It's the greatest mystery of the Democratic race for the White House. The haunting question that won't go away.
Why won't Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of the speeches she gave to big banking institutions like Goldman Sachs?
She says she won't do that unless other candidates like Donald Trump do the same.
And since I find that answer singularly unpersuasive, I'm forced to believe this.
Clinton won't release the transcripts because they could destroy her candidacy.
The reason you and I will never see the transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street fat-cats — and the reason she’s established a nonsensical condition for their release, that being an agreement by members of another party, involved in a separate primary, to do the same — is that if she were ever to release those transcripts, it could end her candidacy for president.
For as Bernie Sanders has suggested paying someone $225,000 for one speech can only mean one of two things:
Mr. Sanders has implied that there are only two possible answers: (a) the money wasn’t for the speeches themselves, but for the influence major institutional players on Wall Street thought that money could buy them if and when Clinton ran for President; or (b) the speeches laid out a defense of Wall Street greed so passionate and total that hearing it uttered by a person of power and influence was worth every penny.
And the evidence from some of those who attended those speeches couldn't be more damning.
Goldman Sachs Employee #1 (present at one of the speeches)
“[The speech] was pretty glowing about [Goldman Sachs]. It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a ‘rah-rah’ speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”
Goldman Sachs Employee #2 (present at one of the speeches)
“In this environment, [what she said to us at Goldman Sachs] could be made to look really bad.”
Goldman Sachs Executive or Client #1 (present at one of the speeches)
“Mrs. Clinton didn’t single out bankers or any other group for causing the 2008 financial crisis. Instead, she effectively said, ‘We’re all in this together, we’ve got to find our way out of it together.’”
Or set her further apart from a candidate like Sanders.
Bernie’s entire net worth, accumulated over his 74 years of life, is less than half of what Hillary Clinton made just in her speeches to Goldman Sachs. In 2013, Bernie’s net worth was estimated to be $330,000 — making him among the least wealthy U.S. Senators in the country.
Combined, Bill and Hillary Clinton have made $153 million in speaking fees alone. In just 2013, Hillary received an astounding $9.68 million from her paid speeches.
Or further apart from a campaign that is being financed by donations averaging $27 from millions of ordinary people.
And what Bill Clinton has to say in his wife's defence couldn't be more disgusting.
Bill Clinton joked Friday that Bernie Sanders' supporters would "shoot every third person on Wall Street" if given the chance, a riff on his broader defense of Hillary Clinton's economic record.
"One of the few things I really haven't enjoyed about this primary: I think it's fine that all these young students have been so enthusiastic for her opponent and (he) sounds so good: 'Just shoot every third person on Wall Street and everything will be fine.'"
For he is the last person to slander the idealism of so many...
And all I can say is no wonder some Sanders' supporters showered Hillary's motorcade with one thousand one dollar bills in LA yesterday, after she left a fundraiser organized by the Hollywood elite.
Where the price of a ticket was $33,000 for a cheap seat, and $353,000 for a place at Hillary's table.Sanders supporters outside Clinton's Clooney fundraiser in LA shower her motorcade in $1,000. pic.twitter.com/ivbu024IcG— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) April 17, 2016
And is one more reason why I'm supporting Bernie...
You know, Hillary does have some fine qualities, and I would love to see a woman in the White House.
But you can't solve a problem if you are part of the problem.
And only Bernie can deliver us from the greedy hogs who would buy themselves governments.
So they can devour us all...
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