Daily Archives: July 12, 2015

How Bernie Sanders plans to win, and change Washington

CBS’s Face the Nation has this article, How Bernie Sanders plans to win, and change Washington, on their web site.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Sanders said that the president ran “one of the great campaigns in the history of the United States of America” in 2008, but he also made a mistake by trying to negotiate fair compromises with Republicans and their leadership in Congress.

Before giving you the money quote on this topic, let me show you a clip that I think deserves a lot of emphasis.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, supports Pope Francis in ending what he calls “casino-type capitalism.” The senator believes Pope Francis has been a “voice of conscience” all over the world.

Now back to the President’s big mistake. I have commented on what Bernie Sanders has said before, but it is well worth repeating for the skeptics. You actually have to go to the article and watch the video to get the whole thing and the real impact. What Bernie says here, is one of my main complaints against Obama, almost from the day after he took office, and, remember, I voted and campaigned for Obama.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, says he’ll be able to build a giant grassroots movement of support to win the Democratic nomination and the 2016 election, but that he’ll also go one step further than President Obama did successfully harness his grassroots support to change Washington.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Sanders said that the president ran “one of the great campaigns in the history of the United States of America” in 2008, but he also made a mistake by trying to negotiate fair compromises with Republicans and their leadership in Congress.

“The truth is Republicans never wanted to negotiate, all they wanted to do is obstruct,” Sanders said. “What I have said throughout this campaign is electing Bernie Sanders as president is not enough. Not going to do it. We need a mass grassroots movement that looks the Republicans in the eye and says, ‘If you don’t vote to demand that your wealthy people start paying their fair share of taxes, if you don’t vote for jobs, raising the minimum wage and expanding Social Security, we know what’s going on, we’re involved, we’re organized, you are outta here if you don’t do the right thing.'”

He plans to build that grassroots coalition by bringing more people into the political process and focusing heavily on poverty and income inequality.

“I’m going to be going around the country not only to blue states…but to red states, conservative states. We’re going to go to Alabama, we’re going to go to Mississippi,” Sanders said. “I think the message that we have is resonating. People are going to get involved in the political process, we’re going to drive turnout up and when we do that we win.”

If You Love Bernie Sanders, You’ll Love Him Even More After Seeing This!

Americans Against the Tea Party has the article If You Love Bernie Sanders, You’ll Love Him Even More After Seeing This!

No matter how much you love Bernie Sanders, you will love him even more after hearing this!

During an appearance on The Thom Hartmann Show earlier, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) went on a rant against the Koch brothers and a recent video they produced which makes the asinine claim that the American middle class is just fine and, in fact, anyone making over $34,000 is wealthy. Charles Koch also said in an interview on Tuesday with The Wichita Eagle that we should abolish the minimum wage because it would help poor people.

I guess we’re not the only ones who feel ill when billionaires pedal this kind of condescending claptrap.

Sharon registered her dissent over the headline. She noted that Sanders didn’t answer the caller’s question. That just drives her wild when politicians do that. Elizabeth Warren had the habit of going into her standard spiel no matter what the question, and I sometimes did get annoyed at that. However, I have also noted that this is one of Sanders’ campaign and interview strengths. This caller’s question was a good one, but in circumstances where pundits and interviewers try to side-track Sanders, it doesn’t take him long to get back onto his talking points.

Let’s get back to this caller’s question. One of the answers to this question is that what the oligarchs and the rich have done throughout history is to push things so far that it leads to revolutions which overthrow their class. Still it is not absolutely crazy of them to behave that way, even given the history. After all, any particular oligarch or rich person might get through his or her own life without experiencing any of the eventual turmoil. Let the descendants worry about the consequences.

Holder’s Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making

The National Law Journal has the article Holder’s Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making.

Eric Holder Jr. didn’t wear a tie, didn’t stand to speak, didn’t have his security detail hovering when he reintroduced himself to Covington & Burling’s law partners a few weeks ago. He didn’t need to. They already knew him.

