THE THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM
The Republican Party has pulled off a corporate takeover of the Democratic Party with Hillary Clinton as the new CEO. But she is just the tip of the iceberg.
Thom Hartmann reported tonight on a story from the Intercept that the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will be hosted by Republican donors, corporate executives, and Anti-Obamacare lobbyists. According to the Intercept article the 15 member Host Committee is composed of the same old Republican moneybags that bankroll Republicans in past elections.
Just look at the Host Committee: Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel Hilferty is the committee’s finance chair. Hilferty represents the for profit health insurance industry inclulding Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association of America, serves on the board of directors of Amierican’s Health Insurance Plan’s that leads the lobbying campaign AGAINST the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which the Republicans have tried to repeal at least 50 times. Hilferty is a moneybag for Republican candidates.
Hilferty has also donated heavily to Republicans this cycle, giving $10,000 to Prosperity for Pennsylvania, a Super PAC supporting the reelection of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; $1,000 to the PAC supporting Sen. Orin Hatch, R-Utah; $1,000 to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; $2,700 to Chris Christie’s presidential campaign; $25,300 to the NRCC, a GOP committee designed to re-elect House Republicans; and $2,700 to Jeb Bush. Hilferty also gave $2,700 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
This guy is the person Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla put in charge to run the Democratic Convention!
The Intercept reported that Allyson Schawartz is a con-chair of the Host Committee and leads lobbying group for the health insurance industry, Better Medicare Alliance. This is the group that sells private programs called Medicare Advantage that fill the holes in Medicare they create.
According to the Intercept article David Cohen is on the committed and is the executive vice president of Comcast! You know, the cable company that tried to kill net neutrality! Now he is bundling money for Hillary. I wonder what he wants? He raised $100,000 for Hillary, but also has raised money for Republican Congressmen like Sen. Toomey, Sen. Scott, Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-H-N and $33, 400 to the National Republican Senate Committee.
In addition, the Intercept reports former Gov. Ed Rendell represents Wall Street and fracking interests and is a paid consultant for a private equity firm investing in fracking. He was also involved in giving paid speeches for an Iranian terrorist group Mujahideen-e Khalq. I guess he saw something he liked in the Democratic Party.
Rendell also is a member of the ‘Fix The Debt’ group backed by billionaire Pete Peterson (Bill Clinton’s friend) that wants to cut, and end Social Security benefits-an ideal representative of the Democratic Party and its members.
So we see the Republican strategy this election cycle: absorb all the players in the election including Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the entire Democratic Party. This is a classic corporate takeover. It is also the setup of a classic ‘bait and switch’ scam. The bait is Hillary Clinton on social issues, and the switch is all the economic policies represented by the Republican lobbyists that are now running the Democratic National Convention.
And as we all know after a corporate merger then come the layoffs, and purges of undesirable employees. Democratic Senator and Senate Minority leader, Harry Reid, already has told to the face of progressive Democratic Florida Representative Alan Grayson that Reid wants him to lose his 2016 Senate election campaign. So the barbarians are not at the gates—they are in the gates.
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