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Hi Thom

Regarding climate change, it is in fact way worse than you or the powers that be understand it to be.

Happy to fill in the gaps on that statement, but only if I know you are listening

Just saying CH4 is up to 300 times worse a green house gas than CO2, which means the planet is above 1,000 ppm CO2/CO2e NOW

Humans may have as little as 2 years left, as the methane gun has well and truly gone off.

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Robert Atack
Jan. 30, 2015 12:05 pm

Isn't "net neutrality", also threatened by a potential future passage of the TPP (SHAFTA) ?

I seem to recall a leak, by Wikileaks, that pertained to an anti-"net neutrality" section of that proposed trade agreement .

Dec. 6, 2010 11:30 am


Listening to your segment with Sheriff Richard Mack, you mentioned that there are certain budget items in the federal budget that you would rather your tax dollars do not go to. (I think most feel this way about one item) What would be your thoughts be on passing a law that would allow citizen's to redirect a portion of their paid tax dollars that would normally go to one budget line item to one other budget line item? Example: When filing taxes you check a box to opt out of funding wars and direct that portion of your paid taxes to the dept. of transportation. Your total tax bill does not change, only putting a small limit on where congress does spend it. Think of it as pulling a limited amount of power of the purse back to we the people directly. This would apply to natural born persons only.

Jul. 23, 2013 10:53 am

Gerald Posner as a "Great Mind" ?? (3/15/15) Good Grief. Might as well get on Bill Kristol or Newt Gingrich.

Posner is notorious for a) flacking for the Warren Commission, as if the JFK assassination was just as the feds and corporate media said it was...just a "lone gunman". And b) supporting the Kill Mumia Abu Jamal cause.

Anyone who knows anything about both cases knows that Posner is not on any remotely credible wavelength.

IF his material about Vatican financial funny business over the decades is accurate...well...who, knowing of his work on the JFK assassination, and the attempted assassination of Mumia Abu Jamal (by police, govt prosecutors, a racist judiciary, and the media), would believe his Vatican banking story?

That's very unfortunate because the Vatican story rings true, and has already been known about to some extent.

Posner as "great mind" brings the Hartmann Big Picture down a point or two or more. Now previously-trusting viewers will have to Read Between The Lines and Double Check. Unfortunate. I, for one, will have to add a caveat when I advise people to tune in. Damn.

Jul. 6, 2012 9:27 pm

I watch the Big Picture when I can which comes to me over RT television. It really bothers me to hear comments by the Secretary of State call RT the Propaganda Bull Horn when there are programs like this available to be watched on RT and I cannot get this anywhere else. I have to believe the Secretary of State has no idea of RT programing other than the news. All news for the most part is some sort of propaganda, but labeling everyone the same shows a lack of knowledge about what is shown and not shown on RT. Keep up the good work Tom, I wish our congress would watch you and get a reality check on life.

R Brodersdorf
Apr. 20, 2015 5:01 pm

Here is an idea for tomorrow's BRUNCH WITH BERNIE. Thom should suggest to Bernie that:

with the "Fast Track" legislation coming out of committee on a bipartisan vote, Bernie should announce his intention to do an old fashioned stand up fillibuster it when Fast Track comes to the full Senate for a vote.

THEN, Bernie should use THAT fillibuster to announce that he is running in the Democratic Primary - to take the Democratic Party back from the Corporatists, and for the American People.

