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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."

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Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax

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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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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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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- 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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"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: 


 

  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • 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.   

 

 

    

    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 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. 

     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...   


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAD Lines

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SB 1533 passes!  

http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=10863

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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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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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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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

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  

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?

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

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Thursday
Apr072016

THE BRAWL IN NY, NY HAS BEGUN!  

     The headline news has both Bernie and Hillary saying neither is qualified to be president.

     The brouhaha began when Hillary said in a Daily News interview that Sanders didn't get down to specifics of how he would break up "banks too big to fail." 

     Having read that article, I came to a similar conclusion.  As is The Bern's norm he defaults to his speaking points not to specifics of how he's going to accomplish this important goal which is at the heart of his plan to get Wall Street to fess up to the errors of its ways. 

     Hillary's point is a legitimate question. 

     The Bern by contrast at a rally on a college campus, his safe haven these days, was to resort to his talking points accusing Clinton of being a tool of Wall Street even implying she has something to do with the Panama law firm that is under fire for hiding off shore money  for the super rich. 

     It's that venue where The Bern called Hillary "not qualified" to be president.  She didn't start this war of words, Bernie did.  But what's more telling to me is that Congressman Charles Rangel from NYNY who has been in Congress for decades said he's never had a conversation with Bernie, NEVER! 

     If Bernie Sanders is serious about his agenda - he needs to be more specific.  Hopefully the next debate on April 14th in NYNY will force him to clarify how he plans to accomplish his rather grandiose goals. 

     But as to whether Hillary is "qualified" to be POTUS - so far she has a 2 million voter edge in people feeling she's met that challenge.  But more to the point, her record in government as First Lady of Arkansas, the USA, a US Senator (NY) and as Secretary of State has answered that question affirmatively - agree or disagree with her she has the resume.  Bernie does not. 

     Bernie can hide behind the horde of adoring millennials like the Wizard of Oz but ultimately we all want to know the details of how The Bern will accomplish his ambitious agenda which requires courting members of Congress with whom he has a passing relationship at best. 

     As they say "the devil is in the details" and the Bern hasn't passed that "qualified to govern" test.  As a life long registered Democrat but ideologically a fellow 'democratic socialist' in the spirit of transparency I think this is not asking too much of The Bern.  Inquiring minds want to know Bernie.  

     Just for the record, we were all young once, age brings the perspective that youth itself does not confirm wisdom.  When one candidate promises we will be "Great Again" and another "free tuition" - one should check under the hood to see whether all the parts of the engine are in place.     

Wednesday
Apr062016

THE BERN, HILLARY, THE DONALD, CRUZ – NYNY

     After wins in Wisconsin The Bern and Cruzer move onto the city and state that never sleeps – New York for its April 17th primary.  Then will follow what amounts to a Beast of the East contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on April 26th

     These ‘Super Plus Tuesday’ contests will go a long way in determining the outcome of the 2016 nomination battle in both major parties.  But alas, like the bounce of the ball in the recent men’s March Madness tournament, we will left in suspended animation until the Golden Gate state  votes. 

     The Bern is on a 7 out of 8 mostly caucus state roll and he has the quick step of big mo but will it survive the mean streets of the Big Apple?  And will Cruz be able to blunt The Donald’s home field advantage in the Empire state?  If one is a betting man The Bern and The Cruzer face big odds in the under/over game!  

     While the polls in NY are tightening up between Hillary and Bernie giving her an 11-point edge, Trump maintains a sizeable 34-point edge over Cruz.  But New York being a ‘closed’ primary state has a radically different demographic dynamic than past contests where those squirrley undecideds/independents voted. 

     When one looks at the profile of likely voters in the ‘Big East’ states independents won’t distort the results in either party, the millennial youth vote will be diminished by a larger Black and Latino vote, and union families will play a role, as will senior citizens more so than in recent contests.    

     But given the possibility, however unlikely, of brokered conventions in Philly for the Ds and in Cleveland for the Rs the hard elbows will no doubt come out on both sides.  If the candidates don’t get “down and dirty” their surrogates will as will the New York press corp noted for its bite as the front page from the NY Daily News above illustrates.  

     Bernie will face tough questions about how he plans to fund all of his promises.  And Hillary will no doubt have to deal with the “trust issue” which has dogged her from the beginning. The Donald and Cruz circus act will plum new lows in campaign rhetoric while Kasich languishes in the doldrums. 

     On the face of it conventional wisdom says ‘Super Plus Tuesdays” should put both Hillary and Trump over the hump in convention delegates with Rhode Island being the outlier state for the Bern.  But if we’ve learned anything in this campaign season, expect the unexpected.  That’s why we have elections not just polls. 

