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February 24, 2018
Iran: The Nuclear Deal’s Impact
A historic nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers has had a broad effect on Iran’s industry and global politics.
Published Jan. 16, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. ET | Last updated Oct. 13, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET
UNDER THE NUCLEAR DEAL, IRAN AGREED TO:
Allow continuous monitoring
This includes electronic surveillance and spot inspections of its nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Vienna-based global nuclear watchdog, and to forgo any action indicating it is seeking know-how to build nuclear weapons.
Remove and decommission the core of its heavy water nuclear reactor at Arak, 160 miles southwest of the capital Tehran, and to redesign the reactor so it produces far less plutonium fuel—which could be used to build a nuclear weapon—than originally planned.
Reduce uranium enrichment for 10 years
Reduce to no more than 5,060 for 10 years the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges at its nuclear facility near Natanz, 195 miles south of the capital. The decommissioned centrifuges can be held in reserve. Iran also agrees to limit for at least 10 years research and development on centrifuges and the locations where it can occur.
Limit uranium enrichment for 15 years
Limit uranium enrichment to no more than 3.67% for 15 years. For nuclear reactors, natural uranium is processed—or “enriched”—to increase the level of the uranium-235 isotope to 3-4%; for nuclear weapons, it must be enriched to at least 90% of the isotope. Iran is also pledged to reduce its stockpile of reactor-grade uranium to a maximum of 300 kilograms and dilute any amount in excess of that or sell it on the international market.
Accept U.N. oversight
The oversight includes all of its dual-use imports that could be used in a nuclear program. It also accepts a joint commission, a majority of whom are representatives of the U.S. and its European partners France, the U.K. and Germany, for resolving disputes over implementation of the accord.
UNDER THE NUCLEAR DEAL, IRAN GAINED:
Lifting of some U.N. sanctions
The lifting of U.N. sanctions, including asset freezes, that targeted its defense and shipping industries, its nuclear scientists, Revolutionary Guards Corps officials and Iranian companies involved in its nuclear program. A U.N. embargo on the export of most conventional weapons to Iran remains in place, but Tehran can obtain major arms and related components and services with the specific approval of the U.N. Security Council.
Removal of nuclear sanctions
The removal of nuclear-related U.S. and European Union sanctions that have limited Iran’s international trade, especially its sale of oil and gas. The lifting of sanctions has allowed foreign oil companies to enter Iran’s energy market, including Total SA, a French energy giant.
Access to oil revenue
Access to what Iran’s central bank estimates is some $30 billion in revenue from the sale of oil and gas to China, South Korea, Japan and other Asian countries.
Access to finance and banking systems
Renewed access to the international finance and banking system. During the sanctions era, U.S. pressure on non-U.S. companies and banks, and EU bans on Iranian money transfers abroad, sharply limited Iran’s international trade.
Lifting of sanctions on foreign trade
The lifting of sanctions on foreign trade, travel and the transfer of Iranian assets on a wide range of individuals and companies tied to its nuclear program, including eventually senior military and Revolutionary Guard officials. Sanctions were also lifted on foreign scientists who helped Iran with their nuclear program.
Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent? How did that happen? Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Linda Mounts
Mounts Consulting Group
COLLEEN ROBERTS SEEKS RE-ELECTION FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER POSITION 3
Brings Years of Knowledge and Experience to the Office
MEDFORD, ORE. – SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – County Commissioner, Colleen Roberts, has declared her candidacy for Jackson County, County Commissioner, position three. Commissioner Roberts filed for candidacy today, Sept. 13.
“I am pleased and honored to once again announce my candidacy for County Commissioner of Jackson County, position three. During my first term as your commissioner, I have gained such a momentum and understanding of the complexities of the county. I look forward to continuing my work with the citizens and the administration and putting all that knowledge and experience toward a stronger and more economically sound county.”
When Commissioner Roberts, a Republican, successfully ran in the 2014 election, she won both the Republican and the Democrat nomination, showing that both sides saw the value in her candidacy. She has spent her current term creating better transparency in local government, encouraging and facilitating public input and really listening to the people’s needs and wants.
A constitutional conservative, Commissioner Roberts has been a huge private property rights advocate as well as fighting for more local control and less Federal overreach. A fiscal watchdog, she is a strong conservative voice and votes for the values of the people who put her in office.
“I’m humbled that the people of Jackson County put their support and trust in me last time and I look forward to continuing that journey with them for another four years,” says Roberts.
?If you would like to support Colleen Roberts’ campaign, please send donations to:
155 Alta Vista Dr. Suite E.
?Eagle Point OR 97524?
This week, Oregon students and teachers begin returning to one of the better funded public education systems in the country. The National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union, estimates Oregon’s spending per student in 2017 to be $12,161, which ranks 18th in the country and is above the U.S. average.
This should be good news, but unfortunately it’s not.
Walk into almost any classroom in Oregon, and it won’t look or feel like one of the better funded systems. Oregon’s class sizes are among the largest and our school years the shortest. Special programs, from field trips and athletics to advanced placement and tutoring, are either in short supply or come with significant additional fees.
Possibly more than anyone, teachers feel this disconnect between growing budgets and substandard staffing. Kelsy Dunlap, who will teach physics to a class of 40 high school freshmen in the Salem-Keizer School District, was resigned in her recent interview with The Oregonian: “That’s Oregon. That’s what we do here,” she said. “It’s demoralizing.”
Our massive pension liability — now approaching $25 billion — is principally to blame. This July, school districts and public employers began a two-decade process to pay down that debt. For schools, spending on pensions will gradually climb from $1,000 to $1,600 per student over the next six years.
That extra $600 per student could pay for 14 days of school. But districts can’t balance their budgets by cutting more days from an already short calendar. Instead, they’ll look to even larger class sizes, fewer electives, and higher fees for activities.
This is unacceptable in the Oregon we love. Gov. Kate Brown has refused to lead on pension reforms that can improve our schools.
Today’s Public Employees Retirement System problems grew out of mistakes and mismanagement that started in the late 1960s, and it will take time to undo the damage. It’s critical to start on the path to sustainable pensions and adequately staffed schools.
The courts’ rulings on the PERS reforms of 1996, 2003 and 2013 have provided clear instructions about what can and cannot be addressed as we proceed. They’ve ruled that clawing back benefits already earned is off-limits — regardless of how ill-devised those benefits were. Brown and many of my Democratic colleagues take that as a signal that nothing can be done — and we’re stuck with class sizes of 30 or more students and demoralized teachers. They’re wrong. As clear as the courts have been about honoring past promises, they’ve also been clear the state can build a better pension going forward.
Unfortunately, Brown’s only solution to the growing PERS problem is to raise taxes higher and higher to fund ballooning pension liabilities. Oregon schools aren’t financially challenged because Oregonians are under-taxed — they’re financially challenged because rising pension and health care costs are cannibalizing dollars that should be redirected to classroom learning.
So where do we look for solutions?
Pension experts and legislators, including Republican Tim Knoop, who represents me in the state Senate, have offered many thoughtful proposals in the last few years.
One of the better set of ideas was advanced by the Portland City Club in 2011. The nonpartisan, citizen panel designed a seven-point plan that is still actionable today. Among its recommendations is a redesigned pension that would be very similar to the one that Washington offers its new teachers. The City Club stopped short of advocating a full transition to a 401(k)-style, defined-contribution system, but that, too, should be on the table.
A reformed pension system needs to assure those already retired that their pensions are secure while being adequate to meet the future retirement needs of current educators, police and firefighters that we respect — restricting the state’s ability to provide valuable services to all Oregonians. And it should be fair. Today, older and younger employees are operating under different plans — with older employees covered by a more generous package and younger employees having to pick up the slack. One-size-fits-all reforms won’t work.
With leadership and bipartisan solutions, Oregon can meet this challenge. We can honor our commitments to public employees and still put enough money in the classroom to provide a world class education and equip our children for the jobs of a modern economy.
Or we can continue to ignore the problem as Governor Brown has done and commit Oregon students and teachers to 20 years of substandard education and difficult classroom conditions. This is the kind of change Oregonians are ready for.
State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, is a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Join us at the Medford Library, Tuesday September 5th at 7:00p to come see Gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler speak! Also, come run to be a “bonus delegate” and influence the Oregon Republican Party Platform! If you’ve ever wanted to have a say in the official party platform, now is the chance! To learn more, email email@example.com.
Knute Buehler and Bonus Delegates
Tues. Sept. 5th
7:00 PM to approx. 9:00 PM
205 S Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
Annihilate and Absorb
The solar eclipse has come and gone but look skyward again. Why is the sky so dark? Why is the sky filled with smoke and haze? Why is air quality so poor? Why has it been so bad for the last month? We’ve all seen pictures from China where people wear masks to protect their nose and mouth from soot.
Is this what we face in the Pacific Northwest?
Should we blame industry? Is it coal-fired electric generation plants? Maybe its diesel traffic freighting up and down the I-5 corridor? Or, could it be diesel construction and agricultural engines which we use to build our cities and produce our food? Is it manufacturing, or should we just chalk it up to mankind as a modern day scourge on planet Earth?
The environmentalists and those seeking political control and power may successfully demonize any of the above for their ultimate purposes of resource control and tax revenue.
The Map below tells a different story.
All of the large fires burning in Oregon are under the jurisdictional authority of the USFS. There are literally hundreds of fires but the large ones belong to the federal government. Why? Is it policy or is it bureaucratic malfeasance?
