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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
Could the Oregon Education Association’s stranglehold on Oregon politics be loosening? A story by Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week suggests maybe so. Several bills opposed by the teachers’ union passed with Democratic support but, as Jaquiss reports, OEA’s political contributions are three times larger than the next most generous organization — the public employees union […]
The first of three courts of appeals decisions on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was announced last week. In Thomas More Law Center v. Obama, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision that the law is constitutional. The three judge circuit court panel was split 2-1. […]