What we progressives should do to create a new, democratic, more egalitarian society

[Hank Bardel is the 2017 Green Party candidate for Staten Island Borough President.]

hank_fbThe problems in this world of poverty, unemployment, low wages, environmental problems, homelessness, war, legal and illegal drug abuse, alcoholism, racism, ethnic scapegoating and lack of adequate healthcare are basically caused by a maldistribution of wealth.The 1% who are the multimillionaires and the billionaires own 38% of the wealth in the United States.They also get a large percentage of the income through their corporations.This situation also exists in countries around the world.

What we have to do is  create a real democracy, A democracy where we get all the facts we need to make intelligent decisions. We need to get the facts and then through logic make the intelligent decisions democratically to make good laws.
We also have to redistribute the wealth in a more equitable manner. We have to have a progressive income tax starting with single people making over $150,000.00 and married people making over $200,000.00, to the wealthy making $10,000,000,00 or more. At the $10,000,000.00 level then we should start taxing at 90%. We also have to have an estate tax after excluding the first $5,000,000.00.
We live in a country where we have a mixed economy. By that I mean our economy. in the business and government sectors. that consists of corporations like General Motors,   small businesses, medium size businesses, partnerships like  law firms, cooperatives like Welch’s grape jelly , worker cooperatives like Cooperative Home Care Associates, non-profits like United Way and Federal, State and local government organizations that deliver services.
 I think that we should keep our mixed economy. However I believe that we have to have strong regulations that regulate all organizations. We should keep our mixed economy because all organizations can perform very efficiently. If an organization survives and delivers a good or service we should keep it. We could also mandate like in Germany that corporations give workers a seat on the board of directors. Opening up your own business can be very creative.
Our foreign policy should be based on diplomacy. We should also have an adequate military to defend ourselves.As far as the military goes we should be aware as President Dwight Eisenhower warned us in 1961 about “the unwarranted acquisition of influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex”.
Economically we have to realize that we have 2 important forces in economics. They are supply and demand, To make our economy work and work efficiently we have to have supply and an equal amount of demand. When our supply side (our goods and services) is set up we have to have an equal amount of demand (people with enough money to buy back the goods and services being produced). This is what causes a healthy equitable economy. It’s as simple as that.
Henry Bardel

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Election Day Report

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Hi Everybody,

Yesterday, on Election Day 11/8/16, I received 3,607 votes — 2,173 on Staten Island and 1,434 in the Brooklyn portion of the district (1.7%} — on my campaign for Congress in the NYS Eleventh Congressional District. I received more votes than I did in 2014 when I ran for Congress and got 2,687 votes.

You can look up election results in New York State by visiting the NYS Board of Elections website.

Hank Bardel

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Campaign Notes: Make Food Not War Dinner

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Hi Everybody,
On 10/22/16, Saturday, I attended the Staten Island Peace Action  Make Food Not War Dinner at the Olivet Presbyterian Fellowship Hall on Staten Island. It was also an awards ceremony and three awards were given to 4 Staten Islanders who are promoting peace in the world.
At the dinner, I talked to the diners and gave out my campaign fliers. I talked about my campaign and how we should use diplomacy with countries around the world instead of militarism to have a peaceful world.
Hank Bardel.

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Muslim Political Club Candidates Forum

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On Sunday 10/9/16 I went to the Muslim Political Club Forum that was held at the Blue Heron Nature Center on Poillon Avenue on Staten Island. I spoke for 5 minutes and was asked questions for about 15 minutes. I spoke about improving the economy, ending poverty, improving the environment and our infrastructure, and ending wars and ethnic scapegoating. My Democrat Party Candidate opponent Richard Reichard was there and also spoke and answered questions, My incumbent Republican Party opponent Dan Donovan didn’t show up.

Hank Bardel

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Campaign Notes – Ft. Hamilton Candidates Forum

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On 10/5/16 I went to the Fort Hamilton Senior Center and participated in a forum with my opponent, Democrat Richard Reichard, and gave our views on the economy, the environment, healthcare, US foreign policy, taxes and our infrastructure. Dan Donovan, Republican incumbent, did not show up. We sat at a table in front of the audience. We also answered many questions from the audience.

Hank Bardel

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Campaign Notes – LWV Voters Guide

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Hi Everybody,
On Wednesday, September 28th, I submitted my responses to the League of Woman Voters New York State voter’s guide. Please take the time to read my responses to learn more about my campaign and what I will do in Congress, if elected, to improve the economy, the environment, our roads and highways and our mass transit system. We need to get serious about these things before it’s too late. Also check  out what my congressional opponents want to do and compare them.
Hank

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Campaign Notes: Leafleting at Ferry Terminal

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Hi Everybody,
On Monday 9/26/16, before the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates were to have their exclusive debate, I was at the South Ferry Staten Island Terminal in front of the building handing out my new campaign leaflets. I handed out about 50 or 60 leaflets. Some people recognized me from my previous campaigns and greeted me cordially.
Hank

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Campaign Notes – Labor Day barbecue

Hi Everybody,
On Labor Day 9/5/16 I was invited to a barbecue held every year by politically progressive Staten Islanders. It was held in Willowbrook Park on Staten Island. There were about 75 people there. I spoke to many of them about my campaign and explained my positions. I also gave out literature and the Green Party Ten Key Values.
Hank Bardel

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Campaign Notes – Candidates Forum at Da Noi

NYSNAOn Thursday 9/1/16, I gave a talk at the New York State Nurses Association Staten Island Candidates Forum. It was held at the Da Noi  Restaurant on Staten Island. I talked for about 4 or 5 minutes about what I stand for like Universal Healthcare, jobs programs like the WPA, rebuilding our infrastructure, protecting our environment and paying off student loans. I pointed out that we can pay for all this by taxing the 1%, the wealthy, the way we did in the 1940’s,1950’s and 1960’s, at 90%.I then answered questions for a few minutes.
Hank Bardel

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Endorsement: Demand Universal Healthcare

DUH-logo-resizedHank was endorsed today by the organization Demand Universal Healthcare, along with a number of Green, independent, and Bernie Sanders endorsed candidates. Our thanks to them for recognizing the commitment by Hank and all Green candidates to the fight for a single payer, “Medicare-For-All” healthcare system. Healthcare is a fundamental human right.

Click here to visit their website and view the entire candidates list.

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