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Why Hillary Clinton is By No Means a Shoe-In in My Book

Hillary Clinton via Department of State

(Image via U.S. Department of State)

From David Corn over at Mother Jones magazine:

Hillary Clinton’s Goldman Sachs Problem  —  She talks populism, but hobnobs with Wall Street

A few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton delivered a much-touted policy speech at the New America Foundation in Washington, where she talked passionately about the financial plight of Americans who “are still barely getting by, barely holding on, not seeing the rewards that they believe their hard work should have merited.” She bemoaned the fact that the slice of the nation’s wealth collected by the top 1 percent—or 0.01 percent—has “risen sharply over the last generation,” and she denounced this “throwback to the Gilded Age of the robber barons.” Her speech, in which she cited the various projects of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation that address economic inequality, was widely compared to the rhetoric of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the unofficial torchbearer of the populist wing of the Democratic Party. Here was Hillary, test-driving a theme for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, sticking up for the little guy and trash-talking the economic elites. She decried the “shadow banking system that operated without accountability” and caused the financial crisis that wiped out millions of jobs and the nest eggs, retirement funds, and college savings of families across the land. Yet at the end of this week, when all three Clintons hold a daylong confab with donors to their foundation, the site for this gathering will be the Manhattan headquarters of Goldman Sachs.

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This is a case of actions speaking louder — way louder — than words.  I don’t trust her.

 

June 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM Leave a comment

Oops: GOP Rep. Mark Amodei (NV) Happy About Bowe Bergdhal’s Release Until He Gets the Memo

You know the saying:  If you post something on the Internets it’s going to be there forever.  Too bad House Republican Mark Amodei of Nevada didn’t get the memo about how he should be really, really mad at President Obama for rescuing Bowe Bergdhal before he posted this now-deleted tweet.  It was up for 15 hours before it was deleted at 10:19 a.m. on June 1.

Mark Amodei Tweet via Politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com

Yikes, big OOPS there.

Gee.  I wonder if we can take anything from this as in maybe — ya think? — the conservative media blitz we’re living through right now is all about hating on Democrats and the 2014 election?

Nah.  They’d never do that.  They care about creating jobs, jobs, jobs, right?

Thanks to Politwoops (deleted tweets from politicians).

Oh, and there’s this inconvenient fact which I’m sure you’re hearing and reading everywhere as we speak:  White House first discussed Bergdahl prisoner exchange with lawmakers in 2011

 

 

June 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM Leave a comment

What the Hell is Barack Obama’s White House Thinking?

President Obama is holed up in the D.C./White House bubble, and has been for lo the the last six years, but one would hope and think he’d appoint advisers who are in touch with reality and with the pulse of his party. I mean, there is an election coming up.

But no.  This is so shockingly tone-deaf:

Obama At wallmart 5-1014

What.  Are.  They.  Thinking?

Oh, and btw, Obama went to Walmart to promote solar energy.  If you’re like me, you’re shaking your head. Walmart = solar energy?  Really?

Ugh.

 

May 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM Leave a comment

If Banks and Oil Companies Can Write Off Their Expense, Why Can’t Teachers?

This is what happens to the tax system when it’s permissible for corporate lobbyists to throw megabucks at people who are supposed to represent, ah, We the People. Hardscrabble teachers’ (and other) unions crawl on their hands and knees in an attempt to be heard but they aren’t.  They don’t have the

$5,000 bill

(Image via Wikipedia)

This is so wrong:

Tweet of the Day 5-10-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM 1 comment

The Heart of What Ails Us

My Tweet of the Day is a big yep.  It’s complicated of course but in a nutshell, this is where we are:

Tweet of the Day 5-6-14

May 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM Leave a comment

This Presidential Library Thing is Out of Control

Pyramids via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikimedia)

Democrats in Illinois plan to spend — get this — $100,000,000.00 to lure Barack Obama’s presidential library to the state:

The Democrats, who run this state, regularly fret over Illinois’s financial woes — the unpaid bills, the mortifying credit ratings, the benefits cuts to save one of the nation’s most underfunded pension systems. But then there is the dream of becoming home to Barack Obama’s presidential library, which is, it seems, a whole different matter.

“In this case, we’re talking about a son of Illinois who became president of the United States,” Michael J. Madigan, the longtime Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, said on Wednesday, urging fellow lawmakers to pledge $100 million in state money [as in taxpayer dollars] as a way to help lure the presidential library here — and away from other states with claims on the president’s history, like New York and Hawaii.

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That’s fu*ked up.  But it gets worse:

Richard Nixon’s presidential library cost $25,000,000. Jimmy Carter’s presidential library cost $26,000,000. George H. W. Bush’s presidential library cost $43,000,000. Bill Clinton’s presidential library cost $165,000,000. George W. Bush’s presidential library cost $250,000,000. The estimated cost of building Obama’s presidential library are coming in at $500,000,000.

A half a billion dollars for a presidential library.

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The presidential library is like the American version of the pyramids.

 

May 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Kill Minimum Wage Increase

GOP Dinasour

I hope headlines around the country tomorrow read like this:

Senate Republicans Block Vote on Bill Hiking National Minimum Wage

Senate Republicans Wednesday killed a bill that would have increased the minimum wage gradually to $10.10 an hour. They said it would cost employers too much and cut jobs.

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We’re not talking “liberal media” here, we’re talking facts.  The Republicans killed the bill.  Period.  I don’t want to see headlines like:  “Senate Fails to Approve Minimum Wage Increase.” I want to see headlines like the one above. Republicans killed the bill, the Senate as a whole didn’t.

 

April 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM Leave a comment

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