releases its State Agency Legislative Contact Directory. This document is very useful for lawmakers, not least because it provides information on how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:10 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Oregon Government, State Government | 4 Comments

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Waste, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Progressivism, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

BETC scandal highlights bigger problems in state government

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governments often attempt to impose their social and political doctrines by using public funds to influence investment behavior. One method of choice is issuing tax credits that encourage and induce speculation in ventures that free market … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government Waste, State Taxes, Taxes | 2 Comments

Energy crony capitalism: More power over your power

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The United States government guaranteed more than half a billion dollars in loans for the solar-panel manufacturer. Those loans were made during Obama’s $787 billion 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [“the Stimulus”] spending spree. Solyndra’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crony capitalism, Energy, Global Warming, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, President Obama | 6 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (3rd Edition)

This is the second update to a column I wrote in April of this year and updated in July. It will also be the last because nothing has changed. Nothing is likely to change and the thought of revisiting the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congress, Foreign Relations, Government Waste, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, Taxes | 8 Comments

Washington’s War on Millennials

By Jared Meyer Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and achieving success will be more difficult for these so-called Millennials than it was for young people in the past. This is because politicians … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Liberalism, Life, Obamacare, Right-to-Work | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Our public lands must not go up in smoke

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies. Our … Continue reading

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

New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Food Stamps, Government reform, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, President Obama, Progressivism, Unemployment | 23 Comments

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