I’m writing for tomorrow, am still very congested, and am still in minimal participation mode. Nevertheless, I have two additional articles for you today.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:42 (average 5:09). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From John Kitzhaber: I received this from “Kitz”, our governor, in email.
Tuesday night, President Obama stood before Congress and made a compelling case that the challenge before us is restoring the American Dream and creating economic security for all families.
He also made it clear that when Congress fails to act, he will take executive action. And while that’s the right approach, he’s forced to it because politics in Washington DC are fundamentally broken.
But here in Oregon, things look a little different.
We have disagreements and debates, but in the end, we get things done. Oregonians of both parties have come together in the Legislature to take critical steps forward for economic security, health security, and for our childrens’ futures.
Even as an election year gets underway, my focus remains on getting things done for Oregonians. And it’s paying off:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oregon added 39,000 jobs last year, ranking third in the nation in job growth in 2013, behind only Florida and North Dakota.
- Oregon’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in over five years, falling last month to 7.0%.
- Despite the well-reported challenges we’ve faced, over 200,000 Oregonians have now enrolled for health care. Our health care reforms will provide better care, save Oregonians hundreds of millions of dollars, and protect them from financial stresses if they becoming ill or injured.
- We’ve started to reinvest in our schools and our children’s education, with over $6 billion in school funding – and critical reforms that integrate early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary education.
We have a long way to go. And in this election season, you can bet that there will be some who will distort and distract from our accomplishments.
Your support in 2010 – and in the months and years since – has made all of this possible. Thank you.
Oregon leads the way! This is what happens when progressives are actively involved at all levels of government.
From Upworthy: This Guy Needs A Clue: A Member Of The 1% Declares It ‘Great’ That 3.5 Billion Are In Poverty.
It’s like he’s a living example of rich white male privilege: "Anybody can be me!"
Just to be clear, I’m not jealous of his wealth. Or what he had to do to get it. But many of those 3.5 billion in poverty never even get a chance to try to "be somebody." Once we level that playing field, we can start talking about "looking up to the 1%."
I loved her "Wait I don’t have socks!" comment. It looks like there’s no difference between Canadian and US vulture capitalists.
From NY Times: Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, a diminutive Democratic giant whose 40 years in the House produced some of the most important legislation of the era, announced Thursday that he would retire at the end of the year.
I understand that Sandra Fluke may run for his seat. Would that be fantastic, or what?