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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 […]

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 […]

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…

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.

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

The Hillsboro Argus published my guest editorial this past Friday, pointing out that since we’re building free stadiums for sports teams now, we may as well do it for everyone. A few more comments on the article from 5440 readers might be nice. Come take a look! http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/01/hillsboro_hops_public_financin.html (And as always, if you want more […]

An Apology to Our Founding Fathers

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    My buddy Laurin posted this note on Facebook today, and I found it compelling enough to repost. Dear Founding Fathers: I’m sorry that after all we have been through as a nation that we cannot see when something is wrong under our very eyes. I’m sorry that we have become so dependent on […]

Union Pricing

Union Pricing

If unions are good for industry, then being treated like a union should be good for union workers, right? I can’t help but wonder, though, if they’d buy their own economics… Take a listen! I Spy Minute for Wed Dec 12 2012. Or read the transcript, below. Follow Mark on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow and look for […]

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Going Galt: Businesses Begin Laying Off Workers, Cutting Hours, Shutting Doors

Any business that has more than 50 employees is required to purchase health insurance for their employees or pay hefty fines, so many are now downsizing or refusing to expand beyond 49 employees. Also, in order to avoid the increasing cost of purchasing insurance for full-time employees, many small businesses will be forced to cut their […]

Open Thread – Live Blogging The Ryan Biden VP Debate HERE

Ok, what political junkie isn’t looking forward to the debate tonight between Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan? Comments welcome during the debate! I’ll be providing commentary and observation as well in the comment section. Just to whet your whistle a bit regarding some of the expected themes of the debate tonight, focusing on […]

ObamaCare Reg Redefining “Full Time Worker” a Subtle Nod to Unions, Communists | All American Blogger

Yesterday the IRS and the Health and Human Services Department released new regulations relating to the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare or the White House Health Care Tax. The regulations redefine what a full time worker is: An employee is a variable hour employee if, based on the facts and circumstances at the […]

Monetizing The Southern Poverty Law Center

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One thing you have to hand the group: they’re appropriately named, as they exhibit an aura of complete poverty in the area of scruples. They weren’t always so; the organization was instrumental in bringing to justice three white supremacist skinheads who beat Mulugeta Seraw to death with a baseball bat in front of his Southeast […]

Gordon Fulks Destroys Arguments Against Coal Shipments At Americans For Prosperity Rally

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On Tuesday, July 24, President Obama visited Portland. On that day, AFP Oregon organized a rally to remind him that there is opposition to his plans for America. AFP Oregon has been hitting back hard lately on the opposition to allowing coal to be shipped out of Portland’s ports, which is being led by extreme […]

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  • House Democrat introduces bill highlighting job training needs in rural counties March 22, 2017
    Washington Republicans have been identifying themselves as the party representing rural voters. They make those arguments when talking about water rights as it relates to the Hirst Decision. They talk about it when they discuss expanding telemedicine. They talk about it when they criticize the carbon tax as regressive and likely to hit rural commuters. […]
  • Gov. Jay Inslee criticizes Senate’s proposed cuts to Western State Hospital March 22, 2017
    This article is crossposted on State of Reform, a health policy news site.  Gov. Jay Inslee came out strongly against the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’ proposed budget for the 2017-2019 biennium and highlighted the suggested cuts to Western State Hospital. The MCC would increase funding to mental health care by $250 million, but they focus those […]
  • Senate transportation budget faces criticism at public hearing for proposed actions on collective bargaining March 21, 2017
    Leaders in Washington transportation expressed their support or opposition to the Senate’s proposed transportation budget Tuesday afternoon. The budget appropriates $8.4 billion for the upcoming 2017-2019 biennium, and projects higher revenue coming in than the past biennium. Most testifying Tuesday sought more wiggle room in the budget for their respective interests. Multiple people representing the […]
  • The New York Observer Published a Seemingly Fake Anti-Trump Story March 22, 2017
    The New York Observer reported on Tuesday that the Trump Organization sent a cease and desist letter to a California teenager asking her to take down her site, but the Trump Organization denies they ever sent such a letter. The post The New York Observer Published a Seemingly Fake Anti-Trump Story appeared first on Washington […]
  • RNC Targets Vulnerable Democrats in Six-Figure Ad Buy March 22, 2017
    The post RNC Targets Vulnerable Democrats in Six-Figure Ad Buy appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Arkansas Expands Gun-Carry Rights March 22, 2017
    Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Wednesday that will allow those with gun-carry permits and special training to carry in areas that are otherwise designated gun-free zones. The post Arkansas Expands Gun-Carry Rights appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Did Nader Really Call Apple a Monopoly? March 22, 2017
    “Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, concerned about fake news prevalent on social media sites, believes Congress should weigh in with antitrust legislation targeting Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple,” reports the Washington Examiner. Say what? Just what do Microsoft and Apple have to do with so-called fake news? How are any of these companies monopolies? Is Ralph […]
  • Portland Housing Stupidity Grows March 21, 2017
    Here’s an incredibly stupid idea to deal with Portland’s housing affordability problems: Multnomah County proposes to build tiny houses in people’s backyard. The people will get to keep the houses on the condition that they allow homeless people to live in them for five years. That’s supposed to be an incentive. For five years, you […]
  • Making Boulder Affordable March 20, 2017
    Boulder, Colorado is the least affordable city in America that is not in California, Hawaii, or the New York City urban area. Boulder’s unaffordability is directly due to a combination of land-use policies, including a greenbelt that is nine times larger than the city itself and limits on the number of building permits that the […]