Candidate Profile
Stonewall Jackson Bird

Green, Washington

Biography

Name
Stonewall Jackson Bird
Party
Green
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Liberal

Endorsements

Liberals

1
Green Party of Washington

Reported by Candidate

0
Whatcom Green Party, Washington Green Party

Questionnaire

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Disagree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Agree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Disagree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

No Answer

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Disagree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Agree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Agree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Neutral

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Disagree

I voted in these elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

At the mother's choice

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Stop engaging in terrorism against Muslim countries. Pay restitution for the vast harm that the United States has caused.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The desire to protect the 1% of their day (what James Madison called the "opulent") from the majority.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the social and economic teachings of Jesus. I find Biblical theology a stretch. Many Buddhist teachings resonate with me.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Liberal

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

See my campaign website: stonewallforcongress.org. I note that according to a poll of likely voters across the political spectrum Democrats, Independents and Republicans all support a wide range of domestic programs by majorities of as much as 80%. I also note that the elected Democrats and Republicans are ignoring these voters. The poll of likely voters was taken by the Progressive Change Institute in 2014. You can see the results on my campaign website and also on the Progressive Change Institute website.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Single-payer, allowing the insurance companies only an ancillary role. The fragmented system that we have is an invitation to gouging by the pharmaceutical companies, the insurance companies, and the health care providers. Economists have calculated that the overall cost would actually be less.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Judicious investments in infrastructure - now heading away from projects that stimulate ecological harm. Removing subsidies and tax breaks for big business, the big banks, and financial manipulators. Breaking up the big banks. Returning to the tax rates of the 50s. Instituting a Guaranteed Basic Income. Encouraging small families.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Return to the tax rates prevailing in what for some was a "golden age" in the U.S. - the 50s.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

"Employment" should not be regarded as a necessary end of public policy in and of itself. So many jobs are harmful and meaningless. Increasingly people are realizing that there will not be as many jobs as there are people seeking work so as to make ends meet. What is needed instead is a guaranteed basic income, and a housing program like that of Vienna, Austria. Vienna is rated the most livable city in the world. Over half of the housing is owned either by the municipality or by non-profits. The result is that everyone in the city of 1.8 million has a decent place to live.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Increase the benefits and lift the cap on contributions. Perhaps increase the tax rate as Reagan did at Alan Greenspan's recommendation. Make the tax progressive.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

My work as a corporate lawyer required understanding of government policies in many different spheres. Since ceasing that work - pretty much since 1990 - I have engaged in political activity of many different types and have read widely and deeply about our political life. In 2014-15 I wrote a series of articles for a local citizen-written monthly paper called Whatcom Watch. The articles were on the general theme of impediments to democracy and well-being in the United States. You can find them on Whatcom Watch's website.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

contact@stonewallforcongress.org 360-389-3314

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Sure. The best advice I've received about a campaign like this is: "If you are going to get into a fight, make sure it's one that you will enjoy." This one is a blast.

Background

Education

  • Yale, New Haven, CT, BA, 1967
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, JD, 1973

Work & Military

  • Mobil Oil Corp, Counsel, 1973-77
  • Harris Corp, Counsel, Division Counsel, European Counsel, 1977-1990
  • Whole Energy Fuels Corp, General Counsel and Director, 2006-2010

Affiliations

  • Skagit Transit, Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Skagit Transit, Sec'y, campaign committee
  • Skagit County Democrats, PCO
  • Coal-Free Bellingham, Leader
  • Bike-Walk-Bus Bellingham, member
  • Whatcom Greens, Coordinating Committee
  • Whatcom Transit, Citizens Advisory Panel
  • Whatcom Transit, Strategic Planning Committee

Offices

  • Mount Vernon City Council, Sought 2005
  • Whatcom Charter Review Commission, Sought 2014
 

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