The nation is in crisis. People are losing jobs, losing their homes, the climate is in meltdown, the rich are getting richer and the political establishment is making things worse by imposing austerity on the American people while they squander trillions on wars, Wall Street bailouts and tax breaks for the wealthy.
In short, Americans are at a breaking point. Our role is to turn the breaking point into a tipping point.
My job is to give people a voice in this election, everyday people, and a choice at the polls that isn't already bought and paid for by Wall Street. My job is to put real solutions on the table that the American people are clamoring for.
Who are your supporters?
Our supporters include a good number of the 36 million students and recent graduates who are essentially indentured servants after being saddled with massive debt; working people; the one out of three people living in poverty who see things getting worse and no solutions offered from any major party candidate; people who are concerned with the erosion of our civil liberties and health care advocates in favor of Medicare for all.
We have environmental advocates who are angered to see that Obama has embraced "drill-baby-drill" and opened up offshore drilling. We have opponents of the thrashing of water supplies through fracking and the go-ahead to nuclear power plants. Others who are angry at Obama because he undermined the basic climate change accords, putting off compliance until 2020, where the science has said that will be too late.
In other words, it's an enormous broad cross section of the American people.....
Let's talk about your party platform. What is the "Green New Deal" and why do you call it that?
The Green New Deal is an emergency plan that follows two crises, the jobs crisis and the climate crisis.
It's called the Green New Deal because it's based on the New Deal that brought us out of the Great Depression. It's a similar concept of directly creating jobs, unlike the stimulus package that was in majority tax breaks for large corporations.....
We need to hire back the 300,000 teachers, after school teachers, drug abuse counselors and home rehabilitation people all who were laid off or have had their jobs eliminated.
The Green New Deal not only solves the employment emergency and the climate emergency by transitioning to the green economy, it also creates a new infrastructure for health. We don't have a health care system, we have a sick-care system. We spend $2.2 trillion a year that includes the cost of private insurance, premiums, co-pays, out-of-pocket and other expenses. When you add that up it's over twice that of our military expenditures....
How do you pay for all that?
Much of it pays for itself. Health care is a human right, and Medicare-for-all is a piece of the Green New Deal. That pays for itself according to a variety of reputable economists. Some of the savings come from eliminating the massive health care bureaucracy and stabilizing medical inflation which is averages about 5.7 percent in recent years.
Other sources of revenue come from downsizing the military and bringing the troops home, ending the drone wars and stopping the expansion of new bases in Southeast Asia.
A third major source of funding to draw on is fair taxation. I'm asking the rich and superrich to start paying their fair share and would impose a Wall Street transaction tax that could generate $150 billion a year.
Taxing capital gains as income is the most critical reservoir where the big money actually resides, so much more than the millionaire tax. So I would add a truly progressive income tax. Between $400- to $500 billion could be recouped in fair taxation.....
s a vote for a leftist third party candidate a vote for Mitt Romney or a wasted vote?
I think for a person to vote for either Wall Street candidate, that is a wasted vote. And that's worse than a wasted vote because it gives them a mandate for what's destroying us. They've both been a disaster for us. It's really important that we stand up and say it's time to change course, time to change trajectory, to speak up for our own survival.....
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