It often concerns me when people don’t seem to understand something they should have learned about in high school such as writing a check, balancing a personal budget, and major differences between a bank and a credit union. Sarah Silverman explains why she left her bank for a credit union in a video for NowThis. Just when you thought you couldn’t politicize much more in America, the credit union has now fallen victim to it. There’s a lot of benefits to a credit union. I even advocate switching to them! There’s just one big problem: I don’t think Sarah Silverman or NowThis understand credit unions very well. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s the video so you can see what I’m talking about.
Now that President Barack Obama is just a couple of weeks away from transferring power to President-elect Donald Trump, news reports are coming out in praise for who will soon be a former president. Recently, I published an article that shows what the employment situation really looks like when we look outside of the confines of the unemployment rate. Let’s apply this concept to the entire tenure of Barack Obama and see exactly how things look comprehensively compared to when he took office.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a new jobs report on Friday, reporting an addition of 178,000 jobs and a nice, low 4.6 percent unemployment rate. FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman, their chief economics writer, said that Trump and Clinton could both spin this jobs report, but he also wrote that “Millions of Americans abandoned the labor force during the recession and are now returning at a trickle, if that.” But isn’t it a good thing that the unemployment rate is low and jobs were added? Well, yes, but also no.
The State of Oregon is having a bit of wild dream when it comes to a state measure that was intended to raise taxes by 2.5 percent on big corporations. The ‘Yes on Measure 97’ campaign even has over 70 experts and academics to back up the measure. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? To be honest, I don’t think so.
Today is the day that Britain votes whether or not they will stay in the European Union (EU). There are plenty of arguments for and against what is being called the Brexit. Personally, I’m in favor of the Brexit for a few reasons. However, there are legitimate reasons for the United Kingdom (UK) to want out of the EU. From the restriction of individualized trade agreements outside of the EU to personal feelings, the UK has a legitimate reason to want out.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has received plenty of endorsements by prominent leaders and other elected officials in America. A few states that I believe would be very helpful to Trump would be in battleground states and likely blue states where he has received endorsements from governors. This includes Maine (4 electoral votes), New Jersey (14 electoral votes), and Florida (29 electoral votes). Does Trump need to put a lot of effort in these states to win? Maybe, but it may not be as necessarily as one might think.
Rural Oregon, especially eastern Oregon, is experiencing some serious economic hardship. These areas feel quite neglected from the state and have been pretty vocal about it. Does Governor Kate Brown acknowledge that? Who knows? Maybe she did and nobody covered it. But until that’s something to be proven, we have to assume that she did not. Why should we care? It’s just farm land and whatnot, right? Rural Oregon, believe it or not, still brings in a good amount of money to the state. Eastern Oregon has been considering joining Idaho and Idaho doesn’t have a problem with that.
As I mentioned in the last article, I have an agenda for Oregon’s businesses that I believe will help turn our economy back around and help Oregon get back on its feet. There’s still time to kick start this recovery. I firmly believe that a big start is allowing the counties to make deicisions about labor for themselves.
NOTE: This article is part of a series that outlines a common sense agenda for the benefit of all Oregonians.