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Posts tagged Small Business

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Liberal Tolerance On Display – Gracious In Victory, As Always

You may recall the Oregon businessman who took offense to Obama’s “You didn’t build that” quote and put a large sign in his shop window stating, “Hey Obama, I built my business by myself, you lousy incompetent excuse for a President.” Provocative, to be sure. But understandable, given this President’s insistence on continuing the politics […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Like melting Antarctica to water your lawn: Why LIBOR matters

Funny thing about NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered—nobody’s listening, so they spend a LONG time on stories. This weekend, it was a gripping 11.5 minute story of the growing LIBOR scandal. It’s important because there is a very good chance your adjustable rate mortgage is tied to LIBOR is someway. It’s fascinating because of the […]

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 […]

The Tea Party Is Right AND Correct On Tax Policy

The Tea Party Is Right AND Correct On Tax Policy

Well now, this is interesting. A new economic study from Cornell University shows that the history of expected AND unexpected tax shocks has a demonstrable drag effect on our economy. Who would have guessed? Oh that’s right, the Tea Party. We have been telling legislators for three years that they should make the Bush Tax […]

Guest Post: The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon

[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 […]

Water, Sewer, And Blood From Turnips

Water, Sewer, And Blood From Turnips

The five cities with the highest water/sewer rates in the United States in 2011: Atlanta, Georgia Seattle, Washington Newport, Rhode Island San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon Given the amount of rainfall and the huge amounts of mountain runoff available, doesn’t it seem a bit odd that two of the most expensive places for water and […]

Reining In Small Business

Reining In Small Business

A U.S. District judge has ruled that Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell emergency contraceptives. The judge ruled that Washington Pharmacy Board rules, as adopted by the state, did infringe on religious freedom and were unconstitutional. An immediate injunction was put in place so the pharmacies can’t be forced to sell any kind of drugs that […]

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  • State Auditor Troy Kelley Pleads Not Guilty to 10 Counts in Federal Court April 17, 2015
    Amid calls for his resignation from Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Jay Inslee, Kelley maintained his innocence and announced he would be taking a leave of absence from his position starting May 1. “I take this action to allow my office to the important work without distractions and to allow me to participate fully in my […]
  • Roads Face Funding Crisis in King County’s Unincorporated Areas April 17, 2015
    During the recession, property values fell almost 40 percent. They’ve since risen, but property taxes have not rebounded because state law only allows them to rise 1% a year. At that rate, it’ll take the county at least 40 years to shake off the recession’s grip. The post Roads Face Funding Crisis in King County’s […]
  • Seattle Campaign Cash: Burgess Raising the Most, Sawant Spending Fastest April 17, 2015
    Incumbents seeking re-election are ahead in the money race — Bruce Harrell has raised $96,421, not counting his kickoff, compared to $28,653 for challenger Tammy Morales — but figures show a more even playing field in several parts of the city. The post Seattle Campaign Cash: Burgess Raising the Most, Sawant Spending Fastest appeared first […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: South Africa, Russia & China April 17, 2015
    1) The recent wave of anti-foreigner violence in South Africa has spread to the capital in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence and called for calm, but clashes with police continue. Thousands have already fled their homes and police have had to use rubber bullets to disperse gangs.   2) Russian President Vladimir Putin […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: South Africa, Yemen & Montenegro April 16, 2015
    1) Malawi has decided to evacuate its citizens from South Africa after a week of attacks against foreigners, which has killed five, including a 14-year-old boy. Similar attacks happened in 2008 killing 62 people. Many foreign-owned shops have already closed. Malawi is the first country to decided to evacuate its 420 citizens from the region. […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Yemen, Syria & Germany April 15, 2015
    1) The UN has voted to impose an arms embargo on Yemen, targeting the Houthi rebels that have taken over much of the government. Russia abstained from the vote. The U.S. went a step farther, blacklisting two top leaders among the rebels: Abdul Malik al-Houthi and Ahmed Ali Saleh.   2) The UN will make another […]
  • The Future of Oil April 17, 2015
    Bloomberg argues that “supply alone is [not] behind the plunge in crude prices to $50 a barrel.” Instead, demand for motor fuel has slacked off due to lack of growth in driving combined with more fuel-efficient cars and more competitive electric cars. The electric cars argument is specious, as too few of them have been […]
  • Oregon’s Next Bad Idea April 16, 2015
    Oregon’s House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize inclusionary zoning. In memory of Bart Simpson, this should be called the “I Didn’t Do It Act,” as the reason for Oregon’s low housing affordability compared with most other states is the legislature’s continuing support for land-use regulation and urban-growth boundaries. Inclusionary zoning requires home builders […]
  • Back in the Air Again April 15, 2015
    The Antiplanner is flying to Dallas today to participate in a Cato event tomorrow. My topic will be “Maintaining the Texas Miracle,” a subject I previously covered in Austin (clicking on the link downloads an 8-mb PowerPoint show). On Friday, I’ll give essentially the same presentation in Houston. In both cities, I seem to be […]