HILLARY IS TURNING OUT TO BE A HECK OF A FAKE POPULIST
Now she’s getting in the swing of it. Hillary Clinton is taking swipes at Wall Street, greedy corporations, overpaid CEOs, trickle-down economics, Republicans and even fat cats in her own party. Sounds good, but we suspect we have only Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to thank for this newfound love affair with populism.
To the trained political eye, this latest attempt by Clinton to borrow the Sanders/Warren street cred is one big joke.
So should we believe her when she says she’ll be hard on big banks? Politico says nope. The publication reports, “Down on Wall Street they don’t believe it for a minute. While the finance industry does genuinely hate Warren, the big bankers love Clinton, and by and large they badly want her to be president. … What about her forays into fiery rhetoric? They dismiss it quickly as political maneuvers. None of them think she really means her populism.”
And another reason for doubt: Alan Blinder, a trusted Clinton economic adviser to her campaign, told Reuters she wasn’t planning to reinstate the Glass-Seagall Act which would split commercial banks from their investment banking operations. Many believe it was the 1999 repeal of Glass- Seagall that cleared the way for the financial crisis of 2008. So why won’t she commit to bringing it back?
A cynic might point out the Clintons were the ones in the White House when it was repealed. Guess it’s hard to run a campaign based on promises to undo the favors for Wall Street done by your husband while you were living at the White House. It’s apparently easier to run as a fake populist while winking at your Wall Street pals.
NFL SAYS GOODBYE TO FINGERS, WHAT WAS LEFT OF REPUTATION
Three fingers celebrated their retirement from the NFL this month with separate fireworks displays last week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson said farewell to his index and middle fingers on one of his hands in a fireworks accident on July 4. Wilson is in the final season of his twoyear contract, and teams are reportedly lining up to sign the player with eight fingers that plays a position where you need to catch a ball.
Meanwhile, the index finger of New York Giant’s star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was blown off into the sunset on July 4 in Florida. The finger will miss out on what was supposed to be a new multi-million dollar contract for Pierre-Paul, who refused to sign a oneyear, $14.81 million deal in order to command more money. We can’t quite put our finger on why, but that may have been a bad move.
The real winner of the retirements was ESPN reporter and former local beat guy Adam Schefter. Schefter, through “sources at ESPN,” was able to obtain Pierre-Paul’s medical records and posted a medical order on Twitter that said the player had his index finger amputated. Against claims of privacy invasion, Schefter explained to Sports Illustrated that he was “just doing my job.” Believe it or not, HIPAA laws don’t prevent the media from posting medical records.
With news a Buffalo Bills coach punched a kid on a Florida beach, and news that convicted domestic abuser Greg Hardy would be suspended as many games as Tom Brady, who might’ve known about deflated footballs in a game they won by seven touchdowns, it was another good week for the NFL.