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Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM PDT

“And I voted for you!”

by Sue Hagmeier

A Diary for National Voter Registration Day Eve

One sunny autumn Saturday in Portland, Oregon before the 2004 election, the two of us walked a NE Portland neighborhood as part of a voter registration effort, knocking on the doors of those addresses that were missing from a list of registered voters on 13th Ave. In a couple hours of canvassing, we found five citizens interested in registering to vote, including one 76 year old gentleman who had never registered before.

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News outlets in Oregon apparently received the following from today:

ORP Appoints Friends in Secret Meeting to Replace Duly Elected Delegation

Duly Elected Delegates and Alternates Will Continue Convention Preparations.

Oregon Republican Delegation
The voice of Oregon at the 2012 Republican National Convention

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Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM PST

RNC goes with a classic

by Sue Hagmeier

This just in: The Republican National Committee adopts Orwell’s 1984 as its official campaign instruction manual. RNC Chair Reince Priebus explained, "This doesn't really change our practices; it just makes it official. We always loved the genius of 'The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism.' In fact, the true justification for the Iraq war can be found in Chapter III: War is Peace. Please don't read it."

The first action under the new plan was to adopt the refrain to “Working Class Hero” as the official theme song of the 2012 Republican campaign, noting in a press release, "Whoever becomes the GOP nominee, you can bet he will be a champion, and hero, of the working class. No economic policy in history has done more for working Americans than each one of our many tax cuts for millionaires." John Lennon’s estate lodged a complaint, but Priebus responded: “All of your songs are ours.”

Competition for the position of Minister of Truth is expected to be fierce. Priebus noted, “It’s always opposite day here, so we have a lot of seasoned, home grown talent.”


Chemotherapy is an adventure.

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The Multnomah County Democratic Party (Portland, Oregon) hosted a panel discussion on health care at their regular monthly meeting this past week. It included representatives from AARP, SEIU, OFA, PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Plan), the Archimedes Movement and Senator Wyden's office, as well as State Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson (a nurse), and me. Here are my remarks:

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I just got off the phone with my health insurance company. I had just received an Explanation of Benefits showing my deductible was not met, and a bill from a doctor showing that I owed the whole thing. Now this seemed curious. I have breast cancer and have already been through multiple imaging procedures, surgery, installation of a “portacath” and the first round of chemo. My deductible was met some time ago. The explanation? I have two deductibles on my plan, one for “in plan” providers and one for “out of plan.” I’d seen my dermatologist for something unrelated to the cancer, a doctor I’ve been seeing for over 15 years as insurance arrangements have come and gone in my life. Apparently she’s “out of plan.”

There are lots of, shall we say, nuances to health insurance coverage that you won’t know until you try to use it.

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Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 09:48 AM PST

Everybody Gets A Book Deal!!

by Sue Hagmeier

Book Deals for Everyone! Put America to Work!

So I hear that Rod Blagojevich has a “six-figure” book deal. Why can’t I get a damn book deal?

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Reading about banks and bailouts I am reminded of the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew:18-23-35) That’s the one where a man who was forgiven a great debt then went out and demanded payment from one who owed him, “…and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.”

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Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 02:46 PM PST

More notes from the casino

by Sue Hagmeier

The financial collapse did not happen because home mortgages were "bad." It happened because the banks used the assets they represented as the basis of a pyramid scheme that was way more complicated and way more crooked than any classic Ponzi scheme. If miraculously everybody suddenly paid off their mortgages, the banking system would have collapsed overnight, just as if all the investors in a Ponzi managed to pull out. The banks wanted to write a lot of those mortgages because they generated many dollars in electronic "money" for every dollar they lent out, and their executives and shareholders redeemed the fictional money for the real stuff at the other end.

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Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 11:57 AM PDT

Life in the Casino

by Sue Hagmeier

I've read that in a casino, money is referred to as "product." That concept, that money is a product, the product, permeates our economy, and is at the core of the current "troubles." That's right, the American economy is being managed like a casino. The house is the only player that always wins, and we're not the house.

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