Corruption, politics

Reasons why it’s better if Trump beats Hillary for Progressives

Hillary is the candidate of choice for the establishment and directly on the payroll of big-business lobby interests. Trump, although not at true populist, is still an outsider candidate, mostly self-funded and feared by the establishment.

A Hillary victory rewards and justifies election rigging, no correction for the Democratic party.

Clinton’s re-election campaign. Hillary is an 8 year commitment that will be up for re-election in 2020 against yet another Republican. A Trump presidency makes 2020 another chance to elect a better Democrat than Hillary.

The entire House of Representatives and 33/100 Senate seats are up for re-election in 2018. Hillary guarantees they stay Republican just like under Obama. ‘Sanders Democrats’ running for office have a better chance to rise during a Trump presidency than Hillary. Trump forces the Democratic party to become more progressive more quickly.

Trump is to the left of Hillary on foreign policy. Hillary, a bigger war hawk than Trump, is the candidate of choice for the military industrial complex. Clinton’s record on foreign policy is not a good one.

Trump is to the left of Hillary on trade and has always been against destructive trade deals like TPP. Hillary called TPP the “gold standard” and has supported every trade deal since NAFTA.

Trump has repeatedly said he won’t touch Social Security. If truthful, he is a welcome leftward push for the Republican party. Hillary is another Obama, and Obama tried to cut Social Security using the Chained-CPI under the guise of it being merely an adjustment.

“They should have run Sanders, they lost because of Clinton.” -vs- “America just isn’t ready for Sanders Socialism.. Hillary was the pragmatic, correct choice.” We want people to think the former, not the latter.

A Hillary win means the progressive vote will continue to be taken for granted. Bernie or Bust support will be laughed at if Hillary wins.

If Trump loses to Clinton, the Republicans go back to being the party of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. The populist uprising will be defeated on both sides of the aisle by establishment hero Hillary Clinton.

A Clinton loss means an end to the Clinton/Bush era.

President Hillary Clinton will spend the next 8 years marginalizing and purging anything to do with Bernie Sanders from the party, as the DNC survives under her leadership. A Trump victory means the Democratic party becomes progressive fast, or dies.

 

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politics

Hillary wins! Named most corrupt politician of 2015

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She’s in a dead heat with Trump, loses to several Republicans in the polls, and can’t seem to shake that pesky Bernie Sanders, but nevermind the bad news, it’s time to score a win for Hillary: The nonpartisan watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) named Hillary Clinton at the top of it’s worst ethics violators for 2015!

According to Matthew G. Whitaker, executive director of FACT:

“Elected officials are sent to Washington to follow and uphold the law and so they need to be held to the highest standard of ethics. Even the appearance of impropriety can quickly erode public trust, and Mrs. Clinton is in a league of her own.” said Whitaker. “We will continue to vigorously hold the lantern over unethical behavior so that we have a government that serves the public’s interest, not the self-interests of leaders who think they are beyond reproach.”

FACT cites “overwhelming evidence” that Clinton abused her official position as secretary of state, and is calling for various federal investigations focused on Clinton’s email scandal. According to FACT:

“Those emails remained hidden from the public until earlier this year when it was discovered that Secretary Clinton conducted government business on her private email server and a judge ultimately ordered that she turn over and the State Department release the emails.”

FACT says that according to some of those recently released communications, questions arose about whether Clinton gave special State Department access to a private mining company with ties to her son-in-law, investment banker and hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky. According to Whitaker:

“Her son-in-law received an email from a Goldman Sachs associate that had a representative invested in a company that had a business matter that the State Department is considering regarding deep sea mining. The business associate asked the son-in-law to forward an email. The son-in-law forwards it to Secretary of State Clinton and she forwards it to the State Department for folks to follow up on. Average everyday citizens don’t get that kind of access or the treatment he received.”

