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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Low-Income Scholarship Recipients “Highly Successful” in High School and Beyond

Kathryn Hickok | April 22, 2015
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice just released an exploratory study examining the graduates of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore. CSF Baltimore is a privately funded scholarship program helping low-income ...  read more

Alternative Paths to College Education: First Learn a Job

Bill Conerly | April 20, 2015
By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. The old advice about college isn’t working anymore. College graduates (as well as “quituates”) face poor job prospects in many cases, as well as high ...  read more

Make Medical Providers Compete on Price as Well as Quality

Cascade Policy Institute | April 17, 2015
By Roger Stark, MD, FACS The method doctors and hospitals are paid for their work is undergoing gradual but relentless change. Providers traditionally have been compensated on a fee-for-service basis, ...  read more

America’s 2015 Tax Bill? It’s 31% of the Work Year

Kathryn Hickok | April 15, 2015
Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 24, six days later than it was two years ago. Tax Freedom Day is a calendar-based measure of Americans’ cumulative tax bill. ...  read more

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Debate: Disadvantaged Youth Are Crucial Issue

Bill Conerly | April 13, 2015
The Oregon legislature is considering raising the minimum wage over the next few years from $9.25 per hour to as much as $15. What the minimum wage means for disadvantaged ...  read more

Are Taxes Really the Price We Pay for Civilization? No.

Steve Buckstein | April 15, 2015
Twenty-four years ago, economist Mark Skousen penned a powerful little essay, “Persuasion Versus Force,” that might just change how we look at taxation forever. One early paragraph makes the central point: “Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “‘Taxation is the price we pay ...  read more

Freedom in Fiction: The Taxman Cometh

Steve Buckstein | April 10, 2015
As April 15 approaches, here is a reprint of our “Freedom in Fiction” review of a side-splitting satire on the IRS. Enjoy! Who would have thought the IRS could be this funny? Award-winning television reporter Marvin Kalb compares Oregon author Jim Greenfield’s new novel, The ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Gettysburg (1993)

Kathryn Hickok | April 9, 2015
April 9, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House. The battle resulted in General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia and signaled the end of the Civil War. In memory of this event, a turning point in ...  read more
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