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Fw: Five Minutes ~ Rocky on the issues

From: jesse b.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:42 PM

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From: Nikki Alexander <[address removed]>
To: Nikki Alexander <[address removed]>
Sent: Wednesday, January 18,[masked]:49 PM
Subject: Five Minutes ~ Rocky on the issues

Rocky Anderson was interviewed yesterday on Dylan Ratigan’s show. Please watch this 5 minute interview that is packed with information and add your comments to the show website.  The following text is posted on Dylan’s website. Below that I transcribed some of the specific issues discussed and Rocky’s response to the spoiler question. (Rocky is aware that Monetary Reform should also be part of the JP platform. Read NEED Act Fact Sheet.) ~ Nikki (5:52)
If I Can Change, and You Can Change, Everybody Can Change
January 18, 2012
Rocky Anderson is running for President. He’s a former two-term mayor of Salt Lake City and is running under the Justice Party. You may not have heard of him yet, but that’s exactly why we had him on the show.
His primary message: end the corruption in Washington and a government sold to the highest bidder so America can have the debate it deserves on war, healthcare, education, renewable energy, and trade; sound familiar?
“Our message resonates with everybody across partisan boundaries. I don’t think there is anyone in the country that hasn’t absolutely had it with the corrupting influence of money. We are truly living in a new Gilded Age, with the greatest level of income disparity since the 1920′s.”
His first action, if elected President, would be to call for a Constitutional amendment that would eliminate the influence of money in politics. Mr. Anderson explains that neither President Barack Obama, nor any of his Republican challengers, have taken this up as a primary focus of their campaigns because they are all benefactors of this corrupt system. They are essentially working to maintain the system that has become beneficial for them.
Neither of the parties will assume the positions because they run counter to those on whom they are basically on retainer. They are acting as though they are the hired guns of those with the money. Every major public policy failure can be pointed to the corrupting influence of money. When you follow the money, you begin to see how our elected officials are completely beholden to the people with the money.
Has the situation gotten completely out of control? In an election year, the hope is that we are not missing an opportunity to remedy the situation. If we vote for a Republican or a Democrat in this race, we are simply moving the players around and keeping the system in place. We need a new paradigm, we need new people that are going to represent America ’s interests.
Rocky Anderson may just be that person. Check out to find out more about his candidacy. You can do it, Rock.
Dylan read Rocky’s positions on 7 issues to which he responded in detail:
1)     Call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
2)     Split up the “too big to fail” banks
3)     Narrow the gap in the tax rate between wealth and work or investment and labor
4)     Cut defense spending
5)     Tax incentives for hiring in the United States
6)     Universal health care for every citizen
7)     Provide international leadership on climate change
In response to Dylan’s question about the “spoiler effect” Rocky said:
“That’s such a great question because it’s what kept me from getting into this. I was really pondering that for a long time because from my point of view we should never do harm to our country. But I came to the conclusion, and I think this is absolutely fundamental … If we vote for a democrat or a republican in this race we’re simply moving the players around but keeping the system in place. If we want to change the system we need a new paradigm. We need new people who are going to commit to represent the public interest. And that’s exactly why we’re doing what we’re doing in this race.”
Links – Rocky Anderson
Campaign website:  
Videos ~ Rocky Anderson
Rocky Anderson For President 2012 (5:25)
Democracy Now interview [masked])
Nomination acceptance speech:

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