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My name is Eric Schechter; I’m a retired math professor in Nashville. I’m running for US Senate, because the money parties aren’t saying what needs to be said: Our culture is very sick; we need to change it.
Peace. Half your taxes go to unprovoked wars based on lies, to fatten the profits of weapons companies. They in turn fatten the campaign coffers of most congress members. If we want to “make America great again,” a good first step would be halting the mass murder of our cousins overseas.
Prosperity. We have government of the people, by the rich, for the rich. Most of us already knew that, but Gilens and Page proved it statistically in 2014. The rich, if you’re not among them, say you’re lazy, and punish you with trickle-down and austerity economics, making things worse.
Productivity keeps rising – that’s goods produced per hour of labor – so why are we in “hard times”? The aftermath of the 2008 crash is a booming stock market for the rich and lower-paying jobs for the rest of us. Many experts expect an even bigger crash soon.
Let’s turn things around. Stop subsidizing oil, corn, industrial meat, and tax cuts for the rich, and start subsidizing solar panels, mass transit, and national healthcare. And let’s talk about the inequality, alienation, and lethal externalities caused by markets.
Sustainability. Politicians paid by oil companies shouldn’t be respected above scientists. Global warming is real, and feedback loops are speeding it up. Already, it’s causing fires, floods, crop failures, thousands of deaths, and billions of dollars’ storm damage, and that’s just the beginning. Governments are doing too little about it. If we don’t do a lot more immediately, we’ll be the last generation.
My campaign. Our government runs on bribes, but I’m not accepting any donations, so I’ll have no paid advertisements. But if you like this campaign statement, spread the word – tell your friends: http://www.LeftyMathProf.org/tn2020
2018 Oct 27, version 3.13. The leaflet version fits on two sides of a third of a page.