Progress Requires Freedom

Those who subscribe to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets call themselves by many names, including conservative, liberal and libertarian. Cascade combines an appreciation for private enterprise and the market process with a respect for civil liberties. In short, we believe that human happiness, prosperity and social harmony require a limited government that upholds property rights and leaves individuals free to pursue their dreams.

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Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

John Charles | October 7, 2015
Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but ...  read more

Scaling Down: The Power of One

Kathryn Hickok | September 30, 2015
Is it truly possibly for one person to make a positive difference in education in America? Darla Romfo has a good answer to this question. She is president of the ...  read more

TeachersPayTeachers Creates Learning Entrepreneurs

Steve Buckstein | September 25, 2015
The debate over the sharing economy often revolves around the well-known players such as the room rental company Airbnb and the ridesharing company Uber. These firms have harnessed the liberating ...  read more

Mysteries of Tilikum Crossing

John Charles | September 24, 2015
Portland’s newest bridge over the Willamette River, Tilikum Crossing, has a few puzzling design features. Apparently, a barrier down the middle of the bridge means that a stalled light rail ...  read more

The Minimum Wage Conversation Never Ends

Steve Buckstein | September 23, 2015
Oregon and some other states mandate that their minimum wage increase every year with the Consumer Price Index. Based on that formula, last Wednesday it was announced that Oregon’s minimum ...  read more

Number of People in Extreme Poverty Drops to Record Low

Steve Buckstein | October 6, 2015
Malthus must be turning over in his grave after the World Bank announced this week that the percentage of the world’s 7.3-billion-plus people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall to a record low this year of under 10 percent. Using an updated international ...  read more

“Our System Is Set up to Fail”

Steve Buckstein | September 16, 2015
“Our system is set up to fail.” That’s not me talking, it’s then-Governor John Kitzhaber in a 2002 entry to his private journal, released as part of a public records request for his email correspondence. The full paragraph reads: “Our system is set up to ...  read more

The Everyday Heroes of 9/11, Remembered

Kathryn Hickok | September 10, 2015
“The greatest thing I ever did with my life.” The largest sea evacuation in history took place on September 11, 2001, when nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat in less than nine hours. By comparison, during World War II, the evacuation after ...  read more
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