3 Replies to “Podcast #42: Splitting the Vote”

  1. On rent control: I don’t really think much about the merits and demerits of the policy when evaluating Seattle candidates’ positions and rhetoric on this topic. Because it’s not going to be legalized in the short or medium term, and everyone with a clue knows this, so I tend to treat politicians who lean heavily on rent control advocacy as grandstanders who are more interesting in gaining rhetorical benefit from the housing crisis than actually addressing it.

    In this sense, I’ll take Oliver >> Grant/Sawant on the rent control issue, not because her position is softer (although it is), but because she doesn’t. I’m much more concerned about her (seemingly much more emphasized) commitment to the 25% MHA.

    New bike shares are another reason I probably need to finally give up my windows phone, but I’m stubborn and don’t want to.

    1. djw, I can’t vote in Seattle elections, though act like I’ve got the right, because the region-long traffic disaster that’s presently the worst limit on my personal freedom owes largely to the last three years’ economy there.

      You’re right about rent-control as a Mayoral campaign issue this year. Belongs in campaign for State legislators. But my approach to large-scale financial relief for the average person is to get them the incomes their work deserves.

      And the homeless, given land and hardware to build their own homes, and each others’. Look up “House- and Barn-Raisings.” All you candidates.

      Government at all levels can hire people at good wages to repair the local and nationwide physical collapse of the United States. Also, and shamefully lacking from Democrats, and little-mentioned by Socialists, reviving the labor union movement that used to enable working people to live in Seattle.

      If I still lived in Ballard, I’d be tempted to vote once more for Mike McGinn, not because he alone had experience as a mayor, but because in his first campaign, he was willing to take the job with the economy falling out from under our country. Which his better-qualified opponent campaigned like he wasn’t.

      Same character issue would put Ms. Oliver ‘way our front for me. She was already fighting when the current front-runners were holding back over…get this…campaign money! Let’s see Jennie Durkan’s war chest account-balance compared to hers! Jessyn and Carrie are needed where they are.

      But out of sheer revulsion, I’d never again vote for any of the people who couldn’t register fast enough when their opponent was destroyed by allegations less ugly than their own refusal to face him when he was still on his feet.

      Finally, it’s also generational, which goes less by candidate’s birthday than the age of their ideas. And the energy behind them. Born three years too early to be a “Boomer” (thank the Lord!) I saw a few years bring a massive lifelong change of outlook. Opposite direction from mine, but point still holds.

      More weariness than reason. But I think what both our major parties most need is for their leaders to take their well-earned retirement. When Nikki (sorry, but I hope somebody calls her that) reaches that age, if tribal ancestors aren’t real, my voting address will be a tombstone in Chicago.

      Mark

  2. I’ve only lived in the area for a year, and I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting Tim Eyman.

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