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requiescat in pace

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Trump & The Mob

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"Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Send these, the homeless, tempest-toss'd to me

I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door."

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Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax

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Half of the US Is Broke

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The myth of the Christian country

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  

 

RAD'S

WEBSITE PICKS: 


 

  • An Independent View

Oregon Outpost

  • A Middle East View      

Rami G. Khouri

  • RealClearPolitics:

Realclearpolitics

  • Jim Hightower:   

Jimhightower.com

  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column

Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 


Hard Times in Oregon: 

Hardtimes

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

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

    

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

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness & hunger in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.

Hunger:

•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

     In Washington County, Oregon's "economic engine," the divide between the affluent and the working poor continues.  We have a 19,000 unit gap in affordable low income rental housing.  County political and business leaders are indifferent to this crisis...   


A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  

 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAD Lines

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  • He lost by 2.9 million votes...

  • He's a con artist...

  • He's a pathological liar... 

  • He's a failed business man...

  • He's a fascist... 


Every Fascist Needs an Enabler. Donald Trump Will Have Mike Pence.


Trump's role models are Vladmir Putin and Benito Mussolini.  He has contempt for our checks and balances system.  He wants to "rule" not govern like a strong man, a despot.  He will shredd the Constitution anytime he feels the urge to do so and like all despots he only listens to his inner circle.  And he is paranoid and narcissistic. 

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SB 1533 passes!  

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

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Housing Needs in Oregon 

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"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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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   


Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001

    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 



"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 

"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' 

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"  

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921) 

"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."  

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11 

"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”   

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."    

- Abraham Lincoln 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society  

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 

"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..." 

- Edmund Burke  

“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”  

- Jonathan Swift 

" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."  

- Garrison Keillor 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Thursday
Jan102008

WHY WERE THE POLLS WRONG?

    All the self absorbed discussion by the media about why the polls were wrong is a waste of time.  They weren't wrong on the GOP side at all.  But since polling didn't occur on election day the last minute break for Hillary was not picked up. Big deal, not.
    The fact is Barack Obama came from 20 points back to lose by only 2 points.  In 1968 Gene McCarthy was considered the winner of the NH primary when he got 40% of the vote and LBJ who wasn't even on the ballot and didn't campaign won 60%.
    The press is playing the old "expectations game" again.  Hillary was up in Iowa, then lost...  Big story.  Barack was trending ahead, then lost...  Big story.  Check out the delegate count - Barack is ahead after two states...  with 48 to go...
    Why the rush to judgment?  Some wags on CNN were saying in Iowa Hillary was toast if she didn't win NH.  Oh, Hockey puck.  This tearing the hair out routine is what the media does to keep us watching.  Good old fashioned "horse race" journalism all "sound and fury but signifying nothing."
    This is a race on both sides through Superduper Tuesday, February 5th and probably beyond - certainly for the Rs, hopefully for the Ds.  The pundits were wrong leading up to Iowa, they were wrong in Iowa and now they were wrong in NH.  Score 3 points for the voters and 0 for the pundits. 
    RAD's theory.  Yes, there was likely a "Bradley effect" in some small part especially among working class whites.  But that's only been noted in head to head contests between a Republican and a Democratic candidate in the general election.  I can't recall anyone trotting this dog out when Jesse ran in '88.  He got my home county vote of Douglas County, Oregon that primary year.  Southern Oregon is a hotbed of anti-tax spotted owl haters.  Go figure!
    Whatever role of race it was submerged by other factors especially the rallying to Hillary by late deciding women voters who were having "buyer's remorse" over a possible ending of Hillary's quest.  New Hampshire voters are notoriously fickle and like to shake things up.
    But other factors came into play here.  Barack was clearly suffering from a cold most of the week.  Watching him on C-SPAN he didn't have the energy he had in Iowa, he's human after all, as is Hillary.  Clearly he got "his" voice back in his concession speech, a day late. 
    Hillary got her voice as she said late in the game last week - largely by moving from the controlled "candidate in the arena" format to a more open exchange with voters giving her a more spontaneous image. 
    Finally, in the debate when the local news caster asked her why she wasn't as "likeable" as Barack - her semi-shocked response gained her sympathy and I thought Barack's comment "you're likable enough" was a classless thing to say.  He should have avoided the mock sympathy and said nothing.  His unscripted moment was clearly insincere and women especially would pick it up as condescending, which it was.
    So the storyline should have been "Hillary hangs on for victory, barely."  Or "Barack scores a moral victory in losing."  The fact is that the race goes on.  And the folks in Iowa and NH have given us mixed signals and thrown things into a big muddle - so now we all may get a chance to participate despite the frontloaded plans of the idiot savants who set this thing into play.  
    So voters out there next time you get a call from a pollster hang up or tell 'em you're voting for Elvis.  This is OUR DEMOCRACY not theirs!  We call the shots, not Fox News, CNN et al. 
 

