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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

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Trump & The Mob



"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."


Hundreds of Oregon Corporations Escape the Minimum Tax


Half of the US Is Broke


The myth of the Christian country


“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


A Just Peace


SIP contract online


Middle East friendship chart


Corporations enriching shareholders


- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry


Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks



"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: 


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


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


•    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 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!


Housing Needs in Oregon 




#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


Obamacare is working in Oregon!

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


Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel


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?  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



From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Democracy Now

The Daily Kos

Blue Oregon


"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... 


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



     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 
















































The Republican nominee reported nearly $1 billion in losses in 1995, opening the door to tax avoidance in subsequent years.
RAD:  How can losing almost 1 billion due to a failed casino and hotel scheme make TD a credible POTUS?  


My Post-Debate Blues, or, How a Rude Egomaniac Has...channeled working class anger....

     The headline of this analysis is odd.  I identified Trump as an egomaniac and a channler of working class anger (authoririanism) last September in this blog.  The folks at the Nation are a bit slow at the switch.  

      But Bill Greider's article correctly identifies the problem...  It's not our trade policy it's as they used to say in the Clinton I era - "it's the economy, stupid."  If we had a coherent "invest in America" policy we could compete with the best of them while creating jobs in the USA...  

     "Despite its high wages, Germany is “an export powerhouse,” as economist Robert Pollin of UMass Amherst put it. Especially compared to the United States. “They achieved this success through aggressive industrial policies, Pollin said. In other words, the German government shaped the structure and performance of its major industrial sectors to produce these results." 
      This part is right on the mark...    But note the key is "exporting" not America First...    It's about tailoring an economy to compete in a global economy...   not run away from it into isolationism.    This is what reinvesting in America means - something Obama and Clinton have advocated but which the GOP in Congress has opposed...    Until Congress changes hands and Dems from Rust Belt states get a clue - we'll continue to limp along...  
      Grieder gives Trump way too much credit.   He's incoherent and if elected will be worse than Reagan ever was.  His primary investment will be in the military not domestic sectors  which will line the pockets and increase the power of the military industrial complex.  He will skew the economy to the least efficient sector (MIC) and drive up the national debt as Reagan did. 
And trickle down economics will screw the average American. 

     And his foreign policy rabble rousing will lead us into more endless wars...   his  Malthusian job creation policy for our sons and daughters...  

      Instead of faint praise for Trump - Greider and the Nation should explain what "an aggressive industrial policy is."  It's what Hillary is advocating when she refers to infrastructure investments and not putting all our eggs into a college education but in apprenticeship programs - which Germany has done for decades!   

     But no they'd rather poke Hillary in the eye!  It's their "left winger" death wish that will put Trump into the Oval Office!  



The history of rebellion is rife with excess and burnout. But new generations have a distinctive commitment to be reflective and activist at once, to be in service as much as in charge, and to learn from history while bringing very new realities into being. Quaker wise man Parker Palmer and journalist and entrepreneur Courtney Martin come together for a cross-generational conversation about the inner work of sustainable, resilient social change.

I've had the pleasure to be taught by Parker Palmer during a week long seminar at Colorado College in 1977. I then was able years later to bring him to Pacific. Aside from my mentor Mulford Q. Sibley at the U of Minnesota, Parker is the most transformational thinker I've ever met. This interview by Krista Tippet was on OPB last night on her On Being program. For those who are committed to social change this is a must interview.



Mein Fuhrer Trump?

     Trump supporters dismiss Trump's vile, vulgar and racist rhetoric as no big deal. But it is a big deal because it incites racist backlash. Imagine what a Trump presidency would do to "legitimize" such intolerance.  Even in The People's Republic of Portland some folks can't resist the temptation to echo Trump's rhetoric by vandalizing a statue of the Jewish former mayor of Portland and speaker of the Oregon House. 

      A professor of Judaic Studies and Humanities at Reed in an op ed piece in Sunday's Oregonian posited some historical insight. 

 'A bit of history' connects Trump campaign with Nazi vandalism'



     For those who think that Trump can't win and their vote doesn't matter - think again... The race is getting tighter every day...

     I've attached on OP ED I wrote for the Forest Grove News-Times, September 2, 2015 early in the primary season.

      While my analysis of Trump has stood the test of being accurate about his being a Wizard of Oz figure - like the pundit class - I too underestimated his staying power.

     He's now within the margin of error in the EC RCP poll of winning the election.

     This scares the hell out of me.

