Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

By Steve Buckstein Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Common Sense

By Steve Buckstein I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

America’s 2015 Tax Bill? It’s 31% of the Work Year

By Kathryn Hickok Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 24, six days later than it was two years ago. Tax Freedom Day is a calendar-based measure of Americans’ cumulative tax bill. It is calculated as the day on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Government Waste, Jobs, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 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

Meet “The Man Who Could Bring Down ObamaCare”

Would you like to meet the man the media says could bring down ObamaCare? You’ll have that opportunity next Thursday evening, February 26, when Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute speaks in Portland. Cannon is an architect of the legal strategy … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Obamacare, Progressivism | Tagged , , , , | 351 Comments

Obama and the Internet

President Barack Obama didn’t invent the internet (that honor is reserved for former Vice-president Al Gore) but he may well retard its growth. According to Politico, Mr. Obama will propose increasing competition for high speed internet service by encouraging local … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Regulation, Government Waste, Internet Regulation, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 22 Comments

Equal Outcome Is the Wrong Goal

By John A. Charles, Jr. In Governor Kitzhaber’s final inaugural address last week, he focused on the themes of equality and community. Specifically, he wants to reduce the gap between rich and poor. He also believes that only through collective action … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , | 451 Comments

Tide Goes Out on Ocean Energy

By Kathryn Hickok A new report released by Cascade Policy Institute concludes that the public-private partnership Oregon Wave Energy Trust has failed to achieve a return on public investment. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Government Waste, Green Energy, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , | 302 Comments

BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

By Larry Huss, Monday’s Eugene Register Guard carried an article about the new biogas power plant just north of Eugene. Apparently it is mired in a controversy between its former CEO and its primary shareholder. But the real story is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 479 Comments

Let’s Talk Turkey – with Uncle Sam

By Steve Buckstein On this Thanksgiving I have to give credit to The Blaze for alerting me to a serious issue of public concern. Apparently the U.S. government, in its collective wisdom, believes that Americans need its help to purchase, … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Progressivism | Tagged , , , | 32 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

Paintball Justice

The favorite past time of Oregon legislators is passing laws without consequences. They enjoy it so much that they keep passing and revising the same laws without consequences in serial fashion. They do this so that they can look earnest, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Environment, Government Waste, Leadership, Littering, Natural Resources | 622 Comments

Solar Industry’s Snarky Advertisement

For the past couple of weeks there has been an ad playing on the radio by one of the companies that sell, lease or install solar panels. That ad asks the question as to whether solar power is now so … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Federal Government, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 12 Comments

The High Cost of Liberalism

The high cost of liberalism continues to increase. Tuesday mornings Oregonian reported on another “green energy” fantasy slipping into failure at considerable cost to taxpayers. An article by Molly Young stated: “Portland’s SoloPower Systems has missed another monthly payment on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism | 21 Comments

Timothy Geithner – Protect Your Own.

When history is written the catch phrase that will best describe President Barack Obama’s two terms will be “Protect Your Own.” In a previous column I wrote about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recurring decisions to protect the Wall Street officers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Economy, Federal Government, Geithner, Government Waste, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 6 Comments

State audit finds DHS failing at welfare-to-work program

by Sen. Doug Whitsett “The growth in Oregon’s welfare program has led the nation by a wide margin for the past six years” “About one third of all Oregonians receive some form of public assistance” Temporary Assistance to Needy Families … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Government Waste, Jobs, State Budget | 612 Comments

Feds admit fault for Bandon mosquito infestation

by Rob Taylor The US Fish and Wildlife Service released the anxiously anticipated Draft Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mosquito Control for The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on March 11, 2014, which was followed-up a week later with an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:20 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Waste | 3,873 Comments

Barbara Jensen’s role in state IT nightmare before Cover Oregon

by NW Spotlight Cover Oregon has been in the news again recently. This time it was when Gov. Kitzhaber announced that after having spent more than $170 million and years of development, they’re not sure if they can even get … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:32 | Posted in 2014 Election, Government Waste, Oregon House | 11 Comments

MyRA – The Next American Hustle

Did you watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week?  Nah, me neither.  We went to see American Hustle instead.  Actually there is kind of a poetic symmetry between it and Mr. Obama’s speech.  Yes, the next … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Federal Government, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, President Obama, Taxes | 9 Comments

Cover Oregon Adds to a Long List of Democrat Failures

Recently a friend asked why, given my consistently unkind comments about President Barack Obama’s singular legislative achievement – Obamacare – had I not opined on Governor John Kitzhaber’s homegrown version of Obamacare – Cover Oregon?  I told him that these … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Waste, Liberalism, Obamacare, Portland Politics, President Obama, State Government | 427 Comments

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