I really wasn’t going to write about Jill Stein anymore, but this response from her campaign was just too much. In a recent episode John Oliver called out some of the issues both Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had with their proposed policies. One of Stein’s main policies is about removing student debt, but really hasn’t explained how that will happen as Oliver discusses below:
The “quantitative easing” that Stein proposes will not work, but instead of actually defending her position, she accuses Oliver of being bought by the Hillary campaign. Seriously. Here is her campaign’s official reply (emphasis theirs):
Oliver got it woefully, intentionally wrong. Gosh, it was almost as if they weren’t interested in the truth. It’s almost as if they just wanted to do a hatchet job…
Oh, all right. We’ll come clean – John Oliver and his cronies at Time/Warner obviously knew what they were doing….lol! Oliver stated flatly that Jill doesn’t understand the policy implications of using quantitative easing to cancel student debt.
The show’s staff was told by the campaign that Jill was considering several mechanisms to cancel student debt – including using quantitative easing. Quantitative easing is technically possible, but would be very difficult politically. Our society has the resources to provide world-class free higher education to all, and whether we find the resources by canceling the F-35 fighter jet program, reinstating Wall Street transaction taxes, or some other way, all that’s missing to free 43 million Americans from crushing debt is the political will.
Okay, so Jill Stein still doesn’t explain how quantitative easing would work or what the other mechanisms are. Instead, she accuses Oliver and his “Time Warner cronies” of doing a “hatchet job.” Stein also posted this meme on her Facebook suggesting that Oliver is a paid shill in some part of a conspiracy.
There will always be the John Oliver’s of the world. His hands are far from clean – he’s a millionaire, yet proclaims bailing out students in debt as a wholly unworkable plan. Plus, his employer – Time Warner – is among Hillary’s top 10 donors!
This is the height of hypocrisy from Jill Stein. Stein argues that Oliver, a millionaire, cannot care about helping out students. Yet, Jill Stein herself is also a multi-millionaire! Finally, Stein argues that this episode drastically hurt her campaign funding:
But here’s the problem: his program is watched by a lot of people and the day after his show, our unsolicited web contributions dropped by 60%, from an average of $7,000 – $10,000 a day to about $3,000 a day. Ouch.
Or maybe people have finally realized that Stein is completely unqualified to be president?