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BernieforPres2016's Journal
BernieforPres2016's Journal
March 31, 2016

TYT: Hillary Clinton's Web of Questionable Donors

A great TYT video from 3/30 on some of the people who have been doing fundraisers for Hillary over the last month or so: links to Wall Street, big pharma, fracking, the NRA, the defense industry, etc.

And an interesting story about how a high frequency stock trader from Chicago who has been a big contributor to Hillary and the Clinton Foundation somehow got on a prestigious panel of scientists who wondered why he was there. When ABC News asked how he got appointed, he quickly resigned.

March 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton, the candidate of We Can't Do Anything Because of Republicans

Hillary has explained why we can't have a single payer healthcare plan because Republicans will block it. So why would we even try?

Yesterday, in her ever evolving explanations of why she doesn't support free tuition at state colleges and universities, she explained to an audience in Wisconsin that states would have to cooperate and spend some of their own money in addition to what the federal government provided to them and Scott Walker is never going to spend $300 million in Wisconsin to support it!

Erin Burnett played Bernie the clip of Hillary's comments and he responded, yes the states would need to cooperate. And some states would, like California and many others. And if Wisconsin didn't, they would see a lot more of their kids go out of state to college and many would never come back.

Sounds like a pretty good answer to me. Do the Republicans want to lay down across the tracks saying no free college tuition in my state and have the federal money for it reallocated to states that are taking in their kids who migrate out?

Perhaps Hillary's campaign slogan should come from Nancy Reagan: "Just Say No!"

Does Hillary Clinton really have any supporters who aren't upper income? And if so, why?

March 30, 2016

2 great tribute songs to Bernie

The most beautiful version of "This Land is Your Land" that I've ever heard by a Vermont group called Signal Kitchen.

And an original composition (in Spanish) by El Quemazon.

Translated lyrics:

He’s the man with a vision
to better this country.
Running for president
but the rich don’t want him.
Bernie Sanders is his name.
Now you're going to feel his burn.

New York is the state where he was born.
Brooklyn where he grew up.
As kid he started noticing
the rich getting richer
and the poor working longer hours.
Still many don't make enough to survive.

He's the son of Immigrants
who came in search of better lives.
Working to succeed
like we all do every day.
We come here with the same dream:
Provide our families a better chance at life.

The rich and the media don't like him
and they’re scared that he can win.
He wants college to be free
so our children can progress.
He believes health care is for all.
Not a business, but a human right.

Years ago, in Chicago, he was arrested
for protesting against segregation.
He doesn’t care about the color of your skin
to him we are all children of God.
Many call him Robin Hood
others call him The Bern.

Fighting for the rights of the people
even law enforcement could not stop him.
He'll keep battling until he becomes
president of this nation.
Bernie Sanders is his name.
This is his corrido The Bern!


March 29, 2016

I smell direct coordination between MSNBC and Hillary's campaign

Sunday in a Meet the Press Interview, Chuck Todd went after Bernie in a bizarre fashion. He was showing clips from Bernie's rallies in which the crowd booed at the mention of Hillary Clinton's name. Then he showed one in February where Bernie raised his hands when the crowd started booing Hillary to quiet it. Todd says this was the last time we could find that you did that. (What an incredibly obscure and odd thing for MSNBC to be researching.) And then Todd pushed him repeatedly that if he was really going to stay in the race despite Hillary's overwhelming lead (he started with the absurd claim that Bernie needed 73% of the remaining delegates before Bernie cut him off and corrected him), would he go easier on Hillary?

Then on Monday morning, a Clinton campaign spokesperson says maybe she won't debate in New York if Bernie doesn't "change the tone", in line with what Todd had been pushing.

Last night, Chris Hayes goes after Susan Sarandon to take a Hillary Clinton loyalty oath, which she would not do despite his persistence. And today, there is a hit piece from an online rag of dubious origin asking Bernie to bring his "surrogate" Susan Sarandon in line and that intentionally misrepresents what she said.

