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.

Recent Publications +

Forum on the Future of America’s Transportation Infrastructure

John Charles | September 11, 2014
Cascade president and CEO John Charles  presented on the demise of the highway trust fund at a Portland town forum on August 4, 2014. The forum, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, included ...  read more

The PUC Is Right: Some Conservation Projects No Longer Make Sense

John Charles | September 11, 2014
The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) is a nonprofit organization funded by taxes imposed on utility ratepayers. Most of the tax money is spent on subsidies for energy conservation programs. ...  read more

The Votes Are In: Small Scholarships Have a Big Impact

Kathryn Hickok | September 3, 2014
The Children’s Scholarship Fund is a nationally recognized, privately funded scholarship program which has helped more than 139,000 low-income children attend tuition-based elementary schools nationwide since 1998. The program recently ...  read more

Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

Steve Buckstein | August 27, 2014
Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s ...  read more

Will Parent Rebellion Spell Doom for Common Core?

Cascade Policy Institute | August 25, 2014
If one asked most people a couple years ago about the Common Core national education standards, the response would have been a blank stare. Now, Common Core is a front-burner ...  read more

Forty Years of Education Reform Failure

Steve Buckstein | September 16, 2014
Exactly when will the last forty years of national education reform efforts, coupled with the last twenty-three years of Oregon state education reform efforts, pay off? Given recent stagnant Oregon student test scores, with more than a third of students failing math, and the revelation ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Atlas Shrugged 3: Who is John Galt? (2014)

Steve Buckstein | September 5, 2014
The final part of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy, Who is John Galt?, opens in theaters across the country on Friday, September 12. Whether you read Ayn Rand’s monumental 1,000-plus page novel or saw the first two movies in 2011 and 2012, you won’t want ...  read more

A Simpler Approach to Fixing Health Care

Guest | September 2, 2014
By Paul Guppy With ObamaCare proving increasingly unworkable and unpopular, many people are urging officials to get the government out of running our health care by legalizing a simple and direct way for workers to pay their health care―allow families to open large HSAs in which they ...  read more
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