A CLOSER LOOK (stealing shamelessly!)
The overarching goal of Rooster Today is to take a “closer look” to borrow from Seth Meyers hysterical segment of his late night show. The closer look here is at what is beneath the headlines. To answer questions such as
- How do tax credits actually work? Why are they offered as solutions? How do block grants work?
- How do school vouchers work? Why do we hear so much about them? Are they better for kids?
- Why does healthcare in America cost so much?
- Why does one camp say there will be middle class tax cuts and another says there will be only benefits to the rich?
And most importantly
- What can I do?
WHERE TO FIND COMMON GROUND IN ISSUES AND IDEAS
The site is organized around the major topics of the day with huge emphasis on the economy, healthcare and education. These three topics are the best places for us to start to find common ground because all have an impact on our daily lives. We can talk about these issues in concrete terms.
Each topic has a brief explanatory page with links to articles, papers, more in-depth information. The goal is to understand the motivations that are afoot, to see how to connect the dots, to see the patterns of coordinated effort, to penetrate the fog of distraction. The goal is to bring facts to the forefront to overcome political rhetoric.
They say that if you tell a lie over and over, it will be believed. We are living in an era when misleading information, propaganda and lies have overtaken public discourse. We can only combat this onslaught of manipulation with knowing the facts.
WHERE TO FIND COMMON GROUND, ON THE GROUND, NATIONALLY
The calendar will give us information about national events designed to enable citizens to make our voices heard and to march in support of issues.
The calendar will also provide an overview of the races in various states, links to candidates, links to organizing organizations and what you can do in your state to support your viewpoint.
WHERE TO FIND COMMON GROUND, ON THE GROUND, in OREGON
Oregon’s calendar of events will note events but will also link to various organizations with ways to support and get involved.
HOW TO DO THAT “ONE THING”
This is going to be a long haul so everyone needs to pace themselves. Steve Bannon has promised us a “fight every day”, and that the press is the “enemy of the people”. Kellyanne Conway has promised us “alternative facts”. The president has promised everything under the sun.
What we can do is “do one thing”. If you like women’s issues, then do “one thing” to support those efforts. If you are committed to the environment and climate changes, do your “one thing” in that arena. If you are frightened about losing our democracy and freedom, focus on watchdog organizations designed to keep us free. If you are concerned that this new administration is going to separate families through immigration, leave people without healthcare, suppress information, there are tons of organizations that are dedicated to making sure these things don’t happen.
And you can always donate and now, you should donate, donate, donate.
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