Enough with Benghazi!

I dislike Hillary Clinton because I think her policies are wrong for America & the world but god Benghazi is a political loser, so many damn Republican congressional investigations have all concluded that she did nothing wrong yet we have conservatives spouting these stupid talking points.

Jeffrey Lord is so damn annoying but he can’t win on policy because all Republican responses to problem are lower taxes and less regulation (which haven’t worked for the last 36 years) which is why they need these side shows. The other commentator is correct about the number of attacks and deaths of Americans during W’s reign, no investigations the Democratic party (to their credit) won’t use these types of tragedies to try and score political points.

So tough

Something that really drives me nuts is how “tough” the media and members of the democratic party itself are against liberals or progressives. Where was the faux outrage when people were getting beat up/man handled or at the childish rhetoric when Republicans do stupid shit.

Pathetic, no fear in hitting the Bernie Sanders (he won’t strike back) but bow to the Clinton or GOP candidates. I guess I can take solace in the fact that the younger generation more and more get their “news” from alternative sources.

This is frightening!

I love politics and when I see how close the polling is between Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton, it does frighten me.

A new Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Tuesday shows Clinton up by a single point in the key swing states of both Florida (43 percent to 42 percent) and Pennsylvania (43 percent to 42 percent), while Trump actually beats Clinton in Ohio by 43 percent to 39 percent.

Source: Salon

I get it, we’re still 6 months out from the general election but this isn’t suppose to be happening, Trump isn’t suppose to be close to the Democratic candidate and my liberal/progressive friends in the US should be worried about these numbers.  Trump is no joke, I have a feeling while Hillary is courting Jeb’s donors, he’ll start to run to her left and who knows, he’s great at marketing… He’s already softening his stance on the minimum wage and taxes so the democratic party better get its shit in order and take him seriously.

Of course with that said Bernie does better against Trump than Clinton but the political establishment and media keeps saying he’s the weaker general candidate, interesting.

The Ontario Liberals are corrupt…

Canadian politics stinks of corruption and this is a prime example of the problems we’re facing here in Ontario.

The biggest corporate donor to the Ontario Liberal Party is also one of Ontario’s biggest recipients of taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies.

Research by CBC News reveals that GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. and its related companies have received more than $160 million in government support since the Liberal government created a dedicated fund for the ethanol industry.

Further research by CBC News also shows that GreenField,companies and its founder have donated more than $480,000 to the Ontario Liberal Party in the same time period. The political contributions make GreenField the biggest corporate donor to the Ontario Liberalssince Kathleen Wynne became premier in 2013.

Source: CBC

I mean I get it I’m a huge supporter of green/alternative energy and believe that those industries need to be subsidized at least till they’re able to compete with established technology but the system we have right now doesn’t work.

“Any inference that GreenField has made donations for an inappropriate purpose is without merit,” said company CEO Bob Gallant in an email to CBC News. “Our company proudly supports politicians of all political stripes, at all levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal) who support the ethanol industry.”

Elections Ontario data indicate GreenField has donated $90,350 to the Progressive Conservatives since 2007 (but just $33,500 of that since 2013) and nothing to the NDP.

So GreenField donates (bribes) all politicians, though the Conservative & NDP parties less than the Liberals…  It drives me nuts, politicians of all levels of government should not be able to solicit money for campaigns, it should all be publicly funded that way they truly serve the people’s best interests.

Support for new industries & technology is important yes but it can’t financially benefit politicians or political parties.

No more oil please!

People around the world are enamoured with our current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and socially he’s better than our old PM, economically he’s just as bad…  Sigh while the rest of the world is moving towards renewable energy, Canadian leaders want to promote oil pipelines UGH!

The renewable revolution is coming, Canada really should get in front of that and try to lead the way in this field because the days of running everything on dinosaur juice is quickly coming to an end!  Very frustrating and oh Mr. Trudeau is for the TPP too which will be another free trade disaster for Canada.

Why people like Bernie

For the first time I think it’s safe to say that there is a US presidential candidate that’s more liberal than our Canadian politicians and while our system is moving rightward, Bernie Sanders is pulling at least one party leftward.

He’s been very consistent throughout his career in government and his fight for fairness is not a new one, I just wish more of my American neighbours would wake up to the political reality that their system is corrupt.  Unfortunately the corporate media and political establishment have teamed up against his candidacy and his odds of claiming the Democratic nomination are slim but I’m hoping that the movement he’s started continues on well after the 2016 election.

He’s already proven that you can win by appealing to grass roots voters and that one doesn’t need the huge corporate/rich donor money to succeed and let progressives around that country learn from his success.

I’m going to Feel the Bern well after 2016 because whether he wins or not, Bernie is right.

