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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'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



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Editor's Note:  "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck."  Michael Cohen on the record in Wednesay's hearing - Trump "is a racist, a con man and and chear."  End of discussion?  His supporters are another issue...   some are and some are not bigots. But the real issue is not whether Trump is a racist (I think he is) but whether his actions as a develper, a candidate and president are "racist" - which they clearly are. And let's not forget "words" are actionable - especially when a major public figure legitimizes racism in his rhetoric.  But again, deciding which of his base are "deplorables" is another kettle of fish. I think it's wise for Democrats not to label Trump's base except as clearly angy anf fearful...   and ignorant.  Many of them are along for the ride because they see Trump as a vehichle for turning Roe v. Wide on its head.  

Columnist Jennifer Rubin says that Democrats who call Pres. Trump a racist, no matter how justified they may be, better be prepared to say whether they think Trump’s supporters are racists or unduly tolerant of racism. Photo by Evan Vu


Some Democrats won’t hedge: Trump is racist 

There was a time (only a year or so ago, perhaps) when President Donald Trump’s critics would shy away from calling him a racist. His statements — equating neo-Nazis with counterprotesters, referring to African countries “s---hole countries,” labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists, etc. — were racist, they’d say. But they would hesitate in labeling the president a racist, preferring to insist they could not “know what’s in Trump’s heart.” That never seemed plausible given Trump’s record going back decades to litigation over the Trump company’s exclusionary hiring practices and his vendetta against the Central Park Five — even after they were exonerated by DNA evidence. If not a racist, he gave a perfect imitation of what one would say and do, over decades.

He told us what was in his heart when he fanned the flames of birtherism and kept up a drumbeat of racist remarks throughout the campaign (e.g., “a textbook case” of racism as then-Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump’s accusation that a judge of Mexican heritage could not do his job fairly). After Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired, Trump had no African- Americans among his senior White House staff.

His racism is so apparent to many Americans, Democratic presidential candidates now say without batting an eye that “I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” as Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., did during an interview with the Root.

This is another one of those moments when one must be reminded this is not normal. We’ve had presidents whose policies and positions on racewere roundly criticized, but never has it become unexceptional, uncontroversial even, to call the president a racist.

Perhaps candor is healthy, and affording Trump the assumption of good faith does the country no favors. The widely accepted view among Democrats and independents that Trump is a racist, however, raises some of the problems that arose during the 2016 campaign.

However, bluntness has its drawbacks and Democrats should consider where the conversation will go from there. What, for example, do Democrats call the voters who supported Trump in 2016, when many (but not all) of Trump’s racist utterances were already out there?

Some would argue that Hillary Clinton made the Kinsley Gaffe — inadvertently speaking the truth in public — when she called Trump supporters (or some of them) “deplorables.” It was not however a winning political strategy. Trump supporters understandably refuse to confess to being racists or condoning racism; they’d prefer to insist however unconvincingly that the president isn’t really a racist. Voters don’t want to be told they made a mistake, let alone be told they made a mistake by willful blindness to racism.

In 2020, Democrats who flat-out call Trump a racist, no matter how justified they may be, better be prepared to say whether they think Trump’s supporters are racists or unduly tolerant of racism. They might genuinely think the answer is yes, but they’ve then created an unbridgeable divide between “those people” (the racists) and the rest of us. Talk about cementing division and resentment.

Politicians are expert at equivocating, so be prepared to see Democrats try to differentiate between those who voted for Trump — even knowing his views — and Trump himself. Better perhaps is the approach of former representative Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, to leave labeling to others and to speak about ways of reuniting the country. To invoke one of Harris’s favorite phrases, “We are better than this.”

Some day we will be in the post-Trump era, faced with the challenge of picking up the shards of a shattered political system in which mistrust and even hatred are the default settings for many voters. We will have to figure out how to go forward as country. It, therefore, might behoove candidates to let voters draw their own conclusions about Trump and then present a message of unification instead of vilification.

Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion from a center-right perspective for The Washington Post.



The oldest maximum in our republic is that "what a President proposes, Congress disposes." In other words, the Congress not the President has the "power of the purse." Unless the President gets congressional authorization through the appropriations committees of both Houses, such unilateral action is DOA - dead on arrival, or in this case before!

So Trump faces multiple challenges to get his way: 1) his party controls only the Senate, not the House; 2) any such declaration will be tested in the courts no doubt ultimately before the Supreme Court.

President Harry Truman in 1952 tried to nationalize the American steel industry at the height of the Korean war - the Supreme Court nixed that act in the bud. Nixon tried to impound funds directing them to his not Congress's stated policies - again he lost in the courts. Reagan used funds to assist the pro-US Contras in Nicaragua without congressional approval. This resulted in the Iran Contra scandal.

The President clearly does not comprehend or care that ours is a system based on checks and balances and the rule of law. As a bully he thinks he can get his way simply by saying it. That's not the case. This is another of many examples of his willingness to abuse his power.
Trump will no doubt face multiple law suits from the local, state and federal level challenging his rhetoric. But let's not dwell on the obvious, let's take the Bully at his word. He's going to "divert" already appropriated money from the defense Department and Homeland Security to build his Wall, one he promised in his 2016 campaign hundreds of times would be paid for by Mexico.

