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Posts tagged Jobs

POMERLEAU: Enabling American companies to compete at home and abroad – Washington Times

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This is a compelling article on tax reform, well worth a read: POMERLEAU: Enabling American companies to compete at home and abroad – Washington Times. The massive scope of our broken tax code is enough to fill several college courses, and will not be solved in one blog post. But it is important to reiterate […]

3 Reasons You Can’t Find a Job – YouTube

3 Reasons You Can’t Find a Job – YouTube

Good video from the LearnLiberty Channel on the reasons behind the tough job market: 3 Reasons You Can’t Find a Job – YouTube. Like this:Like Loading…

Northwest Coal Terminals Advance Despite Opposition From Environmental Groups | FreedomWorks

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As I’ve documented in previous posts, the organized environmental left is marshalling forces to oppose Powder River Basin (PRB) coal exports to Asia via ports in the Pacific Northwest. Despite their best efforts at fear mongering about supposed environmental effects, local officials are beginning to push back against the prevailing narrative. Realizing that the opposition […]

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.

Oregon Listed As One Of Worst States For Unemployed

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Thanks to leftist policies, the current unemployment rate in Oregon is stuck at a pathetic 8.4%, a rate that we haven’t gone below since November of 2008 – more than 4 years ago. Joblessness has become the new normal in Oregon, which is why Bloomberg listed us in the top 20 WORST states to live […]

Oregon Environmental Commission Targets Fossil Fuels

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If it’s successful, convenient, inexpensive, and makes our lives better, environmentalists want to kill it.  They won’t be happy until we’re all back in utopian bark hut villages, walking on dirt paths, illuminated only by moonlight. The Oregonian reports: Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 today to require fuel distributors to begin reporting the carbon content of […]

Oregon’s Legal Climate Driving Away Business

In the last four years, Oregon has dropped 15 places to 28th in the nation for litigation and business climate. But until we’re in the bottom 10, don’t expect tort reform to be on the state Democrat majority’s radar. From the Oregon Business Report: A state’s litigation environment is an increasingly important factor in key […]

Fisherman, Residents Rebel Against Agenda 21 ‘Ocean Grab’ By State Bureaucrats For ‘Wave Energy’

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This is what ICLEI and Agenda 21 look like when they are put into implementation at the local level. KOBI 5 News reports: Generated energy in Oregon could soon come from the waves of the Pacific Ocean. The state is setting up a number of buoys along the Oregon coast in an effort to reduce […]

Clueless Liberals Blame, Boycott Businesses Forced To Lay Off Employees Due To Obamacare

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Small Business Owner on Obamacare: Every Restaurant You Eat At Is Impacted Negatively View on YouTube It’s so sad to read these tweets from small business owners who are heartbroken at having to lay off employees because of Obamacare mandates.   Unfortunately, now they have to suffer harassment from clueless liberals who actually think that business […]

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 […]

Going Galt: Businesses Begin Laying Off Workers, Cutting Hours, Shutting Doors

Any business that has more than 50 employees is required to purchase health insurance for their employees or pay hefty fines, so many are now downsizing or refusing to expand beyond 49 employees. Also, in order to avoid the increasing cost of purchasing insurance for full-time employees, many small businesses will be forced to cut their […]

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 […]

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,” […]

Obama’s Alternate Reality

Obama’s Alternate Reality

It must be nice to live in a world of unicorns and rainbows, where all the jobs reports come out just the way you want them. And where the past is never your fault. It’s the Obama Advertising Land. A land that is truly special. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Mon., Sept. 24 2012 […]

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  • 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 […]
  • Inslee Supports Clinton As Battle for Superdelegates Intensifies February 12, 2016
    Inslee is one of the 712 superdelegates – elected officials and party leaders who are free to vote for whoever they want during the primary and caucus process regardless of the popular vote. 2,382 delegates are needed to win the nomination. MoveOn.Org Political Action and a coalition of Sanders fans launched separate petitions calling on […]
  • Initiative 1433 Campaign Kicks Off March 5 February 12, 2016
    Filed last month and supported by Raise Up Washington — a coalition of union, faith and community organizations — I-1433 would raise the state minimum wage incrementally to $13.50 and provide opportunities to earn up to seven days of paid sick and safe leave per year for employees who currently lack that benefit. Unions throughout […]
  • 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. […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Russia, Syria & the Refugee Crisis January 28, 2016
    1) Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a new “Reset” with the West, erasing the previous U.S. Reset on Russian relations under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Lavrov made clear that the reset would take place on Moscow’s terms and would ignore many contentious issues with the U.S. such as the […]
  • 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 […]