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FROM BAD TO WURST

FROM BAD TO WURST

By Chana Cox – In his 1906 novel The Jungle, Upton Sinclair described how Chicago meat packing plants made sausage.  You bought bratwurst assured that it contained  only high quality pork and beef, but in fact it probably also contained rotten meat, offal, horse meat, rat feces, and, according to Sinclair, the occasional workman or […]

Why Bureaucrats Cut the Most Important Stuff

Why Bureaucrats Cut the Most Important Stuff

Thomas Sowell on the politics of the sequester — http://www.JewishWorldReview.com |Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this […]

Credit Bipartisanship in the Oregon House to Leadership

Credit Bipartisanship in the Oregon House to Leadership

The following article from Stateline compares the success of the equally divided Oregon House of Representatives to the stalemate in the equally divided Virginia Senate.  Everyone in the Oregon House deserves credit, but without the leadership of Co-Speakers Bruce Hanna and Arnie Roblan, little would have been accomplished. – CONTENTION AND COMPROMISE IN VIRGINIA, OREGON […]

Unquiet on the Clackastan Front

Unquiet on the Clackastan Front

JOHN LUDLOW RAISES STAKES IN BID FOR CLACKAMAS COUNTY CHAIR: Northwest Connection Interview by Mark Ellis: With Multnomah County irrevocably under the jurisdiction of a Euro-Socialist voting bloc that resoundingly elected Tiger-Dad David Wu enabler Susan Bonamici,  it increasingly falls to free-market, limited-government activists in surrounding precincts to draw battle lines aimed at keeping Portland’s […]

Earn Top Income — Work for the Federal Government

Earn Top Income — Work for the Federal Government

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study finds that the average federal worker receives wages that are 2% higher land a similarly skilled private sector worker and benefits that are 48% higher.  When the two are combined, the CBO concludes, federal workers receive total compensation (wages plus benefits) 16% higher than market levels.  Not surprisingly, it’s […]

Red Tape Restraint?  Not Really

Red Tape Restraint? Not Really

In his State of the Union address President Obama insisted that those who claim new government regulations are slowing the economic recover are just plain wrong.  Obama’s red tape czar, Cass Sunstein, insists that “the costs are not out of line by historical standards.”  Not quite, conclude the Heritage Foundation researchers.  “The rise in regulatory […]

Cash on Hand — $680 Million

Cash on Hand — $680 Million

Chris Telfer, State Senator and former candidate for State Treasurer, writes in today’s Oregonian that state agency fund balances total $680 million.  Leave it to a trained accountant to think that this might have some relevance to a legislature faced with making serious cuts to balance the state’s budget.  Not only does the state have  […]

California Over-Regulation

California Over-Regulation

Here’s an example of how California arguably over-regulates. California Proposition 65 requires businesses to post a sign warning customers about the potential presence of significant amounts of toxic chemicals in their locations. That sounds like a good idea! But the devil is in the details. During our winter break trip to southern California, the place we were […]

A Rap to the Endangered Light Bulb

A Rap to the Endangered Light Bulb

For those depressed about the looming demise of the incandescent light bulb, this video rap might lift your spirits.

On Time and on Budget

On Time and on Budget

Dave Lister reminds us, in his latest column for The Oregonian, that government bureaucrats sometimes get it right, even after they have been fired.  Dean Marriott, head of Portland’s environmental services, brought the Big Pipe project in “on time and on budget, something rarely achieved in public works, . . . [while ensuring] a dramatically […]

Reining in the Regulators

Reining in the Regulators

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on the Regulatory Accountability Act designed to give Congress greater control over the vast federal bureaucracy.  The New York Times doesn’t like it [see here], so there are probably some good things in the Act.  For a description of the key elements of the Act, see this […]

Creating Jobs by Deregulation

Creating Jobs by Deregulation

Writing in City Journal (reprinted here by AEI), Ian Murray observes that “in the seemingly endless debate about how to put Americans back to work, one solution dare not speak its name: deregulation.”  In the same piece, Professor David Schoenbrod explains that the problem is not that Congress writes too many regulations, but that Congress sits […]

Something Borrowed… The American Dream

Something Borrowed… The American Dream

Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a series of 6 that will be written by Judy Trego focused on strategies to decrease the government’s role in philanthropic ventures and reengage the community as a leader in these efforts.  The series will run through April. By Judy Trego, Part 1 of 6 The American […]

DOJ Finds $60,000 in Savings — That’s Right, Only 4 Zeros

DOJ Finds $60,000 in Savings — That’s Right, Only 4 Zeros

Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that significant savings would result form the regulatory review ordered by the President.  Today it was announced that total savings would be $10 billion.  That’s real money, though only a tiny fraction of the massive federal budget.  The […]

Does Cash Strapped Oregon Need More Land to Manage?

Does Cash Strapped Oregon Need More Land to Manage?

Governments now own approximately 80% of Malheur County.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to make that figure just a little higher.  ODFW is negotiating to purchase an 1100 acre operating cattle ranch near Warmsprings Reservoir.  The Department will be making its case before the Malheur County Court tomorrow (Wednesday, August 24) […]

Stifling Jobs Through State and Local Regulation

Stifling Jobs Through State and Local Regulation

Does it really require more hours of instruction to become a licensed manicurist than a licensed lawyer in Oregon?  According to Chip Mellor and Dick Carperter, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, it does.  Hard to believe, but if true, it’s little wonder the unemployment rate remains high.

Are calls for increased government consolidation justified?

As governments face growing costs and declining revenues, there is a renewed interest in consolidation of local governments.  The consolidation effort, according to reporter Kate Linebaugh writing in the Wall Street Journal, has encountered significant resistance from people who value the autonomy and access that comes with local governments of all kinds. The United States […]

EPA Regulations and the myth of killer mercury

Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget provided an update on the Administration’s regulatory reforms in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute and in an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. Sunstein wrote that “the reforms being released today . . […]

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