On August 5th, the Barefoot Accountant interviewed Susan Bysiewicz, who is seeking the Connecticut Democratic candidacy for the United States Senate. Part I of the interview, How to Create Jobs, is available on the Barefoot Accountant's website, where a video and a complete transcript has been published.
Part II of the interview, involving her views on free trade agreements, corporate taxation, and campaign finance reform, is included herein. A complete transcript of this portion of the interview is also available at Barefoot Accountant’s interview of Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut candidate for U.S. Senate. Part II: Fair Trade Agreements; Corporate Taxes; Corporate Control of Government.
Running as a Progressive, Susan Bysiewicz argues that free trade has to be fair trade: that is, the playing field has to be leveled for all of its participants by requiring the enforcement of environmental, safety, and labor regulations.
Regarding corporate taxation, Bysiewicz is for eliminating the egregious tax loopholes in the present Internal Revenue Code, suggesting that a possible reduction in the corporate income tax rate may be possible with sufficient elimination of corporate tax loopholes:
"the sad reality is we have the best tax code that money can buy...So if we want to get our country out of this huge hole that we are in, it seems to me that we should revise our tax code...."
Finally, Susan advocates for the passage of a Clean Elections Law, requiring candidates wishing to run for office to demonstrate broad public support by raising a large number of small contributions, after which they would be entitled to receive the same amount of money as other eligible candidates from a clean elections fund.
It is the opinion of the Barefoot Accountant that if Susan Bysiewicz--who has described herself as being very progressive--wishes to win the Democratic nomination for United States Senator from Connecticut, that she has to run to the left of her Democratic rival, United States Representative Chris Murphy, and advocate a more vigorous and passionate progressive agenda than that of Murphy in order to clearly differentiate herself from him to the ever-growing mass of disenchanted lower and middle class voters.
Six more portions of the interview are forthcoming. Stay tuned.