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OK Voter Choice

A group of independents and third parties working to make ballot access easier in Oklahoma, which has some of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nation. Support them - get a bumper sticker, volunteer, give money, whatever you can do.

Thoughts on the Tulsa river plan

This blog remains undecided on Tulsa's river development plan.

I have yet to be convinced that either side has a definitive case.

There are several issues in play here.

The overarching issue in my mind is the regressive nature of sales taxes. Sales taxes hurt working class people the most, and rich people the least. That's an established fact. Thus, in principle, I am against sales taxes, and I believe that if they are used, they should only be used when no other means are available to pay for something, and the thing being paid for is urgently necessary.

Thus, in the case of the river vote, I need two questions answered: 1) Is there another way to pay for river development, and 2) Is river development urgently necessary?

I'm not convinced that the answer to either question is yes.

Let's look at the questions one at a time.

1) Is there another way to pay for river development?

The plan is to spend the money raised from the sales tax to build low water dams and improve th…

Sinister blogger supports Kucinich

Consider this Sinister's official endorsement of Dennis Kucinich for President. The scrappy campaign of this dark horse candidate struck my attention in 2004, and with the dearth of candidates willing to espouse real progressive positions this election cycle, Dennis is the one candidate speaking for universal health care and a real end to the Iraq war.

More later.

New Link

Check out "Argue with Everyone" - a debate forum whose moderator was kind enough to add this humble blog to its link list. Of course, he classified Sinister as a "liberal" blog, but I guess you can't really classify the blog of an "erstwhile communist with a pragmatic progressive outlook."

Appropriate quote for today

"Enter no conflict against fanatics unless you can defuse them. Oppose a religion with another religion only if your proofs (miracles) are irrefutable or if you can mesh in a way that the fanatics accept you as god-inspired."
from Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert

Ok, if I can't accuse this jackass of being a hypocrite

can I at least accuse him of being a "flip-flopper?" I mean, that's the worst thing ever, isn't it? Certainly a reason not to elect someone President...

What a dick.