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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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  • 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 […]
  • ‘Logan Lucky’ Review August 18, 2017
    We all knew that Steven Soderbergh's retirement from feature filmmaking in 2013 following the release of Side Effects was unlikely to last. Indeed, one could argue that it never really began, given his work on Cinemax's The Knick and other projects. But it's nice to have him officially back in business with Logan Lucky, a […]
  • Obamacare Enrollment Program Signed Up a Fraction of Those Who Canceled Coverage in 2017 August 18, 2017
    The Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance Program helped 14,500 individuals enroll in the Obamacare exchanges, which represented only 0.007 percent of the 1.9 million individuals who decided to drop their Obamacare plan in 2017. The post Obamacare Enrollment Program Signed Up a Fraction of Those Who Canceled Coverage in 2017 appeared first on Washington Free […]
  • The Party of Trump August 18, 2017
    On July 18, 2015, about a month into his long-shot campaign for president, Donald Trump famously attacked John McCain. "He's not a war hero," he said. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." Campaigning in Iowa that summer, Trump mocked Jeb Bush for being "low-energy." In February […]
  • 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 […]
  • “True” BRT Clogs Up the Roads August 15, 2017
    The strange notion that bus-rapid transit isn’t “true” bus-rapid unless it uses lanes dedicated only to buses has infected Denver. The city is now considering converting two lanes of Colfax, the most important (and most congested) east-west street in the region, into dedicated bus lanes. This would make the remaining lanes even more congested, yet […]