Don Brunell

Take a page from Gerald Ford’s playbook | Don Brunell

It’s D-Day for American voters. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump carrying unusually low approval ratings and having a deep antipathy for one another, no matter which one ultimately is elected, the nation will be bitterly polarized.

 

Take a page from Gerald Ford’s playbook | Don Brunell

It’s D-Day for American voters. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump carrying unusually low approval ratings and having a deep antipathy for one another, no matter which one ultimately is elected, the nation will be bitterly polarized.

 

Students would benefit from charter schools | Don Brunell

In the competition for $3.4 billion in education grants under President Obama’s Race to the Top, Washington is near the bottom. We ranked 32nd out of the 36 states that applied.

 

Deadbeat Illinois is a warning | Don Brunell

The dictionary defines “deadbeat” as someone who deliberately avoids paying their bills. It’s an unflattering label, but for Illinois, it’s now their unofficial new nickname: the Deadbeat State.

A bitter pill to swallow is only cure for both Washingtons | Don Brunell

Both Washingtons are in a financial bind. In our nation’s capital, President Obama and Congress are running trillion-dollar budget deficits and our national debt will soon exceed $14 trillion. How much is that? To pay back $14 trillion, you’d have to spend $1 each second for the next 448,000 years.

A loud and clear message sent on Election Day | Don Brunell

Over the last month, France has been wracked by a series of protests and strikes that threaten the nation’s economy. Angry mobs set fires and battled with police as strikes shut down the country’s rail system, buses, oil refineries, ports and garbage collection.

DON BRUNELL: Disorder in the courts

As the debate rages over the causes and consequences of global warming, one impact is certain: Global warming is about to create an avalanche of lawsuits against the federal government and private industry.

DON BRUNELL: High taxes jeopardize jobs

Taxes are powerful tools that change behavior. Low taxes encourage, high taxes discourage. For example, charities and nonprofit groups are alarmed by President Obama’s proposal to reduce tax deductions for charitable contributions by the wealthy. The charities say they could lose billions in donations.

Restoring confidence is the top job | Don Brunell

Looking at the opinion polls, it’s easy to be depressed these days. Three out of four likely voters say America’s on the wrong track, consumer confidence has tanked, investors are sitting on the sidelines and job growth has stalled.

Still time to avoid a national health-care train wreck | Don Brunell

Portions of the new national health-reform law are just now going into effect, but the impact is already being felt. Insurers are warning of higher premiums and some companies say the law will force them to eliminate employee health insurance coverage.

Federal regulations costing billions to the cost of doing businesses | Don Brunell

Recently, President Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to delay implementation of a new rule that further reduces industrial ozone emissions —smog — under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Private sector stepping up for tourism | Don Brunell

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in these tough economic times, as “business and usual” no longer works.

Action speaks louder than words | Don Brunell

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tell voters they want manufacturers to stay in America and create new jobs. The president even promised an audience in New Hampshire that he’d create 4.5 million new jobs, half of those in manufacturing.

Wind power may be too much of a good thing | Don Brunell

Could Washington and Oregon’s growing fleet of wind turbines become too much of a good thing? Perhaps.

Washington businesses may look to other states | Don Brunell

When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter published his “Love Letter to Our Neighbors,” he touched off a political firestorm asserting his state is better for business

Energy taxes on business will be passed on to the rest of us

Higher energy prices are a hidden undeclared tax. If you doubt that, just remember the feeling you had pumping $4 per gallon gasoline in your… Continue reading

California is bleeding manufacturing jobs and Washington may be next | Don Brunell

State lawmakers convening in Olympia are looking under every pebble for new money. They must write a budget with as much as 20 percent less tax revenue.

Time to connect the dots on oil development | Don Brunell

Americans live in an idealistic world where, no matter what happens, we’ll still be able to go home at night and switch on the lights or pull into a filling station and gas up the family SUV.

Americans need to be thankful for what we have | Don Brunell

It is human nature to take things for granted. When you’ve always had something, when it’s been around your entire life, it’s only natural to overlook it, to think it will always be here.

Time to raise revenues not taxes

Now that voters have rejected I-1033, the spending limit initiative, the talk in Olympia has turned to raising taxes.