Roger Kimball’s commentary in today’s Wall Street Journal tells a harrowing tale of storm victim versus the Leviathan of government. You’ve got to read it to believe it.
Originally published in The Oregonian, January 10, 2013 – Is Chip Kelley Oregon’s latest successful entrepreneur? A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout Duckdom on Sunday night when word spread that University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly wouldn’t be leaving for the NFL after all. As someone who grew up in Eugene and [...]
Originally published in the Hillsboro Tribune, January 11, 2013 – by Representative Shawn Lindsay – Remember when presidential candidates actually campaigned in Oregon? Now they simply treat Oregon as an ATM. In 2004, both President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry drew huge crowds for public campaign rallies. But in 2012, both President Obama [...]
Originally published in The Daily Caller, January 8, 2013 – Despite the unprecedented explosion of the federal debt during his first four years in office, President Obama acknowledges that something must be done to halt deficit spending. Throughout the election campaign and since, Obama has insisted that a “balanced” approach is necessary. By “balanced” he [...]
Jonah Goldberg, writing at National Review Online, says President Obama has delivered (sort of) on his promise to make the wealthy pay their fair share, but has done nothing to achieve the balanced approach he claimed is needed. The fiscal cliff deal raises taxes $46 for every $1 cut in spending. That’s an odd notion [...]
Alex Brill, writing at CNN Global Public Square, offers five reasons why the fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress is bad for future generations — and for the present. Read Brill’s commentary reprinted here at AEI.org.
Several years ago the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sued Ringling Brothers Circus claiming cruelty to elephants. After losing in court and being sued for racketeering by Ringling, ASPCA has agreed to pay Ringling $9.3 million to exit the lawsuit. Oops.
Ronald Bailey reviews Samuel Arbesman’s new book The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date the January, 2013 issue of Reason. The point is that scientific facts are constantly being disproven, yet we proceed as if everything we know is the truth. Humility about knowledge is what is required.
This great nation has experienced immense peril during more than one Christmas season. Both war and political upheaval have threatened our survival as a free nation. Each time, when it was their turn to be counted, men and women of equally great valor have risen to the occasion. History tells us that our fledgling nation [...]
Originally published in The Oregonian, December 27, 2012 – Political parties are playing dangerous game with fiscal cliff – With the end of the year fast approaching and the so-called fiscal cliff apparently at hand, I’m reminded of the scene in the classic 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause” in which James Dean agrees to [...]
Originally published in The Oregonian, December 19, 2012 – How to reverse the state GOP’s slide into irrelevance – After a month of personal reflection, well-intended advice from many and reading commentary by political insiders, I am compelled to share my insight as to why Oregon has become such a reliably Democratic state. It is [...]
John Steele Gordon, writing in Commentary, comments on an oped in today’s New York Times. In a nutshell, Gordon argues that the oped, penned by University of Pennsylvania professor Adolph L. Reed, Jr., reflects the racist view that Blacks who are not liberal are not really Blacks. Of course Reed is arguing that the appointment [...]
Last Friday, Governor John Kitzhaber called a special session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly to enact a single new law. House Bill 4200 authorizes our Governor to enact a contract with an Oregon company that assures the company that its current single sales tax factor will not be changed for thirty years. The bill does [...]
Writing in Commentary, Abe Greenwald argues that conservatives need to provide reasoned solutions, which he believes they have, to counter the demand for immediate government action even when we do not understand what we are reacting to and know from experience that the planned solution will not work.