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Posts tagged Recession

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Obama to Entrepreneurs and Business Owners: ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’

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Spoken like the clueless elitist that he is. The Blaze has the transcipt: There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  […]

Clueless Obama: ‘The private sector is doing fine’

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Looks like Obama forgot about the recession again. In a press conference, Obama stated that “the private sector is doing fine.”  Really?   Try telling that to over 20 million unemployed Americans. Nicholas Ballasy reports at the Daily Caller: In a Friday press conference at the White House, President Barack Obama told reporters that “the […]

Obama: ‘Sometimes I Forget’ the Magnitude of the Recession

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Oh yes, he did. At a campaign event in Seattle, Obama said that sometimes he forgets about the magnitude of the recession.  I suppose that’s easy to do when you’re busy campaigning full time on the taxpayer’s dime, jetting around on Air Force One, attending swank fundraising dinners for “the 1%,”  taking multiple exotic vacations […]

Euro Crisis Destroying Families: Greek Parents Abandoning Children In Record Numbers

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Liberals insist that the Socialist Welfare State is all about “compassion,” especially “for the children.”   But here is where their well-intentioned policies lead: an economy entirely decimated by reckless government spending, unsustainable debt, and multiple generations brought up to be dependent upon the Nanny State with nowhere else to turn. Not only will today’s […]

Predictions and Resolutions for the New Year

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Predictions for 2012: Egypt and Syria will fall to Islamic radicals. Israel will be forced to strike Iran. The Muslim world will retaliate and become more aggressive in Europe. The Euro will collapse or the European Union will jettison its weaker members. Either way, shock waves will be felt across the global economy. China will […]

Does “Buying Local” Really Help Local Economies?

Does “Buying Local” Really Help Local Economies?

It’s a sentiment based on admirable goals: supporting local jobs and businesses.   But the push to shop locally is also partly based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how economics works. So before you reject “big box stores” out of hand as immoral marketplace bullies who gobble up their mom and pop competition, take the […]

Oregon’s Unions Extract Raises From Overburdened Taxpayers During Worst Recession Since Great Depression

Oregon’s Unions Extract Raises From Overburdened Taxpayers During Worst Recession Since Great Depression

Oregon’s unemployment rate remains at a painful 9.5 percent.  1 in 5 Oregonians is on food stamps.  Oregon taxpayers and job creators are being squeezed for every last dime to maintain an unsustainable spending addiction. But as the state suffers from a lagging economy, overburdened taxpayers and billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities threatening bankruptcy, Governor […]

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  • 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 […]
  • Three things to think about ahead of the next HQ2 opportunity October 18, 2017
    Proposals are due to Amazon tomorrow from cities interested in recruiting the company – and its 50,000 new jobs – to the community.  You can take a look at the 8-page guidance memo from Amazon here to see specifically the things they are looking for. In one of his only official acts during his short […]
  • 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 […]
  • More Signs of the Transit Apocalypse October 17, 2017
    According to the Washingtonian, a transit advocacy group called TransitCenter “analyzed” the data and found that declining ridership on the Washington Metro system is “dragging down national ridership figures.” With the Metro’s numbers, the national total of heavy-rail riders is declining; without Metro, heavy-rail plus light-rail ridership is increasing. In other words, just give Metro […]