The End of the Republican Majority

  As the United States Senate returns after yet another vacation its workload has been increased dramatically by President Donald Trump. I’m still not on the Trump Train but I do admire his work ethic and now his expectation that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2018 Election, Congress, Illegal Immigration, immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Tax Reform | 6 Comments

The Low Lifes of Politics

The coarseness of political debate has been increasing steadily for decades.  It has now reached the point where much of the dialogue encourages violence.  And that coarseness is not generated from the worker in the factory, the farmers in their … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Donald Trump, Fake News, Free Speech, Hillary Clinton, Leadership | 1 Comment

Gorsuch and the Filibuster: A Teachable Moment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this weekend that the Senate would confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch by Friday.  He stated that it is up to the Democrats to determine whether they will filibuster Mr. Gorsuch’s nomination … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Filibuster, Government Abuse, Leadership, Neil Gorsuch | 1 Comment

The Filibuster and Its Abuse by Senate Slackers

The “filibuster” is the least understood and most abused parliamentary maneuver in the United States Senate.  It has a rich historical pedigree that dates back to ancient Rome where Cato the Younger, a Roman senator, was said to have used … Continue reading

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The Economy:  Where Do We Go From Here?

The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal dutifully reported that new employment figures showed an additional 227,000 jobs created during January – a healthy but not spectacular level of growth that stands in marked contrast with the final three … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Congress, Economy, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Leadership, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | Leave a comment

“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

Fresh Dropping from the Campaign Trail: The Aftermath

Following are a series of vignettes apropos to the conclusion of the recent presidential elections.  Some things never change. Leslie Stahl   Ms. Stahl, born to a wealthy Massachusetts family and a princess of privilege herself, promoted the liberal narrative … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ethics, Leadership, McCain, President Obama | 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

The Clinton Years to Come

It has been sixteen years since the Clintons inhabited the White House.  Time tends to dull our memories.  But this past weekend’s events are a vivid reminder of what it was like during the eight years of President Bill Clinton’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Leadership, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama | Leave a comment

PERS – And Then She Cried

In a recent report before a joint meeting of the Oregon Investment Council and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Board it was revealed that the unfunded future liability of PERS is estimated at $22 Billion – an amount … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government corruption, Government reform, Leadership, Metro, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government | Leave a comment

Twenty-Five Years Litigating for Liberty

By Steve Buckstein How many attorneys do you know who make their living defending liberty? Well, 43 attorneys work full-time at the national public interest law firm Institute for Justice. They protect school choice, economic liberty, the First Amendment, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in First Amendment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Leadership | Leave a comment

Take Time to Meet Dr. William “Bud” Pierce

I like smart people. I like to talk to them, listen to them, probe and challenge them. I like to find out if they are book smart or real smart – the former referring to education, and the latter referring … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Chicago corruption, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Government corruption, Leadership, PERS, Public Employee Unions | 3 Comments

Turkey: Obama’s Latest Gaff

Son, Keep Your Eye on the Ball – Fathers to sons everywhere While the presidential campaign rages on between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and businessman Donald Trump (R), critical focus is off President Barack Obama (D). And … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in ISIS, Leadership, President Obama | 1 Comment

The Relentless Attack On Trump by the GOP Elites

Yesterday, one of my readers asked whether Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has “. . . a chance to win, when the majority of the press and much of social media is constantly battering him?” Good question. I responded that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Corruption, Donald Trump, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Leadership, McCain, Ted Cruz | 23 Comments

Tumult in Turkey: Obama’s Latest Mistake

Last Saturday elements of the Turkish military, intent on removing President Recep Erdogan from power, staged an attempted coup.  It failed primarily because, for the first time in a long list of Turkish coups, the military failed to act as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Israel, Leadership, Liberalism, President Obama | 3 Comments

Trump and the Counter-punch

There is a woman who sings at our church. She has a fine voice and is obviously an accomplished vocalist. Included in her repertoire is a vibrato which when used to highlight a note or passage adds significantly to the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Leadership, McCain, Mitt Romney, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Republican Party, Ted Cruz | 12 Comments

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Why Not John Kasich?

Back in July of 2015, OregonCatalyst asked a group of us to rank the Republican presidential candidates based on a) their likelihood of winning the Republican nomination and b) their likelihood of winning the general election. For those who want … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, IRS Scandal, John Kasich, Leadership, Obamacare, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Ted Cruz | 31 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

Sen. Cruz Loses His Base for Good Reason

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a history remarkably similar to another divisive political figure – President Barack Obama (D). And while there are similarity there are important differences. Both Mr. Cruz and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Leadership, President Obama, Religion, Ted Cruz | 42 Comments

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