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Forum Post: Councilwoman Sawant, the Interview.

Posted 5 months ago on Jan. 30, 2014, 9:49 a.m. EST by shooz (17793)
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"Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant ended her inauguration speech on January 6 with an exhortation to the voters who had just elected her as the country’s only socialist politician: “To all those prepared to resist the agenda of big business—in Seattle and nationwide—I appeal to you: get organized.” If her election is going to catalyze bold reforms in Seattle, she has said repeatedly, it will require a strong movement behind her. And yesterday, she put her money where her mouth is by announcing that she would accept only $40,000 of her $117,000 salary and donate the rest to a fund to build social justice movements.

Running as a member of the Trotskyist party Socialist Alternative, Sawant was unusual among leftist candidates around the country for her audacity. She did not run as a “protest candidate,” simply raising issues about the bankruptcy of our political system, but rather as someone who believed she could win. Incredibly, in November 2013, she did.

Sawant faces a tough slog in implementing her progressive agenda, which includes a $15 minimum wage, rent control and an income tax on the wealthy to fund better public transit, among other goals. Business interests will fight any kind of minimum wage boost, as they did in the nearby town of SeaTac, where a corporate-backed lawsuit convinced a judge to partially overturn a $15 minimum wage passed by voters.

But Sawant seems confident that, with the help of mobilized supporters, her election can be a step toward better days for Seattle’s working class—and the country’s. Sawant spoke with In These Times by phone from her new office in Seattle’s City Hall. "

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16140/kshama_sawant_the_great_red_hope/

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[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

The Great Red Hope

Hmmmm - really? I don't think the republiCONs in office want anything to do with her - well nothing good.

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

I'm really not sure what kind of victory it is -

what I mean is - I am sure there are some companies that would experience a degree of disruption were $15 / hour implemented today - how much disruption felt by how many companies . . . I have no idea . . .

But beyond that there lies this whole other issue. Prices keep going up. The cost of everything - rent, food, utilities.

UP. UP. UP.

And after this year, or four years from now - makes no difference. Minimum wage will plateau, while everything else continues to go UP UP UP.

And then we will have to have this fight all over again. And when we do, the minimum wage earner will be farther behind then than they are now. And of those who will wage that fight, only one side will have their homework ready.

Conservatives are watching and learning as we speak.

[-] -1 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

Keep in mind, what forces will be arrayed against her.

Namely the libe(R)tarians.

You do remember this one from Bernie's libe(R)tarian list?

“We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”

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[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

oh yeah - I remember

I didn't mean to take anything away from what she has accomplished. Not at all. I think it's fantastic. It's great news.

It just doesn't address the problem really and we remain locked in this tug of war over wages.

In the 50s and 60s a single wage earner could earn enough to buy a house and raise a family of four or five, and even send the kids to college.

I don't mean to take anything away from what Sawant has accomplished. I'm just concerned that people will look at that and say

  • < whew > almost there

when the reality is that we are every bit as far away now as we were just yesterday. Sawant has shown what is possible, and she has shown that we must work even harder, if we are to have any chance of repairing the damage done to our economy and our way of life by Norquist and the Birchers

[-] -2 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

oh, I get that and I keep in mind the teabagg(R)tarians in Congress just turned down $10, using outdated ideology.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/05/01/minimum-wage-myths/

The carrot and the stick, will take some time to deal with.

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[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

I saw that - both sides plan on using it this fall - though I confess I am mystified as to how repelicans hope to use this issue to their advantage among their base of support.

ultimately it does serve as a means of ignoring or distracting the public from the issue of how we got here in the first place - an issue that must be addressed if we are going to have a meaningful resolution.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

The realization of the "platform" by means of subterfuge?

https://occupywallst.org/forum/how-many-of-these-do-you-support/

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

sort of, yeah - any individual component can be so polarizing that it serves to distract from the fact that it is only one item in a much larger overall scheme of utter despotism

the issue of minimum wage is I think an attempt to mitigate the impact of other libertarian economic policies. And so it's inclusion among the Koch list is just an answer to that public reaction.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

In news of the surreal.

Do you remember when I showed that the libe(R)tarians in Canada where trying to dismantle the Canadian postal service, just like they're doing here?

Strangely enough, they are proposing a similar solution, to what You've heard here recently about using the post office for basic banking.

http://rabble.ca/news/2014/04/why-postal-banking-may-save-canada-post

Could it be that the BIG banks, just don't want to deal with us riff raff anymore?

That there just isn't enough profit in public banking these days?