Clinton’s daughter Chelsea, who walked right into a high paying Wall Street job directly out of college, married Mezvinsky in 2010. This union has recently made Hillary an abuela. Mezvinsky is apparently a bad investor, losing millions on an incorrect assumption that Greece would have a quick economic recovery. That hasn’t stopped investors from giving Clinton’s son-in-law lots more play money, after all, according to the Free Beacon:

“But if you are a wealthy Democratic donor who places a high value on long-term political access to one of America’s most powerful families, Eaglevale is the fund for you. Wall Street tycoons are clearly ready for Hillary and there are few better ways to show that than by giving money to her son-in-law to play with. He might not be any good at it, but he does know someone who might live in the White House one day. At that’s where the real money gets made.”

That’s not all, the watchdog also cites similar corruption in her campaign:

“FACT has asked the IRS to investigate whether the Clinton Foundation broke federal law by making payments of nearly $350,000 to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign to rent Clinton’s email list after she failed to secure the Democratic nomination. The transaction came at a time the campaign was paying off debt, but Clinton’s ability to fundraise was limited by State Department ethics rules.”

It goes on:

“FACT asked the FEC to investigate illegal interactions between Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and her PAC, Ready for Hillary, over a Ready for Hillary email list with 4 million names which the Clinton campaign received. There is skepticism about the legitimacy of this list swap since Ready for Hillary is an independent Super PAC and Federal law explicitly prohibits a candidate from coordinating with and accepting donations, including an in-kind donation of a mailing list, from a super PAC.”

This notable an achievement from the Democratic front-runner could do much to help her stand out from the other candidates. With a winner like Hillary, the White House is in the bag.

 

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politics

Bernie Sanders schlongs Donald Trump

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Bernie Sanders just nailed Donald Trump in an outright lie, and exposed the fallacies of his being a working class populist.

In a recent interview with Sanders, Bernie says about Trump: “Meanwhile, interestingly enough, John, this is a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage. In fact, he has said that he thinks wages in America are too high. But he does want to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to top three-tenths of one percent.”

Trump went into panic mode after the curtain was pulled on his pretense to populism, in response Trump twitters: “@BernieSanders-who blew his campaign when he gave Hillary a pass on her e-mail crime, said that I feel wages in America are too high. Lie!“

Well, it turns out Sanders did not lie, Trump has said multiple times he believes wages in America are too high.

Here is one example from the first Republican debate: “But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.”

Sorry Trump, lowering wages on workers who can’t afford to save for retirement or pay exorbitant medical bills will not “Make America Great Again.”

Score one – a big one – for the true populist: Bernie Sanders.

Oy Donald, what a putz.

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Media, politics

Turning up the Bern

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The media is against Bernie Sanders and supports Hillary Clinton. Isn’t the media supposed to be impartial? Of course, but it isn’t, and that’s a reality we’re living with.

Hillary is a damaged candidate of declining popularity, regardless of her excellent acting performance in the first DNC debate. There’s still no place to go but down, and with so many democrats soured by Clinton and her obvious corruption, its possible the republicans may win against a Hillary ticket. Big corruption is what Americans detest, even if they can’t agree on the actual problems or how to fix them. Hillary is a face of corruption to both republicans and about 1/3 of democrats according to polls.

Bernie rallied to his base during the debate, probably too much. There are things he could have done differently, and still can, to woo voters from outside his white college-educated northeastern base.

Foreign policy and war: It was frustrating to see Bernie not give an authoritative answer on whether he would go to war if necessary. A large number of Americans are hawks on foreign policy, and I suspect a lot of voters soured with Bernie’s answer. Bernie should have come straight out and said “I will do anything to protect this nation and absolutely yes I will go to war to protect America.” After this he could have added his comments on coalitions and war being the last option, people would have understood.. I mean, if the US was invaded tomorrow, would Bernie go to war? I have no doubt the answer is yes, but he didn’t say that. He lost an opportunity and turned off some voters.

Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. Bernie is right, these countries have smarter social policy, the people live longer and are happier, living with more stability than robber-baron casino capitalism provides, yet capitalism still thrives in these countries. Bernie could have been more sensitive to the landscape of American views on this subject and put things a little differently. He should have presented himself as the next FDR, not the next president of Denmark. Bernie’s message was hurt by not communicating this in the best possible way.

