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Greens offer six big steps for economic recovery

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on diciembre 10, 2008

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

 

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,

mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

 

 

Greens offer six big steps for economic recovery

 

• Greens support workers occupying a factory in Chicago after layoff:

bailout money isn’t being used to help working Americans

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that the incoming

Obama Administration and Congress should take six major steps to

reverse the financial meltdown and restore financial security for

Americans.

 

The steps include a Green public works program, aid for state and

muncipal governments, expansion of mass transit, Single-Payer health

care, a peace dividend gained by ending the occupations of Iraq and

Afghanistan, and an end to the wasteful war on drugs.

 

Green Party candidates running for local, state, and national office

in 2008 promoted many of these ideas even before the crisis

precipitated.  In September, Cynthia McKinney published a ten-point

list of solutions and reforms in response to the Wall Street meltdown,

titled “Seize the Time”

(http://votetruth08.com/index.php/learn/mckinney-messages).

 

Greens expressed support for United Electrical Workers union members

occupying a Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago after the

plant was shut down and they were laid off with three days’ notice and

told they had no assurance of receiving severance and unused vacationpay.  The company’s creditor, Bank of America, received $25 billion

from the government’s financial bailout package.  Greens said that the

bank’s actions, including refusal to allow Republic to give workers 60

days notice (as required by law), demonstrates how bailout money isn’t

being used to assist working Americans facing financial hardship.

 

Six Green steps for economic recovery:

 

(1) Enact a massive Green public works program, creating new

living-wage jobs in conservation (including weatherization and energy

retro-fitting); clean and safe energy technologies to replace fossil

fuel and nuclear sources and create a carbon-free economy; repair and

improvement of America’s deteriorating infrastructure (especially

water and sewer systems); and improvement of public schools and Green

job training programs.

 

“The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 was a result

of the neglect and starvation of funds for maintaining infrastructure

that was built decades ago.  The ideology of privatization and

hostility to ‘big government’ is no longer tenable during the

financial crisis — the current White House and Congress conceded as

much when they began pushing for bailouts.  Public works programs

built America, and public works, with hundreds of thousands of new

Green jobs, is what America needs now for economic recovery,” said

Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President

(http://www.rosaclemente.com).

 

“We’re encouraged that President-elect Obama intends to launch a

public works program along these basic lines, but we hope Congress and

his own administration don’t undermine and dilute such a program out

of traditional Democratic and Republican loyalty to corporate

interests and fear of being labeled liberal or socialist.  It’s time

to follow the lead of the Green Jobs For All movement,” Ms. Clemente

added.

 

(2) Bail out financially ailing towns, cities, and states before

bailing out private corporations: millions of public sector and

contractor jobs depend on the fiscal security of municipal and state

governments.

 

Greens noted that municipalities and states are businesses that drive

state and local economies throughout the US.  They also provide the

social safety net that millions of working people need during the

current crisis. 3) Jumpstart our country’s mass transit system, giving people an

alternative to cars while saving them money and providing jobs.

 

“Making autos more efficient will only get us part way toward solving

our energy and climate challenges.  We need to get people out of their

cars altogether.  Communities need the ability to provide local

solutions for mass transprotation: new trains, subways, light rail

wherever they fit,” said Wes Rolley, co-chair of the Green Party’s

EcoAction Committee.

 

(4) Enact a Single-Payer/Medicare For All national health plan,

providing every American with coverage and removing the burden of

health care from small and large private businesses.

 

“The skyrocketing cost of health care under our private health care

system has created much of the economic instability as businesses

struggle to provide workers health benefits.  If President Obama and

Congress have the political will to resist the power of the insurance,

HMO, and pharmaceutical industries that siphon their profits off

America’s need for health care, the relief that Single-Payer will be a

huge economic boost,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party

of the United States.

 

Single-Payer would cover all Americans regardless of income,

employment, residence, age, or prior medical condition, allowing

choice of health care provider, and costing working people far less

than they now pay for private coverage.  In 2003, the New England

Journal of Medicine published an article estimating that Single-Payer

could cut health care costs by $350 billion annually

(http://www.pnhp.org/publications/nejmadmin.pdf).  Greens sharply

criticized Barack Obama during the election season for rejecting

Single-Payer out of concern for health insurance companies.

