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

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

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

The battle over President Obama’s trade deal has officially arrived

The Washington Post By David Nakamura and Mike DeBonis 11/5/15 The Obama administration released the full text of a 12-nation Pacific Rim free-trade accord on Thursday, launching what is expected to be a long and bruising fight to win final ratification in Congress for one of the president’s top priorities. A month after trade ministers reached agreement on the deal in Atlanta, the public will get its first look at the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an expansive pact that spans 30 chapters and hundreds of pages. After the … Continue reading

Ben Carson’s alternative to invading Afghanistan after 9/11

By Russ Phillips On today’s ABC “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos Ben Carson was interviewed and one of the topics was follow-up to Carson’s comments at the September 16th debate (search “petroleum” to locate comments) about how he would not have invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. Also interviewed was Bernie Sanders and the entire transcript and video for both interviews is here. The exchange with Carson about Afghanistan follows. What do you think about Carson’s alternative to invading Afghanistan? Is it realistic since even today the United States is not energy independent? … Continue reading

Muslims, Presidency and U.S. Constitution

Charles Krauthammer: Double suicide, the campaign of 2015 Charles Krauthammer can’t quite believe what he’s hearing and seeing. The Elkhart Truth By Charles Krauthammer, Columnist 9/28/15 WASHINGTON — Meanwhile, on the Democrats’ side: They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they’ve not been in office for the past seven years. Their leading presidential candidate is 27 points underwater on the question of honesty and is under FBI investigation for possible mishandling of classified information. Her chief challenger is a … Continue reading

How Social Media Is Ruining Politics

It is turning out to be more encompassing and controlling, more totalizing, than earlier media ever was. Politico.com By Nicholas Carr 9/2/15 Our political discourse is shrinking to fit our smartphone screens. The latest evidence came on Monday night, when Barack Obama turned himself into the country’s Instagrammer-in-Chief. While en route to Alaska to promote his climate agenda, the president took a photograph of a mountain range from a window on Air Force One and posted the shot on the popular picture-sharing network. “Hey everyone, it’s Barack,” the caption read. … Continue reading