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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 12:11 PM


You're right HIllary, Obama did take money from Wall Street. Then what happened was

exactly what Bernie talks about. Influence. For Obama, it worked like this.

He bailed out Wall Street, never put stipulations on how they HAD to use the money on the people screwed by the bad mortgages, therefore keeping most of it tied up, and help just trickling out. No bankers were prosecuted. No bankers went to jail.

Correct Hillary, Obama took money too.

This makes Bernie Sanders absolutely correct, that the money in politics influences. And never to the better of the people, who pay these so called elected officials. Hard to believe Hillary is still calling this an 'artful smear' all over the Sunday shows, when it's the truth.

And, she has decided to not release the transcripts, and reveal what she said to these bankers behind closed doors. This will continue to hurt her, as the country is fed up and she continues to be tone deaf.


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Reply You're right HIllary, Obama did take money from Wall Street. Then what happened was (Original post)
ViseGrip Feb 2016 OP
Kip Humphrey Feb 2016 #1
Faux pas Feb 2016 #2
Dems to Win Feb 2016 #3
DanTex Feb 2016 #4
JRLeft Feb 2016 #5
ViseGrip Feb 2016 #6
JRLeft Feb 2016 #7
ViseGrip Feb 2016 #8

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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 12:15 PM

1. With Bernie, I don't wonder about influence.

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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 12:31 PM

2. K N R

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Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sun Feb 7, 2016, 01:34 PM

3. America can't tolerate another President who refuses to prosecute Wall Street criminals


It seems reasonable to assume Wall Street contributions prevented President Obama from taking aggressive action to hold people accountable for crashing the economy and stealing millions of homes from Americans via mortgage fraud.

I also think corporate contributions led President Obama to kill the public option from the ACA.

Bernie's campaign financing, avg $27 contributions from ordinary people, is EVERYTHING.

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Sun Feb 7, 2016, 01:36 PM

4. And then he passed the strongest financial regulations since WW2.

And the most significant piece of safety net legislation since LBJ.
And rescued the economy from a depression.
Saved the auto industry.
Negotiated a landmark deal with Iran.
Despite GOP opposition, used executive actions to take significant steps on immigration and climate.

I'll have some more of that please.

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Response to DanTex (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 7, 2016, 01:41 PM

5. That bill is weak as fuck.


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Response to JRLeft (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 7, 2016, 01:58 PM

6. Weak and still let them off with no accountability. People have not forgotten this.


A List of Goldman Sachs Ties to the Obama Government–

Join me and say, “I do not condone this, I do not consent.”

Under the Obama Administration, in 2009 alone, Goldman Sachs took more than $20 billion in taxpayer cash through bailouts, payments and backstops; and then turned around and paid out $16.2 B as 2009 bonuses, plus an additional $5 B more in bonuses in 2010 [Without Obama Administration’s “help” Goldman’s bonuses would have been zip, zero, ziltch.]

Did you know corporations, like Goldman Sachs, can buy “help elect” a majority of Congress by donating a mere $1.6 B in bribes “campaign donations”? That’s less than 10% of the $20 B “bailout” Goldman Sachs received. Easily affordable, with a 10x return on investment.

Multi-Billion dollar give-aways bailouts don’t just happen by themselves . . .

Goldman Sachs is lovin’ it.

A List of Goldman Sachs Ties to the Obama Government Including Elena Kagan

Saturday May 8, 2010 9:13 pm

This essay shows the pervasive influence of Goldman Sachs and its units (like the Goldman-Robert Rubin-funded Hamilton Project embedded in the Brookings Institution) in the Obama government. These names are in addition to those compiled on an older such list and published here at FDL. In the future, I will combine the names here and those on the earlier article but I urge readers to look at the earlier list too (links below). Combined, this is the largest and most comprehensive list of such ties yet published.

Key U.S. Government Positions held by Goldman Sachs alumni.

For readability and clarity, I have NOT included many of the details and links that are found in the earlier article so as to make this one less repetitive and easier to read. So, if you want more documentation, please look at my earlier diary here at Firedoglake called “A List of Goldman Sachs People in the Obama Government: Names Attached To The Giant Squid’s Tentacles” published on April 27, 2010.

Note too that I have intentionally used the words, “Obama government” rather than “Obama administration” because some of these connections are not technically within his administration. These would include ambassadorial appointments and Supreme Court appointments (like that anticipated for Elena Kagan). This also includes lobbyists like Dick Gephardt who has multiple connections/input to Obama and to Goldman Sachs and the Hamilton Project.

In a similar vein, I use a broader definition than just Goldman Sachs (GS) because GS has funded, along with its ex-leader Robert Rubin, a right-leaning think tank called the Hamilton Project and embedded it within the Brookings Institution. Some of its activities thus also spill over into Brookings Institution projects which doubtlessly was one of the clever reasons Rubin and GS did this, along with providing their essentially neo-con/neo-liberal think tank with camouflage. This has worked beautifully for GS and Rubin as most writers–even critical ones like Matt Taibbi–seem unaware of the important doings of the Hamilton Project.

The Hamilton Project has 32 people sitting on its Advisory Council and many have ties to Goldman Sachs, Rubin and the Obama government. Of the first four Directors of the Hamilton Project, three work in the Obama administration. Meanwhile, the most recent Director of the Hamilton Project came from academia and from a position as economic adviser to the Obama administration to Hamilton in the sort of “revolving door” that Washington is famous for.

The Hamilton Project (named after Alexander Hamilton whose most famous dictum was “The People are a Great Beast”) is essentially pushing for cuts in entitlements (like social security), outsourcing American jobs, and for more NAFTA-type agreements. This is essentially the game plan for the Obama administration, not surprising since Barack Obama was the inaugural speaker at the Hamilton Project (and Joe Biden spoke there just weeks ago).

NOTE: This diary and its predecessor are the result of a lot of painstaking work. I am sure there are other Goldies out there in the Obama administration who I have missed. If so, PLEASE let me know by dropping their name in a comment below.
II. Additional Names of Goldies serving with Obama.

Enough background information, let’s reveal the Goldies with connections/jobs within the Obama government (or with “revolving door” status). For your convenience, I’ve listed the new names to the list separately and in the first section, led off by Elena Kagan because the buzz is that she is Obama’s pick to the Supreme Court.

NEW GOLDIES REVEALED (with respect to prior article):

more at link below....

We all saw the Obama ladder with Goldman Sachs, through the years online.

No honor among cronies:

2012 contributions:

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Response to ViseGrip (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 7, 2016, 02:00 PM

7. K&R just for your post alone.


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Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sun Feb 7, 2016, 02:06 PM

8. Because Hillary is the sole owner of her transcripts, I don't trust what she would hand over anyway.


You see? There it is again. That trust issue. Without someone else also having a copy, I would not trust her to hand something like this over.

You just know it was taped anyway in the room, for control purposes. Someone in attendance in those speeches has a copy....and I'm sure they use it against her everyday.

Hillary is compromised. Pure and simple. That's the path she chose.

Again, she has used bad judgment.

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