So I went and investigated a bit to learn what the party is about. Here is what I found:
- Government-led investment in energy efficiency and microgeneration
- Low-carbon infrastructure redevelopment as a job creation strategy
- A directed windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas companies (already established in Norway) with expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency investment
- Further financial incentives for green investment and reduced energy usage, including reduction of private bank interest rates for green investment
- Break up large financial institutions into smaller units to facilitate more explicit and detailed fundamental risk management, as opposed to an approach based on sheer size and diversifying into every activity regardless of its harms
- Re-regulation of international finance including capital controls, increased scrutiny of financial derivatives, likely along the lines of Basel II
- Prevent corporate tax evasion by demanding financial reporting and by clamping down on tax havens.
The corporations will never allow that to happen. Then there are all the people who say "remember Ralph Nader?" My usual response is "remember hanging chads?" I really am up in the air about voting at all. I voted for Obama. I guess I didn't listen to closely when he said he wanted change, and didn't give us any, except, he did change his opinion about gay marriage without really doing anything about it.
There is the opinion going around that voting for President Obama is voting for the lesser of two evils. My problem with that is the lesser of two evils is still evil.