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 bloggers have agreed to cross post their best wo [...]
This email just crossed our transom about 15 minutes ago. It really captures the spirit of Independence, the Founding Fathers and American Exceptionalism, doesn’t it?
Anyone want to guess what party she belongs to?
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Simply put, the most powerful thing in turning out the vote – and kicking up democracy th [...]
[Cross posted from Common Sense Oregon]
Dave Hunt knows something about Dysfunction
Dave Hunt says he wants to fix a Clackamas County Commission that he calls “dysfunctional.” He wants to promote “greater citizen involvement” and “partner” with private sector businesses. It all sounds grand – just what voters probably want to hear from someo [...]
[5440 note: as if on cue, the last domino has fallen in East Multnomah County. Purely a coincidence, no doubt.]
REYNOLDS BUDGET CHOICES ARE ABOUT VALUES
The Reynolds School Board, representing families and taxpayers in our community, looks forward to resolution of our labor contract negotiations. The quality of education and student performan [...]
Out in East Multnomah County, a low rumble is growing louder as we approach the November elections the end of the school year. Negotiations between a couple of school boards and the teacher unions on new contracts have hit snags in several school districts all at once.
This past week, The Gresham Outlook reported that a strike vote has now be [...]
[5440 note: We ran across this blog post by a research fellow at the Wyoming Liberty Group. It's ironic that even other states are looking at Oregon as a poor model for public funding. Reposted by permission from The Liberty Bullhorn.]
The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon
The push for higher state and local taxes continues. One of th [...]
5440 note: This is Dennis Richardson’s newsletter. He has been very accurate in predicting state revenue declines, and was instrumental in creating a reserve fund (since spent due to reduced revenue) in the 2010 biennial budget.
January 25, 2012
I am State Representative Dennis Richardson and I need your help in resolving Oregon’s [...]
5440 note: guest post by permission of author, who resides in Gresham, Oregon.
TEXT OF GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER DAN CHRIESTENSON AT JANUARY BUSINESS MEETING
As we begin a new calendar year, I wanted to take a moment to thank our classroom teachers for their hard work and dedication. It is difficult to overes [...]
You mean raising taxes and driving businesses out of the state actually made revenues DECREASE? *Head slap* Who could see THAT one coming?
When will they ever learn their lesson?
From the Oregonian:
Shock waves from the recession continue to wreak havoc in Oregon, punching a big hole in the state budget and prompting Gov. Ted Kulongoski to o [...]
Tax and spend. Spend and tax. Oregon Democrats once again flaunt their ignorance of the basic principles of economics.
They passed Measures 66 & 67, which has driven away taxpaying businesses and jobs for taxpaying employees. Now they wonder why their revenues are down, why schools are facing serious budget shortfalls, and why essent [...]
We can thank Measures 66 & 67 for this year’s plumment in our state’s business climate.
From the Oregon House Republicans:
“In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, [...]
By going after the businesses that create jobs, Democrats and their public union cronies have done everything they can to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. The result? More businesses are leaving the state, fewer are starting up in the first place, fewer people are employed, and there is less tax revenue all around.
This is a simpl [...]
Steve Buckstein writes at the Oregon Catalyst:
In this short clip from Wednesday’s House Committee on Business and Labor hearing, Rep. Michael Schaufler, D-Happy Valley, made an emotional off-the-cuff statement about how jobs are being killed in this state and how we have “no one left to tax.” He was the only Democrat to vote against th [...]
Awhile back, Lars Larson observed (tongue-in-cheek) that we were #2 in unemployment for the nation, but maybe we could make it to #1 “if we really worked at it”.
Everyone who voted for Measures 66 & 67: way to stimulate the economy! Doesn’t this make you feel all warm and fuzzy?
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Lesson for conservatives: no matter how much taxpayer money the Left gets for their pet projects, it’s NEVER ENOUGH. Better to force them to compete in the free market from the very beginning instead of encouraging this kind of endless entitlement mentality.
Here’s the deal: if your art is any good, people will pay for the pleas [...]
1) The air strikes in Syria on the Islamic State by the anti-ISIS coalition (led by the U.S.) has killed 521 militants and 32 civilians. 2) Venezuela has started a new program rationing foods, basic goods and medical supplies using a fingerprinting system. Major stores and facilities have been taken over by the government. 3) NATO commanders […]
1) American Jeffrey Fowle freed from North Korea unexpectedly. 2) The Mexican government has put a warrant out for the arrest of the Mayor of Iguala where 43 people students went missing. 3) Israel and Palestine are getting heated again after the death of a baby girl. A nephew of a known Hamas bomb-maker drove […]
1) Two shooting happened at a war memorial in Ottawa, Canada. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered. Please hug, virtually or in reality, any Canadian you know. 2) A bomb that went off outside of Cairo University today wounded 11 people. Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claimed responsibility for the bombing. 3) Sit-in protests in the capital […]
Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style is a maddening book, much the way doctoral students are maddening. At once a style guide, a work of aesthetics, and an overeducated explanation of writing precepts that many unwashed composition teachers nationwide already understand, it is a book sometimes too smart to get out of its own way. The book’s strengths are
Enoch Powell once remarked, “all political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure.” Nelson Rockefeller, so unlike the gloomy Powell, would have agreed, and said so in his way. Near the end of his life, he told a former staffer “you’ve got to understand something. When you are a has-been you are a has-been. I am a has-
At a Democratic rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics,” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement. Clinton defended raising the minimum wage saying “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, they always say that.” She went on to state that businesses and corporations are not the ...
Self-driving car advocates often note that more than 90 percent of serious accidents result from driver error, and thus estimate that autonomous cars will reduce fatalities by 90 percent. Indeed, in 2008 a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study of crashes between July 2005 and December 2007 found that 5,096 were caused by driver […]
CNN breathlessly reports that, in a “surprising comeback” over the past 10 to 15 years, “passenger rail has seen a resurgence in ridership.” The article is accompanied by 14 beautiful photographs of passenger trains, nearly all either tourist trains or trains in other countries and none of Amtrak, the near-monopoly provider of intercity passenger rail […]
In an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal, the Antiplanner argues that transit agencies in medium-sized cities such as Albuquerque should experiment with “bus-rapid transit lite”–meaning increasing bus frequencies, reducing the number of stops so as to speed schedules, and prepayment of fares to speed loading of passengers. But dedicating traffic lanes to buses