The prospect of working on a Bernie for President Campaign is the ONLY thing keeping me in today's Democratic Party.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

At the end of today's show Thom made a comment about China bullying in South China Sea. I would like to add a little fact to bring to Thom's awareness. The territory claimed by China today, was claimed by "The Republic of China" - "Taiwan" originally. Taiwan was the original "China" recognized in the UN and holds the perminant seat in the security council. During late 70's, UN recognized "People's Republic of China" and Taiwan was not recognized as a nation anymore under the "One China Policy". China succeeded Taiwan's seat in the security council and assume the claim for the teritories previously claimed by Taiwan. However, the surrounding nations not recognizing such succesion and starting to claim and occupy islands in South China Sea. There has been small scale territory conflicts in the past and the dispute continued to this day. The original records are still held by the Taiwanese government. In the eyes of both China and Taiwan, this is a territory belongs to "Chinese as a whole". It gets complicated due to political and economic interests in the area. However, it is not as simple as what Thom mentioned on the Show - "Chinese Bully". In my humble opinion, it is hard to say who is actually bullying others. It is for sure a dangerous area for sure as terrtorial soverenty is often resolved by force. I'm not suggesting there is an absolute right or wrong in this matter. I simply feel that it would be helpful for Thom to be aware of the history of this dispute before any conclusive comments. Thanks.

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Howard Ong
Jun. 3, 2015 5:17 pm

I'm a long-time listener/viewer with tremendous admiration for you, Thom, but aren't you going a little mad in your tirades against the American south? Among those in and/or from that area, there's at least as much dissent with state policy as exists among all Americans vis a vis Washington.

I also have to wonder if, when you lived in Germany, you berated Germans about something that happened little more than a generation ago as cruelly as you deride white southerners about something that happened 150 years ago.

For most of my adult life, I've lived in New Mexico and Europe, but I was born and raised in the south, with a family history on both sides of the Civil War. There was and is good below the Mason-Dixon Line, as well as above it.

Please cool off a bit. You know it's totally unfair to paint any group of people with one brush, but from what I keep hearing lately, you think we're all jerks except LBJ.

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The Other Kathe...
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

I have an absolutely serious question for Bernie. If the Senate passes, and the President signs FastTrack legislation tomorrow, will Bernie promise to WITHDRAW from TPP on his first day in office?

A careful reading of the Constitution reveals a clear answer: the President’s constitutional power in foreign affairs includes the power to terminate treaties.

That is the position that the ultra-conservative Federalist Society took back in 2004 when Bush wanted to withdraw from the ABM treaty.

If Bernie will not promise to withdraw from the TPP if it is passed, there is no reason to stay in the Democratic Party, or to support Bernie in the Primaries.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Fine comments, all.

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Alberto Ceras 2
Dec. 9, 2012 9:14 am

TPA - FastTrack - just passed 60-37.

Champagne corks are popping all over Wall Street. If a Democratic President proposed this, and the Democrats in the Senate can't, or won't, stop it, I truly have to ask if there is any place in the Democratic Party for progressives like me.

My gut tells me "No."

I really need to hear from Bernie this week what he intends to do about TPP if it passes, and if he is elected. If he is not willing to pledge to withdraw from TPP, I will, in all likelihood switch my voter registration from "D" to Green.

At least I know that the Greens will go down fighting against the Corporatocracy.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

On the Rachel Maddows show she said Bernie Sanders couldn't run because he wasn't registered as a democrat in key state and the rules won't let him change from indapendet to democrat. I apologize but I don't remember the state or the show title, found it on YouTube. Is this true and if so can it be fixed if not all ready?

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Jul. 6, 2015 12:33 am

Once Republicans realize the best way to keep Hillary out of the white house is to primary her via Sanders. He will become serious in the mainstream media.

Jul. 23, 2013 10:53 am

Good evening from Stockholm, Sweden

I watched your TV program on Free Speech TV an hour ago and you mentioned something about the EU and the reason why it was created to cut the social security systems and trade union rights, etc. I thought you mentioned some person there or any statement that someone had done regarding the topic and I'm curious to know who it was and what I can search for. That said, it is not news but they (politicians and their likewise media) do their best to keep the debate at a level as if nothing had changed for the worse.

