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  • Democrat
    Julian, CA
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    Hillary made $600,000 last year from Goldman Saks for speaker fees. Hillary is a corporatist and a war hawk and America has had enough of both. Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate running who will be representing the best interest of the American people instead of the Robber Barons/Global Corporations and the Military Industrial Complex.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    When criticised for her Goldman Sachs speeches Hillary did not offer any redeeming defenses. What did she say at the speeches? Did she caution Goldman Sachs that their policies are bad for the country? Did she say that more regulations are needed to produce a level playing field ? Did she caution that giving certain investors the right to look at trades before they are placed is not fair and is actually front running. Did she warn that securitizing huge funds to support derivative trading has taken the money out of developing and supporting new businesses. If she said good things for the country you would think she would refute Bernies criticsim about her 600 thousand dollars fees. Bernie should have asked her what she says for two hundred thousand dollars.
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    Hillary Clinton Remarks on Wall Street on Housing Crisis, December 5, 2007

    Hillary Clinton was challenged by the moderators to provide transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street. Here is one of them from an earlier speech as a candidate for President, delivered December 5, 2007, as the housing market was slumping but still nine months before the stock market dropped like a rock. A few extracts from her speech:

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    "If we're honest, we need to acknowledge that Wall Street has played a significant role in the current problems, and in particular in the housing crisis. A "see no evil" policy that financed irresponsible mortgage lending. A bond rating system riddled with conflicts of interest. A habit of issuing complex and opaque securities that even Wall Street itself doesn't seem to understand.

    "I believe we need a new beginning in our economic policy - one that strengthens our middle class and ensures that prosperity is widely shared, and is based on an ethic of shared responsibility. A new beginning that makes Wall Street shoulder its responsibility for this crisis, and that gives homeowners the breathing room they need. One that makes the most well-off among us pay our fair share and gives the middle class the help it needs for education, health care, and retirement security.

    "Our economy has been at risk by investment schemes aimed at making not just a few, but many extra dollars, and we need to start insisting on the right rules and transparency so this doesn't happen again.

    "So I'm here today to call on Wall Street to do its part - to help end the foreclosure crisis that is devastating middle class families and threatening the health of our economy.

    "Wall Street needs to be part of a comprehensive solution that brings to the table all those responsible and calls on them to do their part. Wall Street helped create the foreclosure crisis, and Wall Street needs to help us solve it.

    "Let's start with an honest, clear-eyed assessment of what went so terribly wrong.

    "Over the past seven years, as incomes fell and wages stagnated, many families were lured into risky mortgages with rates that later jumped beyond what they could afford. Now, we can debate what was technically illegal; we can debate what should be defined as predatory. But there is no debate that what happened did not reflect the best of our financial system.

    "It did not reflect prudence, transparency, or even an understanding that behind large bundles of securitized mortgages are real families who were led into bad situations by people who should have, and even did, know better.

    "As a result, 1.8 million foreclosure notices have gone out this year, an increase of 74 percent from last year. And the worst may be yet to come. The rates on 2 million mortgages are set to escalate over the next two years. Meanwhile, there's been an unprecedented national decline in home values."

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    You can read the entire speech at the above link. Does it sound like she is "cozy with Wall Street"?

  • Independent
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    Does it sound like she is cozy with Wall Street? An interesting question. It sounds as if she is cozy or at least accepting of too big to fail messily. But that is not surprising. Just about every politician in DC is accepting of that. That the TARP and any other bailout tool for Wall Street did not contain requirements to replace management and dismantle the banks to smaller entities merely underscores how deeply the hook is in the mouth of congress.
  • Independent
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    lonely bird Wrote: Does it sound like she is cozy with Wall Street? An interesting question. It sounds as if she is cozy or at least accepting of too big to fail messily. But that is not surprising. Just about every politician in DC is accepting of that. That the TARP and any other bailout tool for Wall Street did not contain requirements to replace management and dismantle the banks to smaller entities merely underscores how deeply the hook is in the mouth of congress.
    Lonely, you are correct; this Wall Street thing goes much further than the banks; how about the hedge funds, short sellers, insurers etc. and their lawless practices. How many Bernie Maddov's do we need?
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    This speech was given 9 years ago and during that time the Clintons have become very, very wealthy.

    Hillary is known for her flippy, flopping approach to issues and such behavior reveals a person who is good at conning people and following the line of least resistance and such traits will make a very poor leader and her vote for that war of aggression in Iraq reveals her very bad judgment about the most important issue she may face if she is elected President.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I much prefer a candidate who indeed has "flip flopped" on an issue over an ideologue who is incapable of seeing the other side. Presidents need to be malleable depending on the situation. The problem with our Congress is that too many of them were elected on a "no compromise" pledge. In my mind, anyone who pledges "no compromise" is unfit to hold office.

    In fact, that's the problem with our whole country...too many ideologues conducting purity tests, and not considering how the "positives" might out weigh the cherry picked "negative". Indignant outrage is an excessive emotion that blocks critical thinking.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I much prefer a candidate who indeed has "flip flopped" on an issue over an ideologue who is incapable of seeing the other side. Presidents need to be malleable depending on the situation. The problem with our Congress is that too many of them were elected on a "no compromise" pledge. In my mind, anyone who pledges "no compromise" is unfit to hold office.