 

(5) End the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

“The staggering expense of the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and

occupations haven’t only cost American, Iraqi, and Afghan lives.  It

also ate up trillions of dollars away that could have been spent on

human and environmental needs.  If we call home our troops right now,

we can divert the money needed for military occupations to Green

public works and other programs to jumpstart the economy — a new

peace dividend,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Lavender Green

Caucus.

 

The Green Party opposed both wars from the beginning and has

criticized Mr. Obama’s plans for delayed and partial troop withdrawal

from Iraq and for sending more troops to Afghanistan.

 

(6) End the war on drugs, which wastes billions annually, hasn’tcurbed drug use, and ruins lives by incarcerating nonviolent offenders

(mostly young, African American, Latino, and poor white) at further

government expense.

 

“The war on drugs is America’s longest and costliest war.  With

Afghanistan providing the world’s biggest poppy crop, it’s one of the

main reasons the US is fighting a war there,” said Cliff Thornton,

co-chair of the Green Party and co-founder of Efficacy, Inc.

(http://www.efficacy-online.org), which promotes major reforms in drug

policy.

 

Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron has estimated that legalizing cannabis

would save federal, state, and local governments $44 billion a year in

enforcement costs (http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/mironreport.html).

Governments could collect another $33 billion in revenues by taxing

cannabis as heavily as alcohol and tobacco.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

Fax 202-319-7193

• Tally of Green election victories

http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/election-results.html

• Green candidate news http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/candidate-news.php

• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:

http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections

 

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

 

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,

mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

 

 

Greens offer six big steps for economic recovery

 

• Greens support workers occupying a factory in Chicago after layoff:

bailout money isn’t being used to help working Americans

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that the incoming

Obama Administration and Congress should take six major steps to

reverse the financial meltdown and restore financial security for

Americans.

 

The steps include a Green public works program, aid for state and

muncipal governments, expansion of mass transit, Single-Payer health

care, a peace dividend gained by ending the occupations of Iraq and

Afghanistan, and an end to the wasteful war on drugs.

 

Green Party candidates running for local, state, and national office

in 2008 promoted many of these ideas even before the crisis

precipitated.  In September, Cynthia McKinney published a ten-point

list of solutions and reforms in response to the Wall Street meltdown,

titled “Seize the Time”

(http://votetruth08.com/index.php/learn/mckinney-messages).

 

Greens expressed support for United Electrical Workers union members

occupying a Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago after the

plant was shut down and they were laid off with three days’ notice and

told they had no assurance of receiving severance and unused vacationpay.  The company’s creditor, Bank of America, received $25 billion

from the government’s financial bailout package.  Greens said that the

bank’s actions, including refusal to allow Republic to give workers 60

days notice (as required by law), demonstrates how bailout money isn’t

being used to assist working Americans facing financial hardship.

 

Six Green steps for economic recovery:

 

(1) Enact a massive Green public works program, creating new

living-wage jobs in conservation (including weatherization and energy

retro-fitting); clean and safe energy technologies to replace fossil

fuel and nuclear sources and create a carbon-free economy; repair and

improvement of America’s deteriorating infrastructure (especially

water and sewer systems); and improvement of public schools and Green

job training programs.

 

“The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 was a result

of the neglect and starvation of funds for maintaining infrastructure

that was built decades ago.  The ideology of privatization and

hostility to ‘big government’ is no longer tenable during the

financial crisis — the current White House and Congress conceded as

much when they began pushing for bailouts.  Public works programs

built America, and public works, with hundreds of thousands of new

Green jobs, is what America needs now for economic recovery,” said

Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President

(http://www.rosaclemente.com).

 

“We’re encouraged that President-elect Obama intends to launch a

public works program along these basic lines, but we hope Congress and

his own administration don’t undermine and dilute such a program out

of traditional Democratic and Republican loyalty to corporate

interests and fear of being labeled liberal or socialist.  It’s time

to follow the lead of the Green Jobs For All movement,” Ms. Clemente

added.

 

(2) Bail out financially ailing towns, cities, and states before

bailing out private corporations: millions of public sector and

contractor jobs depend on the fiscal security of municipal and state

governments.

 

Greens noted that municipalities and states are businesses that drive

state and local economies throughout the US.  They also provide the

social safety net that millions of working people need during the

current crisis. 3) Jumpstart our country’s mass transit system, giving people an

alternative to cars while saving them money and providing jobs.

