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Posts tagged Government Spending

Federal Budget Priorities

Federal Budget Spending

The sequester continues to be a golden opportunity for conservatives to talk about principles of smaller government. Aside from that, budgets are very revealing. And cutting the budget isn’t bad because it forces you to reexamine your spending–in other words, prioritize. That being the case, budgets can also reveal where your priorities are. Take a […]

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 […]

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Liberals Exploit Storm Aftermath To Attack Romney, Push For Bigger Government

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Wouldn’t you like to be a prepper, too? In New York City, hungry survivors of Hurricane Sandy have been reduced to dumpster diving in search of food: View on YouTube On Coney Island, looters are having a field day: “Look, they’ve been looting our wallets for too long,” said a young male who claimed he […]

Voodoo Economics Pt 2: Government Doesn’t Create Jobs

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In a recent report, the Congressional Research Service revealed that welfare spending has increased by 33% under Barack Obama, topping out at over $1 Trillion annually. As I pointed out in my previous post on the report, baseline spending on social programs has deliberately been driven up by the Obama administration, despite (or perhaps due […]

13-Year-Old Jenny Gives Report Cards to Obama and Romney

13-Year-Old Jenny Gives Report Cards to Obama and Romney

A brave girl. If you want to understand how brave, read the comments at YouTube. Jenny is a 13-year-old 8th grader who’s been interested in politics for a couple of years. She was confused about the claims of the Democrats and the claims of the Republicans. So, she decided to look at the facts and […]

Oregon TEA Party: Making Friends One Citizen at a Time

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October 12, 2012, Portland Oregon:  As Mitt Romney surges ahead in the polls, more and more conservatives are coming forward to say “Hi” and inquire about the new Oregon TEA Party Freedom Bus.  As the bus prepares to head off to an event Suzie, an Oregon voter who was driving by with her dog “Rusty,” […]

Proof That Don McIntire Is Not Satan

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With the news of the death of Don McIntire, author of Measure 5 in Oregon, the left is once again coming out of the woodwork with the perennial complaint that M5 is solely responsible for the sorry state of our schools. Here now is proof positive that spending is not the problem. M5 did NOT […]

Open Thread – Live Blogging The Ryan Biden VP Debate HERE

Ok, what political junkie isn’t looking forward to the debate tonight between Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan? Comments welcome during the debate! I’ll be providing commentary and observation as well in the comment section. Just to whet your whistle a bit regarding some of the expected themes of the debate tonight, focusing on […]

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? – YouTube

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? – YouTube

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? via Why are they striking? – YouTube. [5440 note: Hey Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Parkrose – sound familiar?] Related articles Almost 40% of Chicago’s Public School Teachers Send their Kids Elsewhere to Learn Chicago Teachers Strike: A Lesson Of “Excessive Zeal And No Brains” The eight dumbest things said about […]

Support the Commissions on Children and Families

Support the Commissions on Children and Families

(Article reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com .) What are the Commissions on Children and Families (CCFs), and why do they deserve our support? A CCF is a group of local citizens appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (the governing body of each county), as part of a system of commissions in each of […]

National Debt Reaches $16 Trillion….And Counting

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GOP Ad: $16 Trillion View on YouTube The Heritage Foundation reports: Today, the U.S. debt clock hit $16 trillion. Compare that to the end of 2008, just days before President Obama officially took office, when the total federal debt was short of $10 trillion. That’s a 60 percent increase in the federal debt in less than 4 […]

2016 the Movie, Voter Education for 2012

Dinesh D’Souza has been accused of many things over the years. He has been accused of falsely representing the words of the Obama Administration many times, he has been called a racist and generally painted by many in the Mainstream media as an alarmist. Those of us who hail from the right side of our […]

The Latest Lie From The Democrats, Dutifully Repeated ad Nauseum By Legacy Media Hacks

The following panicked email was just sent by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: How do we know it’s time for Republicans to move on?  Because according to CBS News, they’ve now spent $50 million in taxpayer money on 33 separate votes to repeal the President’s health care law – with absolutely nothing to show for […]

You want family farms and small business, but do you want to pay the tax?

4 generations of  the Bowers Family, 97 year old Great-Grandma Charity to 6 year old great-granddaughter Charity!

A couple of weeks ago I read on a website about how Oregon’s Death Tax has obviously not affected my family because I was a 5th generation farmer.  (Since then they have taken then claim down.) However this group, Tax Fairness for Oregon, knows nothing about my family. Here’s the thing, my great-grandma, the 2nd generation of […]

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  • What Is Middle Class Economics? February 26, 2015
    An awkward truth for politicians looking to help the middle class is that there’s much less the government can do for them than for the poor. So, the president has picked an opportune time to set his mantra to “middle-class economics”: a time when middle-class economic fortunes are already improving for reasons not much related […]
  • Federal Trial Starts in Kettle Falls Medical Marijuana Case February 26, 2015
    Trial began Wednesday in federal court in Spokane for a group of people accused of growing marijuana near Kettle Falls in northeast Washington. The group claims it was medical marijuana. The case is seen as a test of federal drug law in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana. The post Federal Trial Starts in Kettle […]
  • Inslee, Sen. Schoesler Talk Amending Boeing Tax Break Package February 26, 2015
    Gov. Jay Inslee told a crowd of aerospace executives that he is “monitoring” but not taking positions on two House bills that aim to tie tax breaks with the number of jobs provided and wages paid to employees. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said the Legislature made a deal with Boeing in 2013 and his caucus […]
  • World Class Hour on #FTRRadio with @astaroska! February 25, 2015
    Guest: Andrew Staroska   Nuclear Iran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8VuxcQxXgg Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this weekend to continue on-going nuclear negotiations. The Israeli government has expressed concerns over the talks, so U.S. national security advisor Susan Rice has invited her Israeli counterpart to the White House to […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Iraq, Yemen & Czech Republic February 25, 2015
    1) A number of bombings hit Iraq in the past day, killing 26 people and wounding 20. At least seven separate bombs went off. The region is very close to where Iraqi forces are still fighting off the threat from ISIS in Anbar. So far, no group has claimed credit for the attacks.   2) Things […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Ukraine & Chile February 24, 2015
    1) ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, took 90 Christians captive today in an early morning raid on villages in the northeastern part of the country. The nearest major city, Hasaka, is controlled by the Kurds. U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish fighters have been attacking the nearby ISIS position over the weekend.   2) At the U.N. […]
  • Faster, Cheaper, Safer, More Convenient February 26, 2015
    Smallter Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper, by the Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce, argues that human innovation will save the planet from climate change and other projected catastrophes. As the title suggests, most of that innovation has to do with making things smaller, faster, etc., but Bryce especially focuses on power density, that is, the amount of […]
  • Streetcars and Commuter Trains Are Hot February 25, 2015
    Ridership on Atlanta’s new streetcar is 18 percent below projections–and the projections assumed patrons would be charged a $1 fare, but (as of the date of the ridership numbers) the city was still offering free introductory rides. Meanwhile, operating costs have proven to be a mere 50 percent more than projected. Washington, DC’s new streetcar […]
  • Cities Want Federal Grants February 24, 2015
    Here’s another article claiming that the fact that cities are foolish enough to accept federal grants to build streetcars proves that “America has a renewed desire for streetcars.” The article then lists eleven streetcar projects–some of them under construction, others still in early planning phases–as evidence. One of the projects is in Kansas City, where […]