Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Green Deal

I guess maybe I haven't been paying attention lately, (too busy obsessing about "W" being tried as a war criminal, and the various punishments he would receive) but I haven't heard anything about anyone endorsing or running for a third party. Then I came across this article in Grist. http://grist.org/election-2012/being-green-presidential-hopeful-jill-stein-aims-to-rebuild-a-broken-system/
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.
These are all things I would love to see as government policy, which is precisely why it will never work.
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.


  1. I for one am not voting for Obama. You're right, the lesser of two evils is still evil. If Rocky Anderson is on the Nevada ballot, I'm voting for him. His platform is very similar to the Green party's. In any case, I'm not buying the argument that third parties make it easier for Republicans to win. So what. They both need to go, and if no one is willing to step up to the plate, we're stuck with them forever.

  2. There is so much disappointment over Obama, and some people actually feel a sense of betrayal from him. They say they won't vote at all. He seems to be saying the right thing to democrats now, the problem is, why did it take so long? Why didn't he push through his agenda when he had the power and the majority to do so?
    I voted for Nader, when he ran for the Green Party, I never regretted it. I also voted for Jimmy Carter , my first time voting! Didn't regret that either. Wonder if Rocky Anderson will be on the ballot in Jersey? From what I see here Romney will win big in this state. That's pretty scary.

  3. I also voted for Carter as my first official vote.
    You poor dear, now I can place you in my age bracket, the awesome one.
    As for W and the rest of those rat fuckers, the list is too long to go into here but the ones I really want to see do the perp walk, in order, are Cheney, Addington and Yoo . Karl Rove has a special place in my heart, right next to my gizzard.

  4. I like your list! They are all criminals, but Bush is the most spineless. The constant lying and stupidity, but everybody lies now,right?

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