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Money influences Everybody. That includes Hillary Clinton

Democrats were quick to criticize Republicans who flirted with banks and big oil. Why won’t they admit that Hillary’s links are a problem too?


Clinton has also criticized the supreme court’s ruling in Citizens United by rightly pointing out that the original case was sparked by an attempt to air a documentary that was critical of her right before an election. Yet she has reaped the rewards from the ruling – possibly more than any other candidate – from myriad Super Pacs and outside groups that have spent heavily in favor of her candidacy.


The president of Citizens United even told the Center for Public Integrity last week: “Wouldn’t you know that Hillary Clinton has become one of the greatest beneficiaries of the Citizens United supreme court decision. It is an irony that is not lost on me.”


...it would be difficult not to worry about at least the potential for a conflict of interest, when weapons manufacturers and Saudi Arabia were making donations to the Clinton Foundation while their weapons deals were approved by the State Department, oil companies were doing the same before the State Department approved the oil sands pipeline project, and other fossil fuels donated at around the same time the secretary was advocating increased fracking abroad.


And by taking this position that only quid pro quo equals corruption, Clinton supporters are essentially adopting the reasoning of the Roberts court that they claim to abhor – that unless there is direct evidence of overtly trading money for votes, corruption doesn’t exist. As Lawrence Lessig has written, Democrats have been slowly embracing this stance for years, but the Clinton campaign seems to cementing it as the party’s policy.


No one has made this point better than Clinton surrogate and former representative Barney Frank – or should I say, the 2012 version of him. Last week, Frank accused Sanders supporters of engaging in McCarthyism by suggesting that politicians, and Clinton in particular, are influenced by big money contributions from wealthy backers, and as a result, did not push for prosecutions of the executives of large banks. However, Frank sang an altogether different tune about the influence of campaign contributions when he was leaving Congress in 2012.

People say, ‘Oh, it doesn’t have any effect on me,’” Frank told NPR at the time about the constant need to continually raise money as a congressman. “Well if that were the case, we’d be the only human beings in the history of the world who on a regular basis took significant amounts of money from perfect strangers and made sure that it had no effect on our behavior.”

I guess we can assume Clinton is the first person in the history of the world to avoid this problem altogether then.


Posted by quantumjunkie | Thu Apr 14, 2016, 10:57 AM (3 replies)

Bernie Sanders | The Young Turks Interview (FULL)

Posted by quantumjunkie | Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:17 AM (11 replies)

The Next PotUS BERNIE SANDERS will be on the Worlds Largest Online News Show = TYT @ 6PM EDT TODAY!

Just in case some of you have forgotten.
For those who care about the issues and facts here's your chance to watch a real interview.

It's finally nice to see a candidate who sincerely care about the people.

Posted by quantumjunkie | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 04:42 AM (4 replies)

Hillary Clinton: No Better Investment A Corporation Can Make

"We know who her base is, and it ain't us"

It's a real shame Hillary supporters refuse to allow facts into their thinking.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alan Grayson are the few real Democrats remaining.

Posted by quantumjunkie | Fri Mar 18, 2016, 11:19 PM (32 replies)

Bernie Sanders Presidential Comparison

Posted by quantumjunkie | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 12:41 AM (4 replies)

Hillary Supporters - Honest Question - Are you a Center-Right Democrat?

Although I haven't been here long I notice Bernie supporters are genuinely on the Left. They are unquestionably Liberals and Progressives.

But for you Hillary supporters i can't fully grasp what your leanings are. The more i read about Hillary and her past (and her real, non-campaign, views) and the more i read posts by her supporters on here i can't help but see that you are definitely to the Right of Bernie supporters. I am not saying you are Republicans, you are definitely democrats, but just have much more conservative views than Bernie supporters.

The democratic party's principles have shifted more Right over the years relative to say the 70s and 80s. That is undeniable. And because the party's definition of what is considered Left has shifted more center-right over the years this result has caused the republican party to go even more to-the-right (and hence, more radical) -- the new definition of being "Right".

There is a divide in the democratic party where by you Hillary supporters have followed the party's rightward shift over the years (which is now defined as the new "Left", while the other portion, the Bernie supporters, have continued to stay faithfully at the original definition of Left (of the 70s/80s) with their views.

So the real question then is do you, as Hillary supporters, view yourselves as center-right when you look back at the original definition of what it meant to be a real Left-leaning Democrat?

Posted by quantumjunkie | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 05:40 AM (97 replies)

HOORAY for Progressivism!! The 99% are speaking -- BERNIE wins by +30 points again!

Posted by quantumjunkie | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 10:19 PM (0 replies)

Corruption is Legal in America

I just wish half the folks on this site would realize it too about the person they support and that person's undeniable history of corruption.
Posted by quantumjunkie | Mon Feb 29, 2016, 04:57 AM (6 replies)

A Deck of Cards Could Determine Some Nevada Caucus Results

When in Las Vegas … what better way to break a tie in a political caucus than a deck of cards?

On Friday, the Nevada Democratic Party released answers to frequently asked questions ahead of the caucuses on Saturday.

The guidelines included the 250 caucus locations statewide (including the Wynn, Caesars Palace and other casinos on the Las Vegas strip and remote outposts near Indian reservations), who can participate (anyone! Independents and Republicans can even show up the day of the caucuses and register as Democrats to participate) and what time the caucuses will start (check in opens at 11 a.m., an early morning start by Las Vegas standards).

But the guidance also included what would happen if Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders happen to tie on Saturday. Enter the deck of cards.

“In the rare circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a precinct-level delegate and have the same lowest or highest decimal,” the state party says, “groups must draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. High card determines the winner.”

The stakes are high on Saturday.

I just hope the Hillary supporters/captains play fair. I want honest results.
Posted by quantumjunkie | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 12:43 PM (0 replies)
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