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 "Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Send these, the homeless, tempest-toss'd to me

I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door."

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Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax

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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  

 

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  • An Independent View

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  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 


Hard Times in Oregon: 

Hardtimes

The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   

 

 

    

    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.

Hunger:

•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

     In Washington County, Oregon's "economic engine," the divide between the affluent and the working poor continues.  We have a 19,000 unit gap in affordable low income rental housing.  County political and business leaders are indifferent to this crisis...   


A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  

 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAD Lines

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SB 1533 passes!  

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=10863

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha  

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  QuestionIntel.com  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

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Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001


    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 


"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

 

"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  

 

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 

 

"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals

 

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' 

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"  

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921) 



"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."  

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11 



 

"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”   

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."  

- Abraham Lincoln 

  

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society  

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 

  

"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."  

- Edmund Burke  

  

“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”  

- Jonathan Swift 

  

" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."  

- Garrison Keillor 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Sunday
May292016

MEMORIAL DAY 2016

Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC

Editor's Note:  This a moving statement which will be delivered in Wisconsin at a Memorial Day service by the friend of a vet who has passed.  Having friends who served in Vietnam, while I was engaged in the peace movement on the home front in that era, there's an irony here.  While I question our country's penchant for sending our troops into harms way - I've never questioned the sense of service by our men and women in arms.

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MEMORIAL DAY SPEECH, MAY 30, 2016

Dear Family, dear friends, dear neighbors, dear fellow citizens:
     On behalf of so many others, I wish to thank you for taking the time and making the effort to be here this morning to help honor our sacrifices. We hope this gathering will be as meaningful for you as it is to us.
     I guess you know how blessed you are to gather on the shore of this beautiful lake. For many of us, it carries the memories of leisurely summer days that highlighted so much of our youth. Oh, how we took those days for granted, as though they would never end. Now they seem like nuggets of gold, shining ever brighter to those of us whose lives were cut short by war.

  • I wish I could stand at attention again and hold my hand over my heart as I say the Pledge of Allegiance and pay honor to our beautiful American flag and all it stands for, as it flies majestically over our schools or other public buildings, or when it passes by in a parade like the one here today -- Oh, how I wish I could, but I can't -- so please, do it for me.

  • I wish I could go to the polls and vote, and exercise that right which makes us all equal, and equally able to choose those who govern us. I can't, so you must do it for me.

  • I wish I could go to public meetings and exercise my right of free speech, to attend the church of my choice and worship as I see fit, and to go out of my way to buy American, but I can't, so I ask that you do it for me.

  • I wish I could get up in the morning and greet my neighbors with a smile and a wave, and support them the way a neighbor should, but I can't, so please, would you do it for me.

  • I wish I could visit the hospitals and comfort the sick, and spend time with those who are homebound because they are elderly or disabled. I can't, so I ask that you do it.

  • I wish I could go to our local playgrounds and watch the children playing and laughing and enjoying themselves, and maybe hold a child on my lap, and maybe find a child who might benefit from my encouragement, my support, and my love. I want to do those things, but I can't, so maybe you can do them for me.

  • I wish I could walk along the shores of our beautiful Oconomowoc lakes, smell the hay as its being harvested from our fields in the summertime, and marvel at the serenity of a Midwestern sunset. I can't do those things now, so I ask you to do them instead.

  • I wish I could walk the streets of Oconomowoc and talk with my friends and others about how wonderful it is to live in a place where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all their forms were guaranteed originally by our Constitution and later by the sacrifices of those who were called upon to defend it.

  • I wish all of these things were possible for me, but they're not. So I ask you to take my place. To know that you live in a special community and a special country, to embrace and to cherish their gifts, and to pledge to defend this country's legacy of freedom and opportunity the way others have defended her from the very beginning.

     Life is for the living, but on this Memorial Day, you are focused on those who deserve to be remembered. I am proud to stand among them.
     Thank you again for being here this morning. Let me leave you with one final thought.  Please raise the flag often for those of us who can no longer raise it, commit yourself to keeping this country strong and free, and love this country as I loved her before I left you 48 years ago.
     Signed, David Merrill Price, beloved foster son of George and Carol LaBucki, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Friday
May272016

A TRUMP VS. BERNIE DEBATE - NOT...  

     Latest - "Coward" Trump says "no" to debate

     I thought campaign 2016 had already reached new lows and now this - Jimmy Kimmel suggesting a debate between The Donald and The Bern. 

     Since when should a late night talk show host set the political agenda for the campaign process?  It's shows how debased our political culture has become.  Be careful what you wish for!