These questions are why I recommend that Obama’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion gets withdrawn by Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke. I would suggest that the feds are not capable of managing their current resource load and that there is no point in giving them even more responsibilities.
Most of this land is already managed for forest, watershed, and sustainable resource diversity by the BLM. The existing cattle grazing allotments are extremely beneficial for curbing unhealthy fuel loads. There is no reason to burden private landowners, farmers, ranchers, cattlemen, forest service or BLM management teams with additional rules and regulations imposed by the Monument designation.
In 2000, when Clinton set aside 53,000 acres for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, his executive order marked the first time a monument had been created with the sole intention of protecting biodiversity.
Wow, that’s quite a claim. Let’s see, 53,000 acres divided by 126,000,000,000 acres on planet earth… hmm… 0.000000420. Now does anyone believe that this infinitesimally small parcel will protect biodiversity? Surely not!
But, the crowd cheered, “It’s a start; let’s expand it!”
So, in Obama’s final weeks, he expanded the monument by almost doubling it’s size to the current 100,000 acres. Obama asserted that the additional land would “increase habitat connectivity, watershed protection and landscape-scale resilience for the area’s unique biological values.” Now, let’s re-do our math, 100,000 acres divided by 126,000,000,000 acres… hmmm… that equals a whopping impact for “landscape-scale resilience” of 0.000000793.
The math might seem silly but, for years, through the language of Utopian solutions, environmentalists have sought more control through federal acquisition or escalating wilderness status.
Federally controlled land is predominately concentrated in the West. Nationally, the United States government has direct control over almost 650,000,000 acres of land — nearly 30% of its total territory. In our state, Oregon, the federal government controls 54% of all of the land.
In Venezuela, the authoritarian regimes of Chavez and Madura have used government acquisition as their methodological mantra – nationalize anything that produces profit for “the good of the people.”
In 2005, then President Chavez began implementing a law that he put through his legislature in 2001. His plan allowed the state to lawfully expropriate unproductive farms or seize land without proper titles. After gaining title to those lands, he redistributed millions of acres supposedly to boost food production and ease rural poverty. This was really nothing more than Banana-Republic cronyism at work.
Today, Venezuela’s inflation rate is 720% and economists say that the Venezuelan government’s overspending on social programs and strict regulatory business policies have created an imbalance in the country’s economy. This imbalance is now fueling rising inflation, poverty, low healthcare spending and material shortages throughout Venezuela. The result from the status quo is increased corruption, profiteering by government agencies and blossoming trade opportunities for smugglers and drug traffickers.
This can also happen in America. These efforts are always done under the color of law. There is slow and gradual eating away of our nation’s foundational principles. Many systematic expositions have been written on this idea which holds much of the world in its sway. It is most commonly known as socialism or by the more inclusive names of collectivism, Fabianism, progressivism, or gradualism. The more virulent wing of the movement is communism.
This movement has been continually tried and has always been found failing and Venezuela is today’s perfect example.
In Oregon, this slow, step-by-step tragedy started a hundred years ago with actions by a “progressive” living in the White House – Theodore Roosevelt.
Between 1902 and 1906, President Roosevelt went mindfully at work with maps of Oregon’s pristine landscapes. He acquired enormous swaths of Oregon’s forested wilderness for exclusive federal control. Most were acquired by using Executive Orders, however, he also urged passage of the 1906 Antiquities Act.
Oregon’s U.S. Senator Charles W. Fulton was outraged by these unprecedented land grabbing actions. Fulton introduced legislation to eliminate the president’s authority to establish national forest reserves via Executive Orders in 1907.
The very night before signing this law, Roosevelt issued another Executive Order snatching an additional 16 million acres from Oregon’s control. Honest journalists of the day deridingly labeled these new forests as the “Midnight Reserves.”
Then, in 1908, after the legislation prohibiting these blatant land grabs became law, Roosevelt engineered a new scheme to pluck more land from the states. In this instance he designated land surrounding Malhuer, Mud and Harney Lakes in Eastern Oregon as an “Indian reservation.” This last swindle avoided using the phrase “forest reserve,” which was now illegal after Fulton’s legislation. Instead, these new takings were identified, “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.”
Modern day 1906 Antiquities Act proponents, with help from environmentalists and main-stream media, have successfully steered the act away from it’s original intent as protection for “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest…”
Today, it is purely a tool for collecting booty from the several, free, sovereign and independent states.
As the founders feared, the heart of the issue is the probability that the central government will seek to, “annihilate and absorb the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of the several states, and produce… an iron banded despotism.”
If we don’t stand for rural Oregon Values and common-sense – No one will!
Oregon State Senate 28
As a freshman senator having just completed his first legislative session, I’ve learned a lot over the past few months about how the process works. My position has also given me perspective on the most effective ways citizens can effective advocate for the issues they care about.
It’s important to understand that during the session, lawmakers have a few thousand bills in front of them for consideration. Many are advanced by special interest groups who are paid to advocate for them and hire professional lobbyists to do that work. Since that is the dynamic involved, the hallways of the capitol building in Salem are filled with lobbyists whose sole goal is to pass those bills on behalf of their clients. The voice of the average citizen can be easily drowned out under those circumstances. That’s especially true for those of us whose districts are on the other end of the state.
However, there are ways that citizens can empower themselves to be heard loudly and clearly by their elected representatives.
The legislative website, www.oregonlegislature.gov, contains a wealth of information about everything that happens during the session. It includes detailed information about every bill, such as its sponsors, what committees it has been assigned to and any amendments that have been proposed and adopted. The website is very user friendly and has similar information about past sessions. Citizens can view footage of meetings that have already taken place, and watch them live from the comfort of their own homes.
Special interest groups often solicit citizens’ private email addresses through online petitions and use them to bombard legislators with form emails advocating for particular bills. Several of those emails are sent to every senator and representative, regardless of whether those citizens actually live in their districts.
When one of those bills is up for a vote in committee or on the House or Senate floor, our email inboxes get filled with those emails. All it does it make it more difficult to respond to sincere, heartfelt emails from constituents with genuine concerns.
Similarly, many of those same groups will call members of their organization and offer to connect them to our offices. Those citizens will then have those calls routed to our offices, but are sometimes confused about who they are talking to or why.
Constituent service is the top priority of my office, because I am here to do a job that you elected me to do. Because of that, I urge you to use the legislative website to find out as much as you can about what is happening during the session. Personalized emails are always appreciated, and if you want a response, please include a phone number so I can get back to you. Handwritten letters may be considered a thing of the past, but we always enjoy receiving those and try to send a response back on my official letterhead. Phone calls are also an effective means of reaching out. If we are unable to answer, leave a phone number and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for Medford, Talent
I have scheduled two town hall meetings to take place next week. The first will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 in the Multipurpose Room of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, located at 101 S. Bartlett Rd. in Medford.
The second will be held the following evening, Wednesday, July 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Talent Town Hall, located at 206 E. Main St.
Please feel free to come share your thoughts and concerns about the recently concluded 2017 legislative session, as well as any laws or bills you would like to see proposed and passed in the future.
Sen. Alan DeBoer
Senate District 3
14 LESSONS FOR STUPID PEOPLE
Exclusive: Patrice Lewis attempts to educate anti-capitalists protesting G20 summit
Patrice Lewis is a freelance writer whose latest book is “The Simplicity Primer: 365 Ideas for Making Life more Livable.” She is co-founder (with her husband) of a home woodcraft business. The Lewises live on 20 acres in north Idaho with their two homeschooled children, assorted livestock, and a shop that overflows into the house with depressing regularity. Visit her blog at www.rural-revolution.com.
As I write this, the German town of Hamburg is in chaos as 100,000 anti-capitalists (otherwise known as “stupid people”) pour in to participate in a “Welcome to Hell” protest against the G20 summit. Police have responded to the violence with water cannons and pepper spray while Hamburg residents are suffering vandalism and arson to their homes, businesses and cars by the peaceful demonstrators. Beer appears to be a popular fuel for the rioters.
As with most protests of this nature, it’s a little vague what these people find objectionable, but a few themes have emerged. Demonstrators want open borders, more wealth distribution and an end to capitalism. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, “Protesters say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, including climate change, worsening inequality and violent conflicts” – thus accomplishing at the rally the very things they claim they’re against. (That’s why they’re known as “stupid people.”)
The arson, rioting and vandalism initiated by the protesters, doubtless to illustrate how peaceful and inclusive they are, as well as their violent opposition to violent conflicts, merely echoes similar protests that have taken place in many Western nations, especially America.
So, as a public service from a middle-aged rural housewife with no background in economics or politics, I’d like to offer lessons the older generations would like to teach stupid people.
This list barely skims the surface of the advice older people would like to give to the younger generation. Of course, as the cliché goes, you can lead young people to wisdom but you can’t make them think. — Oh well, I tried.
Join us the afternoon of Saturday, July 1st for Jackson County Republican Party’s inaugural Making America Great Again Social. Come enjoy some drinks and snacks, and meet and mingle with your fellow Republicans. Let’s discuss and celebrate President Trump’s first 150 days in office!
