New York State Demands To Know "Where Are The F#$%-ing Jobs?" In Hawkins Campaign Video For Green New Deal

Howie Hawkins for Governor Media Release -

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2010

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Attacking the very notion of a "jobless recovery", Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins' latest video contrasts reports of renewed Wall Street profits with people on the street passionately questioning why we haven't seen as significant an increase in employment.


Hawkins campaign staffer Michael O'Neil, who was involved in making the spot, noted that "people were eager to sound off. They would laugh and say 'yeah, actually we were just talking about this before you walked up!' The brutal unemployment out there is on everyone's mind."


Hawkins and the Green Party have relentlessly campaigned for the vision of a "Green New Deal" in New York State, with goals including full employment, a sustainable green economy through public investment in renewable energy and clean manufacturing, statewide universal health care coverage, and a living wage for the minimum wage.


"Government should be the employer of last resort and stimulate the economy," asserts Hawkins. "The worst thing to do is cut state spending, cut taxes for the rich, and provide corporate welfare tax incentives to businesses. That hasn't worked for 15 years, yet Andrew Cuomo is threatening more of the same."


The video notes that Hawkins' Democrat and Republican opponents will continue to rebate $16 billion in Stock Transfer Tax revenue back to Wall Street, money which could finance a green jobs program. With New York still mired in the greatest recession in 70 years, and more than 800,000 New Yorkers "officially" out of work, Hawkins finds it bizarre that Cuomo and Carl Paladino plan to give away billions while failing to address the critical need for a major jobs program in their platforms.


"The Greens have taken up the New Deal because the New Democrats sound like the old Republicans, and New Republicans sound like the old Know-Nothing Party," explains Hawkins. "A Green New Deal can help solve the unemployment crisis and the environmental crisis."






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