Who is Mike Sax and Could He be the Randy Bryce of New York Politics?
Ok-I’m talking about myself in the third person. Sorry-but I’m trying to introduce myself.
You know me as Mike Sax, humble blogger, fervent fighter in #TheResistance.
The case against Peter King is pretty clear-he’s been here 25 years and all he does is put party over country and generally thumb his nose at his own constituents. He won’t hold a townhall-dismissing these as ‘screaming matches.’
He has voted many times against bills that would have forced the IRS to release Donald Trump’s tax returns; again party over country.
In the middle of a constitutional crisis when there is a counterintelligence investigation into whether or not the so-called President and his campaign colluded with a hostile foreign power, King has done little to get to the bottom of this shocking crime other than defend Michael Flynn and Devin Nunes. He even leaked classified information during a hearing.
This is who represents NY in the middle of a legitimacy crisis.
Finally, Congressman King, after playing the usual King Hamlet routine-maybe he thinks because his name is King he has to be King Hamlet-‘Gee will I vote for Trumpcare? Who can possible ever know?-did in fact vote for that horrible, terrible, awful, bad, very bad, no good so-called healthcare bill, aka, The Much Worse Care Reconciliation Act.
Those of us who have observered his body of work for any length of time were not surprised-King has always put party over country-just like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Devin Nunes.
If eight years is enough for a tv show, 25 years is enough for us to know Peter King’s been here past his expiration date. Even he doesn’t seem to enjoy the job anymore but rather joylessly clings-as Kellyann Conway would put it-to his power.
So the case against Peter King is strong. But who am I-Mike Sax?
Well, I’m not Peter King-which should be a big start. Even though the name Mike Sax meant as much to poll respondents as a random name in a phone book, they chose me by 10 points over Peter King once they were exposed to a comparison of his policy stances vs. mine on a variety of issues.
Here is the media release of my poll that Gravis Marketing has put out
Our heads are cut off but I’m the guy in the top right corner on the left in the picture.
I have lived in Long Island-both Nassau and now Suffolk for most of my life.
I always felt that some day I would run for public office-but it was always, you know, sometime way in the future. Then Donald Trump happened. The James Comey letter happened. And I-like many in Democrat Nation-was outraged.
And suddenly ‘way in the future’ became today.
I know-many will say-‘Gee Mike, that’s swell, but why don’t you set your eyes lower first?’
Go for a local position at the city council or even assemblyman? It’s a fair question. Normally, that’s probably how I would have played it.
Then came Wikileaks, Putin, Guccifer 2.0, the Comey letter, and Donald Trump. I guess I feel like the American boys back during WWII.
There’s a war going on and I want to be part of it today.
I just have a strong intuition that this is my time-now. Not in a few years.
I feel that I bring certain passions and skills to connect with a passionate #Resistance today.
And I have some novel ideas on how to run a campaign. Like you see that picture at the top of the page-Quid pro Quo? I’m thinking of maybe putting out campaign flyers with it on.
It’s about firing up and connecting with #TheResistance in a passionate, visceral way.
As for going through the proper channels-Let’s be real. The Democrats have been putting out candidates that went through the proper channels to compete against Peter King every two years for 25 years. And every single time they lose by 20 points, by 30 points, by 40 points.
Not to quote from Donald Trump but it has some truth here-‘What the f- do you have to lose?’ in coloring out side the lines for once?
I see myself as possibly the Randy Bryce of NY politics, of Long Island politics because like him, I’m just a regular guy. I didn’t go to the right schools nor have I served on all the right committees.
We have an epidemic of low wages in our country, and I understand this not as Peter King might learn it-you know maybe a friend of his at his Port Washington country club has a kid at graduate school who discovered there are poor people out there struggling with jobs somewhere-but because like Mr. Bryce, I’ve been in this labor market.
Bryce is a union ironworker.
I’m someone like many out there: I did what everyone said we should do. I got a bachelor’s degree then I got my masters. What I didn’t get was a job in any way commensurate with my education.
So nobody-Bernie Sanders or anyone else-needs to tell me about the struggling American worker-I’ve been in this labor market, I’ve lived it, I know how tough it is.
Andy Stern, the former labor leader of SEIU is dead right:
“College is no longer considered as good an investment: Although policy makers still tout college as a ticket to higher wages and a middle- or upper-middle-class lifestyle, more and more parents are questioning its value, especially as the cost of tuition continues to skyrocket. (At this writing, the cost of a four-year private college had risen to a high of $63,000 per year for tuition, room and board at some elite schools, more than most families earn.) As for the return on that investment, the BLS indicates that more than 15 percent of men and 11 percent of women under the age of twenty-nine with a bachelor’s degree are unemployed. In 2012, a record 21.6 million young adults, age eighteen to thirty-one, moved back in with their parents—typically to make ends meet in a tough job market.”