    In fact, that's the problem with our whole country...too many ideologues conducting purity tests, and not considering how the "positives" might out weigh the cherry picked "negative". Indignant outrage is an excessive emotion that blocks critical thinking.

    I'm surprised at the super corrupt voting system; why does she gets "super delegates" while Bernie related to "normal" delegates could win from her. The "super" delegates are part of the "Washington insider club" who of course support her because she belongs to that club, not Bernie. Sorry he's the only one who tells the truth about this country. Hillary just continues on what the old clan dictates to her. Again this shows on how this country is run by "money" and "power" by a few.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: I'm surprised at the super corrupt voting system; why does she gets "super delegates" while Bernie related to "normal" delegates could win from her. The "super" delegates are part of the "Washington insider club" who of course support her because she belongs to that club, not Bernie. Sorry he's the only one who tells the truth about this country. Hillary just continues on what the old clan dictates to her. Again this shows on how this country is run by "money" and "power" by a few.

    Hillary Clinton doesn't "get" super delegates, nor does Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Party came up with Super Delegates after the disastrous 1968 convention.

    Bernie belongs to the Washington "insider club" just as much as Hillary does. In fact, Bernie has been in Washington for far longer than Hillary ever has. It seems like far too many people forget that inconvenient fact.

  • Democrat
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    This why a person like Trump resonates with so many people because of the relationships with Corp. America and the banking industry that so many of our Politicians have with these entities , and Trump is so wrong on so many levels on so many issues that is's not funny, honesty and integrity are now considered an oxymoron when addressing our political leaders,. Trump is a known quantity , and that is as a businessmen who wheels and deals and makes no bones about it, perhaps a sizable amount of America's citizens feels that they need a wheeler dealer instead of a conniver who in essence is a one eyed jack.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Hillary said:"So I'm here today to call on Wall Street to do its part - to help end the foreclosure crisis that is devastating middle class families and threatening the health of our economy".

    Schmidt, That is about as innocuous a non committal statement that could be made. Calling upon Wall Street to rectify itself. Yes, that sounds like she is not only cozy with Wall Street but she is signalling Wall Street will be left to police itself.

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    johnnycee Wrote: This why a person like Trump resonates with so many people because of the relationships with Corp. America and the banking industry that so many of our Politicians have with these entities , and Trump is so wrong on so many levels on so many issues that is's not funny, honesty and integrity are now considered an oxymoron when addressing our political leaders,. Trump is a known quantity , and that is as a businessmen who wheels and deals and makes no bones about it, perhaps a sizable amount of America's citizens feels that they need a wheeler dealer instead of a conniver who in essence is a one eyed jack.
    "Trump is a known quantity"????? Known to be a total self-absorbed bullshitter, crook, and psychopath, perhaps but about all anyone really knows about Trump is he has long fingers and he's not afraid to use them on you. Oh yes, I almost forgot, he is the best, smartest, most observant, religious, patriotic, loving person God ever put on this Earth. I know this because he (Trum) tells us so daily so it must be true. Did I forget to mention most honest, also?
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Hillary said:"So I'm here today to call on Wall Street to do its part - to help end the foreclosure crisis that is devastating middle class families and threatening the health of our economy".

    Schmidt, That is about as innocuous a non committal statement that could be made. Calling upon Wall Street to rectify itself. Yes, that sounds like she is not only cozy with Wall Street but she is signalling Wall Street will be left to police itself.

    “We as Americans and as humans have very selective hearing and very selective memory. We only hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest.” – Frank Luntz, Republican strategist...

    I inserted Luntz's quote at the front of one of my blog articles. It always amazes me how people filter their thinking, whether it be listening to a speech or reading a text of the speech. Their minds are always filtering looking for some innocuous statement that they can take out of contest to validate their prejudices.

    I provided a link to Hillary Clinton's entire speech. If you had taken just a few minutes to read it you would have read the steps she was asking Wall Street to do as part of their shared responsibility to fix the problem. I use the word "shared" because when one really delves into the reasons for the Great Recession, you will find shared blame. I know that is not something that you can grasp, always looking to assign fault and blame rather than think about solutions.

    When it comes to Hillary Clinton, you are on a one person quest to find fault in everything she says or does. Take off the blinders and open your mind.

  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: I'm surprised at the super corrupt voting system; why does she gets "super delegates" while Bernie related to "normal" delegates could win from her. The "super" delegates are part of the "Washington insider club" who of course support her because she belongs to that club, not Bernie. Sorry he's the only one who tells the truth about this country. Hillary just continues on what the old clan dictates to her. Again this shows on how this country is run by "money" and "power" by a few.

    Hillary Clinton doesn't "get" super delegates, nor does Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Party came up with Super Delegates after the disastrous 1968 convention.

    Bernie belongs to the Washington "insider club" just as much as Hillary does. In fact, Bernie has been in Washington for far longer than Hillary ever has. It seems like far too many people forget that inconvenient fact.

    Sorry Jared, she did get a huge amount of "super delegates" already in the beginning and has just about double the delegates than Bernie, while Bernie just about ran close with her on vote count, except some southern States. So it is skewed which ever way you look at it
  • Democrat
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    As I said "" A known Quantity".., It's a real shame when the Dems. best chance for securing the White House is Donald Trump, not whether or not the Democratic candidate running for the office is qualified.