TABLOID STYLE CAMPAIGN


Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a ‘reality star’ would use a tabloid style for his campaign. Of course he couldn’t have pulled this off without the complicit help of our corporate owned media. Last I read there was over 2 million dollars of free airtime to Trump, so far.

Whats sad is that  even the democrat campaign has shifted to a style more tabloid and splashy then a normal campaign season. Is it any wonder that the whole world is laughing at us and at the same time horrified?

I read where China is using the rise of trump and his trumpetts as a reason why democratic voting does not work. In essence they said that if american voters are so stupid as to vote for this man, then allowing open voting is a bad thing.

Foreign leaders are watching all of this and wondering if they can trust our country and if Trump were to be elected, they fear the consequences to the global community.

My question is- how do we stop this? How do we take back our political process and make it once more a normal give and take between the candidates running for office? I, myself think a good start would be to take all money out of campaigns and allow no contributions from anyone and be public funded. Also we need to re-instate the fairness doctrine and overturn the supreme court ruling which made it legal for political candidates to lie. We also need to break up the monopoly holding our media- 95% of all our media is owned by only 6 mega corporations. I always laugh when someone calls our mainstream media liberal or conservative because in reality our media is but a tool used by corporate interests to further their own interests.

I voted in our primary and hope everyone else also did. Of course I will vote in the election but am concerned at the many that will not be allowed in some states to vote. That’s why we need to make voting mandatory, gerrymandering illegal in all states and vote by mail like we do in our state. Vote, please people or we may end up with Trump and his trumpetts ruling our country .

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TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT?


Just writing that heading almost made me vomit. In all my years I have never seen a president candidate like Trump. I always wondered how the good people of Germany allowed Hitler to come to power. Now I know all it takes is a group of ill-informed angry at the perceived system and they are ripe for a con artist like Trump.

Yes, I called him a con artist because he knows how to play people and get the results he wants. It’s no secret that he has publicly said how much he loves his undereducated and ill-informed followers. He plays on their fears of the ‘other’ like immigrants and muslims and the of course the poor. Sadly this kind of upswing in fascism is playing out around the world. People see that their lives are changing for the worse and instead of blaming the people in power who are doing this they fall for the likes of Donald Trump.

How do we stop it? Education and mass media that exposes the reality of Trump. We can not stand by idly and do nothing. The greatest evil of all is when good people stand by and do nothing. Vote this year like never before and show the world that sane Americans do not stand for the filth that trump represents.

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HOUSING FOR THE LOWER INCOMES


This is personal for me as I watch my youngest daughter try to find new housing. She is a single mother with 5 children (yes the man left her to fend for herself) and was recently given a 90 day no cause eviction. Common now here in Portland Oregon and the surrounding 3 county area. Sadly with so many people that are lower income along with the middle income looking for rental houses in a very tight market, its beyond difficult. When the landlord can pick from hundreds of applicants, of course they will pick the one with the best income and credit score. Can’t blame them, but with no rent control or housing that is set aside for the lower income, its a daunting experience.-I watch my daughter cry as phone call after phone call is a n0-go and feel so helpless. I can help her with actual moving costs but have no way to come up with 2000 for a deposit and of course there are the application fees. Her current housing told her that they will take up to 31 days to return her 2000 deposit.

So the problem is how do we provide for those that live at min wage or just slightly higher? They need housing and housing close to where they work. This problem isn’t just here of course, and is a serious problem in many major cities. Do we need rent control or housing subsidized? In every major city there are thousands of foreclosed homes that sit empty. In one city they used eminent domain and took over the houses and rented them out as public housing or section 8 housing that did not demand huge deposits and good credit scores.

My daughter has a section 8 housing voucher for 1800, but she doesn’t have a good credit score and doesnt make, even with the voucher the 3 times the rent that many are asking for. People wonder why we have so many homeless and the cost of housing is a very good reason for many to become homeless.

I have no answers and of course we will continue the search but right now it seems hopeless and overwhelming.

 

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