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Susan McLain - for State Representative

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State Ballot Measures: 

NO on 86  

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YES on 88

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NO on 90 

NO on 91

NO on 92

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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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Teen rape suspect "just happened to slip away" (Video)  

Bob Terry dodges and weaves!     

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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Middle East friendship chart

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California topples a tyrant

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10 Things US does worse than Europe

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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Check video

- 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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Sneaker Politics

Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike. 

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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%.  

 

RAD'S

WEBSITE PICKS: 


 

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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.   

 

Steve Duin Schools get the blame 

School Reform/slate.com 



    

    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 & health care disparities 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. 

Heath Care Disparities: 

•    Adults in Oregon without insurance represent 22.3% of the state’s population compared to 19.7% of the nation.  In Washington County approximately 


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chuck Riley for State Senate

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Local Ballot Measures: 

Wash County

NO on 34-221

NO on 34-222

Metro

NO on 26-160

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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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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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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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Kansas' ruinous tax cuts

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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



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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

 Sign the online petition on Intel emissions in link below:  

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?

Rediscovering Government

Is the US #1? 

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 

krugmanonline.com 

 

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Friday
Oct312014

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

     I assume most of you have already voted but perhaps friends and family haven't who live in our area.  Please use your social media contacts to help get out the vote!   Every vote counts!


     I'm voting for Susan McClain for the Forest Grove/Hillsboro area House seat in District 29. 

     I'm voting for Chuck Riley for the Forest Grove/Hillsboro area Senate seat in District 15. 

     As a citizen advocate on affordable housing, air quality and land use planning in Salem it's a much easier "ask" to have a person in office who knows you and your issues.  

     It's much harder when a legislator has to go against their party establishment to cast a vote for these issues.  I work with both Ds and Rs but it's not such a heavy lift with a D one knows personally! 

     Susan and Chuck are very committed to the issues I work on.  Their messaging in the current election season is right on from my view.  I want them in Salem next session when I enter the Puzzle Palace...   

 

Thursday
Oct302014

OREGON'S ELECTION LAST LAP - VOTES FOR SALE?  

     While it is clear by the polls that John Kitzhaber, no matter his failings, will be re-elected, as will "nice guy" Senator Jeff Merkley - the battle over ballot measures is still very murky.  The key measures are still too close to call, in fact none of them have hit the 50% mark.  

     Measure 90 - the top 2 primary, Measure 91 - the pro pot measure, and measure 92 - the GMO measure are each in the too close to call column at this late a date.  And with the combination of an off-year election, low voter turnout and an older demographic of voters likely to vote - I think a "no" vote result is likely in these contests.  But the "wild card" is the vote in the People's Republic of Portland.  

     Each of these measures has occasioned a huge flood of outside money to come into Oregon on each side of the issue.  But the GMO numbers especially on the No side are the largest ever in Oregon history led by corporate giants from the food, beverage and agri-business industries.  Can $17 plus million buy an election?  

     The "Oregon System" - the initiative, the referendum and the recall were passed between 1902-1906 as a reaction to SP RR's buying votes in Oregon's Puzzle Palace in Salem.  Farmers were ticked off when SP used its monopoly power to jack up shipping rates from farm to market in those days.  This abuse across the nation by railroads fueled the Progressive and Populist revulsion against "machine" politics in that era.

     Sadly those "reforms" have now become the handmaiden of this generation's big money special interests be it corporate or labor PACs.  To play the modern political game in the TV and social media age requires huge sums of money often coming in the form of unregulated "soft money" which is undisclosed and unlimited.  This is not a "people's democracy" but a "big money" democracy!  

Turn the page -    

     At this point legislative contests are equally hard to figure.  Turnout will be the key and with an incumbent Democratic governor at the head of the ticket facing numerous political and personal scandals, this will likely drag down the Dem vote and help the GOP try to capture majorities in the House and Senate.   But again in such races all politics is "local" so who knows?  When in doubt voters lean to incumbents.   

     This will put Kitzhaber in the same position as President Obama - likely to face a hostile legislative branch but with the veto pen at the ready.  Kitz has lost his ethical edge, Barack has just dropped the ball too much.  This is a prescription in Oregon and in DC of another 2 years of "do nothing" government - all a prelude to the 2016 presidential election.  Are the Hillary signs out yet in your neck of the woods, they are here!   

     With a ethically challenged governor in Oregon re-elected, shame on the GOP for not finding a better candidate and with a lame duck POTUS - not much will happen in the next two years.  Everything will be triangulated for 2016.  So if you haven't voted yet be careful whom and what you wish for - you just might get it...   

A promise not kept - 

     Kitzhaber is credited with leading a massive education reform effort but one with little to show for it thus far.  A front page story in Thursday's unOregonian by Betsy Hammond ticks off failures to meet benchmark goals in graduation rates, third grade reading scores and college attendance.  And yet the reform drum beat echoes down the halls of academe, K-12 to higher ed:   

     "Results make clear just how incomplete his drive to better-educate Oregon is: During his tenure, Oregon's basement-level high school graduation rates have barely budgedthird-grade reading has slumped and college-going rates are flat."

     Ironically, Kitzhaber is praised by the education and political establishment for his effort!  Why?  Because Kitz is running the only game in town and as long as he's governor nobody will challenge him - even educators who know better!   Forget about corporate Oregon or legislators - they've bought the Kool Aide since the early '90s. 

