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Hilary's double-speak for the double-dealers on Wall Street
#1
This woman has no shame. None at all.

Forked tongue and all that.

From Mother Jones

Quote:Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs Problem


She talks populism, but hobnobs with Wall Street.

By David Corn
| Wed Jun. 4, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

[Image: hilary-630.jpg]Brandon Marshall/REX/AP
A few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton delivered a much-touted policy speech at the New America Foundation in Washington, where she talked passionately about the financial plight of Americans who "are still barely getting by, barely holding on, not seeing the rewards that they believe their hard work should have merited." She bemoaned the fact that the slice of the nation's wealth collected by the top 1 percentor 0.01 percenthas "risen sharply over the last generation," and she denounced this "throwback to the Gilded Age of the robber barons." Her speech, in which she cited the various projects of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation that address economic inequality, was widely compared to the rhetoric of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the unofficial torchbearer of the populist wing of the Democratic Party. Here was Hillary, test-driving a theme for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, sticking up for the little guy and trash-talking the economic elites. She decried the "shadow banking system that operated without accountability" and caused the financial crisis that wiped out millions of jobs and the nest eggs, retirement funds, and college savings of families across the land. Yet at the end of this week, when all three Clintons hold a daylong confab with donors to their foundation, the site for this gathering will be the Manhattan headquarters of Goldman Sachs.
Goldman was a key participant in that "shadow banking system" that precipitated the housing market collapse and the consequent financial debacle that slammed America's middle class. (A system that was unleashed in part due to deregulation supported by the Clinton administration in the 1990s.) This investment house might even be considered one of the robber barons of Wall Street. In its 2011report, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a congressionally created panel set up to investigate the economic meltdown, approvingly cited a financial expert who concluded that Goldman practices had "multiplied the effects of the collapse in [the] subprime" mortgage market that set off the wider financial implosion that nearly threw the nation into a depression.

