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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

requiescat in pace


"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

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

- Emilie Buchwald 


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

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

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


    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 presidential circus has come to Oregon, finally!   Since we're at the end of the line the campaigns have not flooded the Beaver state with TV ads or personal appearances aside from one last week by Bernie Sanders is Salem - an odd choice where only 4000 Bern fans showed up. Hillary hasn't dropped by preferring to focus on instead on Kentucky also up today.  And alas The Donald hasn't swooped in with his weird hair comb over - is it blond or red?  Thank God.   

     Predictions are that over 1 million Oregonians will vote today, if so that would match turnout of 2008 where 58% voters turned out.  Oregon prides itself on high voter turnout compared to most other states which have 30% of less turnout in primaries and less than 10% in caucus states.  Oregon should be a Bern state but the only state poll indicates Hillary will win tonight but the wild card factor are late voters - especially the millennials who live in Portlandia. 

     Since ballots aren't counted until after 8 p.m. on election day despite our vote by mail system, it will be a long night especially because Portland gets so many late ballots posted on election day.  As of last week only 15% of ballots had been mailed in the Portland area.  

The results:  

    The Bern takes Oregon 52% to 46%, Clinton squeeks out a win in Kentucky.  Clinton's mo to the nomination is inevitdable as it was before today's two primaries. Millennial voters in Portlandia and college towns like Eugene and Corvallis made the difference.   

     The question is will Bernie Sander's at some point concede to reality or does he want to go down to defeat while taking Hillary with him come November?  Bernie's choice and that of his faithful - especially millennials - do they want to play the spoiler role that Rader played in 2007. 

     Given the ugly state convention in Nevada and Bernie's overheated rhetoric in California tonight that the delegate rules are "fixed" The Bern's hubris is showing his ugly side and that of his followers. Do they want the GOP to select the next Supreme Court justice?  Really?  



Paul Krugman

This is really depressing: Sanders claiming that there will be a contested convention, and suggesting that the nomination fight was rigged. Can someone tell Bernie that he’s in the process of blowing his own chance for a positive legacy?

     Here’s how the narrative could have run: although he fell short of actually getting the nomination, Sanders did far better than expected, giving him and his movement a good claim to have a big say in the Democratic agenda for 2016 and perhaps setting the movement up as the party’s future. But to take that position — to turn defeat in the primary into a moral victory — he would have had to accept the will of the voters with grace.

     What we’re getting instead is an epic descent into whining. He dismissed Clinton victories driven by black voters as products of the conservative Deep South; he suggested that his defeat in New York was unfair because it was a closed primary (you can argue this case either way, but requiring that you identify as a Democrat to choose the Democratic nominee is hardly voter suppression — arguably caucuses are much further from a democratic process); then, with the big loss in the mid-Atlantic primaries,he has turned to a sort of fact-free complaint that any process under which Bernie Sanders loses is ipso facto unfair, and superdelegates should choose him despite a 3 million vote deficit.

     At this point it’s as if Sanders is determined to validate everything liberal  skeptics have been saying all along about his unwillingness to face reality — and all of it for, maybe, a few weeks of additional fundraising, at the expense of any future credibility and goodwill. Isn’t there anyone who can tell him to stop before it’s too late?


EDITOR:  The Bern has cut his staff, is bringing in less $$$ and is cutting ad buys.  And adding insult to injury in Bernie loving Oregon the latest poll has him losing to Hillary 43-32...  



Editor's note:  OPB's Think Out Loud interviewed a reporter from the LA Times who profiled a family in Cave Junction, Oregon on why rural Whites like The Donald.  Trump Support In Southern Oregon

     Having lived in Roseburg Oregon from 6th grade to 12 grade (1952-60) and having returned there in the summers from college (1961-65) while earning money for college working for the US Forest Service on the North Umpqua Forest and on a county road crew, I grew up in a community known as the Timber Capital of the USA.  At one time there were 7 big saw mills working 24/7 plus hundreds of 'gippy' mills and loggers along with local businesses which serviced the timber industry.

     Roseburg was economically conservative but given the imprint of a robust timber union movement voters elected Democrats to the state legislature, members of Congress and Senator Wayne Morse (The 'Tiger' of the Senate in those days).  By contrast local level politics was dominated by voters and electeds who were 'no new taxes' believers - so school and city levies were regularly voted down.  What saved timber towns was a robust timber industry and federal money in lieu of property taxes coming from federal forest land.     

