Dennis Kucinich has had many political lives. Elected to the Cleveland City Council in 1969 at age 23, he was in 1977 elected as that great American city’s “boy mayor.” Kucinich’s refusal to bend to the demands of the downtown banks and the utility corporations that wanted him to privatize public services led to a withering electoral assault that would eventually force him from office.
Calls for a New Politics
Washington, January 2, 2013 –
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today called for a new politics in his final speech on the House floor of the 112th Congress. The video can be seen here. The text follows:
A certain kind of politician is becoming a dwindling breed. I’m not thinking of the over-praised and frequently eulogized centrist, the kind who spends a career watering things down and gets lionized for having done so.
For progressives, there are always a few great challengers we hope to send to Washington. Incumbents, we assume, can take care of themselves.
But in Ohio, redistricting has thrown two well-respected incumbents into one district – a heavily Democratic district designed by Republicans to guarantee other districts to the GOP. The two incumbents are both Democrats.
Mitt Romney did not invent predatory capitalism. It’s been around for a while.
Predatory capitalism was already alive and well in 1978, in Cleveland. That was when the One Percent who controlled the banks, and pretty much everything else of value, decided that they wanted to steal the local power company from the people of Cleveland.
With Congress about to begin the next cycle of budget battles – mostly focused on how much more pain to inflict on Main Street communities across America – a far different message is bubbling up across the land.
Simply put, the big idea behind the Robin Hood Tax is to generate hundreds of billions of dollars. That money could provide funding for jobs to kickstart the economy and get America back on its feet. It could help save the social safety net here and around the world. And it will come from fairer taxation of the financial sector.