Basic Position Statement

Fed up with the two-party system's inability to solve real people's problems, despite its stranglehold on power? There is a choice in Michigan's Seventh Congressional District: the Green Party nominee for Michigan Congressional District Seven is Richard Wunsch, a seventy year old retired construction worker and business owner. He is best known as the 27-year owner of Volume I Books, in Hillsdale. Over the years, he also owned and operated two other stores (one for new books, the other for used ones). His other real world experiences have included foundry work, school teaching, and taxi driving.

As a business owner, Wunsch's experience tells him that "we must balance the national budget, and cut our indebtedness. We will never solve our other problems until we take control of this fiscal mess.” But where to cut? more

I believe, if we successfully deal with the military industrial complex, the medical industrial complex, and the prison industrial complex, we will have the financial resources to deal with the rest of our problems.

- Wunsch

"We must stop spending trillions of dollars to maintain an American Empire that merely creates animosity toward us around the world. I would much rather have a couple hundred thousand more teachers, firefighters, and first responders than the troops we presently maintain in Europe, Korea and Japan. Plus, the money spent in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and elsewhere around the world could educate all the doctors, nurses and engineers we need. We need to seriously change the way we deal with the rest of the world." more

Amid this dismal catalog of international ills, Wunsch feels that America needs to re-focus its domestic priorities, as well. "Among other things, we should ashcan the Bush and Obama insurance boondoggles that purport to help cure the health care crisis. If we decide we need to provide health care for all, we should extend the Medicare system to all. That would provide better care to all at far less cost. The patchwork system we now have bankrupts families and puts American Corporations at a serious disadvantage around the world. More

Wunsch also believes that it's time for America to re-evaluate its criminal justice spending, and its "stack 'em up like cordwood" sentencing philosophy. “We spend trillions of dollars on a failed ‘Drug War’ where the only success has been to fill the prisons, destroy poor communities, and provide the mass of "jobs" that the whole structure requires. A fraction of the money we now spend on enforcement and imprisonment, spent on rehabilitation and general improvement of the health of drug users, would get far better results. For drug users, rehabilitation and repression don’t go hand in hand, in fact they are polar opposites. more

"I believe, if we successfully deal with the military industrial complex, the medical industrial complex, and the prison industrial complex, we will have the financial resources to deal with the rest of our problems."

Nor is Wunsch at a loss for proposals to deal with America's other problems, including Social Security ("lift the income cap!"), illegal immigration ("go after the employers that take advantage of, and profit from, the situation"), education ("fund it adequately!"), or ending the so-called "Great Recession" ("balance the budget”).