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Walt Brown (Socialist USA) Volunteer attorney, Consumer Justice Alliance. Before that worked as a aircraft riveter; mailman; construction laborer; faculty, Northwestern Law School Educational background: U.S.C., B.A., J.D.; Harvard Law School; Boston University, M.A. (government); U of O, M.L.S. Prior goerenmental experience: U.S. Navy (1944-70); served in Pacific, China during WWII, as special prosecutor in Vietnam. Oregon Senate (1975-87). Malheur County Counsel, Deputy D.A. (1989-91). Family: Married 48 years; wife, Barbara, buried Arlington Cemetery. Three sons: M.B.A., M.D., Ph.D.

Taxes & Spending, Social Services Funding: We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and consumers will take responsibility for and control of production, and residents will take responsibility for and control of their homes, schools, and local government.
For these reasons we call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society's product, in accordance with individual needs.

Welfare: We call for children's allowances in order to satisfy every child's basic rights and needs in a stimulating, empowering, and caring environment.
The Socialist Party stands for a fundamental transformation of the economy, focusing on producing for need not profit, with the goal of a new society without social classes, and without exploitation based on class, race, or gender. We call for a minimum wage of $12 an hour, indexed to the cost of living. We support the provision of a livable guaranteed annual income for those outside the work force. We call for a full employment policy and programs

Socialists change the equation of question number 4, but not in way the pleases corporate America. They would favor federal funding of special government subsidies or benefits that are targeted to specific industries in as much as industry and government would become essentially one entity. "Socialists call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society's product, in accordance with individual needs."

Security & Terrorism: We oppose so-called anti-terrorist measures and criminal code reforms that restrict legitimate dissent.

Foreign Affairs: The Socialist Party stands for unconditional disarmament by the United States and an international treaty outlawing all weapons of mass destruction.

Trade: During the 2000 election Socialists complained that both major party candidates favored free trade and open borders for capital, aiding and advancing the global economy as it further oppressed workers across the globe. And both candidates advanced the New World Order, increasing military spending and the routine occurrence of military intervention and aggression here, there and everywhere.

Education: The Socialist Party recognizes the right of students of all ages to a free, quality education in a safe and supportive environment, and of all school employees to good wages, benefits, and working conditions. We call for full and equal funding of public education, for free tuition at the post-secondary level, and for an end to all public funding and subsidizing of private schools.

Healthcare: The Socialist Party stands for socialized medicine-- a health care system based on universal coverage, salaried doctors and health care workers, and revenues derived from a graduated income tax.

Social Security: The Socialist Party recognizes the right of seniors to a dignified life, freed from economic hardship and discrimination in employment and credit. Adequate housing, income, health care and medication, and access to social services should be guaranteed.

Illicit Drugs: We call for the decriminalization of victimless crimes including substance abuse, and the decriminalization of marijuana.

Gun Policy: Support Gun Control (or maybe just outlaw the production and sale of ammunition)

Abortion Policy: Pro Choice

Environmental Policy: We call for the development of alternative energy sources including solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower, and biomass.

Minority Issues: Brown is a member of the NAACP. We strongly support affirmative action, civil rights, and anti-discrimination laws and programs to end institutional racism. We call for the repeal of all sodomy laws and anti-lesbian and gay restrictions, and the legalization of same-sex unions.

Civil Liberties: The Socialist Party is committed to the rights of free speech, free press, free assembly, freedom of religious choice through the separation of church and state, the freedom of personal privacy, and the right to a safe and healthy environment.

Websites:

  • Party site - Seniors
  • Party site - Pro Choice
  • Party site - Racial issues
  • Party site - Economic issues
  • Party site - Youth allowance
  • Party site - Environment
  • SelectSmart.com - Gun control
  • Party site - Terrorism
  • Party site - Drugs
  • Party site - Healthcare
  • www.concordcoalition.org - The Concord Coalition
  • www.atr.org - Americans for Tax Reform
  • www.ntu.org - National Taxpayers Union
  • www.childrensdefense.org - The Children's Defense Fund
  • www.bipac.org - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
  • www.nra.org - The National Rifle Association
  • www.gunfree.org - The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • www.plannedparenthood.org - Planned Parenthood
  • www.nrlc.org - National Right to Life Committee
  • www.lcv.org - League of Conservation Voters
  • www.naacp.org - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • www.aclu.org - American Civil Liberties Union
  • www.vote-smart.org - Vote-Smart.org