The is a casual social, so feel free to come and go as convenient. Please invite your friends, family, and fellow conservatives! If able, bring a bottle of wine or other beverage and a snack to share.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
4:00 PM to approx. 8:00 PM
Jackson County Republicans Office
311 East Main St.
Medford, OR 97501
Overall it was a successful off-year election as often times Republicans sit these elections out. Not this year! Despite anemic voter turnout, we made some great gains on the RVTD Board, the Medford School board and in many other boards around Jackson County.
I can’t think of a better reason to gather and celebrate our gains than to get together and meet the newly elected officials. Please join us on Friday May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the JCRP office at 311 East Main Street in Medford.
Please invite your friends, family and supporters so we can work to strengthen our network and work together toward our next goal. If able, bring a bottle of wine or other beverage and a snack to share.
The Rogue Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVMPO) is a transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local governments and transportation authorities. The Federal Transportation Act requires each urbanized area of 50,000 or more to set up a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to ensure a continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative (3-C) transportation planning process. Oregon’s administrative rules define an MPO as “the organization designated by the Governor to coordinate transportation planning in an urbanized area of the state.”
The role of the RVMPO includes establishing a local forum for transportation decision making; evaluating transportation alternatives; developing and updating a long-range regional transportation plan; developing a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); and getting the public involved.
Visit the RVMPO Website to learn more:
Download the Special Election Jackson County Republicans – Official Voter Guide.
An impressive slate of candidates is vying for positions 3 and 6 on the Medford School Board. All bring an active interest in the job and a dedication to public education.
In the race for Position 3, Casey Stine offers experience on the Head Start board and an emphasis on early childhood education. She is the mother of a 3-year-old daughter.
The other candidate, Cynthia Wright, is the parent of six children who all attended Medford schools. She previously served on the School Board from 2003 to 2007. She applied for the position left vacant when Janet Lightheart left the area last year, but the board decided not to fill the vacancy.
Wright is knowledgeable and experienced, and is enthusiastic about the direction she sees the district moving under Superintendent Brian Shumate.
Stine is sincere and well-intentioned, but seems primarily focused on early education, which is important, but only one element of a K-12 district. Wright’s experience gives her the edge.
The race for Position 6 pits retired executive Jim Horner against former board member Sally Killen, a retired teacher, and Kevin Husted, the owner of a freight brokerage who has three children attending schools in the district.
Horner is chairman of the school district’s Budget Committee, which gives him thorough understanding of the financial challenges facing the district. He also has a tendency to be a bit long-winded when describing his ideas for improving public education.
Killen was on the board for six years, which included the teachers’ strike in 2014. She stepped down at the end of her last term in 2015 saying she needed a break, but now is seeking to serve again.
Husted is a longtime coach and the father of five children, three of whom are still in school. He says he is concerned that hard feelings from the strike still remain and have never been resolved. He says changes are coming to the district, and a strong board is needed to provide balance with the district administration.
All three candidates support Shumate’s vision of creating pathways for students to move toward career fields and to give students a reason to stay in school. All three support moving sixth-graders into middle schools to better meet their educational needs and address district space considerations.
Horner says the district needs to improve “productivity,” but students are not widgets, and their needs have changed dramatically, despite his assertion that classrooms are the same now as when he was in school.
Killen represents the past on a board that is changing and moving into a new future.
Husted brings a fresh energy and a commitment to working with district staff to forge connections with board members. He gets our nod.
We recommend Cynthia Wright for Position 3 and Kevin Husted for Position 6.
Our recommendations for positions 1 and 2 will appear next week.
See the article here:
Curt Ankerberg, Republican candidate for Medford School District Director, Position 1.
Occupation: Certified Public
Occupational Background: 30
years management experience
with various CPA firms.
B.S. Business Administration/
Accounting – California State University Los Angeles
Prior Governmental Experience: Algebra Tutor – Medford 549C
Education is the foundation for every society, but the past and
current Medford school administrations have failed us badly,
which is why unemployment in the Rogue Valley is unacceptably
high, and why 30% of the Rogue Valley population is on
For the 2016 school year, only 40% of Medford students who
took state standardized tests passed them. 60% of all Medford
Medford has had failing academics for every year
for the past fifteen years, contrary to what you might read in the
lying Mail Tribune.
Further, 50% of all students who enroll at RCC
require remedial instruction. School district management haven’t
gotten the job done, and it’s time for a dramatic change.
Currently, 11% of the school district budget if allocated to
pay for PERS. In two years, that percentage will increase to
25%, which means $17 million less for student instruction.
That equates to 170 lost teaching positions.
The environment requires that school board members have developed financial
skills in order to squeeze positive results from every available
tax dollar. As a fiscal conservative and CPA with 30 years experience, I possess unique financial
and management skills unmatched by my opponent, which I’ll utilize to promote
financial efficiencies, and cut waste.
Medford has one of the shortest school years in the state, and
it also has exorbitantly large classroom sizes. If elected, I
promise to focus on increasing the number of classroom days,
and decreasing classroom sizes.
My liberal opponent recently retired as a Medford teacher. Like other
retired teachers who’ve served on the school board, he’ll
continue to kick the can down the road, and blatantly favor the
teachers union. My loyalties strictly lie with the Medford students and
We cannot afford four more years of mediocrity. It’s time for new
leadership, which I represent.
I respectfully request your vote.
Curt Ankerberg CPA
Elect Kevin Husted for Medford School Board, Position 6
Come out and meet fellow Republicans and candidates running for local offices in the upcoming May 16 Election. School Boards, Rogue Valley Transportation District, Jackson County Library District. Come enjoy a pre-dinner drink and snack and help get local conservative elected to these critical offices.
See the event page here:
Here is the speech from Senator Baertschiger today on Senate Bill 3, Oregon State Legislature
MEDFORD — Continuing a series of town hall meetings around Oregon’s Second District, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden announced today that he will hold six town halls in April, with meetings in Medford, Grants Pass, Bend, Prineville, Hood River, and The Dalles.
“I’ve been proud to hold regular town hall meetings in all 20 counties in our vast district. They are another great way for me to update my ‘to-do’ list to take back to the nation’s capital,” Walden said. “While Congress and the country face major issues like growing the economy and fixing the health care system, I’m also working on finding solutions for local problems in our communities. Growing jobs in Oregon, finding common-sense health care solutions, better managing our public lands, and taking care of our veterans remain some of my top priorities.”
Each year, Walden holds at least one town hall meeting in all 20 counties in the vast Second Congressional District. By April 14, Walden will have held 13 town hall meetings in 2017. He held 27 in 2016 alone and 137 since 2012. At the end of February, a national press analysis found that Walden held more in-person town halls in February than all but two other members of the U.S. House and Senate.
Oregonians who cannot attend Walden’s town hall meetings but would still like to ask questions or provide input are encouraged to visit his website at www.walden.house.gov. There, Oregonians can find Walden’s views on local and regional issues, send him an email to provide input, and sign up for his free, regular newsletter.
Second District residents can also sign up for telephone town hall meetings through Walden’s website. “I’ve gotten very favorable feedback from people in our district from the telephone town halls. These are especially important for those who have difficulty with transportation. They give people whose voice might not otherwise be heard a chance to weigh in on public policy,” Walden said.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
What: Wasco County Town Hall Meeting
When: 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. PDT
Where: Fort Dalles Readiness Center Assembly Hall, 402 E Scenic Drive, The Dalles 97058
What: Hood River County Town Hall Meeting
When: 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. PDT
Where: Hood River Middle School Auditorium, 1602 May Street, Hood River 97031
Thursday, April 13, 2017
What: Crook County Town Hall Meeting
When: 8:30a.m. – 9:30a.m. PDT
Where: Crook County High School Auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville 97754
What: Deschutes County Town Hall Meeting
When: 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. PDT
Where: Mountain View High School Main Gym, 2755 NE 27th Street, Bend 97701
Friday, April 14, 2017
What: Jackson County Town Hall Meeting
When: 7:30a.m. – 8:30a.m. PDT
Where: North Medford High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1900 N Keene Way Drive, Medford 97504
What: Josephine County Town Hall Meeting
When: 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. PDT
Where: Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass 97526
Yesterday, Steve Trout, Director of Elections, and I testified in a budget hearing before the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government. It is disappointing to see how our testimony has been misrepresented online and in social media, so I’m taking the time to set the record straight.
MYTH: Dennis Richardson is going to stop printing Voters’ Pamphlets.
FACT: In the testimony, Director Trout explained that the Voters’ Pamphlet is required by law. However, if the Secretary of State’s office experiences significant budget cuts, the number of copies printed could be drastically reduced. If we had to prioritize electoral functions, printing ballots is the first order of magnitude so that every voter who is eligible to vote can vote. But we believe the Voters’ Pamphlet is essential to that process. Legislative budget cuts to our agency would jeopardize our ability to make sure voters don’t just get a ballot, but that they’re informed.
It’s worth mentioning that budget proposals in 2009-2011, 2011-2013, and 2015-2017 all contained the same warning. Former Secretaries of State Kate Brown and Jeanne P. Atkins used this same example of what could happen if the Secretary of State budget is cut.
See page 92 below from the 2015 budget cycle: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/48464
There is NO intention to stop printing the Voters’ Pamphlet. Oregon statutes require a Voters’ Pamphlet to be printed and mailed to every voting household. However, doing so costs money and it is up to the legislature to ensure we have enough money to run effective elections. Our testimony was to ensure legislators fully understand the statutory requirements. I believe I will be provided the resources to accomplish my constitutional and statutory responsibilities.
