Our leaders don’t lead. Governor Gregoire and the legislators have punted on the issue of raising revenue. If you ask legislators, they say “the people” have to demand fair taxation and an end to corporate tax giveaways.

Though the Democrats control the governor’s mansion and both houses in Olympia, they don’t use their positions of power and influence to exert power and influence. They don’t educate the public about economic justice. Instead, they allow Tim Eyman to lead, just as President Obama has allowed Republicans to set the national agenda.

Progressives need to fight the good fight and take over the Democratic Party, the way religious conservatives and Teabaggers took over the GOP. Don’t just attend MoveOn and other advocacy group meetings, get active in your local LD!