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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Conservation Is Not Always the Best Option

John Charles | September 25, 2014
The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request by the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) to allow the Trust to spend ratepayer dollars on certain energy efficiency measures ...  read more

No Death Panels Here―Yet

Steve Buckstein | September 24, 2014
ObamaCare mastermind Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel recently published an Atlantic magazine essay explaining why he hopes to die at age 75, which for him is eighteen years away. He won’t kill ...  read more

Testimony on Measure 86 to Portland Community College Board

Steve Buckstein | September 23, 2014
The following testimony was presented to the Portland Community College Board at their meeting on September 18, 2014.  The Board then voted 5 to 2 in favor of a Resolution ...  read more

Cascade Policy Institute Encourages a ‘No’ Vote on Measure 86

Steve Buckstein | September 18, 2014
The Board of Directors for the Cascade Policy Institute recently voted to oppose Measure 86, known as the Oregon Opportunity Initiative, on November’s ballot. Measure 86 would require the creation ...  read more

Cascade Policy Institute Gives Support to Measure 91

John Charles | September 18, 2014
Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors recently voted to support the latest marijuana legalization initiative, Measure 91, which will be on Oregon’s November ballot. While Cascade has always supported the ...  read more

Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Teen Workers They Are Supposed to Help

Guest | September 17, 2014
By Parrish Miller In a recent article, economist Thomas Sowell points out a curious occurrence in which the San Francisco Chronicle—normally an ardent supporter of minimum wage increases—published a sympathetic front-page story lamenting the plight of a local nonprofit organization whose mission would be compromised by a ...  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
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