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IF If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
– Rudyard Kipling
Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier issued a statement tonight “strongly supporting” the revised Executive Order temporarily restricting entry into the U.S. by persons from six nations identified by both Congress and the Obama administration as having “heightened concerns” about terrorism, and which cannot or will not provide adequate screening information. The new order explicitly excludes green card holders, dual citizens, anyone already in the U.S., and any foreign national who has already obtained a valid visa prior to January 27th.
“President Trump continues to keep his promise to do what is necessary to implement ‘extreme vetting’ to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. from the world’s terror hotbeds,” said Chair Currier. “The new order more fully explains the purpose of the order, clears up any misconceptions, and focuses implementation on what is urgently and absolutely necessary – ” to read the whole article click the link below:
Super Bowl Champion and JCRP Lincoln Day Dinner Speaker Burgess Owens will be on Bill Meyer’s show (1440 KMED) at 7:35 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 3). Tune in and enjoy his words of wisdom.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and her husband stayed in a hotel and casino on the taxpayers’ dime and walked away with a $5,000 donation to her political campaign, then later pocketed another $55,000 after opposing a rival’s bid for a new casino, an investigation revealed.
The Democratic governor visited the Seven Feathers Resort – a hotel and casino owned by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indian Tribe – for a “government to government summit,” Brown’s official calendar shows. The trip included a “private breakfast with tribal chairs” on Dec. 16, 2015, and she charged her $212 hotel stay to Oregon taxpayers…
Tom McClintock has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 4th congressional district since 2009. He received his B.A. from UCLA. He is a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, and serves on the House Budget Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for 22 years in the California legislature and ran for governor in California’s recall election in 2003.
Very excited to announce NFL Superbowl Champion, conservative author, and FOX News contributor will be our guest speaker at the 2017 Jackson County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner March 18. Stay tuned for more information.
Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier issued a statement on Wednesday in response to media reports that Oregon Governor Kate Brown had formed a “Trump Resistance Team”. Currier said that Brown’s “social action team” threatens to further divide our nation, and suggested that the Governor prefers playing political games instead of devoting herself to solving pressing problems here in Oregon. Currier also raised questions about the motivation and funding of Brown’s new campaign.
“This kind of rhetoric by a sitting Oregon Governor is inflammatory, divisive, and unprecedented. We have enough problems coming together in America without elected officials wasting time fanning the flames. The voters have spoken, and public opinion polls show general approval of President Trump’s actions so far. Governor Brown risks being left on the fringes of our society, instead of being considered a bipartisan thought leader. With mounting long term debt, state spending ballooning out of control, transparency and corruption issues, pressing transportation needs, and economic development challenges, does Kate Brown really think Oregon voters elected her Governor to play political games?”
“You also have to wonder about the origin and funding of this campaign,” cautioned Chair Currier. “We’ve seen many recent examples of Governor Brown’s public policies and political motives being shaped and funded, in whole or in part, by out of state billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and George Soros – along with in-state billionaire Win McCormack. It’s high time Oregon voters reject the extremist agenda of these hyper-rich cronies and leave the governing of Oregon to Oregonians.”
“I have to remark at the irony of this report,” added Currier. “Kate’s email to supporters reads, in part, ‘Now, more than ever, we must bring communities together to resist in a divided nation.’ Yet this call to action urges her progressive activist supporters to come together to divide people. Not exactly a “uniting” approach. Past elected officials have always tried to find a way to work with a President of the opposite party, even up through President Obama’s administration. It’s time for Democrat Leaders to stop whining, get to work, and find areas of common ground with President Trump, to accomplish the important business of our state and nation.”
Currier also took note of the hashtag games being played, saying, “The #teamkate hashtag is interesting, if a bit short sighted. A quick twitter search by a social media professional – or even an amateur – would have revealed that it has already been taken. Let’s hope Governor Brown does nothing more to revive the other hashtag she was known for – #korruptkate.”
“Town hall meetings are always a great opportunity for one-on-one interaction with your elected officials,” said Esquivel. “Wednesday’s meeting was a great example of democracy at work.”
Session will begin with a Budget Bang! – Part I
Oregon’s Legislative Session starts on February 1st and the biggest topic will certainly be the budget. Gov. Kate Brown released a recommended budget last month that has everyone in media gasping for breath because of a $1.7 billion shortfall.
The governor is quoted as saying, “The budget includes significant cuts at a level I find absolutely unacceptable…”
I agree–the budget proposal is unacceptable. It is unacceptable because it merely supports the status-quo by presenting ever-growing government, more regulations and increasing taxes as the only reasonable budget expectation.
Yet, Oregon is expected to receive $1.5B more revenue this biennium than last. that is an increase of $1,500 million or $1,500,000,000 extra dollars in the state’s coffer. The story that Oregon has a shortfall is fiction. We have a budget that has grown beyond any semblance of normal.
The budget proposal has been created by assuming that Oregon’s current service levels or baseline of operations should be the standard for next year. The baseline budgeting process starts with current programs intact and then adds cost of living adjustments (COLA) combined with increases in service level goals.
Using “baseline budgeting” ideology as the operating standard doesn’t identify programs that are inefficient or unnecessary. It also fails to address or support any significant technological choices that might transform the lives of Oregonians. It only instills more of the same for the future. This is not how our future should be planned.
During the governor’s inauguration speech there was a reference to our Oregon Trail heritage. The governor said, “And we now have two modern-day Oregon trails to choose from. One trail is to continue the endless process of slicing and squeezing, of diminishing our hopes and expectations, and shrinking our dreams of what it means to be an Oregonian. The other trail is to follow the advice of Governor McCall. To not be guided by regionalism and factionalism.”
This is good advise.
Let me wade past the rhetoric and imagine trying to use our illustrious Oregon Trail heritage as the historic baseline mark on the landscape. Think of the transformative technologies that have occurred. Now, ask yourself which of these modern technologies you would be willing to ignore because you were wed to the old stuff you brought from Missouri. Your Conestoga wagon, for example.
The reason baseline ideology can’t properly assess the potential efficiencies that might be gained through alternatives is because the baseline receives the funding not new ideas. A requirement when trying to address maximum utilization from limited resources requires flexibility in weighing and ascertaining the value of various approaches.
A more flexible management approach would provide a credible rationale for reallocating resources by focusing on a systematic review and justification of the funding and performance levels in current programs.
However, if this sounds too complicated then let’s just drive our wagon down the well traveled trail of common-sense.
Since 1980, Oregon’s budget requirements have ballooned by eight-fold. This means it has doubled three times, 2 x 2 x 2 = 8 (cf., Figure 1). In 1980 Oregon’s budget was near $10B and today the budget projection is approaching $80B.
Noticing this eight-fold growth, let’s ask some thoughtful questions:
Even if a couple of these questions come out within a reasonable close-call, my question is still valid: Should the cost of government services have risen eight-fold since 1980?
Please remember–if we do not stand up for rural Oregon, no one will.
Senate District 28
Budget Bang! – Part II
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1728
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-415, Salem, Oregon 97301
I write to you in asking for help, with excitement and humility, at this time of great opportunity. By the recommendation of United States Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) and his office staff, I have registered to attend Leadership Institute’s 2017 CPAC Student Activism program this February. CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Conference, a conference put on by the American Conservative Union in Washington D.C. Conservative leaders and speakers from all over the country come to inspire and engage activists to do more in their communities.
With Leadership Institute, lodging and CPAC tickets come at a low cost for students. So, I need your help in getting me to Washington D.C. by plane. My total costs (exclusively travel expenses) to attend are upwards of $400. Any size donation would be received with gratitude. If you feel that making a donation into my life is something you could offer, please donate here.
I am praying that God makes himself real to me at CPAC like he has done on all four Mexico Mission Trips I attended during high school. I never envision an activist lifestyle that robs me of my primary pursuit to evangelize the good news of Jesus. I envision Leadership Institute and CPAC as a major test of my faith and commitment to the good news of Jesus.
“I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)”
From Dr. Scott Lively, founder and president of Defend the Family International:
In 1971 Marxist strategist Saul D. Alinsky published his infamous handbook for “community organizers,” titled “Rules for Radicals,” which ever since has been the essential resource for left-wing agitators, including the Clintons and Obama.
Alinsky dedicated his “Rules for Radicals” to “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer” [the entity also known as Satan, the Father of Lies and Enslaver of Mankind].
As we conservative populists begin to reclaim our nation from Alinsky’s anti-American Bolsheviks, we need a resource for pro-American constitutionalists. These Rules for Radicals of the Right are dedicated to the One who conquered Lucifer:
1. Tell the truth without hesitation or apology.
Truth is our most powerful weapon and strategy. Truth is objective, verifiable and self-evident to a clear-thinking mind grounded in rationality and knowledge of the facts. Rationality proceeds from recognition and respect for the created order and the Creator Himself. His immutable laws provide the fixed standards by which any material or spiritual thing can be measured, proved and trusted. Without fixed standards there can be no steadfast rule of law making all men equal and free, only arbitrary rule by those with power to enforce their will.
2. Keep it simple but not stupid.
The enemy relies on confusion to create chaos and then exploits it to take control. He weaves a complex fabric of falsehoods, half-truths, misrepresentations, misdirection, hidden false assumptions and sophistry designed to mislead the gullible into drawing false conclusions. Complexity favors the deceivers. Honest and intelligent simplification frees captive minds.
