Why Not a Single Term?

Why Not a Single Term?

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 16, 2013 – Is it time we limited presidents to one six-year term? — It’s been a rough week for the Obama administration. It started with new allegations by whistle-blowers at the State Department that top officials failed to respond in an honest and timely manner to the terrorist […]

Public Access vs. Private Rights

Public Access vs. Private Rights

Originally published in The Great Falls Tribune, May 12, 2013 – On April 29, before hundreds at Montana State University in Bozeman, the Montana Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of PLWA vs. Madison County, a case pitting private property against public access to the Ruby River. Only once during 90 minutes of […]

The Enduring Myth of Government Job Creation

The Enduring Myth of Government Job Creation

Originally published in The Daily Caller, May 10, 2013 – A recent Gallup poll (see The Daily Caller story here) suggests that Congress and the president are not reading the pulse of the nation’s voters — or at least not very well. While lawmakers are caught up in battles over gun control and immigration reform, […]

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

Originally published in the May issue of Northwest Connection — Light Rail Returns to Clackamas County Ballot – Another in a series of culminating moments will take place on May 21, when Clackamas County voters will again weigh the fate of Portland Milwaukie Light Rail. But even if the vote on Measure 3-424 is numerically […]

The Oregon Experiment with Medicare: Not What It Was Cracked Up To Be

The Oregon Experiment with Medicare: Not What It Was Cracked Up To Be

Oregon’s experience with expanded Medicare has done little or nothing to improve the health of those benefiting from the expanded coverage.  Read an analysis of what has been learned from the Oregon “experiment” in Commentary [here].   Read an editorial comment from today’s Wall Street Journal [here].  From the WSJ editoria: “On Wednesday the New England […]

Oregon Legislature Needs Some Leadership

Oregon Legislature Needs Some Leadership

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 2, 2013 – Oregon needs a transactional politician to solve PERS and taxes — “I’m not a transactional politician,” Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek told reporters April 22, even as she was predicting victory for both the Democrats’ PERS reform bill and their tax increase on high-income earners. Two […]

A Culture of Gun Ownership

A Culture of Gun Ownership

Originally published in The Oregonian, April 18, 2013 – With suspicion all around, it’s a frustrating war over gun control – The fight over gun control, across the country and here in Oregon, is both heart-rending and frustrating. The personal tragedies that cause family and friends of victims to rally for tougher gun laws are […]

Progressive Racism

Progressive Racism

Originally published in National Review Online, April 11, 2013 –  by Paul Rahe One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway […]

Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth

Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth

Jonathan Winters, November 11, 1925-April 11, 2013 –  I was only nine years old in 1960 when my father brought home the first comedy album from an innovative new comic. Once Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth hit our turntable, the grooves in the vinyl were very much in danger of being worn down by repeated […]

Uncle Sam Wants Any Leftovers

Uncle Sam Wants Any Leftovers

Originally published in The Daily Caller, April 9, 2013 — The government wants me to return my son’s ‘leftover’ Social Security money – A few months ago I wrote about how amazed I was to discover that my 13-year-old daughter is eligible for Social Security, along with her 15-year-old sister and 17-year-old brother. They have […]

Charicatures of Capitalism

Charicatures of Capitalism

Daniel Henninger discusses the many distortions and mischaracterizations of capitalism in today’s Wall Street Journal.

DOMA in the Courts

DOMA in the Courts

Originally published in The Oregonian, April 4, 2003 – Has the Defense of Marriage Act Worked? Last week’s argument before the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was another reminder of how dramatically public opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage has changed in less than two decades. […]

Let Them Drink Big Sodas

Let Them Drink Big Sodas

Originally published in Defining Ideas, April 3, 2013 Don’t people have a right to be obese? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s big soda ban ran afoul of reason and common sense, or so decided New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling last month. Bans on some big sugary drinks but not others, and on […]

NOTES FROM INSIDE THE BUBBLE

NOTES FROM INSIDE THE BUBBLE

Too late for one more post-election analysis? Bear with me; I was so shocked and appalled by Mitt Romney’s defeat that, but for this I was rendered speechless. It has taken this long for me to process the election from the standpoint of my primary news source. One of the potentially interesting things I anticipated […]

Where Does All the Money Go?

Where Does All the Money Go?

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 24, 2013 – Portland vs. Indianapolis, a tale of two budgets – By Allen Alley – Attending the monthly Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs breakfast meetings has become a pilgrimage for me. On display are the blossoming grass-roots businesses tended by first-time minority entrepreneurs aspiring to make a better […]

More Is Not Better

More Is Not Better

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 21, 2013 – Driving bills distract Legislature from the big issues — Nearly two months into the legislative session, the struggle to get government out of our bedrooms and into our cars continues apace. The 2009 ban on using cellphones while driving, having failed to eliminate the practice (the […]

What? A Conservative Professor?

What? A Conservative Professor?

Originally published in The Daily Caller, March 15, 2013 Do we need affirmative action for conservative professors? – The Wall Street Journal reports that Steven Hayward has been appointed as the first visiting scholar of conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Hayward is an outstanding selection for the position. He has […]

Gun Limits Off Target

Gun Limits Off Target

Originally published in the Portland Tribune, March 14, 2013 – Anti-gun legislation would create more problems than it solves – Even though state Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), the chief sponsor of the Ceasefire Oregon-inspired gun control measure known as House Bill 3200, has admitted the proposal is dead on arrival, law-abiding Oregon gun owners have […]

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