Nov 13, 2013 eridani commented on Hey Media, Perhaps You Might Have Wanted to Ask This Question Before the Election?.
@8 Yes. Milwaukee was run by socialists for 50 years. They were disparagingly called "sewer socialists" by party theoreticians who were more interested in ideology than governance. I think that Sawant ran as a sewer socialist and will probably govern as one.

John Gurda on How the Socialists Saved Milwaukee……
Nov 13, 2013 eridani commented on Kshama Sawant Surges to 402 Vote Lead!.
@ 27--Wrong. Any construction of a candidate's name is allowed, even Dick or Rich Conlin. Voter's intent rules, so if overvoters vote Conlin and write in Conlin, that is a Conlin vote. However, that kind of mistake is more typical of a first-time voter, more likely to support Sawant. Al Gore won the overvotes in FL in 2000 by an overwhelming margin--to bad they weren't counted. FL is also a voter intent state, and they should have been.
Nov 13, 2013 eridani commented on Kshama Sawant Pushes Ahead of Conlin.
Check out "The Rise of the New New Left", by Peter Beinart…

It is these two factors—their economic hardship in an age of limited government protection and their resistance to right-wing cultural populism—that best explain why on economic issues, Millennials lean so far left. In 2010, Pew found that two-thirds of Millennials favored a bigger government with more services over a cheaper one with fewer services, a margin 25 points above the rest of the population. While large majorities of older and middle-aged Americans favored repealing Obamacare in late 2012, Millennials favored expanding it, by 17 points. Millennials are substantially more pro–labor union than the population at large.

Most striking of all, Millennials are more willing than their elders to challenge cherished American myths about capitalism and class. According to a 2011 Pew study, Americans under 30 are the only segment of the population to describe themselves as “have nots” rather than “haves.” They are far more likely than older Americans to say that business enjoys more control over their lives than government. And unlike older Americans, who favor capitalism over socialism by roughly 25 points, Millennials, narrowly, favor socialism.
Jul 13, 2011 eridani commented on Is Kucinich Running in WA? And If So, Can He Win?.
Odd how the "far left" Kucinich is to the right of moderate Republican Eisenhower on tax rates. Here is Ike defending his decision to keep the 91% top tax rate.

"Every dollar spent by the government must be paid for either by taxes or by more borrowing with greater debt.
The only way to make more tax cuts now is to have bigger and bigger deficits and to borrow more and more money. Either we or our children will have to bear the burden of this debt.

This is one kind of chicken that always comes home to roost. An unwise tax cutter, my fellow citizens, is no real friend of the taxpayer."
Mar 3, 2011 eridani commented on Why Seattle Should Pass on White Center.
Neither city can afford to annex right now, absent some major aid from the state, which is not forthcoming.
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Mar 3, 2011 eridani commented on Why Seattle Should Pass on White Center.
I live in the unincorporated area (Top Hat), and would prefer Burien for the following reasons.

1. Political power. As half of Burien, we could have it. As 5% of Seattle, fuggedaboudit. Burien City Council meetings are held evenings, when working people are able to attend them. We've seen where the interests of Georgetown and South Park stand with respect to those of just about anywhere north of the ship canal. No thanks.

2. Libraries. If Seattle annexes us, kiss the Boulevard Park and White Center libraries goodbye. KCLS has stalled on making improvements to the White Center Library (to have been funded by a bond issue PASSED IN 2004) out of fear that there will be too many users living within Seattle city limits and outside of the library taxing district. KCLS didn't close for a few weeks in 2009, unlike SPL, because it gets its funding from a library taxation district--a fairly predictable funding source. SPL managers aren't doofusses--they're just stuck with being thrown into the budgetary piranha tank every year to fight for whatever scraps they can get. For that reason, annexation would very likely lead to slashing hours and services at Greenbridge as well.

3. Water and sewer. Libraries aren't the only public goods that are more cheaply and efficiently funded by special purpose taxation districts. Rates for both water and sewer services would skyrocket with annexation to Seattle.