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Greg Walcher

Does government really need to regulate everything? Can no program be allowed to expire?

In high school and college, I competed in debate tournaments across the state and country. I clearly remember many occasions when a debate team’s plan would include abolishing some government program. Inevitably, the opponents would ask, “What will you replace it with?”

Only once did I hear any debater respond with, “Nothing at all. Government shouldn’t be doing that at all.” Everyone in the room was stunned, and that team lost. Continue reading

David Wojick, PhD

Insane “eco” proposition would all but shut down oil production – and set bad national precedent

The anti-fracking folks are trying a clever new strategy in Colorado. Instead of banning fracking, they just make it impossible. In fact, they make nearly all oil and gas development and production impossible – which is exactly what radical “leave it in the ground” eco factions demand.

However, the Colorado focus seems to be fracking (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) because, being new, it is the scariest. And people sure are being scared. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

John Kasich was quick to condemn President Trump for being un-Christlike by seeking to stop the invading army of thousands of illegal aliens snaking its way across Mexico. After all, Kasich says, Jesus taught the story of the Good Samaritan to teach us that we as a nation should throw our borders and our arms open wide and welcome them to cross our sovereign border en masse.

Said Kasich:

“We’ve got to start putting ourselves in the shoes of other people. We’ve got to start thinking about the consequences that others suffer. And if we have been spared those by the grace of God, let us be appreciative, let us count our blessings, and let us reach out to those who have less. And let’s stop putting up walls around ourselves and not understanding the plight, the trouble, and the problems of others. It is not right. And the Lord doesn’t want it, and our people at their hearts want to reach out to others.” Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The Trump administration is weighing in on the subject of transgenderism, and the good news is that Trump officials are weighing in on the side of biological truth. At last, some sense of rationality and sanity is returning to the public debate on this topic.

Title IX in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination on the basis of “sex.” The Obama administration stretched the simple and straightforward meaning of this word (“sex” meaning either “male” or “female”) out of all recognition and squeezed “gender identity” into it, and then used this expanded and wholly unsupportable definition to ban discrimination against people who are so mentally confused that they think they are trapped in an opposite sex body. Continue reading

Tom Harris

Dr. Jay Lehr

And changed the alarmism from global cooling to global warming, and now climate change

Although his science is often seriously wrong, no one can deny that Al Gore has a flare for the dramatic. Speaking about climate change in an October 12 PBS interview, the former vice-president proclaimed, “We have a global emergency.” Referring to the most recent UN climate report, Gore claimed it showed that current global warming “could actually extend to an existential threat to human civilization on this planet as we know it.”

Al Gore’s overblown rhetoric makes no sense, of course. Yet his hyperbolic claims beg the question: How did this all start? Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

By now, most Americans will have heard about the rituals performed in Brooklyn last Saturday (October 20) to place hexes on new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The “Witches of Bushwick” carved his name into a black candle, doused it in “Revenge Oil,” and then set it on fire. Three “poppets” – cloth dolls made to look like real people – adorned the altar, effigies of Kavanaugh, President Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The effigies of the three were burned, along with their pictures. Graveyard dirt, coffin nails, and a caldron were likewise part of the ritual.

One of the organizers of the event told the BBC the hex was “aimed at exposing Brett Kavanaugh for what he truly is, to cause him harm and see him undone.” He also referred to himself in the plural, as in “they” and “themself” rather than “he” or “himself.” Continue reading

Justus Armstrong, Cascade Policy Institute

Last June former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick was hired by the Oregon Department of Justice as a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG). What many Oregonians may not know is that his entire salary is being paid by an out-of-state private source.

New York University’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, funds Novick’s legal fellowship with the aim of strengthening state attorney general offices in their crusade against the Trump administration’s environmental policies. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Do we really want these intolerant, violent mobs and their representatives running America?

Who are the “Antifa” mobs? What are they doing to our country? How long will we tolerate them?

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were their latest excuse for tantrums and intolerance. Dismissing fairness, propriety and due process, they screamed that mere allegations of misconduct were enough to bar him from the Supreme Court, despite no corroborating evidence or witnesses. Continue reading

By Steve Buckstein, Cascade Policy Institute

On September 25, Cascade Policy Institute and its School Choice for Oregon project hosted a live audience event in downtown Portland, “School Choice Changes Lives!”

Designed to attract an online audience and social media participation, the event aired simultaneously on Facebook.

National school choice experts Dr. Matthew Ladner (Charles Koch Institute) and Tim Keller (Institute for Justice) were the featured guests for this fast-moving, question-and-answer panel discussion on school choice.

If you missed the live event online, you can watch it now to learn how school choice can benefit all Oregon children. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator, and/or taxpayer, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from experts how School Choice Changes Lives!  Continue reading

John R. Charles, Jr. President, Cascade Policy Institute

The TriMet Board recently approved a plan to replace its entire fleet with battery-electric buses (BEBs) by 2040. If implemented, this will cost taxpayers $553 million more than buying diesel buses.

It might be worth the premium if battery powered buses were cleaner or more reliable, but they aren’t. King County, Washington has been testing BEBs since April 2016. On average, they only travel 2,771 miles between service failures. Diesel buses are good for 17,332 miles—more than six times as long.

In addition, battery buses are not the best environmental option, because they draw electricity from power plants using fossil fuels. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority went through an extensive analysis in 2016, and found that “renewable” natural gas derived from landfill methane had a much better environmental profile than electric vehicles. Continue reading

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