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Washington Post: A transcript of Jill Stein’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board
Getting back on topic, I read the full transcript of Jill Stein's meeting with the WP Editorial board. While the WP highlighted some key points out of the interview in their article, there is more to learn about Jill Stein if you read the full transcript.
First I will say, Jill Stein articulates her positions quite well. No TrumpSpeak or PalinSpeak. She is educated and knowledgeable on her key hot button issues, although perhaps very idealistic and naïve about the reality of being able to accomplish any of her proposals if she was elected.
She is highly critical of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. In fact she sees and refers to them as one: the "Demo-Republican Corporate Party". She is highly critical of both President Obama and Hillary Clinton and doesn't attempt to differentiate from Donald Trump. Obama and Clinton fall way short on her "purity tests scale", particularly when it comes to Climate Change and fossil fuels.
Her VP running mate, Ajamu Baraka, calls President Obama an "Uncle Tom", and NATO, the "gangsta states".
She calls the Paris Accord a "not effective agreement" and faults the Obama administration: "Unfortunately, one of the big impediments to that accord was the behavior of the U.S. administration, in helping to undermine that accord."
However, as the WP staff pointed out, that accord was years in the making.
Undeterred by the enormous task, she says she would "move to work with the international community to basically override that accord, and create a much more effective document that could actually stop climate change because it won’t do that now." Her new agreement would have us move to 100 percent clean energy by 2030 (14 years from now) including a phase out of all nuclear energy. Furthermore she would do it at a cost of $500 billion. And that $500 billion includes the cost of a Job Guarantee but not a housing guarantee for all citizens.
She also proposes a $1.3 trillion bail out of student debt saying if we can bail out Wall Street we can bail out students.
Stein is absolutely sincere in her beliefs. However, it's just that the WP found her propels too idealistic and not reality based. That's why they called it a "fairy-tail".
I think that many of Jill Stein's ideas are commendable, but have next to zero chance of ever being implemented. My main problem with Jill Stein is not her proposals but the fact that she can see no middle ground. If someone like Obama or Clinton do not agree or are in accord with her worldviews she condemns them. There is no room for compromises in her worldview. She applies purity tests to everyone, but fails to recognize the good that Hillary Clinton or President Obama has done. You are either with her or you are the "enemy". Her whole campaign is about blasting Hillary Clinton and now she's campaigning in battleground states like Ohio to hopefully be a spoiler...like Ralph Nader in Florida in 2000.
If she can take 2 or 3 percent away from Hillary in Ohio causing Trump to win that state, it would be a victory for her. Ditto for Florida. Both of those state are real close now.