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

I don't know. I don't really understand any of it. The post office in the U.S. is self supporting. It doesn't cost the tax payer anything. So why they went after it in the first place is beyond me.

but they did.

I think the campaign began sometime just before the first incident that gave rise to the term: Going Postal but why is something that eludes me.

As for the combination of banking / postal services, I've heard of it but not examined it. It is interesting the idea has shown up in Canada. It would be interesting to track the migratory process of that idea, with an eye toward identification of motive.

Since banks can only lend up to a certain percentage of their deposits, I can't see them getting out of the banking industry - but I'm not familiar with most aspects of the banking industry so I don't really know.

they might have some other vision in mind.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

They went after it for the same reason as always = private for profit rape and plunder!

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

well yeah but shipping packages is how much of the global economy? I can't believe there was a huge financial interest at stake - even though there are a couple of companies that would benefit.

The companies do function internationally. It is possible someone asked them for some sort of favor, and this is the quid pro quo.

But if that's the case, it must have been one hell of a favor.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Private control of what gets shipped is another motivation - own the means and ship what you want and to hell with any restrictions. Another familiar story - private means/control = massive abuse! And the rich just get richer as the rest get continually poorer and sicker and dead.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

yeah but fedex and ups both exist - they are - so i dunno . . .

A friend of mine years ago used the postal service to ship . . . organic substances . . . without too much trouble. Can't do that now of course.

I hear the argument - I mean I've heard the rumors regarding import export as often being the front for smuggling of some kind, I'm just not sure how that applies to the destruction of the Post Office.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Used to was that both were significantly cheaper than the USPS and faster - not so much of either any-longer - um - now that they are so firmly established ( entrenched? ) - kinda reminds me of the birth and growth of cable TV - 1st introduced as commercial free - because the customer was paying for the service.................then established - then - "walla" - commercial purveyors. The same old same old Corp(se)oRAT games.

[-] -2 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

It's gotta make you wonder.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

but we really ARE all in this together,

They keep sayin' if you don't like it here, MOVE - fukers - I say let'em secede, get all of the humanitarians out'a there, and then when they get contagious, quarantine their lame ass

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Edit

They keep sayin if you don't like it move - "I say" = them 1st - as where are they gonna go? - lets face it - "the truth" - there is nowhere on this planet to go to - You know it - I know it - They know it - the statement/suggestion is a farce - unless we - they - you - I have a viable way off of this planet - to a new and as yet " un-raped " planet - that will support life - our life - if we have that? "then" I say fine " I am out of here " you self destructive assholes can have the earth " but you can not follow the rest of us when you realize that you have killed any type of future for yourselves on this 1st/original planet " - nope - "YOU" end HERE!!!

Edit -> Hmmmmmm is that what God in the Bible had in mind? YOU ASSHOLES - YOU LOSE - BuBye...................

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[-] -1 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

I'd like to agree, but I can't.

It would give the libe(R)tarians what they've been striving for.

The complete destruction......of............sanity.

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

Welcome to Beckistan . . . That place, demanded by Libertopiasts, a haven of deregulation, unemployment, shunned by almost the entire female half of the species, made practically uninhabitable because of the scorching heat induced by near universal repelican denial of Global Warming . . .

They did kill the entire southern tier of the United States. They earned it. They have earned their Beckistan.

Let them keep it.

Then we will be free,

free to implement our own

immigration policy

[-] 2 points by orrefors (2) 2 months ago

Just from observing the condescending way that you treated one female poster here who did not agree with you,

And then your frequent use of the term "mutherfuker" and now in your last comment "lying libertarian cunt"...who should kill himself...you don't seem to have much respect for anyone including yourself.

I would bet money that "the entire half of the female species" has avoided YOU for a long time in the Real World, so there is no reason for me to denigrate you further.

Not having a lot of respect for women seems to be something the Neocon Democrats & the Libertopiasts have in common....don't 'ya reckon?

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[-] -2 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

C'mon, it's not a total loss....yet.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024905015

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

yeah-ya - I seem to be totally lost in a state of abject WTFness.

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[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

Careful, last time I mentioned red States

fukem we should just let'm secede, implement libertarian programs across the board, and see how they like it ten years out. Employment and public health stats will tank.

It would serve the fukers right.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

Absolutely - that would help ( I think ) any sane individuals to make up their minds to once and for all to abandon their toxic states.

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[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

I was surprised to see it was Nebraska that hung it up.

