Sunday, October 29, 2006

Beyond Big Box Berkeley: Vote for Worthington, Bronstein, Spring & Overman

Sure we can vote for the people who are spending all that money on fancy campaign literature. There is a "Vote For George Beier" sign on almost every lawn in District 7. And they are really nice signs too. Bates, Wazniak and Wilson also have really great signs, slogans and hit pieces. Why not? They have a product to sell: Big Box Berkeley. And they really really really want us to buy it!

But what product is Worthington, Bronstein, Spring and Overman trying to sell us? A view of the future where there is clean air, good schools, good streets, good sewers, peace and justice, affordable housing, public safety and fiscal accountability.

What if all the things that David M. Walker, head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, said recently are true? "The ship of state is on a disastrous course, and will founder on the reefs of economic disaster if nothing is done to correct it." What if he is right -- and the head of the GAO has NO reason to spread lies. What if our economic world IS about to fall apart? Who do you want guiding Berkeley if there is economic uncertainty ahead? A coalition of Big Box developers and their cheering section? I think not.

What if all these rumors about various Iraq-gates and Page-gates and Abramoff-gates and 9-11-gates are true? Who do you want to be giving Berkeley a voice against the corruption in Washington? Big Box developers concerned with doing away with our landmarks? Or progressives who will continue to help Berkeley be a light to the world? Vote for Worthington, Bronstein, Spring and Overman. Only they are prepared to help us change the future and help make it safe.

What if a recently-released 700-page global warming report commissioned by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer is true and if we don't' act now only 200 million people will be left standing once the polar icecaps melt? Who do you want leading Berkeley and getting us ready for this coming time of crisis? Worthington, Bronstein, Spring and Overman! They are honest people with vision.