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Monthly archives for May, 2010

After tax hike, decreasing revenue has left Oregon with $563 million budget deficit

After tax hike, decreasing revenue has left Oregon with $563 million budget deficit

You mean raising taxes and driving businesses out of the state actually made revenues DECREASE? *Head slap* Who could see THAT one coming? When will they ever learn their lesson? From the Oregonian: Shock waves from the recession continue to wreak havoc in Oregon, punching a big hole in the state budget and prompting Gov. […]

Oregon’s spending problem drives up deficits as Dems propose more tax increases

Oregon’s spending problem drives up deficits as Dems propose more tax increases

Tax and spend.  Spend and tax.  Oregon Democrats once again flaunt their ignorance of the basic principles of economics. They passed Measures 66 & 67, which has driven away taxpaying businesses and jobs for taxpaying employees.   Now they wonder why their revenues are down, why schools are facing serious budget shortfalls, and why essential services […]

New Portland Police Chief: “We’re peacekeepers, not law enforcement”

New Portland Police Chief: “We’re peacekeepers, not law enforcement”

Now they’re emasculating our police force! “I believe we are peacekeepers, not law enforcement, and that’s my goal.” Why doesn’t he just come out and say, “Attention criminals, our ‘peacekeepers’ will no longer be using lethal force against you, so have a nice day (and please, pretty please, don’t shoot)!” If you want to know […]

Envirostatists introduce “Carbon Challenge” game to indoctrinate Oregon middle schoolers

Envirostatists introduce “Carbon Challenge” game to indoctrinate Oregon middle schoolers

“Players make decisions about GHG-emitting behaviors and consider how to budget a fair share of “carbon emissions”.  What exactly do they consider your “fair share”?  Whatever the government decides??? Western Institute for Study of the Environment Commentary reports: Propagandizing your kids with your tax dollars, courtesy Oregon State University Note the following authentic email (names […]

Oregon drops 14 places in annual “Best and Worst States for Business 2010″

Oregon drops 14 places in annual “Best and Worst States for Business 2010″

We can thank Measures 66 & 67 for this year’s plumment in our state’s business climate. From the Oregon House Republicans: “In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, […]

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  • A Review of Research on the Effect of Lower Class Sizes: Many Studies Find “No Improvement in Learning” April 24, 2015
    Researchers at the left-leaning Center for American Progress describe class size reduction policies as a “false promise.” Center for American Progress analysts also conclude that extensive class size reduction policies in California, Florida and other states have not been cost-effective. Bottom line, policies that retain bad teachers in the classroom do more harm to student […]
  • Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students April 24, 2015
    While much of the education conversation in the Legislature right now is centered on the money, it should be focused on what’s at stake – equal opportunity for future generations to reach their full potential. The post Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style April 24, 2015
    Those who support rent control, including Sawant, have an enormous obstacle blocking their path: a statewide ban. For Seattle to even consider it, the state Legislature would need to pass a measure allowing municipalities to decide for themselves. The post The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Pakistan, South Africa & Iran April 24, 2015
    1) Today President Obama apologized for all counterterrorism drone strikes including one from January that killed U.S. and Italian hostages hoping for rescue. This particular strike targeted an Al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. The two hostages killed were American Warren Weinstein, captured in 2011 and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who went […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Yemen, North Korea & Italy April 23, 2015
    1) Despite promises to end its airstrikes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has continued to target Houthi-held areas. At least 20 airstrikes took place today, the death count for the raids is unverified but the Houthi health ministry claims 951 people have died and 3,311 have been wounded.   2) China says that North Korea is […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: France, Ukraine & Yemen April 22, 2015
    1) France authorities announced they thwarted a planned terrorist attack that would have taken place in Paris this past Sunday and focused French churches. They have arrested a 24-year-old man who had weapons, ammunition and clears plans to carry out an attack. Few details about the man in custody have been released so far, but […]
  • U.S. Land Worth More Than $23 Trillion April 23, 2015
    A new study from the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that America’s land, exclusive of buildings or other improvements, was worth nearly $23 trillion in 2009. It has undoubtedly increased since then. The analysis, which was summarized in a Wall Street Journal blog post yesterday, presents estimates by state (for the lower 48 states only) […]
  • A Source of Humiliation April 22, 2015
    Japan has test-run a mag-lev train at faster than 600 kilometers per hour, a fact that is ” further humiliating the US rail industry,” says Business Insider. As an American, I feel totally humiliated by this test. After all, after spending more than $100 billion (about $350 million per mile) on infrastructure that will require […]
  • Because We Don’t Want Them April 21, 2015
    “Why can’t America have great trains?” asks East Coast writer Simon Van Zuylen-Wood in the National Journal. The simple answer is, “Because we don’t want them.” The slightly longer answer is, “because the fastest trains are slower than flying; the most frequent trains are less convenient than driving; and trains are almost always more expensive […]