Being a nation of immigrants makes us stronger than the rest of the world

It’s long past time for comprehensive immigration reform. The U.S. Senate has passed a comprehensive bill. But the U.S. House is unable to. Hey John Boehner, illegal border crossings are at a 20-year low. The nation’s population of illegal immigrants more than tripled between 1990 and 2007. If I’m not mistaken, that wasn’t on President Obama’s watch.
So John Boehner, put the cigarettes and golf clubs down and stop the partisan political games, and do what’s right – economically and morally for our great nation of immigrants.

Hillary’s real challenge

If Hillary is the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, I’ll most likely vote for her. But I am concerned that her support (because of extreme excess baggage) is just polite and less-than-ecstatic.
She is no where close to unleashing genuine Obama-like passion and its resulting massive turnout.

In praise of Mary Griffin

I remember Mary Griffin fondly. Mary was the administrative assistant for both the middle school and admissions in the early wild west days of the newly reconfigured middle school. When the time came for 6,7,and 8 to move into its new building, it was clear she could no longer do the 2 positions – no human could. She was given the choice to work in admissions or the middle school; I was so happy and honored by her choice. Yes, she was sweet but she was also tough. She had the perfect personality and skill set to help us navigate the frontier of challenges and possibilities we were facing. She is as responsible as anyone for our success.

Richard O. Schwab

“Despise trifles” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glendale is a Village robust with trifles. Inbred, complete with influential gossipy garden clubs, racist (check out the membership of the shrinking Lyceum,)
backward, and intolerant.
In this bazaar backwater, if you can believe it, in 2015, African-Americans and Democrats are treated as if they had leprosy. In the Village Square, I had a member of Glendale’s Chamber of Commerce say to me “EWW you are a Democrat” and she turned her back on me!

What the 2016 presidential should be about

Huge shifts currently taking place in the worlds of technology, the labor market and geopolitics should be at the center of the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.

But to date. there is not a single Presidential wanna-be talking about or proposing plans addressing critical questions about the future of work in America and the social contracts between government and its citizens and employers and their employees.

Until someone steps up with the courage and vision to address these fundamental issues, Hillary and all the occupants of the Republican Presidential wanna-be clown car don’t deserve our support or vote.

Portman and Warren Oh My!

On TPP, our Senator Rob Portman is acting and sounding like Elizabeth Warren!

What a breath of fresh air.

He is receiving spit balls from his GOP cronies, for his plan to target countries trying to suppress the value of their currency. Hell yes this provision should be a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

But Oh No, the GOP, who has long ago sold its soul to big International U.S. Corporations, says Portman’s request is so toxic it would kill the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest trade accord in history.

The TPP is still a work in progress. Progressive proposals should be incorporated to insure TPP is not another NAFTA.