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FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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California topples a tyrant

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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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: 

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Hard Times in Oregon: 

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The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   

 

Steve Duin Schools get the blame 

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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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms

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FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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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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"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
Sep042014

ISIS EVIL - NOT THAT ANYONE GIVES A DAMN!  

Supporters of the al-Fadila party perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by ISIS. Sept. 3, 2014 (HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty)

Escaping an ISIS Massacre

     A new report reveals chilling details of the violence carried out by the radical Sunni militant group ISIS. 

     In June, ISIS militants massacred hundreds of Iraqi Army recruits. Almost 800 were reportedly killed at Camp Speicher, an air base that was previously a U.S. military facility just north of Baghdad. 

     Only one man survived the brutal attack. The lone survivor, Ali Hussein Kadhim, told his story to Adam Ellick, senior video journalist and reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times.

EDITOR'S NOTE: 

     Many war weary Americans are wondering if we are slipping into another war in the Middle East.  President Obama has promised no boots on the ground minus the ubiquitous advisers, air strikes and drones.  Those with memories of Vietnam know such promises were not kept. 

     But Obama is not LBJ or Nixon.  Neither is he George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.   He seems committed to a policy of military restraint be it in the Middle East, The Ukraine or the South China Sea.  Nevertheless the worry about mission creep will not go away... 

     This report on NPR's "Takeaway" program was broadcast this morning - Thusrday, September 4th. 

     It's a chilling account of how ISIS operates.  The threat ISIS poses is historically familiar to how Hitler's SS rounded up Jews, Gypsies and Communists before the Final Solution was put into full force.  Just round people up and kill them en mass. 

We know how this ended.  

     You may rhetorically say what's the difference between being beheaded or shot?   Either way you're dead.  To the morally tone deaf or obtuse, there is no difference.  I beg to differ.  Beheadings via social media are a particularly grisly propaganda tool implying the risk of opposing ISIS is a certain and grisly death.  It captures the psychological meaning of terrorism invented in the French Revolution in the period termed the Terror.

      War brings out the worse in human beings.  Acting like Hannibal Lector amps up the level of fear and hate.  It's very Old Testament, an eye for an eye...   The sins of the fathers visited on their sons and daughters?  

     But let's remind ourselves of a little US history from the Vietnam War.  When we destroyed villages to save the people didn't that ultimately end with the grisly scenes of the My Lai Massacre?  The point here is that in soldier to soldier combat - it's often kill or be killed.  But in the My Lai case and now with ISIS, the strategy is a scorced earth strategy which makes no distinction between combatants and non-combatants.     

     Nobody is safe - war time correspondents, opposition forces, religious minorities or non-combatants.   Beheadings or mass slayings speak to a level of savagery or barbarism that goes way beyond the conventions of war.  It makes the American atrocities in My Lai or Abu Garib pale by comparison.  That's hard to do but that's exactly what ISIS has accomplished as did Pol Pot in Cambodia, the mass murders in Rwanda et al.   

And the world watched but did nothing! 

     ISIS has merely taken a leaf out of the page book of terrorism be it from the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution or German Nazism and applied it while trying to create its fantasy state of an Islamic Caliphate.  But in putting its grisly actions on social media - it should unify formerly disparate groups in Iraq and the Middle East to realize they are next in line unless they act now. 

     Yes "CC" - no American or allied boots on the ground but sitting by while this grisly stuff goes on is also "no option."  We have advisers, drones and planes and hopefully "locals" willing to step up and fight their own fight with a little help from their friends.  If ISIS doesn't unite the factions in the Middle East, nothing will and they will suffer the consequences and down the road so will we. 

     And just for the record - this mess was begun under the aegis of British Colonialism not Pax Americana.  It will take a long time to untangle this "tangled web we weaved."  

Thomas Friedman - It's complicated...  

     To defeat ISIS you have to address the context out of which it emerged. And that is the three civil wars raging in the Arab world today: the civil war within Sunni Islam between radical jihadists and moderate mainstream Sunni Muslims and regimes; the civil war across the region between Sunnis funded by Saudi Arabia and Shiites funded by Iran; and the civil war between Sunni jihadists and all other minorities in the region — Yazidis, Turkmen, Kurds, Christians, Jews and Alawites.

