Tag: corruption

Firing Comey and Trump as Solipsism

In his letter firing James Comey, now former Director of the FBI, Trump once again displayed the completely self-centered world that he inhabits. The second paragraph in this thankfully short letter reads:

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.

Obama, Wall St. and Big Money

Edited 5/9/2017 

(Originally published as “Obama and the Future of the Democratic Party”)

President Obama achieved some remarkable things during his eight years. Action on income and wealth inequality were not among them. He surrounded himself, especially on the economic front, with people who had direct connections to Wall St. or academic economics. He famously made a speech in 2013 announcing that income inequality was “the defining challenge of our time”.1 Then, faced with attacks from within the Democratic Party and all Republicans that he was engaging in “class warfare”, he beat a hasty retreat. The rhetoric was trotted out but he proposed nothing and did nothing.

Citibank and Obama’s Cabinet

  1. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/04/remarks-president-economic-mobility []

Hillary Clinton, Big Money, and Corruption

The trail of money around Hillary and Bill Clinton and their foundation continues to attract lots of comment and not a few efforts to prove that money changed hands in return for specific acts by Hilary as Secretary of State. Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich (NY: Harper 2015) is just one example of a tsunami of comment, pro and con, of course.1

borrowed from http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/why-hillary-doesnt-really-have-a-romney-problem.html

borrowed from http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/why-hillary-doesnt-really-have-a-romney-problem.html

  1. read a review in the New York Review of Books by Michael Tomasky http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jun/25/hillary-our-future/ []

Picking the President – Hong Kong, Beijing, and the US

Folks are in the street in Hong Kong protesting the anti-democratic election system in which Beijing approves the candidates who stand for election. The current Chief Executive, C Y Leung, is taunted with the nickname “689” – the number of votes he received from the Beijing appointed 1200 person Election Commission.
HK students protesting election laws

borrowed wo permission from NYTs 10022014

Americans should turn a reflective eye to our own Election Commission, the super wealthy who pour $ billions into a presidential election circus that effectively provides them with control over who can run for President. At least in HK the hands on the control led clearly to the central party apparatus in Beijing. Here we have a shadowy group that never appears in public that hides behind the enormous hoopla that substitutes for real politics in our choice of leaders.

See my earlier post “The Corruption at the Center of American Politics” and its link to Lawrence Lessig’s talk.

UPDATE: See the first segment on the 10012014 Colbert Report: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/full-episodes/a8c58v/october-1–2014—mike-mullen

 

Big Money, Big Politics…the best government bought, not by you…..

Wonder about the Impact of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision? 

Government in the US, as everywhere, has always been tilted in favor of the wealthy. But, the Citizens United  decision in 2010 giving corporations the right spend unlimited money has made government, really at every level, into the sole playground of the rich and big corporations.

A couple of weeks ago This American Life broadcast “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN FOR OFFICE”. Listen to this program. It will further clarify how totally corrupt our government has become.