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Single Payer Now – It’s a No-Brainer

I cannot begin to understand why we don’t already have this. Or perhaps, I do.

This is not about the details of which plan is best, this is addressing why one of the most popular proposals out there is still not an issue.

Single-payer strikes me as such a no-brainer, it boggles the mind that it isn’t a major platform plank in some parties.

Why?

Cost: It would cost taxpayers more. Who, exactly, do we mean by taxpayers? Republicans and Democrats both mean working families. Even done this, eliminating profit from healthcare saves us BIG. I’d like to propose a different idea, however.

For decades, thanks to the regressive taxation supported by “both” parties, multi-millionaires, billionaires and mega-coporations have been paying less and less on their taxes. Military spending only ever gets increased, so most of what’s left to cut are social programs. Both major m parties have actively, purposefully empowers their best donors, while dismantling programming that helps working families. This needs to change. No-brainer.

Government is the only entity powerful enough to challenge corporate power, but now it merely parrots their talking points, regardless of party in power. The 50s and 60s, the heyday of labor unions and well-funded social programs, the aftermath of the equalizing programs of the New Deal. Although racist in scope and execution – many Black and other non-white citizens never received the benefits white folks did, these programs clearly benefited the working poor. White working poor. I don’t want to copy everything from this time.

While ensuring that any future programs are intentionally racially, gender, ability, etc inclusive, the fact remains that taxing the wealthy works REALLY well for those who aren’t. Democrats and Republicans both have abandoned working families in favor of those who have the money to donate big. It wasn’t an accident. There is plenty of money in our bloated military budgets, in our subsidies to Big Oil, etc. Neither major party has the means to even suggest this, rare individuals aside, as these are the very people and companies who fund their campaigns. No one sitting on a corporate lap will EVER challenge corporate power.

In other words, let’s let the wealthiest pay their share again. No-brainer.

It’s too radical a change! It could crash the economy!

What a load of manure.

Every industrialized country in the world has some form of universal health care, including many who are not nearly as wealthy as the U.S. No-brainer.

None of them are failed countries now. All, yes, ALL, have improved quality of life, longer lives and more personal power. No-brainer.

Personal power=freedom, for those who missed that.

Employer-based health care is often used more as a weapon to hold over workers than it is a generous benefit from employers.

Some 60% of bankruptcies in the US are due to medical bills, many for people with insurance. The ADA, corporate-centered as it is, has done nothing to alleviate this. No-brainer.

Most doctors want universal health care. No-brainer.

Oh, right, how about that plague?

Skyrocketing in the US more than elsewhere. About 3% death rate, with many others facing lifelong complications. The Democrats response? $600 for many of us, billions for the corporations, and a firm stand against single-payer. Admittedly better than the Republican response, which is to obstruct any chance of mitigation, but is this what we call opposition these days?

Tell ya what might help in an epidemic. Single payer, universal healthcare, that’s what! If ever there was a time, how is NOW not that time? No. Stinking. Brainer.

Next, I’d like to explore why this won’t happen under either major party in power today.

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Why Green instead of Blue or Red?

AARG! It’s the most important vote of my life! I must do as I am told!

What, exactly, are we being told?

Republicans tell us that anyone other than straight, white, CHRISTIAN ™ people are the rightful inheritors of all, and that everyone else is to be feared: immigrants, gays, different religions, they are all ruining AMERICA and are a clear, present, threat to our wellbeing. While we fret and wring our hands about giving minorities human status, the Republicans in power loot the country for the multi-millionaires, billionaires, and corporations.

Democrats, once again, use fear-mongering of Republicans as the main reason to vote for them. Since Bush the first, Democrats have had few candidates worth voting for. The best they offer is someone less worse than the Republicans. We have little to vote for; we are being urged to vote against. Political Triangulation is the philosophy that the Democratic Party should shift to the right, capturing more Republican votes, while those on the left, will have “No place else to go.” It’s manipulation, and has led to a Democratic Party which is to the right of Reagan. While every single election in my adult lifetime has been “The most important vote of my life,” even when Democrats win, their main goal is to enrich the multi-millionaires, billionaires, and corporations. They keep changing the language. “Third way,” “New Democrats,” “Market-based solutions” are all code for “let the corporations rule.” It’s been a ruinous for the majority of us, but profitable for party donations.

