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Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

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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!

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- 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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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 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

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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#1445: Tommy, Riposa 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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- 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 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Tuesday
Mar292016

BERNIE, BERNIE, BERNIE... END THE B.S.  

     What future, Bernie is blinded by the past.... Bernie was in Appleton, Wisconsin Monday - the home of "Gunner" Joe McCarthy the GOP US Senator who led a faux anti-communist crusade in the early '50s which embarrassed IKE and the GOP that they had to censor him which ended his career after he accused so many prominent Americans of being "commies."  Donald Trump is the latest incarceration of McCarthyism. 

     But the Bern continues to do his one trick poney act accusing Hillary of meeting with millionaires while poor old Bern meets with the folks in Appleton.  In truth Hillary was in Milwaukee talking about gun violence flanked on the podium by two Black mothers who sons were victims of cop violence.  Bernie is so consumed by his anti-Wall Street rhetoric he doesn't get the big picture.  

     When has he ever addressed the issue of gun violence?  When has he met with the families of children shot by cops?  When has he told the NRA to go "shove it?" When has he done anything to halt the access of guns in the USA in his 18 year career as a US Senator - answer damn little.  I'm tired of Bernie's one issue campaign.  Being president is not a one issue job, 

     Bernie.  Get a grip old man.  You're out of touch and sounding like a left wing Gunner Joe.  Shame on you for going to Appleton given it's history.

 
Tuesday
Mar292016

US - AN EMBARRASSMENT?  

The Rest of the World Is Disturbed and Confused by the GOP Race

The soap-opera shenanigans of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are, as John Kerry put it, “an embarrassment to our country.”

     The folks at The Nation are all a twitter about the bad image of America that The Donald and Ted Cruz are giving of America.  To be fair, it's not really the candidates fault - it's the idiot voters who have put them at the top of the foul smelling heap that has become the GOP this presidential year.  As Hamlet would say today, "something is rotten" in the GOP.  But that something includes more than just Trump or Cruz it goes from the base to the top.   
     It would also be well to keep in mind, the USA has not been a role model for decades - maybe even for centuries - that anyone would want to copy given our history of invading immigrants from Europe who stole the land from the First Americans, to slavery, to Westward expansion aka colonialism, to the Robber Barons of the late 19th century to segregation, Jim Crow Laws, endless wars which enriched the coffers of the Military Industrial Complex and then to the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.  
     Why would anyone think we are a role model?  
     Then again, look around you - is there a nation-state anywhere in the world which is a role model?  The Euros are blocking refugees from the Middle East fleeing ISIS and their own governments.  China is a model authoritarian state as is Putin's Russia.  The Middle East is a series of failed nation-states or brutal regimes like Saudi Arabia.  Israel is hardly the role model of reason and justice.  Then turn to Africa...  Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are a mess.  Simply put there are no role models!  
     So in a way, The Donald/Cruz clown show is merely a distraction before we get to November and the likely coronation of Hillary Clinton with the Bern at her side as VP.  In the meantime, the world is just going to have to get used to how the game is played in the American political sandbox while waiting for the adults to take charge.  In the meantime Mr. and Mrs. World whoever and wherever you are "take an aspirin" and get over it....   
      

 

 

Sunday
Mar272016

BERN/DONALD VOTERS DEAF TO POLITICS 101

     I admire Bernie Sander's tenacity in coming from nowhere to challenge Hillary Clinton.  He like The Donald has tapped into a deep reservoir of distrust in mainstream politics.  And his laser like focus on the wrongs coming from Wall Street are right on and clearly resonating with many Americans who don't identify as being "democratic-socialists" even though they should...   

     But while the Bern's rhetoric is very appealing he has offered no details in his stump speech as to how he'll tackle Wall Street except to tax them more.  Specifically, how will he regulate Wall Street if elected?  Will he break up "banks too big to fail" - will he seek to put CEO's and their minions in jail who took us down in the Great Recession?  To do so will require him to get Congress to pass such legislation. 

      As with so much of the Bern's promises, including free college tuition in public universities, the president nor Congress has no power to make such happen.  It's a promise with no teeth.  Education is financed by state and local government not the federal government.  Bernie's promise would be akin to an unfunded mandate without teeth on legislatures in the 50 states and community college boards and/or local voters. 

