What Obama and Sanders can do to keep “the Bern” alive while helping Clinton

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to discuss “where do we go now” following the primaries and caucuses in California and five other states. Shortly thereafter, he endorsed Hillary Clinton, in a paid video by the Clinton campaign. In the announcement, the president said that the differences…

Rooting for GOP opposition research on Hillary

It’s nothing new to say that sometimes Hillary Clinton is her own worst enemy. I’ve been a Bernie supporter, but I really want to enthusiastically support Hillary because (a) she likely will be the Democratic nominee, and (b) all things being equal (or even close to equal), I certainly would prefer to have a woman…

What Hillary Clinton might say to help herself

Hillary Clinton finds herself on the defensive, doing rope-a-dope, against certain charges from both the media and Bernie Sanders. Where Sanders is concerned, Clinton’s Achilles heel is her relationship with Wall Street. Specifically, Clinton is vulnerable with her contention that she has never been influenced by the money from Wall Street that has been paid…

Global derivatives markets 20 percent larger than before the crash

What’s a derivative? The word “derivative” may ring a bell because Wall Street speculation in “innovative financial instruments” such as derivatives, helped tank the economy 2008. Mayra Rodriques Valladares provides a good definition in her recent article in the New York Times. “Derivatives Markets Growing Again, With Few New Protections:”  A derivative, put simply, is a…

This bill makes me want to stick with gridlock

Like many progressives, I’ve been very frustrated by both the gridlock that Republicans have been causing in Congress and the ongoing mischaracterization of it by much of the mainstream press. No sooner had President Obama been sworn into office than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that his main goal the upcoming Congressional…

Why corporations blackmail government–because they can

If Boeing wants to build the 777X jetliner in the state of Missouri, the state will have to shell out $1.7 trillion, and St. Louis County possibly a similar amount. Why does Boeing ask for so much? Because they can. Initially, Boeing preferred to build the airliners in its home base of Seattle, WA, but…