I was born in 1930, a year when the Socialist party of America could still gain over 250,000 votes in a presidential election. In 1912, Eugene Victor Debs, the Socialist candidate for president won over 900,000 votes, the equivalent today of about 4,000,000. There were Socialists as mayors and some in Congress. Good news from Seattle. Kshama Sawart of the Socialist Alternative party was elected to the City Council of Seattle which means that city finally has someone holding public office who actually cares about the needs of those who are poor and those who are in the declining middle class. Isn’t it wonderful to have a politician who does not believe the end goal of getting elected to public office is to protect our oppressed wealthy people from paying higher taxes? Yes, John Boehner, there are “job creators,” but the jobs they create are for the top five percent in America! I can guarantee the following words will not be uttered in the halls of Congress this year.
Ms. Sawart: “I will do my best to represent the disenfranchised and the excluded, the poor and the oppressed by fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage, affordable housing, and taxing the super rich!” It’s been a long time since we elected someone to public office who speaks for the 95% of Americans. By the way Republicans, during World War II the top tax rate was 90%! And, during the administration of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower it was 70%. And, believe it or not, our economy boomed and the middle class grew larger and wealthier!!