Perry and Bachmann Poll Well Among Conservatives

Perry and Bachmann Poll Well Among Conservatives

The Daily Caller tracking poll shows that Governor Rick Perry (if he gets into the race) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann could give Mitt Romeny a run for his money.  Clearly, the race is only beginning.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmentalists

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmentalists

Environmental activists, supported by a cadre of impassioned academic lawyers, have been looking to the common law of nuisance as a way to appeal directly to the courts and circumvent the administrative and legislative processes of government . On June 20th, a unanimous United States Supreme Court dealt a blow to their theory. In American Electric Power […]

The Farm Bill: A Test of Republican Resolve on Debt

Are Republicans serious about curtailing spending and reducing the federal debt?  Upcoming votes on the 2012 Farm Bill will test their commitment.  According to an American Enterprise Institute study there are $307 billion on the table, tens of billions of which are direct and indirect transfers from middle income taxpayers to wealthy farmers and large […]

Geography of a Recession

Geography of a Recession

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES BY COUNTY SINCE JANUARY 2007

Portland Not Alone in Battle with EPA

Portland Not Alone in Battle with EPA

Although the City of Portland compromised its case for rationality when it spent $40,000 to drain 8 million gallons of water containing an imperceptible  amount of human urine because of the “yuck factor”, Portlanders can take some comfort in knowing we are not alone in being forced to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to […]

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

CLACKAMAS CONSERVATIVES DECRY BOARD APPOINTMENT (This article first appeared in the Northwest Connection) When Governor John Kitzhaber tapped then-Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Chair Lynn Peterson to travel to Salem and become his sustainability and transportation advisor, a waiting game began. With Commissioner Charlotte Lehan moving over to take the all-important middle chair on the […]

Peggy Noonan Is Right: We Need a Ronald Reagan

Peggy Noonan Is Right: We Need a Ronald Reagan

On his 100th birthday, Ronald Reagan is feted by those who most owe their freedom to the great optimist. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan reminds Americans that we, too, could use a Ronald Reagan.

Defending Michele Bachmann, Your Honor, Abe Lincoln of Illinois

Defending Michele Bachmann, Your Honor, Abe Lincoln of Illinois

The liberal media has apparently decided to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by reviving one of the great debates leading up to that conflict by attacking Michele Bachmann’s interpretation role of the framers of the U.S. Constitution in the eventual elimination of slavery. The current controversy began with a speech by Michele […]

End of Ethanol Subsidies Won’t Do Much to Reduce Price of Corn

Last month we commented on the parallel between Greek public employees demanding their bloated salaries and pensions and cornbelt farmers demanding their $6 billion annual ethanol subsidies.  Both seem to see little connection between their personal handouts and rising government debt.  We also noted that a bipartisan Senate vote (73-27) to terminate ethanol subsidies this […]

Lost Opportunities for Job Creation in Oregon’s 2011 Legislative Session

Lost Opportunities for Job Creation in Oregon’s 2011 Legislative Session

Missed opportunities were an everyday occurrence during the 76th Legislative Assembly. Many Senate bills designed to improve Oregon’s business environment, and to encourage growth in private sector jobs, were not given the opportunity for a vote. It was disappointing, and more than a little upsetting, to watch the Democrat Senate leadership daily refuse to address […]

14th Amendment Provides No Silver Bullet to Federal Debt Crisis

Ever looking for ways to avoid hard and controversial decisions, a few members of the United States Senate have suggested that the so-called public debt clause of the 14th Amendment allows the President to unilaterally raise the national debt ceiling.  They have drawn support from several law professors and even Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.  Not […]

Large Majority of Voters Favor Free Market

American voters get it.  They understand where wealth comes from.  A recent Rasmussen poll reveals that nearly three-quarters of likely voters favor the free market over economic management by government.  Only 14% take the opposite view.

Republicans United on Reducing Federal Debt

Republicans United on Reducing Federal Debt

When liberal Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine and conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina coauthor an opinion piece, you can be pretty sure all 47 Republican senators are in agreement.  Snowe and DeMint argue for a balanced budget amendment in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Illiberal Immigration

In his July 7 column, Victor Davis Hanson, classicist and historian at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, argues that illegal immigration in the 21st Century has become an “illiberal enterprise”.  “The old liberal ideal of a racially blind, melting-pot society where the law is applied equally across the board has descended into the new postmodern practice […]

In Praise of a Prosecutor Who Admits His Error

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz argues that while Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. may have been too quick to indict Dominique Strauss-Kahn, he deserves credit for acknowledging his lack of due diligence on the alleged victim.  Other prosecutors should take note.

65% Say Fourth of July One of Nation’s Most Important Holidays

65% Say Fourth of July One of Nation’s Most Important Holidays

Rasmussen Reports Independence Day survey reveals that Fifty-four percent of Americans believe that the nation founded in 1776 is truly a nation of “liberty and justice for all,” while a full 90% agree that we are all “endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Appeals Court Obamacare Ruling Highlights Need for Supreme Court Review

On July 1 the Hoover Institution published my article on the recent 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare’s  controversial ‘individual mandate’ requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.   In it I argue that the court’s opinion underscores the need for a clearer definition of the boundary between federal and state power.  […]

There’s No ‘Average’ Cancer Patient

There’s No ‘Average’ Cancer Patient

What’s wrong with a breast cancer treatment that does not benefit the “average” patient, but does benefit a few individual women?  Nothing, argues Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Gregory Conko in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s revocation of its approval of Avastin.  What’s wrong, says Conko, is the FDA’s denial of a woman’s […]

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