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Annotated Power To The People Plan From Jill Stein

Yesterday, Jill Stein announced that, in fact, she is not merely exploring the possibility of running for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2016, but is an officially active candidate. One of her first acts as a fully-armed and operational Green Party candidate was to release a Power To the People Plan, which you can read below (the notes in italics are from Irregular Times).

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The Power to the People Plan:

A Green New Deal:
Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

What counts as “sustainable agriculture”? Does Jill Stein categorize biofuel farms that expend as much energy as they create as sustainable? Do large-scale organic farms that plant big monocultures count as sustainable?

Conservation is already taking place. To what extent does Jill Stein want to expand it, and what kinds of conservation does she seek to focus on? Conservation of energy? Conservation of vulnerable ecological habitats? Conservation of early 18th century Mardis Gras costumes?

Jobs as a Right:
Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

Unemployment offices are already given the task of encouraging people to find work. What specific changes, other than the removal of the letter “u” and “n”, does Jill Stein seek to make to them?

What does workplace democracy mean? Does it mean that workers have the right to elect CEOs and other executives through secret ballots?

End Poverty:
Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

What counts as utilities we have a right to? Do we have the right to Internet access as a human right? What about cellular services? Is there a human right to Netflix?

Health Care as a Right:
Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Would the Medicare For All system be mandatory for all Americans? Would doctors be allowed to opt out?

Education as a Right:
Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

Will student debt be abolished at high-price private universities and colleges? If the government will pay for tuition at these schools, what’s to prevent them from jacking up their costs even higher?

Will standardized tests to get into medical school be abolished? What about the bar exam? Will only inconsequential tests be allowed?

A Just Economy:
Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.

What does it mean for the President of the United States to “reject gentrification as a model of economic development?” What specific federal policies would put this rhetorical rejection into action?

Protect Mother Earth:
Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.

What constitutes a GMO? Is canola oil a GMO? Are hybridized plants GMOs? What specific evidence does Jill Stein have that GMOs are harmful?

Freedom and Equality:
End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Expand women’s rights, protect LGBT people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, replace drug prohibition with harm reduction, and legalize marijuana/hemp.

What provisions will Jill Stein support to protect the American people from the harmful effects of second-hand marijuana smoke? Will she support equivalent regulations for marijuana and tobacco?

Justice for All:
Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.

How will we know when the secret kill lists have been abolished?

Peace and Human Rights:
Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

No question.

Empower the People:
Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote. Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.

Will Jill Stein support the abolition of unregulated campaign contributions from organizations other than for-profit corporations? What limits would Jill Stein seek to impose on open debates? Does she support allowing everyone on the huge list of registered presidential candidates, including Robert Milnes, to get up on a debate stage all at once, or does she seek to close the debates to some presidential candidates?

8 thoughts on “Annotated Power To The People Plan From Jill Stein”

  1. ella says:

    “Does she support allowing everyone on the huge list of registered presidential candidates, including Robert Milnes, to get up on a debate stage all at once, or does she seek to close the debates to some presidential candidates?”
    Please let us have some idea of liberty. Even Robert Milnes has a right to run for President. I just would prefer someone else. But it would be interesting to see both he and Bernie Sanders on stage. With Israeli consultants solving California’s water problems and Bernie Sanders promoting true family values.
    Jill Stein has been promoting these ideas for a long time, in the same way. It would seem other major party candidates of the past took her lines and ran with them. Some of her ideas have been addressed to some extent now and she needs a new way to express them in context with today. Jill Stein had the courage and ability to jump start the Green Party. To see that others have found offices in a new niche of politics. Best Wishes Jill!

    1. Robert Milnes says:

      Bernie is in absurd position. He almost certainly will not get the democratic nomination. Then he will have to endorse the reactionary ZOG democratic nominee or appear a user/hypocrite.
      Stein just may win the Green nomination. Then almost certainly will lose the general election. Which is what The ZOG wants. For her and Gary Johnson to keep the nomination FROM someone who just might win. And keep the illusion of fair elections.

