To The The Oneida Daily Dispatch Editor:
I am running for governor because I believe our state should provide living wage jobs, protect the environment and make health care a right.
I want a Green New Deal, one that builds on the economic rights that FDR championed to build upon his initial New Deal. If the private sector can’t provide jobs, then the government needs to put people to work — fixing up houses, taking care of the elderly and children, cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods, doing things to improve our quality of life.
We need a tax system where people support essential services based on their ability to pay. We don’t need New York’s present tax system with loopholes for the wealthy and multi-state big businesses and back-breaking high property and sales taxes for working families, those on fixed income, and small businesses.
Career politicians who cater to the needs of corporate special interests hold our state government captive. In recent years numerous lawmakers of both major parties in Albany have been guilty of corruption or forced to resign for unethical behavior.
The Democrats tell voters that the way to peace, universal health care and a strong sustainable environment is to vote for them. But with the Democrats in control in Albany and DC, they escalated the wars, increased military spending to a trillion dollars, mandated that we buy costly private health insurance rather than provide cost-efficient, publicly-financed health care for all (e.g., HR 676), bailed out Wall Street rather than Main Street, and pandered to oil, coal, gas, and nuclear corporations while climate change accelerated.
The Democrats have abandoned the last vestiges of their New Deal legacy and now echo the Republicans in calling for the economics of Herbert Hoover. They all want to cut public spending when the economy needs a public spending stimulus to fuel recovery. Meanwhile, the corporate welfare, bailout, and crime wave grows while unemployment, foreclosures, poverty, and hardship spread.
My running mate is peace activist and health care professional Gloria Mattera. We won’t be taking campaign contributions from corporate interests. It is hard, however, to get the media to cover candidates that focus on issues rather than raking in campaign contributions.
So please visit our website at http://www.howiehawkins.org to find out what changes the Green Party wants.