Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, and the People vs. the Politicians finale

Here it is. Part 3 of 3. It sounded like a good idea to write up all the politicians’ stances on the important issues and then compare them with the Americans’ responses in polls. But this little series turned out to be a lot more work than I thought.

You have your choice, so long as it’s This or That

The only reason I’m writing it is because I believe Americans are being tricked into thinking we have to accept the choice handed to us. Think back to when you were little and an adult asked you, “Do you want a ham & cheese sandwich, or do you want a tuna fish sandwich?” As a child, you pick one and think you made the decision, but you didn’t really. The adult has already ruled out numerous other possibilities.

We’re like children when we only weigh the Republican-or-Democrat choice, and those in power (i.e., the Ministry of Truth, the ultra-wealthy, Bilderberg Group) are the adults. Before we ever cast a ballot, they narrowed the choices down to two candidates who will do as they’re told. The other options were eliminated because the powerful can’t be sure we’ll pick a candidate that will take orders. That’s why adults give children a choice of sandwiches, instead of just asking, “What do you want for lunch?” Who knows what they would tell you? Ice cream? Steak? Paint chips?

And that leads us back to the People vs. the Politicians series. It turns out that in this installment, as in the two before it, Americans agree more with the Paint Chip candidates than the pre-selected choices.

HEALTHCARE

Rocky Anderson (Justice):

  • Replicate existing model that cuts expenses and expands access
  • Government should be the sole payer but not the sole provider

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):

  • Repeal Obamacare and Part D
  • Common-sense cost-savings for entitlements
  • Vetoed sin tax on cigarettes as governor of New Mexico

Barack Obama (Democratic):

  • Signed Obamacare into law
  • Opposes Medicare vouchers for young people
  • Opposes shifting Medicaid to states

Mitt Romney (Republican):

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Supports Medicare vouchers for young people
  • Supports shifting Medicaid to states

Jill Stein (Green):

  • Medicare for all
  • Expand access to morning after pill
  • Supports single payer structure
  • Supports public option

AMERICANS:

  • 53% want to repeal Obamacare (Rasmussen)

 Who represents Americans? Gary Johnson; Mitt Romney

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ELECTIONS

Rocky Anderson (Justice):

  • Supports campaign finance reform
  • Limit individual donations to $100

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):

  • Supports ballot and debate access for third party candidates

Barack Obama (Democratic):

  • Opposes Citizens United ruling

Mitt Romney (Republican):

  • Supports spending limit on campaigns
  • Supports abolition of Political Action Committees (PACs)

Jill Stein (Green):

  • Abolish Electoral College
  • Reverse citizens united

AMERICANS:

  • 46% want a third party
  • 62% favor abolishing the Electoral College (Gallup)
  • 75% support campaign finance reform (ABC)

Who represents Americans? Jill Stein. As a side note, Jill Stein was arrested at the presidential debates last night as she protested being locked out of the debates, when she is a presidential candidate.

CRIME

Rocky Anderson (Justice):

  • Supports marijuana legalization for industrial purposes
  • Oppose retroactive immunity for federal crime
  • Opposes death penalty
  • Opposes mandatory sentencing laws
  • Opposes tobacco use

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):

  • Supports total marijuana legalization
  • Require due process for all criminals
  • Supports death penalty with reservations

Barack Obama (Democratic):

  • Opposes legalization of marijuana
  • Supports job training for ex-offenders
  • Supports death penalty when enforced fairly

Mitt Romney (Republican):

  • Opposes legalization of marijuana
  • Supports GPS tracking of felons (per ontheissues.org)
  • Supports death penalty
  • Fun Fact:  Mitt Romney was arrested in 1981 for fishing without a license

Jill Stein (Green):

  • Supports total marijuana legalization
  • Opposes death penalty
  • Opposes mandatory sentencing laws

AMERICANS:

  • 51% think marijuana should be illegal
  • 61% support death penalty (Gallup)
  • 77% think medical marijuana should be permissible. (PollingReport.com)

 Who represents Americans? Mitt Romney

EDUCATION

Rocky Anderson (Justice):

  • Opposes vouchers
  • Supports national curriculum with local flexibility

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):

  • End Dept of Education.
  • Supports vouchers

Barack Obama (Democratic):

  • Established 10K college tuition credit
  • Doubled Pell Grant investments
  • Supports standardized testing, but less of it
  • Opposes vouchers

Mitt Romney (Republican):

  • Supports standardized testing
  • Supports vouchers

Jill Stein (Green):

  • Free education from kindergarten through college
  • Opposes vouchers
  • Opposes nationalized testing

AMERICANS:

  • 55% oppose school vouchers (ABC)
  • 71% favor nationalized testing
  • 68% oppose allowing illegals to receive in-state tuition (PollingReport.com)

Who represents Americans? Rocky Anderson

 

Part I: Illegal Immigration,  War, Constitutional Rights

Part II: Abortion, Internet, Economy, & Third Parties

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  3. “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!” – Patrick Henry

    What a brilliant ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the affordable health care act (Obamacare). Stunningly brilliant in my humble opinion. I could not have ask for a better ruling on a potentially catastrophic healthcare act than We The People Of The United States received from our Supreme Court.

    If the court had upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the commerce clause it would have meant the catastrophic loss of the most precious thing we own. Our individual liberty. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Supreme Court.

    There is no mandate to buy private for-profit health insurance. There is only a nominal tax on income eligible individuals who don’t have health insurance. This is a HUGE! difference. And I suspect that tax may be subject to constitutional challenge as it ripens.

    This is a critically important distinction. Because under the commerce clause individuals would have been compelled to support the most costly, dangerous, unethical, morally repugnant, and defective type of health insurance you can have. For-profit health insurance, and the for-profit proxies called private non-profits and co-ops.

    Equally impressive in the courts ruling was the majorities willingness to throw out the whole law if the court could not find a way to sever the individual mandate under the commerce clause from the rest of the act. Bravo! Supreme Court.

    Thanks to the Supreme Court we now have an opportunity to fix our healthcare crisis the right way. Without the obscene delusion that Washington can get away with forcing Americans to buy a costly, dangerous and highly defective private product (for-profit health insurance).

    During the passage of ACA/Obamacare some politicians said that the ACA was better than nothing. But the truth was that until the Supreme Court fixed it the ACA/Obamacare was worse than nothing at all. It would have meant the catastrophic loss of your precious liberty for the false promise and illusion of healthcare security under the deadly and costly for-profit healthcare system that dominates American healthcare.

    As everyone knows now. The fix for our healthcare crisis is a single payer system (Medicare for all) like the rest of the developed world has. Or a robust Public Option choice available to everyone on day one that can quickly lead to a single payer system.

    Talk of privatizing/profiteering from Medicare or social security is highly corrupt and Crazy! talk. And you should cut the political throats of any politicians giving lip service to such an asinine idea. Medicare should be expanded, not privatized or eliminated.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for-profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. The ACA/Obamacare will not fix that.

    The for-profit medical industrial complex has already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    To all of you who have fought so hard to do the kind and right thing for your fellow human beings at a time of our greatest needs I applaud you. Be proud of your-self.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

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