     Those times have come and gone over the last 50 years.  Along with it, not unlike mining towns in West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, White working class voters have joined the ranks of Reagan Ds and now Trump Rs.  Objectively these members of the lumpen proletariat have little in common with a Hollywood actor or a billionaire hotel/casino tycoon.  But both Reagan and now Trump tapped into the anger and fears of White working class people, a diminishing demographic.  They don't vote their 'class interests.' 

     As late as the early 1970s Portland was the corporate home of Georgia Pacific and Boisie Cascade.  But those corporate giants of the timber industry moved to Atlanta and Boise.  Along with them moved jobs in timber towns from the Paciific Northwest to the South.  Such pre-NAFTA corporate decisions changed the landscape of Oregon's economy as we transitioned from timber to high tech.  But the workers in places like Roseburg were left in the dust.  Good paying jobs not requiring a college degree disappeared.  

     Suddenly working class families began to be an endangered species. Then when Bill Clinton became president he established a federal forest plan to protect old growth timber and endangered species like the spotted owl.  That plan has been challenged successfully in the courts by environmental groups, located in urban Oregon and beyond, which has halted the most harvesting of timber on federal forest lands.  This has had a devastating economic impact on rural Oregon where the poverty rate is well over 1 in 4 families.  

     Urbanites in Portland and Seattle, where the voters are have secured old growth timber and endangered species but at the cost of generations of family wage jobs in the rural northwest communities on both the west and east sides of the Cascades. Working class families are the endangered species.  Ironically federal policy has shifted what's left of the timber industry to harvesting logs from private lands closer to urban areas which brings them at risk of forest fires and of toxic spraying of clear cuts. 

     The people living in an increasingly hollowed out rural Oregon and other parts of the US are caught between the environmentally dangerous extraction practices of global natural resource corporations and a powerful environmental lobby who play a zero sum game against each other.  Rather than coming to common ground over natural resource policy at the federal or state level advocates use the election cycle to ramp up the fear factor to elect their favorite state legislator and/or member of Congress.  

     What has resulted from this is decades of gridlock in Salem and in DC where nobody wins except the lobbyists, political consultants and the leaders of both parties who pander to their bases at election time.  So it should be no surprise that White working class people in rural America feel dispossessed and pissed off.  They have a right to be - even though their "saviors" are anything but that!  Sadly until well meaning folks on both sides of this urban/rural and ideological divide listen to each other - nothing will change.

     Reagan and Trump tapped into voter anger by vacuous rhetoric  - "government is the enemy not the solution" in the Gipper's terms or "I want to make America Great again" in The Donald's words.  What we have here is a 'failure to communicate' - the line from the prison captain to Paul Newman's character in the movie 'Cool Hand Luke' just before he was put in the "box."  Given our politics we are all in "the box." 



     Donald Trump's ascendancy as the likely nominee of the GOP has seen the rise of political coarseness and bigotry.  The legacy of the Grand Old Party of Lincoln from IKE to Reagan has been hijacked by a candidate who has no verbal filter.  Trump has rhetorically bullied Latinos, Muslims, African-Americans, people with disabilities, the news media and women. 

     Like a a World Wrestling combatant Trump has no boundaries.  In the theater of Trump anything goes.   

     Trump's has lowered the level of political discourse more than any modern politician - Joe McCarthy or George Wallace.  His debate rhetoric is often pornographic, his tweeting is juvenile and his stump speeches inflame his adoring fans to beat up protesters.  Trump has made Jesse 'the body' Ventura look like a moderate.  

     Conservative columnist George Will has excoriated Trump's bombast. Will warns GOP candidates that Trump's "metabolic urge to be scabrous guarantees that Republican candidates everywhere will be badgered by questions about what they think about what he says.  What they will say will determine how many of them lose with him, and how many deserve to... "     




     Below is an op ed I wrote last fall for our local paper.  I was light years ahead of the mainstream media which regarded The Donald as a one night wonder!  By contrast I was right on how The Donald would doom the GOP. 

     What I didn't factor in is with the GOP nomination in the bag how much he'll be a "clear and present danger" to American democracy.  He has mobilized the 'hate and fear factors' in the USA far more than any George Wallace ever imagined. 

     Can he win, my political scientist brain says "no" - but there is a nagging thought I can't shake borrowed from Fat's Waller's Ain't Misbehavin - "one never knows, do one!"  


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 Kilo 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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