I like your program and I am pleased to see how similar we are still thinking on both side of the Atlantic and I hope that public opinion (working parties, liberals and environment parties) in Europe and the United States can grow together into a more positive change for the climate, the economy and global stability and fair trade both locally and globally. Actually, it's more or less the same discussions that are going on both sides of the Atlantic, .... hopefully in other places as well

Best Regards from Stockholm



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Jul. 7, 2015 1:09 pm

HI Mikael,

I believe Thom was talking about Robert Mundell

SueN's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Let's cut to the chase. High minded ideals notwithstanding, most informed people now know that the only candidates who are allowed to become president are those of certain bloodlines. Therefor, all candidates should be vetted genealogically so you know who the real contenders are. So far, Bush and Clinton are the only ones we know for sure that are of the right pedigree.

You need to know who the other bloodline appropriate candidates are in order to know what and who you're really up against. Bernie Sanders may be your very best candidate, but "the powers that be" will absolutely destroy him if he isn't of their ilk. Knowing the genealogical truth can be a very powerful weapon for and/or against any and all candidates. Get on it, Thom. You need to know the truth.

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Jul. 28, 2015 4:33 pm

I find this quote from the republican debate to be interesting:

"TRUMP: Sounds good. Sounds good to me, Governor.

I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give.

And do you know what?

When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what did you get?

TRUMP: And that’s a broken system."

Did Trump admit to corrupting elected officials? I call on Trump to name specific instances and name names.

Aug. 10, 2015 11:44 am
Quote jMarchand:

Let's cut to the chase. High minded ideals notwithstanding, most informed people now know that the only candidates who are allowed to become president are those of certain bloodlines. Therefor, all candidates should be vetted genealogically so you know who the real contenders are. So far, Bush and Clinton are the only ones we know for sure that are of the right pedigree.

You need to know who the other bloodline appropriate candidates are in order to know what and who you're really up against. Bernie Sanders may be your very best candidate, but "the powers that be" will absolutely destroy him if he isn't of their ilk. Knowing the genealogical truth can be a very powerful weapon for and/or against any and all candidates. Get on it, Thom. You need to know the truth.

In order to destry Bernie they would need something that they will never get because it doesn't exist and that is LIES, DECEPTION, FRAUD, you know....all the other crap we can find on other candidates. Bernie's record is CLEAN and when he felt he did something wrong in the past he is the first to come forward with it and face the piper. He is honest. That's something that is rare and yet so important.

He WILL be our next President.

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Feb. 17, 2012 9:45 am
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Aug. 24, 2015 8:27 pm

I started a petition to try George W. Bush for murder, in part, based upon the recent visit of Colonel Wilkerson to "The Big Picture", in which he decried that Cheney should be behind bars. Please, feel free to tweet the link if this is not the correct channel to share this information:

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Jul. 12, 2015 9:10 am

Bernie Sanders is a huge breath of fresh air as far as politics goes, its refreshing to see a politician focus on the issues and not pander to the media's obsession with personal attacks. I agree with the majority of his stances but there's one thing that's been bugging me.

In 2009 Ron Paul introduced the federal reserve transparency act to the house of representatives in order to audit the federal reserve and it passed with staggering support. When it reached the senate however, it was drastically rewritten to the point that it completely eliminated legislation to audit the federal reserve. Senator Bernie Sanders presented an amendment that reintroduced the language from the original bill but shortly after withdrew his amendment. If Bernie is so adamant about auditing the federal reserve then why would he let this go without a fight?

- Chris

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Silk and Steel
Oct. 5, 2015 9:36 pm

Thom. Over the past two years I've read several articles about how polling firms are increasingly frustrated in sampling voters under age 50 who only have cell phones and don't answer calls from numbers they don't recognize.
Since the national polling results are being used to demonstrate Sanders as being "un-electable", and Sanders support is very high with young voters, shouldn't we be taking a closer look at the polling details?
(The CNN/ORC polls don't give a +/- sampling error percentage for voters under 50 in their age subgroup details. They just list "N/A", indicating the error is more than +/-8.5%).
I suspect, like corporate media which benefits from money in politics, the polling firms are not being straight with the public about their inability to measure Sanders' support.