     Such a debate would be dangerous.  It would allow The Donald to pooch on The Bern's millennials.  Why would The Bern want this to happen?  It would also give the prime time air time for both Trump and Sanders to bash Hillary for her not being on the podium.  That's not exactly playing fair by Bernie now that he's been given a significant role on the DNC platform committee. 

     Clearly the Bern is trying is to expand his case for the nomination despite being nowhere near the delegate votes he needs to win in Philly.  OK I get that - desperate times call for desperate measures.  But why give The Donald more free air time?  But there may be another reason for Bernie's madness - he knows he can't win the nomination - so if he whips The Donald - then he sets himself up as a third party candidate.  

     This race is reminding me of the 1948 presidential election where a much beleaguered President Truman had to fend off not only his GOP opponent Tom Dewey but also his former Vice President Henry Wallace running as an independent and Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond.  It all looked bleak that the Chicago Tribune printed in its morning edition the day after the election - "Dewey Defeats Truman" only to find out Truman actually won!

     I don't see a 4th candidate emerging but who knows what disgruntled 'establishment' R's might do at the last minute - launch a Romney comeback out of spite?  Is Dick Cheney available?  It would certainly make for an interesting fall. Hey Jimmy - ask Bill Kristol to be a guest - he suggested such a scenario this week.  Make that "deal" Jimmy K.    

     Hillary is being pilloried for declining to debate one more time.  I think she's made the right decision - why end in the moss pit with the Trumpster or the Bern?  Let them both makes fools of themselves.  If they bash her - a form of political domestic abuse - it will make her a sympathetic figure from coast to coast.  And in the unlikely chance that the Bern makes The Donald 'cry uncle' - it will have been time well spent in the political theater of the absurd. 

     This theater of the absurd has given us 3 ethically challenged candidates:

     "Liying Hillary" who doesn't want to talk about her private life with Slick Willie anymore or past issues dredged up in '92-00.  Or her e-mail for which there is no evidence that any national security was breached. 

     "Lying Donald" who won't divulge his tax returns because he's being audited - which suggests he's culpable at some point.  This is the dude that has been bankrupt more than anyone who plays monopoly.   

     "Lying Bernie" who claims he has no SuperPAC when in fact he does - MoveOn.Org owned by billiionaire George Soros.  For a self-anointed Democratic Socialist - the Bern can lie with the best of them. 

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     PS: Polling indicates the Libertarian Party candidate would get 10% of the vote in November.  Where's Tom McCall when we need him!    

Thursday
May262016

BULDING WALLS OR BRIDGES?  

   As a resident of Forest Grove since 1974 when I joined the Department of Politics & Government at Pacific, I gradually became aware of the racial divide between the Hispanic and White communities. 

     Back then most Hispanic residents lived in Cornelius and shopped at Hanks Thriftway.  By contrast one seldom saw Hispanic residents shopping at Forest Grove’s Safeway store. 

     But as the years passed these visible walls have crumbled while obviously other walls remain to be torn down – walls of misunderstanding and ignorant trash talk. 

     That’s what makes the protest rally and march #StandUpFG over a banner entitled “Build a Wall” historically significant. Will this be a seminal moment for our local community?  

     When several hundred FG High School students stage a rally at FG High School that culminates in a march through downtown Forest Grove, it reminds one of similar marches in other turbulent times.  

     Fortunately this protest rally and march were done in a peaceful non-violent manner according to media reports. The students who took part should be praised for their courage and responsibility. 

     They acted in the spirit that motivated other young people back in the day who marched for civil rights, peace and farm worker rights – legacies of Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. 

     The rally and march comes within the context of the national debate created by Donald Trump’s run for the presidency and the inflamed rhetoric he has employed to galvanize his supporters. 

     Trump’s calls for banning Muslims from coming to the USA, his sexist comments about women, his over the top remarks about Mexicans and the violence at his rallies have caught our attention. 

     Some view Trump as a racist or fascist.  Others regard him as a savior of the White working class.  Like Alabama’s George Wallace back in 1968 Trump is a blend of both sides of this political coin. 

     It will be up to the voters in November to make the ultimate decision – is Trump a political con artist out to make his biggest “deal” or is he a serious candidate with serious ideas about how to govern?  

     Personally I find him to be a fraudulent defender of those who have suffered from the Great Recession.  His billionaire biography belies his promises about making “America Great Again.” 

