The Craziest Response At Saturday Night's Unfortunately-Scheduled Democratic Debate
Hillary felt the shoe fit when Bernie started talking about Wall Street's concerted effort to buy off the political system with millions of dollars. She interrupted to claim he was trying to "impugn my integrity." Watch in the video above. And keep watching as she uses typical GOP talking points to explain why her political career has been built on Wall Street money.
We'll come back to Hillary in a moment. First I want to remind you that the Financial Sector is the #1 source on political contributions (legalized bribery, plain and simple) in our democracy. So far this year the sector has contributed $234,152,982, 66% to Republicans and 33.9% to Democrats, although primarily to Democrats from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. Since 1990, the Financial Sector has shoveled $2,212,646,731 into the political system through contributions/bribes in congressional races, $1,244,854,132 to Republicans and $948,644,866 to Democrats. (Now do you see why the Wall Street bailout passed?) Want to guess how much dough the Financial Sector has shelled out for Hillary over the years? $36,621,366. That's a lot of money, even more than the $23,059,037 they've given to the biggest crook in Congress-- $23,059,037 to the Senator from Wall Street, Chuck Schumer. And more than they've given Boehner ($12,305,998), McConnell ($11,419,151) or Scott Brown who they prayed would kill off Elizabeth Warren's career ($9,196,394) or to House Budget Committee Chairman/now Speaker Paul Ryan ($5,420,978-- although watch how quickly that goes up and approaches Hillary levels).
Wall Street doesn't randomly hand out mega contributions. They target criminally-minded senators and House Members who will help push their ugly predatory agenda-- generally chairman and ranking members of committees and subcommittees that deal with financial issues or who have amassed enough power to influence the direction of Congress in their favor, the way Schumer and Boehner and McConnell have. Let's look, before getting back to Hillary's excuse for being so cozy will Wall Street, why they shelled out so much to their top recipients. Let's look at current Members of the House and how much the 10 most corrupt taken this year alone:
• Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Majority Leader- $768,500Now, let's look at the presidential race and who the banksters are banking on. The figures below represent only one specific industry of the Financial Sector, just the Securities and Investment Industry (i.e., the banksters themselves). This is only money direct to campaigns, not the gigantic amounts that have gone to their SuperPACS. Here's who they're trying to buy off so far off this year:
• Patrick Murphy (New Dem-FL), though a low-ranking member, he carries Wall Street's water in the Financial Services Committee and is their Florida Senate candidate- $659,600
• Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair Financial Services Committee- $521,715
• Paul Ryan (R-WI), former chair of Budget Committee and of Ways & Means- $490,875
• Bob Dold (R-IL), formerly on Financial Services, now on Ways & Means (and, ominously) it's Social Security Subcommittee)- $431,593
• Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Financial Services Committee and the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee; he also chairs the TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts Subcommittee on the Oversight Committee- $425,900
• Steve Stivers (R-OH), Financial Services and its Subcommittee on Capital Markets- $384,102
• Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), Financial Services and its Subcommittee on Capital Markets and its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee $353,033
• Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member, Budget Committee and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and the banksters preferred Maryland Senate candidate- $340,807
• Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Financial Services and its Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee- $333,052
• Hillary Clinton- $1,945,559None of the other campaigns got a significant amount of money from Wall Street, although their SuperPACs certainly did. For example, although Ted Cruz's campaign only took in $545,555 from the banksters, another $36 million, at the very least, has gone to his shady Dark Money SuperPAC. Although not as much, similar results could be dug out for all the crooked politicians, especially Jeb, Rubio, Chris Christie and Hillary. As Bernie said, he has no SuperPACs and refuses to deal with any. He actually wants to reform the system instead of being part of it like the corrupt candidates.
• Jeb Bush- $1,724,515
• Ted Cruz- $545,555
• Marco Rubio- $489,691
• Lindsey Graham $278,750
• Carly Fiorina $131,920
• Ben Carson- $122,603
• Rand Paul $100,247
Now back to Hillary's unfortunate explosion when she felt her integrity was being impugned. First she played her one strong card: "A majority of my donors are women-- 60%." The big (and silly) applause from the women in the audience who support her may have emboldened her to go further into uncharted territory that some genius in her campaign thought would be a good idea. "I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country."
Huh? Who is she trying to fool with that bizarre excuse for taking so much Wall Street money? Like her husband, she backs much of the Wall Street agenda-- like repealing and burying Glass-Steagall. But they've poured so much money into her campaigns because... terrorism? She's usually better than that.
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