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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Green Data Center Bill Is Just More “Greenwashing”

Cascade Policy Institute | April 23, 2014
By William Newell In February, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4126. This bill would allow utilities to purchase renewable energy certificates, or RECs, to meet Oregon’s renewable portfolio standards, ...  read more

Do You Know Taxes Take 30% of Your Year?

Kathryn Hickok | April 16, 2014
If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, by April 21 Americans would have worked long enough to pay this ...  read more

Elliott State Forest Management Puts Small Birds over Small Kids

John Charles | April 15, 2014
By John A. Charles, Jr. Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which ...  read more

Time to Stop Throwing Money down the WES Sinkhole

John Charles | April 11, 2014
In its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, TriMet forecasts the purchase of two additional vehicles for the Wilsonville-to-Beaverton commuter rail line known as WES. The total cost will be $8.5 ...  read more

Are Small Birds More Important than Small Kids?

John Charles | April 9, 2014
Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an ...  read more

The Portland Taxi Cartel’s Worst Nightmare

William Newell | April 9, 2014
Have you ever taken a taxicab to the airport because you thought it would be cheaper than paying for parking? Well, I thought the plan was golden until I learned a taxi costs $55 dollars to get from my apartment in SW Portland to PDX. ...  read more

Tonie Nathan, R.I.P.

Steve Buckstein | March 21, 2014
Oregon’s own Theodora “Tonie” Nathan, the first woman to ever win an Electoral College vote for Vice President of the United States, died yesterday in Eugene at age 91. I first met Tonie at a meeting in Portland shortly after she won the VP nomination ...  read more

Can You Lie About a Politician…

Steve Buckstein | March 14, 2014
…Without Breaking the Law? We all know that lying is bad. But should it be illegal? That’s the crux of a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is an Ohio elections law that makes it a crime to “disseminate a false statement ...  read more
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