     But the power of this rhetoric resonates because many young people leave college with huge debt.  But the solution to that problem is not federal action but state legislatures refunding higher education in the way they did in the 1960s - by increasing state and local taxes and in making corporate America pay for its fair share of those needed educational investments.  Good luck Bern!  

     The other part of the problem is that many voters this season have come out of the woodwork without any loyalty to either major political party.  As independent voters they have been "enabled" to tilt the election results to so-called "outsider" candidates like Sanders and Trump, especially in caucus states such as those who just voted Saturday in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. 

     The problem is that less than 10% of the voters in caucus states vote in caucus elections - so their impact is over weighted and over-rated compared to voters who vote in primary states.  But in both cases, allowing independent voters to vote distorts the partisan lineup and allows "unfaithful" voters to affect the results which is being illustrated by The Donald with disastrous results to the GOP and our national discourse. 

     However, the sad fact is that any reform of this seriously disfunctional election system has to happen at the state level and such is not going to happen anymore than we are going to ever get rid of the electoral college.  Political scientists for decades have offered reforms to the mess we find outselves in but to no avail since state political parties prefer to pander to voters than to make hard decisions. 

     The only cure to what ails us is that by the time of the general election far more people will be paying attention and will no doubt ask "how did we get such bad choices" - Donald vs. Hillary?  The answer is that most likely voters don't vote until the general election comes into view.  Up to this point, we've only heard from the most zealous and ideological and in this year "angry" voters.  

     While the TV debates have drawn upwards of 27 million eyes - especially the GOP freak/slime show - the majority of America's 160 million registered voters are missing in action and another 50 million eligible voters, mostly poor people, don't even register to vote in an time when voting is easier than ever despite GOP efforts to impede such voters, especially in Southern states.  

     So despite all of the anger, chaos and angst - the November election will be a high turnout election decided by those who haven't participated in the voting pre-season.  MLB - a team's record in the Cactus League means nothing.  But unlike MLB, our choices will have been narrowed down by a minority of a minority of engaged citizens enabled because of antiquated election laws and traditions. 

     But don't expect any candidates to tell you the truth of how "rigged" the system is because how it's being "rigged" has little to do with big money or Super PACS which is largely wasted money but with a process born in the horse and buggy age and about which most Americans are woefully ignorant.  But alas we have nobody to blame but ourselves and not even the absurdity of The Donald will change it. 

 

Friday
Mar252016

BRUSSELS - A TEACHABLE MOMENT?

 In view of the bombings in Brussels, it's time we reflect on the mistakes of the past and the present. 

     I've said in this blog many times that the seeds of terrorism were planted by the French Revolution and European colonialism.  Terror as a political act is part of European history - often in the name of liberation.  Sadly now a minority of sons and daughters of formerly "colonialized" peoples who are living in Europe are embracing this misguided ideology. 

     And given social media recruits from families of European privilege are joining in - just as the sons and daughters of the elite did in the past in the French Revolution and Russian Revolution.  The sense of victimhood and alienation knows no boundaries nor ethnic or racial profile.  All who feel marginalized are subject to what only can be termed a mental illness. 

     But in dealing with this challenge it is evident that the Euros have demonstrated a level of incompetence that is hard to imagine in the wake of 9/11 and similar events in Madrid, London, Paris and now Brussels.  Belgium given it's multi-layers of government - 6 at least - can't get police agencies to share information and the Euros are inept in sharing across state boundaries. 

     There is a deeper issue here - the failure to integrate former colonial peoples who have migrated to Europe over many decades since the end of WW II.

     Across Europe such groups are caught in neighborhood ghettos where they live isolated lives with little or no contact with the majority population.  And the young people in these circumstances face high unemployment rates so economics and alienation feed the jihadist narrative.  This gives jihadist recruiters the ideological advantage - why be loyal to those who don't really "see" you?  

     While we in the US have our own "racial" problems - African-Americans and Latinos - identify with the American Dream and with being "American."  And immigrants from the Middle East be they Muslims, Iranians or Somalis also identify as Americans despite the fact that people like Donald Trump want to profile them and use police as an occupying force to spy on them and to contain them. 

