Snowden Sums Up The Presidential Campaign With Just One Tweet

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And so, just like that, with a sweeping victory in South Carolina, Sanders' Socialism crawls back into its cage and crony capitalism is alive and well.

As Edward Snowden so perfectly sums up...

And in case you thought this was an exaggeration...

Since 2013 Hillary's grand total is slightly less: $21.7 million for 92 private appearances.

Below we present the full breakdown of every publicly disclosed speech event by Hillary Clinton, together with the associated fee.

And as The Mises Institute's William Andersen so eloquently summarised,

Despite Clinton’s newfound populist rhetoric, her economic agenda reflects her own lifestyle of practicing crony capitalism. Other than her promise to remove “red tape” for small business startups, Clinton’s economic propositions follow the same depressing line that we have seen from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren: private enterprise extracts wealth from the economy, while the expansion of government power builds wealth and employment opportunities.


If one briefly can summarize Clinton’s policy-making viewpoints, it is this: Hillary Clinton believes that an economy should be a tool of the state and reflect the political interests of Washington. Anything else is called “greed,” or “profits before people.” Private employers and business owners should not seek to be profitable, but rather to be virtuous, with the necessary virtue being decided by Clinton herself.


Hillary Clinton, a beneficiary of the very worst aspects of crony capitalism, has decided after all that she is an economic populist who wants to “share the wealth.” No one is mistaking her for Bernie Sanders or even Huey Long, but, nonetheless, she is a thoroughgoing statist telling voters that the way to improve the economy is to make it more difficult to produce things and force up business costs.


She clearly is not claiming to be a free-enterpriser and stands by her view that state control of economic exchanges will result in more exchanges and improved employment prospects and increased income. What she does not say is that the very economic burdens she promises to lay upon businesses will further erode the prospects of the American middle class she claims to support.


The economics of Hillary Clinton is first and foremost about expanding the power and scope of the US government, and as government gains more control, the more employers and business owners need to be in the good graces of American politicians. To be blunt, Clinton believes that people like herself can continually loot US businesses, with business owners paying their protection money without complain. After all, Hillary knows best; just ask her.

But none of that matters of course.


And so, as Patrick Buchanan recently asked, in a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race – which, the Beltway keening aside, seems the probable outcome of the primaries – what are the odds the GOP can take the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court?

If Republicans can unite, not bad, not bad at all.

Undeniably, Democrats open with a strong hand.

There is that famed “blue wall,” those 18 states and D.C. with a combined 242 electoral votes, just 28 shy of victory, that have gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1988.

The wall contains all of New England save New Hampshire; the Acela corridor (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland); plus Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin in the Middle West; and the Pacific coast of California, Oregon, Washington – and Hawaii.

Changing demography, too, favors the Democrats.

Barack Obama carried over 90 percent of the black vote twice and in 2012 carried over 70 percent of the Hispanic and Asian votes. These last two voting blocs are the fastest-growing in the USA.

A third Democratic advantage is simple self-interest.

Half the nation now receives U.S. government benefits – in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, student loans, rent subsidies, school lunches and Earned Income Tax Credits, etc.

Folks who rely on government benefits are unlikely to rally to a party that promises to cut government. And as half the nation pays no income tax, these folks are unlikely to be thrilled about tax cuts.

Bernie Sanders, who promises free college tuition and making Wall Street and the 1 percent pay for it, knows his party.

While these realities of national politics would seem to point to inexorable Democratic dominance in coming decades, there are worms in the apple.

First, there is the strangely shrunken and still shrinking Democratic leadership base. As the Daily Caller reports, under Obama, Democrats have lost a net of more than 900 state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 U.S. House and 13 Senate seats. Such numbers suggest a sick party.


Republican strength on Capitol Hill is again as great as it was in the last years of the Roaring ’20s.


Second, due to Trump, viewership of the Republican debates has been astronomical – 24 million for one, 23 million for another.


The turnout at Trump rallies has been unlike anything seen in presidential primaries; and what’s more, the GOP voter turnout in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada set new records for the party.


Yet voter turnout for the Clinton-Sanders race has fallen, in every contest, below what it was in the Clinton-Obama race in 2008.


Bernie’s millennials aside, the energy and excitement has been on the Republican contest, often a sign of party ascendancy.


Not only would Trump at the top of the GOP ticket assure a huge turnout (pro and con), he is the quintessence of the anti-Washington, anti-establishment candidate in a year when Americans appear to want a wholesale housecleaning in the capital.


