Thursday, July 19, 2012

#totn With media momentum, Stein weighs in on “ #Bain Blame Game” #Election2012 #OccupyTheBallot Vote Green!

Stein and Honkala are the only candidates who are not running on corporate money.  Through a powerful grassroots organizing campaign, they have become the first Green Party members running for president to qualify for federal matching funds.

Dr. Stein won the nomination with 193.5 out of 294 delegate votes, defeating Roseanne Barr who received 72 votes, and Kent Mesplay who received 17.  She said in her acceptance speech:  “Voting for either Wall Street candidate - Romney or Obama - just gives a mandate for four more years of corporate rule. Every vote we receive is a vote for democracy, for the 99%, and for the survival of the planet.”

As part of the Green challenge to Wall Street hegemony, candidate Stein is calling for Romney to “clarify his role in Bain’s 1999-2001 raid on American businesses, when Bain was intensively shredding American jobs.”

SEC and other records show Romney was Bain’s sole shareholder, CEO, and corporate director at that time, placing responsibility squarely on his shoulders. Yet Romney claims that he’s not to blame for this most troubling period in the history of the controversial company. Stein continued, “American voters deserve to know whether a presidential candidate led this intensive charge to offshore American jobs. Romney can clear the air by releasing his income tax records or minutes of Bain corporate meetings during this time.”

“That said, it’s important to move beyond a narrowly defined ‘Bain blame game’. Mitt Romney’s record goes beyond Bain – including his offshore investments and tax havens. Whether Romney has broken the law or not in his reports, he has clearly violated the spirit of the American dream,” she says. 

“Bain is a poster child for the entire corrupt Wall Street economy. The abuses of Romney are multiplied many times over by U.S. policies like NAFTA that promote the offshoring of jobs and capital, while undermining workers’ wages here at home.”

“For his part, Obama filled his White House with Wall Street lobbyists and executives who’ve led the charge for offshoring and more. As the proponent of three new ‘free trade’ agreements that continue to offshore jobs, and a forth underway, the Trans Pacific Partnership, it’s no wonder Obama avoids challenging the full extent of Romney’s record of predatory capitalism.”

Stein, a Harvard-trained physician who once ran against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts, is proposing a Green New Deal for America - a four part policy strategy for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal proposes to provide similar relief and create an economy that makes communities sustainable, healthy and just.

In part, the proposal outlines initiatives that will create 25 million jobs, end unemployment, and transition the country to a green economy. The proposal also guarantees a halt to foreclosures and evictions, tuition-free public education from pre-school through college, Medicare for all, and an end to corporate domination of democracy.