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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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Teen rape suspect "just happened to slip away" (Video)  

Bob Terry dodges and weaves!     

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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Middle East friendship chart

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California topples a tyrant

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10 Things US does worse than Europe

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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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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Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 



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 

School Reform/slate.com 



    

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

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    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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"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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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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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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Kansas' ruinous tax cuts

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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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Paul Krugman 

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Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Monday
Oct062014

ISIS/ISL – THE STATE OF NATURE

     Whatever one calls the terrorists who are trying to carve out their version of an Islamic Caliphate which reaches from Syria through Iraq – The Syrian/Iraqi State or the Islamic State of the Levant – the claim to nationhood does not stand the test of what it means to be a nation-state.

     Recently my colleague at Pacific, Jim Moore talked about on how ISIS/ISL increasingly acts like a nation-state by occupying land, collecting taxes, providing services to those it occupies and by having a monopoly of the tools of violence in those parts of Syria and Iraq it occupies. 

     If these were the sole criteria of nation-state status, ISIS/ISL might have such a legitimate claim.  But it doesn’t have a claim of the “legitimate monopoly of the tools of violence” because it lacks what the modern state must have, “sovereignty.” 

     Sovereignty implies the active or tacit consent of those who on whose behalf one claims to govern.  A nation based on barbarism – beheadings, ethnic cleansing and violence doesn’t meet the criteria of being a sovereign state despite the claims of a perverted version of Islamic ideology. 

     A modern state must meet some minimal sense of the “consent of the governed” whatever its ideology or governmental system.  And consent is not to be gained at the barrel of a gun or guillotine.  Sovereignty is a moral claim that recognizes some elemental form of citizenship.  

     So while ISIS/ISL has some of the attributes of a nation-state, lacking sovereignty it’s claims of nationhood are problematic at best.  The Mafia, the Mexican Drug Cartel can make the same claims as ISIS/ISL but nobody seriously thinks of these organizations as nation-states. 

     Rather like ISIS/ISL they are sub-national groups that rely not on any moral claim to govern but on theft and violence. 

     If the modern state is reduced to such a minimalist definition then any claims by oppositional forces to a higher moral purpose would be rejected and the state become no more than a group of bandits looting, pillaging and raping their way through the countryside. 

     Thomas Hobbes described such a pre-state as “the state of nature where the "war of all against all” exists.  Certainly, many modern states, including the USA not just Iraq, could be described as being at times in a state of nature if one focuses on organized crime or cities that erupt in violence. 

     But the US and even Iraq have “constitutions” and elected governments however flawed.  Our political system for all of its turbulence functions well by its noteworthy capacity to engage in the peaceful change of power from election to election at all levels of governance. 

     Iraq has the outlines of such a system but like many fledgling governments, democratic or non-democratic – the transition to power is only marginally peaceful in its early history as was the case of the US from 1789 to the Civil War, a fact we often forget! 

     So-called “realists” would argue the concept of sovereignty is an outdated idea.  They would argue there is no such thing as the moral authority to govern based on the concept of consent – all power comes from violence in one form or the other.  

     In effect that's the implicit claim of ISIS/ISL.  

     Such commentators fail to recognize the fact/value dichotomy.  Yes, many governments begin in violence but unless some form of constitutional government based on consent is consummated – the Hobbesean war of all against all will perpetuate itself.  

     This is what we see in ISIS/ISL but also in many nascent nation-states in Central Africa where European colonialism carved up regions with no inherent historical affinity pitting clan or tribe against each other – the Central African Republic and Somalia are the worst cases along with a violence torn Iraq. 

     So the USA, European and Middle East alliance must crush ISIS/ISL like a June bug while also getting Iraqi parties to form a government that is legitimate in the eyes of the people of Iraq.  This requires “politics” not guns and diplomacy not boots on the ground, except local boots! 

     The European scholar of war Clausewitz was is error when he claimed, “war is politics by other means.”  War or civil war may precede “politics” but it is not one and the same.  Politics requires the arts of compromise and the peaceful transition to power.  

     Look at modern Russia and China – they were born out of violent civil wars but even though their claims to “democracy” are bogus, they have managed to change the composition of their respective "politburos" without cracking up since the end of WW II.  

     Politics, be it democratic or non-democratic, is messy and often not pretty to the bystander.  But it is better than the alternative and the more a hold the peaceful transition to power has on the elites and the public – the more likely democratic governance will emerge. 

