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Elizabeth Furse for County Commission, District #4

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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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Hard Times in Oregon: 

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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 

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

Invisible People

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    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

 

 

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Blue Oregon

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"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

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Tuesday
Apr222014

THE JIHADIST CHOICE

       My buddy up Canada has joined the chorus moaning about the evils of the national security state. 

      What would the spooks in the CIA, NSA do if they weren’t checking on the jihadists?  Any '60s civil rights and/or anti-war activist in that era know the answer?  

     He sent me this missive detailing the bad acts begun by Dubya and continued by Team Obama.  OK, I get it but we don't live in a world where everyone plays nice, do we?  After all 9/11 really did happen, right?  Then London and Madrid were attacked. Brussels was also on al Qaida's hit list. 

     And Monday was the one year anniversary of the bombing at the Bostom Marathon on what the locals call Patriots Day.   

7 horrific crimes that arent crimes any more for Americas_

      The "CC" says "this isn't nice."  I agree it isn't, it's ugly.  And I agree that those who violated US laws should face the music not just the whistle blowers!  But I replied:  "How do you think Putin plays the game?  Or our 'friends' in N. Korea, China, Iran, et al?  At least here a "free press" still exists, sort of.  How would you deal with the "bad guys" if you were POTUS?  Just let them run amok?"  

     The "CC's" reply:  "Oh, I strongly suspect that if the US stopped killing with drones and got the hell out of the Muslim countries, the jihadists would run out of steam, probably sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, DHS can play its games." 

     Yeah, jihadism is a full employment scheme for the spooks.  But I remain cynical about what we're doing and what others do. The problem is that none of this stops the jihadists.  So what will?  Bribing them?  This seems to work in much of the so-called Third World and on Wall Street!  Try it, they may like it.  After all the enemy of our enemy is our friend?     

     The "CC" didn't get my point about globalism via the spice road in a previous post.  There are no such things as "Muslim" nations in any pure sense!  Besides what gives jihadists the right to define these terms anyway?  The "CC" certainly wouldn't cede the right to define "democracy" to the nuts cases on the Christian Right and/or their Tea Party bedfellows.

     Who started this shoot out on 9/11?

     US troops or corporations being in Muslim nations is ideological crap, an excuse, a pretext - ideological bilge.  To imply otherwise is to buy into the jihadist Kool Aid.  If the jihadists didn't have us as a target of convenience - they'd invent others.  Russia was on the list in the '80s thanks to its invasion/occupation of Afghanistan.  Hell Putin’s been on their list because of his actions in Chechnya.

     Look at Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan - this retreat to the 16th century is a classic historical backlash against modernity made more complex by long held ethnic, clan, religious rifts within Islam and beyond - Sunni v. Shiite, Syrian Christians vs. Syrian non-Christians, Israelis v. Palestinians, The Muslim Brotherhood v. Secularists.  

     You and I know who would be on their "hit" list if we weren't the target - the old reliable one - "the Jews".  Look how quickly that sickness surfaced last week in The Ukraine. I have no solution but I refuse to allow these certifiable nut cases to draw a circle around the so-called Muslim world and return it to the 16th century...  

     All this whining about "secrets" is bogus - there are NO SECRETS in the world of social media. The government could get away with this crap in the old days of the “Cold War” – that’s over, done, no more.  If Eric Snownden is so heroic why isn't he criticizing his ‘patron’ Putin for his lies?  

Monday
Apr212014

THE LIFE & DEATH OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

     "The rich are different" - F. Scott Fitzgerald

     Thanks to the Great Recession we live in a New Gilded Age.  But the entrails of how we got here go back to the Reagan era, in part thanks to Oregon's former junior US Senator Bob Packwood who engineered the Reagan era tax cuts with the help of economist Arthur Laffer and White House budget guru, David Stockman. 

     Ironically Stockman admitted in a book he wrote after leaving DC that the facts to justify the tax cuts were faux facts, it was all made up - a precedent for Bush I's famous "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge in '88 and Bush II's big lie about WMD's post 9/11.  Once you get away with a lie, you can get away with bigger and bigger lies.  Just for the record these "lies" are a bi-partisan game, Bill Clinton was a master of this game who famously said under oath - "it all depends what 'is' is" when questioned about his trollop Monica Lewinsky. 

     Here in Oregon John Kitzhaber has displayed mastery of the "big lie" in his ability to shield himself from the disaster of CoverOregon, the implosion of the CRC - the bridge to nowhere, the tax gifts to Nike and Intel and the mess education reform was allowed to become under now departed Rudy Crew.  What tricks or treats wait for us in the upcoming 2015 session!  

     Hey, when the state's major newspaper, the UnOregonian devolves into a tabloid the news cycle becomes just lies, damn lies and statistics plus entertainment games about who is the hottest politician in Oregon.  Gotcha journalism has morphed into "reality" journalism where pseudo stories are an Alice in Wonderland-like game.  

     In politics the facts are the first casualty when keeping power is the name of the game! 

Monday
Apr212014

FURSE FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY

Oregon State Senators and land developers are saying that the Oregon land use laws are broken.  They plan to fix them next Spring in Salem.  

Dear Friends,

     That could be why Andrew Miller of Stimson Lumber along with a few land developers are investing in the elections of the Washington County commissioners whose decision to allocate prime farm land for urban development was reversed by the Oregon Court of Appeals in February. 

     These same commissioners [Andy Duyck and Bob Terry] and many of their contributors are likely to be in Salem next spring lobbying for changes in Oregon's farmland protection laws unless we can bring change to the county board in May. Along with Allen Amabisca who is running for county chair and Greg Malinowski, incumbent commissioner, we can do it with your help.

"If we are to succeed in saving our planet, the battle will be won or lost at the local level." - Governor Tom McCall

  

      According to the Oregon Values and Beliefs Project poll taken last year by DHM Research, 66% of Oregonians consider "protection of productive farm and forest land from development" very or somewhat important and the same percentage favor the statement that "new development should occur within existing citis and towns to save farmland and stop sprawl."
     Unless those voices are heard in Washington County this May in an election likely to turn precisely on these issues, farmland protection advocates will face an uphill battle to protect our statewide planning laws in Salem next Spring.

"Land use planning is vital to our future.  It is a blueprint for our growth as a state." - Governor Vic Atiyeh

      A few days ago, I sent you an invitation to attend an Earth Day celebration at Ecotrust. Please RSVP to join us Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 and meet the candidates.  If you can't attend, please help by making a donation so we can continue to protect Oregon farm and forest lands for future generations.

     Thank you for your support.



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Sunday
Apr202014

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

     I was watching one of our favorite PBS TV shows Globe Trekker, a travelogue show which takes one around the world.  The particular episode we saw on Saturday night focused on the Silk Road which extended from Bejiing to Venice and places north and south.  It also included a segment on how the European invasion of the New World not only opened up markets and lands to conquer but also added Mexican hot peppers to the world's cuisine. 

     The takeaway for me is that from the dawn of the European Middle Ages, if not earlier, the food we eat has been "accented" by spices from all over the world we now take for granted  - from China, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe as well as Mexico.  While kings, emperors and explorers have conquered land and people over the ages, the other force of globalism has been via our stomachs!  As the French would say "viva la difference!"  

     Look at your spice rack next time and ask yourself where do they come from?  Then you'll see we are indeed a global village and better for it.  Now if we can just put a lid the political downside of globalism evidenced from Syria to The Ukraine, from Africa to Asia, we'll all be much better off...  

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.