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Bill Paul
Oct. 30, 2015 11:37 am

Thank you for having Dr. Richard Wolf, economist on Great Minds show.

His recommendation for curing Disaster Capitalism permenantly were WSDEs.

(Worker Self Directed Enterprises). I agree with him. This paradigm

should be broadcast into national awareness.

Here are some excellent articles on the existing and growing WSDEs.

Manicboy's picture
Sep. 14, 2011 1:29 pm

Thom figured it out! Well he got halfway there.

He mentioned that the republian party is a scam run by multinational corporations.

Once he makes the final connections he will realize that both major parties are effectively the same party.

Then he will have the truth and maybe we can start actually trying to solve some problems in the world instead of playing these political games with people's lives.

Good job, Thom. You're almost there. Keep thinking though. Being a liberal is still choosing a side in their tightly controlled game. Good luck

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Nov. 17, 2015 9:05 am

Why doesn't someone ask Hillery her short list for Secretery of Treasury, No one asked Obama and we allsaw how that went.

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neil kaufman
Nov. 27, 2015 10:31 am

Thom, compared to previous presidential election years, there seems to be considerably less national discussion surrounding congressional seats in contention and potential changes in the House and Senate.

If you share my observation, I would like to hear your opinion as to why.

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Chris Gah
Aug. 14, 2015 7:53 am

Hi Thom,

How can Hillary be a true leader when she wants everyone else to release their paid speeches first? I believe in order to win the presidency the Democratic candidate needs to be a leader who will be completely transparent regarding the possibility of financial influence.

Thank you for all you do,

Feb. 29, 2016 6:18 pm

It's better not to have Ivy League graduates in a position of power, President or appointed positions.

Mellow guy
Apr. 4, 2013 7:43 am

If we, America, are the "RICHEST NATION", then Health Care for all and free college tuition is no big deal! Right? Other countries are doing this just fine. Why all the economic hubbub?

Kpax's picture
Feb. 27, 2013 10:26 am

Do you think the Republican party is deliberately trying to get Trump to run as an independent? Romney and many others are publicly trashing him. Even Mitch McConnell implicitly admitted saying he would 'drop him like a hot rock'.

Trump has said he would run 3rd party if he wasn't treated fairly. Republicans are deliberately, publicly, treating him unfair.

Yes, they would still lose the presidency but their hope is that he wouldn't drag down other Republicans on the ticket. They are trying to salvage their senate majority. And to disassociate themselves from his racist, etc. views.

RickShaw33's picture
Mar. 4, 2016 1:56 pm

Chicago protesters shut down Trump tonight - what does that bode for the rest of his rallies? I'm proud of Chicago for standing up to him, and proud of the police for shutting down the event.

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N Massman
Mar. 11, 2016 11:41 am

Love the show. Have listened for years. Having a difficult time finding a place to comment directly on the content of the program. Hopefully someone reads this. During the pledge drive in Thom's promo and previously on air, i heard Thom say that Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth within the decade actually took 11 years. This is incorrect and contrary to Thom's major point: we can do big things in this country. President Kennedy proposed this to a joint sesssion of Congress on May 25th, 1961 (not his inauguration) and the Apollo 11 command module splashed down on July 24th, 1969. That is 8 years and 60 days, well within Kennedy's decade and even within the decade of the 60s (since Kennedy said "this decade" in the speech, he could have meant the 60s). In other words, no matter how you slice it, Americans not only met the President's challenge, we improved upon it by nearly 25%.

I would appreciate it if Thom would please correct this error on the air. It is a big point that he's making and deserves to be heard correctly.