      1. ella says:

        Jill Stein has already won in one respect. The Green Party holds public offices in many counties and cities around the country, if not any national offices. At least the Green Party is having an influence, perhaps at the basic level. Ron Paul did not win the Presidential election, but his efforts brought people into the national Congress who are influencing policy today. The Tea Party also in making inroads. Bernie Sanders is drawing enough attention to make his opponent spend money on negative ads against him. He has made inroads in the Democrat Party. He is leading a revolution for the people who wrote the Constitution, and people are listening. He too well leave a legacy if nothing else, that may benefit this country. For the first time since Whigs and Tories were the only Parties, we have new political parties being elected.

  2. Tom says:

    Now that the “Democrat” President pushed through his TPP plan for the corporations (with their financial assistance in paying off the legislators), all this political posturing and the entire idea of voting as a means for positive change is completely irrelevant. Now we have SECRET government backed by clandestine agencies to protect the interests of the corporate class over ordinary people – which will ensure that the government, no matter what party it is composed of, goes along with their plans. Anyone stepping out of line may be blackmailed, strong armed, have an unfortunate “accident, or simply be disappeared. i think that drone strikes on them would be a little heavy handed, but not out of the question any longer.

    “Enjoy” the collapse of industrial civilization as the global banking system melts down, food and water shortages bite hard and climate change continues unabated.

  3. ella says:

    ““Enjoy” the collapse of industrial civilization as the global banking system melts down, food and water shortages bite hard and climate change continues unabated.”

    I have heard that grim prognosis before. The IMF is still ‘solvent’ and we will more likely be seeing a change in ‘our’ currency as a global currency is circulated. Congress is bought and sold at will apparently. Since the American people are not able to make a clean house in Washington and all of our rights and freedoms are being yanked out from under our noses, it appears what we will have is a privileged class, the workers, and the very wealthy/business/industry class. Now that the ‘President’ has the power to make trade deals on his own, he has the power of a Dictator or Monarch without much a Parliament. The Constitution is for the Supreme Court to view as they see fit and make decisions politically. I am beginning to wonder just what the function of the House and Senate are in Washington. Apparently to give the Executive Branch all the power it wants. Oh, and allocate money to themselves and those who help facilitate them. There is an interesting Book that comes to mind in this type of situation. By now It seems to gain legitimacy, as truly all factors are in place. The World of Tomorrow is Today.

  4. juniebjones says:

    I fear, and I don’t think I am alone, that support for Jill Stein-who definitely will not win the general election, is a vote for Trump-one of the scariest people to ever walk the planet. I am not a rah rah Hillary person, but let’s get real. The only vote against Trump-who is insane, is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Yes, let’s get real,. As a matter of plain fact, JunieBJones, there are many ways to vote against Donald Trump, and voting for Hillary Clinton is only one of them.

      In 2008, Democrats told liberals: “Go on and vote for Barack Obama. He’s just saying those things because he’s running for election.” What we got was a President who refused to consider a single payer health care system, a President who wouldn’t release photos of torture by the U.S. government, a President who abandoned support for climate legislation, a President who declared the right to go to war to overthrow a foreign government without approval by Congress, a President who expanded offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon, a President who bailed out Wall Street and Detroit corporations while leaving the American people to shoulder the burden of the recession, a President who kept the NSA spying program going and wants to punish Edward Snowden.

      Maybe voting for Barack Obama was worth it. Maybe not. One thing that’s for certain is that you don’t get a liberal President by voting for a pro-corporate centrist.

      I voted for the Green Party presidential candidate in 2008, and the minions of the Underworld were not unleashed upon the Earth.

      Hillary Clinton needs to EARN liberals’ votes. She isn’t entitled to them. We need to have a President who isn’t Donald Trump, but we need to do better than just having a President who isn’t Donald Trump.

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