It's clear to anybody who watches MSNBC that they are in the tank for Hillary. But I hadn't thought about the possibility of them actually coordinating for MSNBC to pursue certain lines of questioning to create stories for the campaign. So am I paranoid, or does anybody else think MSNBC might be taking instructions from Hillary's campaign on this kind of stuff?

March 29, 2016

Finally I agree with Hillary on something


<Asked at a town hall meeting at New Hampshire's Henniker College how to handle the increasing role of moneyed interests in Washington, Hillary Clinton told supporters that lobbyists should be exposed and publicly called out.

"Maybe use social media? Maybe make a concerted effort to really call these people out all the time, get some social pressure on them, get people to know their names," Clinton suggested, pointing, with obvious relish, to how the New York Daily News has taken to calling the National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre "Jihadi Wayne" for his refusal to support blocking individuals on the "no fly list" from getting gun permits.>

<Out of all the presidential candidates, Republican or Democrat, Clinton has raised the most money—$717,000—from lobbyist bundlers.>

This reads like something out of The Onion, or at least The Onion before IAC (with Board member Chelsea Clinton) bought it.
March 28, 2016

On the Hillary advisor who says Bernie needs to change his tone for there to be more debates

Here's an article on Hillary's campaign criticizing Bernie in January for an anti Wall Street ad that didn't mention Hillary. No mention that two of her advisor Joel Benenson's largest clients are Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase. They are 2 of the biggest TARP recipients and 2 of the 4 largest banks that Bernie regularly points out are responsible for originating 1/3 of the mortgages in the U.S. and 2/3 of credit card issuance. These are 2 of the too big to fail financial institutions that Bernie says should be broken up.

Other major clients of Benenson's firm and what they'd like to see Bernie tone down are McDonald's (minimum wage), Pfizer (U.S. pays the highest drug prices in the world, pending corporate inversion to exploit tax loopholes) and Wal-Mart (minimum wage, the Walton family owns as much wealth as the bottom 40%, they should pay their employees a living wage so they wouldn't have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing to live, etc.).


<Just below the listing of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, Benenson’s firm lists Clinton’s campaign, the Obama campaign and top Democratic Party groups as clients. Those clients are listed under a section in which Benenson’s firm says it works on “advising leaders who shape the world.”

During Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign, she faced criticism for having Mark Penn as her top adviser, while his public relations firm represented tobacco, oil, pharmaceutical and gaming companies. His company also instructed clients on how to defeat union-organizing drives.>

There is a lot of syngergy between the Benenson Group's clients. When he goes after Bernie on behalf of Hillary's campaign, does he also get to bill Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, McDonald's, Pfizer and Wal-Mart for the same work?

March 28, 2016

Thom Hartmann just said he's turned off MSNBC

He says that there are 3 progressive commentators who appear with some regularity on CNN: Van Jones, Bill Press and Katrina vanden Heuvel. He says there are none on MSNBC, so if he wants to watch news he turns to CNN.

I have done the same. CNN is hardly neutral, but it isn't 100% echo chamber.

March 28, 2016

Finally watched Chuck Todd's interview of Bernie from yesterday on MTP

Nauseating. Almost entirely focused on the horse race and how Bernie can't win. Chuck pressing on whether Bernie will support Hillary as the nominee without any conditions.

And MSNBC actually has people studying Bernie's speeches to find the last time he stopped the crowd from booing at the mention of Hillary's name?

The click button at the big picture is for only a short portion of the interview. The full interview link is further down the page.


March 28, 2016

Obama strongly endorses Debbie Wasserman-Schultz this morning

As Debbie works to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Agency on behalf of the payday lender industry. Thom Hartmann wonders if this means DWS is in trouble in her primary.

March 28, 2016

Thom Hartmann just played a clip of Cokie Roberts on NPR this morning

Cokie proclaimed Bernie needs to win 73% of the remaining delegates to win the Democratic nomination on the first ballot. Thom said he heard the same thing on CNN this weekend. He is wondering if they are both working off the same Clinton campaign (false) talking points, or if Cokie just heard the comment and went on the radio and repeated it without fact checking.

Bernie actually needs 57% of the delegates in the remaining primaries to have more regular pledged delegates than Hillary going into the convention.

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