USA: one party at the local level, and it’s not the Democrats

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  1. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    Here’s a must-read if you have the stomach for it, and the time. It’s long. It’s full of citations for its assertions. It’s to weep, really, if you give a damn about democracy.


    Shame on the Democrats for too long ignoring what happens at the state level below the governor's slot. For a party that talks a lot about grassroots, they seem to like their politics run top-down, and it's about the money, isn't it. But they don't seem to realize they can make a decision to focus on ground-up politics.

    The Dems only seem to care about who’s in the White House, who’s in Congress and what the blue-red divide on governorships looks like. Meanwhile at the state legislative and local levels of government, all kinds of mischief has been going on for decades now, and the plays have been run by right wing conservatives and the money that backs them. Top-down money but it's been working to select who runs your school board, your town council, your state assembly and senate. And, to select who actually gets to vote in those elections.

    It's not too late to wake up and change this, but don't count on mainstream media to help much. They're too busy touting Trump, knocking Bernie and mocking everyone else on both sides of the fence for 2016.
     
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    How long have you been living on this planet with your head in the sand?
     
  3. LizKat thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I put this up here because there are still people who think it only matters to vote for President, or maybe President and members of Congress.

    Meanwhile, so much of our governance is via policy implementations at lower levels: towns appealing to states for home rule on this or that environmental issues, county management of public resources and so forth. The same is true for policy that's not so much in the spotlight. It can take a long time for unconstitutional local laws to gain enough attention to end up in a court, too.

    So the piece is worth reading if you think it's important to vote for President because a president's Supreme Court picks are crucial to ensuring democratic governance. What's really crucial is making sure there are some Democrats running for local office, and that they get some support from the higher realms of Democratic Party financing.

    On the other hand if you're not a leftie, a Dem or an independent, or you already know everything, you should definitely skip the piece. :)
     
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    CT has been run by Democrats for decades, our economy is in the crapper and the taxes keep going up. People need to stop voting red or blue ands actually look at the policies set forth and vote for the best person for the job. When there is no oversight on one party they are allowed to run amok. It doesn't matter be it Republican or Democrat. We need even governance.
     
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    Democrats have a near-monopoly here, which may be one reason small businesses are struggling and industry is fleeing to South Carolina, Texas and California.
     
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    Industry flocks to where the least will be asked to them, and then do it again as another state lowers the bar.

    This is modern business, a race to the bottom.
     
  7. LizKat thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hmm. Republicans practically own Delaware County (NY) and there are practically no jobs.

    But it's scenic, I'll concede that!
     
  8. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    I've known this a long time and lately the Republicans have a large majority of the Governorships as well. Heck in my State the GOP has controlled both Houses of the Legislature for 30 years and the Governor's office for 38 years. We've had a few Democrats elected for the U.S. Congress and Senate over the years, but even now that's 100% GOP. A few of the National Democratic platforms like gun control just don't go over well here with moderate Republicans and Democrats. The more the National party pushes these wedge issues the more they lose the Midwestern and Western States and are left with just the Northeast and West coast. The Democrats lost the South years ago.

    That's why I always laugh when people say that the GOP is taking it's last breaths and is almost a dead party. Not at all. Other then the White House the Republican party is by far the strongest party right now.
     
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    It's so easy to say "Oh, Democrats only care about the National level". There's a reason for that. At the national level, you get to vote for one democrat or one republican. By the actual election, all diversity in candidacy has been eliminated. As you move further down the government, Democrats disagree with democrats, republicans disagree with republicans.

    The bigger issue in the United States, and this is much more clear at the municipal and state levels, centers on the idea that there are only two classes: Those with power and the governed.

    For every unregulated Texas there's a corrupt and broke Illinois. At the end of the day, Texas Republicans and Illinois Democrats are exactly the same: Powerful, unwavering, stubborn, and inept.
     
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    In Connecticut the issues are not really at the local level but at the state level. The legislature controls how much the towns and cities get and that is what really controls how high taxes are. When the lawmakers at the state level mismanage the money, in our case the Democrats, both parties at the local level suffer.
     
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    Those States who want the business, give all sorts of breaks that are short on income, and figure they'll find enough desperate people to work without the benefits. Pro business, and that's about it. Playing States off one another, a real Nation enhancement.
     
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    America is going to go the way of the Roman Empire before people wake up and realize their democracy was stolen right out from underneath their nose. The American people as a whole are too goddamn stupid to realize it and actively vote against their own best interests because they're brainwashed by these same politicians. It's pathetic really.
     
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    Please, tell us more.
     

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