Very true. That’s my own experience. Yes, you can find a job if you look for it for a few days or weeks but a job that actually comes close to a living wage?
And college for many now just means they get to work in jobs that don’t come close to paying their expenses while also having six digit college debt.
Ok, let’s boil it down. For the Mike Sax campaign there are three pillars:
1. We have a legitimacy crisis in this country as we don’t know if the so-called POTUS is legitimate or not. Peter King and his fellow GOPers think they work for Donald Trump not you and me.
To get to the bottom of Trump Russia, Peter King needs to vacate his throne.
We need a Democratic House. Mike Sax would consider it an honor to represent NY 2-and be Peter King’s replacement on the Intelligence Committee. Mike certainly will not be wasting time defending Devin Nunes or worrying about ‘Being fair to President Trump.’
2. Peter King and his fellow GOPers have voted to take a meat ax to Medicaid and much of our state government via the Much Worse Care Reconciliation Act.
If we ever want what all Americans want-decent healthcare at an affordable price, we need a restraining order from the Republican party.
The way forward, after we defeat Trumpcare-and it can only be defeated by getting that restraining order-ie, making sure the GOP is very much in the minority in Congress-is the public option.
As for what form this public option could take-this is a very promising proposal that Vox’s Dylan Matthews reported on yesterday.
3. Finally that epidemic of low wages we discussed. First we have to identify the problem. It’s less Where are the jobs?! than Where are the decent paying jobs?!
Andy Stern again:
“We have become a low-wage nation: For the lucky Americans who do have jobs, too many of them work for shockingly low pay. Almost eight million working Americans live below the poverty line despite collecting a steady paycheck. Wages, as a share of the country’s gross domestic product, are at an all-time low. Since 2000, one place where the new economy has not discriminated is that whether you are a high-school dropout, high-school graduate, an individual with some college, a college graduate, or have a nonprofessional master’s degree, in every category average incomes have been falling.”
“Most new jobs created in today’s economy are concentrated in the retail, food service, and home healthcare sectors, which rarely include benefits, and often leave workers scrounging to pay the bills and without a clear path to the middle class. To make matters worse, a 2010 report from the US Department of Commerce found it is harder to maintain a middle-class lifestyle than ever before as prices for critical goods such as healthcare, college, and housing outpace income growth, leaving families to turn to debt financing and other stopgap measures to hang on. Part of this trend of low-wage work is a result of the shift from manufacturing to service. In 1978, 28 percent of American workers labored in factories and 72 percent worked in services; today, 14 percent work in factories and 86 percent in services. In 1960, the three largest employers, GM, AT&T, and Ford, were unionized companies with wages that you could raise a family on. Today’s top three employers are Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, and Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut). Median pay for the more than 15 million retail workers is less than $20,000 a year ($9.60 an hour), and for the 3.4 million fast-food workers it is only $8.80 an hour. Today’s job-rich companies offer poverty-level wages. As noted in a New York Times expose, even the “high-skilled” Genius Bar techies at Apple make on average just $11.25 an hour despite selling on average $472,000 of goods per employee per year. “You go into an Apple store and you see the future,” says Jeff Faux, founder of the Economic Policy Institute. “The future of the labor force is all in those smart college-educated people with the T-shirts whose job is to be a retail clerk.”
We can debate Mr. Stern’s solutions but his diagnosis simply nails the problem. As he says, we’ve gone from being an economy where most workers are in manufacturing to one where most are in the low paying service sector.
How to bring up these wages is where the rubber meets the road.
Despite all the ‘populist cred’ that Trump and Bernie got, Hillary understood the problem much better. Her plan was to bring workplace regulations, worker protections, and wages to the gig economy, to the 21st century.
After she released his in depth proposals for how to do this the media retorted, ‘But what about your emails, Secretary Clinton?’
Anyway, hopefully those who wanted more insight into who Mike Sax is and why I believe I’m the guy who can finally depose an abusive and neglectful King Am the One.
Mike Sax is The One.
That was a good Nixon slogan so why not use it.
You want a slogan I made up myself-All Sax is good Sax.
So if you’re interested what can you do to help? All kinds of things. Volunteer if you’re in the district, or put the word out-tell everyone you know.
And no matter where you live, please donate.
Mike Sax is the One to Dethrone the King