     This is clearly what the Obama administration has in mind – though its critics on the Left and Right seem tone deaf to the goal of moving from violence to peaceful change.  ISIS/ISL is an obstacle and must be dealt with by their chosen tools of engagement.  

     Some claim you can’t root out terrorists via a military strategy.  How did we prevail over the Third Reich, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan in WW II?

     As JFK said in his 1961 inaugural address: “Let us never negotiate out of fear.  But let us never fear to negotiate.”  But it takes two to tango and ISIS/ISL doesn’t appear to be ready to go to the negotiating table.  They have substituted ideology for politics. 

     If we stand by the people of the Middle East will reap the whirlwind! Hopefully a combination of hard and soft power will stop ISIS/ISL in its bloody tracks.  In the meantime the leaders of Iraq must get serious about democratic governance!    

     The US can do only so much.  But thinking diplomacy is the only key is naïve. With ISIS/ISL’s non-negotiating demands they offer no middle ground in large part because as terrorists they measure consent by the barrel of a gun or a beheading knife.   

     The US will have to multi-task given the challenge - try to stop ISIS/ISIL, get local boots on the ground, focus on diplomacy among unlikely allies - Syria, Iran and Turkey and keep the pressure on Iraq to embrace the arts of politics not religious/ethnic separatism.  

     So far there is little evidence that the US air campaign is working since the Iraqi army isn't contesting ISIS/ISL and local nations - Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Turkey are not willing to get their troops on the ground.  Remember Cambodia under Pol Pot?  

     Long term the key is economic development of the "Savant" from Iraq to Palestine!   This is best described as the art of "muddling through" as we did in the post-WW II era.  But first the "killing fields" have to end!   

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Saturday
Oct042014

THE OLYMPICS "WHITE ELEPHANT"

The Bidding For The 2022 Olympics Is A Disaster Because Everyone Figured Out That Hosting Is A Total Waste - Business Insider

    

EDITOR'S NOTE:  

     As we enter the crazy time of the sporting year in the USA with the onset of the NBA season, the fast and furious time of college and pro football and with the Boys of October - maybe it's time to sit back and wonder whether our collective addiction has gone too far when it comes to the Olympic Games.   

     There is an old anti-war rhetorical question - "what would happen if nobody showed up to fight the next war?"  The same question is facing the IOC...  what happens when no nation wants to host the next games?  Is it time to put a fork in the Olympic games and/or to settle on the permanent siting of the games? 

     But again, who wants to pay the cost?

     The Atlanta and LA games penciled out because they were paid for by corporate sponsors and used existing facilities.  With all the past venues one wonders why such sites can't be rotated rather than new ones be built?  Come on down - LA, Atlanta, London (summer games) or Salt Lake City, San Maritz or Lake Placid (winter games).    

© Provided by Business Insider

     Oslo has pulled out of the running for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government advised against hosting.

     That leaves Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan as the only remaining cities involved in the bidding process.

     Researchers have known for years that hosting large sporting events like the Olympics always costs more than expected and always yields less revenue and useful long-term infrastructure than estimated. Now voters and politicians in democratically elected countries are starting to realize the same thing.

     Potential host cities began dropping out of the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics like crazy early in 2014.

     Deadspin's Barry Petchesky had a breakdown of the cities that scrapped their campaigns to host the event back in May.

     Krakow, Munich, and Davos/St. Moritz all withdrew their bids after the public voted against hosting. Stockholm withdrew after the city's government said that "revenues will likely be lower and costs higher" than estimated. Over the summer Lviv, Ukraine's bid collapsed in the face of widespread unrest in the country. Now Oslo is out too.

© Provided by Business Insider

      Bidding on the Olympics has been justified for years by one big economic lie: investing in hosting Olympic Games will lead to long-term economic growth.

     It doesn't.

     In a 2006 paper, "Mega-events: The effect of the world's biggest sporting events on local, regional, and national economics," Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson took this idea to task:

     "Public expenditures on sports infrastructure and event operations necessarily entail reductions in other government services, an expansion of government borrowing, or an increase in taxation, all of which produce a drag on the local economy.

     At best public expenditures on sports-related construction or operation have zero net impact on the economy as the employment benefits of the project are matched by employment losses associated with higher taxes or spending cuts elsewhere in the system."

