April 15, 2016

I read today in the Portland Tribune about a recent Federal audit of Oregon's Medicaid program, known as the Oregon Health Plan detailing at least 10 million dollars in waste. While this is likely the tip of the iceberg, it doesn't make any determinations into the inefficiencies that Oregon's bloated state bureaucracy is famous for, ala the 305 Million dollar Cover Oregon boondoggle. It does however reveal the crony capitalism that is built into these type of top down, government programs. The story talks about how some CCO's are making big profits, which wasn't supposed to be the case when they sold this turkey to the legislature. It is however typical of the special backroom deals that get cut where government creates winners and losers dependi...

April 6, 2016

Senator Doug Whitsett's latest newsletter exposes more scandalous behavior of the Oregon Department of Energy as he points out the discovery that they are diverting fees collected from energy suppliers to other uses, which may not be legal. Adding insult to injury, the DOE has increased these fees by 72% over the last two years! It's time for some serious reform and more people need to get fired!

April 4, 2016

This story about some states reinstating work requirements for able bodied adults without dependents and watching the numbers of recipients drop by as much as 80% begs the question as to what would happen if Oregon did the same? Oregon has broken records for food stamp enrollment by spending millions advertising for able bodied adults with no dependents (college students and elderly) to go on food stamps. With the likelihood of a massive budget shortfall (3 billion dollars or more) in the next two year state budget why should the Oregon taxpayer continue to subsidize those who can get a job or are working under the table for cash? Just askin...

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