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Top 5 causes of homelessness

- Lack of affordable housing

- Lack of a livable wage

- Medical issues/lack of accessible health care

- Domestic violence

- Mental illness

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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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Oreaviationwatch

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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%.  

 

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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.   

 

 

    

    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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Putting corporate Oregon ahead of our people

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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

 

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From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Friday
Mar162007

THE WAR ON THE HOMEFRONT

march_18_webgraphic_380px.gif    Portland will be the scene on this Sunday of a major anti-Iraq war rally and march.  RAD will be there is spirit but not in body.  But for those who can join in check out the banner on the left.
    Got this info from my former student Chuck Currie, pastor at  Parkrose Community United Church of Christ (105th and NE Wygant).
    This week marks the 4th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands have died since then and the region has been left in chaos.
    The invasion was opposed by the Vatican and the World Council of Churches and here at home the National Council of Churches USA helped led opposition to the war.
    Pastor Currie says that "Jesus calls on us to be peacemakers but our government has chosen a different, more destructive path."
His Sunday sermon will be on "War is contrary to the will of God." 
    Chuck is also a leader on homelessness.  Imagine what we could do with that 9 billion per month here on the homefront?  
    Last fall the National Council of Churches issued a statement that read in part:   "….united together as the National Council of Churches USA, we call upon the U.S. Government to recognize that the continued presence of occupying forces has not provided meaningful security for Iraqi citizens and only exacerbates escalating violence, and begin an immediate phased withdrawal of American and coalition forces from Iraq with a timetable that provides for an expeditious final troop withdrawal. And we further call upon our government to link this withdrawal plan to benchmarks for rebuilding Iraqi society, since the reconstruction of infrastructure, the restoration of essential services, and a foundation for economic growth are necessary to nurture Iraqi hopes for a stable future, and to steps to meet the security concerns of all Iraqis, including the more vulnerable, smaller ethnic and religious communities."

Friday
Mar162007

A SALEM UPDATE

    RAD's trip to Salem turned out to be on an historic day.
    Kicking the Corporate Kicker:  The Senate passed the suspension of the corporate kicker bill on a 20-8 vote.  Until this vote, Oregon was one of four states which did not have a so-called "rainy day" fund, i.e. a savings account to access in bad economic times.  We do now thanks to the leadership of Senator Ryan Deckert (D, Beaverton) and his counterparts in the House.
    While the outcome was a foregone conclusion to Salem insiders, RAD noted some relieved looks on the part of school lobbyists and business lobbyists who supported the suspension of the corporate kicker.  The signed bill will be taken by Governor Kulongoski to Wall Street in an appeal to get Oregon's bond ratings up from junk bond status.  This will be good news for all Oregonians.
    However, the leadership of the GOP continued to oppose this idea despite the support of the suspension by traditionally pro-GOP business leadership in the state.  It appears that the GOP leadership rather position itself for the '08 election using the "no new taxes" argument rather than listen to its friends. They appear to be taking their cues from anti-tax outsiders such as FreedomWorks and Grover Norquist.
    The effective corporate income tax rate is 6.6%.  The personal rate you and I pay is 9.9%.  Why should corporations who do business in Oregon - out of staters as well as local businesses - get a better deal especially since the minimum rate set by a 1931 law is $10 per year?  This first step to tax fairness is merely a baby step.  RAD is waiting for the next act - raising the corporate minimum tax and then getting rid of the kicker entirely!
    And just for the record, suspending the corporate kicker is not creating a "new" tax, it's simply denying the rich a form of "corporate welfare."  So good work but in the month of March Madness we're not even close to the final four...   
    SB 38:   The Senate Finance & Revenue committee was not able finish the public hearing on SB 38 and move to a work session as planned. Again, the committee ran out of time to complete all the public testimony on SB 38. They had to take up two other bills first and a pattern seems to be emerging.  The earlier bills required amendments which are not getting to committee members on a timely basis from Legislative Council.
    RAD is wondering whether the acceleration of the legislative calendar process by having a target date for sine die of June 29th is not creating a classic problem of unintended consequences.  It appears that LC has a backlog of bills and amendments which are not being vetted before committee members meet in session.  Legislators don't appear fully briefed on bills and amendments before them.
    But SB 38's prospects look good.  At this point those who are counting votes think we have a good chance for 21 votes in the Senate, we only need 18 to win.  And the House looks even better with the 31 Ds and a lot of Rs.  We need 31 but are anticipating a more bi-partisan vote there.
    The opposition yesterday came from miners (who pay an annual fee for keeping each of their claims on federal land) and again county assessors (who are the strongest opponents).  The miners don't like the idea of being hit an extra $15 dollars annually per claim.  Assessors don't want the additional paperwork and they are arguing the additional "fee" is a tax.
    Regarding this latter claim, fees like document recording fees according to case law are not considered a "tax" because they are used as revenue to support specific purposes not in support of general governmental services like an income tax.  Courts historically pay deference to legislatures on these matters.  
    The arguments of the opposition seem ticky tacky points, a NIMBY approach.  If you open the door to cutting deals with every possible affected group - miners et al - eventually the whole concept  of SB 38 would go up in smoke.  To get to the 60 million dollar goal everyone needs to help and most of the money would in fact come from transactions dealing with real estate property.
    It's important for supporters of SB 38 to keep these things in mind:   