3. Trust or not trust, but always verify.
People who spin narratives or otherwise interpret facts or events instead of providing the straight facts to interpret for yourself often have their own agenda. This includes not just leftist media but can be any information source, including those you think are trustworthy. Whenever you’re expected to form a conclusion on any issue based on the authority of the source rather than the full and free presentation of the facts, including opposing opinions and interpretations, don’t trust it. This is especially true when an inherently controversial narrative is repeated consistently over time from only one perspective, such as “climate change,” the “born gay” assumption, or the theory of evolution.
4. Think for yourself.
Human beings are susceptible to jumping on bandwagons or joining teams to meet social needs, but this makes us vulnerable to manipulation by people who form or control teams to serve their own agenda (i.e, the R’s and D’s). Beware of any group, system or institution that requires or expects you to substitute their conclusions for your own, or to adopt a “team” position on a whole slate of issues, and shuns or denigrates you for disagreeing on one or more items. (E.g., many liberals recognize an essential natural order in the eco-systems of living things but are forbidden from acknowledging the natural family as humanity’s ecosystem because “gay rights” is a “must-embrace” leftist goal.)
5. See the good and bad on both sides.
Remember that the devil works both sides of the street, and it serves his goals if we evaluate people by the team they’re on, not their character or the rationality of their arguments. If truth is our standard and filter, we’ll judge things and people fairly and thereby lessen the “us vs. them” stupidity that makes us so easy to manipulate in elections and other cultural conflicts.
6. Restore critical thinking.
The goal of the elites has always been to “dumb down” Americans to make us easier to deceive and control. Thus liberal terminology always avoids simple definitions and distinct boundaries, especially when used in social policy or laws (e.g., “homophobia”: a nonsense word that implies all disapproval is an anxiety disorder). We can defeat the elites by mastering critical thinking skills and restoring true literacy that employs only clearly defined words in unambiguous sentences conveying true and trustworthy knowledge.
7. Reclaim objectivity.
The elites always obscure the distinction between objective truth and subjective opinion, and between hard science (which is never contradictory to biblical truth, properly understood) and “soft science” (which can easily be manipulated to serve a hidden agenda). We must always promote and defend objective truth and contrast it with the subjective opinions and belief systems of the often-fraudulent “soft sciences” that have been driving our social policies for decades.
8. Challenge the know-it-alls.
The elites on both sides invariably assume an attitude of moral and intellectual superiority. It’s easy to expose their errors by practicing the Socratic Method of interrogation. Just ask 1) “What do you mean by that?” (i.e., define your terms), and 2) “How do you know that’s true?” (i.e., what is your source of authority). You don’t have to be an expert on any given topic to take command of the discussion and expose liberal illogic and it’s lack of sound presuppositions.
9. Avoid the tar-babies.
Remember that you can’t persuade a true-believer leftist with fact and logic. Intellectually, most of them embrace a closed-loop Cultural Marxist narrative similar to paranoid schizophrenia. If someone proves himself incapable of recognizing self-evident truths (such as denying the humanity of an unborn baby while looking at an advanced stage ultrasound image), disengage immediately. Conservative populists should largely ignore the left and their delusions and just focus on taking the seats of power away from them.
10. Be an army of one.
Paradoxically, populism is a movement of individualists whose common denominator is the U.S. Constitution. Unlike our cultural opponents who hold the hive-mind mentality of big-government statists, our true strength isn’t in our numbers, but the rightness of our cause. We don’t need to wait for marching orders from Donald Trump or any other perceived leaders; we can act on our own or in small groups on the inherent authority granted to us by God and affirmed by the founders. The quicker we all decide just to do that, the quicker we can restore this republic. (I figure we’ve got about a two-year window.)
Dr. Scott Lively is the founder and president of Defend the Family International and has been since 1997. An attorney, pastor and human-rights consultant, he has promoted and defended the biblical view of marriage and family in more than 30 countries. He is the author of five books, including “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/10-rules-for-radicals-of-the-right/#vHGzsBM9FpeF1dMl.99
Larry P. Arnn
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 2, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.
The astonishing political campaign of 2016 involved much debate about whether Donald Trump is a conservative. He was not always facile with the lingo of conservatism, and he pointed out once that he was seeking the nomination of the Republican, not the conservative party. Yet there is a lot we can learn from him about conservatism.
What is conservatism? It is a derivative term: it refers to something outside itself. We cannot conserve the present or the future, and the past being full of contradiction, we cannot conserve it entire. In the past one finds heroism and villainy; justice and injustice; freedom and slavery. Things in the past are like things in the present: they must be judged. Conservative people know this if they have any sense. . . . continue reading
Ian O’Doherty is a columnist who works for the Irish Independent. His “iSpy” column is published Monday –Thursday and contains news articles blended with comedy and shock-jock opinions. On Fridays O’Doherty publishes a rather more serious column containing his opinion on a chosen subject in “The World according to Ian O’Doherty”. He was formerly with the Evening Herald.
The Best of the Best–by a Poetic Irishman
Tuesday November 8, 2016 – a day that will live in infamy, or the moment when America was made great again?
The truth, as ever, will lie somewhere in the middle. After all, contrary to what both his supporters and detractors believe – and this is probably the only thing they agree on – Trump won’t be able to come into office and spend his first 100 days gleefully ripping up all the bits of the Constitution he doesn’t like.
But even if this week’s seismic shockwave doesn’t signal either the sky falling in or the start of a bright new American era, the result was, to use one of The Donald’s favourite phrases, huge. It is, in fact, a total game changer.
In decades to come, historians will still bicker about the most poisonous, toxic and stupid election in living memory.
They will also be bickering over the same vexed question – how did a man who was already unpopular with the public and who boasted precisely zero political experience beat a seasoned Washington insider who was married to one extremely popular president and who had worked closely with another?
The answer, ultimately, is in the question.
History will record this as a Trump victory, which of course it is. But it was also more than that, because this was the most stunning self-inflicted defeat in the history of Western democracy.
Hillary Clinton has damned her party to irrelevance for at least the next four years. She has also ensured that Obama’s legacy will now be a footnote rather than a chapter. Because the Affordable Care Act is now doomed under a Trump presidency and that was always meant to be his gift, of sorts, to America.
How did a candidate who had virtually all of the media, all of Hollywood, every celebrity you could think of, a couple of former presidents and apparently, the hopes of an entire gender resting on her shoulders, blow up her own campaign?
I rather suspect that neither Donald nor Hillary know how they got to this point.
Where she seemed to expect the position to become available to her by right – the phrase “she deserves it” was used early in the campaign and then quickly dropped when her team remembered that Americans don’t like inherited power – his first steps into the campaign were those of someone chancing their arm. If he wasn’t such a staunch teetotaller, many observers would have accused him of only doing it as a drunken bet.
But the more the campaign wore on, something truly astonishing began to happen – the people began to speak. And they began to speak in a voice which, for the first time in years in the American heartland, would not be ignored.
Few of the people who voted for Trump seriously believe that he is going to personally improve their fortunes. Contrary to the smug, middle-class media narrative, they aren’t all barely educated idiots.
They know what he is, of course they do. It’s what he is not that appeals to them.
Clinton, on the other hand, had come to represent the apex of smug privilege. Whether it was boasting about her desire to shut down the remaining coal industry in Virginia – that worked out well for her, in the end – or calling half the electorate a “basket of deplorables”, she seemed to operate in the perfumed air of the elite, more obsessed with coddling idiots and pandering to identity and feelings than improving the hardscrabble life that is the lot of millions of Americans.
Also, nobody who voted for Trump did so because they wanted him as a spiritual guru or life coach.
But plenty of people invested an irrational amount of emotional energy into a woman who was patently undeserving of that level of adoration.
That’s why we’ve witnessed such fury from her supporters – they had wrapped themselves so tightly in the Hillary flag that a rejection of her felt like a rejection of them. And when you consider that many American colleges gave their students Wednesday off class because they were too ‘upset’ to study, you can see that this wasn’t a battle for the White House – this became a genuine battle for America’s future direction. And, indeed, for the West. (Emphasis mine/jcm)
We have been going through a cultural paroxysm for the last 10 years – the rise of identity politics has created a Balkanized society where the content of someone’s mind is less important than their skin colour, gender, sexuality or whatever other attention-seeking label they wish to bestow upon themselves.
In fact, where once it looked like racism and sexism might be becoming archaic remnants of a darker time, a whole new generation has popped up which wants to re-litigate all those arguments all over again.
In fact, while many of us are too young to recall the Vietnam war and the social upheaval of the 1960s, plenty of observers who were say they haven’t seen an America more at war with itself than it is today.
One perfect example of this new America has been the renewed calls for segregation on campuses. Even a few years ago, such a move would have been greeted with understandable horror by civil rights activists – but this time it’s the black students demanding segregation and “safe spaces” from whites. If young people calling for racial segregation from each other isn’t the sign of a very, very sick society, nothing is.
The irony of Clinton calling Trump and his followers racist while she was courting Black Lives Matter was telling.
After all, no rational white person would defend the KKK, yet here was a white women defending both BLM and the New Black Panthers – explicitly racist organizations with the NBP, in particularly, openly espousing a race war if they don’t get what they want.
Fundamentally, Trump was attractive because he represents a repudiation of the nonsense that has been slowly strangling the West.
