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Interview with Jill Stein

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Interview with Jill Stein

Jill Stein is the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for President. Dr Stein is an alumna of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and currently resides in Lexington, Massachusetts. She ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.

Ron Paul recently called the economic sanctions against Iran an “Act of War.” Would you agree with his description?

We define cyber attacks as an act of war so by our own definition we have engaged in unilateral warfare with Iran. That approach has been extremely unhelpful and we are not using diplomacy. If there are real threats to U.S. security then sanctions are warranted but I don't see that Iran is threatening U.S. security right now. The issue of Iran is that it has the potential to build nuclear weapons, it does not have nuclear weapons right now. There are already illegal nuclear weapons in the region in Israel and Pakistan. We need a comprehensive and evenhanded policy. There are drastic violations of human rights right now amongst both our friends and our enemies. Creating a nuclear free Middle East is the only way we are going to stop the development of nuclear weapons.

The Green Party platform states that the U.S. must handle disputes with foreign countries through the United Nations. If a humanitarian crisis erupts and the U.N. fails to pass a resolution would you consider bypassing the U.N. and staging an intervention without the assistance of other countries?

I think the priority is that we do not bypass the American people who have been routinely bypassed in most of the interventions in recent decades including Iraq and Libya. This is being done without the explicit permission from Congress and is a critical check and balance that has gotten lost in the shuffle and is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and the war powers act. It is very dangerous when politicians declare war and exhaust economic resources and spill the blood of Americans and civilians overseas. Most of the conflicts of the last decade would not have happened had there been a national conversation and discussion about what the true risks and benefits of our national security were.

If elected president would you eliminate federal farm subsidies?

Our food system should be treated for what it is and not as a tool for agribusiness and market share. Our current subsidies drive the food system towards a very unhealthy industrialized FrankenFood type system. Those subsidies need to be redirected to support small farmers and to support community farms and the institutions that can provide real food in a way that is sustainable for the long haul. That means localized food systems rather than this globalized industrial factory system which is extremely unhealthy for the economy, farmers and for people who eat the food. The planet is being poisoned by the pesticides and the greenhouse gases that are being produced by the current system.

Are you in favor of legalizing all drugs or just marijuana?

We would do something revolutionary. We would actually use science to determine which drugs are dangerous and which ones are not. That means right off the bat marijuana and hemp are removed from the list of dangerous substances because these are not dangerous substances in relative to other unregulated substances including nicotine and alcohol. We would start with the legalization of marijuana and transform the drug system from a criminal system to a public health system. If people have issues of dependency which would apply to legal drugs as well as illegal drugs including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and heavier drugs they need to be treated within the public health system. These are psychological problems not criminal problems. If you don't treat the problem it only aggravates it and compounds it with issues of public safety and criminal violence that are associated with the illegal drug culture.

You have stated your support of the Obama administration’s mandate that insurance companies provide birth control to women free of charge. Would you exempt religious organizations from this mandate?

Religion and healthcare have nothing to do with each other. It should not be the prerogative of an employer to exercise his personal beliefs in determining the healthcare of his employees. Healthcare is a human right and we need to provide it through medicare for all. It needs to be a system that does away with this divide and conquer mentality that pits the religious community against the health of employees. It doesn't make any sense. We have a right to healthcare and there is a way to make it affordable.

In your opinion, was the Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus plan too large or too small?

It was misdirected. It was mostly tax breaks for the wealthy. It made a slight dent in the crisis but it didn't fix it. We would pass a real stimulus package called the Green New Deal. Instead of passing tax breaks for corporations, which is what the 2009 stimulus package did, we would create jobs directly. It will put everyone back to work and will also green the economy which would green our energy and food supply and provide public transportation. It will be the same size as the 2009 stimulus but instead of tax breaks for corporations it would create jobs.

You’ve stated that you would apply a tiny tax to every Wall Street transaction of .03%. Would you tax capital gains as an ordinary income tax and overturn the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005?

We think that fairness is the name of the game which is what we do not have in our tax system. There is no reason why the very wealthy should be paying half as much on their earnings as low income working people. Lets just call capital gains what it is and tax it accordingly

Is your campaign making an effort to spoil this election for Obama and gain national attention for the Green Party by siphoning votes from him in Ohio and Florida?

We think that no state is safe. Under both Republicans and Democrats. We have been accelerating in the wrong direction. Wall Street now runs the show. Obama has expanded our wars and the Wall Street meltdowns have been magnified. We need to change the lethal directory we are on. Being quiet and going into the voting booth and voting for either Wall Street sponsored candidate gives them a mandate for four more years of raking us over the coals. The only real vote is to stand up and vote your values and support our campaign.

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I think this party will hurt both party and will give the election back to obama witch we do not need another 4 yr of his polices or him he got to got he is destroy this country.

Willie R Nugent

This is a very smart lady and she has some GREAT ideas. I really mean it when I say that we need more women holding political office!

Royce N Young

Alright, I'll admit I like her view on taxation and health care being a separate issue than belief (if I worked for Christian Scientist, could they only provide prayer as health coverage?). Not sure I feel her on international policy.

Joseph Hart

She gave mostly vague answers to some of these questions, but I do agree with her on the issue of the stimulus being misdirected and legal and illegal drug dependency being treated as a public health issue, instead of a criminal one. She offered no specifics on what this "Green New Deal" would entail and also dodged the question of action outside of the UN and failed to articulate what she would do different with Iran; direct diplomacy was already tried and failed, and the sanctions are actually a product of great diplomacy in concert with our allies to strike at the Iranian economy.

