Jill Stein in AmericansElect email questionnaire


On Budget & Economy: End the Bush-Obama recession; ask wealthy to pay share

Q: Can the budget deficit be reduced by your proposed spending cuts alone?

A: Our real solution to the deficit is to end the Bush-Obama recession. Reductions in spending provide enormous savings, which may very well overwhelm the need for adjustments in the tax code. Those adjustments do need to be made, including asking the wealthiest to contribute their share, and giving breaks to the middle class and the poor, who are paying way too much. We defend social programs--we cut boondoggles (like healthcare waste) and dangerous military spending, Will the cuts exceed the need to increase taxes? The back of the envelope says that they should.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Budget & Economy: Reduce spending via military cuts & preventive health

Q: Is the solution to the US budget deficit cutting spending, raising taxes, or a mix of both?

A: We advocate both, obviously. But the reductions in spending should be focused properly--not on cutting social programs--but instead on downsizing the military, bringing the troops home, and moving to a prevention-based health care system. Those provide enormous savings and reductions, which may very well overwhelm the need for adjustments in the tax code. We defend social programs.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Civil Rights: First pro-gay-marriage candidate in first gay marriage state

Q: In your 2001 gubernatorial run you supported same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Are you still for same-sex marriage nationally?

A: Yes; we're proud that we were the first gubernatorial campaign in that race to support same-sex marriage, in the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Q: I recall that Robert Reich supported same-sex marriage early in that race.

A: Yes, but we were earlier. Reich came out initially for civil unions. He did later support gay marriage, but after our campaign

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Corporations: 1776 Revolution threw off corporate rule; it's creeping back

Q: You said, "We need to be selective about what we worship in the past" regarding America's founding principles. What do you mean?

A: We don't need to be arming state militias, for example. We are not counting African-Americans as 3/5 of a human being like at America's founding. And we don't tell women to stay in the kitchen and not be seen or heard or represented democratically. There are some things we have improved upon, but there are some rights that we declared--freedom not only from aristocracy but also from corporate rule. Here in New England at the time of America's founding, we had the British East India Company's aristocracy. We threw off rule by the 1% then--that has now crept back into our system. In that sense we're going back to founding principles, by moving toward a democratic revival in this country.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Education: Focus on student needs, not corporate needs

Q: Should school curriculums be set by local school boards, national standards, or somewhere in between?

A: To my mind, the issue here is not so much national versus local; the issue is more one of child-centered learning, and learning for lifetime education as opposed to teaching to the test. We focus on student needs, not corporate needs.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Education: Move school decisions from national to grassroots level

Q: You advocate for student needs over corporate education needs--does that mean schools should be more under local control, or more under federal control?

A: Our philosophy is to move things to the grassroots level; to move power to the grassroots from the government. It's a decentralization philosophy. At the national level, we should focus on preventing abuse of education rules.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Education: Charter school siphon resources from public schools

Q: What's your opinion on charter schools?

A: Unfortunately, charter schools draw down on funding for our public schools, and they siphon off the more capable students and their families. At the same time they concentrate the real social problems in th public schools, which is guaranteed to collapse our public system from within. The advantages of charters ought to be features of all public schools: family engagement, additional resources and budget, and so on.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Energy & Oil: Renewable energy is win-win for economy & national security

Q: Should America's energy needs be met by renewables or domestic production or both?

A: We're pretty clearly on record here for renewables--this is a win-win, not only for our economy and the environment, but also for national security. This makes expensive wars for oil obsolete - this has a double yield for our economy.

We want to look at public transportation options as well as the means of a sustainable food supply AND the sources of energy. Put those together with physical exercise integrated into our community life and you drastically undercut Homeland Security costs.

For every job that exists in the fossil fuel sector you can create three jobs in the renewable sector. This is a bonanza for job creation as well.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Environment: Environment & economy are interdependent; not at odds

Q: Should natural resources be protected, or be used for the benefit of humanity?

A: By protecting natural resources, we are protecting humanity. Humanity is completely screwed, very soon, if we fail to protect these resources. They should be used sustainably for the benefit of humanity. The environment and the economy are interdependent--they are not at odds with each other. In order to have a prosperous economy, you need to have the healthy environment to support it: for energy, for food, and for other aspects. The idea that they're pitted against each other is a concoction of misinformation from those who exploit the environment. We allow them to exploit the environment at our own peril, as we see from everything from air pollution and its health impact, to water shortages, to flooding, to extreme storms. These are not just happening in the Third World: we are beginning to pay the price for this very misguided, short-term, short-sighted exploitation of the environment.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Environment: Sustainable transportation plus sustainable food supply

When we move to truly sustainable transportation systems, which are energy-efficient and have a means for pedestrian and bicycles interfacing with trains--that makes for healthy people AND more efficient uses of energy. We want to look at public transportation options as well as the means of a sustainable food supply--integrated with renewable sources of energy. Put those together with exercise integrated into our community life and you drastically undercut Homeland Security costs.
Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Foreign Policy: US should behave as member of world community, no world cop

Q: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, how much should the US listen to other countries? Are you a unilateralist or a multilateralist?