Hillary Clinton's shift from declaimer of Big Finance shenanigans to collaborator with Goldmanthe firm has donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundationprompts an obvious question: Can the former secretary of state cultivate populist cred while hobnobbing with Goldman and pocketing money from it and other Wall Street firms? Last year, she gave two paid speeches to Goldman Sachs audiences. (Her customary fee is $200,000 a speech.)
In recent years, Goldman Sachs has hardly exemplified the values and principles Clinton earnestly hailed in her speech. A few reminders:
  • In April 2011, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, ]released a report, based on a two-year investigation, that concluded that Goldman had misled clients and Congress about its investments in securities related to the housing market. Levin called on the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate if Goldman had violated the law by selling complicated securities to customers without informing the buyers that Goldman would pocket profits if these financial products dropped in value. Goldman denied the charge, but the previous year Goldman had paid $550 million in a civil settlement with the SEC regarding its sale of these securities. (When the case was first filed, the SEC maintained that Goldman had committed fraud by creating and peddling a mortgage investment that was secretly designed to fail.)
  • In March 2012, Greg Smith, a top Goldman executive who was resigning, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times slamming the screw-the-client culture that permeated Goldman: "To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money…I attend derivatives sales meetings where not one single minute is spent asking questions about how we can help clients. It's purely about how we can make the most possible money off of them…It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off. Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as 'muppets,' sometimes over internal e-mail." The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's report also described Goldman as a first-class predator: "Despite the first of Goldman's business principlesthat 'our clients' interests always come first'documents indicate that the firm targeted less-sophisticated customers in its efforts to reduce subprime exposure." In other words, the firm knowingly peddled junk to suckers who trusted it. The report quoted an expert who noted that Goldman's actions were "the most cynical use of credit information that I have ever seen" and who compared Goldman's wheeling-and-dealing to "buying fire insurance on someone else's house and then committing arson."
  • Last year, the New York Times published a fascinating investigative article that revealed how Goldman Sachs and other financial firms engaged in shrewd maneuvers to drive up the cost of aluminum. This rigging of the market, the paper reported, "ultimately costs consumers billions of dollars." That did not help struggling middle-class families.
Given Hillary Clinton's Warrenesque address at the New America Foundation, I asked a spokesmen for the potential 2016 candidate if there was anything incongruous about her association with Goldman, and he forwarded this statement:
The support the Clinton Foundation receives from companies such as Goldman Sachs, organizations and individual donors helps maximize the impact of our philanthropic work. This support is helping enterprise partnerships in South America that are creating jobs; efforts to improve access to early childhood education in the U.S.; development programs that help small holder farmers in Africa; and rebuilding and economic development efforts in Haiti.
Goldman Sachs has been a long time supporter of the Clinton Global Initiative where they have advanced a commitment designed to support 10,000 women across the world through business training and education. We are grateful for their support.
A longtime Hillary Clinton adviser said, "She's not giving any more speeches to Goldman Sachs."
Clinton's relationship with Goldman Sachs is not unique. Bill and Hillary Clinton have always nurtured cozy ties with Wall Streetin terms of policies and funds-chasing (for their campaigns and the foundation). The chief economic guru of the Clinton administration was Robert Rubin, a former Goldman Sachs chairman, and the financial deregulation and free-trade pacts of the Clinton years have long ticked off their party's populists. In his new book, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recalls visiting Bill Clinton at his Harlem office and asking his advice, as Geithner puts it, on "how to navigate the populist waters" and respond to the American public's anger about bailouts and Wall Street. The former president didn't seem to have much sympathy for these popular sentiments and replied by referring to the CEO of Goldman: "You could take Lloyd Blankfein into a dark alley and slit his throat, and it would satisfy them for about two days. Then the bloodlust would rise again."
If Hillary does decide to seek a return to the White House, can she straddle the line? Assail the excesses of Wall Street piracy and tout the necessity of economic fair play yet still accept the embrace, generosity, and meeting rooms of Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street players? During her speech, she offered a good summation of populism, remarking "working with my husband and daughter at our foundation, our motto is 'We're all in this together,' which we totally believe." Yet her association with Goldman might cause some to wonder how firmly she holds this beliefand how serious she is about reining in those robber barons.




The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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#2
Wall Street = CIA = Mena, Arkansas/Rose Law Firm....It's a relationship going way back.
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#3
Elizabeth Warren, foe of Wall Street, isn't going to be Hilary's VP, according to NYT:

Quote:Elizabeth Warren likely ruled out of Clinton VP position
Eugene Daniels
Jul 13th 2016 4:00AM

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/13/el.../21430983/

Sorry, folks, but Hillary Clinton isn't picking Elizabeth Warren as her vice president. That's according to The New York Times at least. Nope, there wasn't an announcement from either camp; the Times is simply going off of the fact that the Massachusetts senator has a prime-time speaking spot on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.


Giving Warren an extremely visible speaking spot early on is honestly a no-brainer for the Clinton camp. She's been a great Trump-attack dog and is a charismatic darling of the progressive wing of the Democratic party. But the Times concludes Monday is too early for a vice-presidential pick to speak, stating: "such nominees usually speak later in the convention week to build anticipation for the top of the ticket." Yes, the last two non-incumbent vice presidential picks, Joe Biden and John Edwards, spoke on the third day of the convention. But even the Times' sources concede this doesn't actually mean anything the speaking schedule isn't set in stone.


The sources also said: "Ms. Warren and other individuals who received invitations on Tuesday to address the Philadelphia convention were told that their speaking times were subject to change depending on who was selected for vice president." Warren's VP chances probably come down to how badly Clinton needs to attract far-left progressives to her cause. And current general election polls suggest Clinton doesn't have to worry about that just yet; the Real Clear Politics average gives Clinton an almost five point lead over GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

So the presidential race is shaping up to be "Wall Street Landlord vs. Wall Street Lapdog."


Edit: Hillary Clinton is reportedly vetting a retired 4-star admiral for vice president. (James G. Stavridis)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/12/hi.../21430765/
"All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."
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#4
That will make a nice bumper sticker: CLINTON-STAVRIDIS 2016.

