Green Party Candidate Jill Stein’s Green New Deal

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In late January, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein released a video entitled “A People’s State of the Union: A Green New Deal for America.” Over the course of 45 minutes, Stein addresses the economy, the environment, unemployment, the 1%, and many more issues that the Green Party believes are dire. After outlining the numerous issues facing Americans today, Stein then offers the Green Party’s solution: the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal is comprised of four main tenets, the first of which is called the Economic Bill of Rights. In Stein’s Economic Bill of Rights, she guarantees every citizen a job through the Full Employment Program, which would create 25 million jobs through a nationally-funded, locally-controlled employment initiative.

The Economic Bill of Rights continues by establishing the right to a living wage, safe working environment, fair trade, and the option to unionize without fear of reprisal. The Economic Bill of Rights establishes socialized healthcare, federally-funded public education, affordable housing and utilities, and finally, proportionate tax programs.

According to Stein:

“These solutions are green because they create an economy that makes our community sustainable and healthy.”

The second pillar of the Green New Deal is labeled, “A Green Transition.” The transition program seeks to evolve our current economy into a “green” economy like the one imagined in The Green New Deal’s Economic Bill of Rights. Transitions include investing in green businesses and local communities, prioritizing green research, and providing green jobs through the Full Employment Program.

The third tenet of the Green New Deal confronts the issue of financial reform. Stein’s program claims to relieve the debt overhang, democratize monetary policy in order to return control to the public, and restructure banks that are “too big to fail.” The financial reform program continues by assuring that the Green Party will end taxpayer-funded bailouts for financial companies, regulate all financial derivatives to promote transparency, restore the Glass-Steagall separation, establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers, and support the formation of publicly-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities.

The final pillar of the massive overhaul of the US economy is the establishment of a “Functioning Democracy.” The Functioning Democracy program will completely restructure politics to fit the Green Transition and Financial Reform programs. The Green Party promises to revoke corporate personhood, protect your right to vote, abolish the electoral college, review federal preemption law, repeal the Patriot Act, and reduce military spending, among other promises.

Inspired and authored in the likeness of FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s and 40s, Stein calls out both parties in her address, placing the blame for the current state of the union on the extreme bipartisan politics plaguing America today. She explains that her programs will lead America into a “green” future:

“The Green New Deal is an emergency 4 part program of specific solutions for moving American quickly out of crisis and into the secure, Green future.”

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  1. Paul Grajciar No.
  2. Michael O’Boyle Ha ha ha- umm. NO!
  3. Scott W. Trent Jr. With what I just heard on Bill Moyers tonight, I would say NO..... she just not a suitable candidate. Bernie Sanders say more in his 30 minutes (making sense) then she and her running mate did in their 30. I STILL like Gary Johnson better, he has a clear cut plan!!!!!
  4. Robert Schmid Yes, but given the comments I just read there is no point in debating the matter here.
  5. Marty Keller Well, yeah, solutions that were tried and failed through the command economies of the Soviet Union. Too bad the Red idea, even in its purty Green jacket, just won't go away.
  6. Tom McKeown We already have 4 parties or more. The Ds, the Rs, the Is, the Ls, the C's.......problem is when one gets enough juice ya wind up with Alfred E. Newman for President. What we worry?
  7. Knobby Kabushka Third parties would stand a better chance if they put their resources into getting local and state and federal congress party people elected first instead of wasting time and energy on trying for top office of the land. Probably could accomplish more also if they started getting 3rd party members more and more as state and fed representives first... Just my opinion....
  8. Joshua Snyder I'm all for more candidates/parties in the debates. However, I used to think she was "ok"... after reading this she seems more terrifying than another FDR.
  9. Knobby Kabushka It doesn't matter who is president, if they don't have any backing in Congress they will have to resort to using Executive Orders to get what they want and that could lead to a dictatorship if the wrong person was President...
  10. Henry Rauchweld Let them debate!!! And let's here it straight from her!!! Obama & Romney are both cowards. Afraid to talk with the Libertarian candidate and the Greens..
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Scott W. Trent Jr.
Scott W. Trent Jr.

With what I just heard on Bill Moyers tonight, I would say NO..... she just not a suitable candidate. Bernie Sanders say more in his 30 minutes (making sense) then she and her running mate did in their 30. I STILL like Gary Johnson better, he has a clear cut plan!!!!!

Robert Schmid
Robert Schmid

Yes, but given the comments I just read there is no point in debating the matter here.

Marty Keller
Marty Keller

Well, yeah, solutions that were tried and failed through the command economies of the Soviet Union. Too bad the Red idea, even in its purty Green jacket, just won't go away.

Tom McKeown
Tom McKeown

We already have 4 parties or more. The Ds, the Rs, the Is, the Ls, the C's.......problem is when one gets enough juice ya wind up with Alfred E. Newman for President. What we worry?

Knobby Kabushka
Knobby Kabushka

Third parties would stand a better chance if they put their resources into getting local and state and federal congress party people elected first instead of wasting time and energy on trying for top office of the land.

Probably could accomplish more also if they started getting 3rd party members more and more as state and fed representives first...

Just my opinion....

Joshua Snyder
Joshua Snyder

I'm all for more candidates/parties in the debates. However, I used to think she was "ok"... after reading this she seems more terrifying than another FDR.

Knobby Kabushka
Knobby Kabushka

It doesn't matter who is president, if they don't have any backing in Congress they will have to resort to using Executive Orders to get what they want and that could lead to a dictatorship if the wrong person was President...

Henry Rauchweld
Henry Rauchweld

Let them debate!!! And let's here it straight from her!!! Obama & Romney are both cowards. Afraid to talk with the Libertarian candidate and the Greens..

Nancy Lind Corradini
Nancy Lind Corradini

I like her local economy ideas. I wish she and the other non-major candidates could be participants in the debates.

Jerry Mena
Jerry Mena

Just another shill for a Commie org

Paul S.Vines
Paul S.Vines

I actually went and looked up their views on things..Why don't they understand that "Executive Orders",no matter how well intended,are not Constitutional??

Danielle Darry
Danielle Darry

no !!!!!!!the green is corrupt now with AL GORE CARBON TAXES BILLIONAIRE SCAMS and obama's solyndras etc..