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(And yes, sarcasm applies to my entire post!)
In the grand and whining tradition of those fragile flowers who raise their heads up from their fainting couches, clutch their pearls, and tremulously snarl, "Well I WAS going to support Bernie Sanders, but then one of his supporters here on DU hurt my widdle feelings by reporting hard facts about Hillary's Wall Street ties/Bosnian airport heroics/son-in-law hedge fund profiteer/whatevs, so now I'm going to tell Bernie on them!
And then I'm going to drop by the Clintons' $18 million summer vacation rental digs in the Hamptons with my campaign donation. She'll appreciate my loyalty now that some really rich Dems are backing Jeb!
Pretty ritzy for a poor couple who were flat broke and in debt when leaving the White House! But it's vital to their self-esteem to keep up with the One Percenters. Any why lower herself to talk to reporters or speak to thousands of backers all around the country when she can hobnob with the billionaire set? And the Hamptons is a great place for fund-raising. She better get moving though. Jeb Bush just had a fund raiser in the Hamptons where the host and half the guests were rich Dems & they all wrote checks to Jeb! http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jeb-bush-snares-democratic-moneyman-090102593.html;_ylt=A0LEVvHxvLZVYUIAOXsnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0a
Jeb Bush Snares a Democratic Moneyman on Hamptons Tour
Bloomberg By Zachary Mider
14 hours ago
Behind a garden modeled on Monet's, Jeb Bush addressed a lawn-full of chief executives and hedge-fund managers at an East Hampton, New York, estate Saturday morning. While the candidate is no stranger to courting wealthy donors, this time was different: about half the attendees were Democrats.
This guy sells well," said Kenneth Lipper, the money manager and registered Democrat who hosted the event, after Bush left. Virtually the only one who left without writing a check, Lipper said, was a buck deer that wandered past the group assembled on the wooded grounds.
The wealthiest donors are playing an unprecedented role in the early stages of the 2016 race. For the first time ever, most candidates are raising more money through super-PACs, which can accept donations of up to $1 million or more, than through the traditional campaign accounts that are capped at $2,700 per donor.
No one has raised as much in this new environment as Bush, who had amassed about $103 million in his super-PAC and another $11 million for his campaign by the end of June. The Lipper event shows how widely Bush is ranging in his quest for donors.
The race for money adds to the importance of places like the Hamptons, Wall Street's oceanside playground, where Lipper remarked that it's become fashionable to spend more than $100 million on a vacation home. The entire annual income for the median U.S. household—$50,000—wouldn’t cover more than 900 of the summer rentals here listed on one brokerage's website.
After answering questions for an hour at Lipper's event, Bush left for two more gatherings at a pair of mansions near the beach.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 03:17 AM (0 replies)
Posted by Divernan | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 02:34 AM (0 replies)
Hillary Clinton aides' Wall Street links raise economic policy doubts (headline)
Tom Nides and Robert Hormats, once of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, are veterans of the revolving door between Washington and the financial sector(subheadline)
The former aides, Tom Nides and Robert Hormats, have shuttled between government and Wall Street for years. Nides, who is frequently described as a Clinton confidant, is a longtime Morgan Stanley executive who served as deputy secretary of state for management and resources from 2011 to 2013 before returning to Morgan Stanley. Nides is also the former chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma), the main lobbying group for Wall Street in Washington DC.
Hormats, a former vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs, served as under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment from 2009 to 2013. He is currently vice-chairman of Kissinger Associates, the consulting firm founded by the former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the progressive advocacy group Democracy for America, expressed his angst about the influence of the two in Clinton world. “It’s hard to imagine how a presidential candidate is going to seriously confront the powerful, greed-driven interests on Wall Street when they’re taking advice and staffing cabinet posts with people who just clocked out of the same big banks and investment firms that made bundles from wrecking our economy,” Sroka said.
Both Nides and Hormats have a strong history of taking pro-business stances on financial regulation and other issues near and dear to progressives. While at Morgan Stanley, which received a federal bailout, Nides pushed for the Obama administration to “find the right balance” in avoiding criticism of Wall Street in the aftermath of the financial crisis. He also played an important role in the Bill Clinton administration lobbying members of Congress to vote for Nafta in 1993.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Jul 27, 2015, 07:20 AM (34 replies)
Interesting that the Republicans pushing on the email investigation and missing emails have not, as far as I've seen, mentioned the similarity to the missing Whitewater documents. That was some 20 years ago, so younger posters probably never heard of this, but I have no doubt that GOP oppo research team is drooling to throw this at HRC should she win the primary.
