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Get Active in Local and State Politics…

July 11, 2011

Excellent post over at DailyKos about how Republicans have been very active in local and state politics and how this has led to a major deterioration of the middle class, especially to teachers and public sector workers.  Here is a blurb from the writing about the problems we have in California:

Not that states with Republican-dominated legislatures are the only ones with problems. In California, Republicans dominate the budgetary aspects of the legislature despite having only about 35 percent of the seats in either chamber because of Proposition 13, the absurd rule that a two-thirds vote in each chamber must be required to raise revenues. Because it is as impossible to secure a sane legislative Republican in Sacramento as it is in Washington, California’s budget has been consigned for many years to be a series of ever-deeper cuts to the social safety net, public education, and the state park system.

This is a redistricting cycle, and the change in state lines could change some of these equations, but right now, the number of victories required to stop the damage, if not reverse it, is comparatively small. In California, a takeover of two seats in Assembly and Senate would be enough to prevent the Republican minority from continuing to hold the state hostage during every budget negotiation.

I find it heartening to know that we need only two more elected Democrats in Sacramento to rid ourselves of the GOP Five.

The only way to stop them is to raise enough money and awareness so as to defeat them and undo the massive damage that they have managed to accomplish in only six months of governance. Retaking the Wisconsin Senate on Aug. 9 will be a significant victory, but it must be viewed not as an endgame, but as an important first step in a much larger campaign.

I really feel that grassroots activism in local politics may be the long way to address these problems but it is the right way to do it.  I am writing this blog as a small little part in this.  I plan to become more politically active over time.  I hope more teachers get active instead of watching as the GOP, which has now been co-opted by the far-right, strips away at our profession while heaping millions/billions on the wealthy who do not need it.

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