     When you have a region beset by that many civil wars at once, it means there is no center, only sides. And when you intervene in the middle of a region with no center, you very quickly become a side.

     ISIS emerged as an extreme expression of resentment by one side: Iraqi and Syrian Sunnis who felt cut out of power and resources by the pro-Iranian Shiite regime in Baghdad and the pro-Iranian Alawite/Shiite regime in Damascus. That is why Obama keeps insisting that America’s military intervention must be accompanied, for starters, by Iraqis producing a national unity government — of mainstream Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds — so our use of force supports pluralism and power-sharing, not just Shiite power.

     But power-sharing doesn’t come easy in a region where kinship and sectarian loyalties overwhelm any sense of shared citizenship. Without it, though, the dominant philosophy is either: “I am strong, why should I compromise?” or “I am weak, how can I compromise?” So any onslaught we make on ISIS, absent national unity governments, will have Shiites saying the former and Sunnis saying the latter. That’s why this is complicated.

 

Tuesday
Sep022014

TERRORISM AND THE YOUNG

    Why do "some" young people in the Arab/Muslim world and even in the West find the appeal of terrorist groups like ISIS so alluring?   Could it be because for the younger generation they see no hope for jobs in their future?  As a result they become "true believer" fodder for an anti-western jihadist ideology.  

     The young of many Middle East nations are trapped in autocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia and Egypt where the "revolution of rising expectations" is met with a reality that hope for a secure economic future is simply not a reality.  Hope is replaced by dispair and with dispair comes a potential terrorist recruit. 

     When one combines this with the three track class system in these nations - a rural peasant class with very traditional religious values, an educated urban class without job prospects and the offspring of the 1% who can live off the largess of their families - you get a combustible mix which becomes fertile recruiting ground for groups like ISIS. 

     One sees little effort by the US or our allies to address this problem by bringing economic development to this region. 

     "....the continuous single biggest driver of the kind of criminal Islamist extremism we see in the IS phenomenon is the predicament of several hundred million individual Arab men and women who find — generation after generation — that in their own societies they are unable to achieve their full humanity or potential, or exercise their full powers of thought and creativity, or, in many cases, obtain their basic life needs for their families..." 

-  Rami G. Khouri - "Antidote to the Islamic State Threat" - see left sidebar

     What does one do when the kids on the block join the bad guys?   

     My "CC" sent me this article (below) from The Nation which can't distinguish the Dubya era of invading Afghanistan and then Iraq from the Obama administration's pullout of troops and more cautious approach to responding to terrorism, including the horrific and barbaric version of ISIS.  Instead the author resorts to an eschatological tirade of blame America for everthing gone wrong in Iraq. 

http://www.thenation.com/article/181440/washington-created-its-own-worst-nightmare-it-could-still-create-something-worse

     One wonders what the author might have said back in the day when Hitler implemented the "final solution" - blame FDR?  Contrary to the author we live in a world where we have to find proximate solutions to impossible problems.  The author's assumption that doing nothing is a solution - well it's an option, albeit a morally repugnant one.  But when one is on the sidelines it's easy to be a Monday morning QB. 

     Let's remember that Dubya's invasion mania was based on a big lie - WMDs.  Obama's fear is based on the reality that these ISIS dudes are lopping people's heads off and worse.   Obama is not going to launch a ground war against ISIS.  That's a canard.  What he's going to do is try to help the Kurds and Iraqi forces to fight back with US airpower and drones as back up.  Ya got a better plan - send Barack an e-mail.  

     My long term plan turn jihadists into entrepreneurs.  But first somebody has to stop the killing fields...   

    

Monday
Sep012014

FAILURE - A PRELUDE TO SUCCESS? 

Failure is good for you in school? 

     My “CC” sent me an article from the Toronto Globe & Mai on how failure can be a positive learning experience.

      As we start a school year when the “Common Core” comes online the failure rate for CC tests is projected to be @ 70%. 

     If learning how to fail is the goal, it appears this goal will be achieved.  Lucky us!    

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/your-kids-a-failure-congratulations/article20281805/#dashboard/follows/

     As a kid who struggled in grade school because I was sick a lot and had to work hard to catch up and succeed in junior high and high school I understood that nothing was going to be given to me on a silver platter. 

