John Baer on PA Legislators' Greed

John Baer, Daily News Columnist, has really been very good lately. He has spent a lot of ink on the legislative pay fiasco, where our legislators gave themselves a huge raise at budget time.

In the comments section of the old site, Mark Cohen defended the move, to my mind in a very unsatisfactory way. (But, to his credit, he was at least willing to try and defend the move, unlike many of his colleagues.)

As Baer notes, this is an issue of symbolism:

So at the same time lawmakers reduce access to health care to tens of thousands of poor, sick and disabled citizens they are sworn to protect, they get themselves more money.

Let's be clear, in the grand scheme of thing, this pay raise will not break the bank. But, that is wholly unimportant. What the raise shows, is just how out of touch so many of our reps are, even those who are generally our reliable allies and advocates.

Why does this matter? Let me count the ways:

John Street and the Politics of Live 8

I think Tim Whitaker hits the nail on the head at the end of his column in the Philadelphia Weekly:

The theory here is this: Some in our city have come to hate the current mayor so rabidly, to such an irrational degree, that they'd rather see us drown in collective misery than watch him garner any credit.

Listen closely, and you'll hear variations on the Street-is-evil sentiment-sometimes artfully camouflaged, sometimes not. The frustration from the angered is visceral.

They wanted bigger City Hall fish brought down by the probe, and more public condemnation of Milton Street, whom they blame for everything from lost airport baggage to global warming. For them the world was more just when Rendell was mayor.

YPP Interview: Brandon Silverman, Center for Progressive Leadership

Last week I conducted an email interview with Brandon Silverman, of the Center for Progressive Leadership. CPL was formed with the goal of helping create the next wave of progressive leaders. Read on, and if it interests you, seriously consider applying for their 9 month fellowship program. My questions are in


I have heard CPL described, and have described it myself, as attempting to create a "farm team" of Democratic politicians. Is that an accurate description?

Not quite. First off all, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization...which means, among other things, that we are not specifically tied or affiliated with any party. Our goal is to invest in the long-term development of progressive leaders...individuals who believe that government has an ongoing responsibility to help build a moral economy and a more just society, as well as ensure basic individual rights, protect the environment, defend the rights of the minority, and work for global cooperation.

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Welcome to The New Young Philly Politics!

Welcome to the re-launched Young Philly Poltics. We have left blogger, and moved onto CivicSpace, which will let this site continue to grow. And, if you are looking for a past blog post, you can always check out the old blogger site.

And, for Philly Future users, you can use your PhillyFuture usernames (just use your sn, followed by:

Really, coming soon!

As Alex noted, we are beginning to the long switch away from blogger. This will hopefully allow us a lot more freedom and flexibility to grow as a more powerful source for progressives.

In the meantime, head on over to the original site, and this will be functional very soon.

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The New And Improved Young Philly Politics Site, Using Civic Space.The Old Blogger Site Can Be Found Here.

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