Selecting the President on December 19th…What! We just did that (or did we?)

By Russ Phillips

Yes, the people voted their preference on November 8th. However, there’s another step.

Actually, on November 8th the people of each state voted for a slate of electors (from that state) via the candidate of their choice, be it Democratic, Libertarian or Republican. On December 19th the electors of the successful candidate will meet to cast their electoral vote. (more)

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*Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones
*Millions sign petition urging Electoral College to elect Hillary Clinton
*Indiana Presidential Electors FAQ
*Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19*

*Petition to put a Republican in the White House that is not DONALD TRUMP
*Partial list of state electors (including Indiana’s)

They’re all bought and sold: American democracy belongs to the billionaires now

With the lone exception of Bernie Sanders, every candidate is either in bed with Wall Street or super-rich himself Salon.com By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com 2/2/16 This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash.”  Cash, mountains of it, is increasingly the necessary tool for presidential candidates. Several Powerball jackpots could … Continue reading

“If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist…”

(The two most recent “dropouts” from the presidential campaign are noted here.) Presidential candidate Sanders takes aim at Wall Street, Clinton in speech Reuters.com By Amanda Becker 1/5/16 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned on Tuesday that financial-sector greed was “destroying the fabric of our nation” and said the starting point of any Wall Street reform effort is breaking up “too big to fail” banks. “If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist; when it comes to Wall Street reform, that must be … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton: How I’d Rein In Wall Street, Financial Sector and “Shadow Banking”

Hillary Clinton: How I’d Rein In Wall Street The New York Times By Hillary Clinton, Op-Ed Contributor 12/7/15 SEVEN years ago, the financial crisis sent our economy into a tailspin. Over five million people lost their homes. Nearly nine million lost their jobs. Nearly $13 trillion in household wealth was wiped out. Under President Obama, our economy has come a long way back. Our businesses have created more than 13 million jobs. People’s savings are being restored. And we have tough new rules on the books, including the Dodd-Frank Act, … Continue reading

Jeb Bush: Listening to Trump is “kind of scary”

CBS News By Rebecca Kaplan 11/29/15 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said “anybody is better than Hillary Clinton” to be president – but that sentiment apparently just barely applies to his fellow candidate, businessman Donald Trump. “I have great doubts about Donald Trump’s ability to be commander in chief. I really do. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt to see how the campaign unfolded. But if you listen to him talk, it’s kind of scary to be honest with you, because he’s not a serious candidate,” Bush … Continue reading

The 21 craziest quotes from the campaign trail

Politico.com By Nick Gass 11/25/15 And they’re not all from Donald Trump. 1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’ Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, remarking a day before deadly terrorist attacks in France just how far he would go to defeat the group. “ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh– … Continue reading

TWO CLINTONS. 41 YEARS. $3 BILLION.

A Washington Post investigation reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton have methodically cultivated donors over 40 years, from Little Rock to Washington and then across the globe. Their fundraising methods have created a new blueprint for politicians and their donors.

The Washington Post
By Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Narayanswamy
11/19/15

Over four decades of public life, Bill and Hillary Clinton have built an unrivaled global network of donors while pioneering fundraising techniques that have transformed modern politics and paved the way for them to potentially become the first husband and wife to win the White House.

The grand total raised for all of their political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation.

Their fundraising haul, which began with $178,000 that Bill Clinton raised for his long-shot 1974 congressional bid, is on track to expand substantially with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 White House run, which has already drawn $110 million in support…
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Nov. 14th DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: Middle Class, College Tuition, RX Costs, Wall Street, Redistribution Of Wealth, Minimum Wage, Gun Safety…

By Russ Phillips At the Democratic Debate on November 14, 2015 there was discussion about Wall Street and financial institutions as well as redistribution of wealth and other topics. Some have been included in the partial transcript below. Some may wish to refer to the entire transcript. of the complete debate. Regarding Wall Street reference was made to the Glass-Steagall Banking Act. Other sources pertaining to this: What caused the Great Depression? “Shadow Banking” At Last Night’s Democratic Debate: Are we Paying Attention? Wall Street must work for Main Street … Continue reading

Here’s another way candidates copy Donald Trump: Shameless fibbing

The Washington Post By Jenna Johnson and David Fahrenthold 11/9/15 This is Donald Trump’s election. The other candidates are just fibbing in it. “Word is,” Trump said last month on Twitter, “that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.” It didn’t. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,’ ” said former tech executive Carly Fiorina … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders on media, Medicare, middle class, Iraq War, Keystone Pipeline…

(Yesterday Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC “Meet the Press,” interviewed, among others, presidential contender Bernie Sanders and the exchange follows. The transcript of the entire program is here. – Admin.) CHUCK TODD: Let me move to the other side of the aisle, the Democratic presidential candidate, number two in the polls these days. Independent Senator from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders. Senator, welcome back to Meet the Press. And let me quickly ask you about this Ben Carson stuff, because you have seen some people leak out stuff you wrote 30 … Continue reading