Month: August 2005

Not with my money

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Imagine your door bell ringing at dinner time. It’s a politician asking for your vote. After some discussion, you realize she doesn’t share your views, so you tell her she won’t be getting your vote, or your campaign contribution.

Imagine your surprise when she says she’s already got your contribution thanks to a campaign finance law recently passed by (more…)

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Oregonians Are Losers

QuickPoint!

Willamette Week recently touted Oregon’s congressional delegation as “winners” for bringing home $2.7 billion of federal bacon for road and transportation projects. Unfortunately, Oregon’s federal taxpayers are perennial losers. If you were robbed, and later recovered a few of your possessions, would you consider yourself a winner?

The federal government continually squanders resources on (more…)

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In Defense of Wal-Mart

QuickPoint!

Recently, there has been a lot of debate around Wal-Mart’s plans to open stores in Milwaukie, Gresham and Cedar Mill. Many are worried that a Wal-Mart would hurt the local economy, and are attempting to block the company’s plans. However, this does a disservice to the communities.

As a recent New York Times article points out, instead of (more…)

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Subsidized Science

QuickPoint!

This week US Senate Majority leader Bill Frist took a position in favor of further federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Some observers felt morally betrayed, while others hailed it as a step toward scientific progress. However, the issue that has been lost in the discussion is whether the federal government should be subsidizing such research in the first place.

Contrary to popular belief, stem cell research is not (more…)

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