Monday, April 13, 2015


HILLARY CLINTON WENT RIGHT, NOW GOES LEFT AND WILL THEN GO BACK TO CENTER. That’s what the Democratic presidential candidates always do. After securing promises for hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars of corporate donations, they begin their campaign with populist rhetoric. That’s what Hillary is doing now, just as her husband did back in 1992, like Al Gore did in 2000, like Kerry did in 2004 and Obama in 2008. In all these cases the Democratic candidates began on the left in order to preempt the party’s left-wing and by the end of the campaign ended in the center where they stayed put. See this lively debate on “Democracy Now” between two progressive commentators who support Hillary versus Bob Scheer and Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant (member of the Socialist Alternative). Scheer and Sawant point out that even though Hillary is coming on as somewhat of a populist, she refrains from supporting the $15 minimum wage that Sawant pushed through in Seattle, perhaps because of donations she is receiving from Walmart’s Walton family. Scheer points out that she viciously attacked Edward Snowden while she herself kept her own emails private, knowing full well who would have access to them. She also in the 90s helped gut the Aid to Dependent Children program, which was a pillar of the U.S. welfare system. In any case, the debate was lively and worth listening to:


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