Saturday, October 8, 2016

Madame BleachBit for private consumption is a little different than what she ladles out at rallies

Some choice comments from those remarks to Wall Street bankers:

Clinton’s remarks during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other groups were leaked online Friday afternoon by WikiLeaks. Clinton, who was paid upwards of $225,000 per speech, earned more than $22 million on the paid speaking circuit after resigning as secretary of state.
The excerpts are revealed in an email from Tony Carrk, the research director of the Clinton campaign, to John Podesta, the campaign chairman, and other top campaign officials. Carrk, who did not respond to a request for comment, highlighted in the memo the most politically damaging quotes from each paid speech, under headers including “CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH,” “CLINTON SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY,” and “CLINTON REMARKS ARE PRO KEYSTONE AND PRO TRADE.”
The wealth Clinton accumulated was a topic at the paid events.
Discussing middle class economic anxieties, Clinton told a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is now “kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.”
But the discussions were also an opportunity for Clinton to speak candidly about policy, politics, and her approach to governing.
Touching on her view of developing financial regulations, Clinton declared to a crowd of Goldman Sachs bankers that in order to “figure out what works,” the “people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry.”
At the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton responded to a question from chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, who quipped that you “go to Washington” to “make a small fortune.” Clinton agreed with the comment and complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government. “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,” Clinton said.
At a speech for Morgan Stanley on April 18, 2013, Clinton praised the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan — which would reduce corporate tax rates while raising the Social Security age. “But Simpson-Bowles — and I know you heard from Erskine earlier today — put forth the right framework. Namely, we have to restrain spending, we have to have adequate revenues, and we have to incentivize growth. It’s a three-part formula,” she said.
Clinton also told a housing trade group in 2013 that on certain issues, she has “a public and a private position.” “If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” said Clinton. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”
Wonder if she's still actually a fan of single-payer health care, as she told a Grand Rapids crown in 2013.


  1. Who are we carping about reducing the corporate tax rates for?

  2. So we can have some job creation in this country

  3. Job creation, huh? Stakeholders don't care about anything but making money doing nothing. Oh yeah, risk, well lose it, jerks, you've wrecked America!

  4. You are a stockholder. I am a stockholder. The retired teacher down the block is a stockholder. Ditto the fireman, the carpenter, the fork lift driver, the physical therapist, the newspaper editor, the banquet caterer, the car mechanic.
    Nearly anybody saving money is a stockholder. Yes, they want to make money.
    And how does a corporation make money in a sustained way? Providing a quality product at a price the consumer finds reasonable. And that requires as little in the way of costs that don't contribute to the value of the products as possible (think taxes).

    That's the source of meaningful profit.

  5. Sure smells like economic and spiritual decline in a lot of places left behind that have sure seen better days.

  6. The trends at the top and the bottom are undermining cohesive politics, but more important they are undermining social interconnection as they fracture the United States more and more into a class and race hierarchy.