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Elizabeth Furse for County Commission, District #4

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Re-Elect Greg Malinowki to County Commission

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- Intel tax abatements

- The Knight fix - Brother can you spare...

- 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%.  


 

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WEBSITE PICKS: 


 

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:

Realclearpolitics

  • Jim Hightower:   

Jimhightower.com

  • 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



ahomeoftheirown.com/  

    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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Boot the psuedo deciders aka "TROIKA" out

Vote for -

Elizabeth Furse for County Commission, District #4

elizabethfurse.com

Allen Amabisca for County Chair

allenamabisca.com

Re-Elect Greg Malinowki to County Commission

 Greg Malinowski

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
democracynow.org

The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Saturday
Apr192014

FURSE/AMABISCA vs. THE UNOREGONIAN

Candidate Forum, March 19th at Hillsboro Library, sponsored by CPO

     The editor's of the UnOregonian predictably endorsed Andy Duyck and Bob Terry along with Greg Malinowski. 

     I submitted this rebuttal to the idiot savants at the UnOregonian.  Now will they publish it?

 

     I take issue with the editorial board's endorsement of Chair Andy Duyck and Commissioner Bob Terry.  As a resident of Washington County and active in community politics, I believe Allen Amabisca and Elizabeth Furse would bring more citizen responsive government to Washington County.   

     Incumbent Commissioner Malinowski (who I support) would work well with Amabisca, Furse and incumbent Commissioner Schouten to build a coalition that would be more citizen friendly and help create a new paradigm for the county on complex economic and social issues.  
     You claim Washington County isn't broken hence the incumbents deserve re-election.  If Washington County government isn't broken then why did the Oregon Court of Appeals remand the urban/rural reserves issue only to be saved by the "grand bargain" in the legislature?   

     The majority of the board has a one-dimensional view of economic development tilted towards big box traded sector firms ignoring help for medium and small sized firms.  Chair Duyck and Commissioner Terry with Commissioner Roy Rogers share this big business bias.   

     This is not a healthy long-term view for Washington County or the metro area.  Studies have shown job growth is greatest among firms who have 50 to 100 employees.  Putting all of your eggs in one basket is misguided and reflects a one sided view of economic growth.   

     In a public forum on March 19th, the differences between Duyck and Terry and Amabisca and Furse was clearest when Chair Duyck was asked what, if anything he would do differently, in light of the 4 year plus urban/rural reserves judicial and legislative decision-making process?      

     At first Chair Duyck said “nothing” but then added he’d eliminate the appeals process via LCDC, LUBA and the courts and go straight to the legislature. This stunning comment was strongly countered by Furse who defended the Appeals court’s role.  Mr. Amabisca shares Furse's view. 

     Chair Duyck’s comment betrays a shocking indifference to our checks and balances system that mirrors his insider's bias in running the county.  Duyck is apparently willing to derail Oregon’s land use planning system by fast tracking decisions to the legislature.  

     This underscores the essential difference between Duyck and Terry and Amabisca and Furse.  The incumbents are in effect saying, “trust us.”  Their challengers are saying, “trust the process” based on citizen involvement and due process of law.  
     The battle over urban/rural reserves came down to the Oregon Court of Appeals telling the current board you wasted 4 years by using “pseudo” facts to justify a plan that did not stand judicial review and required a legislative bail out.  

     Chair Duyck is apparently willing to play Russian roulette the next time.  Terry has made it clear he agrees with Duyck.  Washington County can't afford the dubious luxury of such stubbornness.  

     Finally, you note the Commissioner Terry "exaggerated" his resume while you credit him for helping craft a decision on the Natures Needs/Recology issue - what locals term "stop the stink."  My memory is that Terry had a tin ear to the citizens of North Plains and "lectured" them on composting smells. 

     As one who worked with other stakeholders collaborating with Senators Bruce Starr and Alan Olsen to craft and pass a composting bill in the 2013 session, I have no memory of Mr. Terry taking any role in this process.  

     Elections come down to whom one trusts.   I want leaders who listen to citizens rather than leaders who sign "non disclosure" agreements with global corporations while supporting tax breaks for them!  Allen Amabisca and Elizabeth Furse will bring a breath of fresh air to county government.  

 

 

 

Friday
Apr182014

HILLARY CLINTON - COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OR GRANDMA-IN-CHIEF?  

     Hillary Clinton was in Portland last week as the headliner in the World Affairs Council's annual speaker series. 

     My buddy up in Canada hopes Hillary will not run for POTUS in 2016.  He doesn't like dynasties.  So why is Canada's opposition party pushing another Trudeau on the hapless Canadians?  Could it be that the choice of Stevie "the wonder boy" Harper is too Dubyaesque and the other alternatives on the left there are too colorless?  Politics is the art of the possible.  Sorry folks, that's reality.  And with the likely GOP candidates - Ryan, Paul or whomever - Jimmy Carter's manta "why not the best" applies to Hillary more than ever!  

     I think the issue is not dynasties but competence.  I've given up expecting the Democrats to go for a real liberal like FDR, they are an endangered species other than Bernie Saunders (Vt.) or Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).  Bernie would have a hard time winning outside his home state and Warren a first termer in the Senate is too inexperienced.  If we've learned anything from Barack, experience matters.  Warren should wait in the wings and get a solid record before she goes national. 