Capitalism: Bernie waffled when he was confronted for not being a capitalist, he ranted about not being for casino capitalism and then left it alone. He never clearly stated that capitalism, as its called and implemented in modern America, isn’t really capitalism. There are no free markets when a few big players control too much, we’re living with corporate socialism, our system is rigged and doesn’t support true free markets and competition. Our government has been a corruptive benefactor to these groups and has stifled free enterprise through cronyism.

Bernie should have come right out and said “Yes I’m a capitalist, I believe strongly in the great things capitalism has done for America and the world.” Americans are distrustful of any candidate that isn’t a capitalist, and in truth, Bernie really is a capitalist. After this declarative statement, Bernie could have continued to talk about how unregulated capitalism needs to be saved from itself, and how a hybrid system of capitalism and socialism was the direction of the 20th century – it worked, and its why we have social security and medicare in the first place. Unfortunately Bernie allowed himself to be painted as a non-capitalist, and this likely hurt. A lot of people just don’t get the whole “big banks” thing or Citizens United, they don’t have the political education and can’t understand why these are important issues, it sounds like a bunch of hippie college stuff to them.

Which leads to talking about tuition free college education, one of the first things mentioned and repeated. This is a great thing and would result in a smarter public, and graduates less saddled with debt would be more able to put that education to good use. There are a lot of people listening to this and thinking their tax money will pay for rich kids to laze around in colleges – its something they can’t relate to. It would have been better if Bernie put more time into talking about universal healthcare, which more people would rally behind than free tuition.

Did Bernie “win” the debate? Yes, because he’s clearly on the side of the people against corporate power. He mopped the floor with Hillary over Wall Street and the decline of America’s middle class, the most pressing issue to many Americans. Thankfully O’Malley attacked Hillary for the same thing.

Hillary made it clear in the debate to those who listened, she will not help the middle class or do anything truly effective against corporate domination of government, and will stand against the fundamental changes needed to bring representation back to the public interest. Hillary stands for corruption and she should lose for this reason alone, because its the most important issue of our time. There are several more debates, and time is on the side of Bernie, but he needs to connect more effectively to the unconverted and focus less on his base.

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history, politics

To fear Bernie Sanders socialism is to fear 20th century America

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America in the 20th century was a proud social democracy. It can be hard to put history in perspective when politics in America have been pushed – inch by inch – toward extremism by a two-party system running in the same direction.

That direction is the Gilded Age, the America of the late 1800s. The Gilded Age is a term Mark Twain coined meaning a glittering surface with a rotting core – sound familiar? It was America’s closest brush with fascism. An authoritarian age of mass injustice and political corruption, robber barons bought off politicians ensuring a miserable existence and short life-span for the average worker.

This led to bloody strikes and the labor movement. America overcame this period of unregulated greed with common-sense regulation and the New Deal, leading to a social democratic America caring about the quality of life of citizens. Things like Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, and the GI Bill all poured from that same fountain. America changed and the world changed with it.

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Where are we now? What has America become? We now have a mass media misinforming the public, labeling the ideas of 20th century America: radical, extremist, socialist, communist, nazi. Like a soviet propaganda machine, this media charade is puppeteered by robber barons, just like during our more primitive gilded age.

The truth is, a complex organized society needs elements of socialism. Without this the law of the jungle prevails, and socialism comes anyway in other forms. Corporate socialism has become increasingly prevalent and authoritarian as the 21st century advances, and may even be called a defining feature.

The excuses given for 20th century America being ripped away – under the feet of the working class and poor – is presented as economic efficiency; They say it costs too much money.

What, then, is the gain? In this age of under-regulated greed, most Americans seem to be poorer in both wallet and spirit. There’s no real economic reason to repeal the New Deal. Its just a hit-job, perpetrated by ever more radical politics forced on us by merciless 21st century robber barons: American fascism.

The story of the 20th century was the story of the triumph of American social democracy.

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