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Bill Pitcher 
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Re: “'Student Success Act' on its way to Gov. Brown's Desk

If this is really about the size of classes in Oregon public schools, then Oregon's education administrators would be concerned about the effect of allowing undocumented immigrants into Oregon's public schools and colleges.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/16/2019 at 8:35 AM

Re: “End of the Roe

Choose ..., New York state. Or Massachusetts. Or California. Choose.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/15/2019 at 3:17 PM

Re: “This Modern World—week of April 25

You mad, bro? Shame. Don't despair. The House can impeach a ham sandwich for lying about mustard. Go for it.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/24/2019 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Has the National Media Been Obsessed with Russiagate? Maybe. Meanwhile, local news outlets press on

The regional and local news media should not be patting themselves on the back on its coverage of Russiagate.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/08/2019 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Rent Control

Unfortunately, tenants don't invest in real estate. And investors who do invest in real estate now fear they won't achieve their required rate of return given the risk of not realizing revenue in Oregon. So, no, supply won't outpace housing demand in Oregon for the foreseeable future.

If Oregon wants to increase housing supply, it should start by streamlining regulatory hurdles to building housing units. In Bend, for example, it currently takes two years to get a project approved. That increases investor overhead and reduces investment incentives. Next, reconsider the pace of Oregon's urban growth boundaries. Currently, Oregon's UGB scheme limits housing supply by limiting urban growth. That creates an "island" effect on real estate pricing not dissimilar to Manhattan.

So go ahead, Salem, regulate and wave your arms all you want to appease your liberal base. But, don't expect housing supply to increase or housing costs to decline before the next election.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/04/2019 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Source Suggests This Book

Remarkable. The US opted out of the Paris agreement and yet is the only major industrialized nation to reduce carbon emissions. Remarkable. China and India decline to participate in the Paris agreement because adherence thereto would cripple their economies. Remarkable. Scientists at a Melbourne university discover a cost-effective methodology to reduce carbon emissions and yet greens studiously ignore any discussion thereof.
Remarkable. Any reasoned examination of the Green New Deal's costs leads to the inescapable conclusion that the US couldn't possibly afford it and it would require citizens to give up control of their lives, economically and otherwise to satisfy an unproven, uneconomic theory that's highly unlikely to materially and positively affect us during our lifetimes. Remarkable. And yet America's left keeps advocating the US handicap its citizens so that the two biggest polluters in the world can continue to do nothing.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/03/2019 at 2:43 PM

Re: “This Modern World

Medicare-for-all cost estimates exceed $32T over ten years. Total federal tax revenue for 2019 is estimated at $3.4T. Medicare-for-all thus would double taxes. Since not all citizens pay federal income taxes, it will become necessary to expand the tax base to include nearly everyone who does not pay federal income tax now. Effectively, those who are younger, healthier and who can least afford Medicare insurance premiums and contributions will subsidize older, less healthy retirees. Have at it. Just give Howard Schultz or Michael Bloomberg a ring for a bit of economic education.

Don't confuse health insurance with health care. The best way to reduce the cost of health care and expand its availability is to produce more doctors and health professionals. If you want to spend tax dollars to improve health care, consider subsidizing medical education costs to promote the desirability of a medical education to more students. This country can use more doctors and fewer cartoonists.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 02/13/2019 at 8:19 PM

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