Jill: Exactly. We're in good company on this one and that's what I hear from members of the military all the time; that they've been supporting Ron Paul and many of them are ready to move over. That's he's not any longer in the race and they're coming into our campaign because they feel like they are in harm's way.
Rob: How else do you agree with Ron Paul?
Jill: Oh on protecting our civil liberties and on stopping the bailouts of large corporations on Wall Street. There's a lot of overlap with Ron Paul.
Rob: How about the fed?
Jill: Yes, yes. We agree completely that the fed needs to be basically brought into public service so that it's not a private organization serving the private bank. So, that basically needs to be redefined and nationalized.
Rob: Now, so you agree that the fed doesn't work the way it is but I don't think that Ron Paul would agree that he would want it nationalized.
Jill: Yeah, I'm not sure what he's proposing. I think we agree that it's a disaster, but I think there's a role for a central bank that deals with credit creation and monetary policy, but it needs to be defined in the public interest and to work in a transparent way to ensure that public needs are being served.
Rob: Now, one of our regular writers, Ellen Brown, has written a lot and talks a lot about the need for local state owned banks. What do you think about that idea?
Jill: Absolutely, in fact that is a part of the Green New Deal as well. The Green New Deal includes financial reforms that ensure that the resources are there for these investments to jumpstart the green economy and having state banks as well as municipal banks is a key part of the solution and we do propose breaking up the big banks that are too big to fail, to big to jail. They've only gotten bigger and they certainly have not been reigned in. The Dodd Frank Bill has been almost useless, maybe not completely, but it certainly hasn't done the job. We continue to teeter around the brink of the next great Wall Street--
Rob: / I agree with you on that.
Jill: / Crash everyday practically. Yeah, what's that?
Rob: I want to ask you one kind of basic question.
Rob: Maybe I should've done that right at the beginning. What is the Green Party? Who are the members of the Green Party? What is it about? You're running as the presidential candidate for the Green Party. Now, before we started recording, I mentioned that I call this the Bottom up Radio Show. So, I mentioned it and you said, "Well, the Green Party's all about bottom up," so I would like you to give our listeners and readers an idea of what the Green Party is and talk a little bit about that.
Jill: Great. Terrific. The Green Party approached me 12 years ago. I was an activist working as a medical doctor, working on health care as a human right; true Medicare for all and also on environment and health in particular. Trying to close down our polluting incinerators and instead create jobs in recycling which is good for people, good for our health, creates jobs and saves the environment and stops the pollution of our fish supply and all kinds of nasty things. It's win-win solutions all the way. And basically the Green Party came to me and said, "Why don't you just keep doing what you're doing, but just call it a political campaign?" And I had never been a member of a political party. I had never gone to a political meeting. I just didn't see reason to stoop to that level and when I was approached by the Green Party, it sounded like they were talking about the same things as I was talking about as just an activist for peace, justice and democracy and sustainability. So, I said, "Sure, let's enlarge this." And at the time I had sort of hit the wall and tried to go through the system and do the usual things and discovered that it was so many distractions it's intended to tie you up, keep you very busy going nowhere. So, I was ready to do that and I discovered, "Gee, there is this party which is basically about the public interest.
And what defines the party for me is that it's a party of, by and for the people, and we define it. We make it what we want. It does not accept corporate money. It does not accept money from the usual suspects. In our campaign, we've expanded that a bit to include not accepting money from lobbyists or pacts or from anyone who hires a lobbyist, who is part of a for-profit endeavor, so that we don't take money that comes with "strings attached" that carries certain obligations for pay back. So, the Green Party the one political structure that's out there that's really insolated from the power of money.