In a week when other presidential candidates are offering excuses and assigning blame for the massive cuts to the programs that keep Americans from falling over the cliff of financial disaster, presidential candidate Jill Stein has offered a solution.
Barack Obama approved the legislation that will now cut Medicare and other programs that directly help the American people in times of economic crisis. Jill Stein opposed this deal, stating, “The automatic cuts were designed to impose job-killing austerity without having a single public vote that lets voters hold the politicians accountable. It’s opening the way to cutting Medicare, education, transportation and a wide array of community programs. The Democrat and Republican leaders who set up this committee in the first place need to back down. If they are interested in what’s best for the nation they will wipe the domestic cuts from the books and start over.”
A majority of Americans support cuts to military spending. A majority also opposes the Budget Control Act’s cuts to domestic economic and educational programs. On Tuesday, Stein supported these priorities, observing that deficit spending can be brought under control while preserving the government programs that Americans remain loyal to. “The cause of our deficit is an array of tax giveaways to the wealthy, a profiteering health care system that leads the world in bureaucratic waste, and a hemorrhaging of money into costly foreign military adventures,” she said. “The bipartisan agreement on these misguided priorities is striking. Despite his posture of sympathy and his attacks on his Republican rivals, President Obama’s actions embrace traditional Republican priorities. And the Republicans have responded by moving one step to the right, offering little more than failed conservative formulas and voodoo economics.”
Stein’s solution: Keep the military cuts. End America’s wars. Eliminate George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy. Stop the Budget Control Act’s cuts to domestic spending and invest in direct job creation, rather than waiting for corporations who have refused to create jobs with the trillions of dollars they already have available.
In contrast to Stein, Barack Obama has promised that he will veto any attempt to end cuts to Medicare and education.