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Posts tagged Free Markets

New Report Shows Oregon’s Economy Is Struggling Due To Cronyism

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A new report released today shows that Oregon ranks near the top of all states in special tax breaks, loopholes and corporate cronyism. The report shows that, by choosing winners and losers in the economy and attempting to shape the economy through central planning, Oregon’s economy is falling behind other states that are much more […]

CCO Lawsuit

CCO Lawsuit

Pardon me while I giggle, but after a mere three months in operation, the first cracks in the governor’s vaunted CCOs are showing. You know, CCOs–coordinated care organizations, which, according to HB3650, are designed to bring universal health care to Oregonians. (See Section 1, Paragraph 1, HB 3650.) Yes indeed, court records show that on […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Obama’s Partial Truth on Oil Speculators

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Obama’s Partial Truth on Oil Speculators

When Obama spouts off about evil oil speculators, there’s a partial truth to it. It is true that without the market-forces-corrupting influence of the oil speculators, gas prices would drop quickly and dramatically–by at least 35%. But find out what Obama isn’t telling you about those evil speculators. I Spy Minute – Mon., Apr. 16, […]

Obama To Use State Of The Union Address To Campaign For Government-Controlled Economy

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Here it comes… The Constitution specifies the purpose of the “State of the Union” speech: “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” But that’s not enough for Obama.  He’s going to […]

Inequality in Perspective

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Conservatives believe everyone is born equal in God’s eyes, with certain unalienable rights that are not dependent on government – and which no government has a right to violate.  What each individual does with those liberties is their own choice, and the outcomes will be different for everyone. Liberals, on the other hand, demand equality […]

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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 […]