The Difference Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in One Paragraph
Thom Hartmann discussing the Sanders campaign and media silence with Ari Rabin-Havt
by Gaius Publius
I have to thank Daily Kos diarist james321 for this find. But first, some setup.
I'm certain that Hillary Clinton is a classic "Davos Democrat," a neo-liberal savior of the world for the investor class. Krugman with a definition:
Davos Democrats are known as the people who told us to trust unregulated finance ...That would especially include President Clinton. And I'm not conflating the two, Bill and Hillary — they're doing that themselves. The Yalta European Strategy (YES) conference is an annual European confab of the brightest of our elites, a neo-liberal gathering for pro-IMF types. Here's a unified guest list of notables:
The YES Annual Meetings have brought together heads of state and government including Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Bronisław Komorowski, Leonid Kuchma, Mario Monti, Shimon Peres, Yulia Tymoshenko, Gerhard Schröder, Viktor Yanukovych and Viktor Yushchenko. Since 2004 among the speakers have been also senior ministers, politicians, and heads of international organizations like Kofi Annan, Eğemen Bağış, Carl Bildt, Hillary Clinton, Arkadiy Dvorkovich, Joschka Fischer, Štefan Füle, Herman Gref, Vitaliy Klitschko, Alexei Kudrin, Pascal Lamy, Ronald Noble, David Petraeus, Petro Poroshenko, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Richardson, Radosław Sikorski, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Lawrence H. Summers, Shashi Tharoor, James Wolfensohn, Lamberto Zannier, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Robert Zoellick. Politicians, businessmen and thinkers, including Newt Gingrich, Richard Branson, Niall Ferguson, Jin Liqun, Michio Kaku, Paul Krugman, Nouriel Roubini, and Muhammad Yunus have also spoken at YES Meetings.If I recall correctly, Bill and Hillary attended together in 2013.
The kindest difference between the Clintons et al. and other "Davos" thinkers might be stated this way:
- Hard-hearted Bigs think that Bigs should run the world, and Littles just have to suck it up.
- Kind-hearted Bigs think that Bigs are unstoppable, so this group wants to cushion the blow, put some sugar on what the Littles forced to suck up ... like offering food stamps, but not too many of them, or "trade adjustment assistance," but not too much of it.
The Difference Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton
With that in mind, read what james321 writes. Great catch:
As you can imagine, Bernie was skeptical of a centrist Bill Clinton running for president in 1992, and immediately after Clinton won the election and appointed Hillary to lead health care reform, Bernie set to work attempting to convince her of the virtue of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. As you can probably also imagine, he wasn't successful.Interesting back-story. Now this:
Still, please do read what follows. The dialogue between Hillary and a Harvard Medical School physician supporting single-payer -- accompanying Bernie to his meeting at the White House -- is important for the record.And now the paragraph itself, from the Politico story "When Bernie met Hillary" (my emphasis):
They got their meeting at the White House that month, and the two doctors laid out the case for single-payer to the first lady [Hillary Clinton]. “She said, ‘You make a convincing case, but is there any force on the face of the earth that could counter the hundreds of millions of the dollars the insurance industry would spend fighting that?’” recalled Himmelstein. “And I said, “How about the president of the United States actually leading the American people?’ and she said, ‘Tell me something real.’ ”The Kos writer's closing comment:
So, Democrats have a choice. One candidate believes that citizens -- and strong leaders representing those citizens -- can shape public policy. The other candidate believes that corporations -- like private health insurers with outrageously-wealthy CEOs -- have all the agency."The other candidate believes that corporations have all the agency" — very well said. As the Thom Hartmann clip above shows, Sanders is gaining strength.
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