Wednesday
Jan092008

THIS IS PERSONAL, NOT JUST POLITICAL

    The much viewed moment of Hillary Clinton tearing up slightly and showing her soft side may have been the break away moment for her in New Hampshire. NPR ran an interview of three women tonight from New Hampshire who confirmed the singular impact of that Kodak moment on them.
    If so, how ironic that Hillary Clinton showing some emotion played well for her while in the same state in 1972 when Senator Ed Muskie teard up in a snow storm while defending his Franco-American wife's honor sullied by the lies of the Nixonistas was considered unfit to be president!
    Now there's a double standard folks, one rule for women, another for men!
    But hey, it's good for the political process that Hillary Clinton had her first victory as the once prohibitive favorite. In this two person race she'll get more but so will Barack. This is going to be a marathon at least through Superduper Tuesday on February 5th and hopefully beyond.
    Now a question for you Hillary fans out there: it is a matter of record that Hillary killed any discussion of single payer health care as the guru of the "Billary" health care task force in 1993. So if health care is important to you - then why support a person who bailed on poor women and children when push came to shove?
    You don't believe it - here's the story:
    In February 1993 Hillary met with David Himmelstein of Harvard Medical School who "...pressed the single-payer point. Canada's solution, he said, made sense for the United States. Himmelstein has shown that this country could save as much as $65 billion in administrative costs alone by cutting out the 1,500 private insurers and going to a single government insurer in each state - easily enough money to cover every uninsured American."
    "Hillary Clinton had heard it all before. How, she asked Himmelstein do you defeat the multibillion-dollar insurance industry?" 'With presidential leadership and polls showing that 70 percent of Americans favor [the features of] a single-payer system.' Himmestein recalls telling Mrs. Clinton. The First Lady replied, ''Tell me something interesting, David.' "
    "So by February, fewer than six weeks into the Clinton presidency, the White House had made its key policy decision: before the Health Care Task Force wrote a single page of its 22-volume report to the President, the single-payer idea was written off and "managed competition" was in. But why should an intelligent First Lady and her 500 health care advisers not want to debate every option...?"
    Good question - read the chapter "The Missing Alternative: How Washington Elites Pushed Single-Payer Reform Plans off the Agenda," by Theodore R. Marmor with Tom Hamburger, in Understanding Health Care Reform by Theodore R. Marmor, (1994) p. 160. Marmor is a professor of politics and public policy at Yale.
    So when Hillary uses the "experience card" ask her to tell us something interesting!  You're right Hillary it is personal, it's about standing up for our kids, the poor and those who play by the rules and still can't get health care - all 47 million of them!  You're damn right it's personal.  But it's not about you Hillary.  
    African-American's learned the hard lesson in the 1976 campaign to beware of a candidate who can sing their hymns (i.e. Jimmy Carter). It's about time women learned the same lesson before it's too late and they've been sold a bill of goods which we all will pay for.
    I voted for Slick Willie twice, even went to his first inaugural. I've meet Hillary.  Bill told me one on one in Salem in 1991 Hillary was the smarter one.  We all know that. But her model is Slick Willie who wasted his considerable skills and in the process ended welfare as we know it, then couldn't fix it as he promised because of diversions like Monicagate.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best we should be judged by the "content of our character" not the color of our skin [nor gender]. Clearly Hillary failed this "character" test in 1993. If you think that's the only time Hillary triangulated and dissembled read Robert Scheer's latest article in The Nation.
    Selecting a nominee for president should not be reduced to the gender or racial factor, it should be which of the candidates can unify the party, expand the base, raise our sights and be the best president.  Narcissism in the oval office is risky business - as LBJ and Nixon proved.  Why go there? 
  

