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After Bush, another Big Business White House?

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In Two families, 28 years of Presidency I noted God’s Politics’ observation that if Hillary Clinton were elected and served two terms, the US Presidency would be held by the Bush and Clinton families for more than a quarter-century. I learned much from the comments you left, and wound up thinking more negatively of this than before.

Another Clinton liability is in the news now, this time the subject of investigative writer Ari Berman in an article for The Nation entitled Hillary, Inc. Berman documents extraordinary Clinton ties—and future favors owed—to corporate money.

American democracy is perennially troubled by the coziness between corporate wealth and political power. The Clinton campaign—far from troubled—appears to share corporate DNA. Here’s Berman, interviewed on DemocracyNow!:

Hillary, Inc. is, first thing, about the money that she takes … Hillary, compared to her democratic rivals, is more reliant on corporate money … but it’s also … about the people that will run … her campaign and have prominent positions in the White House. And these are people with very, very, very significant business ties […]

Regarding the Glover-Park firm, a lobbying “powerhouse”:

And basically what happens is, when you jump off the campaign, you go and work at the Glover Park Group. You essentially cash in. And then, a lot of them jumped back and now are on the Hillary campaign once again, Howard Wolfson, her spokesman, being the most prominent one. And he’s actually the one who secured the contract with [conservative media magnate Rupert] Murdoch. You know, Wolfson has taken a leave, but, as I said, you know, this firm lobbies Hillary. They would lobby a Hillary White House. They’re the go-to firm for a lot of industries. They were the fastest-growing private company in Washington in 2005. They’ve doubled business since the ’06 election. I mean, they’re really becoming quite a powerhouse.

Get it? Her campaign staff – and, we presume, future White House probables—are lobbyists! Remember K Street? Aren’t these the very people whose influence we’ve wanted to limit?

Regarding the union-busting public relations firm Burson-Marstellar:

AMY GOODMAN: Much of Ari Berman’s article focuses on Senator Clinton’s top strategist, Mark Penn, who heads the public relations firm Burson-Marstellar. Among other things, the company helps firms fight unionization efforts. Up until March, the labor section of Burson-Marstellar’s website read, “Companies cannot be caught unprepared by Organized Labor’s coordinated campaigns.” Mark Penn’s list of previous and current clients reads like a who’s who of Corporate America. …

JUAN GONZALEZ: Texaco, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, Monsanto.

OK, you vote for who you like, but I do not want a President from the power elite who has surrounded herself with people connected to Corporate America. This is the problem with American politics; certainly, no solution.

I want a democracy where the influence of ordinary people is growing and that of the rich and powerful is on the wane. Sen. Clinton fast accumulates connections with the wrong crowd.

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Written by Monte

May 31, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Posted in Politics, Social change

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  1. […] After Bush, another Big Business White House? […]

  2. You are amusing, naj!

    Too much toughness, unwilling to admit mistakes, leans toward business – my, like whom is that?

    But the more I think about it, the more I see your observation.


    June 4, 2007 at 1:13 pm

  3. I liked Bill Clinton. But I don’t like his wife. She is too calculating. Bill’s “looseness” was what made me trust him!


    June 3, 2007 at 8:30 pm

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