A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Obama, emperor or magician?

Written January 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Ahead of the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, his top advisers told the Associated Press what he intends say. It sounds as though Barack Obama thinks of himself as an emperor or maybe Merlin the Magician.

Obama strikes the wrong note

Written October 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If President Obama was interested in moving on to a more constructive way of running the government after the shutdown and near-default on federal obligations, he could not have made a worse start than he did today. In a speech at the White House, Obama angrily blamed his opponents in the House for refusing to negotiate […]

Saved by the Russians?

Written September 9th, 2013 by

Whatever else was going on with Syria and the world on Monday, the idea of a punitive U.S. missile strike seemed to be off the schedule for now. CNN reported that on the phone Secretary of State Kerry had told the Russian foreign minister, who had brought up the idea, that the U.S. would consider not […]

No good choices

Written September 3rd, 2013 by

Generally it’s a good rule of thumb to be in favor of anything that Portland protesters are against. The rule was tested, though, when according to a report in the Oregonian, 175 people staged a protest there against U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. The demonstrators demanded that the government rule out military intervention, including […]

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In deep water on Syria

Written September 2nd, 2013 by

It’s easy now to start feeling sorry for President Obama. On the question of  Syria, he looks and acts like a guy who is in way over his head. Nothing he does sounds like it makes sense. Every time he says something, the impression grows that he’s floundering. But it’s all his own doing. First […]

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Wrong again, Mr. President

Written April 18th, 2013 by

President Obama sounded bitterly disappointed when the Senate failed to get 60 votes for his gun-control ideas including a so-called “universal background check.” He called Wednesday’s Senate vote a shameful day in America. But he was wrong. He himself bears part of the blame for pushing legislation of dubious merit and then shamelessly exploiting the […]

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Obama’s budget scare

Written February 26th, 2013 by

President Obama is going around the country talking about draconian spending cuts that will slow down the economy unless the Republicans in the House come around and quickly approve tax increases. You would think that as the chief executive, he would be more interested in trying to make the best of a law he had […]

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