     But one must give the devil his due – he’s woken Americans up. Nobody who is paying attention can be neutral about The Donald and his brand of what The Bern terms the “political revolution.” 

     Forest Grove High School students put our community on the national and international news and social media map. We are no longer that sleepy little town in Western Washington County.  

     Good for them. Now can they build not walls but bridges between them and their peers as well as within the wider Forest Grove/Cornelius community?  Or will this just be a blip on the screen of daily life?  

     For a political science professor one indicator will be the degree to which Hispanic residents become fully a part of the political structure of our local community. 

     That may be the long-term legacy of what happened here in the Grove when students peaceably assembled to remind us about how complex our community really is.  

     One hopes the lilies of the field will grow out of this moment in time.  As a Hillary supporter, I hope these young people and their parents vote "early and often" in November and send The Donald back to his tower in NYNY not the Oval Office!

 

Tuesday
May242016

IS OBAMA A FAILED PRESIDENT?  

MEMO TO "TRUMPSTERS" AND BERNIE "DEAD ENDERS"...   

Obama's War on Inequality - The New York Times

      Paul Krugman is my favorite economist and has the ability to put things "economic" into readable English.  For all the naysayers about Obama - this is for your edification.  

Tuesday
May242016

AIR QUALITY IN OREGON - A PUZZLE PALACE VIEW

     EDITOR'S NOTE:  I spent Monday afternoon in the Senate Interim Committee on Environment & Natural Resources.  The topic was Air Quality in Oregon. 

     The link below includes copies of the testimony for your perusal. 

5/23/2016 2:00 PM

     My overview of the hearing is that the was largely a pro forma session in response to events in Portlandia framed by pollution in Inner SE and North Portland caused by two glass blowing plants which created possible toxic air emissions to residents within a mile circumference of the plants. Additional public concerns have also been air discharges from Precision Cast Parts located in Outer SE Portland. 

     Having a grand daughter who lives within the "hot spots" zone makes me an attentive person.  And being familiar with Intel's illegal and at first unreported flouride emissions from its Ronler Acres fabs, I have history with air emissions issues as do my colleagues in WC CAN - Washington County Citizen Action Network.  We have been involved with toxic air issues coming from Intel as well as herbicide spraying. 

     This brings me to my main concern with the hearing. There was no panel to discuss airplane herbicide spraying in Southern Oregon or Washington County.  And there was no panel to discuss air pollution from general aviation air which spreads lead based pollutants over local airports all over Oregon but particularly notable near Hillsboro's and Portland's airports. 

     There seems to be a serious urban/rural divide here with most of the focus on Portland and little on "the Other Oregon."  For example a panel on air pollution caused by air inversions during summer fire seasons should have been included in the session but it was not - why?  In past summers the attendees at the Ashland Shakespearean Festival have had to endure outdoor theater in a toxic haze. 

     What is not discussed is as important as what is discussed in such hearings - a classic case of decisions/non-decisions. 

     But of course broadening out the discussion would have brought more stakeholders in the meeting including the timber industry and questions about urban/rural design - why do we allow Oregonians or resort developers to put houses or resorts right next to our forest lands?  A holistic approach of clean air should also include why we still allow clear cutting which creates demand for herbicide spraying. 

     A more inclusive approach rubs against the incrementalist nature of the legislative process as well as the tendency for stakeholders to remain in their policy silos where legislators are forced to play Solomon over what part of the body politic to cut.  It also allows such hearings to be opportunities for bureaucratic BS and political posturing by legislators not a serious conversation of the issue at hand. 

     I was struck by the testimony of Nicole Iroz Elardo, PhD, Project Manager, Urban Design 4 Health who presented a compelling overview of the health risks - cancer and pulmonary illness - from dirty air.  But her "academic" presentation clearly got scant attention (follow their eyes) from the committee with no follow-up questions just a curt thank from the chair for her testimony!  Been there, done that...   

     My bottom line is that I doubt much will come of this process even though the evidence presented - again read it for yourself - is compelling.  I think DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority will continue to low ball this problem until another USFS study does their work for them and the local news media in Portland and neighborhood activists get all atwitter again. 

     My conclusion - the more things change, the more they stay the same.  A prime example is the ending comments by Senator Michael Dembrow (one of the good guys) that he was forming a task forced on Diesel Engines.  This was promised back in 2015...   nothing came of it.  Now again the promise has been made - why should anyone think anything will change?

     But in the bigger picture - until this issue becomes an Oregon issue not just a Portland issue - nothing will happen!  So why was nobody from Beyond Toxics or Aviation Watch invited?