Tuesday
Jan082008

MIXED SIGNALS

    The voters in New Hampshire showed us all why it's called the "Granite" state.  It's a very hard rock to crack.  After the Huckabee and Obama surges in Iowa, the independent minded voters of NH put a hold on the rush to victory.  Well sort of.  Nobody really expected Huckabee to win there - it clearly was and turned out to be a race between McCain and Romney, just as the pundits thought.  However, Barack's surge developed a flat tire among traditional Ds and the women's vote.  So, as Yogi once said - "it ain't over, till it's over."
    However, if one looks carefully at the entrails tonight as the nomination contests move south and east - the winners tonight - John McCain and Hillary Clinton have some pot holes to avoid.  McCain's task is the more daunting of the two.  While he should fight a good battle with Romney in Michigan, it's hard for me to imagine him beating Huckabee in South Carolina - the state which revived Dubya in 2000.   And for Hillary while clearly the "comeback gal" in NH despite the polls which suggested she was in deep trouble the road ahead will be bumpy. 
    The path to the nomination for candidates on both parties is likely to be a marathon at least until votes on Superduper Tuesday, February 5th is cast and counted.  For voters in Oregon we can only hope that the candidates on both sides have some victories and losses along with way so we can be in play in May.  Not likely but who knows in this wacky election season?   As the old radio line went "only the shadow knows."  And as far as RAD can tell the shadow ain't talking.  So "who knows what lurks in the hearts" of men and women? 
    On a more partisan note:  while RAD is bummed by Hillary's victory tonight - the fact is that her 39% when matched up against Barack's 37% and John Edward's 17% means that she won a very narrow victory and that a majority of the Democratic primary voters voted for somebody else.  Her victory was a personal triumph and perhaps a chance for women voters to say "just wait a minute."  The candidates of "change" won the day which bodes well for Obama down the road.  The contrast between Barack's speech and Hillary's could not have been sharper.  
    Barack's "Yes WE can" speech was inspirational in defeat while Hillary returned to her canned "invisible" people stump speech.  Barack showed grace under fire, Hillary resuscitated herself for another day.  She's a fighter, no doubt.  And this will be a battle until the last delegate is counted given Edward's "stay the course" speech tonight.  He can play the king-maker by denying either Barack or Hillary the prize.  The Democratic contest has become a contest between two themes "change and hope" and "four more years (of Billary)." 
    On the GOP side, while Rudy G. is lurking in the weeds hoping for a Florida revival - RAD suspects it will be too little, too late for him by then.  But at least it will force the GOP race to go the route, a plus for the Ds.  Imagine a brokered convention in both parties.  I know, it's too much to wish for - but it might be the only way to get the party bosses who run this show to support a regional primary process which allows Iowa and New Hampshire to do their retail thing and lets the rest of us in the game before it's a done deal.  
    I can see a Democratic Party uniting under any of the top 3 - I can't see the GOP having the same fortune.  As the line from the Wizard of Oz goes "Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my."   Could the Wizard of Oz at the end of the yellow brick road turn out to be Big Al Gore?  I hope not.  But not even Daddy and Mommy Bush ever imagined "W" would be the son to be president.  Life is stranger than fiction after all. 
    PS:  Why were the polls in the Democratic primary wrong?   The exist polls show that Hillary got a late surge from women voters while keeping her traditional strength among established Democrats especially in the exurbia of Manchester, NH - a virtual suburb across the state line from Boston.
    With husband Bill's help Hillary won the base, while Barack lost with new voters.  Another factor may have been that McCain's revival and Ron Paul's good showing drained enough independent voters away from Barack, figuring Barack didn't need them, allowing Hillary to come back from political dead zone of a 8-13 point deficit.
    If the race between Hillary and Barack comes down to a contest over the women's vote then Hillary has a significant edge here, especially among suburban white women Ds.  But the feminist maginot line for Hillary frays as the African-American vote comes into play in future primaries.   Gender meets class and race.  
    To steal a line from Slick Willie in '92 - it's all about Tomorrow.  So the race among Ds may come down to the politics of personal vindication (Hillary) versus the politics of hope (Barack).  Given the vote last night, the voters didn't want the races on either side to end.  That's good for the rest of us.
    One final blast - to Slick Will - you are the "fairytale" man here Slick, not Barack.   Barack opposed the war in 2002 in the middle of a US Senate primary race.  Hillary voted for it in 2004 as a member of the US Senate. 