     Matheson also argues that Olympic economic impact reports often ignore the significant costs for things like security and conflate "general infrastructure" with "sports infrastructure."

     The things you need to stage a two-week bobsleigh event are different than the things you need for daily life.

     The most obvious representation of this is "white elephants" — costly Olympic stadiums that now sit empty. From Sarajevo to Athens to (some fear) Sochi, former host cities are full of examples of buildings that served a specific purpose for two weeks during the Olympics and then immediately fell out of use.

     Countries, at least democracies, are no longer buying the economic benefit argument. As a result, we could be headed into an era where only non-democratic governments will want to host the Olympics.

     After dropping out of the bidding, Stockholm's ruling party issued a statement saying they had no use for Olympic infrastructure:

     "Arranging a Winter Olympics would mean a big investment in new sports facilities, for example for the bobsleigh and luge."

     "There isn't any need for that type of that kind of facility after an Olympics."

     "A big project like this, which is so expensive, requires broad popular support and there isn't enough support for it," Norway prime minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday.

     The final two bidders for the 2022 Olympics are Almaty, Kazakhstan — who's first and only president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, won 95% of the vote the most recent election, which was roundly criticized by international monitors — and Beijing, China.

      The International Olympic Committee will vote for a 2022 host city on July 31, 2015.

Thursday
Oct022014

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF EDUCATION REFORM

     The hallmark of American education has been that public schools are required to educate students regardless of their demographics – income, gender, race, ethnicity or religion.  Aside from segregation, public education has been the great equalizer – at least in theory if not always in practice.  

     The public school system in the US has historically been one of the few institutions dedicated to not only educating successive generations of new Americans but to bring the children of immigrants into the American middle class.  Education is the gateway to the pursuit of happiness. 

     Again, public schools have not always succeeded in achieving these goals but they did a marvelous job of it in the early and mid 20th century facing until today the largest influx of immigrants in the USA from Southern and Eastern Europe and Asia. 

     The success of public education from the ‘20s to the ‘50s laid the basis for the biggest expansion of our economy during the WW II years and the post-war era that continued through the turbulent ‘60s and ‘70s.  Since then things have gotten more complicated. 

     Now a generation of “school reformers” from the political class and the corporate elite are trying to “corporatize” US education by advocating charter schools and the use of hi-tech in the classroom with the clear intent of making public education a thing of the past.  

     Two recent articles below sent to me by my “CC” illustrate the nature of the assault on public schools.      

     What should concern you is that without the public school system there is no other institution in American life that brings the children from all walks of life together face to face in the same space.  This attack on the concept of public education is the new face of re-segregation. 

     This time the segregation will not be founded on race but on the dubious notion of what kids are “educable” and in this era that means creating different tracks for our children and grandchildren based on the problematic assumptions behind high stakes testing. 

     I’ve beat that drum before but now what concerns me is how the new hi-tech reforms will isolate the learner so that he or she has less and less contact with a real live teachers and with their peers being literally glued to the “tube” in this case the ubiquitous computer screen. 

     Just by chance NPR had a segment on the so-called millennials.  The takeaway was the current generation wants to work at home using social media not in face-to-face collaboration with their fellow workers.  Corporate America is not comfortable with this because collaboration is a key to technological innovation. 

     The irony of course is that it’s corporate America that is driving the school reform train that will create more self-centered worker drones not people with social skills to work and learn collaboratively which has been the basis since the 19th century of US economic supremacy - innovation hinges on team work!  

     Clearly the right hand of corporate America doesn’t know what the left hand wants.   As we dumb down education to reading and math skills leaving the humanities, the arts and social sciences in the dust – what kind of workers and citizens will inherit the last half of the 21st century? 

     Another irony is that with increased "seat time" in front of a computer and with the demise of PE, shop and other applied courses - the next generation will be less healthy and the criticism of the old order for assessments based on seat time not performance is being ignored by the "reformers." 

     Again, public education has never been perfect.  But as Bill Clinton famously said in 1999 about welfare reform – “don’t end it, mend it.”  Sadly Clinton never lived up to his promise – Monika Lewinsky got in the way.  What’s the so-called school reformers excuse as they travel down this Faustian road? 