     American nativism has a long history but it's most explosive case aside from the ill treatment of Native Americans and African-Americans was faced by Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor.  But while 120,000 Japanese-Americans in early 1942 were forcibly moved overnight into holding pens, then into internment camps - many of first generation Japanese-American men served their parents adopted country in WW II. 

     Somehow, the identity of being a Euro doesn't translate well despite the fact that London has a sizeable East Indian community, Berlin a large Turkish community and Paris a large Arab community.  White Euros have a strong sense of "their own" history and their own ethnic, religious or racial identity.  But it's an identity of exclusion that's clearly evident in the debate over immigration policy today in the wake of the refugee crisis from Syria. 

     Until the deep seated roots of the "White Euro" problem are acknowledged and dealt with - one can anticipate more such tragedies as we saw this week in Brussels.  As Europeans are questioning the idea of open boarders, the more fundamental question is are they like Americans willing to accept a pluralistic identity that is based on the present not a "colonial-racist" ethno-centric past.  

      Denying refugees asylum in Europe plays into the jihadist's hands while putting the innocent at risk.  The "Turkey" option is a cowardly policy - akin to refusing asylum to Jews fleeing the Third Reich in WW II.  The European Union has 500 million people and a strong economy, i million refugees is a drop in the bucket.  And many of these folks are well educated, willing to work and integrate into society. 

     Anyone who has read Sartre, Camus, Fanon et al know what I'm talking about - if you haven't then you like so many in Europe will remain in the denial while eating your Belgium chocolates which come from the former Belgium Congo asking the question - "why do they hate us?"  We know how the Euros treat Gypsies, well the new immigrants feel the same sting of cultural exclusion and economic marginalization.  

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

- George Santayana 

 

 

Thursday
Mar242016

MEMO TO BERN SUPPORTERS

    Tom Hayden, the SDS '60s radical who was the "penman" of the Port Huron Statement and one of the Chicago 7 in '68 in an interview on NPR advised the young ones to "cool it" and not play into The Donald's hands. 

    Good advice Tom, who later in life severd as a California state senator.  Listen to your elders!

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     PS: Hillary "haters" argue she's a liar like all politicians.  Hum, isn't Bernie a politician? 

     I think many confuse lies with bad choices: 

  •      Voting for the Iraq war which she admits was a mistake - was a bad choice not a lie. 

  •      Staying in a marriage to Slick Willie to some is a marriage of convenience; well in a society where 50% of marriages go bust give Hillary some credit for being "faithful to a fault" unlike Tiger's spouse. 

  •      OK she keeps the name Clinton - hell she could have kept the name even after a divorce - just as the Kafoury or Roberts wives in Oregon who went on to great political careers - thank goodness.  

  •      And then there's the Chelsea factor - her parents decision to remain married has somehow not damaged her from I can tell.  

  •      And Benghazi was a tragedy not a "lie" - after 11 hours of testimony the House couldn't lay a finger on Hillary! 

  •     Is she in the hands of Wall Street - not from what she says on the stump.  Ah but she made a bundle on the speakers circuit.  Well as the guru of the McCall Forum nobody does these gigs for free.  

  • Then there is the Super PAC issue - well the Bern has one thanks to MoveOn.Org and billionair George Soros - so spare me the moral sanctimony.

  • Finally how will the Bern pay for all of his promises or get them through Congress?  Look at his track record - good a speechifying not much on results except for the gun lobby!  Match that to Hillary's resume! 

     So give her a break!  She just happens to be a "survivor" and the best equipped to be POTUS. 

     Now if you want to get down and dirty - dish out the dirt on The Donald and his 3 - 4 wives (I can't keep track).  Hell he lies every second - as the Bern says he's a "pathological liar." 

     One final thought – for the purists out there – do you really want to have another political temper tantrum by voting for a 3rd party candidate and repeat the idiocy of 2000?

     Let the Right implode, don't match 'em by stupidity on the Left and send the election to the Supremes and/or the Congress!   

     For the record - I will vote for the Bern in the Oregon primary to push Hillary more to the Left.  But in November if she's the nominee, I'll vote for Hillary without any reservations. 

     It's grow up time! 

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