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Oregon: Just say NO on Measure 97

Posted: October 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   Elections, Features, Local, Politics, Top Stories

Oregon is characterized as a liberal state; however, Oregonians have consistently voted to reject the introduction of a sales tax. But this year, a cleverly deceptive campaign was launched to convince voters that large corporations doing business in Oregon will finally pay their fair share in order to fund the state’s education, healthcare and senior […]

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The EPA Isn’t Handling Its Business – But Insists On Man-Handling Ours

Posted: February 18, 2016 at 10:36 am   /   Politics

I have a (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) rule for federal government departments, agencies, commissions and boards: Barring a Constitutional amendment, if a bureaucracy was created after 1800 – it shouldn’t exist. The Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution – were by 1800 thoroughly implementing it. If they didn’t yet have the federal government doing something – the […]

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Obama, Democrats and Bureaucrats Bury America’s Future Under More Federal Regulations

Posted: February 8, 2016 at 8:10 am   /   Politics

America’s abysmal 0.7% economic growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 meant the annual growth rate was an anemic 2.4% … and average annual growth for the six-year Obama era a pathetic 2.2 percent. This is “dead last compared to six other recession recoveries since 1960,” Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore points out. The six […]

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David Bowie Understood the Vital Import of Intellectual Property

Posted: January 12, 2016 at 7:26 am   /   Politics

David Bowie passed away on Sunday. To say he was an innovative guy – would be the largest of understatements. He created, imbued and embodied multiple music personas – reinventing himself over and over again. He parlayed his multiplicative rock music success into fashion icon status – and numerous Hollywood and Broadway gigs. All of […]

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SolarCity and the Silver Spoon

Posted: January 5, 2016 at 6:35 am   /   Politics

If you own a business—maybe a taco stand, a dress shop, or an insurance agency—you know it takes a lot of hard work, good market analysis, a better product or service than your competition, and advertising. Add in a bit of luck, and you hope to grow your business—though vacant storefronts and boarded up buildings […]

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Heartland Daily Podcast – Jesse Hathaway: Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm   /   Politics

In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Research Fellow Jesse Hathaway joins the Late Afternoons With Mike Schickman show where he discussed the recent passage of the Highway Bill that reauthorized the Export-Import Bank. Hathaway describes how the Ex-Im Bank is a government program that distorts the free market. Hathaway […]

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Taxpayers, States Win When There’s Tax Code Competition

Posted: December 16, 2015 at 9:18 am   /   Politics

Many state governments facing budget crises are still trying outdated, proven-failed policy ideas such as higher taxes and increased government spending, hoping they’ll work this time, somehow. Instead, they should copy tried-and-true ideas for successfully attracting residents and fostering an economic environment in which people can prosper. For the past 12 years, the Tax Foundation, […]

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What We Should Really Fear From Patent “Trolls”

Posted: December 5, 2015 at 8:59 am   /   Politics

A growing number of people have begun to appreciate the damage done to small business and innovators by so called “patent trolls.” Some of the arguments about those who take advantage of the patent system have been conjecture, some no more than name calling, but much has been well grounded with empirical studies. A recent […]

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Government Choosing Businesses for Preference or Punishment is Always Wrong

Posted: November 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm   /   Politics

President Barack Obama has dramatically ramped up the Washington, D.C., giant Crony-fest. Where economic sectors and companies Obama and his Democrats like get the gold mine – and the rest of us get the shaft. For instance, there was $80 billion for “green energy” in the awful 2009 “Stimulus” bill –80% of that coin went […]

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