Samuel L. Neff

It is great to see there is an alternative to voting for a person not affiliated with athe Democrats or Republicans.

Sue Sankel Ryan

Her response to the HSS mandate question "Religion and healthcare have nothing to do with each other.... It doesn't make any sense" is very shallow and ignores the real issue, which is the government's definition of "religious employer," so narrowly construted that Catholic hospitals, colleges, and universities are not considered "religious employers" and thus not exempt.

Adam Rasmussen

I really like how she sees many of the problems, however, her way of fixing it is with more and more government. Some of you might like this route, but I for one like being able to make my own choices and realize that more government is what we have been getting these past few decades. If you're looking for less government intervention, as well as steady voting records for more than a decade, check out Ron Paul or the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. Those are the 2 best candidates for this country IMO.

Ben Iwen

Our electorate remains primarily in a two-party lock. Green Party voters in 2000, after Bush was handed the White House by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, were compelled to reflect on whether their country would fare better (in all relevant particulars, e.g. those controlled by the Executive Branch) under right-wing control, or under an Al Gore administration, thus a continuance of Clintonian policies. Many Greens concluded that it was a wash -- that D's and R's were both corporate parties, and that you could hardly tell the difference. Some Greens understood that their votes kept Gore out of the White House, and gave us the presidency of our worst nightmares (Bush). Jill Stein presents well, and articulates some interesting ideas. I will not, however, risk a Romney presidency. I just can't do it to my children.

Casey Nova

Wow! Another Harvard nut!

Michael Kennedy

She has WAY too much common sense and logical approach toward addressing the problems of our NATION (notice I didn't say "party" "ideology" or "special interest"?) to become a viable candidate. We are, collectively, a nation of self-absorbed idiots that see solutions only from a perspective of " will I benefit?" --- rather than the nation as a whole. On a basic foundation, we need to rid government of corporate/religious influence and start appealing and tackling our ills with pragmatism, science and the American "people" in mind first. Democrats are too divided and all over the place philosophically, while Republicans are ruthless liars who, in my opinion. should be shot for treason (please bring back the sensible, articulate conservative). In all fairness, while Obama lies about "Hope" -- conservatives lie about what we should be fearful of 365/24/7. It is a polar mindset that has all but silenced the [moderate] middle. I've often thought that our governance should not lie in one particular party at the helm (e.g., the President), but instead have two "presidents" -- one from each side(s) that work out the issues and arrive at a conclusion/compromise based on logic. Sniping, infighting, and party politics is bringing this once great nation down. But WE the PEOPLE need to tune in and arrive at our own solutions rather than depend on a corporate head puppet (from ANY side) to tell them how and what to think.

NoInfo ToShare

Without "franken foods" about 1 billion of the world's current population would die of starvation. Corn, by itself, is a franken food. There is no ancient corn. There is no evidence that 'franken foods' are bad for health, and on the contrary, could. Furthermore. people that want to switch over to organics only are just screwed in the head. Because of activists that are really only against the establishment, Africa has forgone safe engineered foods that could survive the harsh environment. If you and yours aren't starving, STFU!

David Lee Moreno

Jill Stein

Aj Janssen

Jill Stein has some good ideas, but her support of the UN is not one of them, GET AMERICA OUT OF THE ORGANIZATION, IT IS A THREAT TO U.S. Sovereignty.

Afi Keita James

Mitt Romney IS NOT The Magical Answer , However He deserves a Chance , He cant be any worse than what we got!

K.t. Hanrahan

However I will prob. vote for Jill.

K.t. Hanrahan

Eye opening! I am partial to her opinions.

Amanda Little

After taking the quiz and finding out I agree with this "Jill person" 90% I had to find out more about her. I dunno, she's way too honest, logical and, pragmatic to be a real politician. Not enough screaming about ideology or fear mongering to be a player in our messed up political circus...

Francis San Juan

wow....I'm floored, how come I didn't know about this woman? she's AWESOME

Andrea Lynette Orenduff

I strongly support all of Jill's positions. This is our time. Yes it means transferring government resources, not more government. A government representing the people, not the corporations.

Barry Levine

There's not anything I don't agree with here.

Melanie Paige

Never heard of Jill Stein, now that we are left with no choice for pres. lets look into the other actual candidates. It's still not too late.

Perry Joy

Totally agree. A relief to hear someone say what has been inside my head for the past few years. Very sane, logical, clear opinions. Not something Washington will tolerate. The problem is that voting for Ms Stein would make it even more likely that the Republicans will name the next president...and that would be a disaster. Hope Ms. Stein keeps running and spreading sane, reasonable principles. Would like to vote for her. Just how to do that is my question. Tell us a way to help her gain recognition and followers. How can we help her?

Kate Leader

...oh politics...

Benjamin Wachter

It's going to be extremely difficult for the Green Party to compete with the old RED and BLUE. I really want to see more Green Party members in the government and I believe she should and her party members should push themselves into challenging slightly lower roles in major cities such as Cleveland or Chicago and such and build from there. Otherwise - they're always going to get shut out by those two obnoxious parties.

Abi Koehler

Ms. Stein has some great ideas BUT she forgot about term limits for Senators. Also, our country should be run by people who have an IQ of over 110. No more "dull normals" who are incapable of reading and understanding the issues.

Craig Cothren