Portland housing, a crisis of our own making

New Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling isn’t even sworn into office yet, and is already setting up a task force to try to solve the Portland housing crisis. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a committee or a blue ribbon commission tasked with “solving” a big problem. Invariably the “solution” will involve some major government […]

Voting against your self-interest?

It is always funny listening to self-described progressives try to rationally comprehend how anyone could possibly not agree with them politically. They are truly flabbergasted at the prospect that their worldview is not shared. Indeed, I’ve always believed that to be liberal is to believe that after long, thoughtful deliberation, you have arrived at some […]

The problem with our special little, millennial snowflakes

Some day, every impetuous, idealistic, rebellious young person will grow old. When he does, inevitably there will come a moment when he will sit in his rocking chair, look around, and start complaining about “kids these days,” just as his parents’ and grandparents’ generations had once complained about his. It’s simply how life works. When […]

Question 1 won’t serve everyday people

In an editorial published Wednesday, the Bangor Daily News called for the passage of Question 1, saying that passing the referendum will “keep politics the domain of everyday people.” Giving politicians tens of thousands of dollars in hard-earned, taxpayer money and requiring virtually no effort to get it gives power to “everyday people” in politics? […]