And now he's upped the ante asking not for $5 billion plus but for $6 billion plus to build his Trojan Horse of a Wall. That cannot all come from Defense or Homeland Security he must dredge the federal budget across the board from other programs. As they say "follow the money" who will be sacrificed on the altar of Trump's failed promise that Mexico will pay for the Wall?

There comes a time when we must tell it like it is - "the emperor has not clothes."
The "Resistance" must stand up to Trump in the streets, in the Halls of power and across the country to stop this intended abuse of presidential power. This week members of Congress will be in their home districts, it's time they heard from their constituents loudly and clearly.
We are beyond business as usual. Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our Republic.




Editor's Note:  Is the progressive wing of the Democratic Party going to control the message in 2020?  The reclaiming of the FDR New Deal legacy is a reminder of what the country needs to embrace but when FDR was elected for his first term he ran on a "balanced budget" plank not the "soak the rich" rehetoric he used in his later campaigns in the heat of the Great Drepression and the opposition to his legislation by the Supreme Court..

Medicare for All and Free Tuition for College students has a bumper sticker appeal until one looks under the hood as voters will no doubt do as the 2020 campaign rolls out.  As a the Kaiser Foundatiion tracking poll shows (see my FB page) - once vpters realize their taxes will go up along with fhose of Big Pharma the lust to soak the rich will diminish by the realities that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Poliitcs is a balancing act. The devil is in the details.  

So while I'm happy to see the left dominate the narrative - once a nominee to run against Drumpt is chosen, the party will have to turn to the center or more moderate ways of fixing Obamacare et al.  Those voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania which were keys in 2016.   

Which candidate can craft such a message to bring Dems and Independents into the fold?  In 2020 be careful what you wish for you might get it!  4 more years of the Drumpt.   


Contenders swing left in return to party’s FDR roots 


A flurry of proposals to slap new taxes on the ultra-wealthy, extend Medicare to all Americans and make college debtfree reflect a rapidly changing Democratic Party that sees a sharp left turn as the path to defeating President Donald Trump.

Some of the party’s top 2020 presidential hopefuls are wading into uncharted political waters to demonstrate their commitment to mitigating income inequality.

But where party activists see an opportunity to excite voters, some veterans of past campaigns and moderate Democrats warn that the party wins elections not by indulging its most liberal impulses but by hewing to the political center. And Trump has made clear he’s ready to use the leftward tilt by Democrats as a wedge issue.

Five U.S. senators with eyes on the Democratic nomination have endorsed single- payer health insurance, a government- guaranteed job, and subsidies to ensure Americans can graduate from college free of debt. Kamala Harris also wants a $3 trillion tax cut for families whose earnings fall under $100,000. Elizabeth Warren wants a yearly wealth tax on assets above $50 million. Cory Booker wants “baby bonds” for poorer kids to bridge racial inequities. Bernie Sanders wants a massive expansion in the estate tax.

“The Democrats are swinging for the fences this time,” said Stephanie Kelton, an economist who advised Sanders in his bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination. “You’re seeing kind of a return to the roots of the Democratic Party in the FDR era.”

Much like Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in the 1930s,

Democratic contenders are pushing tax hikes on the wealthy to finance an expansion of government programs. They’re also seeking to make good on the “Second Bill of Rights” that Roosevelt proposed in the 1944 State of the Union, one year before he died and the goal fizzled.

“The things that FDR enumerated in that speech — the right to a living wage and job and education and housing and secure retirement — that’s big stuff, and you have someone on the Democratic side with legislation for almost everything on that agenda,” Kelton said.

The Democratic hunger for more liberal policies was evident in the 2018 election as Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Boston and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York ousted longtime Democratic incumbents.

“People are sick of half-measures,” said Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii. “Americans are struggling mightily to get into the middle class, or stay in the middle class, and the job of the Democratic Party is to come up with a real program to solve those problems.”

“There’s still that middle section of the country that wants a more moderate approach to governing. So yes, there’s always a danger,” said Adrienne Elrod, a former spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. “But you’re not going to get through a Democratic primary if you take moderate stances on very high-profile, important economic issues like health care, like income inequality.”

PS:  see analysis by EJ Dionne in my "comments" section.  Socialism is not a 4 letter word anymore!   





A handshake, then Trump being Trump - the bully at work.   

lI can't recall a presidential speech before a joint session of Congress where the POTUS marches down the aisle, delivers copies of his speech to the Speaker and Majority leader then launches into his speech before the Speaker has a chance to say "it's my distinct privilege and high honor" to introduce the President of the United States. What happened to decorum, tradition and a note of civility and unity? 

"The politics of revenge, retribution & resistance..." Who is the author of such politics - eh? Given his history of vitriol I think we know! But Trump was clearly referring to those who don't think he is a legitimate POTUS, those who want to investigate the many allegations against him, his campaign and his administration and the role of women who've been mobilized against his regime from day one! 