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Mar. 12, 2016 3:16 pm

Hey Thom would first like to thank you and your staff, and of course RTfor all your great work on literally questioning more. I'll be quick as I'm trying to make this question heard today on your show. My issue is why doesn't the American people hold presidential candidates to their promises by a contract rather than waiting the next term? Example is it possible to have had Obama understand if he didn't for fill what his electorate elected him for, he would then had to immediately step down as a clause or decree for basically fraud or fraudulent campaigns worth billions yet deceiving a nation only to grab power and back track (to bad we shouldn't look backwards and focus on moving forwards as his awnser for punishing the banks). Can't we hold them legally to their word as a just nation? And either restart the race with previouse candidates who lost or new ones all together that would really place the power in we the people not this game of musical chairs we play every 4 year. this will go on and on why should candidates care whats on the platform their running on ? The platform is only for getting elected not a true belief system they cherish, if theirs no stipulation we must remove them within the first year no excuseses as, ( my hands are tied) whata shame please help me understand if we could do this I'm sure no one will disagree if a mandatory vote of all citizens was to bring upon this simple yet dangerous to the ones in power great for we the people. do you think can this be achievable thanks for your dedication I will truly support Bernie

Gabriel21677's picture
Mar. 31, 2016 4:55 pm

It's not that thoms hasn't figured it out yet, of course he knows the game, and because he thies he needs to be carful what he says on his show to not give the ,puppets a chance to labeling him the old same conspiracy theorist tin foil hat which in truth thier the conspiracy theorist as what we uncovered was based on fact which in theory isn't a theory. What I'm saying is in his line of work you must beat them at thier own game which they wrote the rules too u can't cone out and and tell it how it is thats to much for the average indoctrinated American to handle so their programmed to automatically use thier masters cue card and accuse you of being a C Theorits to change the topic cause know you try to defend the accusation instead of clarifying that's thier opinion n prove otherwise. It's just like when one uses the term anti Semite there both intended to switch topics and have you on the defense anyways the to avoid it is to reach your same goal with viewers by taking a different path or approach don't under estimate thom for his approach he knows how many agents are everywhere even on set camera man or pole paid to watch programs such as his to catch any slip he might make so they can try to discredit him an lie to strip his viewers etc

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Mar. 31, 2016 4:55 pm


I came accross this article on, and i would be interested in Thom's opinion as to its truth. As i understand it Thom lived in Germany for a few years, and with his experience and no doubt contacts there and throughout Europe, a well as of course his extensive knowledge in the US.


Pete, Manchester, UK

pgahan's picture
Apr. 4, 2016 12:51 pm

I appreciate your RT program.

Re: your discussion with Rep. Charlie Rangel,
I request you have a panel discussion with
Kshama Sawant, the Seattle council socialist,
Jill Stein, the Presidential candidate,
Dr. Margaret Flowers, the U.S. Senate candidate
and Ralph Nader
regarding voting the lesser of the two evils come November.


elkojohn's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Great show as always.

It is probably just me but Mr. Kevin Martin doesn't seem to be interested in having discussions but forcing someone else into his own mold. If he is not interested in hearing other people, I wonder why he has a place in the show.

Again, probably it's just me but I find the way he treats female guests very offensive: I really don't see a sign of respect from him. I think there is a word for people like Mr. Martin. Probably starting with 'A' and ending with 'E'?

I really hate to say this but whenever I see him in the panel, I fast forward to pass it.

Thank you again for the great show, and properly introducing Senator Sanders to people like me.

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Apr. 15, 2016 10:31 pm

Thank you!!! I just wanted to say Thank you for giving Nina Turner a platform to speak from. As an American woman, I'm am Very proud of her. She is a champion for the American voice when we are actively getting shut down. Words cannot express how grateful I am for that video. It's probably much bigger than you can imagine.

Brilliant! Thank you!

Cristy from Texas

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Apr. 27, 2016 8:27 am

Hi Thom,

I would like to see you have a more open-minded discussion of the Democratic Party Primary process that has been completely highjacked by Party leaders who are acting on behalf of their corporate funders to ensure that Hillary is the nominee.