     All politics is local and in the Big East politics is a blood sport – so expect the contestants to come out with blood in their eyes.  It will be up to Oregon and California to bring civility back in the drama in late May and early June as spring ends and summer begins.

     In the meantime the candidates better strap up their helmets and pads as the going could get rough and tumble in the 2016 nomination roller derby!   

Tuesday
Apr052016

THE DONALD'S "OLD MONEY" SOURCE...  

EDITOR'S NOTE:  As we breathlessly wait for the results from the Wisconsin primary, the story below about The Donald's grandpa illustrates the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree!  Is there a dime's worth of difference between an empire made on brothels and booze versus one made off of casinos and gambling?  Both pander to the worst side of human nature.  And since money is the "mother's milk" of politics these professions are intimately linked (pun intended)...    


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Frederich Trump set up the Arctic Hotel in 1899. He left the North within three years, having amassed the seed money he would later use to plant the Trump fortune.  

Source:  The "CC"...   

 

Monday
Apr042016

IN MEMORIUM

Precious Lord Take My Hand

Words & music by Thomas A. Dorsey

            Precious Lord, take my hand

            Lead me on, let me stand

            I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m alone

            Through the storm, through the night

            Lead me on to the light

            Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

 

            When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near

            When my life is almost gone

            Hear my cry, hear my call

            Hold my hand lest I fall

            Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

 

            When the darkness appears

            and the night draws near

            And the day is past and gone

            At the river I stand

            Guide my feet, hold my hand

            Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

 

            Precious Lord, take my hand

            Lead me on, let me stand

            I'm tired, I’m weak, Lord I’m worn

            Through the storm, through the night

            Lead me on to the light

            Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

MAHALIA JACKSON PRECIOUS LORD TAKE MY HAND -...

Saturday
Apr022016

BERNIE, THE PIED PIPPER...  

    Lies, damn lies and statistics. 

     The Donald has been rightfully accused of fuzzy logic, flip flopping and pandering to our fears.  Well the Bern demagogues as a friendly grandfatherly face telling us what we want to hear despite it's not being believable.  

     Bernie Sanders loves to rap the knuckles of Wall Street until they bleed.  My question for the Bern is that "who" is he talking about taxing to pay for free college tuition at public universities?  Is he talking about "banks too big to fail," hedge funds run amok or other financial institutions like insurance companies and/or mutual funds - all which hold billions of dollars of the little people's money that's in a pension plan or an IRA. Who will the Bern be taxing? 

     The Bern has claimed by taxing Wall Street he will raise over $75 billion to pay for tuition to public universities.  If you divide $75 billion equally among the 50 states that averages out to $1.5 billion per state.  Oregon's budget is $700 million for the public university system for 2016-17.  California is budgeted for $45 billion for 2015-16.  The hitch is larger states like California will suck up a larger allocation while small states like Oregon will get less so tuition increases will continue @ a 4% rate per year.  

Here's the Bern's Plan from his website. 

     His plan simply repackages existing federal programs. You will still have to pay tuition, get loans and use work study money.  After all professors don't come for free, nor dorms, classrooms et al.  Read this carefully, the devil is in the details:  

It's Time to Make College Tuition Free and Debt Free

     This dubious promise in the Bern's campaign has a lot to due with why college students are flocking to his side.  Never underestimate the appeal of a "free lunch" aka self-interest. The problem is that not only won't the Bern plan cover tuition costs hence not delivering on his most compelling promise this election year, it would not merely tax the evil doers on Wall Street, it also would levy an indirect tax on those who have their money invested in The Street - millions of Main Street citizens. 

     Why?  Because CEO's, lawyers and accountants on The Street aided by their hoards of lobbyists from K Street in DC will block a President Sander's plan to soak the rich for the sake of the middle class and by the time it's over the Wall Street lobby will pass such a tax onto the little people and/or lower their return on investment.  Either way the middle class will be left holding the bag.  So this idea will be a failed promise in a Sander's administration and be a double whammy for the middle class. 

     But there are more pitfalls to The Bern's Robin Hood plan - if it passes muster in Congress!  

     Public college education funding is a state obligation so to achieve his goal The Bern will have to get governors and legislators in the 50 states to add to his $70 billion to make this promise come true.  Presidents have no such power in our political system - states control their own budgets and make these decisions not members of Congress let alone the president.  And to deliver on this promise, they would have to either raise taxes and/or cut budgets in other state services - corrections, transportation, human services or K-12.  This would become an unfunded mandate.  

     Beware of the Pied Piper who offers a "free lunch" because there is no such thing when it comes to taxes.  Any public investments in the USA from infra-structuve to education will have to be a shared burden by all levels of government and American taxpayers.  Even in the era of The Bern everyone will have to pony up.  The ain't no free lunch!  

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