Author Archives: Steve Buckstein

About Steve Buckstein

Senior Policy Analyst and founder.

Number of People in Extreme Poverty Drops to Record Low

Malthus must be turning over in his grave after the World Bank announced this week that the percentage of the world’s 7.3-billion-plus people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall to a record low this year of under 10 … Continue reading

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“Our System Is Set up to Fail”

“Our system is set up to fail.” That’s not me talking, it’s then-Governor John Kitzhaber in a 2002 entry to his private journal, released as part of a public records request for his email correspondence. The full paragraph reads: “Our … Continue reading

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Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in 1989. They became … Continue reading

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Could We Really Be Driving on Platinum Streets?

While politicians may be forgiven for stretching facts when it comes to making their points, they shouldn’t totally ignore economic reality. That’s what seemed to happen on July 6, the last day of the Oregon 2015 legislative session, when a … Continue reading

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Oregon Right to Try Bill Passes Both Houses

Oregon’s Right to Try bill (HB 2300 B), passed 29-0 in the Senate last night, was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by 60-0 this afternoon. It now goes to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for her signature. It … Continue reading

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Coming to America: Hang onto a Dream

America is the only country in the world founded on ideas—not on race, not on culture, not on language, but on the ideas of human liberty and freedom. These ideas, as our founders noted, are universal, but they have been … Continue reading

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Federal Education Carrots Turn into Sticks

The debate over Common Core educational standards and the new Smarter Balanced high-stakes tests is heating up in the state capitol. The carrot of better educational outcomes is being overshadowed by the stick of losing lots of federal cash. Critics … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fiction: The Taxman Cometh

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 … Continue reading

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Should Science Fairs be Compulsory?

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. … Continue reading

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