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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 […]

One Catholic Hospital Fined $24 Million A MONTH By ObamaCare

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Under the Affordable Care Act, the largest Catholic hospital in New England fears being fined out of existence for refusing to comply with mandates under the law. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Simsbury, CT, faces fines of $24 Million A MONTH for standing up for its rights of religious freedom in rejecting the […]

Will The Media Finally Notice Health Care Costs Rising Under Obamacare?

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There was lots of big news on the ObamaCare front today, and it has caused a reexamination of the effects of this law since it was signed. Will the media finally notice health care costs rising under ObamaCare? Two court decisions issued conflicting decisions regarding the massive federal subsidies used to bribe consumers help consumers […]

Guest Post: Making sure Republicans lose

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[5440 note: Making sure Republicans lose, originally published at the whitestick papers. Reprinted by permission of the author.] Almost since its founding in the late 1850’s, the Republican Party has been plagued by internal strife. It’s a party of moral righteousness (and, often, self-righteousness) that takes founding principles very, very seriously. Clashes between firebrand ideologues […]

Is Meritocracy A Myth?

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[Reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com .] Today we continue our discussion of the politically biased and racist Equity training materials, provided by the organization “Uniting To Understand Racism”, that I began describing in my last blog.   These materials have been used to train staff members in how to achieve Equity for our students. Do […]

Uniting To Commit Racism

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[Reposted from http://hillsboroerik.com.] A few months ago, we had a small controversy regarding the political bias of the “Uniting to Understand Racism” (UUR) organization, which created the Equity training used by the Hillsboro School District to train all staff members.  They base their teachings on the radical and divisive Critical Race Theory, which teaches that […]

Nullification Of Obama

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Just because the federal government issues regulations, it is not necessary for states to abide by them, as noted both by Thomas Jefferson and, later, James Madison. A few months ago, Kansas effectively nullified some federal gun control regulations, which naturally got racist AG Eric Holder’s panties in a twist: Earlier in 2014, the Kansas state legislature […]

Nonnewaug Doubles Down On Stupid, Solves Problem By Blocking More Websites

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In response to the national controversy caused by their website blocking policy, Nonnewaug High School and the Regional School District #14 have issued a statement outlining a response. Instead of reversing the policy of blocking websites, however, the district has doubled down and imposed more “fairness” – leading to Nonnewaug blocking more websites. In the […]

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 […]

Cover Oregon: Another Victim Of Kitzhaber’s Politics

Cover Oregon: Another Victim Of Kitzhaber’s Politics

Like many others, it seemed curious to me that the notorious Cover Oregon website was opened to insurance agents but never to private individuals. Oracle, who built much of the site, says it came down to politics over proficiency. Software vendor Oracle provided information last week to the U.S. House and Energy Committee claiming the website […]

BOMBSHELL: Oracle Claims Cover Oregon Site Was Ready In February

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More details are emerging in the ongoing drama of fingerpointing between Governor John Kitzhaber, Cover Oregon, ObamaCare and software developer Oracle. KATU reported on Sunday evening that, according to Oracle, the Cover Oregon site that they built was functional and ready to use in February 2014, and was only shut down for political reasons by […]

ICYMI: Bowtie Blumenauer Says The IRS Needs More Money

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Yes, that’s right. Our friends at Digitas Daily captured the video of Earl Blumenauer (Socialist-Portlandia) grandstanding in Congress the other day, blaming the IRS targeting scandal on a lack of funding. As one observer noted, “I’m sure they were just about to get around to targeting the liberal non-profits before they ran out of money.” […]

via IJR: This Brain Tumor Survivor Thought Her Battle Was Over, But Then She Was Introduced To Obamacare

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Amanda Pratt is a 28-year-old survivor.  She’s undergone five surgeries to remove a massive tumor in her brain and now she’s fighting a new battle: the battle to afford life-saving care under ObamaCare.  Prior to ObamaCare, Amanda paid far less for her treatment.  MRIs cost her $800 out of pocket, and her copays to see […]

A Rare Bit Of Honesty From Charlie Rangel

A Rare Bit Of Honesty From Charlie Rangel

At his birthday bash earlier this month, the Democrat Congressman from New York City – running for yet another term – made a surprising, though likely unintentional, statement of complete honesty: “For the nation, these next two years are going to make history,” Rangel told the packed room at his birthday gathering. “These next two years […]

UPDATE: Catholic League taking Nonnewaug issue to State Education Commissioner

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Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League of Connecticut, stated today that they will be taking the Nonnewaug High School matter directly to the State Education Commissioner. (Previous coverage of the blocked conservative websites can be found here and here.) Donohue issued the following statement regarding Nonnewaug High School and Superintendant Jody Goegler: CENSORING VATICAN […]

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  • Senate committee discusses collective bargaining transparency August 17, 2017
    The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee held a work session yesterday on “public transparency in collective bargaining negotiations.” Despite the strong mandate for government transparency declared by the people in the Open Public Meetings Act, government employee contracts are usually negotiated in secret, meaning an important and costly taxpayer expense is hidden until the final bill comes due. There […]
  • WA Republicans on Trump, Women running for office, Georgetown Crossing August 17, 2017
    Every other week, we try to distill a few things down to their essence, and offer those nuggets to you for review. Short, smart content that will inform the work you’re doing in policy and the economy today.  Hopefully you find something on this list that resonates with the work you’re doing. If so, let […]
  • Rep. Orwall to co-chair national Military and Veterans Task Force August 17, 2017
    Earlier this month, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues, selected Speaker Pro-Tem Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) as co-chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Task Force. “This is truly an honor and a great privilege,” said Orwall, who […]
  • Trump and FLOTUS to Skip Kennedy Center Honors August 19, 2017
    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced Saturday that they will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors, after multiple honorees said they would boycott. The post Trump and FLOTUS to Skip Kennedy Center Honors appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Anti-Israel Academics Launch Campus Antifa Group for Faculty August 19, 2017
    Prominent anti-Israel academics launched a campus antifa group earlier this month for faculty across the United States. The post Anti-Israel Academics Launch Campus Antifa Group for Faculty appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Youth Summer Unemployment Rate Declines to 17-Year Low August 19, 2017
    The unemployment rate for young people aged 16 to 24 years old looking for summer work declined to a 17-year low, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The post Youth Summer Unemployment Rate Declines to 17-Year Low appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • “Quick Win” for Buses = Loss for Commuters August 18, 2017
    New York City rail transit lines have fallen on hard times, with frequent delays, accidents, and even trains not running at all. While Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, some transit advocates want to make sure buses aren’t forgotten in any multi-billion-dollar fix. Some of their ideas, such as having people pay before […]
  • Black Crater Fire August 17, 2017
    The internet and phone service were both down in Camp Sherman yesterday afternoon and evening, which is when I would normally write the next day’s Antiplanner. So instead I took some night photos of the Milli Fire, which was burning on about 256 3,500 acres a few miles from here. Click image for a larger […]
  • Streamlining Infrastructure Approvals August 16, 2017
    President Trump issued an executive order yesterday aimed at streamlining the federal approval process for infrastructure projects. Contrary to the impression given by press reports, the order doesn’t repeal any environmental laws or rules. All it really does, the White House explains, is require federal agencies to work together to speed existing approval processes with […]