Category Archives: Economy

Killing The USSR

Forget nukes. Forget tanks. None of that mattered. It was an unscheduled stop at a Randall’s Grocery store in Houston that blew Boris Yeltsin’s mind. It was September 16, 1989 and Yeltsin, then newly elected to the new Soviet parliament … Continue reading

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The Oregon Lottery: It Does (Not Good) Things

John Oliver really nailed state-sponsored lotteries last night, and some of his harshest commentary was directed squarely at Oregon Lottery – which, as he notes, uses the universal symbol for lying as its logo. Some 80% of Oregon lottery money … Continue reading

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Socialists In Seattle: Lessons In Hypocrisy

Their “Freedom Socialist Party”, not satisfied with the recent mandate in the city of a $15 per hour minimum wage, is pushing for a $20 per hour minimum for all of the burger-flippers in the city. And they’re hiring! They’ve … Continue reading

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“Sweeping” Port of Astoria

What, did somebody get a deal on push-brooms? There’s a move afoot to remove Port of Astoria commissioners from the vagaries of elected office¬†and move them instead into the arena of Democrat political cronyism. Oh, and just to be sure … Continue reading

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The Pacific Graveyard

The Columbia River bar, where the river runs into the Pacific Ocean, is notoriously savage, yet it’s of huge economic importance. Grain, apples, and other commodities from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are exported; Toyotas and other cars make landfall over … Continue reading

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From Astoria To Portland, Worth A Look

The world’s largest heavy-lift ship, the Blue Marlin, will be arriving on the Columbia River this weekend. Shown here hauling two minesweepers off the coast of Texas, it’s carrying components for what will be the largest drydock in the USA, … Continue reading

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People Were Warned

This is going to come as a shock to the $15 an hour minimum wage crowd, but the fact of the matter is that businesses exist to make money, not to provide jobs. When jobs are created, it’s because they’re … Continue reading

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Let The Bed-Wetting Resume

The 9th U.S. Circus Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a case challenging the U.S. Coast Guard’s approval of LNG shipping on the Columbia River, marking the second time in two weeks that Clatsop County preservationists fighting a proposed LNG … Continue reading

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More’s Not Necessarily Better

Environmeddlists have for years subscribed to the idea that more is better. It’s a stupid concept: if two aspirin’s good, twelve must be better, right? Wrong – that dose will kill you. The same applies to forest management: a hundred … Continue reading

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Oregon: Campaign Ads Resume

Opponents of a ballot measure that would overturn legislation intended to allow illegal aliens to hold “driver cards” are kicking off their campaign with ads featuring illegals describing how much nicer their lives would be if they could just get … Continue reading

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