Tuesday
Jan082008

BORING

    For a brief moment allow me to move from the sublime, politics, to the ridiculous, college football.  Last night's so-called BCS championship game between LSU and Ohio State was proof that the BCS system is a joke.  How many times must Ohio State be allowed into the big game only to fall flat on their faces?  Anyone out there who thinks LSU is the best team in the nation didn't watch USC dismantle 'the other' Big 10 patsy - Illinois.  You want to findout who the best team in the USA is - have a  playoff between Georgia & LSU and USC & Kansas, then let the winners of those games play it off on a neutral field.  After this Saturday Quest Field in Seattle will be available.

Tuesday
Jan082008

THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

    By Jim Hightower, Commentary, Tuesday, January 8, 2008
    Widely-reported fact Number One: our country faces a growing health care crisis, that leaves 47 million Americans with no health insurance – an increase of 7 million people since the year 2000.
    Little-reported related fact: the health care crisis not only affects the uninsured, but also the growing number of insured families who find themselves paying more and more money for policies that deliver less and less care.
    Out-of-pocket costs for health coverage is skyrocketing – some 61 million Americans are now in families that will spend more than 10 percent of their incomes on medical costs this year, according to a recent report by Families USA, a nonpartisan advocacy group.
    That’s a jump of nearly 20 million people since 2000, and the vast majority of them have insurance. More astonishing is the finding that nearly 18 million Americans are in families now paying more than 25 percent of their incomes on health costs.
    Widely-reported fact Number Two: credit card debt continues to pile upon the backs of American families, and there’s now a worrisome surge in the number of serious delinquencies and defaults.
    Little-reported related fact: more and more financially-squeezed families have been paying their ever-rising health care bills with their credit cards.
    These interrelated facts explain why American voters are telling pollsters and politicians that access to affordable health care is their number one domestic concern in this year’s elections.
    Not only does a large majority want the federal government to guarantee that every American has health coverage, but sixty percent of the people say they are willing to pay higher taxes to get it done.
    RAD:  The health care crisis can also be connected to the homeless issue.  One-half of those who have lost their homes have done so because of not being able to pay their mortgage due to rising health care costs.
    As we housing advocates say - many Americans are one job loss or catastrophic illness away from ending on the streets.  
    Having participated in "Sleep Out" on homelessness last Saturday night, on a cold windy winter's day in rainy Oregon with the temperature near freezing I can't imagine how anyone can survive on the streets. 
    Due to my own medical issues I had to leave the "Out in the Cold" candle light vigil after about an hour, while others stayed the entire night - in a tent, cars or under a cardboard box.
    If I had stuck it out I would have ended up in the hospital with pneumonia which given my long history of bronchial problems could have been fatal.
    So tackling the homeless problem is also a long term solution to the health care crisis.  As they say - everything is interconnected.  
    For information and action on health care reform, call Families USA: 202-628-3030.   
    “Press Release from Families USA.” www.familiesusa.org, December 20, 2007
    “Most Support U.S. Guarantee Of Health Plans,” www.nytimes.com, March 2, 2007   
    “Health Insurance Coverage,” www.nchc.org, December 2007