Please go to the attached links, & note that what they describe is only the tip of a political iceberg that has rammed our ship of state. The last vestiges of democratic process in our elections is sinking in an opaque sea of incredible complexity & convolution:

I am fully convinced that the enormous number of independents, who were denied the right to vote, through "closed" primaries (& through chicanery & outright voter suppression in the other supposedly "open" primaries) will come through for Bernie in the general election.

Furthermore, Bernie's popularity is still growing among traditional Democrats & even some Republicans, & increases every time he is allowed to speak on the air. The Presidential Debates of the general election will definitely help him. His past is spotless. Unlike either Hillary or Trump, Bernie has always been completely transparent & consistent in advocating for the middle class, working class, & poor. Hillary, on the other hand is completely sold out to the mega-corporate entities & super-wealthy individuals.

I would like to send you a list showing Hillary's record of voting, actions as Sec. of State, & public statements from the 1990s until now.... all of which make it crystal clear exactly who she does & does not represent. It is very telling, but rather lengthy. I tried to attach it here as a word file, but it would not do that, so it is pasted below the following paragraph. The transferring process messed greatly with the word & line spacing, so I apologize for it being difficult to easily read.

In any case, it is folly to think of Hillary as the lesser of two evils. I would argue that she is probably even more dangerous than Trump because she is pretty good at making many people believe she is actually at least somewhat progressive, when in fact, she is anything but. I am hoping you will get up to speed on her record & on the extreme voter suppression that has taken place right under our noses in the current primaries. I hope that you will then hold a discussion with others who are aware of how our elections are being hijacked by the corporate money that has purchased the leaders of both parties, so that in reality we no longer have even a two-party political system.


* 1990s: Bill and Hillary embraced the corporate takeover of our government programs

(including the welfare program) which (along with the Clinton support for the 1994

"tough-on-crime" bill) has lead to the massive growth of income inequality & the

"school-to-prison pipeline" for minority children & children of the poor.

* Hillary joined Republicans like Orrin Hatch in 2002 in supporting a bill that increased

already punitive work requirements imposed on welfare recipients.

* She accepted huge campaign contributions in 2008 from Wall St. (her top ten

contributors were JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, Morgan Stanley, &

Lehman Brothers).

* She is still accepting huge amounts of money from the same Wall St. banks (except

Lehman Bros, who went bankrupt) & from big corporations such as "big pharma", the

military industries, & fossil fuels via PACs & lobbyists.

* She voted in 2008 for the unprecedented TARP bailouts of Wall St. banks that created

the economic crash of 2008.

* She voted in 2009 to continue the TARP bailouts.

* She was accepting money from lobbyists for private prisons until Oct. 2015, when she

finally stopped due to strong pressure from Black Lives Matter & other civil rights &

immigrant justice groups.

* She supported NAFTA (which has led to the loss of 850,000 US jobs & the current suit

against the US government by TransCanada for blocking the Keystone pipeline).

* She supported allowing China to enter the WTO, & Permanent Normal Trade Relations

(PNTR) for China (which has led to the loss of 3.2 million US jobs).

* She supported the TPP until it became so unpopular that she was forced to switch to

opposing it.... at least until she is elected.

* Hillary was on the Board of Walmart for 6 years (1986 -1992) & remained silent as the

world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against the labor unions seeking to

represent store workers. She remains close friends with the Walton family, the owners

of this notorious anti-union, exploitative employer (whose predominantly female

employees are, in large numbers, currently have to rely on food stamps to feed their


* She continues to support fracking.

* Hillary is an unequivocal hawk who will keep us embroiled in unending war:

> She voted for the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan

> She argued that G.W. Bush's dramatic increase in military spending was not enough, & that the US would need to spend even more in subsequent years.

> She received far more money in her 2008 campaign, from defense contractors

than any other candidate (Democrat or Republican).

> She voted in support of the inflated Defense Budget bill of 2008

> In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.

> Hillary's State Dept. cleared the sale of Boeing F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia

just two months after Boeing contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

> The deal appeared to collide with the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.