     Unlike the children of helicopter parents, being solidly middle class my parent’s generation did not “hover.” I attended public schools in Seattle (1-4), Palo Alto (5) and Roseburg (6-12) not an upscale prep school. 

     I didn’t experience failure per se but certainly learned the value and ethic of hard work - which paid off in high school and after that in college.  And as many college students my first two years were a challenge. 

     But embracing “failure” seems to be a bit of a stretch.  I found the comments by hi-tech gurus that failure led to their later success puzzling. Recovering from a quixotic battle against Intel, forgive me for being a bit jaundiced about being "road kill."  

     When corporate Oregon and America use the American taxpayers as their ITM machine for their R&D – they aren’t embracing the risk of failure, the are hedging their bets by using other people’s money – yours and mine. 

     I find this mildly amusing since Intel as reported by the Oregonian sinks a lot of employee pension money into unidentified hedge funds, the modern fools gold that led to the Great Recession. 

     “One of the mantras of Silicon Valley and other start-up-intensive areas is “fail fast, move on.” (This is probably also a useful survival strategy, considering that 80 per cent of new businesses are destined for the scrap heap.)”  

     What isn’t said is that “failure” is done with other people’s money – gullible investors and/or the public’s money. 

     Keep in mind that the children from such privilege will grow up in the best neighborhoods, go to the best schools and inherit a sense of entitlement that will carry on through their lives as “poor little rich kids.”  

Failure on the mean streets

     A FOR from Denver sent me an article on homelessness could have been written about being homeless in Portlandia and Washington County.  While it creates a stereotype of the homeless, it’s worth the read.  

http://extras.denverpost.com/homelessstudents/?source=hot-topic-bar

     It offers the other side of “failure” – the failure of the American political and economic system to help those in need get out of the so-called “culture of poverty” which is generational not just individual. 

     It’s one thing for someone to screw up by a having a drug habit, doing jail time or making bad personal choices. But when your kids are collateral damage it’s a tragedy based on the luck of the draw by birth. 

     The system seems programmed to fail the most needy.  As I’ve said before in Washington County it will take us 160 years to build enough low income housing to meet the current need while Intel gets its 30 year deal. 

     “The number of homeless children in Colorado schools has surged because of the lack of affordable housing in this state, experts said. Also, schools have improved efforts to identify those who qualify under the McKinney-Vento federal law that guarantees homeless children the same rights to a public education as housed children.”

  •      I’m morally outraged by an education system that blames failure on students, teachers or their parents rather than a political and corporate elite who “reform” the system based on no experience in the classroom. 

  •      I’m disgusted by educational reforms which promise to end the drop out rate, to end the achievement gap but fail to deliver on that promise which using high stakes tests which implicitly blame the victims for failure. 

  •      I’m offended by an economic system which confines families to the margins of the US economy because of an accident of birth into the working poor, because of their race or being a single mother struggling against the odds. 

     If one wants to see children succeed in school and to succeed in life the basics are not learning how to learn from “failure” but to provide the conditions for family stability and children’s physical and emotional security. 

    This is not theory – as a grand father I see that such stability and unconditional love are the necessary and sufficient conditions of success and happiness every weekend in the eyes of my grand daughter.  

     The Founders promised Americans “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  But those promises came with a catch – “all are equal but some are more equal than others.”  So failure is a relative term. 

     If you come from the wrong side of the tracks you may never get out of the “failure trap.”  If you are born into privilege you can navigate failure because somebody has your back – most likely Mommy and Daddy!  

     Here’s what I believe:  

1.   Hardworking people should be able to afford housing and still have enough money for groceries and other basic necessities.

2.  Children deserve an opportunity to succeed in school and life, which is tied to having a stable home.

3.  Housing gives people an opportunity to build better lives. To succeed you need a place to call home.

4.  It’s only fair that everyone has a safe, decent place to live. Seniors, people with disabilities and single parents ought to have housing they can afford.

     But as long as we give goodies to Intel and Nike – it will be another 160 years before this promise is fulfilled in Washington County, let alone “the Other” Oregon.  And by then we’ll have even more poor people.  

     In the richest nation in the world, the plea of the little girl who was the poster child of my homeless advocacy in the Puzzle Palace in Salem is sadly still relevant.  With 1 in 4 children in Oregon living in poverty, we’ve achieved failure. 