WHAT?!?

I had to lol when I read this article on The Hill, Hillary Clinton’s latest avenue of attack is saying Bernie abandoned the pro choice movement…

Hillary Clinton in a fiery campaign speech on the eve of the New York primary said she is “appalled” at Bernie Sanders, accusing her Democratic presidential rival of abandoning abortion rights advocates.

In her most pointed strike against Sanders on the issue, the Democratic front-runner linked the Vermont senator to Donald Trump.

“When Trump said what he said about punishing women [for having abortions], I was appalled,” Clinton told the crowd of Democratic supporters on Monday afternoon in Manhattan.

“That is a core issue and when my opponent in this primary said it was a distraction, that he wanted to talk about the real issues, I was appalled again.”

Source: The Hill

For the record Bernie has a 100% voting record on aborition rights according to Planned Parenthood, someone is getting desperate!

Such a liar

So I watched the CNN Democratic debate last night and it really bugs me that Hillary Clinton is such a big liar.   It should be obvious to anyone who follows politics that her views shift based on the political winds, like the fight for a $15 minimum wage, she said last night she was for it and campaigned with Governor Cuomo when it was approved in the state of New York but in earlier debates she said $15 was too high and that they should aim for $12.  It also drives me nuts how she’ll hides behind President Obama but then blames him when it suits her purposes.

Also implementing a no fly zone in Syria won’t stop the killing, there’s no good solution to that mess but I don’t think you can depose President Assad, leave a huge power vacuum and fight Islamic extremism at the same time.  She takes right wing positions about “free stuff” on health care or post secondary education; everyone asks Bernie how he’s going to pay for that but no one complains about the cost of perpetual war because that must be free.

Experience is important but her judgement sucks.  Contrast her to Bernie who been on the right side of history with his (almost prophetic) predictions the outcome of the Iraq war, free trade agreementsthe banking industryincome inequality and let’s not forget that he was for LGBT rights and civil rights well before it was “cool”.

Bernie did well last night but due to the arcane party nomination rules (for both parties), I suspect Bernie will lose New York next Tuesday but geez he’s what the 99.9% of people need in America.

Gordon Gekko chooses Bernie

I saw this back in early March but didn’t have time to post it but the man Oliver Stone based Gordon Gekko on in the Wall Street movies thinks Bernie Sanders should be president.

“Well, I think it’s quite simple,” he began. “If you look at something called ‘velocity of money’—you guys know what that is, I presume—that means how much gets spent and turns around. When you have the top one percent getting money, they spend five, 10 percent of what they earn. When you have the lower end of the economy getting money, they spend 100, or 110 percent of what they earn. As you’ve had a transfer of wealth to the top, and a transfer of income to the top, you have a shrinking consumer base, basically, and you have a shrinking velocity of money. Bernie is the only person out there who I think is talking at all about both fiscal stimulation and banking rules that will get the banks to begin to generate lending again as opposed to speculation. So from an economic point of view, it’s straightforward.”

Source: Salon

There’s a video clip at the end of the story and lol I’ve been saying it to friends for a long time.  Give the poor and middle class a tax break, they spend a much larger percentage of their money on life than the rich.  It’s so easy but the charlatan Reagan made the world go crazy.  Let’s get back to rational economic policy!

How is this ok?!?

While my political views swing left and I identify myself as a liberal minded person, I’m very unhappy with the provincial Liberal party and specifically Kathleen Wynne.  So much so that I will can’t vote for her or any member of the Liberal party next provincial election.  Anyway she got flak for scheduling private fundraisers and seems like she’s had a change of heart.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet ministers are cancelling all “private fundraisers” with high rollers and urging their political rivals to do the same.

Wynne told the legislature on Tuesday that members of the governing party would no longer attend the unpublicized events which raise money for the Ontario Liberal Party.

“We have to lead by example and that’s why I’ve made the decision to immediately cancel upcoming private fundraisers that I attend. I’ve also asked the same of my ministers,” the premier said.

Wynne was referring to the invitation-only fundraisers that are rarely advertised and are not public events such as last Wednesday’s Heritage Dinner, which raised $2.5 million for the Liberals, or the Progressive Conservative’s $1,500-a-plate Toronto Leaders’ Dinner on May 18.

Source: The Star

How the hell was this OK to begin with?  I focus a lot on the corruption and ridiculousness of US politics but it looks like things reek up here too.  We really need to publicly finance all elections, once a party reaches a certain critical mass outside fundraising should be illegal because this is absolutely ridiculous…  Citizens of Ontario and Canada we must be vigilant because we can easily lose our government if we don’t hold politicians to account, the ridiculous tax & trade policies already show that we’re losing grip and that the rich and corporations are taking over.

Disgusting.