At one point Trump threatened that if Congress continued it's investigations of him there would be no chance of compromise, just "war" - a very Nixonian moment. The bully at work! One was hoping he'd say "I'm not a crook!"

Fact checking  paints a "liar, liar" picture of Trump's claims. He began with olive branches about times of unity and the promise of compromise, then veered into the politics of fear (immigrants, "socialism" and inveighing against investigations) He ended with another war on AIDS and cancer - we've been down that road before. Anytime "war on.." is declared we know that's a losing hand! 

As a student of the politics of health care, there was no substance offered to explain how he would reduce drug costs or improve our health care system. Only if one allows Medicare to bargain for drug prices will Big Pharma be stopped fleecing Americans. Since the R&D on drugs usually comes from publicly funded research, not from Big Pharma, will things change?. The power of our monopoly drug system needs to be checked. 

His most passionate and harsh words came in his pro-life diatribe (red meat for his base) and daring the House not to investigate him if they want to get anything done on immigration. Typical Trump, my way or the highway - the transactional leader at his bullying best. I hope Pelosi sticks it to him on the Wall and forces him to try the end around of declaring a national emergency - clearly an unconstitutional abrogation of presidential power. 

Trump doesn't respect nor understand our checks and balances system and he clearly has no knowledge of the Steel Seizure Cases in the Truman era when Truman tried to seize the steel industry on grounds of a national emergency during the Korean War. The Warren Court didn't buy it and Truman learned a lesson the hard way as Trump will have to. How ironic if it happens when his picks for the court give him an ideological majority. 




EDITOR'S NOTE:  If the housing market produced affordable housing - this idea would not be necessary. But the market only builds high cost rental housing,   



Adding tenant protections for housing stability 

Kotek, a Portland Democrat, is speaker of the Oregon House. Courtney, a Salem Democrat, is president of the Oregon Senate.

Every Oregonian, every human being, needs a place to call home. Shelter is a basic need. Safe, stable housing for everyone is the foundation of a safe, stable community.

Unfortunately, we hear stories every day about extreme rent spikes and sudden evictions across Oregon that are robbing people of their basic human right to shelter.

In 2017, there were over 152,000 Oregon renters who spent more than half of their income on their housing, according to the American Community Survey. That’s one in four renters. Too many renters are just one unexpected financial crisis away from becoming homeless. We know from newspapers and social service providers that Oregonians in every corner of the state have experienced unbearable rent increases and unfair evictions.

The Legislature must confront this crisis head-on. We must smooth the way for more construction. We must increase emergency housing assistance. We must publicly finance more affordable housing across Oregon.

We believe all solutions should be on the table if our state is to get ahead of the housing crisis.

One of those solutions is Senate Bill 608. Therental market needs morepredictability and fairness.

Senate Bill 608 seeks to address two main issues that have wreaked havoc on too many renters: No-cause evictions and sudden extreme rent increases.

Today, our laws allow many renters to be evicted with as little as 30-days’ notice for no reason and for renters to receive unlimited rent increases.

Senate Bill 608 is an innovative, hybrid solution combining common-sense tenant protections with reasonable accommodations for landlords and developers. It prohibits no-cause evictions after 12-months of a tenancy. The bill also protects people by preventing extreme rent increases.

This bill is not the “rent control” of yesteryear. Studies show modern rent stabilization policies prevent displacement without deterring new construction or negatively impacting building maintenance. For those who are recycling old opposition arguments about obsolete rent-control policies to maintain the status quo, we call you out for relying on studies that don’t apply to the solution we are proposing.

Landlords would still be able to evict tenants for just causes, like nonpayment of rent, violation of rental agreements, or sale of the property. They would also be able to raise rent on individual tenants once a year at a reasonable amount and reset the rent for new tenancies. Senate Bill 608 also exempts new construction for a period of 15 years to ensure that new supply is not discouraged. This innovative proposal protects renters without being unreasonably burdensome for landlords or developers.

This is a fair proposal that we know will make a real difference. This is a significant step forward. It is one part of a broad range of solutions we need to address this statewide crisis we have been mired in since the Great Recession.

We have the chance to create a fairer system. We can prevent the extreme rent spikes and no-cause evictions that destabilize our neighbors, disrupt our communities, and increase homelessness.

The housing crisis impacts every community. Rent increases as high as 100 percent, mass evictions, and unfair displacement occur in places as diverse as Salem, Prineville, Medford and Beaverton. While most landlords do right by their tenants, the evidence is clear that unreasonable rent increases and no-cause evictions are harming families and communities.

Kids cannot stay focused and learn in school when they are worried about where their family will sleep at night. Parents can’t excel at work when they are worried about where they will move next. Seniors living on a fixed income are forced to choose between paying rent and medicine and food if their rent increases significantly. We all need a basic foundation of stability.

Oregon can become the first state to take such bold action. We can show the rest of the country what we value: all Oregonians having a safe and stable place to call home.