Past presidential candidates Visit the current American presidential candidate selector Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. (Democrat*) Virginia LaRouche is a self-described controversial international political figure. Perennial candidate and purported political cult leader LaRouche is back for an eighth presidential bid. He was candidate for U.S. presidential nomination of Democratic Party: 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000. U.S. presidential candidate, U.S. Labor Party, 1976.
* LaRouche has been excluded from Democratic candidate debates despite LaRouche's reported fund-raising success.
"The formal Democratic parties have disavowed" LaRouche and his surrogate candidates...He has his own party," said Democratic consultant Mark Mellman. "And they have on occasion tried to use the Democratic Party, to take over the Democratic Party, to further their own interests.
"We're a pretty big tent, but the tent doesn't include lunatics and criminals," said Mellman.
A high school graduate, and a repeated college attendee, LaRouche calls himself a "world's leading economist". His conspiracy theories have implicated Queen Elizabeth, "British bankers," the Pope, narcotics producers, Jesuits, Yale University's Skull & Crossbones Society, environmentalists, and many others. Originally a Trotskyite political organizer in the Socialist Workers Party in the 1960s, he formed the now-defunct and neo-fascist US Labor Party, then registered as a Democratic in 1979. LaRouche was convicted and imprisoned on felony fraud charges in the late 1980s related to the fundraising activities of his political organization.
LaRouche was born September 8, 1922, Rochester, New Hampshire. He is married:to Helga Zepp LaRouche, a native and citizen of Germany and Director of the Schiller Institute; political figure of Germany. He was schooled in Rochester, New Hampshire and Lynn, Massachusetts Public Schools; attended Northeastern University during 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947. Management Consultant, Economist 1947-1948, 1952-1972. Founder: (1974) Executive Intelligence Review weekly; Co-Founder: (1975) Fusion Energy Foundation; Member: Schiller Institute.
LaRouche is the author of " So, You Wish To Learn All About Economics?" and "The Science of Christian Economy".
1. Taxes & Spending:
Increase federal spending and taxes--if needed to provide services and protection to the Americans.
Regardless of increases or decreases, it is vitally important that federal spending and taxes are balanced.
Full employment for all Americans should be federal policy.
Advocates a national program modeled after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and its TVA, including a detailed plan to create a "Super-TVA" to upgrade and fix the country's transportation network, with high-speed magnetic rail. Such emergency infrastructure resolution would make millions of jobs, and be the first step toward America becoming a producer society again. His program reportedly influenced Kucinich to announce his running as an "FDR Democrat."
"We must shift from the Wal-Mart to reality. Reality means infrastructure building as the leading edge of a revival of durable goods production."
2. Social Services Funding:
See the article "faith-based looting,"
On Monday, Sept. 3, Democratic Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. denounced the efforts to legalize a so-called ``Faith-based Initiative.'' He stated: ``I have been investigating the development of the Faith-Based Initiative now hitting Congress, and what I see shaping up in the United States, under President George Bush and [Attorney General] John Ashcroft, is a move to turn religion into a form of state-run prostitution.'' He said: ``This measure must be defeated now.''
3. Federal funding of welfare and assistance to unemployed and under-employed individuals and families:
Prefer alternate solutions
"The minimum--the tax exemption on income should match that, and should match the reality of the situation, so we're not taxing people into poverty, into welfare, the first objective."
"So, we have to have a public welfare policy, like an education policy, like a health-care policy, which looks at these problems from the standpoint of the long term, a generation--it takes 25 years to bring a fully educated, professional person, or really an experienced technician, to maturity from birth. And during that period, we have to, in large degree, subsidize the development of that child, and the family that goes with it. Which means that we have to have welfare policies, and other public policies, and taxation policies, which meet that condition. And that's the only way to do it."
"[S]omething like the old Blue Cross/Blue Shield and other programs that we knew from the 1950s and '60s, those kinds of programs, and public welfare assistance, can ensure that the job that needs to be done, will be done."
4. Federal funding of "corporate welfare", which has been defined as "special government subsidies or benefits that are targeted to specific industries or businesses":
Prefer alternate solutions
Now, under those kinds of agreements, it's obvious that we would have to go, properly, to a protectionist system. It is my view that the entire world has to go, to return to a protectionist system, like that of the 1950s, now, like the protectionist system operating, under the IMF, between the United States and Western Europe, for example."
"We must protect and restore national industries, which are essential to nations. We will protect and restore farming, because food production is essential to nations."
5. SECURITY & TERRORISM Since 9-11 the issues of civil rights and liberties have come into conflict with issues of security.
Terrorist suspects should be tried in civilian courts with due process protections (rather than in military tribunals).
"What happened on September 11 was a planned coup against the United States' system. The purpose of the coup was obvious. The purpose of the coup was to bring into play what Cheney represents in terms of his policies and his friends' policies now."
6. FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
It is appropriate for the US to support the formation of a Palestinian state.
It is appropriate for the US to maintain a non-interventionist foreign policy.
It is bad policy for the US to attack an enemy nation pre-emptively.
"Sweeping changes in public education, at all levels."
"[A] "Hill-Burton" approach to higher education -- referring to the 1946 legislation which mandated the provision of quantity and quality of hospital care to every county in the United States."
"The system of public education, the foundation stone of any democratic republic, is almost universally acknowledged to be failing in America. A look at the real problem, whether the proposed solutions are actually good, and the basis for a sound public education."
Support a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Abandon the HMO system entirely. Begin with "a commitment to the General Welfare policy, spelled out in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence."
"We have to go back to that kind of Hill-Burton philosophy, as a way to build the institutions, and to repeal the HMO bill, which is inherently against the general welfare."
Support measures to protect Social Security and Medicare (but excluding privatization).
10. ILLICIT DRUG LAWS:
Prefer alternate solutions
See book, _Dope, Inc._
"Merely typical of the more recent trends of wrong-headedness of official and popular opinion, are the disastrous effects of the 1995-2001 delusion called "the new economy," or the widespread damage done to the economy, and the great and increasing suffering spread among our citizens, by such delusions as belief in "free trade," "deregulation," "share-holder values," "out-sourcing," and "globalization."" "The economic policy-shaping of a rational form of government, tends to focus on using monetary expansion as a driver for modes of technology-driven, long-term capital formation in basic economic infrastructure and production of physical goods and science-related services. This should be done on the assumption that money is an idiot, and money circulated by an independent central banking system, a dangerous lunatic. This should be done under policies of protectionist fair trade and monetary-financial regulation which combine effects to act as a deflationary trend in long-term value of necessary market baskets."