Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President, is a genuine and outspoken progressive. Naturally liberals will be all in a dither about whether to vote for someone who articulates the issues well and wants real change or delude themselves into thinking the Democratic Party won’t punch them in the face and betray them again after voting for Obama. Really, only a liberal would find this choice confusing.
“Just because Obama claims to be a liberal and to support Occupy Wall Street doesn’t mean he’s not pro Wall Street,” Stein told me in an interview this weekend. “Look at who he brought into his inner circle from the very beginning – Wall Street insiders like Tim Geithner, Larry Summers and William Daley.”
Stein calls for the re-enactment of the much-maligned (and feared) Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking between 1933 and 1999, and the prosecution of what she calls “Wall Street crooks.” She believes that Obama failed to take strong action at the incipience of his term, choosing instead to “protect criminals” (in her words), and noting that the President opposed taking legal action against mendacious banking executives who cost Americans billions of dollars.