Originally published in The Oregonian — 3/15/12 – From calling into question potential misuse of ratepayer dollars to holding up a caution sign to the city’s unsustainable borrowing and spending practices, Portland City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade and her staff continue their efforts to watchdog the taxpayers’ money with the tenacity of a pit bull. The […]
Dick Morris, writing on TheHill.com, says yes. Morris writes: “Obama’s entire claim that the economy is reviving is based on phony numbers and rigged statistics. Nothing is more misleading than the recent administration claims that the economy added over 200,000 jobs during each of the past three months and that unemployment is stable at 8.3 […]
Originally published on The Daily Caller — 03/14/12 – Recent votes in the United States Senate demonstrate that bipartisanship is not dead. Given the votes in question, we might well wish that it were. And who would have guessed that the Senate’s filibuster rule, which now allows 41 senators to block almost any piece of […]
The Tax Man Cometh – Grover Norquist, writing on Human Events catalogues numerous ways in which taxes will rise beginning in 2013 without Congress doing a thing. According to Norquist the increase could total $6 to $7 trillion over the next decade. Read Norquist’s article here.
EXPERT WHO PUBLICLY CHALLENGED THE SCIENCE OF THE KLAMATH DAM REMOVAL LOSES HIS JOB — This story was first reported on I Spy here. Dr. Paul R. Houser is the whistleblower who was recently fired by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) for publicly expressing his concerns regarding the integrity of the science being […]
Jonah Goldberg, writing in the Los Angeles Times, notes that the President faces a serious political challenge because of rising gasoline prices. Somehow he needs to convince voters that his energy policies have been a success notwithstanding the high gas prices. “The dilemma [for the President]” says Goldberg, “is that he’s invested so much of […]
A recent study from The Heritage Foundation concludes that the Obama Administration has implemented new regulations costing 4 to 5 times as much as regulations issued during the first three years of the Bush Administration. The abstract of the report appears below. The full report is available here. During the first three years of the […]
It seems unlikely, but according to Michael Barone it could happen. Barone does not speak specifically to Oregon, but he does describe past changes in what we come to view as permanently red and blue states. Read more here in The American.
According to William McGurn, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, it is. McGurn comments on Bill Maher’s unlikely defense of Rush Limbaugh, and then moves on to describe the many ways in which the liberal commentariat have felt free to levy vindictive insult on conservatives and Republicans. And they don’t even understand the opprobrium they […]
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, argues that President Obama’s policies are a drag on the U.S. economy. He proposes these changes: Create a more predictable environment for exploration and production Open new areas to exploration, particularly where there is bipartisan local support Make it clear that his administration will not […]
Bob Caldwell’s passing is an enormous loss for The Oregonian and for Oregon. At a time when newspapers everywhere are struggling to survive, and too many have become mouthpieces rather than objective news sources, people like Bob have become rare in the news business. Although I disagreed with Bob far more often than I agreed […]
Originally published in The Oregonian — 3/8/12 – With no governor or U.S. Senate race on the Oregon ballot this year, can voter interest be stirred by the four intermediate nonjudicial statewide offices that are up for grabs? History suggests not, but at least two of those races deserve special attention, particularly since they should […]
WIND, TIMBER AND HYPOCRISY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST – Originally published on The Daily Caller — 3/9/12 – Writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Robert Bryce described the toll that the nation’s burgeoning wind farms have taken on endangered birds. At one site alone — Altamont in Alameda County, California — 2,400 raptors, including 70 […]
The Cascade Policy Institute has been a long time and steadfast supporter of choice in public education. During its 2011 session, the Oregon Legislature took a major step in the direction of greater choice by allowing students to freely transfer from one district to another. Districts could not prevent students in their geographic area from […]
“Constitutional principles seem to be mere inconveniences to Mr. Obama.” Those are the words of John Yoo and Ambassador John Bolton writing in today’s New York Times. They are talking about the Obama Administration’s announced intention to comply with a European draft “code of conduct for outer space.” Read more here.
The United States Senate failed to pass a bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline to go forward. Under the peculiar rules that now operate in the Senate, it takes 60 votes to pass anything. 56 senators voted for the bill including all Republicans and 10 Democrats. Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley voted […]
Daniel Henninger, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, argues that Rick Santorum’s rise from obscurity in the Republican presidential primary is rooted in his persistent appeal to freedom. As evidence she cites public reaction to his recurrent argument that Obamacare should be repealed because it intrudes too much into our private lives. Henninger’s argument is […]