A SPOT-ON PROGRAM OF ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES
At a time when Washington claims that it is politically impossible to implement a single-payer program -- Medicare for All -- the Greens are backing it one hundred percent. For years now, polls have shown that a solid majority recognizes that single payer would be the least costly and most efficient method of delivering quality health care to all Americans.
During his first campaign for the presidency, Obama said he supported single-payer, but we didn't hear a peep out of him when early in 2009, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that single-payer would be "off the table." This comment came at a time when Democrats had a majority in both the Senate and the House.
Pelosi's shot across the bow of Obama's ship of state typifies the struggle that goes on in our nation's capital and in every state between the executive and legislative branches for control of the agenda. It makes no difference whether or not the same party is in charge of both branches.
Obama could have used the huge grassroots organization that put him in office to pressure recalcitrant Democratic legislators to work with him, warning them if they did not they would have an opponent in the next election. When he was in power, Lyndon Johnson knew how "to kick butt." Obama, however, left the field to Congress and assumed the role of supplicant.
Furthermore, neither major party candidate has a plan to provide work DIRECTLY to the people who are currently unemployed.
The Green Party's presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, stated on Democracy Now (7/13/12), "We need big solutions, not solutions around the margins. We really need to end unemployment. We need to put 25 million people back to work with good-paying jobs."
The Green Party's plan is similar to FDR's. To be known as the Green New Deal, Stein says, "Funds would be for direct job creation, jobs that are community-based in small businesses and worker cooperatives, as well as public services and public works, that's how you can do it. It's not rocket science."
Stein explains, "Distributing money to communities to create the kinds of jobs that they need to become sustainable, not only economically, but also socially and ecologically." A new green economy would emerge that would not only "make wars for oil obsolete," but would begin to end "the climate crisis, which we see unfolding."
With many areas having already suffered from extreme weather and now almost two-thirds of our country undergoing drought conditions, we need to make real progress in combatting global warming and other crises caused by climate change.
The list of issues ticked off by the Greens (www.gp.org) ranges from renegotiating the free trade agreements to peace and disarmament to ending poverty, but suffice it to say that none is on the agenda of the two Wall Street-sponsored candidates of our major parties. Lip service here and there, but no mobilization of the American people by either party to even force Washington to address the hardships caused by the criminality of Wall Street financiers.
As people's struggles for survival have become globalized, it must be noted that it is a plus that Greens have sister parties in other countries. Germany, of course, where the Greens have become players in their country's national politics. But there are Green Parties on every continent, forming federations and alliances that strength one another.
Another advance is that just as here where the Party chose two women -- Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala -- to head their 2012 campaign, women have leadership roles in Green Parties in other countries.
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