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1. We are involved in wars in four nations and contemplating
a fifth. Iraq, Afghantistan, Pakistan, Libya.... and Iran.
The current administration has only made token
reductions and reshufflings of troops.
2. Our torture chambers at Guantanamo are still in business
and we do not have non-profit healthcare. Rendering, torture,
rape, and murder are still legal and authorized by congress.
3. Wiretapping of American citizens, without a warrant or
evidence of any crime having been committed, continues.
4. Habeas Corpus is still suspended.
5. Job losses continue and transnationals are "free" to
destroy economies surrounding us, thus increasing
migration and lowering wages here at home. Fair
trading practices are dismissed as socialism or left-
6. President Obama governs like a Republican and we
have no real options for change in the next election.
Barack Obama has not delivered on ANY of his campaign
promises. Does anyone remember when he boldly told us
he would end the war, secure single payer health care, close
Guantanamo, restore constitutional integrity, and end
wiretapping of American citizens? He did none of these
in his first term and has assured us he does not intend to
deliver these promises.
7. Our "off the books" wars are mushrooming. Besides our
over-extension of our military forces to enforce corporate
occupations abroad, various transnationals are paying
semi-private "contractors" to exploit the people we occupy.
And the American taxpayer foots the bill.
8. And while we pay through the nose for contractors, wars,
and ammunition... our so-called leaders are reducing social security
payments, cutting social services, and neglecting our railroads,
ports, and public schools.
8. Speaking of schools: 37 less developed nations do a better job
teaching than we do. Our schools continue to decline each year, since
clueless school boards, rather than professional educators, continue
to choose flawed texts, select inferior curriculum, and dumb-down
our programs and pass kids through instead of demanding excellence
and accountability. Time to put teachers back in charge.
"Good" is a relative term. Things are in bad shape.
Our infrastructure continues to decline. Our civil rights
continue to erode. Schools are getting worse, not better.
Our constitutional rights have been abrogated. We are broke.
There are no jobs. The president is allowed to indulge in
wars of choice and his criminal behavior is not challenged.
Corporations are now considered people. Illegal foreclosures
continue. And the economic disaster engineered by Norquist
and company has been endorsed and facilitated by the current
administration. There has been no response to corporate seizures
of retirement funds and movements of operations overseas.
Nobody has been prosecuted for the crimes committed by Bush,
Cheney, or Obama. And there does not seem to be any serious
effort to enforce existing laws or constitutional mandates.
If this is "good," I would hate to see bad.
....And locally, PDX police have cost the taxpayers 2.1 million
dollars a year for crimes they committed. (including illegal
arrests, beatings, torture, and murder) In spite of the PDX
Police Bureau having been found guilty and fined by local,
state, and federal authorities... NO police officers have been
reprimanded, removed, or forced to pay for the crimes they
committed. NONE! The officers who beat James Chasse to
death in front of witnesses are still on the job. They were not
reprimanded. They got raises. And they were cited for
meritorious service for beating him to death. And the costs
for this brutish behavior continue mount. But why should
officers change? They do what they choose and get away with it.
Instead of holding police accountable, our leaders blame the
mentally ill and tell us that police abuse and the costs it creates
are just "part of the job." Most people in Portland don't buy it.
We need reform, here and in Washington. Our legislators in
Portland and in Washington are not taking care of everyday
people, and it is time we demanded action.
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1 Waterfront Blues Festival
2 A Few Words, Masthead,
Letters, Meetings, Clyde List
3 Letters (turtles, health care)
4 Tom Engelhardt: 100%Scared
William Read, Letters (KBOO)
5 John LaForge: Gradual
Nuke Phaseout Too Slow
Andrew Bacevich: Bob Gates
6 Viewpoints & Commentary
Kucinich, Soloman, Rashad
7 Active Community: Bette
Lee: Homeless, Mural
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8 Kathy Kelly: Gaza Flotilla
Glick: Let the Youth lead us
11 &14 Progressive Directory
12 & 13 Community Calendar
15 Progressive Arts & Culture
Shannon Wheeler Interview
16 Winslow Meyers: String
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Gates Doctrine Continues
17 Progressive Chef Interview
18 Arts & Culture, Iranian
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19 The 100% Doctrine of Fear
20 Ground View, Glen Andresen
Mike Klepfer, Food Handling
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