Physician and Green Party nominee for president of the United States Jill Stein visited the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., regarding the defining issues of this election and how she would handle them as the president.
Stein runs on the Green party ticket for a second election cycle with her vice presidential pick, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. Stein currently polls at four percent nationally, according to Real Clear Politics.
Stein said as president she would acknowledge education as a human right, would work to make public universities tuition free and would abolish student debt through “quantitative easing” and a “sales tax” on all Wall Street transactions.
“We found a way to bail out Wall Street – the guys that crashed the economy with their waste, fraud and abuse,” Stein said. “So my point is, as responsible adults, we need to bail out a younger generation that is held hostage in this unpayable student debt.”
According to the Bank of England’s website, quantitative easing is “an unconventional form of monetary policy where a Central Bank creates new money electronically to buy financial assets, like government bonds.” The goal of the process is to “directly increase private sector spending in the economy and return inflation to target.”
Stein recently received a warrant of arrest in North Dakota while participating in protests and civil disobedience alongside the Standing Rock Sioux, whose sacred burial grounds were demolished. She said the Dakota Access pipeline will contaminate the water supply of 17 million people throughout the Midwest.
Free healthcare is the next human right, according to Stein. A Stein healthcare plan will legalize hemp and marijuana and increase healthcare benefits for veterans.
Stein said she would provide jobs through her plan for an FDR-inspired government stimulus program she calls the “Green New Deal.” The Green New Deal would halt all further fossil fuel emissions and seek to shift the United States to green and renewable energy sources by the year 2030.
Like her domestic policy, Stein focuses on climate change and hu- man rights. If she were to win the presidency, Stein would call for an end on all foreign wars and call for an international weapons embargo.
Stein said she would obtain international cooperation on these issues because it was time for the United States to step up and be an example by “de-escalating conflict,” citing the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its military exercises near the border of Russia.
Stein’s largest base is a large collection of former Bernie supporters, who cheered as she said her campaign is “Bernie on steroids.”
While running with a third-party candidacy in 2012 against Obama and Mitt Romney, she won nearly half a million votes.
“Vote like your lives depend on it, because they do,” Stein said to supporters.