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Hillary Clinton Is Not Telling The Truth About Wall Street

And it's damaging her campaign.


Hillary Clinton's campaign spent much of this week waging a dishonest attack on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his campaign's Wall Street reform platform. The risky attempt to make inroads with progressives on one of her weakest issues is damaging the credibility of some of her top lieutenants.

Listen to HuffPost's analysis of the Democratic Party's Wall Street flap in this week's "So, That Happened" podcast.

Clinton's attack on Sanders is as simple as it is untrue: Unlike Sanders, Clinton has argued, she is willing to take on "shadow banking" -- a broad term for various financial activities that aren't regulated as strictly as conventional lending.

Sanders has in fact proposed attacking shadow banking in two principal ways: by breaking up big financial firms that engage in shadow banking, and by severing federal financial support for shadow banking activities by reinstating Glass-Steagall.

These would be substantive changes


Yet the Clinton campaign has repeatedly said Sanders is wholly ignoring shadow banking, accusing Sanders of taking a "hands-off" approach


Hill, you're not going to get Progressives to jump ship based on BS, Lies omissions and distortions
Wake up.

Why Bernie Sanders Deserves More Attention Than Hillary Clinton


Why have the media not maintained a focus on Sanders? I think it’s partly because he’s been consistent in his beliefs for four decades in political life.

Have the media stopped feeling “the Bern”? Or has the Democratic Party, which should probably be renamed the Clintoncratic National Committee, extinguished the fire?

It’s both.

Sen. Bernie Sanders deserves far more attention than he’s getting. The 74-year-old frowzy-haired Democratic Socialist from Brooklyn by way of Vermont raised $33 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s just $4 million less than Hillary Clinton.

People vote with dollars, as any tearful hater of money in politics will tell you. When it comes to Sanders, lots of folks throw in small amounts of cash. So when he raises $33 million in three months, it means a lot of people care.

Beyond the fundraising, poll numbers in early primary states justify a much brighter spotlight on Sanders than the media shine.

According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, Clinton is beating Sanders by 50 percent to 37 percent in Iowa. But he’s investing huge resources there, and in caucuses, it’s passion that brings people out. Clinton inspires passion among more Republicans than supporters.


Clinton’s attempt to control the process is understandable. But the party’s willingness to go along is foolish. And the media’s complicity is shameful.

10 Powerful Reasons Why Bernie Scares Wall Street


Some of Sanders' suggestions: Break up banks. Tax speculators. Cap interest rates.

Bernie Sanders has declared war on the biggest players in Wall Street’s financial sector, saying they are overrun with “greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance,” and criticizing his top rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, as being naïve about what needs to happen to create a financial system that “works for all Americans

Here are the 10 major components to Sanders’ Wall Street reforms.

1. End too-big-to-fail.
2. Break up the biggest banks.
3. Pass a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act
4. End too-big-to-jail
5. Criminalize Wall Street’s business mode
6. Tax the casino culture
7. Reform the financial rating agencies
8. Cap credit card interest and ATM fees
9. Let the USPS offer banking
10. Reform the Federal Reserve

Just the Beginning

As striking as Sanders’ reforms sound, he said they were unlikely to be sufficient to ensure that American capitalist excesses do not harm the country again.

“No president, not Bernie Sanders or anyone else, can effectively address the economic crises facing the working families of this country alone,” he said. “The truth is that Wall Street, corporate America, the corporate media and wealthy campaign donors are just too powerful.”

But Sanders said that new rules of the financial game could be written and that government could force Wall Street to follow them.

“Yes, we can make our economy work for all Americans,” he said. “And so my message to you today is straightforward: If elected president, I will rein in Wall Street so they can’t crash our economy again. Will they like me? No. Will they begin to play by the rules if I’m president? You better believe it.”

I WANT someone who scares the hell out of Wall Street. Not someone who doesn't even acknowledge the problems, or pretends they can't be fixed

Sanders' Economic Plan Best for the 99 Percent

Roger Hickey Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future


Here's the bottom line: The middle class is in crisis, and Secretary Clinton's proposals merely tinker at the margins of that crisis. They would not shift the fundamental direction of an economy that is growing more unequal every day.

The Democratic presidential campaign -- unlike the Republican circus -- has actually produced a debate in which each candidate's economic agenda has gotten better and more populist. But as you can see at candidatescorecard.net/, there are also big differences.

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree that America's long period of declining wages and growing inequality has been due to chronic slow growth and high unemployment. In Hillary's words "getting closer to full employment is crucial to raising wages." Both are committed to some amount of increased public spending on infrastructure and investments in "green industries." But the difference between the two candidates on public investment is a matter of scale.

Hillary Clinton wants $275 billion more in infrastructure investment in the next five years.

Bernie Sanders would increase by $1 trillion our public investments in jobs-creating infrastructure over the same five year period - creating one million new jobs, while helping to retool the US economy to reduce carbon emissions.

Hillary will simply be Wall street leaning status quo. We need the change the Obama Couldn't bring.
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