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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."

Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


“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


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks



"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%.  





  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:


  • Jim Hightower:

  • 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: 


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


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


•    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 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...   
















































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  • He lost by 2.9 million votes...

  • He's a con artist...

  • He's a pathological liar... 

  • He's a failed business man...

  • He's a fascist... 


Trump & The Mob


Trump's role models are Vladmir Putin and Benito Mussolini.  He has contempt for our checks and balances system.  He wants to "rule" not govern like a strong man, a despot.  He will shredd the Constitution anytime he feels the urge to do so and like all despots he only listens to his inner circle.  And he is paranoid and narcissistic. 


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


Housing Needs in Oregon 




"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, 1940

  • "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  

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



From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now

The Daily Kos

Blue Oregon


"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... 



"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 

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



















































Terry Crosgrove, who works in an Ohio plant that makes Slim Jims, is studying for an associate degree through Southern New Hampshire U.'s competency-based program, which was begun with money from Gates.

     Bill Gates whose K-12 reforms have largely failed has now trained his sights on higher education.  What's ironic is that he is a "college dropout." 

     That's not to suggest he's dumb, he clearly isn't.  But to have the hubris to think minus any long term experience as a student or classroom professor in a university that somehow he's qualified to know how to "fix" higher ed, assuming it needs a "fix" is to say the least mind boggling.  

     When one looks under the hood at his ideas as described in the Chronicle of Education article (above) it's clear to me Bill Gates is "clueless in Seattle." 

     Just because he has a big bank wad of money to throw around doesn't make his ideas good ones, it simply means as the article examines he has the ability to get eyeballs by fellow enterpreneurs, education bureaucrats and big time politicians.  It's the "Trump effect" all over again, if you spin a line time and time again, eventually the "alt fact" becomes golden.  

     The question that needs to be asked does he have a "lived" experience aside from his one year at Harvard in higher education? No. Has he taught at the university level? No! Has he been a higher ed administrator? No!  If the answer is "none of the above" what's the foundation of his so-called expertise? 

     As the son of privilege he grew up in Seattle attending a private academy.  No doubt he got a good education, the best money can buy.  But does that give him the necessary credentials to be considered an educational guru? No way in hell. 

     If one tracks national trends in educational reform other than John Dewey ('30s) most of the "reformers" have come from the political class - Gen. Hyman Rickover ('50s), Ronald Reagan ('80s) followed by his successors Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama. The best reforms came via Brown vs. Board and LBJ with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Acts which focused on funding K-12 not micro managing it. 

     Don't forget Title IX in the Carter years.  It opened doors for women but it didn't change the rules and metrics of school or college sports.  

     As one reads the Chronicle article Gates et al reduce education to "competency" based metrics which on their own have nothing to do with educating one for being a citizen but for working in a global economy.

     We've heard this tune before - performance based learning and high stakes testing.  Now we're going to dumb the curriculum down to showing mastery of 120 "competencies" via online learning. Socrates would be flummoxed.  

     I have no problem with making education at all levels accountable but the key question is what is the measuring stick - fitting square pegs in round holes or teaching students the values of life long learning and what it means to live in a democratic society? 

     As the common core of our civil society is shattered, surely there is more to a post secondary education than proving you have the skill set to fit into a job slot. I've seen high school grads fit in that mold in my eye doc's clinic!  But where will future citizens in this Brave New World learn the skills of citizenship and our history?     

    As one educational guru quoted in the Chronicle article posed – what if the focus is misguided? "College completion may be the wrong goal," says Stanley N. Katz, who directs the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University and has written critically about foundations.

     "There is too much emphasis on getting people through the system, processing them," he says. "That needs to be seen in relation to what students are in fact learning. It's a big problem, and it's getting very little discussion."

          Unlike Bill Gates, I attended public schools in Seattle (grade 1-4), in Palo Alto (5) and Roseburg (6-12).  I then attended Whitman College ('60-64) and then a great land grant university, the University of Minnesota ('64-69).  I then had a 42 year college teaching career (see the About Me section of my blog for more details).

     In my time at Pacific I was the originator and director of two major grants, in both cases I had to bend myself like a pretzel to accommodate the agenda of the grantor but I managed to keep the integrity of each grant's mission.  But there were times I just wanted to say "forget it, keep yout damn money." 

     But in dealing with the likes of Bill Gates you are like a minnow swimming with the sharks.  Glad I'm retired and don't have to play those games anymore... 

     I have no issue with acquiring job skills in high school, community college or a four year university.  Apprenticeships and internships are often seminal educational experiences but they don't replace the ability to think critically, to act ethically and to understand a citizen's role in our democracy.   

      Gates et al are offering us a half a loaf not a whole loaf while skirting their responsibility to pay their fare share in local, state and federal taxes to sustain the most important education foundation of our society - which is the envy of the world - our system of higher education.  

     A final thought:  Funding K-12 or higher ed via philanthropy these days is the consequence of diminished public investment in education across the board.  State legislatures and voters have blindly followed the little brick road of the "tax revolter".  The conventional wisdom used to be "taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."

     In the age of Trumpism those days are over until we discover the errors of our ways - decades from now while sacrificing the next generation or more on the altar of "no new taxes" or bogus scheme of "reform" from those with no history as educators.   




Reader Comments (2)

Where I taught was a comprehensive school, meaning one could get a background in several trades, graduate and go right to an apprenticeship. But, one also had to take all the basic core classes, English, Socials, Math, Science, etc. I thought it was a good way to get an idea if you really wanted to follow a trade.

Different topic: I was watching the Trumpster sign some stuff this morning. Does he read what he signs? Perhaps the impeachment papers could be slipped in and he could sign them too--or a resignation!
February 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWard N. Mowry
Ward, your latter suggestion is priceless...
February 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRAD

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