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I was shocked, for just a brief moment, when I read that the Koch brothers were possibly intending to vote for Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, over Donald Trump, in the general election assuming both of them win the nomination of their respective parties.

Oil tycoon and conservative mega-donor Charles Koch had kind words for both Bill and Hillary Clinton in an interview Sunday, saying there was an outside chance he could support her in November. <CNN, link>

But then I quickly realized that mega-wealthy donors to national politicians need candidates whom they can influence, and Donald Trump does not fit the bill (nor does Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side).

Hillary Clinton, however, does fit the bill.  Oh, how she has been bought by powerful interests, hundreds of times over, and the Koch brothers prefer someone like her to Trump, who does not appear to be “Buy-able”.

First, there are Hillary’s Wall Street and other speaking fees, which total $153 million (emphasis added:)

Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.

In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks. <CNN, link>

When Bernie Sanders and his supporters call her out for being in the pocket of the big banks, he has good reason to do so.

She is owned by them, and everybody knows it.

Check out this amazing photo from 2014 of Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman, Sachs, and his candidate, Hillary Clinton.  I was going to add some fun labels to this photo, but then I thought “Why ruin such a perfect indictment of who Hillary Clinton is?”.

That smile. That smirk.

Blankfein and Hillary

Here is a nice quote from Bernie, who tells it like it is and is beloved my millions of Democrats as a result (CNN, link):

What being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter, having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one’s life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests

Bernie knows what we all know — that Hillary Clinton is a big liar when she claims to be “fighting for the people”.Clintonocchio

Second, we have more millions — actually, BILLIONS, of dollars donated by foreigners to the Clinton Global Initiative, her private “good works” entity that cynics might say serves a dual purpose: it allows foreigners to contribute to a presidential candidate, something that is illegal in the United States.

The Washington Post reported last week that foreign sources, including governments, made up a third of those who have given the foundation more than $1 million over time. The Post found that the foundation, begun by former president Bill Clinton, has raised nearly $2 billion since its creation in 2001. <Washington Post, link>

How much was that?

Two Billion dollars.

Is Hillary above accepting millions from foreign governments while serving as Secretary of State — a clear conflict of interest?

No, not at all:

The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.

She is owned by them, and everybody knows it.

So the Koch brothers, those very same Republican rich guys whom Liberals love to hate, are now on record supporting Hillary Clinton, and why shouldn’t they when Donald Trump as president would scare them to their very bones by being a president who doesn’t need and doesn’t want their money.

Which is why many Bernie supporters will either sit out the election if Hillary gets the nomination, or will vote for Trump (and not tell anyone for fear of being shamed).

In either case, the Republican wins.

What a great piece today written by Marc Theissen in the Washington Post.

Here is the opening few paragraphs:

Historian David Maraniss notes, in Sunday’s Post, that President Obama came to office with the goal of changing “the trajectory of America” and leaving “a legacy as a president of consequence, the liberal counter to [Ronald] Reagan.” 

On the foreign-policy front, he is the anti-Reagan for certain. Reagan defeated Soviet communism and left us a safer world; Obama presided over the rise and metastasis of the Islamic State and left us a far more dangerous one. 

Domestically, Ronald Reagan told the American people: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’ ” Obama wanted to convince Americans that they were not terrifying. And the way he was going to do it was through the only great liberal legislative achievement of his presidency: Obamacare. 

He failed. Even before he leaves office, Obamacare has begun unraveling.

Read the rest here [link]

The Obamacare death star is one of history’s great examples of a massive government program that was sold by a messianic leader using lie after lie after lie and then, once implemented, revealed the truth of the most ugly predictions made about the program when it was wrangled through Congress.

Obamacare was never defensible, though many tried to argue it was, and is certainly not defensible now. Thought there are a few holdouts who still claim that the ACA is a “success” on this or that level, they are increasingly isolated and looking increasingly foolish as Obamacare co-ops continue to fail and disappear and large private insurers back out of exchanges.

It was always a ponzi scheme, and here we are.

Obamacare Hindenburg

Well now, if there was any doubt about Liberal disenchantment with Hillary Clinton, the following Susan Sarandon quotes will end it.

From an interview on MSNBC as quoted today by Yahoo News (link):

Sarandon, one of Sanders’ most visible surrogates, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that she’s concerned that Clinton doesn’t represent the progressive values that the Vermont senator and self-described democratic socialist preaches on the campaign trail.

She doesn’t. She’s accepted money from all those [Wall Street] people. She doesn’t even want to fight for a $15 minimum wage.

The 69-year-old Academy Award winner said her fellow Sanders supporters — many of them first-time voters — won’t turn out for Clinton in a general election.

They feel like she’s not authentic, that she’s a liar, that they don’t trust her, so what difference does it make?

Wow, thanks Susan for speaking the truth about Hillary. And I notice that your are quoting how others feel…perhaps you feel the same way too? I think so.

Sarandon

That Hillary Clinton scared off Joe Biden and other challengers is a disgrace for Democrats, but let’s all tip our caps to the indomitable Bernie Sanders!

 

 

Capitalism, defended

So it turns out that Barack Obama just told some young people in Argentina that they should not get caught up in the difference between capitalism and communism/socialism <Washington Times, link>.

