Sunday, May 8, 2011

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Some people try to tell me things are "looking good"
but I don't buy it...  
1.  We are involved in wars in four nations and contemplating
      a fifth. 
Iraq, Afghantistan, Pakistan, Libya.... and Iran. 
      Only things
token reductions and reshuffling of troops.  

2.  Our torture chambers at Guantanamo are still in business,
     we do not have
non-profit healthcare, rendering, torture,
     rape, and murder) is
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-
     wing extremism.
 

6.  President Obama governs like a Republican and we
     have
no real options for change in the next election.
     He 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 right
continue to erode.  Schools are getting worse, not better.
Our constitutional right 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 committted 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 then, 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 accountability and action.
  
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