  • Hardworking people should be able to afford housing and still have enough money for groceries and other basic necessities
  • Children deserve an opportunity to succeed in school and life, which is tied to having a stable home
  • Housing gives people an opportunity to build better lives. To succeed you need a place to call home
  • Its only fair that everyone has a safe, decent place to live

    Those in need of housing include -

  • victims of domestic abuse;
  • the working poor;
  • single parent families, usually headed by a woman;
  • the elderly,
  • persons with physical or emotional disabilities
  • farm workers

    We know that safe and affordable housing is fundamental to stabilizing families, to insuring success in school and to help families enter the middle class.  We also know locating employees near places of work reduces the direct and indirect costs of transportation.
    Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio and Washington use a documents recording fee as a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing. The state of Washington has invested $420 million since 1987 building over 26,000 homes while leveraging 1.6 billion dollars.
    SB 38 will give Oregon the chance to respond to the crisis of homelessness and housing insecurity we need. 
    Let's not let the illusory pursuit of the perfect funding source become an impediment to achieving the good.  SB  38 is the best shot we've had in 16 years. This is our window of opportunity.  Let's not blow our layup! 

Friday
Mar162007

GOLFING IN THE KINGDOM

    Editor's Note:  Got this missive from my Canadian Connection, too good not to share.  
    Shortly after the Pope had apologized to the Jewish people for the treatment of Jews by the Catholic Church over the years, Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, sent a proposal to the College of Cardinals for a friendly game of golf to be played between the two leaders or their representatives to demonstrate the friendship and ecumenical spirit shared by the Catholics and the Jews. The Pope then met with his College of Cardinals to discuss the proposal.
     "Your Holiness," said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Sharon wants to challenge you to a game of golf to show that you are old and unable to compete.  I am afraid that this would tarnish our image in the world."
     The Pope thought about this and since he had never held a golf club in his life asked, "Don't we have a Cardinal to represent me?"
     "None who plays golf very well," a Cardinal replied. "But," he added, "There is a man named Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer, who is a devout Catholic.  We can arrange to make him a Cardinal, and then ask him to play Mr. Sharon as your personal representative.  In addition to showing our spirit of cooperation, we will also win the match."
     Everyone agreed that this was a great idea.  The call was made.  Of course, Nicklaus was honored and he agreed to play as a representative of the Pope.
     The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of the result. 
     "This is Cardinal Nicklaus.  I have some good news and some bad news, Holiness," said the golfer.
     "Tell me the good news, Cardinal Nicklaus," said the Pope.
     "Well, Your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I have played some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I have ever played, by far.  I must have been inspired from above.  My drives were long and true, my irons were accurate and purposeful, and my putting was perfect.  With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous."
     "How can there be bad news?" the Pope asked.
     Nicklaus sighed, "I lost by three strokes to Rabbi Tiger Woods.
    PS:  Now how about a contest in Dubai between reps for the Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions in Iraq and their counterparts on the West Bank and Afghanistan?  Ping Pong diplomacy worked for Nixon in China, why not small ball diplomacy in the Middle East?   

