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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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  • 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 […]