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New Report Shows Oregon’s Economy Is Struggling Due To Cronyism

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A new report released today shows that Oregon ranks near the top of all states in special tax breaks, loopholes and corporate cronyism. The report shows that, by choosing winners and losers in the economy and attempting to shape the economy through central planning, Oregon’s economy is falling behind other states that are much more […]

The Hillary Clinton Fund For Broke Politicians – Campus Reform

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The folks over at campusreform.org have a very important public service announcement – The Hillary Clinton Fund for Broke Politicians. Please pay close attention. WARNING: Have the tissues ready. This is one that will really tug at your heartstrings. Dig deep – your country needs you!     Related articles Hillary Clinton: “We came out […]

Detroit is the Democrats Problem

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I saw a clip of Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC that was so utterly and completely wrong, that I wanted to take a chance and go through why line by line. Under the banner “Conservative Utopia”, Ed Schultz says that “But thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now […]

“Investing” in Dems is Like Lending to “Eddie Mush” | JSL Consulting

Guest post from John LaRosa. via “Investing” in Dems is Like Lending to “Eddie Mush” | JSL Consulting. Hi, my name is John…and, a long time ago, I was a degenerate gambler. Why do I tell this to the world…or, more accurately, the four people who read my blog? Simple. Every time a “progressive” talks […]

False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting

Guest post from my buddy John LaRosa. Good read as always. via False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting. I’m tired. I’m really, really tired. Am I getting old? Yes. But while I certainly prefer aging to its alternative, my sprint toward transitional assisted living and perpetual underground residency is not what […]

Federal Budget Priorities

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The sequester continues to be a golden opportunity for conservatives to talk about principles of smaller government. Aside from that, budgets are very revealing. And cutting the budget isn’t bad because it forces you to reexamine your spending–in other words, prioritize. That being the case, budgets can also reveal where your priorities are. Take a […]

Sequester is an Opportunity for Conservatives

Sequester is an Opportunity for Conservatives

How much of the federal budget is paid for by income taxes? 50%…? 60%…? Maybe 70%…? The answer might surprise you. And that’s why the sequester is a golden opportunity for conservatives. Take a listen: I Spy Minute for March 5, 2013. Or read the transcript below…   Follow Mark on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow #       #       […]

Do student loans cause income inequality?

Do student loans cause income inequality? The distribution—and redistribution of income—is back in the news. The Economist reported on study of the persistence of income distribution from generation to generation, which generated some discussion. Then, Gary Becker and Richard Posner jumped into the debate with some often overlooked observations.  Judge Posner, however, flag a growing […]

Guest Post: Rep. Dennis Richardson – Oregon Budget Creation Process Begins for 2013-15

The State of Oregon budgets on a two-year “biennial” basis. The current State Budget for 2011-13 ends on June 30th.  The primary purpose for the current Legislative Session is to draft, vote on and pass the 2013-15 State Budget, which will begin July 1st.  In fact, although thousands of bills will be heard in Senate […]

Leftists Call For Abolishing The Constitution

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Just days after Piers Morgan claimed that both the Bible and the Constitution are “inherently flawed” and need to be amended, a Georgetown Constitutional Law professor published a piece in the New York Times that called for abolishing the “archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil” US Constitution altogether: Caroline May reports at the Daily Caller: Georgetown Law […]

Americans Can No Longer Afford Détente With The Socialist Left

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For decades after World War II, both parties followed an uneasy strategy of détente with the Soviet Union, trying to appease communist demands while appearing “reasonable.”   The Soviets played them for the suckers they were, increasingly demanding more accommodations as their strength and aggression grew. When Ronald Reagan burst onto the political scene, he threw détente out […]

Oregon Prepares To Release Prison Inmates While Also Seeking To Disarm Law-abiding Citizens

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Thanks to federal land grabs, much of Oregon’s timber industry has been decimated, making rural counties largely dependent on government subsidies and grants. When federal money starts to dry up, essentials like law enforcement (one of the primary legitimate roles of government) take a serious financial hit: A scenario that police in western Oregon feared […]

Democrats Demand Unlimited Borrowing Power

Another unconstitutional power grab?  How original. Tony Lee reports at Breitbart: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, President Barack Obama’s point man on the fiscal cliff negotiations, presented Republican leaders a proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff on Thursday, which gives Obama unprecedented powers to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. The White House proposal includes $1.6 trillion […]

Obama Takes Hard Line, Promises To Go Over Fiscal Cliff If Marxist Demands Aren’t Met

This is not going to end well. John Gizzi reports at Human Events: In terms that are easily the toughest-sounding it has so far uttered on the subject, the White House today insisted again that taxes “have to go up on millionaires and billionaires” and that the President “will not sign an extension” of present […]

Boehner Declares War On Tea Party, Purges Fiscal Conservatives From House Committees

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It appears John Boehner doesn’t want fiscal conservatives anywhere near positions of power where they can challenge his compromises with the enemy. Francesca Chambers reports at Red Alert Politics: The fissure between the GOP establishment and Tea Party members in Congress blew wide open Monday evening when conservative members of Congress were suddenly removed from […]

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  • Column: States rights across the aisle February 22, 2017
    It’s not unusual for political dynamics to shift as political powers shift at the federal level. But the dynamics are changing pretty quickly as we enter the second month of President Donald Trump’s administration. Notably, Democratic governors and mayors have been defending their values and speaking for their constituents with an argument often used by […]
  • Democrats call, again, for action on ‘levy cliff’ February 22, 2017
    Some school districts may have to send out pink slips if the state legislature doesn’t pass the Democrats’ “levy cliff” bill, argued Democratic leadership at their weekly press conference Tuesday. “I’m hearing from superintendents too,” said Rep. Kristine Lytton, Anacortes, at the press conference. “They are trying to dig into the complexity of the senate […]
  • GOP leaders defend education funding plan, criticize Democrats’ plan February 21, 2017
    After facing criticism for their budget plan, Republican leaders defended their education funding proposal Monday at a press conference, and made their own criticisms of the Democrat’s levy cliff bill. Washington GOP legislators’ plan is to implement something of a “levy swap” to fund education in Washington. Background Senate Republicans announced their plan Jan. 27 […]
  • Free for a Limited Time Four More Years February 22, 2017
    Washington DC’s H Street streetcar has failed in just about every way possible. The 2.2-mile line cost $200 million, which is enough to build ten to twenty miles of four-lane freeway; it opened years behind schedule; and–despite being free “for a limited time”–it carries a paltry 2,400 people per weekday, which in a sane world […]
  • Congestion Cost U.S. $295 Billion in 2016 February 21, 2017
    Speaking of congestion (as the Antiplanner was yesterday), a new congestion scorecard from Inrix estimates that congestion cost America $295 billion in 2016, which is more than 1.5 percent of 2016 GDP. Where the Texas Transportation Institute’s previous estimates of congestion costs counted only the cost to commuters, Inrix adds costs to consumers who must […]
  • Good News and Bad News February 20, 2017
    Good news: The United States had 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in 2016. That’s good news because the number in 2015 was nearly 59,000. In fact, the number has declined in every year since 1992 (the earliest year for which records are available), when it was 124,000. The American Road and Transportation Builders thinks 2016’s number […]