It’s corruption, plain and simple. Fearmongering on both sides is a corruption of political discussion, as if everything is supposed to boil down to what team one happens to be on, and support them to death, right or wrong.

The overwhelming takeover of government by the corporations is another level of direct corruption, one made legal and acceptable by both parties.

Both parties assign corporate insiders to watchdog agencies.

Both parties will fight, vehemently, against a non-corporate candidate.

Working families get what they want about 20% of the time. Corporations, almost always. They sit in and actually write the legislation that both parties pass.

Budgets passed by both parties clearly benefit the owner class, but have little but austerity for the rest of us.

Somehow, coincidentally, over the last 30 years, under both parties, taxes on the wealthiest have gotten lower. Ditto for corporations. Some of the largest not only do not pay any taxes, but have billions given back to them in “subsidies.” Our economy has been structured, by both parties, to the advantage of their corporate donors. This has resulted in drastic income inequality, which has led to a host of other problems.

I believe it is time for a change. Call me crazy, but I actually believe representatives should represent the people of their district, not just the corporations of their district.

Three issues plague me. Three vital, essential, life-and-death issues that most people want, but which neither party will pass. Indeed, they cannot, as their corporate owners will not allow it.

  1. Global climate catastrophe. Republicans deny it, Democrats are willing to make tiny, incremental changes that allow corporations to stay in control. The planet races daily towards being much less hospitable to human life and civilization. We know this beyond any doubt. We know that drastic action must be taken, and yet, little but rhetoric and tweaks have been offered. Neither party is offering real solutions. The “Green New Deal,” stolen and watered down from the Greens, is being fought against by both sides. We need a dramatic move away from carbon fuels. I’d like to see energy more locally produced and owned, and renewable, reducing greenhouse gasses while restoring power to local control. Which gives us more power over our own lives.
  2. Universal/single-payer/medicare for all healthcare. Some 75% of Democrats and 50% of Republicans want this. Every other wealthy (non-colonized/looted) country has this, and it will SAVE US MONEY. Both parties oppose and fight against it. Obamacare, and incrementalism, pretend to be getting their “incrementally,” but actual are used to fend off calls for universal health care, not move towards it. The solutions always seem to involve profit for the corporate donors, while the rest of us continue to pay increased premiums for less services. It’s a crime, and it’s literally killing us. During Covid, the presumed Democratic heir-to-the-throne proudly bragged that he would veto single-payer. They don’t care about us, just their corporate owners. Single payer now is a no-brainer, but neither party will seriously address it.
  3. ALL CORPORATE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. Both parties rely heavily on corporate money for their campaigns. Anyone who thinks this doesn’t come with equal influence, hasn’t been paying attention. It’s legalized corruption and bribery, and both parties over-indulge in this libation. While they are drunk with power and corporate connections, the rest of us pay the price.

Three issues which are critical to the survival of civilization, the quality of life for most of us, and honest functioning of government.

Three issues which neither party will do anything significant about. Three issues which most people in the US want addressed. Three issues which are anathema to corporate US. Three issues where both parties are failing us, eagerly, to our doom.

The real enemy of most Republican voters isn’t Democrats or immigrants, it’s corporate takeover.

The real enemy of most Democratic voters isn’t Republicans, it’s corporate takeover.

No corporate candidate has the ability to address these issues. Their real owners won’t allow it.

The Green Party explicitly rejects corporate donors or other PACs. When you vote for one of us, you vote for the human, not the corporate “human” standing behind them.

When you vote Green, you are voting for a candidate who will be accountable to YOU, and no-one else.

When you vote Green, you are voting to support forward-looking, grassroots, community-oriented candidates, not corporate representatives whose main job is to sell you on the idea that they aren’t sold out to the corporations who own them.

Do we think, for one minute, that Joe Courtney will make a move that Electric Boat, and Pfizer, two of his main contributors, will allow? How is enriching the two coastal corps benefiting the majority of 2nd District? Courtney tells how a new submarine creates 1,800 new jobs for the 2nd District. How are you, Tolland? Enjoying those submarine base jobs? Putnam? Windham? No?

Would you benefit more if less money went to military, and more went to building up schools all around the district?