So often in the past there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist. And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right? Oh, you know, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some crazy communist that’s going to take away everybody’s property.
And I mean, those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works.

So mr. Obama is promoting the notion that the differences between capitalism and communism are merely “intellectual” and not affecting the every day life of the average citizen?

But let’s not be surprised by this sophistry — this is a man, after all, who told Americans on many occasions that he would redistribute wealth and pursue an openly statist agenda.

The good news is that there is a great video on the difference between capitalism and communism / socialism — it’s fun, informative, and downright entertaining as it lays waste to the nonsense being spewed by so many Liberals and “Progressives” who “hate capitalism” and now say that we should all “resist capitalism”.

If you have friends who fail to understand what capitalism is and why it is better than socialism and communism, then try to get them to watch this entertaining discussion of it.

If they watch to the end, they just might start to understand.

 

Evidence of Hillary Clinton’s trampling of the laws and of her oath as Secretary of State is becoming a mile high, and on at least two fronts — the failure to safeguard top secret information, and corruption of the State Department via the Clinton Foundation — it increasingly appears as though there is enough of it to secure an indictment of Hillary Clinton.

The FBI, an executive branch agency, is pursuing the multiple investigations, and many believe that its efforts will culminate in a recommendation to indict Hillary Clinton. However, the Justice Department is run by Barack Obama, and so he would have to bless the proceedings, making the will he / won’t he a very juicy question.

But let’s be clear: by the measure of how the Justice Department has prosecuted other government employees on matters relating to state secrets, she should be indicted.

The Obama Department of Justice prosecuted a young sailor for espionage for sending a selfie to his girlfriend, because in the background of the photo was a view of a sonar screen on a submarine. It prosecuted a heroic Marine for espionage for warning his superiors of the presence of an Al Qaeda operative in police garb inside an American encampment in Afghanistan, because he used a Gmail account to send the warning. <link>

When you read these examples, you have to conclude that Hillary will be indicted, or at least should be if there is any justice left in the nation under Barack Hussein Obama.

But we know that mr. Obama seeks to secure his legacy of central control of every citizen’s health care, a larger and more politicized IRS, the destruction of American military power, the diminution of American influence around the world, the rise of radical Islam, and the trampling of the American Constitution. This will make him reluctant to allow Hillary to be indicted by his Justice Department.

On the other hand, Vice President Joe Biden is a shoe-in for the nomination at this point, and would have far better chances in a general election of beating the Republican challenger, whoever that might be.

A particularly juicy scenario involves Obama indicting Hillary and ushering in Joe Biden, his loyal lieutenant of seven years. Obama is politically very savvy, and will want the strongest candidate he can get in November — Hillary, whether you love her or hate her, is a terribly flawed candidate.

Hillary gets reset by her party

The Republican party is in serious disarray (to put it politely), but the prospect of Hillary getting indicted, Bernie Sanders surging, and then Joe Biden stealing the nomination from him and his supporters at the last minute, is definitely a worthy spectacle all on its own.

So Bill Clinton is taking out the bully stick against the Republican Congress.

“That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy…” <Huffington Post, link>

Many friends and family of mine fail this basic test of American Constitutional government (as does Slick Willie when he talks like this) by not realizing that the Founding Fathers created gridlock in our national government on purpose.

By design.

The Founders feared an overly meddlesome and corrupt central power, and trusted in the local wisdom and self-government of the citizenry. If national politicians fought with each other, then so much the better because they would be less likely to do bad things. And if they really wanted to get anything done, they would have to compromise with each other. Either way, the system was deemed to be working.

But there is a much more fun argument to make in the face of Liberals who get so upset about the allegedly evil “Republican obstructionism” and Republicans who exist solely to “stop Barack Obama at every turn”.

Here is a hint:

Trump makes a point

This man, Donald Trump, scares Liberals more than any man I can remember. It is breathtaking in fact — I believe they may be having night sweats about the prospect of him becoming president of the United States.

And so I ask these Liberals: if your dream of a Democrat party takeover of Congress comes true, and Trump is the president, how will you feel when Democrats in Congress “exist solely to stop Donald Trump”?

Will you claim that “Democrats are the problem in Washington”?

Will you blame Democrats for “obstruction” and chastise them for “not finding common ground” with the president?

No, you won’t.

You will forget you ever vilified Republicans in Congress for the very same behavior you will beg your Democrats to exhibit on your behalf.

Because you are blinded by partisanship, rather than enlightened by the Founders’ design.

 

I just love the Joe Biden story line….waiting patiently as Hillary’s IT guy is questioned by law enforcement after having been granted immunity from prosecution…

You just know he’s ready to jump in and save the Democrat party from a Hillary candidacy or a Bernie Sanders candidacy, and so Biden bides his time….

Hillary and the Joker

First he shows up at the Oscars, looking presidential…

Biden at the Academy Awards - 1

 

And now he will apparently go to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu after Netanyahu just rejected an Obama invitation to meet at the White House.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday…

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a five-day trip to the Middle East, is due to visit Israel later this week and hold talks with Netanyahu. <Yahoo News, link>

Biden Netanyahu

He’s coming for you, Hillary, he’s coming for you…

 

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