Some Questions for US Presidential Candidates

We are pleased to have Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein as our our guest on PaleoRadio Thursday Oct 4th. @JillStein2012 @gpus #green http://on.fb.me/zxMQaT

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  • Jared Kristopher Awesome!
  • William Waugh Ask her if as president she will investigate and prosecute former US officials for torture.
  • William Waugh Why does she not advocate for an unconditional and immediate end to US military support for the apartheid regime in Tel Aviv?
  • William Waugh Ask whether the Green New Deal has numerical calculations behind it yet.
  • PaleoRadio William Waugh, please be more specific about your calculations question.
  • William Waugh When Stein talks about the Green New Deal (GND) in her regular stump speech, she says how many people it will put to work, but to give credibility to predictions like that it takes economic modeling with numbers in it that say the money to pay those people will be X because if they get less than X they will do something else instead, and there has to be a predicted or planned flow where various tributaries x1, x2, and so on make up X. Stein proposes to reduce US annual military expenditure to half what it is in 2012, so that might be one of the biggest tributaries. I can understand that the Green Party might not have money to hire economists and engineers to calculate all this before winning the Presidency, but would be interested to know how far they may have gotten. The GND expresses other goals in addition to employment, and I would like to know how much numerical thinking has gone into planning the sizes of the goals (e. g., what resources to go into research on harvesting energy, techniques to do that), and into how everything will be paid for. I know that when asked how the GND will be paid for, Stein always mentions the military, tax breaks for the wealthy, and one or two other changes. My suggested question is to what degree can she make that numerical. How much from each source. Thanks. PS, on single-payer health care, Stein points out that it will save money. I think she is correct on that. But in saving money for the US economy overall, single-payer will reduce the private expenditure but increase the public expenditure. I understand Stein’s point that this will add up to a net decrease, and I agree that that is a compelling reason to support single-payer, but nonetheless, the public sector, i. e. governmental policy, has to decide how and were to increase taxes or reduce other spending in order to make up its increased participation in the flows of value to pay for health care for all.
  • William Waugh I want to suggest that every interview of Stein try to cover new ground and try not to spend too much time recapitulating excellent interviews of her that are already publicly available for example the excellent http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/09/27/how-green-party-presidential-candidate-jill-stein-differs-from-the-two-major-parties/

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  • William Waugh In the 1950’s there was plenty of fossil fuel available, easy to mine, and there was iron ore, and there were opportunities to make all kinds of things out of steel and sell them. There was potential to increase how much food the farms could produce per year. There was potential for the railroads and for aviation. To exploit those opportunities took education. The human population worldwide was less than half what it is today.

    Stein points out that the GI bill was a seven-to-one win for the economy as a whole. Maybe that depended on the the ecological and economic conditions of the time and maybe higher education doesn’t pay that much today. I wonder whether Stein has considered that. Maybe that’s why so many graduates are in indentured servitude as Stein calls it, unable to pay off their education loans, unable in many cases to get a decent job. I know that market failure is possible but on the other hand the outputs of the market calculation, we can take as a hint about what the real economy is like. And the market has said that college educated people are not worth what it takes to feed and house them.

  • William Waugh Eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline and the private prisons will change the labor market, but is it enough.
  • William Waugh Stein favors the building of a welcoming, legal path to citizenship for (at least some of the) immigrants whose presence in the US runs counter to current US law. But I wonder what her position is on changes, if any, to the law about immigration by people who are currently outside the US and not born of US-citizen parents, but who want to immigrate to the US.
  • William Waugh FYI another Stein talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTNpRzLtVO4

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  • William Waugh FYI Answers attributed to @GovGaryJohnson and @jillstein2012 shown side by side for comparison http://is.gd/oSZYxk

  • PaleoRadio William, this is JD. I’ve included your immigration question and your question about funding the influx of new patients into the health care system under single payer. It’s up to how the interview goes, timing, etc whether the questions get into the interview. My guess with the single payer system is that the cost savings would come from reduced number of visits to emergency rooms for otherwise preventable problems, but I’m hoping to hear what she has to say about it. Thanks for all your questions, only so many can make it, but all of your suggestions were taken into consideration.
  • William Waugh I think that if there is time for only one of my questions, the one on torture is the most important. Another one close in importance would be does Dr. Stein plan to speak for ranked voting for State and Federal offices if she receives the Presidential megaphone.
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