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My favorite graphic of the week

Posted in Uncategorized by sndybeech on January 29, 2010

The Court’s New Robes.

My favorite graphic of the week!

Obama, the State of the Union and Health Care

Posted in Uncategorized by sndybeech on January 28, 2010

When I heard Obama say, “But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me know. Let me know. I’m eager to see it,” I didn’t need to think long.

SINGLE PAYER. GET RID OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES.

Write him. Tell him you have an idea.

Or was he only inviting members of Congress to communicate? Is that what “from either party” means? In that case, let Dennis Kucinich know. A stack of letters from Americans asking for single payer, a million or so. Wouldn’t that be impressive?

On the other hand, haven’t we already done that? Oh well, try again. That’s what politics is all about: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

We Won!

Posted in Uncategorized by sndybeech on January 27, 2010

No need to tell any Oregonian how important Measures 66 & 67 were–if you aren’t one, it should easy enough to find information on the campaign.  Our victory last night was quick,   sweet and monumental.  I was frightened of what would have become of us if we had failed to pass them but fear no more. The voters came thru. Or rather the voters of Multnomah County did. We voted Yes  over 71% and saved the state. See a telling map at http://gov.oregonlive.com/election/  Okay, voters in other counties helped too, but, as you can see on the map, Multnomah was the strongest.

I  had been going in to the Vote Yes for Oregon office on Wednesdays to do office work for a few weeks (my grandson Jasper came with me twice while he was home for his winter break) doing data entry, tucked away in a little room with four computers, but last week I got to sit at the front desk and answer the phones when the office manager had more important things to do. Monday I went in for the whole day breaking down clipboards from canvasing, preparing packets with doorhangers, and sitting at the front desk again fielding calls, greeting the press, and watching the steady stream of people arriving to volunteer (mostly to phone bank or pick  up material for  canvassing or returning from canvassing often with ballots they had collected (but also bringing great food). I think it was the national Fox News team that remarked on how small the No campaign’s office was and how big and busy was ours.  The People’s Campaign, I thought. The energy was wonderful! I came back on  Tuesday. Teams had gone out at 4am to hang door hangers on door knobs and elsewhere (see photo I took at 9:30 am Tuesday morning above ).

Arrived at the Yes party a few minutes after 8pm, the ballot deadline,  but there were no results yet so my friend and I went downstairs to eat tapas at Toro Bravo. As we were paying our bill a new party sat down next to us and told us it was all over. The first pollster called it at about 8:15 and everyone else followed suit by 8:30. Victory but we had missed the big moment.

I’m very relieved but also pissed off that over 10 million dollars (now I hear 13) were spent on this campaign that could have been used in a much more constructive way if conservative (and greedy) businesspeople had just let the tax increase be. And it wasn’t just money–so much time and energy of the people, both paid and volunteer, who made our victory possible. But mostly I’m breathing a sigh of relief!