Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Hillary Clinton Constant: Show Her the Money

Here’s what we know about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is ambitious Very ambitious She is mendacious An inveterate liar She is a populist A faux populist Senator Sanders said it best: “You can’t say that you are a moderate on one day and be a progressive on another day.” Senator Sanders has been a steadfast Progressive, whose views have not changed with the blowing wind or the audience. She is avaricious Show Hillary the money The latest revelations about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs reinforces the image of the one constant in her career. To paraphrase Jerry McGuire “Show her the money.” Anderson Cooper asked her why she took the Goldman Sachs $675,000? Her response was “Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered.” She could have said “No” to Goldman Sachs and the other financial interests, which have contributed over $100 million to her political campaigns, foundations, and finances. The financial industry, aka Wall Street, has contributed $2.9 million to her Presidential campaign through 2015 and another $14.3 million to a PAC supporting her election. What did she say that was worth $675,000 to Goldman Sachs? There are supposedly no recordings, but they are transcribed. The Washington Post has sought the transcripts for several weeks, but she is stonewalling. Reports are that she told the banking industry she would relax the post-collapse restrictions on the banking industry. If so, she is not only mendacious, but two-faced. She emulated Gary Hart last Wednesday at a CNN Forum. He dared the media to follow him in denying charges of womanizing. The Sunday New York Times ran his statement on May 3, 1987: “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be bored.” The Miami Herald reported on the same day that Donna Rice, a young woman, had spent the night at Senator Hart’s townhouse. Secretary Clinton said at the CNN forum: “Anybody who knows me who thinks that they can influence me, name anything they’ve influence me on.” Senator Sanders reported that Senator Elizabeth Warren has long contented that then Senator Clinton switched her vote on a bankruptcy bill in 2001 because of such influence. Lyndon Baines Johnson, an aspiring, ambitious politician in Texas, had the wisdom to avoid getting entangled with the oil industry. He knew it could endanger his higher ambitions. Not so Hillary Clinton with Wall Street. Show her the money. She echoes Senator sanders in decrying the big banks and financial institutions, but show her the money. It’s not just $675,000 from Goldman Sachs. She also picked up an additional $225,000 from Morgan Stanley, $225,000 from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and $485,000 from Deutsche Bank. Show her the money. Hillary though is a piker compared to her husband, Bill. He reaped $5.9 million from big banks. Hillary Clinton made $21,648,000 in 92 speeches from April 2013 through March 2015. Remember, Hillary Clinton is a populist. Let’s go back to 1978. She had $1,000 in a brokerage account, upon which she made a $12,000 investment in cattle futures. Her run of “good luck” netted her over $100,000, of which about $40,000 were by someone else, but shifted into her account. She then invested in the ill-fated 230 acre Whitewater development, which led to a financial loss. The Clintons though avoided the criminal prosecutions that bedeviled others entangled in the Whitewater morass. The intriguing billing records from the Rose law firm, which made her a partner when her husband was elected governor, went missing for two years. They mysteriously emerged in the White House. The populist served on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart from 1986 to 1992, as they continued to fight unions. Hillary said she and Bill were essentially broke when they left the White House. She forgot to mention the $8 million book advance she received from Random House. They have declared about $154 million in speech income from February 2001 through May 2015. In addition, the Clinton Foundation in its various manifestations has garnered about $2billion in contributions from individual, corporations, and foreign institutions and governments, much of which was received about the State Department under Secretary Clinton approved their projects and deals. Hillary Clinton is against inequality, but show her the money.

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