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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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  • 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 […]
  • “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 […]