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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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  • Hirst could be the tipping point for state’s endangered rural Democrats June 22, 2017
    For all the enthusiasm I hear from my party about saving endangered species, I wish there was a little more sympathy for the most endangered creature of all – the Democrat who represents a rural district. There aren’t many of us left, and the way things are going this year, our line may die out […]
  • Budget stalemate puts state’s financial reputation at risk June 21, 2017
    It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a good reputation but it takes only one bad choice to destroy it in an instant. As state treasurer, I carry this lesson with me every day as I work with other state officials and dedicated treasury staff to manage our state’s finances in a […]
  • Wire Poll on Mayor Race, Re-Wire Policy Conference, Government shutdown June 21, 2017
    We have poll results out from our first Wire Poll, and some suggested topics to share for this fall’s first Re-Wire Policy Conference. So, while summer is just days away, we’ve got a few things we think are worth keeping your eye on as you find time to hit the beach and mountains this season. […]
  • New Driving Data June 23, 2017
    The Federal Highway Administration has just released urban highway statistics for 2015, including the miles of roads and daily vehicle miles of driving by road type and “selected characteristics” for each urban area, including population, land area, freeway lane miles, and similar information. These data are quite useful as they allow interregional comparisons as well […]
  • The Transit Apocalypse June 22, 2017
    With declining ridership, growing costs, and increasing competition, the nation’s transit industry is on the verge of complete collapse. The trends leading to this collapse appear to be permanent, yet transit officials across the country are pretending they are only temporary. Instead of preparing for the collapse, they are simply seeking more subsidies. The Antiplanner […]
  • Response to Congestion Report June 21, 2017
    Two weeks ago, the Center of the American Experiment published a report by the Antiplanner showing that traffic congestion in Minneapolis-St. Paul was the deliberate result of the region’s Metropolitan Council’s plans to increase congestion in order to get more people to ride transit, walk, or bicycle. The Antiplanner quoted Met Council documents saying that […]