The largest sea evacuation in history took place on September 11, 2001, when nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat in less than nine hours. By comparison, during World War II, the evacuation after the Battle of Dunkirk saved 339,000 British and French soldiers over the course of nine days.
Many of the rescue boats were private watercraft whose owners volunteered to ferry thousands to safety.
“No training, just people doing what they had to do that day,” said a man who worked on one of the boats.
“Average people, they stepped up when they needed to,” said another.
The Executive Club and Cascade Policy Institute were pleased to welcome David Nott, president of Reason Foundation, at the Executive Club’s September 2, 2015 dinner event. Introduction by Cascade founder Steve Buckstein.
David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The foundation also publishes the award-winning and critically acclaimed national magazine, Reason. Reason Foundation hosts the annual Reason Media Awards featuring the Bastiat Prize. David created Reason.tv and the Drew Carey Project to produce and distribute internet video journalism, whose home page has reached over 200 million hits since its launch as well as the Reason.com news, which receives over 3 million hits a month. He is executive producer of the Reason Foundation 2013 film, “America’s Longest War: A Film About Drug Prohibition.”
David is an engineer by training. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with Distinction, in economics and engineering, from Stanford University. He has three children and resides in El Segundo.
Cascade Policy Institute presents Professor Mark Skousen, named “one of the top 20 most influential living economists,” as he reveals “What Hidden Forces Lead to Economic Growth and a Higher Standard of Living?” and “Why are some countries rich and others poor?”
Cascade welcomed transportation expert Adrian Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Policy for Reason Foundation, at a special event at Multnomah Athletic Club on April 29, 2015. Adrian gave a lively, informative, and interactive presentation on a variety of transportation innovations and road financing options. The discussion ranged from topics such as driverless cars to wireless transponders. If you missed the event, you can watch it here. We hope to see you at Cascade’s next event!
On February 26, 2015 at a co-sponsored event presented by Cascade Policy Institute and Washington Policy Center, Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, spoke before a packed house at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR.
After the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), critics noticed that subsidies for health insurance purchases would be available only through “an Exchange established by the State,” such as the ill-fated Cover Oregon. The IRS actively ignored this part of the law and offered subsidies to those using the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, as well. Four legal challenges were filed to stop those illegal subsidies – and the illegal taxes they trigger. One of those challenges, King v. Burwell, goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 2015 with a ruling expected by June 2015.
Michael F. Cannon is considered “ObamaCare’s single most relentless antagonist” and an “intellectual father” of the legal strategy that would expose how ObamaCare doesn’t work simply by requiring the Obama administration to follow the letter of the law. He will speak in Portland just six days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King v. Burwell. “The man who could bring down ObamaCare” will discuss the case, what it means for Oregonians and Washingtonians, and how Congress should reform health care after ObamaCare.
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 a number of presenters that spoke on the the future of America’s transportation infrastructure.
Charles’s presentation can be seen at 1 hour and 14 minute (1:14) mark of the video shown below.
In December 2013, Cascade President and CEO John A. Charles spoke to the Clackamas County Americans for Prosperity group about the dangers of the Metro regional government and their planning decisions.
During January’s Tigard Initiative Public Forum, John Charles debated a Tigard City Counselor on the merits of the Tigard ballot measure that would place restraints on the Tigard City Council regarding the Southwest Corridor Plan.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s labor expert Vincent Vernuccio came to Portland in September to discuss how Michigan secured the freedom for employees to choose whether or not they want to pay for union representation. Here is his talk before the Executive Club on September 4th:
Couldn’t make it to our Legislative Leadership Forum Series in Salem? Watch the video recaps here!
Columbia River Crossing Legislative Leadership Forum
Cascade President and CEO John A. Charles, Jr. was joined by the founding Publisher and Editor of Willamette Week, Ron Buel, for a discussion of the I-5 Interstate Bridge Replacement project and its proposed funding mechanism, HB 2800.
Ron Buel wrote a book on transportation published by Prentice-Hall and wrote extensively on transportation as a staff reporter and bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. Ron was the founding Editor and Publisher of Willamette Week and spent 13 years at Nike, where he was Director of Business and Strategic Planning.
Reclaiming the Moral High Ground: Ending the Legislative Addiction to Booze, Drugs, and Gambling Legislative Leadership Forum
John Charles led a discussion on how much money the Oregon legislature brings in from sin taxes and the lottery, where it goes, the moral hazard problem, and how to fix it.
Oregon’s 3% Public Purpose Charge on Ratepayers: The Tax that Refuses to DieLegislative Leadership Forum
John Charles will lead a conversation on Oregon’s 3% public purpose surcharge. In 1999 the legislature authorized a 10-year tax of 3% on the ratepayers of Oregon’s investor-owned electric utilities, to begin in 2002. It should have expired last year. Yet, it has been extended to 2026, and the 3% has increased to 6% for some customers. This presentation included how this happened, where the money goes, and what the legislature should do about it.