Posts Tagged ‘Jeb Bush’

Praise for Bernie is what Cornell West had in a recent interview with Politico magazine. In it, he excoriated Hillary for her ties to Wall Street.

According to a CNN report, Hillary and Bill gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May 2015. The two got an average payday of $210,795 for each address. Bill and Hillary also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.

Among Professor’s West observations:

“With Obama’s departure from the White House, we shall see clearly where black America stands in relation to (Martin Luther) King’s legacy. Will voters put a smile on Martin’s face? It’s clear how we can do it. King smiles at Sanders’ deep integrity and genuine conviction, while he weeps at the Clinton machine’s crass opportunism and the inequality and injustice it breeds.

“…when it comes to advancing Dr. King’s legacy, a vote for Clinton not only falls far short of the mark; it prevents us from giving new life to King’s legacy. Instead, it is Sanders who has championed that legacy in word and in deed for 50 years. This election is not a mere campaign; it is a crusade to resurrect democracy—King-style—in our time. In 2016, Sanders is the one leading that crusade.”

King was leading the poor people’s campaign at the time of his death. Sander’s has been leading the charge for middle class, poor class, and racial equality for fifty years, while the Clinton’s have been collecting millions of dollars of speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.

West goes on:

“The Clintons’ neoliberal economic policies—principally, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall banking legislation, apparently under the influence of Wall Street’s money—have also hurt King’s cause. The Clinton Machine—celebrated by the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, white and black—did produce economic growth. But it came at the expense of poor people (more hopeless and prison-bound) and working people (also decimated by the Clinton-sponsored North American Free Trade Agreement).

“It’s no accident that Goldman Sachs paid Hillary Clinton $675,000 for a mere three speeches in 2013, or that the firm has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to her campaigns or that, in total, it has paid her and her husband more than $150 million in speaking fees since 2001. This is the same Goldman Sachs that engaged in predatory lending of sub-prime mortgages that collapsed in 2008, disproportionately hurting black Americans.”

In other words, Wall Street owns Hillary and Bill as much or more than it owns the Republican party stalwarts, such as Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch.

For the rest of the story: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/bernie-sanders-african-americans-cornel-west-hillary-clinton-213627#ixzz40Ygf3Q5Z


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Donald Trump told some honest truths, and the Republican Party finally closed ranks to attack him for it.

Trump said George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. “They lied,” Trump truthfully said. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none, and they knew there were none.”

Trump said that invading Iraq was a mistake, that the country was lied into invading Iraq by the Bush administration, and that the claim that Bush kept the country safe from terrorism is ridiculous because 9/11 happened on his watch. We cannot, of course, forget about the terrorist anthrax attacks that terrorized the nation for months after 9-11, and which directly led to the passage of Homeland Security, which is why so many people think the government was behind both 9-11 and the anthrax attacks.

It was a bizarre and telling moment, in which the battered forces of the Republican establishment finally picked themselves up off the floor specifically in order to defend some of its least-defensible conduct of the 21st Century.

Trump lit into George W. Bush on national security.

“While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show,” Jeb Bush retorted, “my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. And I’m proud of what he did.”

Then Trump cut in with his uppercut: “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that?”

A chorus of boos echoed forth from the crowd packed with establishment Republicans by the state party. Even better for Bush, Marco “I am a programmed robot” Rubio backed him up with lies.

“I just want to say, at least on behalf of me and my family, I thank God all the time it was George W. Bush in the white house on 9/11, and not Al Gore.” According to Rubio, the president to blame for 9/11 was not the president who was in office on 9/11, it was the guy who left office nine months earlier. “The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him.”

Richard Clarke

The audience loved this, and were mightily displeased when Trump observed: “George Bush had the chance, also, and he didn’t listen to the advice of his C.I.A.”

The strange thing is that after months of watching Trump say things that are racist, absurd, patently false, or all three at once, the Republican Party establishment decided to go after him for saying honest things.

George W. Bush clearly was in office on 9/11. Repeated invocations of the notion that he “kept us safe” have managed to make this a controversial claim, but it is true. He was inaugurated in January, and was serving as president on the morning of 9/11 when the terrorist attack momentarily interrupted his reading of My Pet Goat. For months Bush had received repeated warnings about al-Qaeda plots against the United States, and refused to meet with Richard Clarke, his counter terrorism chief, who sent him warning after warning. In addition, Bush received warnings throughout the spring and summer of 2001 during each one of his daily presidential briefings. He decided to ignore them, which is another one of the reasons why tens of millions of Americans think 9-11 was an inside job. Nobody could be that stupid, corrupt or careless with national security. Well, okay, maybe George W. Bush could’ve been.

Bush was given a plan to tackle al-Qaeda and the Taliban that he rejected as a holdover from the Clinton administration and a distraction from bigger problems, like improving his golf swing.

On September 6, 2001, an aide handed Bush a CIA report titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in United States.” What did he do with it? He likely never read it. National security was that important to him.

“By Trump standards — this is a man, after all, who claims he can make Mexico pay for the construction of thousands of miles of border wall — these arguments are tame. Indeed, almost banal. For months now, Republicans have wondered how Trump could be winning by claiming up was down. But this was exactly how they won in their mid-aughts heyday — slamming decorated war hero John Kerry for cowardice, claiming to have kept the country safe while presiding over the worst attack in American history, and responding by invading an unrelated country in order to dismantle a nuclear weapons program that didn’t exist.”

Love him or hate him, Trump has been waging an absolutely brilliant campaign to attract Republican voters, many of whom are tired of the Wall Street/Big Oil Republican Party establishment as much as Democratic voters are disgusted with the Wall Street Democratic Party establishment. After the debate, Bush’s poll numbers in South Carolina dropped to as low as 6 percent, while Trump’s numbers stayed the same in a few cases, but in others, they went up.

Bush was considered a threat to Trump in South Carolina, but that appears to be unlikely now that Trump has tarnished the Bush name with honest criticism.

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Below is a campaign video of a presidential candidate, almost any presidential candidate. All of the candidates continue to say the same generic bullshit, with the exception of two candidates. Check out the video below.

With the exception of Donald Trump and US Senator Bernie Sanders, all of the presidential candidates pretty much are backed by the same corporations, whether it’s big oil, or Wall Street. That’s why they all all kind of sound the same. There is virtually no difference in what they support between Hillary and Jeb, although the Bush man did oppose border fences. With exception of the deep pockets of Trump, and the massive grassroots network being developed by Sanders, the other candidates are toadies to big business, of one kind or another. This suggests that Trump and Sanders are the only two candidates with any independence from the big money boys. Stunningly, both Sanders and Trump support raising taxes on the rich, and for Trump, that means raising his own taxes. Hillary and Jeb are part of presidential dynasties and are worth millions. Bernie, by comparison, is a pauper whose total net work is close to the average citizen. Trump’s billions allow him to say anything to anybody since he is the principal financier of his campaign. Everybody else needs to be careful about who they offend.

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Did Romney Get the Curse of Political Death?

A Bush family member may have destroyed Mitt Romney’s chances of ever being elected president. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, officially endorsed Romney today. The Bush family is well for being among the most corrupt and incompetent elected officials in the history of the United States.

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