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Oregon's Plan To Set Up A College Tuition Ponzi Scheme
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Oregon's Plan To Set Up A College Tuition Ponzi Scheme

A lot of ink has been spilled in covering the latest cockamamie idea coming out of Oregon; the so-called 'Pay it forward, Pay it back' college tuition scheme. What's striking is that the state legislature and one US Senator are giving serious consideration to what amounts to a Social Security style Ponzi Scheme - a massive redistribution plan that is doomed to fail.  This is all in an effort to create a utopian pipe dream that would magically erase the terms 'debt' and 'tuition' from our lexicon when discussing higher education.

08/22/2013
Oregon - Not As Liberal As You Might Think
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Oregon - Not As Liberal As You Might Think

Many outside Oregon have written off the state as a perennial loss for conservatives, owing to its deep blue liberal reputation. This reputation is brilliantly depicted in the IFC show Portlandia, which many Oregon natives view more as a documentary than a comedy. But the politics of Oregon are a much more complex stew of several influences, including a deep libertarian streak and strong conservative values - especially outside the Portland metro area.

07/18/2013
Making Hydroelectric Power Renewable Again
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Making Hydroelectric Power Renewable Again

It might surprise you to learn that hydroelectric power is not renewable energy. Well, it's not considered renewable in Oregon, anyway. Despite the fact that the engine of electricity production literally falls from the sky - at a higher than average rate for the United States.  Due to bureaucratic nonsense, hydroelecric power cannot be applied to the state's mandate to produce 25% of its power from renewable resources. Luckily, a plucky group of citizens has picked up on this anomaly and is attempting to correct the problem.

07/01/2013
Oregon Land Use Law - 40 Years Of Failed Planning
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Oregon Land Use Law - 40 Years Of Failed Planning

On May 29, 1973, popular and iconic Republican Governor Tom McCall, famous for his environmental advocacy and anti-development rhetoric (“I urge them to come and come many, many times to enjoy the beauty of Oregon. But I also ask them, for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live.”), signed into law Oregon's transformational land use legislation that made virtually every land use decision subject to review by state agencies.

06/05/2013
The FreedomCast - Episode 33 - The Oregon Medicaid Mess and What Governors Should Learn From It with Avik Roy
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The FreedomCast - Episode 33 - The Oregon Medicaid Mess and What Governors Should Learn From It with Avik Roy

Today on The FreedomCast, Avik Roy joins me to discuss the Oregon Medicaid study how it shatters liberal arguments for more money to improve health outcomes and why we can learn a thing or two from Singapore’s health care system.  More on this subject:

05/07/2013
Oregon's Medicaid Expansion Trial - Lessons Learned
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Oregon's Medicaid Expansion Trial - Lessons Learned

There are times where it doesn't feel good to be right, and this is one of them. 

05/02/2013
The Perils Of Easy Credit: Oregon's Integra Telecom To Move
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The Perils Of Easy Credit: Oregon's Integra Telecom To Move

"Credit expansion and inflationary increase of the quantity of money frustrate the common man's attempts to save and to accumulate reserves for less propitious days." Ludwig von Mises, in Human Action.

04/26/2013
State Cigarette Tax Hikes Totally Earning Cash; For Other States.
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State Cigarette Tax Hikes Totally Earning Cash; For Other States.

Years ago, Illinois decided that smoking was bad for its citizens and put a cigarette tax into place thinking they'd do two things: one, break the people who live there of a nasty filthy habit that was shortening their lives and keeping the Democratic politicians who cared about their fragile health up at night, and two, raise a little cash for a state that is so far in debt California won't be seen in public with it anymore. 

03/22/2013
How To Become a Target of the Media: Report the Facts
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How To Become a Target of the Media: Report the Facts

This is not a story about policy or legislation. This is a story about journalism, and the all too cozy relationship between 'reporters' and the public officials they're supposed to hold accountable. It's been two weeks since Democrat State Senator Ginny Burdick of Oregon was to have held a town hall to answer questions on the current legislative session.

03/20/2013
SoloPower, Portland's Very Own Solyndra Style Success Story
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SoloPower, Portland's Very Own Solyndra Style Success Story

Portland, Oregon likes to fancy itself as ahead of the curve, and more educated than your average city. We're routinely listed as among the most wired cities in the nation, and typically have a more educated workforce than most. Our biggest mission, it seems, is to become the greenest city imaginable. But our government leaves a lot to be desired, with liberal pipe dreams dominating over such considerations as reality and common sense.

02/28/2013

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