Republicans on the special Senate Whitewater committee released a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation today showing that the fingerprints of the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, were found on records discovered in the White House family quarters two years after they were first sought by investigators.
Those Whitewater documents had been subpoenaed from HRC and for 2 years she stoutly claimed she had absolutely no idea where they were. Then they were found on a table in the first family's private quarters - just outside the door to HRC's office. And she again disavowed any knowledge of how they got there.
It was so painful and ugly, for me as a Democrat who had worked for Bill's election and even been a guest at his first inauguration, to go through all the years of investigations and embarrassing results thereof. If she's the Dem. nominee, we will all have to go through months and months of rehashing this yet again. Horrifying to contemplate. If the Clintons had come clean and cooperated with the Whitewater investigations, as your post mentions they were recommended to do, Ken Starr would never have gotten around to Monica Lewinsky.
Ted Koppel did a masterful Nightline report on the whole incident. Here's a link to the transcript of Ted Koppel's coverage of this nightmare. HRC is caught in mis-statement after mis-statement after mis-statement and keeps trying to spin and twist her way out of it. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/clinton/etc/01301996.html
The Whitewater Lost And Found Records
January 30, 1996
Correspondent: Chris Bury
Anchor: Ted Koppel
Announcer: January 30th, 1996.
TED KOPPEL (VO): The accusation? Obstruction of justice, knowingly withholding subpoenaed documents. The location? A book room on the third floor of the White House, a room in the first family's private quarters. One clue? A White House log handed over today with the names of all the people who might have had access - from Mrs Clinton's chief of staff, to Chelsea Clinton's friends, to dignitaries visiting the President. Tonight, the mystery of the lost and found records.
ANNOUNCER: This is ABC News Nightline. Reporting from Washington, Ted Koppel.
TED KOPPEL: Almost exactly two years ago, a subpoena was issued for some billing records from the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. These are records that go back about 10 years or so and that would, it was believed, shed some light on how much work attorney Hillary Clinton did on a particular real estate deal, and for whom she did that work. For the better part of these last two years, those records could not be found. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, they turned up earlier this month in the office of a woman named Carolyn Huber. What turned that into a major story is that Ms Huber works at the White House, and that she says she found the billing records in the private quarters of the first family - found them, in fact, last August, right outside Mrs Clinton's private office - didn't know what they were, packed them up, didn't realize what they were until a couple of weeks ago, when she was tidying up her own office. If someone has been deliberately concealing those records, that would be a federal crime. The White House says that a surprisingly large number of people actually had access to the Clintons' private quarters last August We'll tell you more about that later, but we want to use most of our time this evening to put this latest development into context. We begin by taking something both the President and the first lady have said recently.
CHRIS BURY, ABC NEWS (VO): The President and Mrs Clinton complain that the questions keep changing, but the controversies over Whitewater and the Travel Office have stayed alive, in large part, because the answers keep changing, too.
CHRIS BURY (VO): On January 15th, Mrs Clinton told a radio interviewer all documents had been released. Five days later, the White House issued a statement to The New York Times saying that wasn't quite true. On Castle Grande, Hillary Clinton's legal work for a land deal regulators describe as fraudulent: in May 1995 she told the Resolution Trust Corporation, quote, 'I don't believe I knew anything about any of these real estate parcels and projects.' But after billing records showed Hillary Clinton had at least 14 conversations with Seth Ward, the major player in the deal, Mrs Clinton told Barbara Walters she knew the project by another name.
HILLARY CLINTON: ('20/20,' January 19, 1996) And so when I was asked about it last year, I didn't recognize it, I didn't remember it. The billing records show I did not do work for Castle Grande. I did work for something called IDC, which was not related to Castle Grande.
CHRIS BURY (VO): That is not how Susan McDougal, the Clintons' former business partner, remembers it.
SUSAN MCDOUGAL: It was always the same thing. As far as I know, IDC and- and- and Castle Grande were one and the same.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jul 25, 2015, 07:15 PM (0 replies)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 24, 2015 1:56 PM
(Sub headline)Until this morning, Pennsylvania required a minor-party candidate for statewide office -- like Ralph Nader in 2004 -- to garner many more signatures than their Democrat or Republican counterparts.
By Chris Potter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A federal court judge has ruled that Pennsylvania's Election Code sets an unconstitutionally high bar on third-party political candidates, by requiring them to gather more signatures than Democrats or Republicans — and by having to defend their validity in court.
"The ability of the minor parties to organize and voice their views has been decimated" by the combined impact of Election Code provisions, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled this morning. State law "imposes a severe burden" on the three minor parties who challenged the law: the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Green Party.