He represents – rightly or wrongly, and the dust has still to settle – a scorn and contempt for these new rules. He won’t be a president worried about micro aggressions, or listening to the views of patently insane people just because they come from a fashionably protected group.
He also represents a glorious two fingers to everyone who has become sick of being called a racist or a bigot or a homophobe – particularly by Hillary supporters who are too dense to realize that she has always actually been more conservative on social issues than Trump.
That it might take a madman to restore some sanity to America is, I suppose, a quirk that is typical to that great nation – land of the free and home to more contradictions than anyone can imagine.
Trump’s victory also signals just how out of step the media has been with the people. Not just American media, either.
In fact, the Irish media has continued its desperate drive to make a show of itself with a seemingly endless parade of emotionally incontinent gibberish that, ironically, has increased in ferocity and hysterical spite in the last few days.
The fact that Hillary’s main cheerleaders in the Irish and UK media still haven’t realized where they went wrong is instructive and amusing in equal measure. They still don’t seem to understand that by constantly insulting his supporters, they’re just making asses of themselves.
One female contributor to this newspaper said Trump’s victory was a “sad day for women”. Well, not for the women who voted for him, it wasn’t.
But that really is the nub of the matter – the ‘wrong’ kind of women obviously voted for Trump. The ‘right’ kind went with Hillary. And lost.
The Irish media is not alone in being filled largely with dinner-party liberals who have never had an original or socially awkward thought in their lives. They simply assume that everyone lives in the same bubble and thinks the same thoughts – and if they don’t, they should.
Of the many things that have changed with Trump’s victory, the bubble has burst. Never in American history have the polls, the media and the chin-stroking moral arbiters of the liberal agenda been so spectacularly, wonderfully wrong.
It was exactly that condescending, obnoxious sneer towards the working class that brought them out in such numbers, and that is the great irony of Election 16 – the Left spent years creating identity politics to the extent that the only group left without protection or a celebrity sponsor was the white American male.
That it was the white American male who swung it for Trump is a timely reminder that while black lives matter, all votes count – even the ones of people you despise.
You don’t have to be a supporter of Trump to take great delight in the sheer, apoplectic rage that has greeted his victory.
If Clinton had won and Trump supporters had gone on a rampage through a dozen American cities the next night, there would have been outrage – and rightly so.
But in a morally and linguistically inverted society, the wrong-doers are portrayed as the victims. We saw that at numerous Trump rallies – protesters would disrupt the event, claiming their right to free speech (a heckler’s veto is not free speech) and provoking people until they got a dig before running to the media and claiming victimhood.
But, ultimately, this election was about people saying enough with the bullshit. This is a country in crisis, and most Americans don’t care about transgender bathrooms, or safe spaces, or government speech laws. This was about people taking some control back for themselves.
It was about them saying that they won’t be hectored and bullied by the toddler tantrums thrown by pissy and spoiled millennials and they certainly won’t put up with being told they’re stupid and wicked just because they have a difference of opinion.
But, really, this election is about hope for a better America; an America which isn’t obsessed with identity and perceived ‘privilege’; an American where being a victim isn’t a virtue and where you don’t have to apologize for not being up to date with the latest list of socially acceptable phrases.
Trump’s victory was a two fingers to the politically correct.
It was a brutal rejection of the nonsense narrative which says Muslims who kill Americans are somehow victims. It took the ludicrous Green agenda and threw it out. It was a return, on some level, to a time when people weren’t afraid to speak their own mind without some self-elected language cop shouting at you.. Who knows, we may even see Trump kicking the UN out of New York.
Frankly, if you’re one of those who gets their politics from Jon Stewart and Twitter, look away for the next four years, because you’re not going to like what you see. The rest of us, however, will be delighted.
This might go terribly, terribly wrong. Nobody knows – and if we have learned anything this week, it’s that nobody knows nuthin’.
But just as the people of the UK took control back with Brexit, the people of America did likewise with their choice for president.
It’s called democracy.
Deal with it.
May 9, 2013, 4:13 PM
In the run up to Marine Gen. James Mattis’ deployment to Iraq in 2004, a colleague wrote to him asking about the “importance of reading and military history for officers,” many of whom found themselves “too busy to read.”
His response went viral over email.
Security Blog “Strife” out of Kings College in London recently published Mattis’ words with a short description from the person who found it in her email.
Their title for the post:
With Rifle and Bibliography: General Mattis on Professional Reading
The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.
Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.
With [Task Force] 58, I had w/ me Slim’s book, books about the Russian and British experiences in [Afghanistan], and a couple others. Going into Iraq, “The Siege” (about the Brits’ defeat at Al Kut in WW I) was req’d reading for field grade officers. I also had Slim’s book; reviewed T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom”; a good book about the life of Gertrude Bell (the Brit archaeologist who virtually founded the modern Iraq state in the aftermath of WW I and the fall of the Ottoman empire); and “From Beirut to Jerusalem”. I also went deeply into Liddell Hart’s book on Sherman, and Fuller’s book on Alexander the Great got a lot of my attention (although I never imagined that my HQ would end up only 500 meters from where he lay in state in Babylon).
Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun.
For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say … “Not really”: Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us.
We have been fighting on this planet for 5000 years and we should take advantage of their experience. “Winging it” and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of the moral dictates and the cost of incompetence in our profession. As commanders and staff officers, we are coaches and sentries for our units: how can we coach anything if we don’t know a hell of a lot more than just the [Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures]? What happens when you’re on a dynamic battlefield and things are changing faster than higher [Headquarters] can stay abreast? Do you not adapt because you cannot conceptualize faster than the enemy’s adaptation? (Darwin has a pretty good theory about the outcome for those who cannot adapt to changing circumstance — in the information age things can change rather abruptly and at warp speed, especially the moral high ground which our regimented thinkers cede far too quickly in our recent fights.) And how can you be a sentinel and not have your unit caught flat-footed if you don’t know what the warning signs are — that your unit’s preps are not sufficient for the specifics of a tasking that you have not anticipated?
Perhaps if you are in support functions waiting on the warfighters to spell out the specifics of what you are to do, you can avoid the consequences of not reading. Those who must adapt to overcoming an independent enemy’s will are not allowed that luxury.
This is not new to the USMC approach to warfighting — Going into Kuwait 12 years ago, I read (and reread) Rommel’s Papers (remember “Kampstaffel”?), Montgomery’s book (“Eyes Officers”…), “Grant Takes Command” (need for commanders to get along, “commanders’ relationships” being more important than “command relationships”), and some others.
As a result, the enemy has paid when I had the opportunity to go against them, and I believe that many of my young guys lived because I didn’t waste their lives because I didn’t have the vision in my mind of how to destroy the enemy at least cost to our guys and to the innocents on the battlefields.
Hope this answers your question. I will cc my ADC in the event he can add to this. He is the only officer I know who has read more than I.
Author, Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on October 18, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.
One Fourth of July in the 1980s, when I was living in Hong Kong, I read a tidbit in a local newspaper about America’s Independence Day. Across the United States today, the columnist declared, families are celebrating the birth of their nation by sitting down to turkey dinners with all the trimmings.
The expatriate American community in what was then a British colony shared a chuckle over the columnist’s confusion about America’s national holidays. But it also set me to thinking. In some sense, the error was a natural one. A non-American could be forgiven for conflating these two home-grown American holidays. Both bind celebrants to the larger history of our nation.
Thanksgiving isn’t a patriotic holiday per se, but it is full of patriotic feeling as Americans give thanks for our shared blessings as a nation. The best expression of this aspect of Thanksgiving comes from Benjamin Franklin, who called it a day “of public Felicity,” a time to express gratitude to God for the “full Enjoyment of Liberty, civil and religious.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2016
Jackson County Counsel
Jackson County Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing
Regarding the Expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
MEDFORD, OREGON — The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold this public hearing on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is open to everyone and will be held at the North Medford High School Commons, 1900 Keene Way Drive, Medford Oregon.
“We look forward to hearing from the citizens of southern Oregon regarding this expansion,” said Commissioner Colleen Roberts, “The outcome of this decision will have dramatic long-term effects on our communities.”
The purpose of the hearing is to capture a comprehensive discussion concerning the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Board of Commissioners hope for testimony from all points of view to create a balanced report. From the public hearing testimony the Jackson County Commissioners will forward the testimony to the Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, who they hope will then share with President Barack Obama before he concludes on this decision.
“We need to make sure we send input back to Washington DC that reflects the true opinions of all those that live here,” says Board Chair Rick Dyer, “we want to hear from ranchers, recreational groups, hunters, environmental groups, hikers, the tourism and timber industries and everyone else that this decision affects.”
The Commissioners serve as the Executive Branch and perform legislative and quasi-judicial functions of the County. Commissioners are responsible for the planning, formation and implementation of the annual budget. In addition, Commissioners serve on other federal, state and local mandated governmental panels, boards and commissions with fiscal duties and authority over public monies. Commissioners also serve the ceremonial functions of the County in representations to the public for the public good and betterment of Jackson County.
For more information, please contact: Joel Benton, Jackson County Counsel, at (541) 774-6160 or BentonJC@jacksoncounty.org.
By Steven Richie
I have some great news to share with you today. This morning, the Mail Tribune announced they have decided to endorse me as the best person to represent Southern Oregon in Senate District 3. This is a great honor and I believe reflects the many years of service I have dedicated to my community.
