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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Looking at ObamaCare, Five Years On

Cascade Policy Institute | March 27, 2015
By Sally C. Pipes ObamaCare turned five years old March 23. But don’t break out the cake and candles. There’s not much to celebrate. When he signed his signature piece ...  read more

Oregon Seniors Deserve Truth in Medicare Reform

Steve Buckstein | March 26, 2015
By Steve Buckstein and Patrick M. Gleason If Congress doesn’t act by the end of this month, when payment cuts to Medicare providers are scheduled to hit, there will be ...  read more

Human Achievement Hour 2015

Steve Buckstein | March 25, 2015
This Saturday you’ll have the opportunity to vote with your light switches. Either turn your lights off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time to “show your commitment to ...  read more

Mandating Common Core, High-Stakes Testing Drives Oregon Further into the “Bureaucratic Trap of Good Intentions”

Steve Buckstein | March 19, 2015
The Oregon Department of Education currently requires Oregon school districts to align instruction and assessments with the Common Core State Standards. A bill now before the state legislature, HB 2835, ...  read more

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

John Charles | March 18, 2015
During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed ...  read more

Should Science Fairs be Compulsory?

Steve Buckstein | March 19, 2015
The Oregon Legislature is currently considering a bill that would lower the compulsory schooling age from seven down to five or six. I testified against it in the Senate Education Committee recently, and you can read my formal testimony here. During the question period I ...  read more

Gasoline and Greed

Guest | February 20, 2015
By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I filled my tank for $3.32 ...  read more

A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

Steve Buckstein | February 18, 2015
Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to students in grades three through eight and high ...  read more
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