As a builder and job creator, Trump would surely have greater cross-party appeal to working-class Democrats than any traditional Republican politician. Moreover, when Bernie Sanders goes down to defeat, how much enthusiasm will his supporters, who thrilled to the savaging of Wall Street, bring to the Clinton campaign?

This is the year of the outsider, and Hillary is the prom queen of Goldman Sachs. She represents continuity. Trump represents change.

Moreover, on the top Trump issues of immigration and trade, the elites have always been the furthest out of touch with the country.


In the 1990s, when Bill Clinton fought the NAFTA battle, the nation rebelled against the deal, but the establishment backed it. When Republicans on Capitol Hill voted for most-favored-nation status for China, year in and year out, did Republican grass roots demand this, or was it the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable?


On immigration, where are the polls that show Middle Americans enthusiastic about increasing the numbers coming? Where is the majority demanding amnesty or open borders?


The elites of Europe are as out of touch as America’s.


Angela Merkel, Time’s Person of the Year in 2015, is at risk of being dumped in 2016 if she does not halt the next wave of Middle Eastern refugees who will be arriving on Europe’s shores when the seas calm in the spring in the Aegean and the Mediterranean.


If we believe the immigration issue Trump has seized upon is explosive here, look to Europe. In the Balkans and Central Europe, even in Austria, the barriers are going up and the border guards appearing.


Mass migration from the Third World to the First World is not only radicalizing America. It could destroy the European Union. Anger over any more migrants entering the country is among the reasons British patriots now want out of the EU.

America is crossing into a new era. Trump seems to have caught the wave, while Clinton seems to belong to yesterday.

A note of caution: This establishment is not going quietly.

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What are the Protocols of Zion's picture

One will build a wall... One will build the banks...  Both will destroy for Tel Aviv.  We lose with both, true story. But I'll take the wall over all else.  -

OY VEY, shut me down!

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) What are the Protocols of Zion Feb 27, 2016 7:57 PM

Snowden is a hero.

I need more asshats's picture

This is a hit piece to make Hillary look bad.

Supernova Born's picture

Obama could righteously improve the lousy record of his administration by pardoning Edward Snowden.

Or Trump could nuke the narrative of being an authoritarian by stating he would pardon Snowden upon taking office.

Or neither and just allow Putin to continue to gain the goodwill of much of the world by being the counterweight to the overreaching of Western governments.


DownWithYogaPants's picture

That would dial up an already high health risk factor.

Better he spring it on them.

WTFRLY's picture

A hit piece? What did she say that is possibly worth 21 million?

Mini-Me's picture

She never says anything of substance.  Worse, she says it poorly. 

The money she gets is not for her speeches, but for what it buys the donors: influence, favorable legislation, subsidies and bailouts.

NidStyles's picture

He must have seen Mitch's recent comment about disavowing Trump.

Vincent.Vega's picture

It's a choice between the Blue Pill and the Blue Pill, who cares what CIA operative Snowden "tweeted". Sheeple have no choice, it's been proven by almost 250 years of the Dog and Pony Show since the Founding Rabbais.

How can one "make America great again" if America is just a tool for ZOG -- and ZOG fucked the whole planet, cleaning out pretty much every nation. It was quite convenient for the baby boomers to enjoy benefits of the colonial taxation, but Gen Y and Gen Z are doomed, since a) they are morons by design and b) there is no free money left.

The moral of the story is that lapping from the radioactive puddle might not be the worst case scenario for the most quite soon (and everyone might get a chance to "stress-test" it).



The9thDoctor's picture

Trump calls Snowden a "traitor"

John McAfee 2016!

TeamDepends's picture

>Trump/Rand Paul

>Still not voting

DownWithYogaPants's picture


You asked what SHrillary could say that would be worth 21 million.  Here you go:  

"Stop licking my pussy"

..........I'm sure you'd pay double.

Now I am off to snatch some yoga pants off a lovely young thing

Element's picture

Ed is suffering ... ... from relevance deprivation disorder.

bilbert's picture

"A hit piece? What did she say that is possibly worth 21 million?"

WAAAYYY too easy question - the answer is: - "Get me elected, and I'll continue to not prosecute you TBTF Bankers, for heinous financial crimes against the American people".

And in true bankster "fractional reserve" accounting, they will reap (rape?) 21 Billion for their paltry 21 Million "investment" in Hillary.

