Politics Letter of the Day
posted by November 8 at 11:54 AMon
Heckuva job Seattle! Because you were too stoned to go vote (only about 26% of you did), the right wing kicked ass in this week’s election and Washington State will be the worse for it.
Because of your apathy, Tim Eyman’s latest creation, I-960, passed and state government will not be able to raise new revenue. Not that this state needs money right, what with our well funded schools and our perfect infrastructure! Speaking of schools, Simple Majority failed, so many will continue to slide into disrepair.
And, of course, Prop 1 failed miserably, meaning that repairs to some of our worst roads will not happen nor will we see light rail expansion anytime soon. And no, hippies, we will not see a light-rail-only proposal. Quick! What do Sacramento, St. Louis, San Jose and LOS freaking ANGELES have in common? They all have better mass transit than Seattle. Something to be proud of, huh?
Election night started out good for progressives. Back east, in bleeding heart VIRGINIA, the Democrats captured the State Senate. The Blue Wave then swept westward, sacking the corrupt Republican governor of pinko KENTUCKY. Next, the Wave turned south, where the Democrats grabbed the Senate chamber in the radical leftist state of mf-ing MISSISSIPPI! Then, in ultra-liberal UTAH, a school voucher initiative was crushed. That’s right Seattle, the Merry Mormon state did a better job fighting the conservative agenda than you! The progressive tide hit a wall of ignorance and apathy when it entered Washington.
I’m considering moving back to Portland—the people there are much more engaged than here. Not only does the city have the most strip clubs and parks in the nation, it also has a terrific transit system. Plus, Oregon has no sales tax and all of its beaches are public.
Keep napping, Seattle. I hope you all enjoy your next governor, Mr. anti- SCHIP, anti choice Dino Rossi.
All of the stoners I know voted on Tuesday—ahem—but I can appreciate Eric’s sense of frustration. It seems to me, though, that is voter turnout is important to liberal, progressive measures like Simple Majority or transit initiatives, the Powers Dat Be might not wanna put those sorts of things on the ballot during off-year elections.