Would you benefit more, if money that goes to enriching for-profit healthcare was redirected to infrastructure development and energy independence throughout the district.

Joe Courtney is a great representative for some people on the shoreline, although the rampant poverty throughout puts the lie to how it benefits everyone, even in the areas where these industries thrive. Second district is a large area, however, and Courtney does almost nothing for most of us. We can do better. We deserve better.

I am running as a Green, party because their values are mine. But partly because corporate candidates have failed us.

Trump is not an anomaly of the system, he is the logical outcome of it. And both parties protect the system.

I subscribe to the crazy, radical idea that representatives should be representing us, not just the billionaires. I’ll even posit the idea that without this, we have but the veneer of democracy, of representation in our country. And it’s literally killing us.

Environment or Jobs?

Why not both?

Connecticut is a leading state in reducing greenhouse gasses. Offshore wind is gaining momentum, while solar panels keep popping up all over. These changes are a modest start. Let’s build upon this while creating jobs all over 2nd District.

Global Climate Disruption is threatening the very structures upon which modern civilization rests. Rainfall patterns, extreme weather events, and increasingly chaotic weather events are affecting our lives already, and is only getting worse. Our reliance on carbon-based fuel brought us the industrial revolution. It may bring our very destruction, as food sources become challenged, and our coasts become flooded and much less accessible. On a less scientific and more personal note, I can’t imagine how anyone who spends a good amount of time outside hasn’t noticed the changes.

One of the defining characteristics of Connecticut 2nd District is our preservation of land. Many people here appreciate the forests, rivers, streams and coast of Eastern Connecticut. All of this is threatened by climate change.

The Green New Deal offers a positive way out of this. Switching to solar, wind, water and other renewable energy sources, as well as increasing passive efficiencies, such as insulation, etc, will require investment and innovation. All of this stimulates the economy and creates jobs. Jobs to install, jobs to manufacture the parts, jobs to research which systems would be appropriate to which community, jobs to work on the infrastructure on how energy is distributed.

Right now, Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress are owned by, and dedicated to, Big Oil. Not only do many oil companies pay no taxes, they are often subsidized at taxpayer’s expense. Our state money is being siphoned off to billionaires. It’s nice that the Democratic Party occasionally has better rhetoric, but the majority of money goes right to the oil companies under either party. A party bought by oil money can only ever support oil. We need to do better.

These solutions should be locally run and administered to maximize the benefits to all local residents. Let’s create jobs all around 2nd District, not just at the sub base! Making control of our power systems more local will help ease up on distribution challenges, keep monies in communities, and build up local community resilience.

I believe we can create a better society for the 2nd District, increase quality of life, and boost the economy, all at once. Currently, Germany and China are leading in producing solar energy. By reorganizing our priorities to prepare for the future, rather than merely enriching the richest from the past, we can become a leader in renewable energy, while helping local economies and promoting local independence. A big win for everyone, except Big Oil.

I propose ending tax subsidies and tax breaks to big oil companies, fracked gas, and shale oil. Instead, this money should be invested in helping local communities move away from carbon-dependence.

The two major parties are owned by big corporations. They are not interested in real change, just enough to keep people quiet while enriching their corporate donors.

It’s corruption, plain and simple. We can never expect anything else from corporate candidates. They are restrained by corporate leashes.

I believe we deserve representation for the people, not the corporations. I believe jobs for residents should take preference over profits for billionaires. I believe our quality of life is more important than Exxon’s stock portfolio. I believe that we have choices beyond which those delineated by “practical” billionaires whose values are only ever to enrich themselves. I believe that the choice between no government at all, and a governement run by corporate elites is a false choice.

Government should be there to protect us from the excesses of corporate US, not to glorify them with “market-based solutions,” “third-way Democrats,” or whatever new moniker right wing Democrats choose next.

Government should, and still can be made to, serve the citizens it purports to represent. It does not currently.

Change is possible, but it takes courage, it takes coming together, it takes actual pressure applied to power.

I am committed to those changes. I hope you will join me.

Together, we can make a better future for ourselves and our children.

Cassandra for Congress, 2nd District Connecticut.

Why Green, Instead of Red or Blue?

Three big issues where ‘both’ parties are failing us.

