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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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  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Lithuania, Nigeria & Argentina February 27, 2015
    1) Due to fears of Russian aggression, Lithuania has reinstated compulsory military conscription. The Baltic region of Europe that borders Russia has placed a new priority on strengthening their military. The draft previously ended in 2008.   On Friday, Russia held military exercises just on the other side of the Estonian border. While both Estonia and […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Afghanistan, & Ukraine February 26, 2015
    1) More than 220 Assyrian have been abducted by ISIS, an airstrike campaign has started in the region. (Also, we now know who Jihadi John is.)   2) A car full of explosives ran into a NATO convoy in Afghanistan, targeting the Turkish envoy, at least one Turkish soldier died.   3) The United Kingdom will […]
  • World Class Hour on #FTRRadio with @astaroska! February 25, 2015
    Guest: Andrew Staroska   Nuclear Iran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8VuxcQxXgg Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this weekend to continue on-going nuclear negotiations. The Israeli government has expressed concerns over the talks, so U.S. national security advisor Susan Rice has invited her Israeli counterpart to the White House to […]
  • The Roots of Our Disagreement March 1, 2015
    William Gairdner is an Olympic athlete with four degrees, multiple books to his name and careers in both business and teaching in universities. Now, he has written The Great Divide, a discussion of the toxicity now infecting discourse between liberals and conservatives.
  • The Left’s History of Obamacare March 1, 2015
    A question recurs throughout this book: Why do liberals seem to be the only ones offering genuine solutions to our health care problems, and why do conservatives seem to oppose everything? It is a question that Stephen Brill never really answers. At over 450 pages, America’s Bitter Pill is long on details. Brill has attempted […]
  • Making World War II Worth Winning February 28, 2015
    There is a growing genre of World War II literature devoted to chronicling the Allied efforts not just to defeat Nazi Germany, but to rescue Europe in the closing months of the war. Believing themselves the vanguard of a thousand-year empire, Hitler and his inner circle were prone to millenarian thinking. As the Red Army […]
  • Will Apple Join the Self-Driving Car Race? February 27, 2015
    Apple is planning to put an electric car on the market by 2020. No, Apple is planning to build a self-driving car. No, it’s not. It would be stupid to do so. Rumors about Apple, which has the highest market capitalization of any company in the world, are an industry in itself, so the rumor […]
  • Faster, Cheaper, Safer, More Convenient February 26, 2015
    Smallter Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper, by the Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce, argues that human innovation will save the planet from climate change and other projected catastrophes. As the title suggests, most of that innovation has to do with making things smaller, faster, etc., but Bryce especially focuses on power density, that is, the amount of […]
  • Streetcars and Commuter Trains Are Hot February 25, 2015
    Ridership on Atlanta’s new streetcar is 18 percent below projections–and the projections assumed patrons would be charged a $1 fare, but (as of the date of the ridership numbers) the city was still offering free introductory rides. Meanwhile, operating costs have proven to be a mere 50 percent more than projected. Washington, DC’s new streetcar […]