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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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  • Gov. Inslee and Gov. Raimondo write op-ed supporting Dreamers October 20, 2017
    Governor Jay Inslee and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island wrote an op-ed featured in Newsweek yesterday. The op-ed praises the contributions Dreamers make to the United States and was a call to action for Congress to play their part in protecting these individuals. Governors Inslee and Raimondo begin the op-ed by focusing on the responsibility […]
  • Washington Healthplanfinder Adds More In-Person Assistance Sites for 2018 Open Enrollment October 19, 2017
    Six full-service enrollment centers, seven broker affiliate sites to offer help to Washingtonians signing up for coverage  OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that 13 statewide locations will offer in-person assistance to Washington Healthplanfinder customers during the upcoming open enrollment period taking place Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018. These customer support […]
  • Morning Wire: McLeary, Amazon, Sound Transit October 18, 2017
    Good morning. We have some big ticket items on our radar screen: ballots, Amazon, and the Supreme Court. We detail all of those for you in this edition of the Morning Wire.  Of course, our 2017 Re-Wire Policy Conference is also on the horizon. We’re recruiting speakers and sponsors now, so if you want to […]
  • Transit Today: Marketing Over Mobility October 20, 2017
    Denver’s Regional Transit District (RTD) won an award for its airport rail line. But the award was not for the line itself, which continues to suffer from technical failures more than a year after it opened, but for the agency’s marketing campaign for the train. This is a sad commentary on the state of the […]
  • 2nd Quarter Home Price Indices October 19, 2017
    Someone just paid $1.1 million for a tear-down/fixer-upper in Mountain View, California. That’s not really news, as prices in Silicon Valley have been increasingly outrageous. What’s news is that they bought the house with the provisos that the existing owner will get to live there for seven years; the buyer didn’t get to see the […]
  • Taxing and Regulating the Competition October 18, 2017
    Here’s a difference between government-run businesses and private businesses: when private businesses face competition, they are forced to innovate to survive. When government-run businesses face competition, they can regulate or tax their competitors out of business. Blackberry was once the dominant smart phone. Then came the iPhone, which reduced Blackberry subscribers from 85 million to […]