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Looking Forward To April 15

Looking Forward To April 15

The coming tax season brings new forms, which apparently will need to be filled out and included with your return in order to satisfy the requirements of newly-added Line 61 on your Form 1040: Health care: individual responsibility. New this year for your computational and documental pleasure: Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, and (assuming you were somehow able to qualify for […]

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 […]

POMERLEAU: Enabling American companies to compete at home and abroad – Washington Times

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This is a compelling article on tax reform, well worth a read: POMERLEAU: Enabling American companies to compete at home and abroad – Washington Times. The massive scope of our broken tax code is enough to fill several college courses, and will not be solved in one blog post. But it is important to reiterate […]

Oh My, ILWU’s In Contract “Negotiations”

Oh My, ILWU’s In Contract “Negotiations”

Portland-area businesses can look forward to more economic disruption because the union thugs may be asked to pay more than a whole dollar for their prescriptions, should they need any. The Horror! A full-time longshoreman earns about $130,000 a year, while foremen earn about $210,000, according to employer data. Workers pay nearly nothing for health coverage that […]

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 […]

3 Reasons You Can’t Find a Job – YouTube

3 Reasons You Can’t Find a Job – YouTube

Good video from the LearnLiberty Channel on the reasons behind the tough job market: 3 Reasons You Can’t Find a Job – YouTube. Like this:Like Loading…

“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 […]

Northwest Coal Terminals Advance Despite Opposition From Environmental Groups | FreedomWorks

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As I’ve documented in previous posts, the organized environmental left is marshalling forces to oppose Powder River Basin (PRB) coal exports to Asia via ports in the Pacific Northwest. Despite their best efforts at fear mongering about supposed environmental effects, local officials are beginning to push back against the prevailing narrative. Realizing that the opposition […]

Hysteria and Misinformation – Coal Train Fight Continued | FreedomWorks

As I posted earlier, coal producers are trying to secure approval to ship Powder River Basin (PRB) coal overseas to Asian markets, while environmental extremists are attempting to make this the Spotted Owl fight of modern times. The environmental movement has established this as their beachhead, and are pulling out all the stops. Their long […]

Northwest Coal Train Fight – The Modern Day Spotted Owl | FreedomWorks

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If it’s a cleaner burning coal and it lowers costs for consumers, why would environmentalists oppose it? The short answer is that they’ve waged a war on coal, and they want to kill the industry altogether.

The Greening Of Portland

The Greening Of Portland

About a year and a half ago, then Portland mayor Sammy Adams and his cohorts on the Portland City Council decreed a radical, “green” approach to waste disposal: they sent little plastic slop buckets (made in Canada, naturally) out to virtually every house in the city, and cut garbage pickups to twice a month – […]

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 […]

Stand in a bucket

Stand in a bucket

Winston Churchill once famously said, “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Needless to say, we’re a tad skeptical about Obama’s economic plan that calls for more spending by the government, which […]

Oregon Listed As One Of Worst States For Unemployed

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Thanks to leftist policies, the current unemployment rate in Oregon is stuck at a pathetic 8.4%, a rate that we haven’t gone below since November of 2008 – more than 4 years ago. Joblessness has become the new normal in Oregon, which is why Bloomberg listed us in the top 20 WORST states to live […]

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 […]

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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 […]