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 […]

Spotted Owls and Zombie Science

Spotted Owls and Zombie Science

Originally published in the August issue of Northwest Connection — by Chana Cox Politicians often appeal to the authority of science or scientists, but they seldom question the scientific validity of the underlying scientific theories. Science is one of the ways in which human beings answer the question “why?” Religion, myth, morality, and poetry also […]

Harsh Environment

Harsh Environment

Originally published in the August edition of the Northwest Connection – Lake Oswego’s “Sensitive Lands” Program Under Fire — It spreads out over the map of the city, designating some lands sensitive, and some lands not. The problem for a growing number of Lake Oswegans is that there seems to be little rhyme or reason […]

Humility and Executive Power

Humility and Executive Power

Originally published in The Daily Caller, August 3, 2013 – In a recent Wall Street Journal commentary, Daniel Henninger urged Republicans and Democrats to be wary of President Obama’s “creeping authoritarianism.” It is a recurrent theme among conservative and libertarian commentators, and surely they have a point. The empirical evidence of executive aggrandizement, not to mention the […]

If PRISM Is Good Policy, Why Stop With Terrorism?

If PRISM Is Good Policy, Why Stop With Terrorism?

Reprinted from The Atlantic – by Derek Khanna –   “There are more instance of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” — James Madison, 1788 My first day in college, the professor for Public Policy 101 asked a […]

A Win for Private Property

A Win for Private Property

Originally published in The Daily Caller, July 2, 2013 – Property rights deserve as much protection as other rights – Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, one of the biggest property rights cases in years. The case was brought by Coy Koontz, a […]

Tax Breaks for Some

Tax Breaks for Some

Originally published in Defining Ideas, June 27, 2013 – When the government picks winners and losers in the marketplace, citizens lose out. Imagine that one of America’s state legislatures enacts a law exempting a particular company from the state’s corporate income tax. Or imagine that a city within that state adopts an ordinance exempting a […]

Patriot Act is a ‘national security’ threat to constitutional rights

Patriot Act is a ‘national security’ threat to constitutional rights

Civil Rights lawyer Elden Rosenthal comments in today’s Oregonian on the threats to American’s civil liberties posed by the federal government’s surveillance under the Patriot Act.

Honoring Hatfield

Honoring Hatfield

Originally published in The Oregonian, June 13, 2013 – It’s time to send Mark Hatfield back to Washington – As the 2013 legislative session draws to a close, many bills face an ignominious demise — not by being voted down on the floor of either chamber, but by languishing in committee when the final gavel […]

Saving Damascus

Saving Damascus

Originally published in the June issue of the Northwest Connection – City Manager Greg Baker Has Left the Building –   In the summer of 2012, newly-hired Damascus City Manager Greg Baker came to town with an impressive resume and mandate to improve what most agreed had been a history of problematic city manager hires. […]

Packing the DC Circuit with DC Lawyers

Packing the DC Circuit with DC Lawyers

Originally published in The Daily Caller, June 6, 2012 – Last month, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) accused President Obama of attempting to “pack” the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by nominating individuals to fill three vacancies on the court. Nonsense, said the Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews, who labeled Grassley’s claim “one of the more amusing […]

Bison and the Public Trust

Bison and the Public Trust

Originally published in The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 3, 2013 – Property rights trump ‘public trust doctrine’ in Turner bison dispute — In its report on Judge Holly Brown’s dismissal of a challenge to the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks agreement with Ted Turner on the management of Yellowstone Park bison (May 12, 2013), […]

Guilty ’til Proven Innocent

Guilty ’til Proven Innocent

Originally published in The Daily Caller, May 30, 2013 — Earlier this week the New York Times reported on three of the many conservative groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for special scrutiny. “[A] close examination of these groups and others,” said the Times, “reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and […]

Obama in Oz

Obama in Oz

Writing to today’s Oregonian, Charles Krauthammer says President Obama’s latest declaration that all wars must end is straight from the land of Dorothy, yellow brick roads, and he great Wizard of Oz.

Let’s Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 30, 2013 – Will a budget deal mean PERS reform and higher taxes? – Whether on the federal debt limit or our own state budget, it seems the grand bargain many seek is a lot like Sasquatch: Many people still believe in it despite the lack of tangible evidence […]

Deferring to Leviathan

Deferring to Leviathan

Originally published in The Daily Caller, May 22, 2013 – What the Supreme Court’s decision in Arlington v. FCC means for America – On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Arlington v. FCC. The issue, according to Justice Scalia’s opinion for a majority that included Justices Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and […]

Tornado Strikes and Climate Change

Tornado Strikes and Climate Change

Writing at Forbes.com, James Taylor explains that the tornado that struck Oklahoma this week comes at the end of the end of the 12th month period with the fewest tornado strikes in U.S.  history.  Yet it was immediately linked by Senators Whitehouse and Boxer to global climate change.  Taylor suggests that the evidence suggests either […]

Illiberal Education at Swarthmore

Illiberal Education at Swarthmore

Swarthmore College junior Danielle Charette comments on her illiberal education at that top ranked college in today’s Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately, Swarthmore is not unusual in this regard.

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