Archive for 'The Issues'

Farewell to Privacy

I was coming home through the San Jose Airport last week after some business meetings in Santa Clara and had the misfortune of experiencing a full body scan for the first time.  I didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late.  I was ordered to stand with my legs apart and my arms raised over my head […]

Health Care is still the issue

We asked Mr. Blumenauer about his and Mr. Obama’s health care bill, in person, when he was out at Bumpers a little while back.  He told us that we wouldn’t even know what is in the bill for another four years, but we can count on rising costs, loss of personal privacy, and loss of individual liberty through government mandates.  Most […]

Enterprise drives job creation. Period.

An exerpt from the Oregonian Voter’s Guide:  What can we do to get this country working again? Enterprise drives wealth and job creation. We need a national competition strategy that makes America the boldest enterprise zone in the world, lowers the cost of doing business today, and seeks to attract and keep businesses (and manufacturing) […]

Some of the big issues

Here are some thoughts on some of the big issues facing us.  We are where we are.  We can thank both the Republicans and the Democrats for the mess that we are in.  Let’s chart a better course. Let’s be principled and pragmatic and inclusive.   Let’s be fiscally responsible and socially tolerant.  America needs third […]

Jeff’s Vision in Oregonian Voters Guide

I set out a vision for prosperity in the Oregonian Voters Guide.  We need a real American work out and a real competition strategy.  We need to make America the boldest enterprise zone in the world.  Compare my vision with Earl’s, side by side.  Then you decide who has the vision, passion, and results oriented […]

Face the Future: Education

Education is an important topic for all of us.  I have five children, three in college.  My kids have always attended local public schools in the Reynolds School District (Troutdale Elementary, Walt Morey Middle Schoold, Reynolds High School), the only exception being two years of public school in Maihama, Japan, just outside of Tokyo.    (We know what its […]

Half a Measure 74

It is the progressives who originally brought us prohibition, and it is the progressives who keep it in place.  As a policy, prohibition has failed miserably and created an organized army on our border (strike 1). Progressives have also done their best to eliminate the consequences for our choices, effectively socializing individual consequences, and effectively sanctioning organized crime (strike 2). […]

America Speaks . . . sort of

On June 26, 2010, I participated in America Speaks, promoted as an event where “thousands of Americans across the country will participate in an unprecedented National Town Meeting on our budget and economy.  The National Town Meeting will include thousands of people in different locations all across the country connected live via satellite video, webcast […]

Independence from Special Interests: Campaign Finance

One issue important to independent voters is finding ways to empower ordinary citizens more, and lessen the influence of special interests in, elections.   Independence from special interests is a worthy goal.  How to obtain it is the question.  Before making any specific suggestions, let me share some personal experiences.  I’m not a politician and I’m not from […]

MHCC Queer Straight Alliance Diversity Week

Mt. Hood Community College Queer Straight Alliance hosted a diversity discussion at the College Center on Wednesday May 26.  I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion of gay issues, including marriage and military service.  The panel discussion was a lot of fun, and I want to thank MHCC QSA for inviting me to participate (thanks […]

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