 

“Making autos more efficient will only get us part way toward solving

our energy and climate challenges.  We need to get people out of their

cars altogether.  Communities need the ability to provide local

solutions for mass transprotation: new trains, subways, light rail

wherever they fit,” said Wes Rolley, co-chair of the Green Party’s

EcoAction Committee.

 

(4) Enact a Single-Payer/Medicare For All national health plan,

providing every American with coverage and removing the burden of

health care from small and large private businesses.

 

“The skyrocketing cost of health care under our private health care

system has created much of the economic instability as businesses

struggle to provide workers health benefits.  If President Obama and

Congress have the political will to resist the power of the insurance,

HMO, and pharmaceutical industries that siphon their profits off

America’s need for health care, the relief that Single-Payer will be a

huge economic boost,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party

of the United States.

 

Single-Payer would cover all Americans regardless of income,

employment, residence, age, or prior medical condition, allowing

choice of health care provider, and costing working people far less

than they now pay for private coverage.  In 2003, the New England

Journal of Medicine published an article estimating that Single-Payer

could cut health care costs by $350 billion annually

(http://www.pnhp.org/publications/nejmadmin.pdf).  Greens sharply

criticized Barack Obama during the election season for rejecting

Single-Payer out of concern for health insurance companies.

 

(5) End the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

“The staggering expense of the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and

occupations haven’t only cost American, Iraqi, and Afghan lives.  It

also ate up trillions of dollars away that could have been spent on

human and environmental needs.  If we call home our troops right now,

we can divert the money needed for military occupations to Green

public works and other programs to jumpstart the economy — a new

peace dividend,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Lavender Green

Caucus.

 

The Green Party opposed both wars from the beginning and has

criticized Mr. Obama’s plans for delayed and partial troop withdrawal

from Iraq and for sending more troops to Afghanistan.

 

(6) End the war on drugs, which wastes billions annually, hasn’tcurbed drug use, and ruins lives by incarcerating nonviolent offenders

(mostly young, African American, Latino, and poor white) at further

government expense.

 

“The war on drugs is America’s longest and costliest war.  With

Afghanistan providing the world’s biggest poppy crop, it’s one of the

main reasons the US is fighting a war there,” said Cliff Thornton,

co-chair of the Green Party and co-founder of Efficacy, Inc.

(http://www.efficacy-online.org), which promotes major reforms in drug

policy.

 

Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron has estimated that legalizing cannabis

would save federal, state, and local governments $44 billion a year in

enforcement costs (http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/mironreport.html).

Governments could collect another $33 billion in revenues by taxing

cannabis as heavily as alcohol and tobacco.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

Fax 202-319-7193

• Tally of Green election victories

http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/election-results.html

• Green candidate news http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/candidate-news.php

• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:

http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections

 

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

 

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,

mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

 

 

Greens offer six big steps for economic recovery

 

• Greens support workers occupying a factory in Chicago after layoff:

bailout money isn’t being used to help working Americans

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that the incoming

Obama Administration and Congress should take six major steps to

reverse the financial meltdown and restore financial security for

Americans.

 

The steps include a Green public works program, aid for state and

muncipal governments, expansion of mass transit, Single-Payer health

care, a peace dividend gained by ending the occupations of Iraq and

Afghanistan, and an end to the wasteful war on drugs.

 

Green Party candidates running for local, state, and national office

in 2008 promoted many of these ideas even before the crisis

precipitated.  In September, Cynthia McKinney published a ten-point

list of solutions and reforms in response to the Wall Street meltdown,

titled “Seize the Time”

(http://votetruth08.com/index.php/learn/mckinney-messages).

 

Greens expressed support for United Electrical Workers union members

occupying a Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago after the

plant was shut down and they were laid off with three days’ notice and

told they had no assurance of receiving severance and unused vacationpay.  The company’s creditor, Bank of America, received $25 billion

from the government’s financial bailout package.  Greens said that the

bank’s actions, including refusal to allow Republic to give workers 60

days notice (as required by law), demonstrates how bailout money isn’t

being used to assist working Americans facing financial hardship.

