Navigation
More About This Website

SIP contract online

--------------------------------------

Oreaviationwatch

--------------------------------------

Middle East friendship chart

--------------------------------------

California topples a tyrant

--------------------------------------

10 Things US does worse than Europe

--------------------------------------

Corporations enriching shareholders

--------------------------------------

 

 
Check video

- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

-------------------------

Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

------------------------

Sneaker Politics

Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike. 

More

 


-----------------------------

"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.   

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAD Lines

SIP contract online

--------------------------

Oreaviationwatch

-------------------

Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

----------------------

Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

-----------------------

Kansas' ruinous tax cuts

-----------------------

Sign the petition ►

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



Check video

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

 

BLOGS:

From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman 

krugmanonline.com 

 

Democracy Now
democracynow.org

The Daily Kos

dailykos.com

Blue Oregon

blueoregon.com

 

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

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


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

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


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

americanobserver

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

GarrisonKeillor

 

  

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


"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

 

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

- Mark Twain  

 

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

- George Santayana 

 

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

- Pablo Casals

 

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

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?'

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

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

 

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

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11


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

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

- Abraham Lincoln

 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

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

- Edmund Burke 

 

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

- Jonathan Swift

 

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

- Garrison Keillor


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Thursday
Jul242014

RESER'S PLAYS HILLSBORO

Reser's Fine Foods wants property tax breaks upon move from Beaverton to Hillsboro
Oregonian

     "Reser's Fine Foods hopes to win up to five years in property tax breaks upon moving production to Hillsboro, but company and city officials are mum about details. The food manufacturer announced last week that it will move work done at two Beaverton production and distribution facilities to a new 310,000-square foot plant in Hillsboro. The new building, expected to be completed by fall 2015, will have 35 percent more capacity than the two Beaverton facilities combined, the company said. Reser's has applied to be part of Hillsboro's North Industrial Area Enterprise Zone. Under the state's enterprise zone program, cities can offer property tax relief to businesses that expand facilities and employment in Oregon."

     RAD:  Corporations which are now "people" according to the Supremes will do anything they can to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. 

     Multi-nationals are moving corporate headquarters from the USA to tax sheltered nations in Europe or the Caribbean to avoid US taxes.  Corporations shop around from state to state to find a safe haven from taxes and to reap tax benefits via tax breaks, tax abatements or grants not loans which have to be paid back with interest.  Now a popular local firm, Reser's is playing the game too - pitting Beaverton vs. Hillsboro.  As with SIPs, ConnectOregon grants, the Reser's bid to Hillsboro is undercover via a non-disclosure agreement with city officials in Hillsboro. 

     This is another illustration that the taxpayers need a state law on the books which requires total disclosure and an audit of such "deals" so we know what our tax gifties are buying.  Otherwise local pols are going to roll over every time on the mantra that such deals create jobs.  If you don't trust banks "too big to fail" then why would one trust Nike, INTEL and now Reser's dear citizens of Beaver Nation?  Rah, rah - go Beavs!  If you buy Reser's fine foods bull just mark "stupid" on your forehead...   Mayor Willey - step up and apply the paint.  This give a new twist that "all politics is local."  

   

Thursday
Jul242014

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

     I've posted articles on the top left and right sidebars which are very interesting reading on a variety of issues. 

     On the Left:  The Middle East is a geo-political quagmire more complex than one imagines - see the chart to sort it all out.  Building highways to "nowhere" makes no sense as Sarah Palin taught us but building highways at all may be worse than that - see the California spin on this subject.  We like to think the US is "exceptional" - well of course we are, increasingly in all the wrong ways!  Corporations care more about their shareholders than their responsibility to invest and/or pay taxes.  

     On the Right:  The pro-Israel lobby is one of the most powerful K-Street bullies on the block in DC.  With the savagery in Gaza, it's about time we pulled the plug!  We went to war in Iraq to remove WMDs when at home we have them in the bushels, AK 47s et al.  It's time to end our gun fetish by background checks of ALL gun purchases, period!  If you are a "no new taxes" person - check out how Kansas is self-destructing by cutting taxes.  Even George H. W. Bush (I) learned the hard way pledging "no new taxes" was a dumb promise, now a Bush-lite gov is learning the lesson.  

Wednesday
Jul232014

SPECULATING IN PORTLANDIA

    It was the best of times & the worst of times.  

     Since 9/11 and the Great Recession retail and condo development in downtown Portland has been at a snail's pace but an article in today's UnOregonian suggests the speculators are back in the game.  That's both good and bad news.  

     "In the housing market's glory days, would-be buyers would line up outside the sales office for an unfinished condo building, checkbooks in hand and angling for prime units.