     Finally, the reformer advocates have no professional experience in the public schools.  They are not teachers!  Many of them never attended a public school and one suspects neither do their children or grand children being among the 1%.  Fortunately, they are confronted by a new coalition. 

     Increasingly parents and teachers are finding common ground to fight back once they see the results of this new social engineering of public education.  It began in Washington DC as they beat Michelle Rhee and in Chicago as they fight Mayor Rham Emanuel. 

     Sadly, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is as clueless as they come.  He too has drunk the “reformer” Kool Aide.  So the fight over public education will be fought on the ground in the 50 states and in the “friendly confines” of America's 16,000 school districts.  

     Even in small town America here in the ‘Grove the battle lines are drawn between a superintendent who is a “reformer” but like Rhee her heavy handed leadership style has angered parents and teachers.  So the decentralized nature of schools offers many veto points for those opposed to top down reform!  

     Keep in mind, in the USA we’ve been battling over public education and what happens in the Little Red School House since the 1950s when a generation of school reformers led by General Hyman Rickover wanted to enlist schools in the Cold War.

     Some good things come out of “these school wars” – dedication to a more robust math, science and foreign languages curriculum but the current version echoes Grover Norquist’s goal to shrink government to the size that it can be drowned in a bathtub.

     Don't give in to the false prophets of reform who embrace the Norquist party-line for schools. 

    

Wednesday
Oct012014

PUTTING CANDIDATES ON THE SPOT

EDITOR'S NOTE: 

     I was asked by the Forest Grove News-Times to write some questions for the candidates they will be interviewing during the current election season. 

     Here's what I came up with for questions to those running to "occupy" the Puzzle Palace!  

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Questions:

     #1 -  Governor Kitzhaber has promised tax reform 3 times but not delivered on that promise.  What is your view of how we should reform Oregon taxes?  Do you support any of the following options - ?

  • sales tax

  • value added tax

  • moving from an indexed to progressive personal and corporate income taxes

  • ending tax loopholes for corporations (i.e. the corporate minimum tax)

  • ending subsidies like the SIP...   

  • ending the personal kicker

  • ending Measure 5 and 50 - passed in '90 and '97...   the property tax limitation measures  

     If you don't support ANY of these options how do you propose to get enough revenue to support K-12 and higher education and to fill in the gaps in the social safety net? 

     #2 -  Last session the "grand bargain" resolved the impasse over urban/rural reserves.  Some feel our land use system is outdated and needs to be revised.  Where do you stand on this issue?  Do you think our land use system is -

  • doing just fine and we should leave it alone

  • needs to be scrapped totally

  • needs some minor tweaking - give examples

     #3 -  Washington County is the hub of Oregon's economy because of the hi-tech industry but this has left "the other" Oregon in the dust...  


  •      What can be done to end this urban/rural divide which has turned Oregon into a state of haves and have nots depending on where one lives and makes working out compromises in the legislature very challenging. 

  •      Is it time to get the federal government to unlock federal forest lands while demanding the logging industry to stop clear cutting and employ new less harmful ways of harvesting timber in Oregon? 

   

     #4 - Climate change - everyone talks about it - what should we do about it?  Is it a real issue?  If so, what can Oregonians do? 

 

  •      We will see 500,000 to a million people move into the metro area by 2035 - this will require smart growth not just letting the market decide. 

  •     How can the demand for more housing, more development, more roads be reconciled with scaling back the impact growth has on climate change?

  •    Is this the new land use challenge?  

Monday
Sep292014

TRUE TO THE BLUE

     We just returned from a 4 day trip to Seattle to celebrate my 72nd.  While my Huskies were very disappointing despite a stout defense against a big Stanford offensive line, the Seattle Mariners kept their season in play through the final game which we attended to watch King Felix do his magic after a brutal loss to Toronto Blue Jays in his last start.  His 15th win just might get him his second Cy Young award.  

     Husky fans can only hope with a bye this week the Dawgs will get an offense back with some of that star dust from the M's who made each game meaningful until the very end of the season despite a roller coaster year.  The M's have the nucleus of a great team baring injuries next year and the stupid management tricks the M's are noted for.  They need to get a big bopper who can hit with men on base without giving up the farm!  

     For now M's fans can hope for a better season next year where we get to the playoffs not just within one game of them!  Keep Hope Alive. 

RAD's favorite Mariner, Dustin Ackley gets a key hit! 

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