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Posts tagged big government

“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 […]

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.

Crook County – “Bloomberged?”

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The nanny state begins at home and our Crook County Commissioners seem intent upon restricting legal activities and products in Crook County. In a county that carries a reputation for individualism and personal freedom associated with the western life style that seems contrary to all that we are. For the past several weeks at the […]

Communism Survivor Blasts Salem Gun Grabbers: “You Don’t Know What Freedom Is!”

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[VIRAL VID] Dateline Salem Oregon – April 5, 2013:  “You don’t know what freedom is because you never lost it!”  With a pointed finger Manuel Martinez called out Anti-Gun Committee Leader Floyd Prozansky during heated testimony on Friday.  You can bet Prozansky got the message. To quote Mr. Martinez: “malicious individuals, masquerading as Democrats,.. established … a dictatorial regime […]

Oregon HB 2306 Aims To Undermine Political Parties In Oregon

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I do not think it wise to pass HB 2306 for a number of reasons. My understanding is that the effect of this bill will designate all county and city elections as nonpartisan across the entire state, and that it will eliminate the ability of the precinct committee persons in a district to submit suggestions for replacement office holders in the case of a vacancy in local public office.

Oregon Democrats Introduce Massive Gun Ban Legislation

The Oregon Firearms Federation is raising the alarm on dangerous new anti-gun legislation that has just been introduced in the Oregon House: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that. Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce […]

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 […]

Kitzhaber Seeks Special Legislative Session To Accommodate Nike – Other Oregon Businesses, Not So Much

Why should Nike get special treatment?   What about the thousands of small businesses and family farms that are struggling to survive under Oregon’s burdensome taxes, regulations and bureaucracy?  Don’t THEY deserve a break, too?   Or do only Democrat cronies with friends in high places get the relief they need to expand, grow, and […]

Oregon To Get $20 Million In Federal Funding For Preschool

With federal money comes federal control. Is Kitzhaber finally on the road to his dream of universal preschool for Oregon, separating children from their parents and putting them under the influence of the state as early as possible? The Statesman Journal reports: A $20 million Race to the Top grant will help parents better determine […]

Hillsboro’s Hostages

[Reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com .] Recently the Hillsboro School Board denied a request by the residents of South Cooper Mountain to transfer their neighborhood from the Hillsboro to the Beaverton school district. The first step is for Hillsboro to approve– but our school board refused.      It looks to me like this was […]

Democrats Push For Government Takeover Of Private Retirement Savings

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If you have been wise enough to save up for your retirement, Democrats believe that it’s “not fair” that some else hasn’t been as responsible and has no savings set aside.   Even more than that: they believe that any money you may have put away doesn’t belong to you, anyway, since all property essentially […]

Obama Begins Push To Confiscate Private Retirement Savings, Nationalize Retirement System

Hide your IRA and 401k!  Obama has decided that our bankrupt Social Security system has been such a resounding success, he wants to nationalize the entire retirement industry. Apparently private individuals can’t be trusted to manage their own retirement any better than government bureaucrats, or something. The National Seniors Council reports: A recent hearing sponsored […]

Hostage-Taker-In-Chief Demands $1.6 Trillion In Tax Hikes Or We Go Over Fiscal Cliff

  Fox News reports: President Obama, ahead of his first press conference since winning re-election and a meeting later this week with congressional leaders, staked out his starting point for fiscal cliff negotiations — $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made clear that the president is sticking by his original […]

Boehner Folds: ‘Obamacare is the Law of the Land’

The votes aren’t even done being counted, but House Speaker John Boehner has already thrown conservatives under the bus, declaring that he will no longer attempt to repeal Obamacare: View on YouTube With control of congress and the purse strings, Boehner could lead the fight to simply defund and starve the beast.   But no, […]

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  • Montana Lawmakers Ask Washington State for Time on Colstrip February 13, 2016
    A bill before the Washington Legislature would authorize Colstrip's largest owner, Puget Sound Energy, to file a plan to decommission Colstrip's two oldest units. Montana Sen. Rick Ripley warned that if the bill passes, Montana lawmakers would likely call a special session to propose legislation to protect Montana's economy from the effect of a partial […]
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, Has Died February 13, 2016
    Scalia was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 under President Ronald Reagan, who named him as Associate Justice. As a Supreme Court justice, Scalia, a conservative, gained a reputation for offering blunt dissents. The post U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, Has Died appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • Private Health Insurance Premiums and Federal Policy February 12, 2016
    Although premiums for private insurance have grown relatively slowly in recent years, they have usually grown faster than the economy as a whole and thus faster than average income. CBO and JCT expect them to grow at similar rates over the next decade—by about 5 percent per year, on average, or about 2 percentage points […]
  • Today Top 3+ International Stories: Egypt, Mexico, France Plus Syria February 12, 2016
    1) In Egypt, thousands of doctors in Cairo turned out to protest after reports circulated that two doctors at a hospital in the capital had been beaten by police. It is not clear why the doctors were targeted, but it could be because they treated or sympathized with dissenters in opposition to former military leader […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Nigeria & Iraq February 11, 2016
    1) The UN Security Council is pushing Russia to end its air campaign against “militants” in Aleppo, Syria on behalf of the Syrian government. More than 50,000 Syrians have fled and over 500 are reported dead. It is estimated more than 300,000 people are still trapped in Aleppo and most water supplies to civilians left […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Turkey & Zika February 1, 2016
    1) After an entire week’s delay, Syrian opposition finally in Geneva for UN-run peace talks, despite a suicide attack by ISIS over the weekend which killed over 40 people. The UN hopes to find agreements on humanitarian aid and prisoner exchanges, but any progress, no matter how small, will be a victory at this point. […]
  • DC Ridership Falls Despite Population Growth February 12, 2016
    As the Antiplanner noted last week, Los Angeles is not the only region experiencing declining transit ridership. Another is Washington, DC, where a recent report from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA aka Metro) revealed that ridership has fallen to the lowest level since 2004. The agency’s financial situation is so bad that WMATA’s […]
  • The Future of Federal Lands February 11, 2016
    The Antiplanner was in Washington, DC on Tuesday to testify before the Federal Land Action Group, an unofficial Congressional committee made up of representatives from western states who support more local control of federal lands. Several of the committee members expressed the opinion that federal land would be better managed by the states because the […]
  • Low Fares Beat Steel Wheels February 10, 2016
    Last week, the Antiplanner highlighted an LA Times story showing that Los Angeles transit ridership was dropping despite billions being spent on transit improvements. A blogger named Ethan Elkind wrote a response arguing that a graph in the Times story was unfair because it showed that Los Angeles transit ridership peaked in 1985. That high […]