Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Green Party Town Hall on CNN: cancel student debt

CNN held a 90-minute town hall for the Green Party presidential and vice-presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, writeup here.

Jill Stein called for forgiveness of student loan debts, most of which she said are owned by the federal government.  This would increase spending power of young adults who can’t find adequate jobs to match what they spent of college educations.  No wonder Peter Thiel regards college as a ripoff or scam and funds entrepreneurs to drop out!

Stein actually admitted that Donald Trump has raised valid criticisms of past US policy, especially in Iraq. But she said that ISIS cannot be viewed as an existential threat to the US.  She seemed to overlook the novelty of asymmetric threats (like dirty bombs, EMP, etc), or even unusual targeting of ordinary Americans.
She indicated she had changed her position on vaccinations, not opposing them since mercury has been removed.

Baraka (an ironic last name) said that Obama had behaved like an Uncle Tom or token black president. Under his administration police profiling has gotten worse.

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