Jill Stein for President: A Moral Imperative

originally published in the Tompkins Weekly, May 15, 2024 The timeworn tactic of voting for the lesser of two evils has led us to unutterable evil, as exemplified by the arming of, and diplomatic cover for, Israel’s atrocities in Gaza and the West Bank. This war crime is only the latest in a very long series of moral outrages committed by successive Democrat and Republican regimes. The military-industrial complex requires enemies to thrive, and our bought-and-paid-for presidents are happy to oblige. [Read More]

Citations for my May 15, 2024 Tompkins Weekly article

Record high US oil production https://www.vox.com/climate/24098983/biden-oil-production-climate-fossil-fuel-renewables Record number of people living in poverty (12.4%!) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/09/12/us-poverty-rate-2022-increase/70775443007/ 31% of Americans report a net worth of $0 or less https://www.creditkarma.com/about/commentary/americans-have-a-net-worth-problem-and-its-not-positive There are 653,100 homeless people (2023 figure) https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/2023-AHAR-Part-1.pdf More than 25% of homeowners are ‘house poor’ https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/cities-with-the-most-house-poor-homeowners/ Housing costs are at record level of unaffordability https://www.habitat.org/costofhome/2023-state-nations-housing-report-lack-affordable-housing Utility costs have skyrocketed https://www.utilitydive.com/news/electricity-prices-inflation-consumer-price-index/640656/ Food costs have skyrocketed https://thehill.com/homenews/nexstar_media_wire/3887742-how-expensive-are-groceries-in-2023-these-5-graphs-show-prices-skyrocket/ Credit card debt in the US is at a record $1. [Read More]

Media: 'Biden's Economy is Good'. Us: 'Wait, What?'

In Joe Biden’s America: -There are 582,500 homeless people (2022 figure) https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/2022-AHAR-Part-1.pdf -More than 25% of homeowners are ‘house poor’ https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/cities-with-the-most-house-poor-homeowners/ -Housing costs are at record level of unaffordability This year’s State of the Nation’s Housing 2023 report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies paints a stark picture of record unaffordability, near-record housing shortages and major barriers to first-time homeownership. The number of cost-burdened renters reached an all-time high: 21. [Read More]

Dems whining about the 'spoiler effect'

As the 2024 presidential campaign is shaping up now in the summer of 2023, we are already hearing whining from Democrats about the “spoiler effect” of a potential Green Party candidate such as Cornel West. Yet in New York (and many other states) the Democrats have had ample time to eliminate the possibility of a spoiler effect by enacting Ranked Choice (Instant Runoff) Voting. In fact, the Democrats have had complete “Trifecta” control of the state government for 7 years out of the last 15 years! [Read More]

A Green Party for Tompkins County

I believe it is time to rebuild an active Green Party in Tompkins County. A Green agenda is vital to protecting our planet and addressing the grotesque inequities in our society. The corporate duopoly must be challenged before it is too late! Please contact me if you want to join in promoting Green values in our county and beyond. We should organize now to be ready for the 2024 election season. [Read More]