Green Change: ‘If you want real change, vote Green’

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

Gary Ruskin has written a piece at Green Change entitled “If you want real change, vote Green”:

Ladies and gentlemen, the results are in.

Democrats in Washington have enjoyed a rare opportunity during the last two years. With control of the presidency and giant majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate, this was the Democrats’ best chance in more than 30 years to take charge and lead.

Let’s take stock of where they led us.

What did President Obama and the Democrats do? Or, rather, what didn’t they do?

They didn’t enact a massive jobs program, even though our nation is suffering the worst recession since the Great Depression.

They didn’t bail out millions of Americans of whose homes are being foreclosed, despite the appearance of widespread financial fraud. But they were quick to bail out the banks and the financial sector.

They didn’t enact universal health coverage. Yes, they did pass “health reform,” but only by greatly enriching the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and without a “public option” or the vastly more efficient single-payer health care.

They didn’t break up the banks that are “too big to fail,” which means that we taxpayers will likely have our pockets picked once again by more giant bank bailouts.

They didn’t enact legislation to control climate change, despite the growing peril of harsher storms, rising oceans, worse droughts, and a bumper crop of wars, refugees, disease, hunger and human misery.

They didn’t bring our troops home. We still have about 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, another 100,000 in Afghanistan, and more than 200,000 military contractors in both countries combined.

They didn’t get us a “peace dividend.” In fact, last year’s military budget was the largest in our nation’s history. The President proposed an even bigger one for this year, including more money for nuclear weapons.

And, perhaps most important of all, they didn’t establish clean public financing of elections, to stop big business from using campaign contributions to buy control of Washington.

Yes, that’s right: the Democrats have shown us their true colors, and they aren’t pretty. If you’re disappointed, well, you’ve got a lot of company.

But there is an alternative.

Across the country, in 28 states, Greens are campaigning for a “Green New Deal.” Here it is.

First, it’s time to put people back to work. We want to create millions of new green jobs – immediately — through massive public investment in renewable energy, mass transit and conservation. Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt launched the Works Progress Administration, which created about eight million jobs. We want to follow in his footsteps.

To find the money for it, Greens would cut military spending at least 70%. That would still leave the U.S. with a military budget twice as large as any other nation.

Second, Greens believe that climate change is the gravest environmental, social and economic threat that humanity has ever faced. The science of climate change is growing more alarming as the days pass. So want support ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and a stiff carbon tax to meet them. All the money raised by this tax would be refunded back to the people.

Third, so that no American will ever again be without health coverage — while controlling overall health costs — we want single-payer “Medicare for all” health care.

Finally, there are a few other things we want: free tuition at public universities; an end to the “war on drugs” and legalizing marijuana; tough new limits on credit interest and lending rates, progressive tax reform and strict financial regulation; and amending the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate personhood, to stop big business from bullying our government and our people.

Now that’s real change we can believe in.

At this moment, there are more than one hundred Green Party candidates all over the country campaigning for this “Green New Deal,” including eleven running for governor, seven for U.S. Senate and 35 for U.S. House of Representatives. They need your support.

If you think things are going well in Washington and our nation, then by all means, keep voting Democratic or Republican. But if you want real change, vote Green.

4 thoughts on “Green Change: ‘If you want real change, vote Green’

  1. Robert Milnes

    You assholes are going to lose because you don’t know what you are doing.
    You are trying to get voters to vote for you. only a certain percentage 27% might actually vote Green under certain circumstances. Which you continue to NOT provide. You do not have to convince them on the issues. They are already convinced. You have to prove your candidates might win so that they will not waste their vote on them. Otherwise they will chose the lesser of 2 evils-usually the democrat.
    In order to win you do not have enough votes at 27%. You need another bloc of votes to push you over 34% to win a close plurality in a three way race. The Libertarian Vote/Cato is 13%!!!! There it is. Ask for it. Go get it. They need to win just as much as you do. They are closer to you on most issues than you think.

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