Wednesday
Mar142007

A PLACE OF THEIR OWN

    In 1991 despite the passage of Measure 5, affordable housing advocates were able with the support of Governor Barbara Roberts and bi-partisan leadership in the legislature from Chair of the House Revenue Committee, Bob cameron.jpgRepine (R) HB 2779 was passed creating Oregon's Housing Trust Fund.
    Interest from the 25 million dollar fund leveraged with federal and private dollars has supported the building of over 5000 units of low income housing across Oregon.  However, times have been tough since the 1991 session.       The Trust Fund has been hobbled by a lack of added dollars while still helping Oregonians get into safe and decent rental housing and a few into home ownership.
    It has helped along with state tax credits to build low income rental housing for the working poor, single parent families, the elderly poor, those with disabilities and farm workers.
    With Senate Bill 38 before the Oregon Senate Finance & Revenue Committee, a new window of opportunity has opened up to boost the Trust Fund to $30 million per year over the 2007-2009 biennium. Additional dedicated general fund, lottery dollars and utility public purpose dollars would bring the total per year to $50 million or $100 million for the biennium.
    This is a chance which comes once every decade or so. Tomorrow the bill will be heard in a Work Session.  RAD plans to be there.  If you want to join us, the place is Senate Hearing Room A at 8:45 a.m.  There will a limited chance for public testimony since that happened several weeks ago in a public hearing before the same committee.  But showing moral support is important - anything that puts a human face on this issue helps.
    The Oregonian ran an op ed piece on Tuesday by William White (Director of Portland's Bureau of Housing & Community Development) and Andy Wilch (Housing Director of PDC) which highlights some of the issues.  Here's some excerpts: 
    "People of all incomes should be able to call downtown Portland home.  But expiring federal rent subsidies and increasing condo conversions are endangering the mixed-income character of our central city...
    Portland has developed programs that provide affordable housing in a very effective manner, leveraging a large amount of private dollars as well as other public funds.  But we are still short on housing for low-income people... because we simply do not have enough money to do it all... " 
    They go onto endorse SB 38 which will "translate into the development and preservation of more affordable housing in Portland and throughout Oregon."  They are right on target here...
    But Portland isn't the only needy place for folks who want a place to call home.  Washington County's Interfaith Committee on Homelessness has been calling attention to the issue in Oregon's richest county where 86% of the homeless are families and where over 40,000 residents are one job loss, one catastrophic illness away from the streets.
    The picture across Oregon looks like this just among the 16,000 plus "counted" homeless, not including the invisible working poor, 1 in 10 Oregonians.  National Alliance "Homelessness Counts" released January 2007 documents these facts placing Oregon among the top 14 states in the nation with homelessness: 

Percentage of Homeless families with children - 
•    Beaverton/Hillsboro/Washington County, 86%   
•    Central Oregon, 75%,
•    Eugene/Springfield/Lane County, 58%;
•    Clackamas County, 56%.  
•    Salem/Marion/Polk County, 41%
•    Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County, 35%
•    Medford/Ashland/Jackson County, 27%
•    Rest of the Oregon, 63%
    Condo conversion on the Oregon coast is wiping out affordable housing for many workers who live on the coast working in the restaurant, motel and travel industry.  But similar examples exist across the state from Seaside, Lake Oswego, Bend and Ashland.
    And along with housing insecurity comes food insecurity.  The Oregon Food Bank data shows that most people seeking food assistance are paying over half their income for housing.  The cost of housing as one of the major reasons Oregonians go hungry - the elderly poor, the disable poor, the working poor. 
    Finally, we know that safe and affordable housing is fundamental to stabilizing families, to insuring success in school and to help families enter the middle class.  We also know locating employees near places of work reduces the direct and indirect costs of transportation. SB 38 gives us a window of opportunity to "do the right thing" after more than a decade of treading water.  Make your voices heard. 
   Call or e-mail your state legislators and/or write letters to the editor of your local paper. Tell them to vote for SB 38. Let your voices be heard!  Google the Oregon Legislature to find out who your legislator is and how to reach them in Salem, they are just a click away!  If you don't have a computer, your local public library does - ask your friendly reference librarian to help you. 

