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Obama Cabinet

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equal1We’ve heard that the Obama presidency is considering adding one or two new cabinet positions.  The most visible discussion has been “Climate Tsar”.  This position is meant to stiffle industry and appease the enviornmental community.  Man can not impact the climate any more than he can change the sun setting in the west.

With the “speard the wealth” comments during the election, you’d think that president-elect Obama would create a new cabinet position called The Department of Equalization.  This will be his first step in fulfilling his vision of spreading the wealth around.  He can use the cabinet position to ensure that no person has a greater share of wealth than another.  It’s fair to assume that Obama believes that it is unjust that one person might own more than one business while others have none.  The Secretary of Equalization can oversee a whole new bureacracy of “big brothers” who can monitor what businesses can and can not do or how much they can make.

This sounds like change alright, change that I believe is the wrong direction and change that will dramatically restrict free trade and creative thinking and risk taking.

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November 24, 2008 at 4:48 am

Clinton Third Term?

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On the surface the Obama campaign was has been calling for change.  They were elected on “change”.  So far two weeks removed from the election, he is fulfilling his promise of change.  He is changing back to the Clinton appointments.  Sure they have a little more grey hair, but they are still cut from the same piece of cloth.

We need more than a Third Clinton Term, if Obama wants to fulfill his commitment of change, he needs to look beyond recycling old Clinton appointees.  Looking at this from a conservative perspective, I guess you can have a glass half full attitude.  It’s better the devil you know than the one you don’t know.

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November 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Minimum Wages

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There is talk among the democrats that we need to raise the minimum wage.  The reasons are beyond comprehension.  They are thinking of raising the wage to $8-$10/hour.  Why stop at $10 per hour?  Why not jut make it $20 so that all those minimum wage earners can indulge like the rest of us hard working people.   Raising the minimum wage can only get in the way of economic growth by:

  • Hurting job growth and possibly leading to increased unemployment
  • Hinders the wage earners self esteem by bringing to light they are at the bottom of the wage scale. 
  • Offers no incentive to move ahead

Of the nearly 480,000 American workers (2005) earning the minimum wage most are not classified as poor. Only one in five workers (20%) earning the federal minimum live in families below the poverty line. Another 60% only work part-time and their average household income is well over $40,000.

Minimum wage legislation is basically feel-good legislation. Giving poor people more money is GOOD, right? And many on the left would like you to believe that those making minimum wage are in fact poverty stricken.  Let the free market dictate the wage rates.  Upping the minimum wage above its current level is a bad idea.

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November 14, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Working Families

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How do you define working families?  If you believe the democratic party mouth pieces you are a working family only if:

  • You belong to a union
  • Vote Democratic
  • Have a household annual income that does not exceed $60,000

To me a working family can easily be defined to include a household whereby one or more of the members of the house are employed.  It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in, the cars you own, the amount of money you earn or where your kids go to school.  The democratic party wants you to believe that they are concerned about the welfare of the working family, what they don’t tell you is that if you earn more than $60K-$70K that you are part of the “rich” families. 

 I work full time, have no debt other than my home mortgage, my daughter goes to a private school and I earn greater than the $100,000 per year.  I resent the implication that I don’t work.  I work my tail off to provide for my family and am somehow not considered working.   Wake up Oregon let’s rally for change in the “right” direction.

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November 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Federal $$ for Oregon Projects

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Can’t we see that there isn’t enough money to do all of the pet projects that the democrats want?  The $700B+ bailout, a second stimulus package, socialized health care and now the citizens of Oregon are wanting their share of the pie.  I thought the proposed new I-5 bridge project was a joke to begin with and felt like with the financial challenges today, that the project would be delayed.  The city of Portland has a laundry list of pet project that are projected to cost nearly a billion dollars.  It doesn’t sound like much with all of the billions being thrown around in Washington D.C.

Our newly elected senator, Jeff Merkley was quoted as saying “That this sort of stimulus is the type that we need in America and we need it Oregon”.  Has he been drinking California water.  Why can’t we make due with what we have rather than always having our hands out for someone elses money.

Oregon, let’s take a deep breath and evaluate our “account” balance and wait until early next year before we go off spending other peoples money.

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November 7, 2008 at 3:23 am

Oregon Senate Race

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I wanted to start by telling you that you are not alone.  In my circle which is S.W. Portland middle-class, I am not hearing a lot of enthusiasm, but rather; we need a change.  Non one can articulate what change, but rather, just any change.  As I recall, the same thing happened with President’s Reagan and Clinton.  Near the end of the second term, the country (media) was getting restless. 

I certainly hope that the Smith / Merkley outcome is not tainted with controversy.  As a fiscal conservative, I had to plug my nose and vote for Gordon Smith.  Now with little money to “go around” I only hope that 2009 is not the runaway train of spending .  Regardless of the outcome in the Senate, us Oregonians need to move on in a spirit of collaboration and hold true to our convictions and core beliefs.

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November 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Oregon Election Results

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skip-image1I don’t know about you, but I was almost sick to my stomach over the election results.  I had a choice at that moment.  I could complain about the electorate or I could voice my opinion. I decided that my attitude is my choice and that I would not complain, but offer an insightful perspective on how government should impact our lives. 

This blog is the beginning of journey, where I hope some of my views, opinions and words can educate the citizens of Oregon and the United States to see that we are pointed in the wrong direction.   And to offer a direction that is more than just “hope” but rather an internal belief that America is the best place on earth to raise a family or start a business.

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November 6, 2008 at 1:09 am

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