Hillary Clinton predictably sucked at tonight’s debate, but even more than I expected her to. Here were her 3 big fuck-ups of the night, in my humble opinion:
1.) She doubled down on NOT breaking up the big banks. I thought she’d avoid mentioning
her naive position, but nope. She again opposed reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act. What is that, you ask? You’ve probably heard of it if you follow politics at all, but it’s rarely explained. It was a financial reform law created in 1933 that separated commercial banking from investment banking after the stock market crash of 1929 after the Banks fucked up and caused the Great Depression. In layman’s terms, it stopped the banks from gambling with our money. That law was repealed in 1999 when the Republicans were in control of Congress. And who was the President that signed off on the repeal? Bill Clinton. Who were Bill Clinton’s major campaign donors? Banks. Who are Hillary’s biggest donors? Banks. >>>
Bernie’s take on Glass-Steagall? “Here’s the story, let’s not be naive about it. Why over her political career has Wall Street been the major contributor to Hillary Clinton? Now maybe they’re dumb and they don’t know what they’re gonna get… but I don’t think so. Here is the major issue when we talk about Wall Street. It ain’t complicated. You got six financial institutions today that have assets equivalent to 56% of the GDP in America. They issue two-thirds of the credit cards and one-third of the mortgages. If Teddy Roosevelt, a good Republican, were alive today you know what he’d say? BREAK THEM UP. Re-establish Glass-Steagall.”
2.) Clinton backpedaled and said she supported a $12 minimum wage instead of $15. According to a poll by Hart Research Associates, 63% of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to $15. Of course, if the minimum wage actually kept up with inflation it would be $22/hr today, so the American people are already short-changing themselves by demanding only $15 (by 2020 no less). And Hillary doesn’t support even that? Why would she so blatantly ignore the majority of voters? Obviously she’s already taking orders from her corporate campaign donors. There’s simply no other explanation. Imagine what she’d do if she becomes President. Bernie Sanders, of course, supports the $15/hr level.
3.) She tried to dodge a serious question by evoking 9-11. When rightly questioned about how she could ever be trusted to regulate Wall Street when Wall Street is funding the majority of her campaign, she shot back by saying:
“I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11. When we were attacked, where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan, where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy. And it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.”
She dared to excuse herself for being cozy with Wall Street because… it was where the Twin Towers fell?? Ohhhh those poor, wealthy bankers! Jesus. The buildings were on fire (and her pants, apparently) but not their bank accounts. And most CEO wealth is stored safely in the Cayman Islands anyway so what in the fucking fuck was she even talking about?
I mean, this country isn’t that bright but I’m pretty sure most Americans could see right through that one. It was such a pathetic excuse, even for her. It was similar to the bullshit Rudy Giuliani pulled in the 2008 election. Some politicians seem to think that all they have to do is mention 9-11 and they get a free pass. Normally this is a Republican tactic, but coming from Hillary fucking Clinton…? On the plus side, this indicates just how desperate Hillary has become which bodes well for Bernie Sanders. This was by far her biggest screw-up of the night and you’ll likely hear about in the news tomorrow if the media actually does it’s job right.
*** BONUS FUCK-UP ***
Hillary tried to distance herself from Wall Street by claiming she “helped shareholders” gain more control over the market, implying that she helped empower the middle class. Except for one important detail: As of 2007 (and it’s only gotten worse since then, so this is a conservative analysis) the top 1% of wealthy Americans owned 80% of the entire stock market while the bottom 60% of Americans owned only 2.5%. Not 25%. TWO POINT FIVE.
Unfortunately, neither of the other candidates called her out on this. But hey, that’s what I’m here for.
For his part, Bernie Sanders did well at calling her out on some (though not all) of Hillary’s bullshit. The Democrats have been careful not to overly-demonize Hillary because sadly she still is the front-runner in this post-Citizens United world where money talks, but tonight the kid gloves finally came off. Bernie fired at her hard without calling her out by name:
“I have never heard a candidate who has received huge amounts of money from oil, from coal, from Wall Street, from the military-industrial complex… not one candidate can say, “Oh, these campaign contributions won’t influence me. I’m gonna be independent.” Well then why do they make millions of dollars of campaign contributions? They expect to get something, everybody knows that! I am running a campaign differently than any other candidate. We are relying on small campaign donors. 750,000 of them, 30 bucks a piece. Those are who I’m indebted to.”
Martin O’Malley, the only other candidate on the stage, backed up Sanders and helped point out just how unprincipled Hillary really is and her history of strategically following polls instead of principles. He’s actually a pretty good candidate, far better than Clinton, but Bernie is still the only one who supports tuition-free college education and refuses any donations from corporations. Between that and his support of a single-payer health care system, Bernie Sanders firmly has my vote.
Keep going, Bernie! Nail that fucking bitch.
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