Will you share this great news with as many friends and family across Southern Oregon as possible today? I need your help to spread the word that the Mail Tribune agrees I am the candidate with “a reputation for focusing on solutions rather than party labels, a positive attribute in this era of hyper-partisanship.”
You may have seen an ad on your television screen over the last few days attacking me and my record. My opponent was unable to explain the claims she made in the ad when I challenged her to do so at a forum last Thursday. This kind of negative, partisan rhetoric doesn’t belong in Southern Oregon.
Here’s how the Mail Tribune described my opponent’s decision to go negative:
“Moro’s decision to go negative is dismaying. Previous races for this seat also turned ugly, with negative ads coming from the Republican side, aimed at Bates. Bates firmly refused to go negative himself, and he never did. Voters responded by giving him two narrow victories in a row.
It’s unfortunate that Moro isn’t following Bates’ leadership example. If her qualifications and positions on the issues aren’t enough to persuade voters, attack ads aren’t likely to help.
We recommend voters elect Alan DeBoer in Senate District 3.”
I pledged to run a clean, positive campaign focused only on my record of service and stance on the issues that matter to families in Southern Oregon. I will keep that promise.
With ballots in mailboxes and just over two weeks until election day, we need every person to spread the word about my campaign to bring effective, accountable service for Southern Oregon to Salem. Click here if you’d like to join me as I share my message with voters over the next two weeks, or chip in a few dollars to help me get my message in front of as many voters as possible.
Thank you for your support – with your help, I believe we will see a victory for positive, solutions-oriented leadership on November 8th!
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Sal Esquivel is a long time Republican. He is running for re-election to the State Legislature for House District 6. Please see his following video
Posted: 07 Oct 2016 05:00 AM PDT
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
One of the more contentious issues during the first presidential debate was how the candidates portrayed the state of the U.S. economy. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton depicted a nation undergoing solid economic growth, on the cusp of breaking out into a full-scale expansion. Republican Donald Trump warned of an immense economic bubble that is poised to burst and result in a severe economic recession.
Both assured those outcomes will occur sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, the available economic data suggests that the Trump prediction is most likely to take place.
The erosion of the American middle class is measurable.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American family is not participating in an economic expansion. Median household income has been outpaced by inflation during the entire Obama presidency. Their data shows inflation adjusted U.S. household income is down eight percent since 2007.
Meanwhile, according to the Federal Reserve, the combined household credit card, auto and student loan debt has reached an all-time high at $3.62 trillion. That does not count the nearly $8.4 trillion in outstanding home mortgages.
Clinton boasted the rate of U.S. unemployment has been cut in half since 2010. What she failed to mention is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) changed how that figure is calculated in 2010. Virtually all of the decrease in unemployment rate percentage since 2009 has resulted from reducing the workforce participation rate.
BLS figures show that the percentage of Americans who are participating in the U.S. labor force has fallen about three and one half percent since 2008. By BLS definition, millions of jobless people have been removed from the labor force. Applying the old measurement standards, U.S. unemployment is likely between 15 and 20 percent.
Family participation in home ownership is at a 50-year low, despite sharply increased home values. This has occurred even though home mortgage interest rates are near historic lows.
Huge investment firms have used those low interest rates to purchase tens of thousands of homes, driving family housing values artificially higher. If mortgage interest rates were closer to their historic rates of between six and seven percent, current median home values would have to fall at least 30 percent in order to enable an average family to participate.
The U.S. stock markets are near record highs while the American stock ownership participation rate is at an all-time low. Many large investment firms are using low-interest loans to make highly leveraged stock purchases. These high-margin debt transactions have driven the price-to-earnings ratios of stocks to near historic highs.
Federal Reserve fiscal policy appears to be the primary driver of escalating housing and stock prices. Large investment firms are able to access enormous quantities of low-cost cash to make huge leveraged investments.
Over the past several years, about 60 percent of all stock index price increases have occurred on the day the Fed announced discount interest rate policy. Most family and other small stock traders have no way to either anticipate or participate in these big-profit opportunities.
According to the Deloitte University Press, Americans older than 50 years of age own at least 83 percent of privately held U.S. wealth. They own most of the businesses that create the majority of private sector jobs and they pay the preponderance of the national tax burden.
Much of their accumulated wealth will be sequestered in savings and secure investments during the next 20 years. This reality will likely slow long-term economic growth because their money will no longer be invested in higher risk, job-creating business growth companies.
Meanwhile, the United States has fallen to 12th among developed nations in terms of business start-up activity. The creation of new U.S. businesses is currently at a 40-year low. In fact, business “deaths” have surpassed business “births” in this country during the entire Obama administration.
The U.S. sovereign debt now exceeds $19 trillion. That liability has nearly doubled during the Obama administration. Worse, our nation is now financing about 70 percent of its own new debt.
The total federal government debt surpasses $200 trillion when unfunded future Social Security and Medicare liabilities are included along with the cost of a plethora of promised unfunded future entitlement benefits. That enormous sum represents more than $650,000 in debt for each man, woman and child currently living in the United States.
The devaluation of currency is history’s greatest confiscator of private wealth. Virtually every other nation in modern history that has accrued such phenomenal debt has eventually undergone hyperinflation. In my opinion, the U.S. dollar’s status as the international currency of choice is the only barrier preventing the wholesale devaluation of our currency. We all should take notice that several creditor nations have recently been quietly divesting themselves of U.S. bonds.
Most politicians find it politically inexpedient to publicly discuss these troubling realities. As a businessman, Mr. Trump appears to be the exception. We should appreciate his candor.
Senator Doug Whitsett is the Republican state senator representing Senate District 28 – Klamath Falls
Steve Richie, candidate for House District 5, was recently asked by “The Oregonian” to give his opinion on Measure 97, the gross receipts tax measure. Here is what he had to say:
Thank you for asking my opinion on Measure 97.
Reasons are numerous, but here are a few:
This is a tax increase that will dramatically grow state government, and there is no guarantee that the money will go toward education, health care or senior services.
Lithia Motors’ headquarters is located adjacent to my district, and they have already intimated that if this passes they will move out of state, taking their high-paying jobs and talent with them. Many of their employees live in my district. Ask the restaurants, furniture stores, home builders, grocery stores and wineries if a fortune 500 company leaving Southern Oregon is a good thing.
Furthermore, successful corporations are smart. They will pass the cost of this tax on to consumers, costing the average Oregonian hundreds more dollars a year in hidden taxes. Oregonians are taxed enough.
You close the budget shortfall by limiting the amount of increase in the state budget in future bienniums, not by actually “cutting” the budget. State government has been growing by double digits, nearly twice as fast as population and inflation combined. That is unsustainable. The 2015-2017 legislatively adopted all-funds budget is $69 billion, a 10 percent increase over the 2013-2015 biennium. If you grow that by 10 percent, you are at $75.9 billion. If instead you grow it at 8 percent, you are at $74.5 billion. That gives you $1.4 billion in savings – $1.3 billion for the shortfall, and $100 million for the Rainy Day Fund. You can’t tell me that state agencies can’t survive on an 8 percent increase. The General & Lottery Funds budget during that period grew at 13 percent! Oregon wages do not even come close to keeping pace with that.
Finally, it has been my experience that proponents will say this is the last tax increase they will need … it will fix everything. Then in a few years when one-party rule in Salem has further bloated state government, and squandered
hundreds of million more tax dollars on bridges that are never built, websites that never work, or unrealistic pension plans, they will come back for more.
Steven Richie, Candidate
Oregon District 5 State Representative
The reform candidate for Attorney General, Daniel Zene Crowe, spoke in Medford (9/1/2016) at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party at the Medford Public Library.
An engaging speaker, he covered a variety of topics — restoring the rule of law in Oregon, problems with one-party government, lack of southern Oregon representation in Oregon’s Portland-Salem oriented government, budgetary blunders and how to repair them, and the disappointing leadership of the current Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum.
“Today, ‘Justice’ in Ellen Rosenblum’s Oregon is no longer impartial, no longer blind to privilege and connection; but it is deaf … unless you are close enough to power to be heard, close enough to power to be owed a favor like Gov. Kitzhaber, close enough to power to be immune, close enough to power to be above the law.” ~ Daniel Crowe
Bill Currier, Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party spoke at this month’s Jackson County Republican Women’s Luncheon in Central Point.
He recognized the value of the Jackson County Republican Women and discussed the upcoming election and strategies needed to win in November.
Ensuring fair elections, transparency and open public records, protection of public employee whistleblowers and detailed audits of state agencies requires an objective leader committed to representing all Oregonians, regardless of party. By law, the Secretary of State’s responsibilities are narrowly focused, and exist to help effectively manage state government in a non-partisan manner.
In this campaign, my only focus is on issues that relate directly to the job.
As our next Secretary of State, I’m letting Oregonians know that my personal beliefs are just that…personal. In this race, voters can count on the fact that I will not seek endorsements or campaign contributions from organizations that can be perceived as partisan.
We all deserve accountability, transparency, and integrity in state government. And it starts by ensuring our Secretary of State’s office serves everyone equally and fairly.
Do you feel that our political system is broken? Have you ever wondered what the “system” is all about when a person runs for a political office? Well I am Alan DeBoer running to represent you in Salem as the senator from District 5 (South and West of Medford) and I would like to share with you my experiences so far.
