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Go Green: Why you should vote for Dr. Jill Stein
Dr. Jill Stein
About Dr. Jill Stein
Dr. Jill Stein was born in 1950, and is a physician and political activist. She won the 2012 Green Party nomination, and then won it again last year. She once taught medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was a former Democrat who left the party after a Democrat majority in Massachusetts overturned a bill that regulated campaign finance, and joined the Green Party.
Politically, she twice ran for Governor in Massachusetts and once for the House of Representatives. In 2012, she received the most votes for a female candidate ever, though like other third parties, was a distant second to the Libertarian Party.
This year she won the nomination for the 2016 Presidential campaign, and has reached out to Senator Bernie Sanders to help her "continue the political revolution."
Sadly, he rebuffed her efforts when he stated he was voting for Hillary this year.
Dr. Jill Stein on foreign policy and Trump-Clinton
Dr. Jill Stein's 2016 platform pledge
Jill Stein on foreign policy and terrorism
She was a Vietnam protester.
She believes the Iraq war created ISIS, that we shouldn't have been there in first place and we're not out yet. She believes Afghanistan was just as illegal as Iraq, and to end the Oil Wars. She wants us to leave Syria and Iran alone, and shouldn't have overthrown Kadhafi in Libya.
She wants to disarm North Korea as part of a nuclear disarmament worldwide. She wants to bring our troops home and close the military bases. She wants to end the Cuban embargo. She wants to focus on human rights, international law, and diplomacy in our foreign affairs. And she wants both Israel and Palestine to both be held accountable for what's happening in Israel.
Dr. Jill Stein on the economy
Interestingly, she refers the recession as the Bush-Obama recession.
"We are in a state of emergency, not a state of recovery."
She believes that quantitative easing is bailing out the banks. The Obama stimulus wasn't big enough. Reduce spending via military cuts (outlined above) and preventive care. Like Sanders, she wants to break up "too big to fail" banks.
"With Hillary, across the board, Hillary is the Wal-Mart candidate. Though she may change her tune a little bit, you know, she's been a member of the Wal-Mart board. On jobs, on trade, on healthcare, on banks, on foreign policy, it's hard to find where we are similar."
Dr. Jill Stein on the differences bettween herself and Clinton
She called both Romney and Obama pro 1% candidates.
Pay liveable wages, not just minimum wage.
She has proposed a Green New Deal. In essence, a plan that creates green jobs and pushes technological advances so that everyone returns to work, and we phase out fossil fuels, and end the Oil Wars by making them obsolete.
Dr. Jill Stein on the economy
Dr. Stein on healthcare
Go figure, a physician talking about healthcare. Someone who has actually been in the trenches, so to speak.
"Hillary Clinton's recent attack on Sen. Bernie Sanders for his advocacy of single-payer health plan has brought the health care crisis into the spotlight. We are both physicians who have a long history of working on health policy. While the two Democratic candidates offer proposals that are very different from each other, we see that neither is calling out health care privatization as the fatal flaw in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Clinton argues we can simply expand the Affordable Care Act to achieve universal coverage, which we view as impossible. Sanders is on target with his new Medicare-for-all proposal. However, by preserving the illusion that the ACA is a "step in the right direction," Sanders misses the point that the current U.S. health care system under the ACA is unique among industrialized nations because it treats health care as a commodity rather than a public good."
Dr. Jill Stein on single payer
"Obamacare was a step backwards from single payer."
"75% of expenditures are sick care, not health care."
She is obviously a proponent of universal Medicare, and has condemned both full privatization and the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Jill Stein
On the budget deficit
"Greens will reduce our national debt.
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have irresponsibly expanded our national debt by trillions of dollars to finance tax cuts for savings of our workers are wealthiest citizens, war, corporate welfare and bailouts of Wall Street and the automotive industry. This debt and the interest that must be paid on it is not sustainable.
Working people and the small business community are bearing a disproportionate amount of the federal debt burden. Yet the federal debt is, to a large degree, the end product of tax cuts for the wealthy and big business, and the military-defense industry buildup."
Dr. Jill Stein on the budget deficit
"NAFTA caused the flood of undocumented immigrants."
Provide a legal path to citizenship, except criminals.
End the war on immigrants.
"The immigration crisis also needs an immediate remedy. In addition to deporting a record 2.5 million immigrants, more than any past president, Obama's recent night raids and deportations of Central American families and children are inhumane and morally reprehensible. These families came here as refugees from violence, poverty and chaos created by US policies like NAFTA, the war on drugs, and political and military interventions. It's no coincidence that the three most violent countries in Central America--El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala--are failed states resulting from US interventions that overthrew democratically elected progressive governments."
(as a personal note, FactCheck did have some issues with this, as both critics use this stat to prove that Obama's immigration policy is bad. The Republican version is more technically accurate as it counts returns as well.)
"Obama's recent night raids and deportations of Central American families and children are inhumane and morally reprehensible. Deportation of these vulnerable, abused refugees is morally abhorrent. We are all immigrants in this country--with the exception of native Americans. The diversity of multicultural immigrant America has always been the core strength of our nation. Our 12 million undocumented immigrants are hardworking, tax-paying community residents who take the hardest and worst paid jobs. They should be celebrated, not intimidated with the threat of deportation. It's time to create a welcoming path to citizenship and put an immediate end to the shameful era of deportations and detentions. Fundamentally, the immigration crisis must be resolved by ending the harmful US policies (including drug wars, predatory trade agreements, and political and military interventions) that are turning whole populations into refugees to start with." Source: Green Party response to 2016 State of the Union speech , Jan 12, 2016
Taxes, Education, gun policy, social issues, and crime
Not surprisingly, since she hits on 99% of the issues with Bernie Sanders according to isidewith.com, she advocates raising taxes on the 1%. She would also tax heavily those that received bonuses from the bailouts.
She opposes charter schools, and the privatization of schools. And of course, any cuts to education funding. She is also an advocate of eliminating student loan debt.
As for gun policy, she is on the record for regulation of the gun industry and private ownership.
For social issues, she advocates equality for the LBGT community, abortion rights, an end to the War on Drugs, and public prisons as opposed to private ones. She also wants to nationalize the Federal Reserve and make it more transparent.
And she opposes free trade deals, and no policing the internet
With Bernie Sanders selling out his supporters by throwing himself behind Hillary, a large block of voters are left with a decision. Do they vote for a candidate they hate in Hillary, a candidate they hate as much or more in Trump, or do they simply write-in Bernie?
This would be a better alternative than all three options. And the move by the Green Party to combine with all the other progressive parties appears that they are challenging the Democrat Party's stranglehold on the left by offering real alternatives to things Democrats only pay lip service to. I am by no means advocating this party, but at least they've stuck to their beliefs, unlike the aging and outdated albatross that is the Democrat Party.
I do believe that the Green Party, and its mostly ideological opposite the Libertarian Party, represent the future of American politics with just enough wriggle room between the two for them to create a functioning government.
Up next will be the Constitution Party and its candidate Darrell Castle. Until then, feel free to leave comments below, but please keep them civil.