Future Kulture, Nordic GPS, Lavoz magazine, La Familia Stop & Shop and The Transnational Advocacy Group, all endorse Ben Mitchell for the Democratic primaries in Vermont, USA. We believe in his platform and the issues he raises and believes in. We will be a platform promoting his campaign activities and goals. We hope you will share our support for Ben Mitchell and will support his campaign. Thank you. Raymond Marcel Andrews.
Social Democrat Ben Mitchell Announces Congressional Candidacy.
Westminster, Vermont: Social Democrat Ben Mitchell is formally announcing his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives at the Westminster Town Meeting on Saturday, March 3. A Westminster resident for more than twenty years, Mr. Mitchell describes himself as “an insurgent, anti-corporate Congressional candidate, bringing the principle of Democracy back to the Democratic Party by putting people before corporate donors.”
In an effort to get money out of politics, Mr. Mitchell is a part of a wave of more than fifty Congressional candidates around the country inspired by Bernie Sanders’ successful campaign funded by many small donations, rather than corporations and PACS. These candidates are fighting for voters, not donors in an effort to bring integrity back to the party. The upcoming election on August 14, 2018 is the first time Mitchell will enter a Democratic Primary.
Recently featured in the Burlington Free Press urging residents to reject basing F-35’s in South Burlington, Mr. Mitchell speaks frankly the need to stand up to the corrupting power of corporate money. Whether it’s Lockheed Martin or the NRA, Mitchell exposes the influence of the war profiteers, the healthcare profiteers, financial and energy conglomerates who control our democracy with their money.
In his piece on the F-35, Mitchell points out, “Burlington owns the airport, so South Burlington has no control over its own town. Burlington has been trying to force the F-35 base on South Burlington for years. This is not neighborly, and it is not democratic. It’s more like municipal imperialism: corporations finance the levers of democracy and pocket $400 billion.”
Mr. Mitchell’s platform is available on his campaign website at: www.mitchellforcongress.org.
He holds the pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opiate crisis, pushes a carbon tax to slow down global warming and supports a way Vermont can pull public capital from commercial banks loyal to wall street and the fossil fuel industry through banking.
Center for A New Mainstream
La Familia Stop & Shop
The Transnational Advocacy Group
Mitchell has collected a robust campaign team working across Vermont, and is the second candidate to come forward to challenge incumbent Peter Welch who has previously accepted contributions from the NRA, the pharmaceutical industry, military industrial interests as well as receiving the endorsement of Vermont’s Republican Party.
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Highlighting Welch’s sponsorship of a bill protecting the pharmaceutical industry from the DOJ.
On The issues
Corporate Democracy and the Military Industrial Complex
Vermont does not need the The F-35, Joint Strike Fighter to be based in in South Burlington, the state’s highest-density population area. The F-35 is a nuclear-capable fighter-bomber. The military industrial establishment, with the unqualified support of Vermont’s Corporate Democrats, has spent more than a decade trying to base the F-35 in South Burlington. The F-35 has been in development since 1992, costing more than $400 billion, and it is still unfit to deploy. The Pentagon’s 2017 review of the F-35 notes that the F-35 has more than 200 deficiencies, one of them being an inability to shoot straight. We need to end the systemic corruption of the military industrial complex. One third of the annual military budget could provide a guaranteed minimum income to every US Citizen, and we would still spend more than China, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia combined.
OPIATE CRISIS: This Is the Time for action.
Vermont’s representatives must join the fight to address the opioid crisis at its source: pharmaceutical companies. Now is the time to hold Purdue and the rest accountable for what they have done. Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, California and Rhode Island have all initiated lawsuits over the pharmaceutical industry’s false, deceptive and unfair marketing and/or unlawful diversion of prescription drugs. This is a story of corruption in league with the pre-lawsuit tobacco industry, and the Corporate Democrats stand on the sideline awkwardly stuffing money into their pockets.
Climate Change and Public Power
We need to take immediate action to limit the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere or face increased devastation – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, extinction of species. We need to tax carbon and invest the proceeds in a diversified, clean energy network, owned by local municipalities. If we invest in hydroelectric baseload and instal photovoltaic solar assemblies on every municipal building – schools, town halls, police and fire departments, even public universities and hospitals, we can reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, lowers taxes and drive down the cost of energy for working families. The energy revolution is here. It is time to address climate change by standing up to energy companies that only work to preserve their entitlement to your monthly check.
Economic Democracy — Public Banking
Rather than handing off the management of our federal tax reserves to private banking interests who gamble on Wall Street for the profit of the too-big-to-fail banks, we need to bring management of the taxpayers money back under the checks and balances of our democratically elected representatives. A good model is the bank of North Dakota. In 1919, North Dakota farmers found themselves at the mercy of Wall Street, so they they established the Bank of North Dakota. The taxpayers money is held in a public trust which functions like a bank investing in the community — mortgages, bonds, economic development loans. Even during the “Great Recession,” the 2007 economic collapse, North Dakota maintained a budget surplus, low unemployment and no public debt. Our current private system is so corrupted by the drive for immediate profit, they manufacture a series of corruption “bubbles” that inevitably pop. A few Oligarchs and corporate brokerage houses become billionaires, leaving the working people to pay the consequences. The Savings and Loan Crisis of the 80s, the Tech/Energy Bubble of the 90s, the Subprime, Mortgage Backed Securities collapse — Remember? Can you believe how shamelessly they are doing it again — cutting taxes and increasing spending like drunken pirates to create the next get-rich-quick bubble in who knows what — Cryptocurrency?
#MeToo and #Time’s Up
With the #MeToo and #Time’s Up movements in full swing, I recognize that my perspective as a white man might seem already well represented in Washington. But I am a Democratic Socialist and that perspective is not. We find ourselves at a moment when the people are so disgusted with Washington’s blatant corruption, we have the chance to push the conversation back toward economic democracy, public ownership, shared responsibility and the common good. More than a hundred years of corporate propaganda have driven policy debates so far to the right that even common sense has become radical. I am committed to bringing a Democratic Socialist voice into the 2018 debate. Nevertheless, if a female candidate with a commitment to economic democracy, people before corporations and public financing of elections enters the August 14th Democratic Primary, I will withdraw and support her candidacy. I recognize the forces preventing women from entering the public debate are powerful in VT, but so is the opportunity presented by this moment.
Vermont faces real, critical issues demanding federal action: addiction and mass incarceration, health care, climate change, military industrial profiteering, even the rise of white nationalism — It can feel completely overwhelming. But now is the time for honest voices to step into the conversation.
On the military budget, healthcare policy, the energy revolution and federal monetary policy — now is the time to try Democracy For a Change.