The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.
There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.
As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.
Sean Ongley, fellow volunteer at KBOO, asked me if he could produce a small segment on the upcoming PICA/TBA festival. I said take the whole ball and run with it. So Sean will host Art Focus on September 2nd, talking with Kristan Kennedy, Erin Boberg, Cathy Edwards and Mike Daisey - plus a special interview piece on the Works featuring Fawn Krieger and Jesse Hayward, to be capped off with an interview with the Oregon Painting Society. Whew! Looking forward to tomorrow.
Earlier this month, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that they will be verifying the gender of South African runner Caster Semenya, who won the women's 800-meter event at the Berlin Games.
Join us this Monday, August 31, 2009 from 8-9:00AM as we speak with Charles McGee, President and CEO of the Black Parents Initiative, and Johnell Bell, former staff aide to Mayor Potter and Multnomah Chair Tom Wheeler, about the " The Joshua Generation: A New Generation Heeding the Call to Leadership".
The Young Ladies Radio Project is one of the projects between the Young Women's Equity Program, of IRCO (The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) and the KBOO Youth Collective have collaborated on the past six months.
The last episode of the program will be on the Youth Collective's show this Wednesday, from 6-7 pm.
But, to learn more, read the article that Jason Vondersmith wrote about us in the Portland Tribune!