As the debate over guns control is evolving towards disarmament, if Americans are really concerned with ending gun violence and willing to assume a co-productive vigilance, this vigilance must be extended to other sensitive fields involved into criminal businesses.
I’m not teaching you that, most of the time, if not every time, financial power today is used to destroy others nations economies before buying their strategic belongings for a dime.
Why The US Should Follow Hawaii By Way Of Stricter Gun Control. Honolulu Magazine.
|During her career, Hillary Clinton has raised more money from Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and Citibank than from anyone else.1So imagine how shocked the big banks were this week when she came out in favor of strong legislation to fight the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington, D.C.
On Monday, just days after Rootstrikers led a coalition calling on her to do so, Secretary Clinton came out in support of a bill written by progressive champion Tammy Baldwin that would ban « golden parachute » bonuses for corporate executives who take government jobs.2
But if Secretary Clinton really wants to stop the revolving door, she needs to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. That’s why we’re calling on her to refuse to hire revolving door staff herself—and to fire those who may already be working on her campaign.
This is one of the most common and blatant forms of political corruption allowed by law—and it’s time to stop it once and for all.
Remember when Dick Cheney left Halliburton to become vice president? He got a $20 million golden parachute from the oil industry giant.3 And then he went on to help award them huge contracts in the reconstruction of Iraq.4
Or how about Henry Paulson? When he left Goldman Sachs to become George W. Bush’s treasury secretary, he got $163 million on his way out the door.5 And then he handed out trillions in taxpayer dollars to bail out Wall Street.6
This kind of thing goes on in Democratic as well as Republican administrations. And when we called on Secretary Clinton to support the Baldwin bill to close the revolving door, a lot of people said there was no way she’d do it.
We’re proving them wrong again and again—and Wall Street is ticked.
Now we’re doubling down. If Secretary Clinton wants to be a champion against the revolving door, she needs to follow through on what she wrote this week, that « personnel is policy. » Secretary Clinton needs to commit to not hiring any Wall Street fat cats or other revolving door staff—and we’re leading the campaign to make sure she makes that commitment.
Thanks for standing with us.
1. Hillary Clinton Career Profile, OpenSecrets.org, accessed September 3, 2015
2. To Restore Trust in Government, Slow Wall Street’s Revolving Door, The Huffington Post, August 31, 2015
3. Cheney Retirement Package Worth $20M, ABC News, August 13, 2015
4. And The Winner For The Most Iraq War Contracts Is . . . KBR, With $39.5 Billion In A Decade,International Business Times, March 19, 2013
5. Mega-Million Dollar CEO Payouts, ABC News, September 24, 2008
6. Adding Up the Government’s Total Bailout Tab, The New York Times, July 24, 2011