> This Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department, which placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire

(per International Business Times).

> Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation. This was nearly double the value of American arms sales made to those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.

> As Secretary of State she swept aside the strong objections of Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, & persuaded President Obama to bomb Libya & topple its dictatorial regime. Gates had warned about the aftermath. He was right. Libya has descended into a ghastly state of chaotic violence that has spilled into neighboring African nations, such as Mali, & that opened the way for ISIS to establish an expanding base in central Libya. Her fellow hawks in Washington are now calling for U.S. special forces to go to Libya.

> She voted to prohibit transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the US.

> She voted for development of an unnecessary missile system against Iranian ballistic missiles.

> She voted to support the US - India nuclear deal.

> She blindly supports Israel in everything it does... even those human rights violations that many true Israeli progressives totally reject.

* Hillary voted to keep the requirement that Y-1 immigration visa holders must leave the

U.S. before renewal.

* Hillary opposes a single payer health care system & publicly promotes myths & lies

about single payer by claiming the following:

> It would cost more than our currently privatized system.

(in reality, when all current healthcare costs are included in the calculations, a single payer system would save us between $400 Billion to $700 Billion per year)

> "There are too many bells & whistles that Americans want that would not be available."

(in reality it would cover far more than is now covered in even the best plans available to the average American... such as dental services, eyeglasses, hearing aids, podiatry, etc. & would either cover prescriptions or would cut the cost of prescriptions roughly in half)

> Single payer is "socialized medicine".

(in reality it is only the insurance that is "socialized" & all providers would remain private nonprofit)

> "Talking about single payer is a conversation ender for most Americans..."

(in reality when she said this, polls showed that between 54% and 65% of Americans supported a Medicare for all plan of health care & another 10% wanted the government to at least provide insurance for their medical "emergencies".

Note that in 1993, Hillary ignored the single payer health care plan Sanders introduced in the House, & instead opted for a for-profit plan requiring employers to provide employee coverage that was very complicated & easy for the Republicans to shoot down with their "Harry & Louise" ads. She then settled on saddling us with the infamous for-profit HMO... modeled on the Az. AHCCCS plan, which was already resulting in poorer quality of care.

* Hillary has even given credence to some of the Right's arguments on abortion by supporting bans on late-term abortions, including some "partial birth abortions" (a medically inaccurate term used to describe a procedure only used when the mother's life is in danger) & by supporting parental consent or 24 hour waiting periods.

* Historically, more restrictions on abortion rights were enacted during Bill Clinton’s eight years in office than the twelve years of Ronald Reagan & George Bush, Sr. although that may be more reflective of there being a Republican Senate & House for most of the Clinton Presidency.

* Even as late as last year, Hillary did not support a $15 minimum wage, & instead

suggested only a $12 minimum wage. Only when Sanders (who supported the $15 min

wage all along) became a serious candidate, did Hillary begin supporting the $15 min


Note that the 2012 donors to Romney’s campaign were already donating more to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign than they had been donating to any of the other 2016 campaigns.

Romney’s donors gave nothing to Bernie Sanders, & nothing to Elizabeth Warren.

Clinton is the only Democratic candidate who is even moderately attractive to big Republican donors. Charles Koch has even publicly endorsed Hillary over Trump.

Thank you,

Lee in Tucson

Politicalee's picture
Jun. 12, 2016 8:57 pm

What is to become of this?

Clinton election fraud proven...stat: Clinton 15 mil votes, Sanders 12 mil votes. 7 mil votes not counted. Clinton winning with fewer votes that lost her the 04 election. See the videos in thei Palast story. Take your time.

Arrgy's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Social Media Has Created the "Hive Mind" & Let It Loose Into America

Thom plus logo America has always been a racist country, but until recently (in the modern era) we didn't discuss it in "polite" company. Now, social media has created a "hive mind" among us, so the racism that was always there is clear and obvious. And Trump knows it, and is using it to connect with others in his part of the hive.
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