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After Four Years of 'Outright Grift' Under Trump, Trio of Democratic Senators Urges Biden to 'Padlock the Revolving Door'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/22/after-four-years-outright-grift-under-trump-trio-democratic-senators-urges-biden

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To improve outcomes for people in the United States, the lawmakers wrote, the next administration must “stop special interests from profiting off of the public service of government officials.”

The DNC and you lawmakers had your chance, but you threw away that chance when you selected Joe over Bernie for POTUS.

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Why on earth would we expect the Democrats to draw a line when just as many Democrats profit from the revolving door as Republicans?

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OK. 1) Nancy Pelosi is Speaker because she raises money from these people. 2) Obama had such a rule and it didn’t work. 3) Neera Tanden.

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“To rebuild Americans trust in government”?

It🙄 is not purely about our trust. It is about creating sensible rules for good government.

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Half of Bidens cabinet is revolving over from the defense or banking industry. Many of them went there after ‘serving’ with the Obama / Biden administration.

Is the author suggesting the doors be padlocked before or after the new appointees grift, or is it drift over?

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Yes, WWSmith!

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Biden’s appointments are drawn almost exclusively from the circles of the Democratic Party and corporate elite, those responsible for the massive social inequality, trade deals, de-industrialization, militarized police, world’s largest prison system, austerity programs that abolished social programs such as welfare, the revived Cold War with Russia, wholesale government surveillance, endless wars in the Middle East and the disenfranchisement and impoverishment of the working class.

The Washington Post writes that “about 80 percent of the White House and agency officials he’s announced have the word ‘Obama’ on their résumé from previous White House or Obama campaign jobs.” Bernie Sanders, apparently rebuffed in his efforts to become secretary of labor in the Biden administration, has expressed frustration with the Biden nominations. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was denied a seat by House Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee because of her support for the Green New Deal. The message of the Biden administration to progressives and left-wing populists is very clear – “Drop dead.”

-Chris Hedges, actual journalist

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Maybe the problem is that the democrats sometimes remember to put the lock on the door, but they leave the key in the lock.

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Actually… very rare.

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This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic. If only it was someone’s job to make “outright grift” illegal, and impeach presidents who do illegal stuff…

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“After 40yrs of Obscene Grift, Under SNEERING Criminals…”

There, fixed it, so our heads stop hurting (momentarily) Try to picture what happens, once POOR mis-classified 1099’d “essential workers” REALIZE just how they’ve been fucked?

~https://www.mintpressnews.com/what-if-jesus-had-been-born-in-the-american-police-state/273826/

~https://mobile.twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1341456821232537600

~https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/21/surprise-billing-health-providers-congress-449759

~https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/12/22/wage-d22.html

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‘Padlock the Revolving Door’ ?

AYFKM?
Have you been paying any attention to the people he’s gathering around himself?

He’s not going to padlock anything.

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…and Clinton over Bernie.

This wasn’t their first rodeo

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A few minutes at ~http://www.opensecrets.org/

will confirm that for any rational thinker

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

― Upton Sinclair,

@Rudyjo
In their world they call THAT - plausible deniability

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Good! Way past time (although I’m not foolish enough to think that it has any chance to pass) Wasn’t surprised who the senators were that introduced the bill. Besides Bernie, 3 of the most progressive & activist senators in a Senate woefully lacking in such people.

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Ethics??? The Sneering Criminals are literally being PAID by taxpayers, to perpetuate their grift.

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Will Congress be voting themselves another pay raise for 2021?

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“Ethics?” Not ME, baby! Don’t think you’ll be able to quote me, utilizing THAT silly term in conjunction with politics?

You mean, they don’t use EZ Pass transponders, yet? How archaic? I’m remembering how poor Bernie delegates would suddenly discover lodging was suddenly over $700/ night in PHILLY! And you could only reach the DNC’s fortified Wells Fargo Center maze by Uber (which only ever showed up when Debbie/Robby/John required their presence?) Mind you, this wasn’t equivalent to Perez and Cheri MURDERING older Black poll-watchers or making millions of actual life-long Democrats shuffle about in ice-rain for HOURS, without masks or PCR testing; infecting each other, to flip homes and gentrify old home-ownership hoods in rust belt BLUE states, to crush Sanders? But, who even knows ANY of this?

~https://mobile.twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1339638793389928450

~https://www.dailyposter.com/p/force-the-vote-on-direct-aid

~https://mobile.twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/1341582996240003073

~https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/22/covid-regime-change-us-pandemic-relief/

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