On Hillary, Lloyd, Us and Them

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For those puzzled by the rancor and mistrust so many feel towards Hillary Clinton - and no it's not mindless misogyny - the ever lucid Matt Taibbi offers a clear-eyed look at the cool millions Clinton made speechifying to big banks and corporations, her hypocrisy on the subject of being tough on them, her longtime allegiance to and support from them, and bearing it all out, just what she said in those now-infamous, $675,000 speeches to Goldman Sachs. His analysis, coupled with her constant egregious shifts on issues even as she denies the shifts, provides solid grounds for the memorable time Anderson Cooper asked the cagey candidate who now brashly proclaims herself a progressive, "Will you say anything to get elected?"

Citing accounts from Politico, Taibbi considers the belief by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein that "politicians should naturally reside in a state of more or less constant accommodation with Wall Street." That belief is evidently shared by Clinton, who made $80 a second assuring Blankfein that she found the "banker-bashing so popular within both parties...unproductive and indeed foolish," and that the proper attitude should be, "We all got into this mess together, and we're all going to have to work together to get out of it" - even though, as Taibbi points out, "we all" didn't cause the mess, but were victimized by it. In the economic world of have and have-nots, he notes, the Clintons' "turning their political careers into a vast moneymaking enterprise (is) not a value-neutral activity....The money also physically moves people, from one side of an imaginary line to another." There, the Clintons and Blankfeins of the world reside together in a complacent plural "we"; on the other side stands a furious Sanders, demanding accountability.

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