A: On that scale, a multilateralist. We cannot afford to be the unilateral policemen of the world enforcing our own interest. We are a member of a very integrated world community and world economy and we need to behave accordingly.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Free Trade: NAFTA caused the wave of undocumented immigrants

Q: Should illegal immigrants be allowed to stay in the US, or get deported?

A: I wouldn't use the term "illegal immigration" because human beings are not illegal. The wave of undocumented immigrants resulted from the passage of NAFTA, which was as harmful to economies south of our border as it is to our own economy. People have come here who have lost their jobs, who can no longer support their families, particularly as we have destroyed the economy in South America by dumping agricultural products, as developed by NAFTA. That's where the real solution lies--renegotiating these treaties which have been harmful to American workers as much as they've been harmful to workers in other countries.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Government Reform: Building for the future makes America great

Q: What do you think makes this country great: The values of our forefathers? Building for the future? Or maybe we shouldn't change a thing?

A: For us, it's about building and adapting for the future. There were great thing in our founding--we do need to protect our rights as defined by the Constitution. Those rights are perishing quickly right before our very eyes, with the extremely anti-civil-liberties positions adopted by the Obama administration. But while there are great things from America's founding, there are also not-so-great things. We need to be selective about what we worship in the past. We don't need to be arming state militias, for example. We are not counting African-Americans as 3/5 of a human being like at America's founding. And we don't tell women to stay in the kitchen and not be seen or heard or represented democratically.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Health Care: Streamline bureaucracy: $400B yearly for comprehensive care

Q: You advocate broadening Medicare; how would you pay for it?

A: By reducing the 30% waste of healthcare spent on CEO salaries and wasteful bureaucracy. Streamline that and you have $400 billion in savings every year, and you can provide quality comprehensive healthcare for everyone. Add to that doing away with medical inflation, which is the biggest driver of rising healthcare cost. According to some economists, we could do way with the national debt simply by moving to a cost-effective healthcare system. There are trillions to be saved over the next decade by moving to a streamlined administrative system such as Medicare-For-All.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Health Care: 30% of healthcare costs squandered on ads & CEO salaries

Q: Should healthcare be provided by the government or the private market, or a mixture?

A: The government should be the provider, basically, but a quasi-government public entity, not necessarily the federal government directly. Definitely not the private sector. We should be broadening Medicare to reduce the outrageous waste of healthcare dollars--30% is now squandered on advertising, CEO salaries, and a very bloated wasteful bureaucracy.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Immigration: Undocumented immigrants are critical component of economy

Q: What about a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

A: We are a nation of immigrants--and immigrants are a critical component of our economy. In Alabama, their tomato industry collapsed to the tune of billions of dollars when they passed very harsh anti-immigrant laws and the immigrants left town. That state learned the hard way how valuable the immigrant sector was to their economy. And that's true nationally. The real solution is:

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Immigration: No pathway to citizenship for criminals; open to all others

Q: You advocate a pathway to citizenshwip for undocumented immigrants; what should the rules be, regarding who is eligible? Everyone?

A: I don't want to have a pathway to citizenship for drug dealers or criminals, of course. But we should fight for human rights for all immigrants. The Canadian border is a reasonable model for what our border should look like -- at least, the Canadian border before the modern [post-9-11] era.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Jobs: Green New Deal: emergency program for 25M jobs

The Green New Deal is an emergency program of job creation to put 25 million people back to work--based on the New Deal that got us out of the Depression. It will end the Bush-Obama recession and transition us quickly to the environment and economy we need to survive in the 21st century. One of its merits is it will make wars for oil obsolete, which provides additional benefits to our economy, Those wars are a drain of over $1 trillion a year if you add up the military-industrial costs.
Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

On Principles & Values: Join with Occupy movement to throw off rule by the 1%

Q: You cited that the American Revolution "threw off rule by the 1%"--that uses the language of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Are you working with them?

A: The chemistry between our campaign and the Occupy movement is a fruitful dialog. They came from a place that we completely agree with. American politics is predatory; we agree with them 100% on that issue. They largely aren't aware of alternative politics.

Q: Do you see an electoral future for the Occupy movement like the Tea Party took up?

A: As I've gone around and introduced myself, we've been welcomed with open arms and established a very good relationship with each of the Occupy sites we visited. As they increasingly are forced out of public spaces and have to use other tools, they are indeed looking more closely at electoral politics. I've been very gratified to see them on several occasions taking a stand on disavowing any interest in the corporate-sponsored Democratic and Republican Parties.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein Dec 21, 2011

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