"I'm practicing political medicine," Stein said, during a visit to Portland on Thursday....
Stein said it's time to take back people's jobs, their health care and their educations. She said people want to take back their democracy.
"It needs fixing at every level," she said. "It won't get fixed ... unless it's challenged."
Stein, who lives in Lexington, Mass., has a long history of activism and political involvement outside her work as a doctor. It was during the discussion on the debt ceiling last year that Stein became more involved with the Green Party. She said both political parties made proposals to cut the debt that dismantled programs like Medicare and Medicaid and removed the social safety net....
Much like the New Deal enacted by President Roosevelt in the 1930s, Stein said, the Green Party's initiative seeks to stimulate the economy in a way that creates jobs. Unlike President Obama's stimulus plan, she said, the "New Deal" would invest in the economy rather than primarily relying on tax breaks.
The highlights of the party's "New Deal" include an "Economic Bill of Rights," a transition to renewable energy jobs to revitalize the economy, reform the tax system and relieve the debt burden of homeowners and students and create a functioning democracy.
Stein said the plan will rebuild the economy, take some of the financial burdens off the citizens, reform health care and preserve the environment. She said all the pieces of the plan resolve many of the issues that have been left unsolved by the last presidential administrations.
"It's a win, win, win," she said.
Voters have seen that President Obama's administration has not moved the country forward but only advanced the damage to the economy, environment and morale beyond what President Bush had done, said Stein.
The Green Party and the voters can win the presidential race, said Stein, and all it will take is people exercising their political choices and showing their political courage.
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