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GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION

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GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION

http://www.gp.org

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

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

 

 

Green Party leaders respond to Obama’s State of the Union speech

 

• Green Party LIVESTREAM: Greens discuss the speech during tonight’s

broadcast, 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

 

• Greens on solving the deficit: end the wars, cut the military

budget, tax the rich.  Greens on solving the health care crisis: enact

Medicare For All.  Greens on jobs: a ‘Green New Deal’ with massive

public investment in green jobs and clean energy.

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party leaders offered comments on

President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech to Congress and the

nation, scheduled for Tuesday, January 25.  The Green response covers

major issues the President will discuss in his speech, as well as

topics he won’t address.

 

The Green Party will air an online livestream with party members

discussing the State of the Union, beginning at 9 pm ET, 6 pm PT, and

running concurrently with the speech.  Viewers can watch and

participate on the Green Party Livestream channel

(http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).  Call-in comments will be

accepted on Skype after the speech ends.

 

“There’s a lot of talk about Democrats and Republicans ‘reaching

across the aisle’ during the State of the Union.  What about the gap

between Washington and the rest of the country, much wider than the

aisle between the two Titanic parties?” said Carl Romanelli, 2006

Green candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Should the Democratic health care reform bill be repealed?  Yes, say

Greens, and replaced with a Medicare For All plan — legislation for

single-payer national health care, covering everyone regardless of

ability to pay, age, or prior medical condition, while allowing

freedom to choose one’s physician and hospital.  Medicare For All

reduces costs dramatically by enabling price controls and because

Medicare’s overhead is only about 3%, while the for-profit health

insurance bureaucracy — the real “death panels” — pad costs by up to

30% for administrative overhead, executive bonuses, and profits for

investors.  Medicare For All would help business and stimulate the

economy by relieving employers of the burden of providing health

benefits.

 

Obamacare and the Republicans’ effort to overturn it demonstrate that

the leadership of both parties care more about profits for the

insurance cartel, Big Pharma, and other corporate interests than

high-quality low-cost health care for everyone.  The Obamacare mandate

(originally a Republican idea from the 1990s) forces people who can’t

afford it to purchase defective, inadequate coverage from private

insurance companies, while doing nothing about skyrocketing costs.

 

The narrow Democrat vs. Republican debate on health care, which

refuses to allow even the argument for Medicare For All, proves the

need to get Greens elected to Congress and state legislatures.

 

THE ECONOMY

 

There are millions of jobs waiting to be created in alternative

energy, retrofitting of buildings and other forms of conservation, and

expansion of public transportation to reduce car traffic, say Greens,

but this can only happen with a ‘Green New Deal’ with public

investment in these ideas at national, state, and local levels.  All

of the Green New Deal proposals have become vitally necessary in the

century of global warming.  See “Fast Forward to Renewable Energy” by

Cecile Lawrence (http://www.greenpapers.net/?p=58).

 

Such measures face a huge political obstacle: opposition from

Republicans and “moderate” Democrats who insist — contrary to all

evidence — that the best way to stimulate the economy is to reduce

government spending (by $100 billion, according to the GOP), slash

taxes on the highest income brackets, privatize essential public

services and resources, and send taxpayer-funded bailouts to reckless

Wall Street firms.

 

The White House and Congress can reduce the deficit drastically by

ending the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, cutting

military spending and the number of US bases on foreign soil, and

taxing the wealthy so that they pay their fair share.  Future

meltdowns can be averted by breaking up the “too big to fail”

financial firms into smaller locally-based companies.  The Green

Party’s goal of a decentralized economy, based on Main Street rather

the Wall Street, will restore economic stability and security to the

US.

 

Instead of shilling for Wal-Mart’s grocery section, First Lady

Michelle Obama would do far more good by promoting local produce,

small farms and businesses, local banks and credit unions, union jobs

with good benefits at stores like Walmart, extended compensation for

the unemployed, and aid for people dealing with home foreclosures,

said Greens.  Ms. Obama’s promotion of Walmart coincides with efforts

by the chain to open four department stores in Washington, DC, over

the objections of many local residents and merchants.

 

CORPORATE ‘PERSONHOOD’

 

On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United

decision upholding the legal status of corporations as person under

the US Constitution, Green Party leader Sarah ‘echo’ Steiner announced

that she intends to take the Supreme Court at its word and honor her

marriage when she finds a suitable candidate.  See “First Ever

Marriage to a Corporation Contemplated by Single, Female, 39″ (Jan. 18

press release, http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=384), as

well as an interview and other links on the Green Party’s home page

(http://www.gp.org).

 

The decision, which abolished limits on corporate spending for

political campaign ads, severely damages the integrity of US elections

and caused a flood of misleading and offensive corporate-sponsored ads

in the 2010 election season.

 

President Obama and some other Democrats initially criticized the

Citizens United ruling but have taken no further action.  Greens have

urged the President and Congress to recognize that the growing power

of corporations threatens democracy, economic stability, and human

rights and freedoms in the US and abroad.  The Green Party, along with

Move To Amend (http://www.movetoamend.org), supports passage of an

amendment that limits constitutional rights and protections to humans

and makes corporations accountable to their own charters and to the

public good.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

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

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

• Green candidate database and 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/ballotstatus

• Green Party Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

 

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of

the United States (Fall 2010 issue now online)

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

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