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Thu Dec 17, 2015, 11:29 PM

Do you know what real Americans do when a socialist achieves power?

They re-elect them 11 times...Jasper McLevy Mayor of Bridgeport Ct 1933-1957


In the early 1930s, Bridgeport, an industrial city in southern Connecticut, was plagued by corruption and hard hit by the Great Depression. In 1931, voters had ousted the incumbent Republican mayor for Democrat Edward Buckingham and McLevy only lost by a couple thousand votes. By 1933, dissatisfaction had spread to both parties and McLevy trounced the competition, bringing along a Socialist majority on the Board of Aldermen, Bridgeport's city council. While people familiar with local politics had seen the writing on the wall in the 1931 results, the national media was astonished to find the Socialists in control in a New England city.[1][2][

Contrary to the fears of some,[who?] capital did not flee Bridgeport and McLevy began upon a reform agenda rather than a revolution.[citation needed] In a time of reduced revenue due to the Depression and, with city coffers depleted by corruption, McLevy managed to meet the City's obligations and balance the books, even reducing taxes. He withheld the lucrative contract for trash hauling, instituting municipal trash collection, saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. He took over Pleasure Beach where concessionaires had been reneging on taxes and rent for years. He began the process of putting all city purchases out for competitive bidding. In one instance when asphalt suppliers all supplied identical bids, he threatened to create a municipal asphalt supplier and broke their cartel. He championed transparency, opening all board and commission meetings to the press and the public ("Operation Goldfish Bowl". He sold the expensive limousine his predecessor had used. He instituted a merit system in the police and fire departments. McLevy went on to be reelected eleven times

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Thu Dec 17, 2015, 11:32 PM

1. Socialism works.

Funny how small business people are so scared of it when they would actually do better because socialists level the playing field.

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Fri Dec 18, 2015, 02:02 AM

2. I'd love to see that story hit the daily news NOW!

Too many people would be surprised at the outcome of that story. I am a political junky and although I never got excited by the words "Democratic Socialist", there are lots of people who did and still do.

I wonder how we could push it into the talking head shows? Maybe Thom Hartmann since Bernie used to be on his show every Friday? I think Rachel might be afraid of it because it might look like she was pushing a particular candidate.

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Fri Dec 18, 2015, 05:34 AM

3. Regardless of party

A good, strong, and honest mayor can work wonders at the local level. One reason that many municipal ballots are non-partisan.

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