 

Six Green steps for economic recovery:

 

(1) Enact a massive Green public works program, creating new

living-wage jobs in conservation (including weatherization and energy

retro-fitting); clean and safe energy technologies to replace fossil

fuel and nuclear sources and create a carbon-free economy; repair and

improvement of America’s deteriorating infrastructure (especially

water and sewer systems); and improvement of public schools and Green

job training programs.

 

“The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 was a result

of the neglect and starvation of funds for maintaining infrastructure

that was built decades ago.  The ideology of privatization and

hostility to ‘big government’ is no longer tenable during the

financial crisis — the current White House and Congress conceded as

much when they began pushing for bailouts.  Public works programs

built America, and public works, with hundreds of thousands of new

Green jobs, is what America needs now for economic recovery,” said

Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President

(http://www.rosaclemente.com).

 

“We’re encouraged that President-elect Obama intends to launch a

public works program along these basic lines, but we hope Congress and

his own administration don’t undermine and dilute such a program out

of traditional Democratic and Republican loyalty to corporate

interests and fear of being labeled liberal or socialist.  It’s time

to follow the lead of the Green Jobs For All movement,” Ms. Clemente

added.

 

(2) Bail out financially ailing towns, cities, and states before

bailing out private corporations: millions of public sector and

contractor jobs depend on the fiscal security of municipal and state

governments.

 

Greens noted that municipalities and states are businesses that drive

state and local economies throughout the US.  They also provide the

social safety net that millions of working people need during the

current crisis. 3) Jumpstart our country’s mass transit system, giving people an

alternative to cars while saving them money and providing jobs.

 

“Making autos more efficient will only get us part way toward solving

our energy and climate challenges.  We need to get people out of their

cars altogether.  Communities need the ability to provide local

solutions for mass transprotation: new trains, subways, light rail

wherever they fit,” said Wes Rolley, co-chair of the Green Party’s

EcoAction Committee.

 

(4) Enact a Single-Payer/Medicare For All national health plan,

providing every American with coverage and removing the burden of

health care from small and large private businesses.

 

“The skyrocketing cost of health care under our private health care

system has created much of the economic instability as businesses

struggle to provide workers health benefits.  If President Obama and

Congress have the political will to resist the power of the insurance,

HMO, and pharmaceutical industries that siphon their profits off

America’s need for health care, the relief that Single-Payer will be a

huge economic boost,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party

of the United States.

 

Single-Payer would cover all Americans regardless of income,

employment, residence, age, or prior medical condition, allowing

choice of health care provider, and costing working people far less

than they now pay for private coverage.  In 2003, the New England

Journal of Medicine published an article estimating that Single-Payer

could cut health care costs by $350 billion annually

(http://www.pnhp.org/publications/nejmadmin.pdf).  Greens sharply

criticized Barack Obama during the election season for rejecting

Single-Payer out of concern for health insurance companies.

 

(5) End the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

“The staggering expense of the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and

occupations haven’t only cost American, Iraqi, and Afghan lives.  It

also ate up trillions of dollars away that could have been spent on

human and environmental needs.  If we call home our troops right now,

we can divert the money needed for military occupations to Green

public works and other programs to jumpstart the economy — a new

peace dividend,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Lavender Green

Caucus.

 

The Green Party opposed both wars from the beginning and has

criticized Mr. Obama’s plans for delayed and partial troop withdrawal

from Iraq and for sending more troops to Afghanistan.

 

(6) End the war on drugs, which wastes billions annually, hasn’tcurbed drug use, and ruins lives by incarcerating nonviolent offenders

(mostly young, African American, Latino, and poor white) at further

government expense.

 

“The war on drugs is America’s longest and costliest war.  With

Afghanistan providing the world’s biggest poppy crop, it’s one of the

main reasons the US is fighting a war there,” said Cliff Thornton,

co-chair of the Green Party and co-founder of Efficacy, Inc.

(http://www.efficacy-online.org), which promotes major reforms in drug

policy.

 

Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron has estimated that legalizing cannabis

would save federal, state, and local governments $44 billion a year in

enforcement costs (http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/mironreport.html).

Governments could collect another $33 billion in revenues by taxing

cannabis as heavily as alcohol and tobacco.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

Fax 202-319-7193

• Tally of Green election victories

http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/election-results.html

• Green candidate news http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/candidate-news.php

• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:

http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections

 

 

 

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