God's work, if I ever saw it..............

giovanni_f's picture

Life expectancy of Trump less than 6 months in case of being elected. An informal CIA task force "patriotic duty" has been designed, staffed and kicked-off already after DT's Nevada landlslide victory. Task now is to single out a lonely wolf with hispanic roots to be executed Boston-style, on-the-scene. That will make things easy. The investigations will later come to the conclusion that the lonely wolf managed to blow off Trumps head from a 250 meters distance with 4 precision shots from 2 opposite directions with a do-it-yourself 3D-printed vintage blunderbuss the blueprint of which he, the lonly likely had obtained from a conspiracy-fostering constitution-extremist website associated with the Bundy's and probably sponsored directly by Vladimir Putin.

stant's picture

"Dear sir/Madame we at .GOV subccontractors R US are impressed with you" . We would like to add you to our team!"------

rbg81's picture

Trump/Snowden 2016?  That's just brilliant.....and your tits are nice too.

Cabreado's picture

A bit unfair to the guy who seeks election knowing full well how divided is the electorate.

"nuke the narrative of being an authoritarian by stating he would pardon Snowden"

Ah, no... that doesn't nuke any such narrative in the minds of too many... in fact it feeds it.

chicaboomboom's picture
chicaboomboom (not verified) turtle Feb 27, 2016 10:26 PM

Snowden overlooked this: Trump and the Israeli Lobby >>

IndyPat's picture

And you overlook Bill Kristol and both flavors of the MSMs coordinated attack against DT.
Zios are apoplectic over him. That's enough.

Richard Chesler's picture

Best candidate money can buy.

All the poor ignorant minorities sing:

Hitlery! Hitlery! Hitlery!



Freddie's picture

Kagan aka Nudelman's husband comes out for Hillary.  I wonder if he is worried that if Trump wins that Nudelman could be put on trial for war crimes in Novo Russia or Syria or even the USA.

Oh and the shitbag zio-con Kagan is for wide open American borders.

Manthong's picture

You really can’t be much more vile and disgusting than HRC and WJC, Kagan/Noodleman, Powers/Sunstein or Hussein/Chewbacca.

WTF has happened here?

oops.. almost fergetted about Shakowsky/Creamer..


kingvaclav's picture

2016 election a ZOG choice between Goldman Sachs/Mossad vs Goldman Sachs/Mossad

VinceFostersGhost's picture



So important....he said it twice.


I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. -

Revelation 2:9


Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. - Revelation 3:9

silverliberty's picture

I am actually surprised to see the NRA isn't on the list being how duplicitous it is.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Cruz's wife works for Goldman.

Connect one dot, OK?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Also, she and Ted worked on the GW Bush election. She (Heidi) then got to work for the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice. After that she joined GS.

IronForge's picture

So, Cruz is a Bush-Vassal.

A Cruz Victory (VP or Cabinet Seat) will be a backdoor for the Bush Cabal(e.g., Jeb to get nominated somewhere in DC).  Thank you, Captain.  Hope Mr. Trump picks up on that.

Duc888's picture



"This is a hit piece to make Hillary look bad."


You're right (sarcastically rolling eyes).  Actually Hillary doesn't need a hit piece to make her look bad.  Just look at her record.  As far as I can tell she's a one woman wrecking ball with a trail of dead bodies to show for her efforts.

Serious question here for any lurking Hillary lovers.... Totally serious.   What has she actually done that can be construed as something positive?  What are her great accomplishments?  Name a few things that are representative of her successes.  Thanks in advance.

Seek_Truth's picture

The above post sums it up- nothing.

Jim in MN's picture


Sanders takes 46% of white vote in SC.

Wheels within wheels..........................

Reality Creator's picture

H--> Politically expedient, mendacious, equivocating, shifty, two-faced, opportunistic, flip-flopping, entitled, power-hungry, elitest, corp-whore politico who wants to save us from ourselves, even if many have to die or the rest suffer for the cause.




I need more asshats's picture

She can deliver a wonderful speech and inspire us all to do great things.

monk27's picture

Trump ! Because... fuck your kind and also GS !

fockewulf190's picture

Trump should play another Trump card and call for the elimination of the FATCA debacle.  He would pick up a YUUUGE portion of US expat votes on this issue alone (7+ million eligable to vote by overseas ballot).

Harry Balzak's picture

The video has 250 upvotes and 180 downvotes--with only 2900 views.

I dare her to open up comments. 

Yen Cross's picture

  You need to clean that "bunghole" out.

AMPALANCE's picture

In this case "hitpiece"= Truth

Which way to the beach's picture

Hanging from a lamp post would make her look good, or is that just me?


John_Coltrane's picture

Only with a bag over her head.  Make that her entire "body".  Jeez, that bitch makes my skin crawl.  Any Trump Hilterly debates would be absolutely hilarious and set Nielsen records.  Maybe he can make her cry along with her serial rapist husband.