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

Can the Government Ever Tell the Truth

I’ve told this story before but it is worth repeating.  Last spring a census taker appeared at our door to conduct an “interim” census in order to boost federal welfare spending in our area.  It was one of those days … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Corruption, Ethics, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, President Obama, Social Security, Transparency | Leave a comment

Ben Franklin Would Approve

Having come of age during tough financial times, Millennials may turn out to be savers. A new study by Merrill Edge shows that young people 18-34 are saving for retirement earlier than previous generations. While the average Baby Boomer began … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Social Security | Tagged , , , | 932 Comments

Join Us At Our “After the Welfare State” Book Forum

Join Cascade Policy Institute and Atlas Economic Research Foundation as we welcome world-renowned speaker and Vice President for the Atlas Foundation Tom G. Palmer to discuss his new book, After the Welfare State. Date: May 7, 2013 Time: 7:00pm – … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:10 | Posted in Food Stamps, Social Security | Tagged , , , | 929 Comments

Who’s going to pay for all this?

by Dan Lucas When we talk of the national debt or Oregon’s debt, we’re talking about money our government has already spent that will need to be paid for in the future. When we talk about Social Security, Medicare and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, PERS, Social Security, State Budget | 954 Comments

Aging Baby Boomers Are Only a Part of the Entitlement Problem

Last weekend, reporter Russ Wiles of the Arizona Republic, authored a lengthy piece concerning entitlement spending. It was both enlightening and misleading although I am not sure the latter was by intent. In the aftermath of the sequestration – a … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Budget, Food Stamps, President Obama, Social Security | 262 Comments

Did you know Social Security is already in the red?

by Eric Shierman Few people do. Right before Mitt Romney made his now famous point that people own corporations, he was challenged on the need to involve Social Security in current deficit cutting solutions because, as the heckler claimed, Social … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Social Security | 1,023 Comments

Personal Health Accounts Empower Medicaid Recipients

As Michael Sherraden pointed out 20 years ago in his book Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy, the key to getting ahead is not income but assets. People play better and smarter when they have a stake … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government, Social Security, State Budget, State Taxes, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged , , , , | 250 Comments

Lars Larson: Social Security IS a Ponzi scheme

by Lars Larson Well, I’ve heard my latest argument about why Social Security isn’t a Ponzi scheme, and I don’t buy it. I thought Rick Perry, Governor of Texas and running for president, was absolutely bold when he announced, during … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:17 | Posted in Social Security | 5,079 Comments

Ending the Welfare State

Congress finally acted to raise the debt ceiling. It did so by forcing an agreement with President Obama that forestalled any tax increases and made a half-hearted effort to cut spending. No, not now; sometime in the future and please … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, President Obama, Social Security | 506 Comments

Tax increases, loopholes, millionaires, social security and who pays?

by Richard Leonetti The newspaper letters are full of opinions about tax increases, loopholes, social security and who should pay. Many writers do not appreciate the terms they are using. If you pay any income tax at all your household … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Social Security, Taxes | 19 Comments

The Big Lie on Deficit Reductions

So you woke up last Friday to the news that President Obama and the Congressional leaders had agreed to pursue the “most aggressive plan” for deficit reduction – a $4 Trillion whopper. Then you’re thinking, Well Mr. Obama and his … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, President Obama, Social Security, Taxes | 30 Comments

Revisiting Social Security Reform

Recently I made a comment on an OregonLive column and was accosted by someone who asked: “Aren’t you the same guy who said roll all of our Social Security dollars out and let everyone invest on their own? Yeah – … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Social Security | 4,414 Comments

Economic Recovery in Sight

Posted by: Gienie Assink
Springfield, OR

After years of endless debate, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising existing plans to replace the land use allocations and management direction proposed under the Northwest Forest Plan in order to better meet the agency’s dual goals of providing a sustained flow of timber output and providing for habitat and conservation of federally listed fish and wildlife species.

Posted by at 04:47 | Posted in Social Security | 6,428 Comments

Want To Know Why Conservatives Don’t Like Lawyers? Look No Further Than Law School

The Georgetown Law Journal recently published an interesting law review article by Northwestern Law School professor John McGinnis. In the article, McGinnis tracks federal political contributions by law school faculty at the nation’s top 21 law schools, from Yale to Stanford, Vanderbilt to Berkeley. Not surprisingly, the results are exactly what most conservatives have long believed — law school professors do not constitute the base of the grassroots Republican movement.

Posted by at 09:20 | Posted in Social Security | 260 Comments


There is a difference between scientific facts and scientists talking. A case in point is the remnants of the 2002 Biscuit Fire that engulfed over 400,000 acres. This horrible waste has been in the news again as Congress gets set to consider new legislation sponsored by Oregon’s Rep. Greg Walden and Washington’s Rep. Brian Baird to allow a more timely and intelligent response to these natural disasters. The point was brought home more clearly do me when I made the drive from Wilsonville to Bend the last week in October and passed through a very small portion of the similar 2003 B&B Complex fire area atop Santiam Pass near Black Butte and Sisters..

Let’s make sure that we understand the size of the problem so that you can relate it to other massive and similar fires that have occurred in Oregon in recent years. The Biscuit Fire consumed 400,000 acres in the Siskiyou National Forest – an area .

Posted by at 03:04 | Posted in Social Security | 369 Comments

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