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Some Socialist; or: Bernie Sanders and the new old red-baiting

2020-02-18 -- My early teenage years coincided with the election of Barack Obama and the subsequent right-wing reaction to this in the form of the “Tea Party” movement. I remember reacting to the criticisms of the Obama administration coming from that sector with a combination of shock and curiosity. This was the first political conflict, besides the anti-war movement under Bush, that I had paid any close attention to. The charge of socialism against the president was one that really made me curious. I started doing my own research, and I eventually discovered that I was, in fact, a socialist myself. Continue reading...

A week on from Louisiana's gubernatorial election

2019-11-22 -- The second round of Louisiana’s gubernatorial election gave left-wing voters a choice between a right-wing Democrat who has maintained a one hundred percent anti-abortion voting record, and a far right Republican donor and millionaire capitalist who styled himself as a “conservative outsider” in spite of being one of the Louisiana GOP’s largest donors. In hs first term, the incumbent John Bel Edwards saw his agenda stymied by Republican obstructionism in the state legislature, where the GOP controls both houses. Edwards’s goal of restructuring the tax code and allowing the expiration of the Jindal-era tax credit regime has been repeatedly stalled, with Republicans fighting to extend tax credits that starve social services of funding, forcing recurrent budget crises and necessitating emergency legislative sessions which have cost the state over one million dollars altogether. Despite this, Edwards can boast about generating a budget surplus - a result of many cuts made to higher education and poverty relief among other items, in addition to the expiration of some tax credits - which drives home the fact that Republicans have consistently failed to achieve a balanced budget even with total control over the state. In contrast to Edwards, Bobby Jindal - Edwards’s Republican predecessor - left the state with an over two billion dollar budget deficit at the end of his second term as governor, even with cuts to public spending. Continue reading...