The Law Comes to Reed

The Law Comes to Reed

There has been much speculation and wonderment about Reed’s hiring of former Oregon attorney general, law professor and federal prosecutor John Kroger as its new president.  But no one expected, though they should have, that the former prosecutor of bad guys would go after the college’s long standing traditions of (and reputation for) drug and […]

Duly Sworn

Duly Sworn

Originally published in February edition of The Northwest Connection – Fiscal Conservatives Take Office Across Clackamas County – Election 2012 was considered a disaster by Americans hoping to reverse the trend of unprecedented deficits, unaccountable spending, and runaway debt. But if you’d been living in a bunker since the 2010 midterm and stumbled into the […]

Feinstein’s Folly

Feinstein’s Folly

It makes no sense to ban guns based on how they look – I own two rifles.  The first is a British Lee-Enfield, manufactured in Australia in 1943.  I bought it over thirty years ago in an antique shop.  The second is a Ruger Mini-14 ranch rifle.  I bought it new from a gun dealer […]

What’s Liberal About Obama’s Attack on Fox News?

What’s Liberal About Obama’s Attack on Fox News?

Kirsten Powers, a self described liberal, provides a devastating critique of President Obama’s ongoing attack on Fox News.  Being liberal, she says, means encouraging debate and dissent.  Read Powers’ commentary here.

Oregon Not on the Cutting Edge

Oregon Not on the Cutting Edge

The Daily Caller reports that the University of Minnesota has gotten the jump on Oregon progressives when it comes to sex education.

Entitlements Revisited

Entitlements Revisited

Originally published in The Daily Caller, January 29, 2013 – Social Security reform and the entitlement mentality – A week ago I suggested (“Why ‘entitlement’ programs aren’t really entitlements”) that we might have a better chance of dealing with the massive future liabilities of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid if we stopped encouraging the mistaken […]

Presidential Smackdown

Presidential Smackdown

Originally published in The Daily Caller, January 26, 2013 – DC Circuit gets it right on NLRB appointments – The Obama administration’s whatever-it-takes theory of constitutional governance hit a bump in the road Friday at the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. A unanimous three-judge panel of that court ruled (in Noel Canning v. […]

Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick on Immigration Reform

Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick on Immigration Reform

Drawing on their forthcoming book, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Goldwater Institute vice president Clint Bolick offer a comprehensive approach to comprehensive immigration reform.  For them, it does not start at the border.  Read more in the Wall Street Journal commentary here.

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Recess Appointments

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Recess Appointments

The National Law Journal reports on a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision invalidating President Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and calling into question the validity of his appointment of Richard Cordray to the consumer protection agency.  Read NLJ story here.

Avoiding Extremes in the Climate-Change Debate

Avoiding Extremes in the Climate-Change Debate

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg argues for government investment in alternative energy research rather than in subsidizing today’s inefficient solar and wind industries.

The Partisan and the Problem Solver

The Partisan and the Problem Solver

Originally published in The Oregonian, January 24, 2013 — Barack Obama and John Kitzhaber present different visions – President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Monday managed to rouse Democrats and Republicans alike, the former to grab their hymnals, the latter their pitchforks. As a Republican, what concerned me wasn’t so much what the president said […]

Semi-rational Exuberance

Semi-rational Exuberance

According to The Economist, “The world economy is improving.  But not as much as some investors seem to think.”  Read more here.

The Next Four Years of Fiscal Conservatism: What Can Be Done to Sustain the Nation

The Next Four Years of Fiscal Conservatism: What Can Be Done to Sustain the Nation

Writing at e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century (economics21.org), Charles Blahous, James Capretta and David Malpass explain what needs to be done to save Social Security, reform health care and entitlement policy, and achieve an effective monetary policy.

James Buchanan’s Simple Idea that Explains a Lot

James Buchanan’s Simple Idea that Explains a Lot

Reprinted from The New York Sun, January 9, 2013 – The death of James Buchanan takes from us the man who, more than any other, gave us the tools to understand what is happening to our country in the years of Obama. The professor at George Mason University was the leading progenitor of what is […]

Filibuster Follies

Filibuster Follies

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has been on a four year crusade to amend the Senate’s filibuster rules.  Merkley is on the right track in wanting the Senate to revert to the good old days of “talking filibusters,” when it was necessary to actually speak on the Senate floor to keep a filibuster going.  Unfortunately, Merkley […]

Health Care and the Federal Deficit

Health Care and the Federal Deficit

Writing at AEI.org, Christopher J. Conover of Forbes notes that “we’ve seen a growing disconnect between our willingness-to-pay for government and our willingness-to-spend for government.”  Conover explains [here] how we got here and where we are headed due to federal funding of sky-rocketing health care costs.

Entitled? Not Really

Entitled? Not Really

Originally published in The Daily Caller, January 21, 2013 – Why ‘entitlement’ programs aren’t really entitlements — Almost everyone seems to agree that some combination of Social Security reform, Medicare reform and Medicaid reform is essential to any long-term fix of the federal government’s fiscal woes. But few in Washington are prepared to face the […]

Should Congress End Ethanol Subsidies?

Should Congress End Ethanol Subsidies?

Reprinted from PERC.org, January 13, 2013 – Yes: Basically, the fuel is not good. — by Andrew Morriss – For more than two decades, special interests have persuaded Congress to mandate Americans buy ethanol whether they want to or not. As a result, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop is now used for ethanol […]

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