Statements of the Green Shadow Cabinet

BLISS: Higher education for all

Monday, April 22, 2013

Education is the common pool from which many other goods flow - it lowers crime rates and increases civic engagement; decreases poverty and improves public health; it pushes society forward and creates fertile ground for real democracy and social justice.  Education is a human right, a public good, and a critical infrastructure without which no society can prosper.  And most importantly, education is the means by which we prepare younger generations for the challenges and opportunities of the future that belongs to them.  At least, that is what education should be.

BREYMAN: Obama v. EPA - Constructing his environmental legacy

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the wake of Lady Thatcher’s passing, it’s good to remember that TINA (there is no alternative) is a miscreant. Of course another world is possible. It was in Thatcher’s UK, as it is in Obama’s America. Case in point: had the Green Party’s Jill Stein been elected president last November, we’d be hip deep in a struggle over radical ecological-economic restructuring in the US. Instead, we’re stuck with a president who overrules his own Environmental Protection Agency because he’s afraid to stand up to yahoos in Congress and to his and their fossil fuel industry campaign funders.  

COX: Earth Day, Revolution, and Spaceship Earth

Monday, April 22, 2013

Frederich Nietzsche once declared that “the democratic tempo is much too slow and sleepy for the impatient ones.”  Those who are in the business of environmental degradation for profit have been at the control panel of what our friend Mr. Fuller called 'spaceship Earth' far too long.  Gone is the luxury of slow, incremental change that the American democratic experiment has routinely rested upon, and in fact depended upon for the justification for doing nothing in the face of imminent socioeconomic and ecological crises.  

WOLFF: Minimum tax fairness

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the aftermath of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the world war that followed, the United States understood the need to genuinely “pull together.” The task was to rebuild an economy that had been badly damaged by those two historic tragedies. So taxes on corporations were raised and taxes on the wealthy were raised. They had more than average people. They had suffered less from the ravages of the Depression. They could contribute more to rebuilding the economy. And the country demanded that they do so.

CHRISMER: Time for entirely new transportation solutions

Monday, April 22, 2013

Engineers love challenges and want to dream big.  But I snapped upon recently hearing an oil company CEO say that engineers should be called upon to design structures to protect us from rising tides, “if in fact this climate change nonsense turns out to be true”.  This cynical challenge does not inspire, because it is clear our society requires an entirely new set of solutions to avoid the disaster his company brings.

DUNLEA: A green agenda for our food system

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Green Shadow Cabinet is being launched on Earth Day to provide an alternative to the corporate policies promoted by the Obama administration (Democrats) and the Republican Party.

One of the units of the Cabinet is a Bureau of Food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally meaningful food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. Our current federal policies put national food sovereignty at risk.

CRUISE: Healthy food everywhere

Monday, April 22, 2013

As a former LA County public health clinic nurse with an additional seventeen years involvement in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I currently advocate for the advancement of single payer universal healthcare and all services that enhance community life.  I will serve on the Health Council of the new Green Shadow Cabinet as Assistant Secretary of Health for Community Health and Wellbeing. 

BOLGER: Creating a real Department of “Defense”

Monday, April 22, 2013

On the first Earth Day in 1970, the U.S. military was fully engaged in the Vietnam war, a war that killed or wounded millions of people, laid waste to wide swaths of Vietnamese countryside using Agent Orange, caused untold suffering by people who were guilty of nothing, and cost the U.S. taxpayers $738 billion.  Today, 43 years later, the U.S.

CAMP: The Ridiculous reality of government has surpassed humor and satire

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I’m honored to have been chosen as the Commissioner for the Comedic Arts for the Green Shadow Cabinet. However, I must say that I feel I have the hardest job in the entire governmental body—far more difficult than, say, the President or that other guy who makes the President's decisions. Why do I believe I have the hardest job? Because we live in a country where reality has lapped satire and surpassed humor altogether.

RASMUS: The Failure of Fiscal-Monetary Policy, 2008-2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fiscal and Monetary policies since the financial crisis and the protracted recession that began in 2008 have failed to generate a sustained recovery of the U.S. economy—except for big banks, big corporations, investors and speculators, and the wealthiest 10% households. All have benefited significantly from record profits growth and record returns on stock, corporate bonds, derivatives and other financial securities’ investments since 2009, while median family earnings have continued to decline every year and Main St. America has been left behind.

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