    Ten years later, Tiffany Sweitzer is wondering if people will still line up.

     Her firm, Hoyt Street Properties, started work last week on the first new Pearl District condo tower since the recession.

     Also last week, Hoyt Street finally closed the books on its last condominium venture, The Encore, selling the last of its 177 condos. The building was finished in 2008, just as the recession was taking hold, and had only 12 units sold at the time.

View full size 

     Against that backdrop, the new $108 million tower — which, at 28 stories and 340 feet high, will be the city's tallest residential building — seems a particularly bold re-entry into the high-rise condo market." 

     RAD:  According to a very well informed source, this development and others like it are targeted at well-healed empty nesters, 55+ and a mix of young professionals, 30-35.  In the Pearl the residents will be those with incomes of $150K plus other assests, while in NW Portland it will be those with incomes of $75-100K, probably sans children. 

     I guess RAD need not apply...   I don't met the income nor age demographic!  Stuck in the Grove! 

     This is obviously not "work force" housing nor low income rental housing.  Those folks can just move to outer SE!  Needless to say this kind of development while good for the local economy will increase the process of gentrification in "inner city" Portlandia while also increasing the tax base to support Portland's penchant for taxes for the arts, streets and schools.  But as Portlandia ages, one wonders if a backlash won't happen firing up a movement for "no more taxes." 

     With the demographics of an increasingly well healed but older population or young marrieds with no kids, Portlandia will become less diverse and with it pressures will increase to dial back on taxes to support services in which more and more residents of Portlandia don't have a direct stake.  So with change comes the law of unintended consequences as Portland becomes "Manhattanized" while the working poor are moved out by rising home values and rental rates.

     If and when young professionals decide to have kids, they will move out of the condo and into a home.  That will then drive up demand and prices, forcing those who can't afford the sticker shock of higher rents or higher taxes to move into a lower income city or suburban neighborhood.  You don't think it will happen here - look at San Francisco or Seattle.  And with this comes the "suburbanization of poverty."  So when the speculators get their second wind - watch out - you may be their next unwitting victim! 

     Welcome to Portlandia's future skyscraper "diversity desert"!

  ------------------------------------------------

PS:  Updating Anti-Poverty Policy for the Suburban Age

Tuesday
Jul222014

NETROOTS AMERICA?  

     Elizabeth Warren spoke at the NETROOTS NATION convention in Detroit last week.  I've attached a link to her speech thanks to the Daily Koz: 


     Not surprisingly, she gave essentailly the same stump speech we all heard at the Merkley rallly in Portland earlier on May 28th.  The $64 question is she running for President?  She says "no means no."  Then why is she all over the place instead of staying in DC crafting legislation to fix Obamacare or the Dodd/Frank bill to hold "banks too big to fail accountable?"  

     My issue with Warren's speech is that when she claims "WE" held Wall Street accountable she never gives credit to Barack Obama for being center stage in this fight.  The reality is without having Barack in the White House, Wall Street would never have been held accountable with Boehner in charge in the House and if Mitch McConnell were the Senate Majority Leader.  

     Sure Barack has been feckless at times and too cozy with the dudes on The Street, in and out of the administration.  Sure RAD would love to see some "banks too big to fail" CEOs in jail.  But this administration's justice department has squeezed billions of dollars out of all of the big banks to help people facing foreclosure to save their homes and to pay back their ill gotten gains to the American taxpayer.  

     We look back at how much has changed since the passage of the Civil Right Acts of '64/'65 forgetting that the President who signed those bills and who bludgeoned Congress into passing them was a very flawed POTUS - Lyndon Bains Johnson who got us knee deep into the big muddy in Vietnam!  By contrast Barack Obama has gotten us out of Afghanistan and Iraq while John McCain cries "betrayal."  

     Liz is right, organizing is important but that alone won't do the job.  All one has to do is look at Oregon to see how important leadership at the center of power is.  Governor Kitz has sold his political soul to Intel, Nike and corporate Oregon while making a mess of CoverOregon.  Democratic legislators like State Senator Betsy Johnson (D, Scappose) represents those same interests and she's not alone in the Puzzle Palace.  

     So while Liz Warren burnishes her image via a stump speech in front of political nerds who think social media is the wave of the future, those of us in Washington County know better because we lost big time in May to the TROIKA who are wheeling and dealing.  If the net was the road to power Howard Dean would have been elected POTUS in 2004.   

     If one is going to speak truth to power it helps to have those in power on your side.  That was not in evidence last Thursday at the ConnectOregon hearings.  As Liz Warren would say "the game is rigged."  Fortunately progressives have some extra arrows in their quivers but we need allies to clear out the political underbrush at election time. 

