US House of Representatives
Gary Swing ran as a Green for US House of Representatives in CO.
District: District 1
Election Day: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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About Gary Swing
|WHO IS GARY SWING?
Gary Swing is a cultural events promoter who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Gary grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey in 1968 and moved to Colorado in 1990. Gary worked previously as a public policy researcher. He has a BA in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Gary is a bicycle commuter, a vegetarian, and childfree by choice.
In 2007, Gary became the sixteenth person to climb all of Colorado’s 637 mountains over 13,000 feet. He was interviewed by Fourteenerworld:
In 2008, Gary thru hiked the Appalachian Trail, which runs 2,175 miles from Georgia to Maine. In 2009, he finished walking the 481 mile long Colorado Trail. In 2011, Gary backpacked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada, through California, Oregon and Washington. He has also section hiked about 2,760 miles of the 3,100 mile long Continental Divide Trail, including about 1,540 miles of it in 2012.
Gary Swing was a Green Party candidate for state representative in Denver in 1996 and a Green Party candidate for US Representative in 2010.
|THE SWING VOTE CAMPAIGN PLATFORM:
Uphold the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war.
Establish a National Truth Commission to publicly expose the crimes of the US government. Prosecute war criminals. Convict Barack Obama and George W. Bush for their crimes against humanity.
Abolish weapons of mass destruction.
Reduce the current US military budget by 90%. Remove all US armed forces from foreign nations and restrict them to non-offensive territorial defense of the United States.
End foreign military aid. Prohibit international military arms sales by the US government and US corporations.
Stop the US government’s political interference in foreign elections, including the funding of political parties and candidates. Eliminate public funding for the CIA front, the “National Endowment for Democracy,” which has spent more than $1 billion to rig foreign elections.
Eliminate presidential elections, which are meaningless shams, and decentralize political authority. Switch to a parliamentary system with a weak chief executive selected by Congress. Congress should be able to remove the executive at any time on a vote of “no confidence.”
Abolish the U.S. Senate. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives by the proportional representation voting method used to elect Australia’s Senate. Voters could either cast a simple vote for their favorite party or rank individual candidates in their order of preference. This would function like an “open party list” system, using the single transferable vote and regional party lists. Such a proportional voting system would secure fair representation for a diverse population and ensure that nearly all voters would be able to elect a representative of their choice.
Support a national initiative and referendum process, public campaign financing, campaign spending limits, equal time for qualified candidates, open debates including ballot-qualified minor party candidates and verifiable ballots.
Rescind NAFTA and GATT. Support “fair trade” policies, freedom of travel, and international work permits that are not tied to a specific employer.
Abolish the CIA, TSA, and Selective Service System. Repeal the Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act.
Replace the federal income tax with a “fair tax” (national sales tax) to discourage consumption while encouraging saving and investment. Secure a baseline income with monthly rebates. Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in the cost of new products.
End the private Federal Reserve Bank’s control over US monetary policy and restore it to the Treasury Department.
End corporate welfare bailouts that transfer wealth from the poor to the rich while generating trillions of dollars in national debt.
Create a single payer national health insurance system.
We should fully fund family planning programs at all levels and promote public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. World population has grown rapidly from 1 billion in 1804 to 2 billion in 1927, 3 billion in 1960 and 7 billion in 2011. World population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2040. In 2010, a World Wildlife Foundation study estimated that human ecological impact now exceeds the Earth’s carrying capacity by 50%. About 5% of the world’s population lives in the United States, but the US accounts for 25% of global consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. If the average human had the same ecological impact as the average American, the Earth could not sustain a population of more than 1.5 billion people. Achieving a sustainable human population requires both a reduction in global birth rates substantially below replacement level and a major reduction in our per capita ecological impact.
The peak of global oil production will have profound consequences for a global economy that is deeply dependent upon petroleum products for energy, transportation, food production and many consumer products. We must reduce consumption and develop a “steady-state” (sustainable) economy.
Support international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Stop subsidizing fossil fuels and nuclear energy. No oil from tar sands or shale oil development. Support conservation and energy efficiency. Convert to solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal power. Decentralize energy production.
Stop subsidizing petrochemical agriculture and animal farming. Apply cruelty laws to farmed animals. Promote permaculture, organic farming and urban agriculture.
Fully legalize marijuana. Decriminalize possession of small quantities of other drugs for personal use. No new prisons. Focus drug control efforts on prosecuting traffickers of hard drugs and financiers involved in laundering drug money. Crack down on drug-related political corruption.
No more logging in old growth forests. Support reforesting.
Support equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation
|Why Vote For Gary Swing:|
|Read the blog to see some of my campaign statements. |
|Here are the official results from my 2010 Congressional election. I finished third out of five candidates, ahead of the Libertarian and Constitition Party candidates:
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 112th UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 1
Diana DeGette (DEM) 140,073 67.42%
Mike Fallon (REP) 59,747 28.76%
GARY SWING (GRN) 2,923 1.41%
Clint Jones (LIB) 2,867 1.38%
Chris Styskal (ACN) 2,141 1.03%
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|Mail: ||Gary Swing for Congress|
| ||6000 W. Yale Avenue|
| ||Denver, CO 80227|
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