The ruling means that the Pennsylvania legislature will have to "go back to the drawing board" and redraft ballot requirements for minor-party candidates, said Oliver Hall, an attorney at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Competitive Democracy. Mr. Hall has represented the parties since the legal dispute began, in a separate case, in 2009.
Pennsylvania requires a minor-party candidate for statewide office to garner petition signatures equal to 2 percent of the total vote count in the prior statewide election. In 2014, the requirement was 16,639 signatures, though the number has ranged as high as 67,070 voters in 2006. By contrast, Democratic and Republican candidates are only required to furnish 2,000 signatures to earn a spot on the ballot for their Spring primary. The winner of that contest is automatically guaranteed a ballot spot in November.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2015/07/24/Federal-judge-rules-Pa-third-party-candidate-requirements-unconstitutional/stories/201507240230
Posted by Divernan | Fri Jul 24, 2015, 07:25 PM (6 replies)
There are 2 competing newspapers in the Pittsburgh/southwestern PA area. One is the conservative Tribune-Review, long owned and subsidized by the recently deceased billionaire, Richard Scaiffe. Scaiffe endorsed HRC in 2008, and donated to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton gave the eulogy at Scaiffe's memorial service. The other paper is the traditionally Democratic leaning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I've given links to both articles.
The conservative Trib was at the fundraiser, interviewed many of the guests and had lots of pictures of HRC both outside and inside the estate. The Post-Gazette? An old photo of Clinton from last May in Las Vegas, a photo of the backs of cars lined up on a road awaiting entrance to the estate (along with a caption,"Cars line up on Hawthorne Road from Fox Chapel Road, heading to a private fundraiser this morning for Hillary Clinton. Security personnel said only invited guests were allowed down the street during the event.") and a picture of HRC with a handicapped young man, provided to the Post Gazette by his father, who would have been required to donate $2700 for having his son's photo taken w/HRC. The PG article stated the event was closed to the press. It seems the conservative/Scaiffe paper was allowed to attend the event, while the Democratic paper was frozen out. Do read the comments of the readers to both papers. There are some very harsh and nasty opinions of HRC there. They substantiate the prediction that if HRC is the candidate, she will increase the turnout of Republicans who harbor very negative (to put it mildly) feelings for her.
From the Trib:
(Headline) "Hillary Clinton attends Fox Chapel fundraiser as poll numbers sag"
Read more: http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/8761531-74/clinton-campaign-fundraiser#ixzz3geVS2ujZ
Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
And in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Posted by Divernan | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 05:00 PM (13 replies)
All I really recalled about him was he was in one of Clinton's cabinets. I've been so impressed of late by his passionate FB posts, that I looked him up. Wow! Grab an iced tea or cuppa coffee and read all about him.
Robert Bernard Reich (pronounced /ˈraɪx/; born June 24, 1946) is an American politician, academic, writer, and political commentator. He served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, from 1993 to 1997, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the last century. In 2008 he served on President-elect Barack Obama's economic advisory board.
A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. A former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, he is a contributor to CNBC and a frequent political and economic commentator on MSNBC, CNN, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNBC's Kudlow & Company, and NPR's Marketplace.
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
Reich was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and he attended John Jay High School in Cross River, New York. He attended Dartmouth College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in 1968 and winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. Reich subsequently earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
From 1973 to 1974 he served as law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 1974 to 1976 was Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, Robert Bork. In 1976, President Carter appointed him Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission. (He would have been 30 then.)
From 1980 until 1992, Reich taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote a series of influential books and articles, including The Next American Frontier and The Work of Nations. In The Next American Frontier he blamed the nation's lagging economic growth on "paper entrepreneurialism -- financial and legal gamesmanship that drained the economy of resources needed for better products and services. In The Work of Nations he argued that a nation's competitiveness depends on the education and skills of its people and on the infrastructure connecting them with one another, rather than on the profitability of companies headquartered within it. Private Capital, he said, was increasingly global and footloose, while a nation's people -- its human capital -- constituted the one resource on which the future standard of living of a nation uniquely depended. He urged policy makers to make such public investments the cornerstone of economic policy.
Bill Clinton incorporated Reich's thinking into his 1992 campaign platform, "Putting People First," and after being elected invited Reich to head his economic transition team. Reich later joined the administration as Secretary of Labor. During his tenure, he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and launched a number of job training programs. At the same time, he lobbied Clinton to address bigger societal issues, countered Robert Rubin and others in the administration who wanted Clinton to pare his investment agenda, and pushed for improvement of conditions for those in poverty.