Former commander of NATO.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Stavridis

So when the Republicans impeach Hillary on day two of her Presidency, we can have the military-industrial complex right in the oval office.
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#5
We all may have to learn how to pronounce his name.
"All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."
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Drew Phipps Wrote:Elizabeth Warren, foe of Wall Street, isn't going to be Hilary's VP, according to NYT:

Quote:Elizabeth Warren likely ruled out of Clinton VP position
Eugene Daniels
Jul 13th 2016 4:00AM

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/13/el.../21430983/

Sorry, folks, but Hillary Clinton isn't picking Elizabeth Warren as her vice president. That's according to The New York Times at least. Nope, there wasn't an announcement from either camp; the Times is simply going off of the fact that the Massachusetts senator has a prime-time speaking spot on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.


Giving Warren an extremely visible speaking spot early on is honestly a no-brainer for the Clinton camp. She's been a great Trump-attack dog and is a charismatic darling of the progressive wing of the Democratic party. But the Times concludes Monday is too early for a vice-presidential pick to speak, stating: "such nominees usually speak later in the convention week to build anticipation for the top of the ticket." Yes, the last two non-incumbent vice presidential picks, Joe Biden and John Edwards, spoke on the third day of the convention. But even the Times' sources concede this doesn't actually mean anything the speaking schedule isn't set in stone.


The sources also said: "Ms. Warren and other individuals who received invitations on Tuesday to address the Philadelphia convention were told that their speaking times were subject to change depending on who was selected for vice president." Warren's VP chances probably come down to how badly Clinton needs to attract far-left progressives to her cause. And current general election polls suggest Clinton doesn't have to worry about that just yet; the Real Clear Politics average gives Clinton an almost five point lead over GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

So the presidential race is shaping up to be "Wall Street Landlord vs. Wall Street Lapdog."


Edit: Hillary Clinton is reportedly vetting a retired 4-star admiral for vice president. (James G. Stavridis)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/12/hi.../21430765/



I'm still holding out for a Warren VP.

If Clinton picks Warren it'll indicate she's come to terms with the fact that the anti-Oligarchy forces within the Democratic Party can raise more money and turn out more votes than Wall St.

The Democrats don't need Wall St. anymore.

Bernie has proven it.

If Hillary picks some centerist clown like Tim Kaine for VP it'll show she's learned nothing.
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#7
Cliff, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.
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#8
Tracy Riddle Wrote:Cliff, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.

Yeah, probably.

Living in California allows me the luxury of voting at the last minute when the winner is usually apparent -- then it's a choice of what I'm voting against.

I think by 7:30pm 11/08/16 Clinton will have it wrapped up.

If it's close I have to vote against Trump.

If the ticket is Clinton/Warren I'll mail in my ballot weeks early.

If its Clinton/some-stiff I'll write in Iesha Evans/Diamond Reynolds.
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#9
False equivalencies need to be rejected with the same ruthlessness as false dichotomies.

Dem v GOP.

To Dems the idea of a "public health crisis" is heroin addiction, gun violence, drinking water contamination.

In the GOP platform in 2016 the greatest "public health crisis" is...wait for it....On-line Pornography.
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Tracy Riddle Wrote:That will make a nice bumper sticker: CLINTON-STAVRIDIS 2016.

Former commander of NATO.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Stavridis

So when the Republicans impeach Hillary on day two of her Presidency, we can have the military-industrial complex right in the oval office.

And Bernie and Obama backing this woman! Self-proclaimed 'Liberals' might just be the most dangerous bunch of all political vermin. More wars and covert ops, less money for life and people, more for the rich, less for the poor and struggling - all coming right up....... this election cycle [which may be the last] there is no 'lesser of evils' - only the 'more evil of evils'. Don't choose your poison - VOTE GREEN! [as they embody the right ideals and policies and it is both a protest vote and a way to break the lock on the one/two party system.]
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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