     The fact is Oregon is run by a bi-partisan power elite dominated by political wonks, hacks and PACs who have an ideological vested interest in Kitz's agenda - be it education, CRC, health care, pension or tax reform - which is immune from criticism and counter-facts.  Until the power elite is discredited by accumulated failure, nothing will change! 

     This makes the 2014 election irrelevant as long as Kitz et al are "the deciders".  A corporate management team with this record of failure would be fired by the stockholders.  But voters are too scared of Dennis Richardsons' radical right wingnut social agenda.  Kitz Inc. is too big to fail...  

Wednesday
Oct292014

A GREAT WORLD SERIES... BOTH TEAMS WON!  

Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (right) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after defeating the Kansas City Royals during game seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

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     EDITOR'S NOTE:  San Francisco is my favorite city in the USA...  And growing up I was a NY Giants fan.  We saw Bumgarner square off against the Dodger's Kershaw at ATT in SF.  LA won that sunny day by the Bay.  While one gets the World Series MVP award, the other will get the National League's Cy Young award.

     Tonight's game was a clinic of why baseball is a "game of inches."  Kudos to the KC Royals - we were rooting for them because Raul Ibanez is on the roster and a hero of Mariner fans in this house.  The Royals' coach Ed Yost was gracious in defeat.  His men can hang their heads high and wait 'till next year! 

     The Mariners should take note how it's done!  

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     The other side of "victory" -

Tuesday
Oct282014

WASHINGTON COUNTY ROADS:  POINT/COUNTERPOINT

From the -

October 28, 2014

Two Views on Measure 34-221: Yes: County fee will save our roads

by Pamela Treece

     "Roads and city infrastructure are an investment like any other — they must be maintained in order to retain value. It would be foolish to purchase a home and never clear the gutters. The same can be said for maintaining our local roads..."

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October 28, 2014

Two Views on Measure 34-221: No: 'Hidden tax' is a temporary fix

by Russ Dondero

     I’m voting no on Washington County’s Ballot Measure 34-221, the $30 vehicle registration fee for road maintenance and operations. I’m not opposed to improving county roads, but what I do oppose is a “penny-wise and pound-foolish” approach..."  

Tuesday
Oct282014

IS THE AMERICAN DREAM DEAD?  

     Some argue that the "American Dream" - what Martin Luther King, Jr. termed "that promissory note" to future generations - is dead, over, done with, caput. 

 

 

    

     Certainly the evidence has been piling up that since the Great Recession that the "dream" is in jeopardy.   Actually the income gap between the 1% and the 99% has been eroding since the Reagan years.  Only at the end of the Clinton era were there signs that people in poverty were rising above the poverty line.  Now that has been dashed.   

     But the power of the "American Dream" has more staying power than one might think.  After all it's a "dream" by definition not a reality.  Generations of Americans have held onto that "dream" if not for themselves but for their kids and grandkids.  I don't think that hope has been eroded.  Yes people are more cynical but they still cling onto hope despite the evidence to the contrary. 

     What's my evidence?  Well Americans have always connected the "American Dream" with getting an education, especially a college education.  At the height of the Great Recession more and more students went to community or 4 year colleges to keep that dream alive often going into huge bone crushing debt.  Pacific University, my employer for 31 years, has expanded not contracted in these troubled times. 

     When I came to Pacific in '74 we had 600 undergrads and 200 optometry students, now the arts & sciences college has over 1700 students and our allied grad programs - mostly in the health care area - have over 1700 students.  When you visit the Forest Grove campus the building surge is awesome, a new beautiful library, new dorms, new athletic facilities plus a new campus in Hillsboro and satellite campus in Eugene. 

     So despite the worst recession since '29 the families who send their kids to Pacific are betting on the future.  That's the power of the "American Dream."  And as the economy improves that belief will be reinforced.  But the political challenge before us is - can the political establishment change its ways to empower an increasingly marginalized middle class upon whom the "Dream" depends. 

     I see calls for such empowerment but I see little muscle being put into this effort.  We're being besieged in the current 2014 campaign by the same old, same old politics of PAC funded attack ads, overheated candidate rhetoric and political promises that divide us more than unite us as a people.  Where's that "vision thing" when we need it? 

     But the bedrock of the "American Dream" has been located in American families which put their faith, hope and trust in their kids' futures.  That hasn't changed.  At Pacific, unlike my alma mater Whitman, I taught first generation college students from the Northwest - from Alaska to Hawaii, from Oregon to Montana.  Their ability to attend Pacific depends on heavily discounted tuition which comes out of faculty salaries. 

     But the American Dream cannot be sustained on the backs of students, their families or faculty at some point the state of Oregon and the US must be willing to invest in the future as it was able to in the post-WW II era in the GI Bill and onward into the '60s - the greatest era of economic expansion in our history.  The key was the government investing in people not in hedge funds. 

     As Barack said in campaign 2008 to that idiot Joe the plumber in Ohio - "we've got to spread the wealth around."  Well Barack has not fully lived up to that promise largely because the GOP has done everything it can to make him a "failed" president.  I don't expect much to change in 2014 but in 2016 we have another chance to change the "narrative."  I'm waiting for Hillary, Joe, Elizabeth and Bernie to step up!   

     "Can the American dream be restored?  Yes, but it will take concerted effort to address two underlying problems.  First, we must end the domination of our electoral process by wealthy and powerful elites.  At the same time, we must begin to address the problem of growing economic inequality.  Without a national movement to call for change, change simply isn’t going to happen."