People ask me, Alan why do you want to be a State senator? My answer comes easy. My lifelong learning has been achieved by working and getting real life education and this will be the same. I want to be a voice in fixing the system, while watching expenses and being fiscally conservative. What this means is not hiring professionals to tell me what to do, instead roll up my sleeves, dive in the system and see just how it works. Shortly after announcing my candidacy I was immediately bombarded by companies from all over the nation that wanted to provide services on how to win the campaign, including the dreaded robo calls. Next came the questionnaires (the current count is 19), each questionnaire is from an organized group, some asking yes or no questions to see if I will be in allegiance to their organization. I have refused to answer, as the questions are certainly leading and asking for support of their political agenda. Instead I called and talked to their paid staff about my concerns and asking for meetings to talk about their concerns. Clarity and communication are vital to understanding how to make decisions for our State. Unfortunately the conversation with one organization after another turned to if you don’t fill out our survey we can’t send you a donation. I replied that I am only accepting contributions from people that live or own property within the District, there was silence as if no one has ever refused their money.
Naturally I would love donations, but how can I help fix the “system” if I wrote yes to all the questions they wanted to hear yes to, and no to all the questions they wanted to hear no to, just to get money.
If we are going to create a change it will take us working together as you too have the power to help fix the “system”. First don’t be swayed by marketing or polls, talk to neighbors and someone that knows the candidate, look at who they are and what their background is. Find out if they have the knowledge and ability to work well with others, and make common sense decisions. Look to see if they have the integrity and experience for spending your money wisely while at the same time actually make your life easier? I welcome your input, Alan DeBoer firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-944-1600, as my desire to fix the “system” can’t be accomplished by myself. I look forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to see if I can make a difference in Salem for the future of our State.
Alan De Boer
Donald Trump was not among my choices early in the primary season. My first choice was Rand Paul for philosophical and Constitutional reasons though I knew he had no chance and he dropped out. I was then drawn to a succession of governors, senators, and even a female CEO while they fragmented the Republican faithful, but in the end Donald Trump drew a core of ordinary working citizens who saw and felt the failures of recent American policy. Some of the others knew of these failures in more sophisticated detail, but were not able to communicate their understanding to as many people as forcefully.
So, from seventeen my choices have been reduced to two.
Hillary Clinton has infinitely more experience at the highest levels of government.
Unfortunately, she has used that experience to line her family’s pockets with unseemly large speaking fees and donations to her foundation from ambitious people around the world seeking favorable access to these levels.
While I form that judgement only from what I read, I have first-hand knowledge that any other government employee or contractor treating US Government classified information (“Secrets”) with a fraction of the cavalier carelessness she exhibited would at least have been denied further access to such material, and probably prosecuted. Furthermore, I can only conclude that she gave higher priority to protecting the secrecy of her business dealings than to protecting national security, and to the requirements for preserving official records.
Beyond these non-policy objections, I have every reason to expect that Clinton will further advance Obama’s march to fully government-managed medical care for all of us. (I happen to believe that a simple, small-scale government-run health system for those few unfortunates who are truly unable to manage their own affairs is a good idea, but that’s another story). She and her party show strong evidence of wishing to involve the federal government in the most personal and local aspects of life, thereby politicizing them. She is likely to appoint federal judges with the same anti-liberty, anti-Constitutional pre-disposition. She, along with Obama, has also shown little ability to forge relationships with foreign powers advantageous to the US or exert control over, or even understanding of, hostile non-state entities.
I find her unfit to lead the federal government, much less America.
That leaves us with the other choice, Donald Trump. (Sorry, Gary Johnson, you just aren’t quite ready for the major leagues even though you show evidence of some good principles).
Donald Trump’s experience with government is in shepherding development projects through local approval channels. He is a creator of wealth having organized and built numerous complex structures and sold them to people who find them valuable enough to pay for them with their own money; while as near as I can tell, Clinton has never created anything and her management of the State Department does not survive close scrutiny.
What Trump does bring is a refreshing sense of patriotism, respect for the thousands of workers he has employed, and an apparent ability to discover and develop outstanding people to realize his vast projects. Based on his rhetoric I expect that he will approach international relations with less of an attitude of apology for America’s imagined sins and more appreciation of our positive contributions to the advance of liberty.
I appreciate his seemingly genuine spontaneous reactions to the recent assaults on civilized people here and abroad. His off-the-cuff ideas for response may yield in detail to informed staff assessment, but they are better than the detached professorial ruminations vaguely blaming America, and never Islam, to which we have been subjected for eight years from the first post-American president and from a Secretary of State focused on six-figure speaking fees from foreign interests.
It will be a relief to hear a president express concern for all Americans instead of the litany of identity group grievances that forms the basis of Democrat rhetoric. In this regard, I would hope that our minorities would reflect upon the state of race relations after two terms of our first black but Democrat president.
Trump is illuminating the faults inherent in the evolution of multi-culturalism into an elite internationalist vision of global economic and social perfection to the detriment of the lives and liberty of ordinary Americans. There is something real and valuable in the kinship people feel for their countrymen and their home. In the US this is, at its best, expressed in terms of our ideals rather than ethnicity. High-level elites may transcend this through wealth and mobility, but most people can’t. The trick will be to adapt to the irresistible forces of natural globalization while protecting our citizens from unnecessary burdens. I’m guessing, but I expect Trump to emphasize simple bi-lateral trade treaties visible to the Senate based on evident mutual advantage over the complex internationalist multilateral deals we see now with their enforcement mechanisms superior to US law.
The Democrat Party and Mrs. Clinton seem to have little concern for ordinary working people based on their obvious intention to allow legions of poor un-educated immigrants, make them dependent on government largesse, and get them to vote as early and often as possible. Their numbers hold down low-skill entry-level wages which the Democrats try to hide by imposing a minimum wage unsupported by value.
As I see it, Trump’s weakest quality is his seemingly naïve belief in the power of the president to make major changes in areas like foreign trade rules and other matters that are embedded in law. His skills and emphasis on outstanding performance will run afoul of Civil Service protection of incompetents. He will probably be frustrated if he doesn’t quickly learn how to convince Congress of his policy ideas, some of which are simplistic while containing a core of positive value. His success will depend on recruiting a team of skilled executives that he can guide with his patriotic principles. His Vice-President choice is a good start.
John Ames, July 2016
Once again, Oregonians are being misled by talking points and statistical manipulations to justify a political agenda.
It’s a shame, because it seems like every news story is about backdoor deals to silence public records requests, email scandals and ballot title tinkering. It’s no wonder Oregonians are leaving the party system and having less and less confidence in their government telling them the truth.
The latest proposal is Initiative Petition 28. Make no mistake, this is the most regressive form of a sales tax we’ve ever seen — one that doesn’t exempt food or medicine — hidden as a tax on “big corporations.”
If you can’t get past that sentence because you believe corporate America is greedy, manipulative and selfish, I challenge you to leaf through the headlines right now and see how many of those themes belong to our own state government leadership.
The proposal calls for a 2.5 percent tax on the gross sales of corporations. There is no magic pile of money this will target. The tax will be passed through to the cost of products and services to every Oregonian who eats, sleeps or drives.
On Dec. 8, the Oregon Center for Public Policy distributed an email citing a study claiming that Oregon has the lowest business taxes in the country. Of course, if you follow the footnotes you’ll find enough caveats and exclusions to make a late-night infomercial jealous. If you’re wonky enough to read the study itself, you’ll find a disclaimer that Oregon’s ranking is due to its lack of a sales tax, accounting for 21 percent of state and local business taxes nationwide. Calling it an apples-to-apples comparison with the 45 states that do have a sales tax just isn’t honest.
I recently posted a story to my Facebook page and was astonished by a comment made by a young activist who identified herself as a paid signature gatherer for the petition. She said, “Walmart can afford to pay more than $150 a year. So can Nike, Intel, etc.” The $150 refers to an Oregon minimum corporate tax that most certainly doesn’t apply to Walmart, Nike and Intel. It also doesn’t take into account payroll taxes, property taxes, TriMet taxes, local government taxes, excise taxes and fees for licensing everything from motor vehicles to professional cosmetologists.
How someone could leave unchallenged the claim that big corporations pay only $150 per year baffles me. But I hear it every day.
President Reagan once famously quoted a Russian proverb that translates to “Trust but verify.” As Oregonians, we all need to commit to putting forth that effort. The stakes are simply too high to blindly parrot claims that should otherwise arouse suspicion — regardless of which side you’re on. The only way to combat misleading information is to challenge it and refuse to trust or support those promoting it.
Oregon’s PERS liability is a good example of how previous decisions affect future generations. The consequences of this corporate tax will be no different. Oregon’s future is at stake.
•Jeff Gudman is a Lake Oswego city councilor and Republican candidate for Oregon’s state treasurer.
We’re pleased to bring to you Bill Whittle’s keynote speech at the 2016 Jackson County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, as well as video of his “Smashing GOP Stereotypes” talk with Southern Oregon youth. Generous support of JCRP enabled us to host Bill Whittle for three events. Over 40 people between the ages of 17 and 25 attended Mr. Whittle’s Youth Event.
Click to enlarge photos; JCRP Vice -Chair Nick Card presents JCRP Delegate Mary Johnson award for outstanding service; Jan Esquivel proudly bids at live auction; Dylan Moncus (left) and Matthew Mendenhall (right) hang with Bill Whittle
Special thanks to Ethan Hill and Light Symphony Productions for video production.