AARG! It’s the most important vote of my life! I must do as I am told!What, exactly, are we being told? Republicans tell us that we should fear anyone who is not straight, white, and Christian™. They tell us that immigrants, gay people, and people of different religions are all ruining AMERICA and are a clear and present danger to our way of life. While they tell us to fret and wring our hands about giving minorities human status, the Republicans in power loot the country for the benefit of the multi-millionaires, billionaires, and corporations.

Democrats, as always, use fear-mongering of Republicans as the main reason to vote for them. Since Bill Clinton, Democrats have had few candidates worth voting for. The best they can offer is someone less bad than the Republicans. With little to vote for; we are being urgedto vote against. Political Triangulation is the philosophy that the Democratic Party should shift to the right, capturing more Republican votes, while it is presumed that those on the left, will have “No place else to go.” It’s a manipulation that has led to a Democratic Party which is to the right of Reagan. While every single election in my adult lifetime has been “The most important vote of my life,” even when Democrats win, their main accomplishment has been to enrich the multi-millionaires, billionaires, and corporations. “Third way,” “New Democrats,” and”Market-based solutions” are all code for “Let the corporations rule.” It’s been a ruinous strategy for the majority of us, but a highly profitable one for the Democratic Party.

Fear-mongering and manipulation on both sides is a corruption of political discussion, urging us to vote based on party labels, right or wrong, instead of thinking about what’s best for us, our communities, our nation, and the community of nations. The corporate takeover of government is another corruption, one also made legal and acceptable by both parties. Both parties appoint corporate insiders to watchdog agencies that are intended to protect the environment, maintain high standards for the food we eat and the medicines we use, and protect working people on the job.Both parties allow big corporations and banks to sit in on and actually write the legislation thatboth parties pass. Both parties write budgets filled with welfare for the rich and handouts for military contractors, but nothing but austerity for the rest of us.Both parties have cut tax rates on the wealthiest Americans six times in the last 50 years, while creating corporate tax loopholes and give-aways so that the largest corporations not only do not pay any taxes, but have billions given back to them in “subsidies.” I believe it is time for a change from the corruption of two party politics. I believe elected representatives have a duty to represent the people of their district, not just the corporations of their district.

I believe that there are three life-and-death issues that most of us want, but that neither Democrats or Republicans will pass.

1. Legislation to slow and stop the global climate catastrophe. The planet daily races toward a future where large parts of the planet will become inhospitable to human life and civilization. We know that drastic action must be taken, and yet, little but rhetoric and tweaks have been offered. Neither party is offering real solutions. Republicans deny it’s an issue, Democrats want to make tiny, incremental changes that allow big corporations to put their profit margins ahead of the planet. The “Green New Deal,” stolen and already watered down from the Greens, is opposed by both parties. We need to move away from and phase out carbon fuels. We need to promote energy production that is locally owned, community controlled, and renewable.

2. Universal/single-payer/medicare for all healthcare. 69% of all Americans – including nearly half of all Republicans – want it. Every other industrialized country has it, and it will SAVE US MONEY. Both parties oppose and fight against it. It’s a crime, and it’s literally killing us. During this pandemic, tens of millions of us have lost employer-provided healthcare, but the presumed Democratic nominee proudly bragged that he would veto single-payer, proof positive that the politicians don’t care about us, just their corporate owners. Single payer now is a no-brainer, but neither party will address it.

3. ALL CORPORATE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. Democrats and Republicans alike rely heavily on corporate money for their campaigns. Anyone who thinks this doesn’t come with plenty of special influence hasn’t been paying attention. Why have Democrats helped cut tax rates for the very wealthy? It only ever leads to austerity for the rest of us. It’s legalized corruption, and both parties depend on it. While they are drunk with power and corporate connections, the rest of us pay the price.These are three issues which are critical to the survival of civilization, the quality of life for the great majority of us, and honest functioning of government for all of us.

We CAN have a government that works for us, but we sure don’t now. 30 years of political triangulation have shifted the power in this country to the wealthiest, at the expense of the rest of us. This is not by accident.

We can do better. We must do better. It will take work. It will take courage. But this country has embraced radical change time and again, and it has always made the country stronger.

It’s time for a change. I am working for that change. With your support, we can do that.

Cassandra Martineau

Candidate for Congress, 2nd District Connecticut

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