     Oregon lost a role model of honesty, integrity, humility and accessibility this week - former Governor Vic Atiyeh.  I didn't always agree with Vic but one always knew what he believed - the private and the public man were one in the same.  Like Barack he took us through hard times and did so with a simple grace.  No drama, Vic.  

     Sadly given the likely election scenario we will face in the 2015 legislature the same obstacle course in the Puzzle Palace we faced in 2013 and 2014.  After all said and done, there is a "dimes worth a difference" between a Barack Obama and a John Kitzhaber.  This should be a warning as we head into the 2016 election cycle, be careful what you wish for.  

Monday
Jul212014

TALKING TRUTH TO POWER

Tax Fairness Oregon' width=

ConnectOregon Hearing Disconnected from Oregon Taxpayers

     Thursday 150-200 citizens attended the ConnectOregon hearing in Salem. The strongest opposition was to spending $7 million of public funds to subsidize corporations moving much more coal and oil through Oregon. But there was much support of our message against handing out free taxpayer dollars in the form of grants rather than loans to business interests.

Oregon Transportation Commission

     Amazingly, citizens who had signed up to speak beginning at 1:30 were forced to wait over 90 minutes as elected officials and state employees, as well as some recipients of past grants, congratulated each other—and themselves—on the wonderful work they have done in either handing out or receiving millions of taxpayer dollars.

     Most ludicrous was the businessman who blathered on about the integrity of the ConnectOregon process, never mentioning that so far he’s received $6.7 million from ConnectOregon, and this year is asking for $2.7 million more for his company, Teevin Bros.

     Most appalling were the legislators and other advocates for funding Rainier’s P&W Railroad and the Port of St. Helen’s projects who persisted in claiming that ConnectOregon is product agnostic, and should remain so. But the crowd loudly disagreed that giving public funds to corporations so they can profit from transporting fossil fuels is “right” for Oregon.

     A dozen citizens testified directly to issues they share with Tax Fairness Oregon:

  • ConnectOregon should be mostly a loans program, not a grants program.

  • Users and the local tax base—not other federal or state funds—should provide the required 20% matching funds. Airport applicants should be excluded from the program until aircraft owner’s fuel taxes are the same as auto owner’s fuel taxes. Otherwise, taxpayers are subsidizing the owners of private aircraft.

  • There should be more rigorous analysis of applications, and low-rated projects shouldn’t vault over highly rated projects just to provide an arbitrary rural/urban equity.

  • We must re-examine the priority place this now half-billion dollar program has in state funding.

     Most everyone who spoke about global warming and fossil fuels and corporate welfare got applause. All agreed, however, that the two young Beaverton kids, Miko and Issac Vergun, who spoke about global warming as their future stole the day. They were amazing in their ability to speak truth to power. We hope their words will echo most strongly in the minds of the Commission members.


Miko and Isaac Vergun

     What will the Commission come to decide about individual projects? We don’t know. But we know our next steps are to start meeting members of the commission, and with legislators and candidates, to find sponsors for our bill to reform ConnectOregon, and keep the conversation going about the “ConnectOregon Improvement Act of 2015,” the bill we hope to bring forward next session.

     Here’s what you can do. You can write an email to the Oregon Transportation Commission making any of the points above, or questioning any of the projects. A prioritized list of recommendationsin priority order is available online. All the Tax Fairness Oregon testimony from yesterday is available on our website

  • White’s Transloading rail siding in Dallas, Oregon is loan worthy, but doesn’t need a gift, Patrick Story

  • How $340 million in ConnectOregon gifts rather than loans will cost Oregon half a billion dollars, Elsa Porter

  • Building a helipad mostly just for one business in Bend isn’t an Oregon priority, Patrick Stupfel

  • The arbitrary requirement to give away 10% of funds in each region is wrong-headed, Steve Wright

  • The ConnectOregon process isn’t working, or we’d not fund $5.1 m for a shed for snow removal equipment in Medford, and other problems Larry Scruggs

  • What changes we think the Commission should recommend to the legislature, Jody Wiser

     Some other noteworthy testimony:

  • Airports aren’t putting in any local money, this simply isn’t right, Russ Dondero

  • Why are Oregonians giving food processors $6 million for a building they want? Colin Peddicord

  • These uses of funds make no sense when education is so underfunded, Maureen Barnhart

  • Airports & Fossil fuel projects deserve a “no” vote - leaded fuel, climate change and the 1%, Ellen Saunders

     Remember, the Oregon Transportation Commission is taking testimony until July 25th at 5:00 pm, that’s Friday. Send an email…just three sentences can be powerful. 

     Russ Dondero has blogged about the hearing, power and informative stuff.

Page 1 ... 4 5 6 7 8 ... 572 Next 5 Entries »