 
     
 


 

 

 

  
 

Tuesday
Mar132007

HILLARY SPIN

    Charlie Cook's latest "Off to the Races" report card on campaign '08 focuses on Hillary Clinton's weekend foray into New Hampshire.  Here are some key lines from candidate Hillary: 
    CC:  NASHUA, N.H. -- New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton used her speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Party's "100 Club" Saturday night to preview what aides say will closely resemble her presidential campaign stump speech.
    Punctuated with a "you are invisible" refrain, Clinton charged that "President Bush and the Washington Republicans" have chosen to ignore group after group, including struggling single parents, small-business owners, Hurricane Katrina victims, first responders and wounded soldiers returning from combat.
    Before a sold-out fundraiser of 1,000, Clinton named a total of 14 groups she saw as being ignored, which included 46 million people living without health insurance, 13 million children living in poverty and students in failing schools that are underfunded by Bush's No Child Left Behind law.
    But, she also included career government scientists warning about global warming, government accountants looking into no-bid contracts, and even "a Republican U.S. attorney trying to enforce the law impartially."
    "They tried to make you invisible to the rest of us," Clinton told her audience, concluding that "for six long years, they have all been invisible. Well, they're not invisible to us. They're not invisible to me. And when we retake the White House, they will no longer be invisible to the president of the United States."
    RAD's Response:  The term "invisible" comes from a book by Michael Harrington, The Other America which focused on the plight of the "invisible poor".  The book inspired JFK to the launch the New Frontier.  But it took LBJ to carry out the agenda that eventually became the Great Society programs.
    Hillary's reference seems to be a blow dried denatured use of a term which was specifically intended to refer to the working poor, not to the middle class, government bureaucrats or small business owners.  In this way she is inventing herself by reinventing American history. 
    My question is if all of us who feel left behind in the Bush-Cheney era are invisible, then the term has simply been reduced to a PR label which we can all identify with and with which Hillary can make it appear she really cares about us all.  But the question to ask is in Hillary's world are "some more invisible than others?" 
    Here are some excerpts from an article by Arthur Jones, "America's invisible poor," from the National Catholic Reporter,  April 30, 1999.  They fill in some of the rhetorical gaps of Hillary's stump speech.  When you contrast Hillary's words to John Edward's stump speech phrase "the two Americas" the difference is instructive. 
    AJ:  In 1964 the United States government, at the urging of President Lyndon B. Johnson, declared an "unconditional war on poverty."
    Thirty-two years later, in 1996, the Clinton administration and the U.S. Congress--in the eyes of many antipoverty activists--declared war on the poor.
    Johnson's decision to combat poverty and his ability to persuade Congress to go along with him was in major part based on a personal concern for the poor and in minor measure a continuation of the legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
    Kennedy's attitude toward the poor in America had been greatly influenced by social critic Michael Harrington's 1962 book, The Other America: Poverty in the United States, a landmark work that drew the nation's attention to the extent of poverty throughout the country.
    By contrast, Clinton's decision to accede to a conservative Congress' anti-welfare, antipoor initiative was electoral politics, a move to appeal to centrist and right-of-center voters.
    If, as the critics put it, a war is being waged against poor people, the weapon Clinton and Congress employ is The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, billed as the means "to end welfare as we know it."
    RAD's Response:  Bill Clinton admitted that his Faustian bargain with Newt to end welfare as we knew it was flawed policy but with the distractions of the Lewinski affair and impeachment, Slick Willie never made things right.  And the poor today who began to benefit from the booming economy of the '90s have lapsed into their culture of poverty again.
    In George W. Bush's and William Jefferson Clinton's America, the middle class has been taxed to death, the poor impoverished and the ranks of the homeless have grown.  And the safety net has holes in it so many fall through the cracks while the rich get richer. 
    Hillary Clinton is a centrist Democrat, a clone of her husband's DLC coattails.  The DLC - Democratic Leadership Council was invented by Bill Clinton to offer a "centrist" platform for neo-liberal Democrats in the '90s to ape the GOP's fetish with trickle down economics.  And it worked.
    The super rich have seen their wealth increase in the '90s and beyond while the middle class and working poor have been left in their dust.  On health care for example Hillary refused to discuss single payer but pandered to the medical industrial complex by focusing on "managed competition."  But Harry & Louise didn't buy it.
    So much for speaking up for the "invisible" among us.  Be careful of politicians who appropriate terms like "compassionate" or "invisible."  In other words, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!