• I read an interesting article in the NYT which said that, based on some PEW research, the young voters, although more liberal on social issues than the GOP, were more libertarian on fiscal issues. These youngsters were imbued with the “government is bad” philosophy, if people work hard they will succeed as only their own weaknesses are bringing them hard luck, etc… It predicted that groups like the Chamber of Commerce would gain greater influence as time went along. If this is true, then Hillary might well not be as hard for them to take as she is for older liberals like myself.

  • So discouraging but I agree. Not a penny for the ones really defrauded (or maybe a penny) and the rest into the federal coffers for war. I really do not understand why this point never comes out in the media coverage.

  • Wyden is not progressive. He takes one issue and then everyone identifies him with that issue and he can then pretend he is progressive. He is quite conservative: he loves trade agreements, he wanted tax reform (lower rates and supposedly no loopholes) and was never for, only “open to” the public option. And on. It’s ridiculous in every way that has been pointed out above.

  • It is clear from the opinion that for some of the people getting off the list was being used as a bargaining chip to get the person to be an informant. For others they were given a one time waiver to get here or there. So you know? It could be just kicking people around arbitrarily because they could.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

    2014-06-11 18:14:53View | Delete

    I agree with you. For example, Brat said he was against crony capitalism. I am against it as well. To Brat, it is bad because it means there is an impediment to the free market. To me, it is bad because I see it as corruption. We both inherently see it as when government is acting outside its purpose which is reasonable regulation. (I am perfectly aware that this audience is wildly snarky but bear with me a moment.) We absolutely can’t have government run wild anymore. It’s lost it’s legitimacy. So we do agree to that half. On the other hand, we know that the capitalism is not an equitable economic system for the whole population. I don’t think we would have as much trouble working through this with the libertarians as we might think of government was brought to heel. After all these people also have families that are struggling, they have sickness, they live where there is collapsing infrastructure, all the aspects of life that is in the domain of public life. The folks we cannot reach are those who are benefiting from the present oligarchy, living the good life from “the time value of money.” I see some Dems as good, e.g. we have Sen. Merkley and Oregon will work to keep him, believe you me. But as a party, no, I don’t think we will reach either party. Maybe any party, I’m not sure.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post Cover Oregon Recommendeds Shutting Itself Down

    2014-04-24 20:32:56View | Delete

    The Oregonian isn’t a newspaper? Brahahahahahahha!

  • I have no words for this other than we are now free to vote our conscience. I saw a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Obama and they did look pretty sharp, going off to church for Easter. But then all this kind of BS came back to me and I turned away. This is a dangerous man.

  • I agree. I am growing so antagonistic to him that after reading the Princeton Report and then an article in the LA Times regarding the TPP I was actively enraged at him. Nothing smirky about it, full on, get in your face, rage at his unutterable BS. I have determined that I will vote my conscience going forward and nothing on earth—certainly not him or any party—can shake me. First it makes me sick, then it makes me really, really resentful.

  • It IS galling to hear people in authority tell us, the brutish lower class, what they want us to know, when they want us to know it, and doctored and in code as much as they choose. Someone above called what they serve out as propaganda. I would not even give it that much credibility. Moreover, we see this tendency in so many groups: someone in the inner circle wants to be “that guy” who decides on the message, who wants to have all the information flow through him/her and then strains out some obtuse and fairly irrelevant communication to everyone else. When confronted, their eyes glaze over, they do not look at you. We are their prey.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan by BruceMcF.

    2014-04-15 05:37:58View | Delete

    It often comes down to mutual antagonism between the cyclist and the motorist. We all know that driving is simply getting worse and worse as a way to get from A to B and the person from Portland knows this. I hear about the continuous illegal behavior of cyclists. I hear about it but I [...]

  • It makes me wonder how on earth the rush to a Syria war was averted. Obviously it wasn’t the people’s protests. Who in power or making money from those in power wasn’t going to profit?

