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There Are Solutions

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Tax the Rich and End the Wars

There are solutions to the problems we face, and they often cost money. Right up front, however, we need to say real solutions donotalways cost more. Look at how utterly ineffective the war on drugs has been, with expensive militarization and excessive incarceration. Also look at the cost of preventive medicine compared to the cost of emergency medical services. 

“How do we pay for it?” is still a legitimate question, although it’s one that’s often thrown out as a deal-killer of better infrastructure and public services. Remember the presidential elections of 2016? (Pretty depressing, I know.) Among the half dozen candidates that year, there were two — Bernie Sanders, running as a Democrat, and Jill Stein, a Green — who talked about domestic policies that we should enact, like free universal healthcare for all and debt-free higher education. 

Other candidates called those ideas dreams, impractical, not politically viable in this country. Unlike Bernie and Jill, those other candidates took corporate money. Calling basic public services “pipe dreams” when other countries take them for granted is a deliberate attempt to lower our expectations of what is possible in our country. 

How can we pay for those basics? Tax the rich and end the wars. 

As to taxes, start with the extremes.Tax the billionaires the way they used to be taxed. When Republican president Dwight Eisenhower left office at the beginning of the sixties, the tax on the very top income bracket was 91%. In recent years the Democrats and Republicans staged a highly theatrical fight over whether it should be 35.9% or 39%. In Eisenhower’s time, even with high taxes, the rich could still get richer, just not outrageously rich.

By reducing their obscenewealth, besides paying for basics,we also reduce their obscenepower over our lives, and we give the rest of us more ability to make decisions affecting our own lives and those of our communities and our children.

As to the military, again, start with the extremes.There is no reason on earth to have weapons that can destroy the earth many times over. There is no reason to build more fighter jets when the cost of each one could pay for housing, hospitals, and schools. 

Taxing the rich and ending the wars are essential tasks when we want happier, healthier and safer lives for all of us.


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Write in Laura Wells for Congress, District 13

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Please consider writing in “Laura Wells,” and connecting the arrow, in the race for U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District. The district has the Alameda County cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro.LW smile fwd light jkt - Version 3

This seat is currently held by Barbara Lee, a Democrat who is running unopposed for re-election. The write-in candidate who receives the most votes in the June primary will be on the November ballot. Please write “Laura Wells” in the blank square under United States Representative, and draw a line to connect the arrow on the right so that your vote will be counted.

The odds that Barbara Lee will win in November are about 99.99% and so the question is, “Who do you want to be in conversation with Barbara Lee in the fall campaign season?” In other words, do you want someone who is pressured by the billionaires, or on the side of the rest of us?

By writing in “Laura Wells” (and connecting the arrow!) we have a chance to provide some counterbalance to the huge pressure everyone in Washington gets from the billionaires and their corporations. Green Party candidates never take corporate money, and that idea is catching hold across the country.

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IF WE WIN THE WRITE-IN VOTE . . .

We will have a November ballot statement, sent to all voters in California. Here is the initial draft:

Vote for a vibrant democracy, medicare for all of us, clean environment, and meaningful educational and employment opportunities for our next generations.

There is no excuse for the U.S. not to have these things already.

What stands in the way is a two-party system sold out to the billionaires and their corporations. Now, every four years, things are not better, they are worse. We can change that.

Tax the rich to reduce their power over our lives.

Stop military greed and the incarceration mania.

Your vote for a Green Party, no-corporate-money candidate pulls Congress away from the billionaires, toward the people. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS. We can have better social, economic and environmental justice, and a real democracy. Vote Green. LauraWells.org. cagreens.org. gp.org.


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