I think that must be a reference to Bold Nebraska

I've just hunted around a bit - Thomas Loc doesn't have anything yet and news reports are a bit sketchy, but I did find this:

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Now if someone could devise a campaign in short order designed to pressure these 6 weak dems and the other 11 - or maybe just get rid of all 17 of them . . . I mean, I understand they come from red states but that isn't my problem.

Either they favor clean air or they do not.

Either they favor a future conducive to human civilization, or they do not.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 months ago

The legislation recognizes the State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement released in January that concluded the pipeline’s construction would have no significant impact on the environment, and approves the project.

EDIT -> wouldn't it be gr8 if the approval was held off until after O-Bummer has left office and be attributable to corp(se)oRATists in office at that time?

Seriously now - is there really anyone who did not see the state department approval coming?

The only reason it has not been approved for completion - so far - is that anyone seen as supporting the kxl pipeline is afraid of becoming a public pariah ( and rightly so ) - and so it gets delayed due to upcoming election concerns. Thank you You very outspoken protestors - THANK YOU

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

The legislation recognizes the State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement released in January that concluded the pipeline’s construction would have no significant impact on the environment, and approves the project.

And the last I heard there were some significant conflicts of interest regarding this report though I'm not clear on the details at present.

If it can be shown there are conflicts of interest, then a) the report needs to be tossed, thereby undercutting a provision of this bill, s. 2280; b) those engaged in this conflict of interest should be thrown in jail, c) any new report must rely on a process that is unencumbered by conflicts of interest, d) such a process is useful primarily as a stalling tactic while we get our shit together to decide the United States is not going to be a part of tar sands production - period.

e. we shouldn't be having these kinds of conflicts of interest in the future . . .

[-] -2 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

Careful, last time I mentioned red States, I was accused of commie baiting.

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (13354) from South Burlington, VT 2 months ago

if true it's great news - for now.

These guys aren't done, and they will be back. I'm sure they are roaming the halls of Congress right now chatting with their supporters and planning their next move.

Right now.

[-] -1 points by shooz (17793) 2 months ago

I was surprised to see it was Nebraska that hung it up.

60 votes will take some time to get back.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

I read this yesterday. She is very interesting.

[-] 1 points by shooz (17793) 5 months ago

I like how someone showed up yesterday, just smear to her, yet offered not one link to prove his allegations.

I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, but she has earned every once of my respect.

I liked how all the posters here, missed her closing statement about the importance of unions.

All of our posters couldn't get the Obama echo out of their heads.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Must B really scared to show-up to try to denounce a lowly city council member. I think that they ( shills/sellouts ) are afraid of the fresh air getting to be instantaneously contagious/viral through out the public and then through the public - government.

[-] -1 points by shooz (17793) 5 months ago

I'm sure that troll was a one shot deal.

This is a nice informative interview. I don't expect he'll show up here.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Are you pulling my leg? = "I don't expect he'll show up here."

I mean - it IS what prevaricators live/work get paid for.

[-] 1 points by shooz (17793) 5 months ago

I'm not, but by the look of all the auto blocked posts, there's some trolls still out there that would like to.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

The shills/sellouts have got to try to denounce her - she could be the source/inspiration of their masters downfall.

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

I am sure that she has scared the hell out of people.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Yep - with scant prior experience - regular folk have got to be shocked at her use/redirecting of the lions share of her city council pay - others in office - have got to be cringing at her example to the public - yep - foundations have been shaken.

[-] 3 points by bayridge (12) 5 months ago

Kshama Sawant is an amazing woman.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

I think that it is a very shrewd move. I think everyone else on the city council just realized that there is a very real possibility that she won't be voted out for a long time.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

She got a 16 year (?) incumbent booted. She has donated the major portion of her income to peoples movements - yeah - pretty shrewd.

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[-] 0 points by shooz (17793) 5 months ago

Who could imagine, that they would be freaking out, somewhere in Seattle.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

I think it's great.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17793) 5 months ago

Worst scenario for them?

They'll have to do some of those things, if they want to get re-elected.

Yep....they're freakin' out alright.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

That they won't do. The worst case scenario is that they attempt to unify against her.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

If so - perhaps they might just end up shooting themselves.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

That's kind of what I was thinking but it will take some time.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

You bet - I believe that we are talking about a very intelligent individual - SO - no doubt she has the smarts ( note incumbent kicking campaign ) to make public any animosity shown her position in council and out of council.

[+] -5 points by harrythetroll (-32) 5 months ago

She is that loony, yes.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 months ago

Loony? Why would you think that, harrythetroll?

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