By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
With the presidential election fewer than two weeks away, many Americans are finalizing their ballot selections. Some are watching playback of the highly publicized debates between Obama and Romney. Others are evaluating the candidates’ stances on important issues. The media and the majority of the country have focused on Obama and Romney without acknowledging the third party candidates, and in particular, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
Jill Stein is a mother of two sons, a versatile physician, teacher of internal medicine and an enthused health advocate. She was born in Chicago and raised in Highland Park, Ill. She studied anthropology, sociology and psychology at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude in 1973. She is also a graduate of Harvard’s Medical School. Jill Stein began addressing her environmental concerns in 1998 when she discovered that American politicians were not seeking to protect children from the environment’s harmful toxic wastes. In 2000, she co-wrote In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, which was a popular report promoting environmentally friendly economies, sustainable agriculture and protection from toxic threats. In 2002, activists in the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow party asked Stein to run for Governor of Massachusetts. She accepted the request and inserted herself into the political world. In the Massachusetts election, she placed third out of five candidates and lost to Mitt Romney who she described as a “jobs killer.”
As the Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein frequently promotes “A Green New Deal for America,” in which she would create 25 million jobs by introducing green projects across the nation. She believes that the creation of these jobs would end mass employment Her goal is to not only create more jobs but to create “new jobs.” These jobs would revolve around public work programs and community businesses.
In a USA Today interview following the first debate between Obama and Romney, Stein attacked the respective campaigns of her two competitors. First she addressed the Republican candidate.
“I ran against, and debated, Mitt Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts election for governor,” she said. “Romney was a jobs killer then, and he still is today. He makes money off of destroying jobs and driving down workers wages. He wants to do to America what he did at Bain Capital, ‘harvesting profits’ in his words by sucking the value out of what we, the people, have built.”
Then she evaluated Obama’s work over the previous term.
“As for President Obama, for the past four years he has played it safe,” he said. “Safe for himself, that is, but not safe for the rest of us. Instead of fighting for areal economic stimulus the kind of massive investment in our economy I am fighting for with the Green New Deal—this president bailed out Wall Street. Meanwhile, he has allowed youth unemployment to hit 25 percent, and student debt to skyrocket. I think it’s time we bailed out the working students, not the rich bankers, don’t you?”
Stein believes that in order for the United States to overcome economic instability, the American economy needs to shed its traditional doctrines and incorporate “green” values. Jill Stein envisions the ignition of a green economy if she were elected president of the United States.
These are the straight facts. Still, people call her “crazy,” and fail to take her seriously. I wonder what the likelihood of a third party candidate winning this election would be.