In addition, Reich used the office as a platform for focusing the nation's attention on the need for American workers to adapt to the new economy. He advocated that the country provide more opportunities for workers to learn more technology, and predicted the shrinkage of the middle class due to a gap between unskilled and highly skilled workers.
AFTER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION
In 1996, between Clinton's re-election and second inauguration, Reich decided to leave the department to spend more time with his sons, then in their teen years. He published his experiences working for the Clinton administration in Locked in the Cabinet. After publication of the book, Reich received criticism for embellishing events with invented dialogue. The paperback release of the memoir revised or omitted the inventions.
Reich became a professor at Brandeis University, teaching courses for undergraduates as well as in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In 2003, he was elected the Professor of the Year by the undergraduate student body.
In 2002, he ran for Governor of Massachusetts. He also published an associated campaign book, I'll Be Short. Reich was the first Democratic candidate for a major political office to support same-sex marriage. He also pledged support for abortion rights, and strongly condemned capital punishment. His campaign staff was largely made up of his Brandeis students. Although his campaign had little funding, he surprised many and came in a close second out of six candidates in the Democratic primary with 25% of the vote.
In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize, by the former Czech president, for his writings in economics and politics.
In 2004, he published Reason, a book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he calls "radcons", or radical conservatives.
In addition to his professorial role, he is a weekly contributor to the American Public Media public radio program Marketplace, and a regular columnist for the American Prospect, which he co-founded in 1990. He is also a frequent contributor to CNBC's Kudlow & Company and On the Money.
In early 2005, there was speculation that Reich would once again seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts. He instead endorsed the then-little-known candidacy of Deval Patrick, who had previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration. Patrick won the party's endorsement, a three-way primary with nearly 50% of the vote, and the general election in November 2006.
In September 2005 Reich testified against John Roberts at his confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Two years later his book Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life was published. In it he argued turbo-charged corporate competition, fueled by consumers and investors seeking the best possible deals from anywhere in the world, was generating severe social problems. But governments were failing to address them because big corporations and Wall Street firms were also seeking competitive advantage over one another through politics, thereby drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens. The answer was to keep corporations focused on making better products and services and keep them out of politics. "Corporate Social Responsibility" is essentially forbearance from activities that undermine democracy.
During the 2008 primaries, Reich published an article that was extremely critical of the Clintons, referring to Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "ill-tempered and ill-founded," and accusing the Clintons of waging "a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics."
On April 18, 2008 Reich endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.
On April 3, 2009, Reich commented that published U6 employment figures indicate that the United States is in a depression.
(See the link below for complete list of his many books.)
blog: www.robertreich.org; Twitter handle: rbreich.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 12:30 PM (13 replies)
Reich's latest FB entry, late Saturday night, (9 hours ago) already has over 16,000 likes and 6,000 shares. Let's support Reich's support of Bernie's campaign by liking and sharing his comments as well. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/RBReich?fref=nf
His comment then links to Alternet's "Why Is the NY Times Basically Doing a Blackout on Bernie Sanders? The New York Times' Sanders coverage is intellectually dishonest." article.
99th Monkey has started a thread on this Alternet article in the Sanders group:
It's a long, detailed article excoriating the Times for intellectually dishonest coverage rising to the level of journalistic malpractice. Give it a read.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 07:43 AM (12 replies)
Hat/shirts/bumper stickers/car magnets
My favorite logo: "BERNIE SANDERS - NOT FOR SALE!"
Interesting thing - the various sites include product reviews. Reviews on "Bernie" gear - outnumbered reviews on HRC gear, by a ratio of 5 to 1.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:14 PM (9 replies)
Original thread title: Robert Reich's pro-Bernie FB post got 49,600 likes & 11,300 shares in just 3 hours
What amazes me, frankly, are the crowds. Not since Robert F. Kennedy sought the Democratic nomination in 1968 has a candidate for the nomination of either party generated such large numbers of people eager to see and listen to him. None in living memory has summoned such crowds this early, before the nominating season even begins. Even Sanders' advisers are amazed (I spoke with one this morning who said they never expected this kind of response).
Doing some very conservative extrapolation, i.e., that everyone who shared had an average of 65 FB friends (and many millennials have several hundred FB friends), that means that in slightly over a 24 hour period, ONE MILLION, ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE RECEIVED THIS POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS FROM A FRIEND.
Not from some political spinmeister or paid advertising agency, but from a friend. That means a helluva lot.
Just so you can compare and contrast. One campaign is riding a tidal wave of social media and record breaking gatherings, the other is locked in the gilded age approach of soliciting the wealthy.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Jul 20, 2015, 11:00 PM (41 replies)