  • I glanced at an article in Forbes and the knock was that Obama was NOT giving this agreement attention even though the author admitted there were some (cough, cough) immmmm, valid disagreements and challenges in what had been leaked.

    Can anyone give me one legitimate reason why on earth this agreement had to be secret? Just for a moment, pretend you were on the other side and you were not a total fraud. What possible argument could you have for none of this being transparent to the public? And the fast track? How could this be justified under the circumstances of total ignorance regarding its contents?

  • My sense is that he liked being thought of as that far out liberal but then did very conservative things. I first heard about this during his time as Harvard Law Review head—took the three most conservative guys on but left off a liberal black woman. Maybe he thinks that liberal thought is so strong that we can stand up against any other force or that we need to have our thinking kneaded with conservative thought. Whatever. I totally agree with the writer of this article and with all the people who have actively disputed that Hillary is a done deal or should be. I don’t think Obama is a bad person, just one out of Chicago, Crook County. You could never rise without having made a deal that you wouldn’t want known about. He and I am afraid his wife lack a real core and that has made him a very mediocre to bad president in my view.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Government Matters. More, please by Elliott.

    2013-10-10 06:03:56View | Delete

    I would rather that she be speaking than not. As a woman I am desirous of hearing her speak out on behalf of reproductive rights, which are key to a woman’s autonomy and freedom. Everyone knows that if there is one group that the tea partiers hate, next to anyone not white, its women. Uppidty [...]

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Perspective on the debt-ceiling crisis by wigwam.

    2013-10-07 19:21:04View | Delete

    Wouldn’t it better if your taxes were raised to pay it as opposed to taking more from those who have little or nothing? It never fails to amaze me that the idea of raising taxes to pay for services is so threatening.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post This War Too Is A Lie by David Swanson.

    2013-09-08 14:53:53View | Delete

    The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. It’s the corporate coup des gras.

  • Oregon has nos from Blumenauer, Schrader and DeFazio. What is up with Bonamici? (Walden is always conservative so I’m sure he’s fulminating about what to do: look like he supports Obama, or bale.) Anybody in Boamici’s district should call or write her: she has a good pro choice record but that will not save her on this. No war in Syria, limited or otherwise. None. Never.

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the blog post Mass Consumption Created and Killed the Middle Class

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    I always appreciate your posts and was especially happy to see you give the nod to Portland. Usually people laugh at us and without getting too serious about ourselves, I think you are seeing a move to quality. I have enormous concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement which would undercut our ability to promote local but at the end of the day, no one can force you to buy crap. It’s really that simple. Recently Wal Mart put in a lot of “local markets” and I can tell you the parking lots are not filled with desperate shoppers trying to act like they are living the good life for less.

  • Although I fear SanderO is putting me on, I will respond: In both a mortgage and a trust deed, ownership or title is in the buyer. The lender then has a security interest in the property which is first or second or both. Title is not in the lender. (In a land sales contract the seller remains in title and the buyer has an equitable interest.) Further many of the lenders were assigning their interests to other lenders or in schemes whereby the final foreclosing lender was not able to show that it was entitled to foreclose because the intermediate documents were missing or invalid. That’s the point. The whole line of thought about buyers being renters is not apropos. There are totally different procedures and issues when a landlord wants to evict a tenant for non-payment or other reasons. Finally, some but not all the foreclosures were for other reasons than non-payment. I absolutely adored the last line of this article: “Power is a zero sum game, for the public to win the banks must lose.” (I miss Dayan, a lot.)

  • theresakohlhoff commented on the diary post Governor Perry “Protects” the Health of Texas Women by cobernicus.

    2013-07-23 05:15:25View | Delete

    Has anyone heard about the fundraising efforts of Planned Parenthood to build clinics in Texas? I am quite sure that all of us outside of Texas will reach deep to help. Perry has made himself a pariah to all women everywhere. Whatever their politics, all women (OK maybe not Phyllis Schafley and her ilk) see [...]

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