    We sing at sporting events American is the home of “the free and the brave.”  But it turns out to be the home of “the privileged and the rich.”  It’s time to turn the page and to pay off that promissory note from the Founders.



Sunday
Aug312014

SIP SCHEME'S DISTORTED PRIORITIES

“All politics is local”

     In the joint hearing on August 26th on the newest approved SIP request by Intel, County Commissioner Roy Rogers claimed there was no “nexus” between helping schools versus helping Intel. 

     That’s strange logic as I’ve pointed out since over the last 20 years, local schools in Washington County lost over $300 million in funding due to Intel’s tax breaks from the SIP. 

     SIP tax breaks for Intel = lost revenue for schools.  If that’s not a “nexus” I don’t what it is.  Rogers was simply evading the question by putting lipstick on the SIP pig he negotiated for the county!   

     Ironically, Washington County will give $2.8 million in Gains Share to Washington County schools.  Gee, so there is a nexus.  Why is Roy, a CPO, is practicing that old trick called "implausible deniability." 

     It’s important to know that Portland Public Schools get no Gain Share money despite the fact that over 5000 of Intel employees live in Portland and adjacent counties to Washington County.

     But Gain Share funds come from Intel employees’ state income taxes not from Intel.  It's Only Washington County gets Gain Share money which the county commission uses as a slush fund for their favorite pork projects (see below). 

     Intel brags about how their 17,000 employees pay income taxes to support Oregon.  True, but Intel should pay its fair share too but they don't.  Instead they are relying on Oregon taxpayers to pay for their R&D.  

     Aside from a miserly $250K for the Community Housing Fund – the county gives no SIP money for dealing with the projected 160-year backlog of low-income rental housing in the county. 

     Check this article out for an example of “pork” Washington County style.  When you add Gain Share plus SIP in lieu of local property taxes Washington County and Hillsboro gets a tidy sum to “spread around.” (for more, see "Comments" section below)

Pet projects: 

     Hillsboro - $4 million in CSF, $1.85 million in GAP and in lieu of taxes fee –

  • Paying down the debt for Ron Tonkin Field, the Hops home;

  • Pavement Management for road maintenance;  

  • Parking near Shute Park Library;

  • Internal fiber loop for the city;

     Additionally SIP money will partially pay off the city debt for the Hillsboro Civic Center, expansion of Main Library and renovation of Shute Park library, Ron Tonkin Field, Cherry Lane Fire Station, Jones Farm Fire Station plus additional debt for the Main Library. 

     But in Hillsboro or Washington County there is no SIP or Gain Share money targeted at ending homelessness, helping those facing foreclosure or ending poverty in a state where 1 in 4 children grow up in poverty.  These people can’t give PAC money to politicians! 

     To paraphrase Commissioner Rogers "there is no nexus" between SIP/Gain Share and poverty in the county!  This is pure bull - not pork! 

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The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty

     Suburban communities experienced the fastest growth of residents living in concentrated poverty between 2000 and 2008-2012. 

Thursday
Aug282014

COMING ATTRACTIONS - MISSION CREEP IN IRAQ?  

      The CC sent me a very thoughtful article from The New Yorker. I like the conclusion very much

     “But fully absorbing the lessons of the past should mean being able to think clearly about going forward: Find partners, internationally and locally, and don’t get out in front of them. Understand the complexity and the importance of politics. Locate the elusive ground between overreacting and under reacting. Pay attention to other people’s nightmares, because they might be contagious.”

     My thoughts are why don’t we build a coalition between Israel and the so-called moderate Arab states in the region – Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen?  ISIS is the “common enemy” of them all plus Sunni and Shiites in Iraq.  Iran also has an interest in stopping ISIS.  

     If Arab and Muslim nations of the region are unwilling to spill blood and treasure, no amount of strategic or drone bombing by the USA will save the day.  Now if the Israelis realized that a radical Islamic Caliphate would be more dangerous to their fate than a Palestine nation-state, perhaps they would join such a coalition too.  

      Geo-politics makes for strange bedfellows as it did in WW II when FDR, Churchill and Stalin forged an alliance against Nazi Germany.  But the troops on the ground must be the “locals” not Americans, Canadians or Europeans.  We did our time from 9/11 to the pullout.  It’s time our friends in the region used their American subsidized weapons of mass destruction on their own. 

     More articles on "mission creep" from the "CC" -  

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