     But on the eve of the first presidential debate next Monday, much can happen to unravel or send his candidacy into orbit. I argued correctly that Trump has tapped into a deep vein in the public psyche. A vein of fear and racism.

     The fear factor plays on both sides of the political spectrum. Bernie voters and Trump voters traumatized by the Great Recession have lost faith that our political system can deliver on the promise of the American Dream.

     This has created a sense of alienation and mistrust, a credibility gap between "what is" and "what ought to be."  

     Trump has managed to use that gap to broaden his appeal as a "savior figure" while Hillary struggles to energize a skeptical audience who regard her as untrustworthy and too mainstream. Voters seem to prefer a demagogue over a policy wonk.

     But there is an unstated power which moves the Trump-o-meter, racism. Since Obama was elected the GOP opposition to him has been strident and unreasoning, it's more than just playing the role of the opposition - it's deeper.

     The best barometer for me is that after Obama's victories in '08 and '12 gun sales soared. This unreasoning fear of Obama, along with the birther claims by Trump play on an unstated racism within the public - it's deeper than we want to admit.

     The cop killings of African-Americans and the violent reaction by those on the fringes of BLM only accentuates a "law and order" mentality within the public which plays into Trump's hands. We are replaying the '68 Nixon/Wallace scenario of "white backlash." 

     The public disaffection towards conventional politics on the Left and Right, the normal polarization between Red and Blue voters and racial polarization defying logic adds fuel to Trump's neo-fascist "I am the answer" appeal.

     Despite his flip flopping many fundamentalist Christians see Trump as a vehicle for their pro-life/anti-choice agenda while they cast a blind eye to Trump's moral lapses in his private life, dubious business practices and vulgarity in GOP debates.

     I hope Hillary bursts his bubble in next Monday's debate, if she doesn't - then we are all in trouble.


Sept. 2, 2015 – Op ed in Forest Grove News-Times

     Donald Trump has the mainstream political class scratching their heads trying to figure out why this master of bombast is leading the GOP parade down the Yellow Brick Road of 2016.
      Remember that road led Alice and her friends to the pinnacle of power - only to find the Wizard behind the drapes was a fake – all sound and fury meaning nothing.
      Like Oz, The Donald is equally a fake or an illusionist in whom his fans put their hopes, fears and anger into his persona as if that was a solution to what bothers them about American politics.
      But alas he has no answers - as his response in recent TV clip indicated when asked about his ideas beyond immigration - he simply walked off the stage leaving the young fellow in the dust.
      The Donald is all about him - he's creating a cult of personality not an ideology. He's a vacuous self-promoting snake oil huckster out of the annals of Sinclair Lewis and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
      The Donald has got on with a diminishing and dying demographic - older white voters who are angry and clearly very anti PC.
      Trump is a 21st century version of a politician who promises Americans like the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini did back in the day “to run the trains on time.” Instead Benito ran Italy into an alliance with Hitler's Germany and into the ditch of WW II.
       The Donald is reminiscent of American neo-fascists such as Charles Lindbergh, Huey Long, Father Coughlin, Strom Thurmond, Robert Welch - who played on American fears of the time, hate of the other and legitimate grievances against the economic and political establishment.
      Ironically, Trump is a member of the American oligarchy who is running against the 1% which is why he is feared and reviled by the GOP establishment. Again, if one looks behind The Donald’s curtain he has no answers just pomposity. He is American’s Putin.
Will he wear out his welcome down the road - probably?
        But Trump is tapping into a deep vein in the American psyche. But it's a narrow fissure mostly within the Republican Party and a diminishing demographic in the American body politic,
       Again, the math is against the GOP - the party of angry White voters with some "wizened aliens" added for good measure, as Garrison Keillor puts it.
      With 53% of the electorate being women how will Trump's anti-woman rhetoric play in November of 2016? And similarly how will his anti-immigrant rhetoric play with the Black vote, the Latino vote and the Asian vote?
      If Trump gets the GOP nomination he will sink the GOP ship just like Goldwater did in 1964. If he runs as an independent like Ross Perot in 1992 – he will seal the deal for Hillary, Bernie or Joe!
      So bring it on The Donald...
      In his journey down the yellow brick road cast as "Wicked” or the “Beast of the East" his campaign will hit a political road bump breaking his SUV’s axle ending the fantasy.
But the entertainment value will be great TV and Roger Ailes and Fox News will get what they richly deserve - a big slab of humble pie in their fat faces. They created “The Donald,” now their creation will ruin their fun!

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