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Soccer fields vs. social services: The real cost of urban renewal districts.

program date: 
Wed, 03/04/2009

Next week the Portland City Council starts to consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. The Portland Development Commission's advisory task force has just completed a review that recommends conditional approval. Paulson and his supporters say those dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

57:08 minutes (45.77 MB)

Soccer Fields or Social Services? The Real Cost of Urban Renewal Districts.

Next week the Portland City Council consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. Paulson and his supporters ay sthose dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

Voices from the Edge on 03/05/09

Air date: 
Thu, 03/05/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Soccer Fields or Social Services? The Real Cost of Urban Renewal Districts.

Next week the Portland City Council consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. Paulson and his supporters ay sthose dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

Dear Leader

 So, as we will discuss on the show tomorrow, Washington is in the throes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This is an event where the purest of the ideologically pure gather to congratulate themselves on having ascended to the pinnacle of Western civilization.

Predictably, hilarity ensues.

But this year, something strange happened when Rush Limbaugh delivered his much-anticipated speech the other night. Granted, Limbaugh constitutes a strange event in and of himself, but that's not what I mean. On Saturday, Limbaugh spoke for about 90 minutes, all of which was broadcast without commercial interruption on three different networks -- CNN, CSPAN, and FOX News. So he could, you know, talk about how he wants the president to fail:

 

‘It doesn’t matter to me what his race is. He’s liberal, and that’s what matters.’

‘The racism in our culture was exclusively and fully on display in the Democrat primary last year,’ Limbaugh said. ‘We didn’t ask if he was authentically black. What we were asking, was, ‘Was he wrong?’ We concluded, ‘Yes.’ ‘

‘The racism, the sexism, the bigotry that we are all charged with ... doesn’t exist on our side,’ he added. ‘We want everybody to succeed.’

 

What, I'm wondering, is so earthshaking about Rush Limbaugh that he deserves 90 minutes of uninterrupted time on commercial TV? Can anyone think of an analogous figure on the left that has ever been granted such a boon? Anyone?

Limbaugh is clearly the leader of the Republican Party. Newly-elected GOP chair Michael Steele is the latest luminary to be forced to issue an abject apology to El Rushbo. Conservatives cross this guy at their peril.

The good news is that if Rush is calling the tune, the party will soon be over. Could there be any clearer evidence of the fact that the GOP is now a rump party, with solid support only in the South?

-A

Teabaggin'

 So, in response to President Obama's stimulus plan and new budget, a handful of "spontaneous" conservative demonstrations have sprung up around the country. Billing themselves as "tea parties," these heartfelt outpourings of right-wing pathos are intended to channel the revolutionary spirit of the original Massachusetts rebels.

... Leading, of course, to witty sentiments like this:

... and this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At such a meeting of the minds, who knows what may have happened? Certainly there was a brisk trade in bootleg Pat Boone albums.

-A

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain. 

To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To listen to individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The Obama Budget: Bill Resnick and Sam Pizzigati

54:56 minutes (31.44 MB)

The Amazing Obama Budget

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

 

 

How progressive is the Obama budget?  Republicans call it socialist, among other things.  Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations.  Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality. 

 

16:59 minutes (9.72 MB)

Pratap Chatterjee on our Privatized, Outsourced Military

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 02/24/2009

 Pratap Chatterjee (CorpWatch) talks about why the privatized, outsourced military Barack Obama has inherited from the Bush administration will prove a done deal.  Pratap Chatterjee's article, "The Military's Expanding Waistline, What Will Obama Do with KBR?," appears at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175036

54:07 minutes (24.78 MB)

Jerry Flanagan (Consumer WatchDog) on Health Care

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2009

Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe and Joe to talk about the state of American Health Care, the so-called "public option," and what we might expect from the Obama Administration on this front over the next few years.

56:12 minutes (25.73 MB)

Weathering the Economic Storm in Oregon

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

How can Oregon protect  its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall? 

Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in services.

15:07 minutes (8.66 MB)
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