The 900-lawyer firm celebrates a homecoming this week as Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, rejoins the firm as a white-collar partner. Covington plans to announce the news Monday, and his official start date will be in September.

“This is home for me,” Holder said. Margaret Richardson, his former chief of staff, also is joining the firm as an of counsel.

Holder, 64, left the U.S. Department of Justice in April after serving for six years. Before that, he had been a partner at Covington from 2001 to January 2009.

I was just saying that perhaps Jimmy Carter was the last honest President we had. Although, I didn’t know what skeletons might have been in his closet, or might have taken up residence sine he left office. Then I read this quote from this article about Holder’s plans for his “new” career..

He said he wouldn’t necessarily model his practice after any other well-regarded Washington lawyer, though he did mention his respect for the practice and law firm involvement of former Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti. Civiletti served at the end of the Carter administration as AG, led Venable until 2006 and was the first lawyer in the U.S. to report a $1,000 hourly rate.

Why Eric Holder’s new job is an insult to the American public

Salon has the article Why Eric Holder’s new job is an insult to the American public.

If Las Vegas took bets on whether recently departed Attorney General Eric Holder would return to corporate law firm Covington & Burling, the casinos would have run out of money faster than Greek banks. Newborn infants could have guessed at a homecoming for the former partner at Covington from 2001 to 2009. Last year, Holder bought a condo 300 feet from the firm’s headquarters. The National Law Journal headlined the news, “Holder’s Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making,” as if acting as the nation’s top law enforcement officer was a temp gig. They even kept an 11th-floor corner office empty for his return.

If we had a more aggressive media, this would be an enormous scandal, more than the decamping of former Obama Administration officials to places like Uber and Amazon. That’s because practically no law firm has done more to protect Wall Street executives from the consequences of their criminal activities than Covington & Burling. Their roster of clients includes every mega-bank in America: JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Bank of America. Yet Holder has joined several of his ex-employees there, creating a shadow Justice Department and an unquestionable conflict of interest. In fact, given the pathetic fashion in which DoJ limited punishment for those who caused the greatest economic meltdown in 80 years, Holder’s new job looks a lot like his old job.

We won’t have a more aggressive media until the people demand it. How can readers’ demands be more powerful than the corporate medias instincts to protect its own interests? I think that refusing to view or read corporate media except to expose it might get some corporate executive’s attention. I have already cancelled my subscription to The Boston Globe.

The current campaign will saturate this blog with all the links I can find relating to the Holder story. The first post was Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold.

Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold

RollingStone has the article Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold. It has the subhead of:

Barack Obama’s former top cop cashes in after six years of letting banks run wild

The article shows the following interview of Matt Taibi on Democracy Now.

This all came to my attention with an email from Credo Action. The main points of that email are in the petition on their web site Tell Congress: Subpoena Eric Holder’s communication with his corporate law firm. There are references to their sources of information in the petition. Here is an excerpt from their explanation.

Worse, it was just reported that the firm, Covington & Burling, has kept an empty 11th floor corner office for Holder awaiting his return. Combined with Holder’s purchase a year ago of a $1.5 million condo just 300 feet from his new office raises serious questions about how long Holder knew he would be getting a major payday from his old firm even while it continued to represent companies under Department of Justice investigation. If the firm and Holder agreed on a future job offer, that alone could violate criminal laws

Now you get a hint as to why Obama is pushing this awful “trade” deal, called TPP despite the majority of Democrats in Congress being dead set against it. I wonder where Obama is going to work when he leaves office. This is the type of behavior we saw from Bill Clinton when he went along with the Republicans to eliminate the Glass-Steagall regulations despite the efforts of the Democrats’, in Congress at that time, to stop him

If you think you want Hillary Clinton as our next president, either you are not paying attention, or you are purposely not looking. If she gets into office and pulls stunts like her husband and Barack Obama have, then don’t come whining to me about how you didn’t know.

I hear talk about how it would be historic for Hillary to be the first woman President. Is that the kind of history we want for this country? The first woman President and more crooked than any male President before her. Just like Obama is going to go down in history as the first black President, and more crooked than any white predecessor.