Trump came to Washington to tear the government down for parts, and as far as we can tell, he doesn't seem to have anything at all in mind to replace it except turning back the clock to when business took what it wanted and left behind desperate workers, dirty water and polluted air.
The first interpretation is that Trump simply likes to surround himself with the rich and famous, especially when he can
As I watched Donald Trump's press conference on Wednesday morning, a performance reminiscent of PT Barnum, I was reminded of a different Dr. Seuss masterwork: Yertle the Turtle.
If you're a bit slow on the draw, "A is for "as" and "F" is for "F#&%," though the more innocuous reason for the "AF" is
This is a bizarre time in U.S. presidential politics. American voters are faced with an unsavory choice between two presidential candidates, neither of whom would be viable if the other party offered a credible alternative.
Can Trump be stopped? Probably not, unless -- and this is a huge unless -- the Democratic superdelegates muster the wisdom and courage to stop him by throwing their weight to Sanders.
As a high level organization that manipulates monetary apparatuses, the Fed merely feigns concern about inflation as a theoretical risk.
It's the only way to stop plutocracy.
The government of the people, by the people, and for the people, has perished. Democracy was terminally ill for a long time and just lingering on life support.
Your political revolution, therefore, must begin with the discrediting of the Republican Party in the eyes of the American electorate. It is not enough for Americans to be angry with "Wall Street," another of your favorite targets. By itself, that anger does not erode the plutocrats' power.
Note: The author is the Town Council President of South Kingstown, RI. He recently endorsed Bernie Sanders for President
It is still very likely that Clinton will get the nomination and Bloomberg will sit out, but a three- way race between two billionaires and a democratic socialist would certainly be ironic; not just because the socialist would be facing two billionaires, but because one billionaire would probably hand the other billionaire the election, further exposing how the political system favors the very rich.
Secretary Hillary Clinton has accepted millions in "speaking fees" and campaign contributions from interest groups - most notably Wall Street firms - that she will be in a position to help or hurt as president. She promises that the money will not influence her if she takes office, but voters are understandably skeptical.
#4. Obama. The "hope" salesman was not required to make the kind of concrete proposals that Clinton put in front of the public
For your amusement and mine, this being an all-fun-all-the-time election campaign, let's examine the relationships between our twenty-first-century plutocrats and the contenders who have raised $5 million or more in individual contributions or through super PACs and are at 5 percent or more in composite national polls.
If Bernie captures the nomination, then what does his "political revolution" look like? Arguably, whether he wins or loses the nomination, our task will be roughly the same.
If Bernie continues to gain support it's precisely because voters understand that the choice is clear -- accept the reality of plutocracy and beg for crumbs --- or fight to tear it down.
Citizens United was bad history, bad logic, bad law. Nobody with any common sense thinks that huge corporate expenditures don't corrupt politics, but the Court left common sense behind that day.
After three decades of engineering a winner-take-all economy, and buying the political power to consummate their hold on the wealth created by the system they had rigged in their favor, America's plutocrats have been taking the final and irrevocable step of separating themselves permanently from the common course of American life.