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Friday, February 2, 2007

I Over Use this Word Around the Office

posted by on February 2 at 10:15 AM

And my colleagues roll their eyes when I do. I’m always talking about stories that capture the zeitgeist. (I even had a song I sang: “Zeeetgeast Maga-zeeeen!”)

But I don’t use it in print, ever. Ever.

Until this week. I had to use the Z-word in print.

In my Oly•Intel column about my fear that the Democrats would wimp out on Rep. Maralyn Chase’s (D-32) CO2 emissions cap bill, I wrote:

I’m worried about the Democratic leadership who stressed at a caucus meeting immediately after the elections last year that Democrats need to tread lightly if they want to keep their majority.

In addition to the annoying Catch-22 of that logic, a carbon dioxide cap isn’t as controversial as an income tax or gay marriage—two Democratic proposals that, frankly, have little public traction. An emissions cap is exactly the sort of Zeitgeist item that a Democratic majority should move through the legislature. Unfortunately, the idea is unpopular with a more powerful contingent than the public: big business. I’m afraid that rather than being a victory for the Democrats, the emission limits will end up being another case study of Democratic limits.

I know you all (Democratic legislators in Olympia) think Rep. Chase is an odd duck and there’s some bullshit internecine stuff coming from leadership about how she tried to run a progressive against her colleague, Ruth Kagi, from the 32nd. But people, this is for real. Do not let petty politics scuttle this bill.

This is a zeitgeist bill and this, as we see this morning, is the zeitgeist:


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Posted by Servile Intern | February 2, 2007 10:43 AM


You may have noticed that the government at the state and federal level stopped working in the best interests of the public quite some time ago. People instinctively know that something is seriously wrong, and this is reflected in the consistent polls that show 70% believe the country is on the wrong track.

Oh sure, they let us have petty, vicious fights over gay marriage and abortion, but ultimately most Democrats and Republicans are what the disgusting Lou Dobbs accurately calls “corporate supremacists.” Everything is done for the benefit of business and the people who control them.

This is largely due to our hopelessly corrupt campaign financing system, which forces our legislatures and courts to become revolving door whorehouses. Not to mention the fact that our society has a major problem with hypocrisy, lying and denial. It’s only going to get worse until we have fully publicly financed elections, as in other countries, and the most qualified have the opportunity to govern and not the best fundraisers.

Posted by Original Andrew | February 2, 2007 10:53 AM

Since I'm a pedantic German:
Zeitgeist is pronounced "tsuytguyst" with "uy" like in "guy".

Posted by Patrick | February 2, 2007 4:49 PM


I know that.

It's just, that's what I like to do when I sing songs. For example, My song about David Schmader (which is pronounced Shhh-may-Dur in reality) goes: Shhh-mah-day musically!

Posted by Josh Feit | February 2, 2007 4:55 PM

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