     Now that Hillary is an impending grandma to be, my CC hopes this will force her to pick and choose between commander-in-chief versus grandma-in-chief.  I don't know what the CC smokes in his pipe but hasn't he heard women are experts at multi-tasking?  It's one of the major differences between men and women.  Men are singulars in their attention span, women have that gene which enables them to do many things at one time!  Being POTUS demands a multi-tasker-in-chief.  

     Besides, for Hillary the gene that will drive her beyond being the dutiful grandma is the same gene that drove her from sitting in the West wing's kitchen baking cookies - "the blind ambition" gene - in her case to be President.  She's done everything else.  Besides, having her own grandchild as a campaign prop is too alluring an advantage for her.  What better way to position herself as a "family values" Democrat?  Kissing babies is the best photo op there is and having your own in house sweetie is even better! 

     Imagine Slick Willie as the First Grandpa!  He will need something to do in the West Wing - why not changing diapers?  Of course, in the Clinton demographic that job will be outsourced to a nanny.  Hillary will no doubt send Bill on tour!  So don't expect Hillary to be stopped in her tracks by being a grand mother.   She can wear both tiara's at once - commander-in-chief and grandmother-in-chief.  It will humanize her and given the voter profile, as the boomers head into grandparent hood, it will increase Hillary's edge.  

     So sorry CC and the GOP - Hillary can manage both gigs in a heart beat, then do what all grandparents do - turn the little one over to Mommy after you spoil 'em rotten! 

      "A woman who just one day ago was celebrating her daughter’s pregnancy at an event championing girls and women. What makes you think anything’s going to stop her now?"      

Wednesday
Apr162014

BLAMING THE VICTIM

Mother left community college to get a job at WalMart, then was laid off in January!Oregon welfare audit finds little to no progress in moving recipients into jobs

Oregonian

      "An audit of the welfare program in Oregon has found "little to no progress" in moving recipients off the program and into jobs. Program managers failed to hold recipients accountable for missed jobs appointments and sometimes went years without significant contact with recipients, according to the audit from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. The audit, released Wednesday, comes as Oregon continues to struggle with high demand for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the cash welfare program for very poor families.  About 91,400 Oregonians in 34,300 families received TANF in February, according to the latest figures from the Oregon Department of Human Services."

     What this hatchet audit job doesn't ask - are there any jobs or day care for low income Oregonians with limited skills, often not even a GED and many single mothers with kids?  And what about the over 600,000 Oregonians, 1 in 5 who live in poverty - the majority of whom don't get any help?  Read the damn article carefully not just the headline.  Most of this 'audit trail' is missing because of underfunding the safety net, especially DHS case workers.  Follow the money - it goes to Nike and Intel et al. as my previous post showed. 

Wednesday
Apr162014

TIGER IS STILL #1

     "...Most famously, Babe Ruth has been credited with saving baseball after the Black Sox scandal. Riding on the wave of the women's movement, Billie Jean King more or less created women's professional tennis. And Muhammad Ali kept boxing alive for its last hurrah.

     But really, especially over a sustained period of time, has any one athlete ever mattered so much to a sport as Tiger Woods does to men's golf?

     Anyone? Ever?"   

     - Frank Deford, Commentator, NPR, Morning Edition

Click on the audio link below to hear Deford's take on the issue.

 

Tuesday
Apr152014

THE IRS COMETH...  

      I think the IRS should be stopped in their attack on the middle class.  It's shameful how the IRS and Congress can look a blind eye at corporate tax scams and instead focus on innocent family members years/decades latter. 

Treasury targets hundreds of thousands of taxpayers for parents old debts

     I can see the IRS going after the estates of deceased persons to collect back taxes, even the ill gotten gains of family members if such has happened knowingly or not.  But this current IRS scheme is way over the top.   

     A similar scam is happening to ex-pats and their children who are citizens of other nations such as Canada.  This is the government as "collection agency" after the low hanging fruit instead going Wall Street crooks like Goldman Sacks et al...  

     The IRS out sources this "stuff"  - as Joe Biden might say.  It's become a shakedown operation like a criminal loan shark scheme.  I've not gotten any letter from the IRS - just a pissed off citizen...  I may join the Tea Party! 

     Here's an example of what's wrong in the tax code: 

     Intel polluted our air with fluorides for 30 years and lied about it to DEQ and still get tax breaks galore:  SIPs, property tax abatements and now this...  I believe in R&D but I want proof of such on an annual basis reported to the state and feds.  Intel is the largest employer in Oregon and yet this past year had a $40,000 negative income tax!   What a deal...   

Oregon businesses pay attention as tax breaks get traction in Congress, Oregonian

    "Tax breaks being closely watched by businesses in Oregon are gaining traction in Congress and could pass this spring. The business tax credits, called extenders, can mean real money. The popular research-and-development credit, for example, lowers Intel Corp.'s federal tax rate by 1.5 percentage points – saving Oregon's biggest private employer $189 million in a year…


    More tax schemes for the 1% -

    

    

     Shameful

     - The Red Tory