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Below you’ll find the major policy positions of third-party presidential candidates Jill Stein, of the Green Party, and Gary Johnson, Libertarian. Most information was taken from the candidates’ websites, which lists candidates’ ideas, but not how these ideas would potentially be implemented.

Economy:

  • Stein promises to cut taxes on the “poor and middle class” and raise taxes for the “richest” Americans (she does not define what income level constitutes these titles). Also, she favors the creation a $15/hour federal minimum wage
  • Johnson believes the government currently over-regulates businesses, and only powerful corporations benefit from it. He favors single flat rate consumption tax at the same rate for all goods and all people.

Civil Liberties:

  • Stein advocates for gun control measures, supports the legalization of marijuana, and opposes government surveillance of citizens.
  • Johnson opposes gun control measures, supports the legalization of marijuana, and opposes government surveillance of citizens.

Foreign Policy/Military:

  • Stein proposes to cut military spending in half, ban drone warfare, and remove the U.S.’s nuclear weapons.
  • Johnson wants to avoid foreign intervention unless approved by Congress with a clear goal and cut back on foreign aid spending.

Immigration:

  • Stein aims to demilitarize borders and end the deportations of law abiding, undocumented immigrants.
  • Johnson promises to make work visas easier to obtain and give pre-existing immigrants a path to citizenship.

Criminal Justice:

  • Stein wants to end the failed war on drugs and treat drug abuse as a health issue instead of a criminal issue. She aims to end police brutality and institutional racism in the justice system while demilitarizing police.
  • Johnson calls for an end to the war on drugs, which he believes unfairly targets minorities and the poor. He proposes to treat drug abuse as a health issue instead of a criminal issue and believes that marijuana legalization will make communities safer and decrease incarceration rates.

Education:

  • Stein aims to provide free public education from pre-school to university, abolish student debt, and abolish Common Core.
  • Johnson believes having a choice in where your child attends school will create competition to improve both public and private schools. He wants to abolish Common Core, because he believes local government should have more of the influence.

Environment:

  • Stein proposes to address climate change by banning pesticides that harm bees, transition to renewable energy sources, and ban nuclear power.
  • Johnson plans to address climate change by punishing polluters and letting the people and innovators choose which forms of clean energy to pursue, not the government.

Health Care:

  • Stein promises to provide government-funded healthcare for all citizens.
  • Johnson advocates for fully privatized healthcare.

Find out more about voting third party here.

(Information collected from http://www.jill2016.com/, https://www.johnsonweld.com/, and http://www.ontheissues.org/.)

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